Justice Bobbe J. Bridge (ret.), President/CEO
After serving ten years as a King County Superior Court Judge, The Honorable Bobbe J. Bridge was appointed to the Washington State Supreme Court by Governor Gary Locke. She was elected in 2000 and again in 2002. Before serving on the Supreme Court, Justice Bridge served as a King County Superior Court judge for ten years and as Presiding Judge of the 51-member Court for two years. She was the Chief Judge of King County Juvenile Court from 1994 to 1997 and the President of the Superior Court Judges’ Association in 1999.
During her time on the bench, Justice Bridge saw what can go wrong for kids.
Since founding CCYJ in 2006, she has been the driving force behind the organization’s strategic leadership, developing and implementing innovative, evidence-based, sustainable reforms in the juvenile justice and foster care systems. Justice Bridge works to build critical community partnerships among leaders and stakeholders who work together for breakthrough results in system change.
Justice Bridge currently co-chairs the Washington State Supreme Court Commission on Children in Foster Care. She has been honored with numerous awards for her service, including: the 2016 Women Leaders Career Excellence in Public Service Award from the University of Washington School of Law; the 2014 Baxter Award from the Foster Parent Association of Washington; the 2010 Advocacy Spirit Award from the National Network for Youth; the 2009 Strategies for Youth Award from Washington’s Lieutenant Governor; the Passing the Torch Award from Washington Women Lawyers; the Seattle Civil Rights Champion Award from Lambda Legal; the Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of Washington School of Law; and the Judge of the Year Award from the King County Bar Association.
Justice Bridge also has been inducted into the Washington Generals for special service to the citizens of the State and into the Warren E. Burger Society of the National Center for State Courts.
Gina Cumbo, Project Director
Ms. Cumbo oversees CCYJ’s projects, including: The eQuality Project; Project Respect; and The Suburban King County Coordinating Council on Gangs. She directly manages the Family Advocacy Center and the Washington State Becca Task Force. Previously, Ms. Cumbo represented adults and children as an attorney for the Snohomish County Public Defenders Association as well as in private Social Security disability practice. She holds an interdisciplinary BA from Fairhaven College at Western Washington University and a JD and MSW from the University of Michigan.
Ms. Cumbo also helps shape the next generation of social workers as a part-time lecturer in graduate level courses at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work.
Krystal Hernandez, Project Coordinator
Before joining CCYJ, Ms. Hernandez served as district office manager for U.S. Congressman Adam Smith representing Washington’s 9th Congressional District. Previous to that, she served as a bilingual legislative assistant to Washington State Representative Ortiz-Self of the 21st Legislative District, where she founded Abrecaminos, a professional development program opening leadership paths for Latino(a)s and others. Ms. Hernandez was crowned Miss. Hispanic Seafair in 2010, an organization empowering young Latinas into leaders. She co-founded La Voz de ELLA (her voice), a University of Washington (UW) mentoring program for middle and high school students. Ms. Hernandez earned her BA in Society, Ethics, and Human Behavior at the UW, with a double minor in Human Rights and Education.
Maria Howard, Director of Operations
Ms. Howard provides executive support to the CEO/Founder, manages Human Resources, coordinates IT support, and serves as Office Manager. She has twelve years of experience in legal administrative services, including more than a decade as a legal secretary for corporate law firms. Ms. Howard holds a BA degree in Law and Justice, with a specialization in Law Enforcement from Central Washington University, and a private investigator certificate from Green River College. Ms. Howard has volunteered ten years of service at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in Seattle.
Robbin Hastings, Finance Manager
Ms. Hastings is responsible for the development and execution of CCYJ’s financial systems, policies, and procedures. She provides funds management, forecasting and budgeting, financial reporting and analysis. She is a certified public accountant and previously worked as an auditor with KPMG LLP, a national audit, tax, and advisory firm. Ms. Hastings’ background brings diverse experience serving nonprofit organizations, individuals, and corporations. She holds a BS degree in Business Administration from Ohio State University.
