Board of Directors

Susan Garvey-Chair


Susan Garvey became a volunteer Guardian ad Litem in 1981. She was part of the original group that started the Mecklenburg Guardian Ad Litem Advocacy Foundation in 2004. She was born in South Bend, IN and attended Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN. She is retired from the legal field after working with an Indiana law firm (often from afar) for 27years. She is still an active GAL volunteer as well as the Chair and Secretary of the Foundation. Suzy is on the Mecklenburg Child Abuse Prevention Team and the Safe House project team, a national non-profit that combats human trafficking. She has sat on many boards, councils and committees in Mecklenburg County.


Rebecca Berry

Becky was born in and lived most of her childhood in Parkersburg, WV. She also lived in Barrington, IL and Troy, MI. She has lived in NC for 18 years. 

Becky has been a GAL for 8 years, always carrying the maximum caseload. Becky mentors @Elon’s Foster Village in Charlotte, is on the Child Abuse Prevention Team and the Safe House Team for Sex Trafficking. 

In her “spare” time, Becky is a Sales Rep for Norwex and babysits twice a month. 


Becky is on the Mecklenburg Child Abuse Prevention Team and the Safe House project team, a national non-profit that combats human trafficking.  With a Degree in Liberal Arts, she worked at Kelly Services and was a a single mom to her 2 children whom have blessed her with grandchildren.  


Casey Harvey


Casey Harvey was born and raised in Portland, OR and attended Marylhurst University. While studying for her degree in Humanities and Social Sciences, she completed internships at DHS working with children in foster care and Head Start working as a family advocate. These experiences lead to her passion of protecting children and advocating for children and their families. She went on to work as a paralegal and private investigator for 12 years before relocating to Charlotte, NC with her family in 2007. Since relocating to Charlotte, she has enjoyed her most rewarding position, stay at home mom. Casey and her husband, Jamal, are the proud parents of four daughters, ages 6 to 24. When she is not performing her duties as family law enforcer, activities director, doll doctor and tantrum negotiator, she is an active volunteer at her children’s school and with local non profit programs serving children and families. Casey joined the GAL foundation board in 2017 and coordinated the GAL Foundations first annual pajama drive that same year.

Marti Russo


Marti was born and raised in Charleston, WV. She attended Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN and graduated with a BA in 1968. Marti also married husband, Bill, in 1968 and has been wife, mother, and homemaker since then. She participated in all the usual volunteer activities during the school years of her three grown children. From 1979 until 1989, with her husband, Marti was active at the State and National levels in Catholic Engaged Encounter, a weekend retreat marriage preparation program. She has been a Guardian ad Litem for 16 years. Her most recent new title: Grandmom to Patrick and Ryan!