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Meet Our Staff

Melanie Davis, Executive Director

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Melanie Davis serves as the Executive Director of Court Appointed Special Advocates of the Appalachian Judicial Circuit.


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.  

If you would like more information about becoming a CASA Volunteer or would like to schedule CASA to speak at your next event, contact please contact Melanie at (706) 276-2272 or director@appalachiancasa.com.

Recruitment & Engagement Specialist



If you would like more information about becoming a CASA Volunteer or would like to schedule CASA to speak at your next event, contact  us at (706) 276-2272 or advocacy@appalachiancasa.com

Amy Tomei, Pickens County Volunteer Supervisor

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Amy Tomei serves as the Pickens County Volunteer Supervisor of Appalachian CASA.


Amy joined CASA in November 2018. 

She graduated from East Carolina University, Summa Cum Laude, with her Bachelor’s in Social Work. Her job history includes working as a DFCS investigator, Aging and Disability, and Domestic Violence.


She grew up in eastern North Carolina and moved to Georgia in 2004. She has three grown children and three grandchildren. She loves animals and has four rescue dogs of her own. She enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren, fishing, reading, gardening, working in the yard, and hanging out in the pool. 


Working with abused children is her calling and she believes deeply in the CASA program. Amy says, “All people should have a voice, but children need you to BE their voice. That’s what CASA is all about.”  

You can contact Amy at (706) 276-2272 or atomei@appalachiancasa.com.

Pamela J. Ragan, Gilmer County Volunteer Supervisor

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Pam Ragan serves as the Gilmer County Volunteer Supervisor of Appalachian CASA.


Pam joined CASA in May 2019. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a B.A. in Psychology, from the University of West Georgia with an M.Ed. in Community Counseling and from Jacksonville State University with an Ed.S. in Educational Administration. 


Her job history includes working as a school counselor and as a therapist in a residential treatment setting, private practice, a domestic violence shelter and an after school/summer program for Hispanic children. Pam spent a large part of her childhood in Santiago, Chile and speaks fluent Spanish.


Pam and her husband moved to Ellijay after retiring from their careers in 2018. They have three grown children and two sweet dogs. Pam loves visiting with family and friends and enjoys spending time in the woods, on the river, hiking, running and reading. 


Working with CASA allows Pam to continue to pursue her lifelong passion for helping children and families. 


You can contact Pam at (706) 276-2272 or

 pragan@appalachiancasa.com

Mckenzi Walker, Fannin County Volunteer Supervisor

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Mckenzi Walker serves as the Fannin County Volunteer Supervisor of Appalachian CASA.


You can contact Mckenzi at (706) 276-2272 or

mwalker@appalachiancasa.com