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.
Whitney Roberts, Program Manager
Whitney first came to Voices for Children as a CASA volunteer in February of 2016. Since that time, she became a part-time bookkeeper for the program and then moved into the role of full-time Volunteer Coordinator for Jefferson County. Whitney was promoted to her role as Program Manager in October of 2018.Whitney serves as the person who directly oversees the field staff and our cases.
As another Madison native, Whitney was drawn to the organization by her interest in helping children in need in our community.
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.
Kimberly Courtney, Jefferson County Lead Volunteer Coordinator
Kimberly joined Voices for Children in November 2018 as a full-time Volunteer Coordinator in Jefferson County. She manages a team of up to 30 CASA volunteers and their cases as well as serving as a Court Advocate on her own cases.
Kimberly is a lifetime resident of Jefferson County and a Southwestern High School graduate. She has four years’ experience being a Home Based Service Provider for families in Jennings County as well as experience working in a Residential Placement facility. She previously volunteered with children through Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Brittany Demaree, Jefferson County Staff Advocate
Brittany joined Voices for Children in June of 2019 as the Staff Advocate for Jefferson County. Brittany is currently advocating as the voice for 25 children in Jefferson County, and serve up to 30 children. Brittany comes to Voices after working 6 years as a 911 call taker, and police/fire/ems dispatcher. Brittany wants to be a voice for children, let them know someone is in their corner to help them and be a voice for them. Brittany's dispatch experience has helped her with communication skills and being able to communicate with children. Brittany graduated Ivy Tech in 2019 with a Associates degree in Criminal Justice.
Jillian Gregory, Jefferson County Volunteer Coordinator
Jillian joined the Voices for Children team as a CASA Volunteer in February 2019 before joining our team as an employee in May of 2021.
She came to us with 21 years experience working with adults with dual diagnosed disabilities with a primary focus on mental health and substance abuse. During this time, she worked for the state of Indiana as a liaison for the state hospitals and state prisons for an on the job training program for adults with dual diagnoses. Jillian has also been heavily involved in her community in various roles, including the American Legion Auxiliary as the President and board member, and also as a City Council member of Rising Sun. Jillian has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Ball State and a Master's in Social Work from Indiana University.
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.
Melissa Herzner, Ripley County Lead Volunteer Coordinator
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.
Angie Bussberg, Ripley County Staff Advocate
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 in Ripley County. She serves directly as a Court Advocate for up to 30 children.
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.