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CASA names Shandra Riffey new permanent director

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Southern Pinellas County domestic violence center CASA announced Thursday that acting director Shandra Riffey will continue as the group’s new, permanent director.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are very excited to welcome Shandra as our new Executive Director,” said Nick McDevitt, president of CASA’s Board of Directors. “We are very much looking forward to working together with Shandra and her executive team to build our new foundation and push forward into the future.

Riffey has been CASA’s acting director since July 2015, when beloved director Linda Osmundson retired after more than 25 years in the role. Riffey’s hire as new executive director became official on New Years Day, though the CASA board delayed their announcement out of respect for Osmundson, who died Jan. 4.

“I am honored to have been chosen as Executive Director of CASA.  The support of our agency by the Board of Directors and the CASA Team has been phenomenal,” Riffey said. “As we usher in a new year and a ‘New CASA,’ 2016 promises to be a year of opportunities for CASA and for those we serve.”

CASA is the third domestic violence center Riffey has led. She headed up the Lee Conlee House in Putnam County from 2001 through 2007 and Micah’s Place in Nassau County from 2007 through 2014. She has been on the executive committee of the Florida Coalition against Domestic Violence Board of Directors since 2007 and served as chair from 2009 to 2011.

The group announced it will hold a public meet-and-greet to introduce its new director on Feb. 23 at Furnish Me Vintage. Event details are available on the CASA website.

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for SaintPetersBlog and FloridaPolitics.com. While at the University of Florida, Wilson was an editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and after graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to cover business deals for The Hollywood Reporter. Before joining Extensive Enterprises, Wilson covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools.

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