Meet our team

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CASA is proud to introduce our agents of change who lead community efforts to address the root causes of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and illegal drug use and abuse using research-based prevention strategies.  

Dana Stevens, Executive Director, has been a community organizer, policy advocate and champion for marginalized populations her entire adult life. Her passion for community begins with empowering local residents to amplify their voice for healthy, safe options to thrive. Dana has been with CASA since 2007 and have served as Executive Director since 2013. Dana earned a BA in Urban Studies and Planning from the University of California, San Diego, a Certificate of Nonprofit Management from University of San Diego and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University.

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Dana Stevens, MPA

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    Executive Director

    Shane Duffy has grown up being part of the CASA community in youth groups, and has now joined the team as a marketing and communications specialist. He works developing and promoting CASA's messaging on social media and the CASA website. Shane also works with and supports CASA's youth engagement initiatives. He currently holds a BA in Communication Studies with a minor in Marketing from the University of San Diego (2021).

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    Shane Duffy

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      Public Health Advocate

      Jean was the Coordinator of Drug Free Julian Community Coalition for CASA for seven years. She comes to public health work with a strong background in community organizing and youth education. Jean is currently the coordinator of our Tobacco Control Program. She holds a BA in Education from San Diego State University.

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      Jean Duffy

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        Public Health Advocate

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        Jason Baker

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          Public Health Advocate

          Jason Baker holds a degree in Journalism from West Texas A&M University. His experience includes writing and editing for daily and community newspapers in Texas and California. Additionally, he has worked in non-profit branding, mass communications, social justice, environmental justice, and mental health advocacy. His past experience includes working with CASA on Smoke-Free policies. His goal is to support it's efforts to achieve healthier neighborhoods.

          Carol coordinates the 80+ member El Cajon Collaborative (ECC). The ECC provides local connectivity to the San Diego Association of Government’s Regional Transportation Plan to increase local walkability, access to healthy food, and services for the region’s large refugee population. Carol also manages web-based resource network of health and human service programs and providers. 

          Carol Lewis

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            El Cajon Collaborative Coordinator

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            FERad@casaneighborhoods.org

            Ferdoos Ebadi Rad

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              Public Health Advocate

              Ferdoos works with STAAND and supports our youth engagement initiatives. In addition, she provides administrative support to the CASA team. Ferdoos is an alumni of our STAAND program who graduated with honors from El Cajon Valley High School. She is currently pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Women's Studies at San Diego State University. 

              Hai Ly Tran joins CASA as a community-engagement coordinator for the SHAPE (Supporting Healthy Asian Pacific Empowerment) project which aims at protecting residents specifically in the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Community from secondhand smoke. Hai Ly earned a PhD in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University. She has more than ten-year experience teaching at various institutions of higher education in both Vietnam and the United States.

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              Hai Ly Tran

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                Public Health Advocate

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                rbranstetter@casaneighborhoods.org

                Rebecca Branstetter

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                  Public Health Advocate

                  Rebecca comes to CASA with a background in child advocacy, public relations, and association management. Her public health advocacy focus at CASA includes monitoring local, state, and federal government decision-making to help ensure that elected and appointed officials keep safe and healthy neighborhoods front and center in their deliberations. A relative newcomer to the San Diego area, she is a graduate of Furman University and spent most of her career in the Southeast and New Jersey.