Julie Pickens

Executive Director

Julie Pickens, Ph.D., CRC, MPA is from Western Pennsylvania but has spent time for education and employment in Illinois, Cape Cod, and Southern Pennsylvania before settling in Southeastern Georgia.

Julie came to CASSEGA in October 2021 from EAGLE Academy, the Inclusive Post-Secondary Program at Georgia Southern University, where she worked with young people with disabilities to access college and gain the skills needed to live an enviable life. She also headed up the Accommodation Department at Savannah College of Art and Design. She is a certified rehabilitation counselor and also holds a doctorate in special education. Her educational and professional background straddles the K-12 Special Education System and the adult services/vocational rehabilitation worlds to allow her to best assist young people with and without disabilities as they gain the skills and experiences to help them live an enviable life.

Prior to joining the CASSEGA team, Julie served as a CASA Volunteer.

Kristen Kramer

Director of Business Operations

Kristen Kramer is a 2016 graduate from Georgia Southern University. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Development with an emphasis in Family Services. Kristen started with Child Advocacy Services in January 2016 as a student intern; upon graduation, she came on staff as a part-time Volunteer Activities Assistant. Kristen was the Visitation Coordinator and Administrative Assistant from October 2018 until June 2019 and then the Development Coordinator from July 2019 until September 2021. Prior to October 2018, she served as the Children’s Ministry Coordinator at LifeSpring Church in Statesboro. As of October 2021, Kristen serves as the Director of Business Operations.

In 2012, Kristen moved to Statesboro from Warner Robins in order to attend Georgia Southern University.  In her free time, she loves photography,  going to Hilton Head Island, spending time with her family and her dog Allie.

Meg Mercer

Advocacy Coordinator

Megan was born and raised in New York, but is happy to call Georgia home. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in English, and received a Master of Public Health from Armstrong State University in 2015. Megan worked in sexual violence prevention and advocacy for several years. Prior to arriving at Child Advocacy Services SEGA, Inc., she served in many roles at Statesboro Regional Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center. Megan is a certified Child Forensic Interviewer and volunteers as a Peer Navigator with FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered.

Megan joined Child Advocacy Services SEGA, Inc. in November 2018. She resides in Statesboro with her spouse and kitty.

Eileen Bayens

Advocacy and Training Coordinator

Eileen hails from Pittsburgh, PA, and after several moves landed in Bulloch County. She holds an M.Education in Special Ed, Early Childhood Ed, and Public School Administration. She is retired from the Bulloch County School System, where she was employed for 21 years as a Teacher, Assistant Principal and Principal.  She is a Certified Trainer for Ruby Payne’s Framework for Understanding Poverty and has much experience in supervising and training in various topics. 

Eileen has been with Child Adovacy Services SEGA, Inc. since December 2013 as an Advocacy and Training Coordinator.

Eileen is active in Community Theatre, both as an actress and director. She and her husband reside in Statesboro and have three children and six grandchildren.

Sherri Pittman

Advocacy Coordinator

Sherri is a Florida native, born on Miami Beach, who never dreamed she’d end up living in Georgia.  She has a B.S. in Animal Science and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida.  After practicing veterinary medicine in large, mixed, and small animal practices for over 11 years, Sherri obtained her teaching certificate from Armstrong State University.  In 2019, she retired from teaching science in Effingham County after 22 years in the classroom.  While teaching, Sherri also volunteered for a number of years as a veterinarian for a local animal rescue group.  She also coached girls’ soccer at the school and still coaches soccer for the local recreation department.  Sherri began as a CASA volunteer in September of 2019.  In April of 2021, she joined the staff at Child Advocacy Services SEGA, Inc. as an Advocacy Coordinator.

She and her husband reside in Guyton and have two grown children, one spoiled rotten beagle and a cat who rules the house.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking, watching soccer, and spending time by the ocean or in the mountains.

Wayne Akins

Visitation Supervisor 

Wayne joined the Child Advocacy Services team in 2016 as our Visitation Supervisor for the Ogeechee Visitation Centers. 

Wayne spent 11 years in law enforcement, then went through a shift in the focus of his career. Earning a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling, Wayne spent seven years as a Vocational Counselor for high school students with disabilities and then spent the last twenty years of his career at Georgia Southern University as the Department Head of the Student Disability Resource Center.

Brittney McCrae

Administrative Assistant / Visitation Coordiantor

Brittney joined the CASSEGA team in September 2021 as a Visitation Coordinator for the Ogeechee Visitation Centers and Administrative Assistant for CASA Ogeechee.

She received a Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Development with an emphasis in Family Services in July 2021. Prior to working with Child Advocacy Services, she volunteered to tutor local youth and helped in the Habitat for Humanity Restore. Additionally, Brittney interned with a sexual assault non-profit in Statesboro and continues to serve as an advocate. In her spare time, Brittney enjoys working out, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.