CASA Executive Director Appointed

Patricia Melcer, MSN, CCRN, has been appointed executive director of CASA of Queen Anne’s & Kent Counties.

Melcer has served as a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate for almost six years. She was sworn in as a Court Appointed Special Advocate in both Queen Anne’s County and in Kent County in 2009; prior to joining the local program, she was an advocate at the program serving Mercer County, NJ.

Locally, she has also served as facilitator for a roundtable presentation for advocates on teamwork and communication and presented a training program on the effects of fetal alcohol syndrome.

“I have enjoyed being a part of this vital community program in a volunteer capacity, and now I am looking forward to serving in a leadership role,” said Melcer.  “I am committed to CASA’s mission which is to advocate for the best interests of children who are under the protection of the court system because of abuse, neglect or abandonment.  Our goal is to secure a safe, permanent home for every child in the two counties we serve.”

A nurse for nearly 30 years, Melcer most recently worked as a clinical nurse educator in the neonatal intensive care unit at A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington. She previously held numerous nursing and management positions in both corporate and acute health care settings in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Melcer received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, NJ.

“We are delighted to have Pat join us as executive director for our CASA program,” said Kathy Sells, president of the Board of Directors of CASA of Queen Anne’s & Kent Counties.  “She is passionate about CASA and has been a compassionate and effective advocate to the children who have been assigned to her.  We are confident that she is the right person to help us grow to the next level.”

Melcer began her new position on August 2.