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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…

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Linda Osmundson memorialized in grand celebration of life

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An entire community said goodbye to one of its toughest leaders Friday afternoon. Friends, family and members of the community gathered in a celebration of life for longtime CASA executive director Linda Osmundson at the Palladium Theater in downtown St. Pete. As those who knew Osmundson would expect, the celebration was just that. Lively music played as people filed into the theater by the dozen. By the time it was time to start, the theater was standing room only –…

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Richard Chilton: Memories of Linda Osmundson — a national treasure

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The late Linda Osmundson, a pioneer advocate for women in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, was one of the more remarkable, quiet, unassuming and tenacious women I’ve ever known. We met a half-century ago, in high school, at a new campus five miles south of Santa Maria, California, known at the time as “The Valley of the Flowers.” She was from Lompoc, a community where the true acres of flowers were grown for seeds and cut blooms sent…

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Community remembers Linda Osmundson

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St. Petersburg area residents were rocked Tuesday when news that longtime domestic-violence victim advocate Linda Osmundson had passed away. Osmundson, herself a domestic violence survivor, worked to help other victims tirelessly for more than 40 years. She served as head of St. Pete’s Community Action Stops Abuse for 26 years, an organization created to help victims of domestic abuse re-establish their lives and survive the truly horrible. Under her leadership, CASA grew from a staff of seven working out of a small…

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In her lifetime, Linda Osmundson helped with “better heroes”

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In her short time on earth, Linda Osmundson took on a lot of heavier burdens than a sportswriter trying to take on a story. But it was Osmundson who convinced me that domestic violence is everybody’s struggle, and she helped however she could in the times when I called on her. She was patient. She was insightful. She was my go-to person when athletes got out of hand. Linda, who died at 66 on Monday, was my hero. And I…

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Longtime CASA leader Linda Osmundson dies

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 Linda Osmundson, a longtime activist against domestic violence, passed away Monday night surrounded by her family. The 26-year head of St. Pete’s CASA — Community Action Stops Abuse — had been suffering through an illness that led to a wound overtaking her left cheek leaving in its place an unmistakable scar. It’s unclear whether her death was related to that illness. She was just 66. According to a post on Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence Foundation President Tiffany Carr’s Facebook page…

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CASA bids farewell to Linda Osmundson

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Supporters, members and employees of Community Action Stops Abuse celebrated the end of a 26-year road for their now retired executive director, Linda Osmundson. Gathered in the St. Pete Museum of History’s ballroom, more than 125 friends and colleagues took turns sitting next to Osmundson and thanking her for her service and commitment to the community. “It’s the best hire I’ve made in my 50-year business career,” said former CASA Board of Directors President Rick McCollum of his decision to…

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