Our Staff

Our Staff

Rachel Sottile | President & CEO
rsottile@ccyj.org | 206.696.7503 x 101
Rachel has twenty years of executive leadership experience in the non-profit sector and state government. She is a champion of systems reform, with professional experience in foster care and other challenges that impact children and youth. In the last ten years, Rachel’s work centered on advocacy, education, and systems reform, most recently as Senior Vice President of the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI) advocating for safe, fair, and effective juvenile and adult pretrial practices. Prior to PJI Rachel served as Executive Director of the YES Institute working on preventing suicide through communication and education on gender and orientation. Rachel earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Georgia State University.

Julie Carrasco | Bookkeeper
jcarrasco@ccyj.org | 206.696.7503 x: 116
Julie Carrasco is a motivated artist and financial professional. She brings over seven years of experience bookkeeping for small businesses, particularly independent artists, to CCYJ. Art is her lifelong passion and through this medium, she has impacted the community by teaching youth art classes and advocated for LGBTQ+ artists. She holds a dual Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, in Glass and Textiles, from California College of the Arts and a Certificate of Proficiency in Accounting from Berkeley City College. Outside of CCYJ, she runs an independent art studio.

Lily Cory | Program Coordinator, eQuality
lcory@ccyj.org | 206.696.7503 x 102
Lily Cory has a bachelor’s degree in human services from Western Washington University and a Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of Washington. As a foster care alumna, she is passionate about finding solutions to the issues surrounding child welfare. She has policy experience on the state and national level, most recently interned in the United States Senate for Senator Patty Murray. Lily has also worked closely with individual foster youth and families as well as students experiencing homelessness through her employment with Secret Harbor, Futures Northwest, Child Protective Services and as an AmeriCorps volunteer. When not working, Lily is hiking, playing board games, and dancing. 

Gina Cumbo │ Vice President, Innovation & Impact
gcumbo@ccyj.org │ 206.696.7503 x 117
The center of Gina’s work is her commitment to breaking generational cycles of poverty to make a positive impact in the lives of children and youth. As Director of Programs, she oversees our efforts for LGBTQ, CSEC, and gang-involved youth, coordinates the Family Advocacy Center project, and staffs the Washington State Becca Task Force. With CCYJ since 2008, Gina previously represented adults and children as an attorney for the Snohomish County Public Defender Association and in private Social Security disability practice. She holds an interdisciplinary BA from Fairhaven College of Western Washington University and a JD and MSW from the University of Michigan.

John Deter | Information Technology Generalist
jdeter@ccyj.org| 206.696.7503 x105
John has worked in the Information Technology field for the last seven years, in multiple capacities.  His current project at CCYJ is to bring our technology up to current standards, as well as moving the organization to the cloud.  He has a BA in Business Management, an MBA with a concentration in social entrepreneurship, and both Waterfall and Agile Project Management experience.  He is currently working on Database and Network certifications, as well as relearning foreign languages.  For fun, he can be seen in the great outdoors, obsessively mastering the latest video game, or binge watching whatever Netflix recommends.

Ellis Hazard | Program Manager, Becca and LINC
ehazard@ccyj.org| 206.696.7503 x112
Ellis Hazard, a Seattle native, attended University of Redlands’ Johnston Center (looking for sun) where he earned his BA. Despite his focus on Visual and Media Communications–and newfound interest in photography–he would later discover his true passion of working with youth. This started at Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center where he enjoyed countless hours on the water coaching junior novice boys crew. Most recently, this lead to Mercer Island High School where Ellis served as the truancy liaison. Ellis is at his happiest when on the water, with friends, sleeping, working with youth, or on his motorcycles.

Tye Pecha | Executive Assistant
TPecha@ccyj.org | 206.696.7503 x119
Tye brings the experience of being on administrative support teams in nonprofit and insurance backgrounds. She is an island girl, born and raised on the beautiful island of Guåhan!

Heather Elledge | Administrative Coordinator
helledge@ccyj.org│206.696.7503 x 100
Heather brings over 15 years of experience in customer relations and management experience to CCYJ. She has a degree in business with an international focus. She spent nearly 11 years with the Walt Disney Company, working in a range of customer-facing, management and leadership roles.

