Williams named as CASA executive director


Kelley Williams has been named the new executive director of the Lakeway Court Appointed Special Advocates.

Williams succeeds Denise Aludo, who has held the post for the last four years. Aludo was responsible for pioneering strategic planning and leading Lakeway CASA into exceptional growth during her term.

Williams comes from a nonprofit management background where she worked with women and children experiencing homelessness and domestic violence. Her compassion for children experiencing trauma drew her to CASA and she looks forward to making an impact through her work in Hamblen, Jefferson and Sevier Counties.

Williams has a bachelor’s degree from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and holds certificates in mental health first aid and motivational interviewing.

Kelley and her husband, Sam, live in Talbott and enjoy boating and fishing on Cherokee Lake.

Lakeway CASA is a non-profit organization that provides recruitment, training, supervision and support for court appointed special advocates in Hamblen, Jefferson and Sevier Counties.

These volunteers advocate for the best interests of the children and youth who come into the judicial system as a result of abuse or neglect in their jurisdiction so that every child can be safe, have a permanent home, and the opportunity to thrive.

Lakeway CASA, Inc. was formed in 2012 after previously operating in Hamblen and Jefferson Counties under the CASA of East Tennessee Program, based in Knox County. Since then, Lakeway CASA has served hundreds of children.

In July 2017, Lakeway CASA expanded into Sevier County. Lakeway CASA is a member in good standing with both the Tennessee CASA Association and the National CASA and is a proud partner of United Way of Hamblen County, United Way of Jefferson County and United Way of Sevier County.

To learn more about Lakeway CASA’s efforts to support and advocate for children suffering abuse or neglect, call 423-307-5762 or on the world wide web at lakewaycasa.org.