New CASA manager appointed

Melissa Lopez is the incoming Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program manager. Photo submitted

After three years as Program Manager for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), serving children in foster care through the Plumas County court system, Kendrah Fredricksen will be moving on to become a foster parent!

Plumas CASA proudly announced the introduction of Melissa Lopez as the incoming program manager.

Lopez recently moved with her family to Plumas County from the Monterey Bay Area. While in Monterey, Melissa worked nearly two decades in the education and nonprofit fields.

After studying social and behavioral science with a concentration in Atypical Human Development at CSU Monterey Bay, Lopez worked for several years with children, ranging from infant up to college age, with autism and other developmental and learning disabilities.

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Most recently, Lopez was program director of MEarth, an environmental education nonprofit in Carmel-by-the-Sea, where she worked to expand the organization’s youth programs throughout Monterey County.

Alongside Casey Jordan-Pruitt, CASA’s volunteer coordinator, Lopez is excited to expand the CASA volunteer program in order to serve more Plumas County youth.

Lopez, her husband Charles Schrammel, who is the Foster and Homeless Youth Services Coordinator for Plumas County Office of Education, and their two children, Teagan and Liam, are happy to be closer to Charles’ family, and look forward to being involved in the Plumas County community.

The Plumas CASA program is currently seeking advisory board members. The board meets the third Wednesday of the month at 4 p.m. at Plumas Crisis Intervention and Resource Center (591 Main St., Quincy). The program is also seeking CASA volunteers for training to begin early March 2020. Email Jordan-Pruitt at [email protected] for more information.