CASA of the Pikes Peak Region
Trudy Strewler Hodges
If there is a face of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the Pikes Peak Region, it's Trudy Strewler Hodges.
The executive director has served in a leadership capacity at CASA since 1989, growing an organization that relies on trained volunteers to represent abused and neglected children in court. Anyone who has ever worked or volunteered for an organization that deals with trauma knows how emotionally draining it can be. But whenever I met with Hodges, she was cheerful. She seemed to have a wonderful ability to focus on the good that CASA could bring into children's lives rather than the horror they had experienced in their past.
Hopefully, that attitude will serve her well in her new role. Hodges will leave CASA on March 31 to be the new CEO of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation. She replaces Michael Hannigan, another long serving executive director, who led PPCF for 15 years before his recent retirement.
“During her 25 year tenure at CASA, Trudy provided brilliant leadership and unwavering commitment to the safety and well-being of local children,” Heather Kelly, board chair, stated in a press release. “Although we have long benefited from Trudy’s excellent directorship we knew this day would come."
The board has been preparing for a transition for a year and has named Mittie Pedraza, former director of programs at CASA, interim director.