- Executive Director, CASA Jefferson
Rosana Gonzalez has been a part of the CASA Jefferson team since March 2008. She began as an Advocate Supervisor and soon after moved to the position of Program Coordinator, where she supported other staff members in a supervisory capacity. In May of 2014, Rosana was promoted to Director of Programs. She oversaw the recruitment, training and retention of Advocates as well as oversees all of the children’s projects. In November 2014, Rosana became the Executive Director for CASA Jefferson, Inc. Rosana’s primary goal as the Executive Director is to be able to serve all of the children appointed by the Jefferson Parish Juvenile Court Judges and together improve child outcomes. Originally from California, Rosana became one of the first in her family to graduate from college. She earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Sociology from the California State University at Stanislaus in 2006.
It is through her studies as a Sociology student that Rosana was further exposed to the social service field and the passion for volunteerism and advocacy. Rosana worked as an ESL instructor and a Citizenship Class Instructor for Stanislaus Literacy Center, a non-profit in her hometown. Furthermore, she served one year as an AmeriCorps members for that same non-profit, assisting with community awareness and volunteer recruitment. In September of 2006, Rosana married and moved to Kenner, Louisiana. She worked as a Program Coordinator for Operation Reach, Inc., where she worked with at risk youth in the Greater New Orleans Area. Rosana and her husband have two young daughters.