Meet our Team

Mitchell Samick

Program Director

Mitchell Samick was born and raised in St. Mary's PA and attended Elk County Catholic High School. Mitchell then attended Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA where he obtained both his Bachelor's Degree (2003) and Master's Degree (2005) , along with his Secondary Education teaching certification. Upon completion of his education, Mitchell began working within the human services field. With experiences in mental health, foster care, and education Mitchell became an Advocate Supervisor with CASA of Westmoreland in 2014. In 2019, Mitchell was promoted to Program Director overseeing the daily operations of the organization. While at CASA of Westmoreland, Mitchell was selected by National CASA to participate in an Executive Certificate program focusing on Children's Law and Policy through Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Mitchell currently lives in Latrobe, PA with his wife Katie.

Selina Matis, President
Dr. Selina Matis, LCSW, LICSW is a lifelong resident of Southwestern Pennsylvania. She received her doctoral degree in social work from Widener University. Additionally, she has a MSW (Master of Social Work), BS in Elementary Education and a MS in School Psychology all from California University of Pennsylvania. Clinically, she has worked primarily in the mental health arena supporting children and their families in a variety of settings. She has specialized in treating trauma across the lifespan. She currently runs a private practice in Fayette County providing counseling, consultation, and supervision services. Additionally, she is a Core Faculty member in Capella University’s MSW program. Dr. Matis has been published and presented on a variety of topics including resilience, self-care and burn-out, ethics, trauma-informed social work, working with families, helping students succeed, and the social work competencies.

Kendall Sisler, Vice President
A lifelong resident of Fayette County, Kendall Sisler is a self-employed hairstylist and is a cohost of the talk radio show, Hot Topics, on WMBS. Kendall serves her community on various boards ranging from nonprofits to local government authorities. She is committed to volunteering her time and efforts to causes that promote change and growth.

Melinda Powell, Treasurer
Melinda Powell joins the CASA Board of Directors as a resident of Connellsville, PA. A graduate of Penn State University, she has worked for Scottdale Bank & Trust for 34 years where she is now the Community Banking Liaison. Melinda’s love for her community does not stop with her work: she serves on the Board for the Scottdale Area Chamber of Commerce and volunteers with her church. In her free time, you can find Melinda golfing, shooting sporting clays, devouring a good book and spending time with her daughter and beloved Labrador, Tyson.

Jolene Hough, Secretary
Jolene Hough is a retired teacher after 36 years in public education with the Brownsville Area School District. She is not only on the CASA of Fayette County Board, but is also a member of the Brownsville Area Revitalization Corporation, Brownsville Historical Society Board, Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services Board (Fayette County Representative), Southwestern Pennsylvania Behavioral Care Board, and Fayette County CYS Advisory Board. Jolene also works at Duda’s Farm and lives in Merrittstown with her husband, George.

Haley Holliday
Haley Holliday is a licensed social worker and lifelong resident of Southwestern Pennsylvania. She received a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Children’s Studies from Saint Vincent College, in addition to earning an Addictions Specialist Certificate. She received her MSW with a certificate in Integrated Healthcare from the University of Pittsburgh. Haley has provided social work services to individuals across the lifespan in a variety of settings, including nonprofit agencies and hospitals. Haley is passionate about serving Fayette County and supporting families in the community.

Shanon Leskinen
Shannon is a dedicated wife, mother, and nana. As a lifelong resident of Fayette County, she is excited to be part of an organization that supports all things children.

Jennifer Diamond
Jennifer is a Registered Nurse with 26 years of experience. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in 1996 from Waynesburg College. Most of her nursing career has been spent serving in the community, providing both home health and hospice care. In addition to the CASA of Fayette County Board, she serves on multiple boards at her church, the Mount Moriah Christian School Board, and she is also a Fayette County 4-H leader. Faith and Family are her passion. She considers supporting the children and families in her community to be both a privilege and a blessing.

Misty Hiltabidel
Misty is a lifelong resident and cheerleader of Fayette County. She works at Fay-Penn Economic Development Council as the Workforce Development Specialist. She has a passion for the community and is involved in several organizations that aim to help improve how residents live, work, and prosper. She is most proud to be a part of CASA’s mission and to help the children of Fayette County.

Amanda Smith
Mandee Smith is a certified public accountant who services our local community. She works with many local nonprofits, governmental agencies, and businesses to assist with tax preparation, auditing, accounting, and advising services. Mandee was born and raised in Fayette County and is invested in making our community a better place to live and work.

Lori Jacobs
Lori is a lifelong resident of Fayette County and lives in Perryopolis. She enjoys spending time with her beautiful daughter, grandbabies, and grandpups. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from California University of PA in 1992. She has been employed at Westmoreland County Community College for 17 years and is currently the Director of the Fayette Education Center in Uniontown. While employed at the college, she has been a student success mentor and advocate for at-risk youth, juvenile offenders, and single mothers seeking post-secondary education. Prior to working at the college, she was employed at Fayette County Community Action Agency, Inc. for 13 years as a GED and ESL instructor, case manager, and school director. She serves on the Fayette County Human Service Council board; Westmoreland/Fayette Youth council; Fayette Advisory committee; and served on the CIRCLES advisory and leadership teams as a program facilitator. Lori has a huge passion for children and connecting their families to community resources and amazing programs such as CASA of Fayette County.