William “Billy” Hairston | Associate Director of Programs, Becca and LINC
whairston@ccyj.org| 206.696.7503 x120
William Hairston Studied at Adams State University in Colorado where he began what has been almost two decades worth of experience working to support and partner with young people and their families, in several different rolls, in both Washington State and in Colorado. He spent the last six years with Seattle Public Schools, first as a Truancy Intervention Specialist in one of the most high need schools in the Seattle School District and then three years as a District Attendance Representative. Where he oversaw and partnered with 33 Seattle schools to help with attendance interventions and family engagement. William is also accomplished at developing young people and teams of adults that support young people.

Catherine Musangi │ Vice President, Mission Support Services
cmusangi@ccyj.org | 206.696.7503 x 108
Catherine is a highly accomplished and driven Finance professional with over twenty years of demonstrated efficiency and process improvements in corporate and private family financial analysis. She is passionate about advancing progress for children and youth and has volunteered with The Make-A-Wish Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Catherine earned her Bachelor of Finance and her MBA from Southern Illinois University and is also PMP (Project Management Professional) certified.

Laura Nagel | Program Coordinator, Project Respect
LNagel@ccyj.org | 206.696.7503 x 121
Before coming to CCYJ, Laura provided wraparound services and case management to commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC) in Bangkok, Thailand and throughout Washington State. She pursued an MA in Counseling Psychology before realizing that she wants to collaborate with systems-involved partners for systems-level reform for CSEC. Laura coordinates Project Respect, providing technical assistance to Washington’s CSEC task forces, collecting data, and innovating ways to increase statewide collaboration. Laura holds a BA in psychology and women’s studies from Seattle Pacific University.

Nicholas Oakley │ Director of Programs & Policy Counsel, eQuality and Project Respect
noakley@ccyj.org │ 206.696.7503 x 113
For Nicholas, doing youth justice work for a living is a privilege. He empowers CCYJ’s efforts for LGBTQ and CSEC youth by bringing together groups of stakeholders to implement groundbreaking protocols. Prior to joining CCYJ, Nicholas represented youth and families in dependency, juvenile offender, education, family and criminal law matters as an associate attorney at Carey & Lillevik, PLLC. He holds a BA from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a JD from the University of Washington School of Law. Nicholas is also a volunteer mentor with If Project, which provides support to incarcerated women as they prepare to re-enter the community.

Gina Terada | Program Assistant, Becca and LINC
gterada@ccyj.org | 206-696-7503 ext. 109
Gina Terada has been an administrator for over seven years in for profit and nonprofit work and brings a data driven focus to supporting her team to further the impact of their work. A Chicago native and newly minted Seattleite, Gina is committed to bringing her experience to a new landscape with unique needs. Gina has a BA in International Politics and Japanese from North Central College and can be found most weekends reading a good book on the couch with her two cats.

Jennifer Whitaker | Vice President, Philanthropy
jwhitaker@ccyj.org | 206.696.7503 x 118
Jennifer has 17+ years of experience improving brands and implementing creative fundraising techniques to increase revenue as much as 35% in six months. She has served in executive positions for national and international organizations supporting causes such as global health, conservation and wildlife and has been interviewed by NPR, The London Times and The New York Times as a program expert. She has led multiple organizational turnaround efforts. Guided by her passion to make a positive impact in the world, she builds relationships and connects individuals to the causes that matter most to them. Her experience includes major gifts, capital campaigns, government and foundation grants, corporate sponsorships, board governance, and coaching others to achieve goals. She has a Master of Arts degree from Prescott College and dual Bachelor of Science degrees from Auburn University in Alabama. In her spare time, you will find her gardening, volunteering or curled up with a good book.

Michelle Williams | Program Coordinator, Zero to Three, To Honor and Serve, & Girls Court
mwilliams@ccyj.org | 206.696.7503 x107
Michelle Williams has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies from the University of Washington. Through her experience at the UW, she became passionate about building community, promoting sense of belonging, and supporting the needs of vulnerable populations. Michelle has worked with CCYJ since 2018, where her efforts have included creating safer and more affirming care for systems involved and/or homeless LGBTQ+ youth, and addressing issues around chronic absenteeism. Outside of work, Michelle enjoys cooking, exploring neighborhoods, and learning Italian (Ciao!).