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CASA leader Stephens honored for 27 years of advocacy
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Court Appointed Special Advocates volunteers Lynn Johnson and Pat Bursten speak with the incoming CASA executive director Janet Walden during a retirement party for CASA Executive Director Connie Stephens Tuesday evening at Hunt Tower in Gainesville. Johnson and Bursten have been volunteering with CASA for about 5 years. - photo by Erin O. Smith
Stepping down from her executive director role, Connie Stephens said she was glad the reins have been passed to someone “just as passionate and committed.” Stephens, the outgoing executive director of the Hall-Dawson Court-Appointed Special Advocates, gathered with friends, family and fellow child advocates Tuesday night at the Hunt Tower in Gainesville to celebrate her 27 years of service. Janet Walden, who formerly served as the Forsyth CASA executive director, took over on July 11.