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 sixteen 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 third year on the Policy and Certification Committee and her fourth 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.
Whitney Rutherford, 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, 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.
Tonie Bruther, Volunteer Coordinator
Tonie came to Voices for Children in June 2019 after working for the State of Florida Guardian ad Litem program as a Volunteer Coordinator in Daytona Beach. She worked in the Florida GAL Program for three and a half years prior to returning home to Jefferson County. Tonie has been employed with children and families for over 22 years. She has served at Madison Schools, Lide White Boys and Girls Club, daycares and churches throughout the country, and on the Apache and Navajo reservations.
Tonie obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Youth Ministry & Missions at Lincoln Christian University in 2001 and a Certificate in Leadership from Johnson University in 2015.
Brittany Demaree, 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.
Pasqual Yung, Volunteer Coordinator
Pasqual joined Voices for Children in April of 2018. Drawn to Voices for the mission and how the impact of a CASA can positively change the lives of the children in our own neighborhoods, she came on as a Volunteer Coordinator in Ripley County. Pasqual manages up to 30 CASA volunteers and their cases as well as serving as a Court Advocate on her own cases.
Pasqual earned an Associates and Bachelors in Psychology through Ivy Tech and Indiana University East. She worked through college as a substitute teacher and case worker in the mental health field. Her mental health experience was driven by interests in community assistance, youth development, and recovery from illnesses and addictions.
Pasqual also has work experience in sales, marketing, and business management. In the past, she has been driven to volunteer and advocate for college student success, disability awareness, and art therapy and engagement for the youth.
Melissa Herzner, 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, 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.