Meet our Staff

Melanie Davis

Melanie Davis is the Executive Director of Appalachian CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates.

Melanie has an extensive career in public service as a law enforcement professional and as a private business employee/owner where she developed a passion for the working with victims of crime and those less fortunate in her community.  Melanie retired in 2011 from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Florida with 21 years of service. She spent the majority of her career investigating and supervising child sexual abuse and neglect cases. After retiring, she and her husband, David, created a successful bed and breakfast in Maine before moving to Ellijay with their daughter, Brooke in 2014.

In March of 2016, while still searching for an avenue to utilize her experience and knowledge of child abuse and neglect investigations, she learned about Appalachian CASA. She knew immediately that she was meant to join the organization.   She served as the Advocacy and Training Manager until she became the Executive Director in January of 2018.

Melanie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and an MBA from Saint Leo University.  She is also a Certified Public Manager.

Contact Melanie at (706) 276-2272 or

Gina Bennett

Gina Bennett serves as the Gilmer County Volunteer Supervisor.

Gina joined CASA as the Advocacy and Training Manager in January of 2018, and she was named the Gilmer County Volunteer Supervisor in May, 2018.

She was born and raised in Gilmer County and became a CASA in 2017 taking on two cases immediately following graduation from CASA training.  These cases quickly deepened her passion for serving others, especially the children in her small community.

Gina is married to Brandon and they have two daughters, Hannah and Jacie. Gina has been a small business owner for 13 years in our community, and Brandon has worked at ETC for over 20 years. Her family’s interests include outdoor sports, gardening, softball and attending church at Fruit Of The Vine Ministries in Ellijay.

If you would like to advocate for a child in the foster care system as a CASA volunteer, contact Gina at (706) 276-2272 or