AFP Member Spotlight

Welcome Ada Hernandez-Bell to AFP!


CASA of East Tennessee’s new Executive Director knew from a young age that she wanted to work in Juvenile Justice. Ada worked for 11 years at a foster care agency and eventually made her way to CASA of East Tennessee in 2018. “My passion for children’s justice, community engagement and resources to provide opportunities where young people can grow and thrive and become productive citizens of our community has been exciting to share with our current and prospective donors,” Ada says of her new role.


This spring, Ada was awarded a Professional Development Grant through the National CASA/GAL program. With this grant, she began her coursework toward a Fundraising Certification through Illinois University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Ada will complete the program this fall.


“It has been an incredible opportunity for me to learn from such a well-organized and passionate team of professionals,” she said of her experience at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. “I am very honored to have the opportunity to learn with them and to bring these new skills back.”


Ada joined AFP in January and has this to say of her experience so far: “I have been so grateful for the conversations, support and connection I have received from AFP in just the short time I have been a part of the group and look forward to continued partnership and long-term relationships.”

Ada Hernandez-Bell, CASA of East TN

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