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Our Staff & Board Members

We’re proud to introduce our team, each person’s respective role and some information about him or her. Meet our Board of Directors and our staff.

Victoria Benge, Executive Director

Victoria was named as the 2022 National CASA/GAL Association Kappa Alpha Theta Director of the Year. This is out of around 1,000 directors across the US.

Victoria grew up in Colorado, but lived most of her adult life in England. However, she now calls Kentucky home. Victoria is dedicated to ensuring that those most vulnerable have someone advocating for them. 

Victoria received her undergraduate degree in History from the University of Essex in England. After graduation, she worked as a History teacher for 16-18 year old's and was Head of the Department. Compelled to support and lift up the most vulnerable individuals, Victoria obtained her MSc in Gender and Women’s Studies from the London School of Economics. Victoria is committed to challenging biases to help abused and neglected children find permanent and safe homes.

In 2019, Victoria was awarded the Rising Star Award by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce for her dedication to helping and improving the community.

In her free time, Victoria enjoys traveling, reading, trying new things, going to the gym and spending time with her cat, Jax. Contact Victoria

Stephanie Diaj, Senior Volunteer Coordinator

Stephanie Collinsworth Diaj received her BA in Psychology from Transylvania University and has a background in sales management, event planning/promotion and Social Media.

Stephanie grew up in Powell County and was previously a CASA volunteer with another program. She lives with her 2 sons, 4 dogs and fiance Jimmy. 

Her favorite things are spending time with family, watching Marvel movies and eating chicken wings. Contact Stephanie


Lorna Martin, Volunteer Coordinator

Lorna Martin received her BS in Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Public Administration program with a focus in Nonprofit Management. Lorna was previously a CASA volunteer and has a background working in a pediatric therapy setting.

Lorna grew up in Mason, Ohio before moving to Richmond for college. She lives with her best friend, dog (Hazel), and cat (Rosie).

Her favorite things are traveling, walking her dog, and spending time with friends and family. She will also never pass up an opportunity to go get Mexican food. Contact Lorna

Jill Verna Petrey

Jill Verna Petrey received her BS in Communications at Austin Peay State University and her Master’s in Human Services from Eastern Kentucky University.

Jill Verna grew up in Tennessee but has made Richmond her home for the last 15 years.

Her favorite things are spending time with her niece & nephew, being outdoors, all things Disney and attending different genres of live music. Contact Jill Verna. 

Board of Directors

Our board and staff members are committed to the mission and vision of our organization.

Court Appointed Special Advocates® (CASA) are community volunteers, just like you, who stand up and speak out to help abused and neglected children.

Our CASA program partners every child in the court system because of instances of abuse or neglect with a personal advocate to serve their best interests.

In 2023, a total of 475 children had substantiated cases of abuse of neglect

  • Clark County cases


  • Madison County Cases