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Board of Directors

Robert H. Kilpatrick, Chairperson

Robert has been on CASA Board of Directors for a long time. He previously worked at Hill Health Corporation, New Haven Welfare Department, Yale Alumni Magazine and New Haven Register. He is now semi-retired, working part time at Regional Water Authority.  Robert is married, has three daughters and lives in Old Saybrook.

Jose Ortiz,

Jose is one of the founders of CASA. He was also a board member in CASA's early years. Jose retired from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) where he developed and administered a statewide initiative to ensure that underserved populations received culturally appropriate services. He retired from DHMAS in 2011. Later, Jose served as the Hispanic Health Council's Chief Executive Officer. He retired from that position in 2020. In addition to an MBA, Jose has an MS in Community Mental Health and is a licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

Vicente Sanchez, PhD, Treasurer 

Dr. Sanchez is a scientist retired from federal service where he conducted forest research. He has been involved with community service and youth programs for many years as a board member and volunteer. His interests in community based programs continue as a contractor in health based programing and information management.

Miguel Ayala

Miguel is a resident of Shelton, Connecticut and was employed for 45 years for Connecticut Legal Services as a paralegal. He retired in 2016. Miguel has served as a member of the Board of Directors at CASA since 2004 and has also served as a member of the Board of Director at Bridgeport Caribe Youth Leaders since 2005. Miguel is also the Director of Community Outreach for the same organization.

Paul V. Carty

Paul has been a practicing attorney in New Haven, CT since 1985. His practice areas include criminal defense, drug and alcohol, as well as personal injury and family law. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University (1977), and the University of Connecticut School of Law in (1985).  

Madeline Vargas, MS

Madeline has a Masters in Human Services with concentration of Organizational Leadership.  She has 25 years of experience in Behavior Health and working in a Multi-Cultural treatment facility along with experience with DUI clients. Madeline worked for Casa Inc. for 20 years, providing her direct knowledge of the treatment services available at Casa Inc. She is bilingual and has experience working with multi-disciplinary clients and staff.

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