Johnson hired as CASA’s outreach coordinator
DENTON — Chandler Johnson grew up in Caroline County, graduating from Colonel Richardson High School before going across the Bay Bridge to earn her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Towson University and her master’s in social work from the University of Maryland.
Now Johnson, 24, has returned home and serves as the outreach coordinator for CASA of Caroline. She was hired in April.
“Just what CASA does is so great and a ver y big need in Caroline County,” she said. “I wanted to be a part of that. Caroline County has given so much to me, and I felt I needed to give something back.
“I wanted to have a direct, positive impact on someone’s life, so why not do that right in my hometown,” she said. “Helping so close to home touches my heart.”
After graduating from college, Johnson served in AmeriCorps for a year, mentoring and advocating for youth involved with the criminal justice system in Baltimore City. She also serves as a CASA trained volunteer and is assigned to help a child in court.
“We just really appreciate Chandler’s passion,” said CASA of Caroline Executive Director Shelly Kulp. “She has two roles here. She has been assigned a youth in Caroline County. She appears in court with the child. She not only works for us, but also she shares her talents and gifts to ser ve here.”
CASA of Caroline began as a group of concerned citizens who recognized the need for someone to watch out for the best interest of children in foster care. CASA of Caroline became operational in September 2003 under Circuit Court Judge J. Owen Wise. The organization remains committed to assuring that abused and neglected children are heard and provided with one consistent presence in their lives, a CASA advocate.
For more information about CASA of Caroline, visit www.carolinecasa.org.
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CASA of Caroline Outreach Coordinator Chandler Johnson stands outside the CASA office on Market Street in downtown Denton.