Board & Staff
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.
Kristyn Densmore-Smith, Executive Director
Kristyn Densmore-Smith received her BA in History from Alice Lloyd College and continued her educational goals at the Appalachian School of Law where she received her Juris Doctorate (JD). During her time at law school she had her first encounter with CASA. She became a volunteer herself in 2017 and was a volunteer until 2019. She began practicing law in 2020 full time and then in 2022 became the Executive Director of CASA of the Appalachian Mountains.
Born in North Carolina but raised in Montgomery County Kentucky, she now calls Perry County home. She resides in Chavies, Kentucky with her husband and the neighborhood cat, Oliver. Her favorite things are spending time with family and friends, reading and playing video games.
Kayla Bryant, Volunteer Coordinator
Kayla received her Bachelors degree in Sociology at Morehead State University. Kayla is most excited about gaining the ability to work one on one with members of our community to help the children who are in need.
Kayla is a Perry County native, growing up in Viper, Kentucky. She is married to her best friend and they share a variety of animals amongst themselves. She enjoys traveling, reading, arts and crafts, photography and most of all spending time with her family.
LaFarrah Little, Volunteer Coordinator
LaFarrah received her Bachelor's Degree in human services and management from University of Phoenix. She believes the most exciting part of her job is having the ability to help those who can't help themselves. She has always had a desire to work with children and is glad that she has the opportunity.
LaFarrah has six and half years of experience working in the mental health and substance abuse field. She has been married for 16 years and is the mother of two boys. She has a variety of hobbies which includes painting and playing computer games.
Board of Directors
Cayla Combs, Chair
Personal Injury Attorney
Penny Smith, Secretary
Ernestine Weems, Treasurer
Director of Youth Services for EKCEP
Kevin Vermillion, Board Member
Technology Manger and Solid Waste Coordinator for Perry County Fiscal Court
Joshua Ratliff, Board Member
Christian Appalachian Project-Family Advocacy Coordinator
Christy Hicks, Board Member
Mountain Comp Addictions Program Director
Sarah Moorefield, Board Member
Roy G. Elementary Special Education Teacher
Shelia Epperson, Board Member
First Steps: Independent Contractor