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
In 2019, Victoria was awarded the Rising Star Award by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce for her dedication to helping and improving the community.
Victoria grew up in Colorado, but lived most of her adult life in England. However, she now calls Kentucky home. Victoria has enjoyed working in the non-profit world in a variety of positions. First, as a CASA volunteer, and then, as a Volunteer Manager for another CASA program in Kentucky. 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 olds and was Head of the Department. Compelled to understand how to support more 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 her free time, Victoria enjoys travelling, reading, trying new things, going to the gym and spending time 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
Eve Rabinoff, Volunteer Coordinator
Eve Rabinoff earned a PhD in philosophy from Boston College in 2013 and has spent the last couple of years teaching courses on ethics and on the history of philosophy at the University of Kentucky. In that role, Eve mentored, coached, and supervised students, supporting their growth and progress, and she is excited to do the same for CASA volunteers. A transplant from the Midwest by way of Canada, Eve is now settled in Lexington with her partner and two cats. Her favorite pastimes are reading good books, solving crossword puzzles, making (and eating!) good meals, and enjoying the summer sun. Contact Eve
Rosalyn Patton-Pelt, Volunteer Coordinator
Rosalyn O. Patton-Pelt, a Detroit native, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Developmental Psychology from the University of Detroit Mercy. Rosalyn enjoyed over ten years as a licensed foster parent before closing her home. She is mother to five children, four of which have been adopted. She lives with her husband, children, and three dogs. Rosalyn committed her time to volunteering with CASA as a child advocate volunteer. She is also a member on the Citizens’ Foster Care Review Boards for both Madison and Fayette Counties. Her favorite pastime is traveling with her family and singing songs on her personal karaoke microphone. She is currently enrolled at United Theological Seminary in the Master of Theological Studies Program. Contact Rosalyn
Board of Directors
National Service Program Analyst at Berea College
Bluegrass Animal Products
Editor, The Richmond Register
Branch Manager at Community Trust Bank
Assistant Director of EKU Student Conduct and Community
Secondary Spanish Teacher
Manager of Residential Service at LGE & KU
Director of Regulatory Affairs, UK
Chaplin with Bluegrass Care Navigators: Bluegrass Hospice Care
Dr. Mary Sciaraffa
Associate Professsor Child & Family Studies, EKU
Behavioral Health Care Case Manager, WellCare
Our board and staff members are committed to the mission and vision of our organization.