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Shandra Riffey named as CASA executive director

ST. PETERSBURG — Community Action Stops Abuse has named its executive director after a six-month nationwide search.

Shandra Riffey, who has served as interim director since July, will lead the domestic violence victim advocacy organization better known as CASA, according to a news release from the organization. She took over after longtime director Linda Osmundson reluctantly retired amid a battle with an undisclosed illness that took her life this month.

Riffey, 54, said Thursday she's excited to serve a community she's come to love since she started at CASA as assistant executive director last January.

"This is by far one of the most generous and giving communities that I've experienced," she said.

The position is somewhat of a homecoming for Riffey, who was born in Tampa. She brings more than 15 years of experience in domestic violence advocacy work from running domestic violence centers in Nassau and Putnam counties to serving in several leadership roles for the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Her goals for the organization include expanding outreach and teaching marketable skills to those who use CASA's services.

"That's kind of my dream," she said, "to get these women and men really employed and making a living."

Shandra Riffey named as CASA executive director 01/28/16 [Last modified: Thursday, January 28, 2016 6:49pm]
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