Our Team


Newport News CASA relies on individuals with a shared sense of purpose. Our staff possesses more than 30 years of combined child welfare and nonprofit experience and each has a strong personal connection to the mission.  Our staff has served as sworn CASA volunteers, volunteers with other child centered organizations, and each one proudly dedicates their experience and expertise to Newport News CASA.


Patti O’Neal

Executive Director

poneal@nnva.gov

Patti is a native Virginian and has lived in the Hampton Roads area for most of her life. She is a graduate of Mary Washington College where she received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting. She brings to Newport News CASA 20+ years of experience in both nonprofit and private sector environments. Patti’s passion is supporting programs that make a lasting difference in children’s lives. Currently, she serves on the Board of Friends of the Juvenile Court. When not at work she delights in spending time with her husband and dog. Patti also enjoys gardening, cooking, and vacationing at the beach.

Angela Glaspell

Program Director

aglaspell@nnva.gov

Angela is a native of California and moved to Virginia in her early teens. She traveled throughout the United States while supporting her husband’s career in the United States Army. During that time, Angela discovered the CASA program in New York and began her volunteer journey with the program. She dedicated five years to advocating for abused and neglected children in the Upstate New York area. After her husband’s retirement from the Army, Angela settled her family in the Hampton Roads area. She continues to be dedicated to advocating for children whose voices are often left unheard. Angela also enjoys spending time with her husband and her children, visiting with friends and family, and baking.

Cynthia Acevedo

Volunteers Services Coordinator

acevedocy@nnva.gov

Cynthia is originally from New Jersey. Her family relocated to Virginia when she was very young and she has lived in the Hampton Roads area since. Cynthia attended Thomas Nelson Community College where she received her Associate’s degree in Social Science and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. While in school, she discovered the CASA program and felt drawn to volunteer. In an effort to further her desire to help children, Cynthia joined the program as a staff member. She is devoted to assisting and supporting vulnerable children find and everlasting loving and safe home. Cynthia truly believes children are the future and hopes to make a positive change in their lives any way possible.

Angela Glaspell

Cynthia Acevedo