Board Members

Kevin Adelsberger
Board President
Owner, Adelsberger Marketing
Member since 2014

 

Kevin moved to Jackson to attend Union University. After graduating he married Renae and they began to build their life in Jackson. Kevin started his own business in the Fall of 2014 serving small businesses with marketing services. Kevin and Renae are active members of First Baptist Church in Jackson where they serve as Youth Sunday School teachers and volunteers.

 

Kevin came to the CASA board because he had heard of the good work that CASA does for children in the community. Kevin helps the organization with marketing and strategy.

Ellen Bennett
Board Member
Member since 2012

 

Ellen Bennett, a Memphis native, attended Union University and has called Jackson her home ever since graduation. After receiving a Communication Arts degree in broadcasting and journalism, she married her college sweetheart, Chris. After many changes in careers and jobs over the years, Ellen is a stay-at-home mom, while Chris is a lighting designer. They have four children: 17 year old Aidan, 13 year old Ethan, Annalise who is 11 and Lucy who is 6. They all stay busy. Very busy. The Bennetts attend City Fellowship Church in downtown Jackson where Ellen loves to participate once a month in Baby University- a “support group” for mothers who can learn everything from when to introduce solid foods, to learning the most effective ways to tell your baby “no”. In addition to helping at Baby University, Ellen has also begun to volunteer her time at Birth Choice once a week, facilitating parenting classes to pregnant moms.

Ellen joined the CASA board a couple of years ago because she wanted to help make choices that could affect change in our community. Having close friends who fostered children really opened her eyes to the difficulties that foster parents have to face, and of course the children themselves.

Ross Priddy
Board Treasurer
Mortgage Loan Officer, Leaders Credit Union
Board Member since 2015

 

Ross was born and raised in Jackson and works at Leaders Credit Union.. He is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and has been married to his wife Laura since 2008. Together they have three sons, Jack, Thad, and Owen and are members of City Fellowship Baptist Church. In 2015, Ross was named one Jackson’s Forty under 40 and graduated from Leadership Jackson in the same year.

 

Ross joined the CASA board last year because he believes we improve our community together by caring for all kids not just “our kids” living under the same roof.

Karen Linville Baker
Board Member
University of Memphis – Lambuth; Psychology Faculty
On Board since Fall 2016

 

Karen was born and raised in Nashville where she grew up raising, training, and showing horses. She received an undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. As a graduate student at the University of Memphis she earned an M.S. in Counseling and Personnel Services and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. Karen is the mother of four children and says of her work on the CASA board: “I am an educator at heart and have a passion for helping individuals develop their full potential. As a therapist, and later a faculty member in psychology, I have interacted with many, many clients and students who have experienced abuse, neglect, and difficult circumstances in their lives. I believe that we as human beings have no greater calling than to help those who can’t fully help themselves. Thus, I support CASA’s mission and seek to bring my skills and abilities to help fulfill that mission because I know CASA changes lives”.

Scott M. Brown
Board Member
Madison County Commissioner
Board Member Since 2013

Scott was born in Watertown, New York and raised in Jackson, Tennessee. Scott is Manager of Special Occasions and serves as a Madison County Commissioner. Scott was a CASA Volunteer for 4 years and was a foster parent for 3 years. CASA has always been dear to Scott’s heart, because children need love, attention, and a voice!

Brian Patrick Larsen Wells
Board Member
Priest to Families, All Saints Anglican Church
Member since 2016

 

 

Brian is a native of Memphis, TN. He moved to Jackson in 2001 to attend school at Union University. After graduating from Union with a BA in Philosophy and Christian Ethics, he married Amanda Larsen Wells. Brian and Amanda traveled around the world, living in Seoul, South Korea for 2 years and then in Montreal, Canada for 3 years while Brian pursued his PhD in Philosophy.  Eventually, the two settled down again in Jackson, which always felt like home to the couple. Brian and Amanda have 5 children. They are active members at All Saints Anglican church, where Brian serves as Priest to Families.Brian also serves on the board of the Jackson Madison County General Hospital’s Ethics Board.  Amanda owns a small business that specializes in music and fine arts.
Brian came to the CASA board after adopting his own children with the help of a Jackson-area CASA. Brian believes he can help the organization by providing help with volunteer training and HR development.

Galathara Kahanda, PhD
Board Member
Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Computer Science at Lane College
Member since 2016

Galathara moved to Jackson to work at Lane College in January 2010. He graduated with B.Sc. In Electronic Engineering from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Subsequently, he came to the United States to pursue his post-graduate studies. He attended the City University of New York and earned M.Sc., M.Phil and PhD in Computer and Information Science. In addition to teaching Computer Science courses at Lane College, he also works with high school students who will become the first in their families to attend college. He hopes to encourage more minority students to pursue careers in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) field. He is the proud father of a recent Vanderbilt University graduate; his daughter just got her Bachelor’s Degree in Neuroscience.

Galathara joined the CASA board because he strongly believes that every child deserves the best opportunities to excel in their life both academically and socially.

AJ Massey
Board Member
Vice President, Bank of Jackson
Member since 2014

 

AJ Massey is a Jackson native working as a Vice President, at The Bank of Jackson. After obtaining his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Union University, AJ worked for Northwestern Mutual before beginning his banking career at Regions Bank. He received his Masters of Business Administration from Union University in May 2014. AJ is an alumnus of the Leadership Jackson class of 2009 and was named one of Jackson’s Finest Young Professionals by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in 2011. He was recognized in the first class of Jackson’s Forty Under 40. AJ is an active member of the Exchange Club, West Tennessee Society of Human Resources, and Jackson Young Professionals. AJ serves on the board of directors for Madison County CASA, Relay for Life (2015 Co-Chair), Leadership Jackson Alumni Association, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, and The Exchange Club Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse. When he is not serving his clients and his community, AJ enjoys trout fishing, woodworking, reading, and playing with his son. AJ has been married to Lauren, his middle school sweetheart, since 2005. They have a son, Brooks, and a rescue Springer Spaniel, Millie.

 

AJ joined the CASA board to ensure that each child entering the court system has the best chance to reach their full potential and experience sacrificial love that every child deserves. AJ believes he can help the CASA board with his energy, creativity, and contacts in the community.

Nathan D. Tilly
Board Member
Associate Attorney at Pentecost, Glenn Mauldin & York PLLC
On board since October 2016

 

Nathan is an attorney at Pentecost, Glenn, Mauldin & York, PLLC in Jackson.  Nathan graduated from Union University before attending law school at the University of Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville.  Nathan and his wife Rachel have one son and are active members at Fellowship Bible Church.  As an attorney, Nathan has been appointed in several cases as a guardian ad litem to represent abused and neglected children. While serving as a guardian ad litem, Nathan has found that too often more children need strong advocates to represent their best interests.  He hopes that by serving on the board, he will be able to assist CASA in growing and becoming even more successful in advocating for the best interests of the abused and neglected children of Madison County.

Sandra White
Board Member
Office Manager, St. John’s Community Services
Member since 2014

 

Sandra White is a native of Jackson, TN, and a graduate of Bethel University. She works in human resources at non-profit organization that has a focus on advancing community support and opportunity for people living with disabilities. She is an active member in her church and community; and made it her mission to apply what she has learned to assist others.  She has been an active member with CASA Madison County since February 2014 and believes in the mission and advocating for children’s safety and welfare with the opportunity to thrive in life. Sandra stated that “being a part of the Madison County CASA board and organization can allow me to indirectly but meaningfully make a significant positive difference in the lives of our most vulnerable children”.