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Corey L. Korinda, Esq.

Executive Director

Corey L. Korinda, Esq. is a dynamic child advocate.  Corey was first inspired by a class entitled, Juvenile Justice, which was taught by The Honorable Judge John F. Cherry at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  She furthered those lessons beyond classroom by seeking employment at an after-school program managed by the YWCA: Carlisle.  She also volunteered with the charity Lisa’s Heart: Kids Cancer Research Fund.  These formative experiences prompted a professional commitment to be of service to children in need.    

Upon graduating from Dickinson College, Corey returned to her hometown in Boonton, New Jersey where she worked as a case manager at Family Intervention Services, Inc.: Kid Connection, a non-profit organization that supports children involved with New Jersey’s Division of Protection and Permanency.  In this position, she had the privilege of working “hand in hand” with Court Appointed Special Advocate (“CASA”) volunteers.  After approximately two years of case management, Corey advanced her commitment to advocate on behalf children by applying to law school.

During her time at Widener University Commonwealth Law School in Pennsylvania, Corey continued to care for children by serving as a substitute teacher for grades one through twelve.  She also interned at the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence. 

As an attorney, Corey worked for nearly four years as an Assistant Public Defender in the Juvenile Division at the Dauphin County Public Defender’s Office.  She represented hundreds of children for pre-adjudication motions, fact-finding, and disposition proceedings in delinquency court.  She attended statewide conferences and toured juvenile placement facilities throughout the Commonwealth.  In 2016, Corey became a board member for the Juvenile Defender Association of Pennsylvania (“JDAP”).  Most recently, Corey has been helping families involved in the criminal justice system as the legal defense member on the Wellness Court teams in the York County Court of Common Pleas. 

A member of the founding Board of Directors, Corey has been part of Dauphin County CASA from the beginning.  In October of 2020, she was honored to accept the position of executive director.  She is eager to develop the Dauphin County CASA program, with the intent to prevent and reduce child abuse and neglect within her community.

Favorite Quote:
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
-
Margaret Mead 

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Cheyna Warner

Administrative Intern

Cheyna Warner is an Administrative Intern here at Dauphin County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Cheyna has been with the organization since late January of 2021, starting with volunteer work and eventually graduating to an official staff position. 

She performs community outreach, event planning, and volunteer management.  In addition to our program, Cheyna is a research assistant at Dr. Michelle Newman’s Lab for Anxiety and Depression Research and Dr. James Dillard's Laboratory for Communication Arts and Sciences at Penn State University.  Currently, Cheyna focuses on treatment plans for mental illness and the scientific analysis of everyday communication. 

Cheyna is currently a student at Penn State University and is on track to obtain a B.S. degree in Psychology.  Upon graduation, she plans to attend graduate school for Clinical Psychology. Cheyna takes great pride in her work and the work of the program. 

Favorite Quote:

“I cannot do all the good that the world needs. But the world needs all the good that I can do.”

-Jana Stanfield

 

 

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