Saturday, August 13, 2022

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Schedule At-A-Glance

8:00 – 9:00: Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 10:15: Opening Session & Plenary
Includes Whitney Gilliard, presenter & MC
Affiliate Awards – Awards of Excellence
Board Member Leadership Award & Champion Award

10:15 – 10:30: Break

10:30 – 11:45: Workshop Block I

12:00 – 1:45: Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
Includes presentation of the 2022 Karen N. Sibley CASA Volunteer of the Year Award
Keynote speech by Debi Grebenik

1:45 – 2:00: Break

2:00 – 3:15: Workshop Block II

3:15 – 3:45: Break

3:45 – 4:50: Workshop Block III

4:50: Adjourn

Opening Session Keynote Presenter & Mistress of Ceremonies

Whitney Gilliard
Founder & CEO
Gilliard and Company

Luncheon Keynote Speaker

Debi Grebenik, Ph.D., LCSW
Managing Director, Healing and Belonging

Keynote Presentation Slides


Registration has closed. We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta on August 13!


Returning to…

Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Conference Center
2450 Galleria Parkway SE
Atlanta, GA 30339-3130

Directions & Parking

Please visit the hotel’s website to access directions.

A discounted parking rate at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly will be $6/car. To receive this discounted rate, you will need to identify yourself as part of the Georgia CASA Conference. Be sure to pay and to hang the parking tag in your car before joining the conference. The hotel will be at full capacity Friday evening and should the parking lot fill, additional parking will be available in the Cobb Galleria Deck off Galleria Drive for $10/day.


Click here to view the workshops listing.

Download handouts from the following workshops:

Block I

How to Build a Trauma Competent Organization – Debi Grebenik, Ph.D., LCSW, Managing Director of Healing & Belonging, Alia

Appointed to Advocate: Strengthening Your Courtroom Presence – Hon. Carolyn Altman, Judge, Paulding County Juvenile Court

Block II

Building a Year-Round Marketing or Awareness Campaign – Michelle Geiger, Senior Director of Brand & Digital Marketing, National CASA/GAL Association for Children

Courageous Conversations – Joy Ponder Bates, Recruitment & Training Coordinator & Ann Z. Mathis, Lead Advocacy Program Coordinator, Children’s Voice: CASA

Meeting the Needs & Providing Advocacy for Children with Complex & Specialized Needs – Audrey Brannen, Complex Care Coordinator & Hadley White, Care Coordination Treatment Unit, Therapeutic Support Specialist, Georgia Division of Family & Children Services

Promise of Permanency – Jerry Bruce, Director, Office of the Child Advocate & Angela Tyner, Advocacy Director, Georgia CASA

Block III

The State of Child Welfare – Melissa Carter, Clinical Professor of Law & Executive Director, Barton Child Law & Policy Center, Emory
Law School & Chris Hempfling, Principal, CGH Consulting

Be an Influencer: How Vigorous Case-level Advocacy Can Yield System Change – Jerry Bruce, Director, Office of the Child Advocate &
Angela Tyner, Advocacy Director, Georgia CASA

Questions about the conference? Contact Ali Jordan or call Georgia CASA at 404-874-2888.