Staff

Tonya Ruble-Richter, Executive Director

Tonya volunteered as a CASA for Voices for Children for 4 years prior to joining our Board of Directors and then eventually becoming the Executive Director in 2014. She has 17 years experience working and volunteering directly with families and children, along with 13 years of sales & recruiting experience.

After achieving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a focus on Child Development and Family Studies from Miami University of Ohio, Tonya completed a Master of Science in Education School Counseling and attended Xavier University's Graduate School of Business.

Tonya is serving her fourth year on the Policy and Certification Committee and her fifth year on the Legislative and PR Committee for the Indiana State Office of GAL/CASA. Tonya is also a newly elected member of the State of Indiana Advisory Commission for GAL/CASA as well as a member of the Rural Leadership Council for National CASA.


Melissa Herzner, Interim Director

Melissa Herzner started as a volunteer with CASA of The Heartland, in Kentucky in 2014 . During that time, she advocated for several children, worked booths at fairs, and spoke at training for new volunteers. With her passion for children, she always looked for a way to do more. After her husband’s retirement from the military, they relocated back to the area where she seized the opportunity to pursue her passion for child advocating by accepting a position as Volunteer Coordinator in Ripley County. Melissa manages up to 30 CASA volunteers as well as serving as a Court Advocate on her own cases.


Brenda Holbrook, Program Coordinator

Brenda joined Voices for Children as the full-time Program Coordinator in June 0f 2018. Brenda serves as part of the management team at Voices and supervises all of the back end functions of our offices and our program.

Brenda has Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fine Arts from Hanover College, where she also studied education, and later earned her Transition to Teaching Certificate from Goshen College.She has always been driven by a desire to help children and has over 15 years of experience in education and youth development as well as an extensive background in small business.


Angie Bussberg, Lead Volunteer Coordinator

Angie first came to Voices for Children as a CASA volunteer in November of 2018. In October of 2019, she transitioned to the role as full time Staff Advocate where she served directly as a Court Advocate for up to 30 children.From this position, Angie was promoted to Lead Volunteer Coordinator in December, 2021.

Prior to volunteering for Voices, Angie had volunteered for various organizations for the last 6 years. An active member of her community in Ripley County for 20 years, Angie was compelled to volunteer to help meet the needs of the children in her community.


Jocelyn Xenophontos, Ripley County Volunteer Coordinator

Jocelyn joined the Voices for Children team as a CASA Volunteer in March of 2018. She served the children of Ripley County for 2 years until seizing the opportunity to join Voices as a full-time Volunteer Coordinator in April of 2020.

Jocelyn graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice, including minors in Psychology and Sociology. After graduation and living abroad for a number of years, Jocelyn returned to her home town of Batesville to help run her family business. She is currently an Executive Board Member with the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce and Batesville Main Street and volunteers extensively in her community.


Leah Lacey, Staff Advocate

Leah joined the Voices team as a CASA Volunteer before then becoming an employee as our Staff Advocate in December of 2021. Instead of advocating for a few children, she now serves as the court advocate for 30 children!