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DAIL Commissioner Victoria Elridge

Victoria Elridge is the Commissioner for the Department for Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) under the Cabinet for Health and Family Services in Kentucky and is also a licensed occupational therapist.  As a child, she was diagnosed with epilepsy which empowered her to go into the health services field. Victoria has spent her career either working in state government or providing client-centered occupational therapy services to individuals across the lifespan. She previously served under Governor Steve Beshear as Deputy Commissioner of the Department for Aging and Independent Living.  During her previous tenure with DAIL, she worked to ensure state and federal services for Kentucky’s seniors and persons with disabilities were delivered appropriately to ensure independent living through contract negotiations, revising and updating state regulations, and overseeing the state Guardianship program for 4,500 of Kentucky’s most vulnerable citizens. 

Most recently, Victoria worked as an occupational therapist for EasterSeals Society Cardinal Hill Pediatric Therapy Clinic, a non-profit organization in Lexington, Ky.  While practicing, she further developed the pediatric eating and swallowing clinic to address feeding difficulties and delayed developmental milestones in infants and toddlers.  She obtained specialized training in the fields of pediatric neurodevelopment, autonomic nervous system regulation and fragile infant feeding.  Previous clinical experience includes working with individuals to gain independence after surviving amputations, non-brain injury trauma injuries, spinal cord injuries, joint replacements, and burns.  Additionally, Victoria developed and implemented a client-centered dementia program for an inpatient rehabilitation facility. 

Commissioner Elridge grew up in Louisville, KY, and is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University where she holds a bachelors in Occupational Science and a Masters in Occupational Therapy.  She currently resides in Georgetown, KY with her husband, Colmon (III), and their three sons, Colmon (IV), Carter and Camden.  They have a divided household where she loudly cheers for the Louisville Cardinals and her husband and three sons cheer for the Kentucky Wildcats.