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.
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.
Sofia Guadagni, Volunteer Coordinator
Sofia Guadagni received her BA in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University. She has a background in event planning, customer service, social media, and volunteer management. Sofia previously worked at Give Kids the World in Central Florida as a Volunteer Coordinator for over a year. Through her role there she learned to love the role as Volunteer Coordinator and help those become volunteers through teaching orientation and recruitment. Sofia moved back from Florida recently and is now residing in Versailles, KY. In her free time she loves to volunteer with organizations close to her and spend time with her family. Sofia is an avid reader and wants to travel the world.
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.
Board of Directors
Assistant Administrator, Dermatology Associates of Kentucky, PSC
Retired Madison County Board of Education
Assistant Superintendent/Chief Financial Officer
Editor, The Richmond Register
Judicial Hearing Officer at EKU
Secondary Spanish Teacher
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
Bluegrass Animal Products
Our board and staff members are committed to the mission and vision of our organization.