Madison County CASA Staff
A CASA is a Court Appointed Special Advocate who is a trained volunteer that helps children who are going through the court system, independent of the family and the state, to advocate for that child’s best future.
A proud native Memphian, Hannah, her husband, and their four children have made Jackson their home since 2015.
Hannah received her BA in History and French from Millsaps College and her MS in Instruction and Curriculum from The University of Memphis.
Hannah’s professional experiences include stints as a classroom teacher and many years in the nonprofit world in a variety of roles ranging from directing a literacy program to creating leadership and team-building curricula to training and supervising program volunteers.
In 2017, Hannah was hired as Madison County CASA’s Volunteer and Case Manager. In July of 2019, she was hired as Madison County CASA’s Executive Director and has served in that position since that time.
During the last three years, the mission and work of Madison County CASA has become close and dear to Hannah’s heart. She is convinced that providing strong, child-focused advocacy for Madison County’s abused and neglected children not only strengthens the lives and the futures of the children themselves but of the Madison County community as a whole.
Case and Volunteer Manager
Toblin joined Madison County CASA in September of 2019 and is dedicated to the volunteers and to the children served by CASA.
Born and raised in Hardeman County, Tennessee as the middle child of small business owners, work ethic was instilled early in life. A graduate of Lane College and The University of Memphis, Toblin worked in the Madison County School System for almost seven years in regular and special education, spending the majority of time hands-on in the Montessori classroom. Toblin was a member of the emergency response team, a leader in implementing school fundraisers, and created a school song for the staff and student body.
Toblin brings seventeen years of customer service skills and training to CASA and enjoys implementing a strategy of “care and appreciation” to CASA as volunteers are advocating for children. Empathy and caring can be felt by the children, their families, foster families, and volunteers. Making sure they all are aware of how much they are appreciated and that CASA cares is important.
Aside from serving as the Case and Volunteer Manager, Toblin is also a local small business owner with hopes to write her first book in the next two years. She enjoys time with family, learning new things, volunteering with the American Cancer Society & the American Heart Association, traveling, decorating, trying new recipes, and creating floral arrangements.
Toblin’s largest passion is people. She enjoys helping people see a vision, helping people realize they have purpose, and helping them to become self-sufficient.
Board of Directors
Kevin Adelsberger is the founder of Adelsberger Marketing where they make creative work that grows their clients’ businesses in a culture that values their team and community of Jackson, Tennessee. In 2016, Kevin was recognized as an emerging leader by Leadership Jackson. In 2017, Adelsberger Marketing was named the Emerging Business of the Year by the Jackson Chamber and in 2020, Union University gave Kevin recognition for Disgusted Achievement in Arts and media.
Karen Linville Baker
Karen, a native Nashvillian, grew up raising, training, and showing horses. After graduating from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, she attended graduate school at the University of Memphis where she earned a M.S. in Counseling and Personnel Services, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. She has four bright and talented children, each with their own unique and amazing personalities. As a faculty member at the University of Memphis, she enjoys turning students’ minds on to the wonders of psychology. Karen has served on the Madison County CASA Board since 2016.
Born in Watertown, New York, Scott was raised in Jackson, Tennessee. Scott is the Manager of Special Occasions and serves as a Madison County Commissioner. Scott was a CASA Volunteer for 4 years and was a foster parent for 3 years. CASA has always been dear to Scott’s heart because children need love, attention, and a voice! Scott has served on the Madison County CASA Board since 2013.
Vadessa Flack is a Client Relations Specialist at Manpower Mid-South. After graduating from Leadership Jackson in 2017, Vadessa has been very involved in the Jackson community, serving in various capacities in organizations including the Leadership Jackson Alumni Association, United Way of West Tennessee, American Heart Association, Jackson Chamber, TACL, Jackson Symphony League, Englewood Baptist Church, and more. Vadessa has been a Madison County CASA Board Member since 2019.
Jennifer L. Foster is a Jackson attorney. She is the owner of The Law Offices of Jennifer L. Foster, PLLC. Jennifer attended nursing school at Mississippi County Community College in Blytheville, Arkansas, received her Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management from Crichton College, and graduated from the Nashville School of Law. She opened the Law Office of Jennifer L. Foster to realize her goal of helping patients and their families beyond the bedside, specifically in their financial futures. She has served on the Madison County CASA Board since 2017
Since 2017, Jason has served as the dean of the McAfee School of Business at Union University. Jason oversees eight undergraduate and nine graduate offerings to help students fulfill their purpose. Jason’s role includes developing students and faculty while building community engagement for the school. Jason has served on the Madison County CASA Board since 2019.
Dennis Hornsby is the Operations Manager at Robert’s Jewelers. An alumni of Lambuth University, Dennis is also a GIA Graduate Gemologist. He has been married to his wife, Erin, since 2001. They have two boys, Cade and Miller. Dennis enjoys hunting, fishing, and watching his sons play baseball. Dennis has served on the Madison County CASA Board since 2016.
AJ is a Jackson native and Vice President at the Bank of Jackson. AJ is a graduate of Union University, earning his BBA and his MBA. AJ is an alumnus of the Leadership Jackson class of 2009 and was recognized in the first class of Jackson’s Forty Under 40. AJ is an active member of the Exchange Club, West Tennessee Society of Human Resources, and Jackson Young Professionals. AJ also serves on the board of directors for Relay for Life (2015 Co-Chair), Leadership Jackson Alumni Association, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, and The Exchange Club Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse. When he is not serving his clients and his community, AJ enjoys trout fishing, woodworking, reading, and playing with his sons. He has been married to Lauren, his middle school sweetheart, since 2005. They have a two sons, and a rescue Springer Spaniel, Millie. AJ has served on the Madison County CASA Board since 2014.
Kay Montgomery, MSSW, LAPSW
Kay Montgomery, a native Jacksonian is an adjunct professor in the school of social work at Union University. Kay is a LAPSW (Licensed Advanced Practiced Social Worker) and holds a Masters in Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee. She retired from the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services after 31 years and has enjoyed teaching at Union University since then. Kay has served on the Madison County CASA Board since 2019.
Ross Priddy is a Mortgage Loan Officer for Leaders Credit Union. A native Jacksonian, he is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and has been married to his wife Laura since 2008. Together they have three sons, Jack, Thad, and Owen and are members of City Fellowship Baptist Church. In 2015, Ross was named one of Jackson’s Forty under 40 and graduated from Leadership Jackson in the same year. Ross believes that CASA improves our community by caring for all kids, not just “our kids” living under the same roof. Ross has served on the Madison County CASA Board since 2015.
Dr. Linda Theus is the Department Chair of Business at Lane College. She has taught at the college level throughout West Tennessee over her long career in education. Dr. Theus is an active member of the Jackson community, serving as a Rise to Read mentor, an Educational Board Member of the Federal Reserve, a former United Way of West Tennessee Board Member, and a 2020 Sterling Award Honoree Recipient. Dr. Theus has served on the Madison County CASA Board since 2020.
Nathan D. Tilly is a Jackson attorney with Pentecost, Glenn, & Mauldin. Nathan graduated from Union University and attended law school at the University of Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville. Nathan and his wife Rachel have two sons and are active members at Fellowship Bible Church. As an attorney, Nathan has been appointed in several cases as a guardian ad litem to represent abused and neglected children. While serving as a guardian ad litem, Nathan has found that too often more children need strong advocates to represent their best interests. He hopes that by serving on the board, he will be able to assist CASA in growing and becoming even more successful in advocating for the best interests of the abused and neglected children of Madison County. Nathan has served on the Madison County CASA Board since 2016.