New executive director will head CDVSA

L. Diane Casto, the behavioral health policy advisor to the state Department of Health and Social Services, has been hired effective May 1 as the new executive director of Alaska’s Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

Casto has also served as deputy commissioner for the Department of Corrections, with a focus on positive community re-entry, and as the prevention and early intervention manager in the DHSS Behavioral Health Division.

She also served as director of the state’s Office of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, director of the Alaska Division of Family and Youth Services, and director of the Resource Center for Parents and Children in Fairbanks.

Casto has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Central Washington University and a master’s degree from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington.