CASA of New Jersey Team
Angie Waters, Executive Director
Angie’s years of experience within the CASA network, combined with her commitment and dedication to providing best-interest advocacy and support to the children and youth served by the CASA program allows her to work effectively with the organization’s key stakeholders and the statewide network of CASA programs.
Angie was the Executive Director of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties between 2001 and 2021. In 2017, she was named the Kappa Alpha Theta Program Director of the Year by the National CASA/GAL Association for Children. Angie received this honor for her work in growing the CASA for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties program and for adopting innovative new practices that allowed the organization to provide advocacy to every foster child in the program’s area of service.
Angie is a graduate of DeSales University.
Liza Kirschenbaum, Esq, Associate Director
Liza earned her Juris Doctorate from New York University School of Law after graduating, summa cum laude, from Rutgers University. She practiced law in the Morristown office of Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti, LLP, until she left to become the founding State Director of CASA of New Jersey. Liza had previously been the vice-president of the Board of Trustees of CASA of Morris and Sussex Counties, Inc. and the director of the Morris County Bar Association’s Child Advocacy Project. In addition to fulfilling her duties as CASA of New Jersey’s Director of Public Affairs, Liza serves on the Advisory Board of Foster and Adoptive Family Services of New Jersey, the New Jersey Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect and the Task Force Protection Sub-Committee.
Lauren Carlton, GROWTH SPECIALIST
Lauren Carlton joined CASA of N.J. in 2018. In 1981, after graduating from Duke Law School, she represented the Department of Children and Families for 30 years. She tried hundreds of cases and argued before the N.J. Supreme Court. Lauren was also an adjunct professor at Montclair State University’s Center for Child Advocacy.
Lauren is on the Board at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair. A life-long learner, Lauren audits classes at Columbia University and belongs to an active book club. She looks forward to many more years of serving her community and her world.
Edie Grauer, MSW, Statewide Training & Professional Development Coordinator
Edie Grauer, BSW, MSW, is a seasoned manager whose career has been concentrated in nonprofits and post-secondary educational institutions. She has extensive experience in the areas of homelessness, criminal and juvenile justice, children in out-of-home placement, substance abuse and addiction, and HIV/AIDS.
Edie taught at numerous colleges and universities in the fields of social work, criminal justice, community and leadership building, drug abuse and addiction, sociology, and psychology. She has designed and facilitated training for community-based organizations, most recently focused on anti-racism work.
Edie serves on the Board of Trustees of Court Appointed Special Advocates of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties (CASA SHaW).
Nicole L. Holt, M.P.A., Performance Analyst
Nicole joined CASA of New Jersey in July, 2019 as the Performance Analyst. Nicole is a programmatic, policy and data analyst and has spent her career working to improve conditions for New Jersey’s most at-risk children. She was an Assistant Child Advocate at the former New Jersey Office of the Child Advocate (OCA), where she began on the Helpline and then focused on a variety of policy issues and projects, including monitoring, evaluating and assessing state agencies and programs serving children and working with the federal court monitor of New Jersey’s child welfare system. She also served as project lead in developing a website by and for systems-involved youth and was part of the work group that researched and drafted legislation to support school stability for foster children.
Nicole was also the Kids Count Coordinator at Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ). In this role, she served as the internal and external resource for data needs and analysis and was responsible for all of the various Kids Count publications and reports, which use objective data to measure child well-being. She identified, collected and analyzed all federal, state and local data for the reports and special policy briefs. She presented the findings to stakeholders across the state and worked with groups to better understand the data and how to use it to identify issues, set benchmarks and measure progress. Prior to joining CASA of New Jersey, Nicole was the Director of Programs & Recruitment at CASA of Ocean County. She earned her Masters of Public Administration degree from Rutgers University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from The College of New Jersey
Todd Lawson, Bookkeeper
Todd has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Rider University and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Accountancy this fall. He has been working for CASA of New Jersey since 2013.
Nancy Miller, Communications Coordinator
Nancy joined CASA of New Jersey during October of 2016. Before this, she was a Project Manager with CASA of Boulder County, Colorado, for several years and was also the Manager of Online Communications for the University of Colorado Alumni Association. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems, certification in web graphic design, and social media.