Capital Area Court Appointed Special Advocate Association has announced its 2015 board of directors and newly trained CASA volunteers.

The volunteers work to advance the best interests of abused and neglected youth living in foster care in East Baton Rouge Parish, a news release from CASA said.

CASA’s executive committee members include Chairwoman Deborah Lamb, Vice Chairman Reginald Brown, Secretary Jessica James and Treasurer Katie Ruiz.

Newly elected to the board are Anaiah Davis, Jennifer Guckert, Kristen Hogan, Anna Jackson, Jennifer Racca McDonough, Allyson Sadler and Amanda Stout. Returning members include Tanie Bush, Heather Cross, Todd Denton, David Faulk, Shirley Lewis, Holly Sides, Karen Sirman, Mary Thompson and Robert Woosley.

The 19 board members were officially sworn in as CASA volunteers on Jan. 22 by Juvenile Court Judge Pamela Taylor Johnson.

The new volunteer advocates were sworn in at the CASA office on the final evening of a 32-hour training course, which prepares CASA volunteers for their advocacy work. Once assigned to cases, the volunteers will work to help foster youth reach safe, permanent homes, the release said.

CASA is accepting people into its next training course, which begins April 14. Community volunteers are needed in order for CASA to provide an advocate for every child who needs one, the release said.

The first step to getting involved is to attend a brief orientation session. For dates and more information, call (225) 379-8598, visit www.casabr.org or email volunteer@casabr.org.