CASA of Los Angeles (CASA/LA) announces that Dilys Tosteson Garcia, former Hispanic Ad Agency Head, has been appointed Executive Director to Lead Non-Profit's New Expansion Initiative.

Founded in 1978, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is dedicated to improving the lives of children in the dependency court system through trained volunteer advocates who are
supported by a professional staff.

Ms. Garcia, an experienced senior manager from the private sector, will head CASA/LA's expansion plan expected to roll out through 2011. CASA/LA currently serves 500 children annually with 350 volunteers. More than 27,000 children in Los Angeles County are under the supervision of the Court because of abuse, neglect or abandonment. Most live in foster care and do not return to their birth families, making them more likely than other children to face unemployment, homelessness, incarceration and suicide as young adults.

Prior to joining CASA/LA, Ms. Garcia headed Garcia & Associates. As an independent consultant, her client list included high profile brands such as Wells Fargo, Disney Consumer Products and Pacific Bell as well as public sector clients like Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, The Emancipation Partnership and Casey Family Programs. She also held positions of Western Regional National Sales Manager for Radio Unica Network and Sales & Marketing Director for Vista Magazine.

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