The CASA Mission

CASA of the Continental Divide guides volunteer advocates who ensure a child’s safety, best interest and well-being are at the forefront of legal proceedings.

Our Staff

Cathy Hyde

Cathy Hyde

Co-Executive Director of Operations

Cathy Hyde started her journey with CASACD as an Administrative Assistant on January 24, 2017. She was promoted to Development and Events Coordinator on July 1, 2019 and served as the Operations Director starting July 2021. In May of 2022 she moved into the role of CO-Executive Director of Operations alongside Janine Mariani. Cathy received her Baccalaureate of Arts with dual majors in History and Library Science and Media, and her Masters’ Degree in Education with a concentration in Library Science and Media. Both degrees focused on curriculum building for differentiated instruction and problem solving.

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Janine Mariani

Janine Mariani

Co-Executive Director of Programs

Janine Mariani was hired as Program Coordinator in September 2020, promoted to Program Director in November 2021 and has recently transitioned into Co-Executive Director of Programs as of May 2022. She received her Master of Laws (LLM) in Health, Law and Society from the University of Bristol in February 2020. She spent several years prior traveling and living abroad in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. In the past, Janine has worked in areas such as domestic violence, mental health and education. In her free time she enjoys traveling and spending time in the outdoors.

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Siri Lewis

Siri Lewis

Program Coordinator - Clear Creek County

Siri Lewis is joining the CASA team and brings with her over twenty years of experience in the public school setting. She is a resident of Clear Creek County and is looking forward to supporting her community in the new role of Program Coordinator. Siri graduated from Fort Lewis College and then went on to Lesley University to earn her MA in Education. She loves the outdoors and spends much of her time on trails, off piste and exploring the Continental Divide. Her explorations of the mountains are not limited to the summer months as she grew up on the Colorado slopes and tromping through the beautiful terrain on snow shoes. Siri recently began exploring waterways and has fallen in love with paddle boarding and canoeing.

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Claudia Robles

Claudia Robles

Program Coordinator - Lake & Summit Counties

"My name is Claudia Robles I was born in Holland Michigan. I moved to Colorado when I was 10 years old. I have an older sister Cindy and one younger brother Bryan. My mother passed away when I was 3 so I only have my wonderful father Guadalupe. I went to college to be a medical assistant; I have been a medical assistant since 2009. I have one amazing daughter her name is Julia she is six and is my whole world. I also have 3 dogs, 2 heelers named Sparky and Charley and one little shitzu named Frankie-Grace. We love being outdoors enjoying all Lake County has for us: our favorite spot is the fish hatchery and the trails they have there."

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Katherine Ruark

Katherine Ruark

Program Coordinator - Eagle County

Kate has been building experience in the nonprofit sector through her career path since 2016. She was awarded a competitive position with the Winter Burgess Leadership Fellows in the SeriousFun Children’s Network, where she worked with a small cohort in professional development focused on leadership. This inspired Kate to pursue structured professional learning in her life and she is graduating with a Masters in Nonprofit Management from Regis University. Kate was born and raised in Colorado. Several opportunities have brought her all over the west but her heart is in the Rocky Mountains. On the weekends you can find Kate enjoying wildflowers and dirt roads with her camera and dog Gordie Howe.

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Melissa Keil

Melissa Keil

Program Assistant

Melissa joined CASAcd in August 2019 as a part-time assistant to our program staff and brings expertise in graphic design and interpretation. Melissa received her Bachelor’s degree of Communications from Lima University in Lima, Peru. She also studied Business Administration at the same University. Melissa came to the US the winter of 2014 with a cultural exchange program for university students to practice English and learn more about the American culture. She fell in love with Summit County and came back in 2016 to study English full time. She currently runs a small cleaning business and enjoys mountain biking and skiing.

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Lori Engels

Lori Engels

Operations Coordinator

Born and raised in Kansas. Lori moved to Summit County, Colorado in 2014 to be able to explore the beautiful high country and adventure the surrounding areas. She likes to be in nature, with easy access to hiking and snowboarding. She also enjoys putting her artistic creativity in any and every aspect of her time. She has her Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability Studies from Colorado Mountain College. Her favorite sustainability goal is Social Equity as she believes putting the people and especially the children in our community first while guiding them with the resources they need which is the most important step in sustainable development overall. She is excited to assist CASAcd along the way and be the best support system for the success of the organization.

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