Meet Our Team
Executive Director - Dana J. Stevens
At the helm of Team CASA is Executive Director, Dana Stevens with more than 20 years experience as a community organizer and policy advocate. Her strategic and collaborative leadership has been instrumental in numerous successes which include local and statewide public health initiatives, non-profit organizations and community coalitions. Her passion for thriving communities is demonstrated by her exceptional skills in policy development and analysis, community organizing, and extensive experience in articulating the realities in substance abuse prevention issues.
Dana is entering her sixth year as Executive Director of CASA and continues to successfully position the agency in revitalization efforts to develop healthier neighborhoods by supporting local businesses, and improving the quality of life, most notably in East and South Regions of San Diego County.
Dana is a native of San Diego County and holds a bachelor's degree in Urban Studies and Planning from the University of California, San Diego.
Meet the Team
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.
Public Health Advocate
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Jean joins the CASA team after working with CASA as Coordinator of Drug Free Julian Community Coalition for seven years. Jean comes to public health work with a strong background in community organizing and youth education. She was the advisor for EPIC (Education and Prevention In our Community) Youth Coalition for seven years and was a Resident Leadership Academy Trainer. Jean is the President of the Julian Community Heritage Foundation. She holds a BA in Education from San Diego State University and lives in Julian with her husband Brian. They have three children.
Public Health Advocate / Communications Specialist
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Carol has been working as a public health advocate and communications specialist at CASA since 2017. Carol has held similar positions in San Diego County Drug Free Community Coalitions over the past eight years. She began working in public health policy after more than 20 years as a radio and television journalist. Carol is an active community volunteer focusing on children and youth. Currently Carol is Vice President for Membership Services for the California State PTA. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications and journalism from San Diego State University and lives with her husband Jonathan in Chula Vista. They have three children.
El Cajon Collaborative Coordinator
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Carol coordinates all aspects of the 80+ member El Cajon Collaborative (ECC). It is one of the longest running community-based collaboratives in San Diego County. The ECC provides local connectivity to the San Diego Association of Government’s Regional Transportation Plan, San Diego County’s regional CX3 communities of excellent work to increase local walkability, access to healthy food, and a myriad of services for the region’s large refugee population. Carol also manages an extensive web-based resource network of health and human service programs and providers.
Consultant, Tobacco Policy
Lorenzo Higley after nearly 20 years with CASA, has semi-retired but remains a vital part of our team as a expert consultant on tobacco policy