Executive Director Bio: Giulia M. Hodge
Emigrating from Italy at a young age, Giulia crossed oceans, cultures, languages, and many other barriers to settle into her new homeland. Growing up as a parentified child, she was destined for a career in a helping profession.
Giulia graduated from West Chester University with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), concurrently interning at numerous prisons and non-profit organizations during her coursework. Upon graduation, she served the State of Maryland in the Department of Juvenile Services (DJS) as a Resource and Case Management Specialist, and as a Coordinator of Volunteer Services – a role she passionately embraced for over three decades.
Working with at-risk youth, she developed and implemented programs that promoted social integration, youth accountability, and competency development. Giulia created and facilitated comprehensive intervention programs for juvenile offenders, some of which included a mentoring program, victim awareness education, community services, high risk adolescent trauma prevention programs, and several others including: Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs; Girls on Track, a regional respite care program utilizing horses; Youth Works, opportunities in the Arts; and a statewide sailing camp program for boys.
During her career at DJS, Giulia also worked with parents of children with disabilities through Cecil County Public Schools, as a Parent Resource Specialist for Special Education, and was an instructor with the Drug-Free Schools Program at CCPS, educating teenagers on making healthy decisions.
As a volunteer leader in her local community, Giulia has always led by example and is committed to making a difference in the lives of others. She is a firm believer that
“Those who can, do… Those who can do more, volunteer.”
Case Manager Bio: Sarah L. Wadkins
Sarah is a lifelong Cecil County resident and has recently graduated from the University of New Haven with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Juvenile and Family Services. While attending the University of New Haven, Sarah volunteered at the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven and ‘rKids Family Center. She was also a research assistant for the Tow Youth Justice Institute. The Tow Youth Justice Institute combines research with law making to ensure Connecticut’s youth are receiving the best services if they are victimized or become offenders. She was also a member of her school’s women’s club Rugby team.
Sarah applied to be an advocate but was offered an internship instead. She interned with CASA of Cecil County until October 1, 2016 when she was offered a full time position. Sarah has become the programs first case manager. She is excited to continue working with the CASA of Cecil County program as it continues to grow. As someone who has always had a special place in her heart for children, she is glad to be a part of a program that ensures every child is taken care of, regardless of their circumstances.
Technology Consultant Bio: John O. Dixon
I handle For CASA of Cecil County, business and technology services, computing consultancy, technology consulting, and IT advisory as needed.
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