Melissa Herzner, Executive Director
Melissa Herzner started as a volunteer with CASA of The Heartland in Kentucky in 2014. 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 retired from the military, they relocated back to the area. She seized the opportunity to pursue her passion for child advocacy by accepting a Volunteer Coordinator position in Ripley County. Melissa managed up to 30 CASA volunteers and served as a Court Advocate on her own cases. Melissa was promoted to the Lead Volunteer Coordinator for Ripley County. In 2021, when the Previous Director decided to relocate, Melissa again seized the opportunity by accepting the role of Executive Director.
Brenda Holbrook, Program Coordinator
Brenda joined Voices for Children as the full-time Program Coordinator in June 0f 2018. She serves alongside the management team. Brenda is the glue to all of the back-end functions of our offices and our program.
Brenda has a 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.
Angie Bussberg, Lead Volunteer Coordinator
Angie first came to Voices for Children as a CASA volunteer in November of 2018. In October of 2019, she transitioned to the role of full-time Staff Advocate where she served directly as a Court Advocate for up to 30 children. From this position, Angie was promoted to Lead Volunteer Coordinator in December 2021.
Prior to volunteering for Voices, Angie had volunteered for various organizations over the years. An active member of her community in Ripley County for 20 plus years, Angie was compelled to volunteer to help meet the needs of the children in her community which lead her into the position of an employee to advocate for the abused and neglected children in Ripley County.
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 hometown 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.
Leah Lacey, Staff Advocate
Leah joined the Voices team as a CASA Volunteer before then becoming an employee as our Staff Advocate in December of 2021. Instead of advocating for a few children, she now serves as the court advocate for 30 children!