Hickory Gateless, Managing Attorney for Lawyers Fostering Independence (LFI)
Mr. Gateless provides oversight for LFI, a program of CCYJ that provides pro bono civil legal services to young adults who have been in foster care. Previously, Mr. Gateless practiced civil litigation at the Pacifica Law Group providing counsel to former foster youth in LFI’s program. He served as a judicial clerk to Washington State Supreme Court Justice Charles W. Johnson and United States District Court Judge Benjamin H. Settle.
Mr. Gateless earned a law degree from Seattle University’s School of Law and an MBA from that university’s Albers School of Business & Economics. He serves as board president of The Mockingbird Society, an organization working to end youth homelessness in Washington State. Mr. Gateless has also volunteered with Running Peaceful, a nonprofit focused on youth development in Seattle’s Yesler Terrace community.
Mr. Oakley helped develop the nation’s first statewide protocol for a coordinated response to commercially sexually exploited children. He has represented children and parents in criminal, dependency, family law, and education cases at the Seattle law firm of Carey & Lillevik, PLLC.
Mr. Oakley earned his undergraduate degree in politics and community studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He taught leadership development for middle and high school students, then served in the Peace Corps in the Republic of Georgia. He earned his law degree at the University of Washington’s School of Law.
Mr. Oakley is a volunteer mentor at the Washington Women’s Correction Center through the If Project, which provides support to incarcerated women as they prepare to exit prison and re-enter their communities.
Jackie O’Ryan, Communications and Grant Manager
Ms. O’Ryan has served as communications consultant for clients that range from start-up advocacy organizations and region-wide human services providers to universities and government entities. She has served as communications director for the Seattle City Council; Lakeside School; and Catholic Community Services of Western Washington. Previous to her communications work, Ms. O’Ryan spent over a decade as a reporter and documentary producer for Seattle’s Public Television; National Public Radio; and KIRO TV, Seattle’s CBS affiliate, winning multiple Emmys and national film festival awards. She earned her BA degree in Political Science from the University of Washington.
Anica Stieve, Project Manager, King Co. Coordinating Council on Gangs and Youth LINC
Ms. Stieve brings knowledge of mental health law and community services from her intern experience for King County Crisis and Commitment Services, part of the Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division. She holds duel BA degrees from the University of Washington in Sociology and Law, and Societies and Justice. She’s an active volunteer at the Adult Education Program at the King County Jail and the Concerned Lifers Organization at the Washington State Department of Corrections.
Bethany Peddie, Development Manager
Mx. Peddie manages fundraising and stewardship events, assists in donor communications, and presides over CCYJ’s donor database. She provides administrative support to the Board of Directors and serves as staff liaison to the CCYJ Young Professionals group. Prior to joining the nonprofit sector, Mx. Peddie served as a community administrator, providing student leadership and community development services for Smith College in Massachusetts. She holds a BS degree in Women’s and Gender Studies, and an MA in Educational Leadership at Eastern Michigan University.
Anna Martinez, Database & Finance Assistant
Prior to CCYJ, Ms. Martinez was a house manager at a homeless shelter in Pasco, Washington, where she provided a safe and welcoming environment for women and children. For over three years, she served in accounting and administration for an Eastern Washington winery, and has volunteered for Teen Challenge’s Women’s Jail Outreach and The Support Advocacy and Resource Center in the Tri-Cities. She has worked to build awareness of human trafficking and to advocate for sexual assault survivors at FREED Ministries. Ms. Martinez has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from Western Washington University.
Mahogany Villars, Project Manager
Mahogany Villars was previously a social worker for the Washington State Division of Child and Family Services in Seattle and Suburban King County. Villars has worked extensively with youth, young adults, and families through local non-profits and for the City of Seattle. She holds BA degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Western Washington University and an MSW from the University of Washington. She completed the Child Welfare Training and Advancement Program at the University of Washington. Villars is Seattle born and raised, and has been an active member of the Washington Federation of State Employees, WFSE/AFSCME Council 28.