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Bergen County CASA appoints new president of the Board of Directors

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Bergen County today announced, that lifelong Bergen County resident and community leader Zonie LeSane has taken up the mantle of President of the Board of Directors.

In her role, Zonie will lead the Board’s mission of providing more Court Appointed Special Advocates, to represent the nearly 500 foster children in Bergen County. CASA trains community volunteers to speak for the best interests of children involved in juvenile court, due to abuse and neglect. These volunteers gather information about the child, help identify needs and possible services as well as monitor court orders and case plans, to ensure that their child finds a safe, loving home.

Zonie will be taking over the role as Board President from Suzanne Curry, who held the position for four years. In addition to her time serving CASA, Suzanne has owned her own PR firm, Write Ideas PR & Advertising, for over 30 years. There, she established an influential presence in the entertainment industry, working as a producer on several films and television shows. Some highlights include the TV movie Weight, starring Emmy winner Martha Byrne (As the World Turns) and Equity, starring Emmy winner Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad).

Zonie is a lifelong Ridgewood resident, passionate public servant, and proud mother. She currently spends her time working in the Bergen County Department of Parks as Contractor Administrator with the Municipal Open Space Division and Business Development Division. Previously, she worked within the Bergen County Adjuster’s Office, Department of Law. There, she aided Charity Care investigations, in order to distinguish eligible candidates within Bergen County Prior to her roles with both the Parks Department and CASA, Zonie attended the First School of Paralegal Studies in Passaic Park for two years and became a Certified Paralegal Specialist. Following school, she worked in the areas of Trust and Estates as a Managing Director for a boutique law firm.

“Having been immersed in the Bergen County community for my entire life, I’ve developed a passion for giving back to those who need it most,” Zonie commented. “Many people don’t know that there are hundreds of children without permanent homes in this county alone. CASA is helping to provide these underrepresented children with a voice, in the most challenging times of their lives.”

Previously, Zonie served a substantial amount of time as a board member on the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, she is currently on the Board of Directors with the Boys and Girls Club of Lodi, Hackensack and Teaneck as well as a member of the Bergen County African Advisory Committee, Emerge New Jersey for Women, and was recently accepted into the Bergen Leads program, given by the Bergen Volunteer Center.

In 2017, Zonie completed the Certified Public Manager Program at Rutgers University’s School of Administration and Public Affairs. In October of this year, she will continue onward at Rutgers in pursuit of a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.

For more information, call 201-336-7520 or email info@bergencasa.org.

Former CASA chair, Suzanne Curry (right) with Zonie LeSane, of Ridgewood, new president of CASA, (left). PHOTO COURTESY OF BERGEN COUNTY CASA

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