Sarah Sherwood, CASA Board Member
CASA of San Mateo County Program Overview and Metrics
Impact of CASA Advocacy
A Court Appointed Special Advocates program, CASA of San Mateo County is part of the National CASA Association.
EXECUTIVE STAFF BIOGRAPHIES
Patricia Miljanich is Executive Director and co-founder of the CASA Program of San Mateo County. She began her work with the CASA program in San Mateo County in 1999. Under her direction the number of children served has steadily increased and a variety of specialized programs have been created to serve special needs of children and youth. She is an attorney and former elementary school teacher. In the past, she served as Executive Director of Legal Services for Children and has developed and coordinated middle and high school Street Law Programs at the University of San Francisco and University of Santa Clara Law Schools. She was an elected member of the San Mateo Community College Board of Trustees for 20 years and an appointed member of First 5 San Mateo County. Patricia was an adult supporter and a co- founding member of the San Mateo County California Youth Connections Chapter. Patricia holds a B.S. from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from University of San Francisco. She co- authored In Defense of Children: Understanding the Rights, Needs and Interests of the Child. Thomas Nazario, J.D., Charles Scribner's Sons, 1987. Patricia has been a CASA volunteer to three youth and an educational representative for 30 children.
John Ragosta has served as CASA of San Mateo County’s Program Director since April 2014. As the Program Director, John is responsible for CASA’s recruitment, training, and on-going support of CASA volunteers. Additionally, John maintains his role managing the Academic Success Program, which he was hired to lead in 2008. John’s career has been devoted to children and families at-risk. John holds a BA in Sociology from Connecticut College and a Master of Public Policy from UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs. After college, John began two years of service as a teacher in East Palo Alto with Teach for America. John served as staff to the Mayor of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board prior to working for a Bay Area public sector consulting firm, where as a research analyst he was part of a team developing a child welfare risk and safety assessment tool for eleven counties and the California Department of Social Services. John currently sits on San Mateo County’s Blue Ribbon Commission for Children in Foster Care, chairs the Commission’s Subcommittee on Education, and is a member and former chair of the San Mateo Citizen Review Panel. While focused on local policy and managing the strongest nonprofit program team in the Bay Area, John loves being around children. Luckily, he has two of his own and takes every opportunity to interact with the children who come through the office.