Our Staff

Our Staff

Rachel Sottile Logvin | President/CEO
RSottileLogvin@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.

Lily Cory | eQuality Program Coordinator
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 │ Project Director
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 Project Director, 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.

Heather Elledge | Administrative Coordinator
helledge@ccyj.org│206.696.7503 x 100
Heather brings over 12 years of experience in customer relations and management experience to CCYJ. She spent nearly 11 years with the Walt Disney Company, working in a range of customer-facing, management, and leadership roles.

William “Billy” Hairston | BECCA/YAC Program Manager
whairston@ccyj.org| 206.696.7503 x 120
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 supporting young people.

Lisa McCaul│ LINC Project Coordinator
LMccaul@ccyj.org | 206.696.7503 x 115
Lisa brings 15 years of experience in the private and public sector to her role as LINC Project Coordinator, leveraging her extensive background in data management, event coordination and administrative assistance with a heavy emphasis on reporting, communications and organization. She holds a BFA from Southern Methodist University and has a passion for understanding social justice issues and being an example of change within broken systems.

Catherine Musangi – Director of 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 | Project Respect Coordinator
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.

Chelsey Nill | LINC Project Coordinator ex 107

Nicholas Oakley │ Sr. Project Manager, eQuality & 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.

Grete Schultz │ Staff Attorney, Lawyers Fostering Independence
gschultz@ccyj.org │ 206.696.7503 x 112
As LFI Staff Attorney, Grete is working to expand our program outside King County, helping young people who have experienced foster care and/or homelessness access the legal resources and support they need. Grete has over five years’ experience working as a public defense attorney in Pierce County, as well as one year working at Redfin. She is passionate about working with youth and young adults, and is highly successful in supporting LFI clients, volunteers, and partner organizations. Grete holds a BA in Sociology from Seattle University and a JD from the University of Idaho.

Laurel Simonsen │ Managing Attorney, Lawyers Fostering Independence
lsimonsen@ccyj.org │ 206.696.7503 x 111
As LFI Managing Attorney, Laurel directs the LFI program and helps young people in King County, who have experienced foster care and/or homelessness, access the legal resources and support they need. Before joining CCYJ in 2017, Laurel advocated on behalf of parents and children involved in dependency, termination, family law and administrative proceedings as an associate attorney at Carey & Lillevik, PLLC. Laurel holds a BA and a JD with a concentration in Public Service from the University of Washington. In her personal time, Laurel supports justice for women and girls as a volunteer attorney for Legal Voice.

Anica Stieve Lead Program Manager, LINC: Leadership, Intervention & Change
astieve@ccyj.org │ 206.696.7503 x 110
Anica thrives on working collaboratively with multiple stakeholders in the private and public sector—a skill aligned with her work directing the LINC Program, which aims to make systemic changes to reduce community violence and improve outcomes for youth and families in King County.  Anica is inspired by the project’s many partners and the work they do for youth and families. Joining CCYJ in January 2013, Anica brings knowledge of mental health law and community services from intern work for King County Crisis and Commitment Services, part of the Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division.  She also draws on six years of volunteer experience in King County’s Adult and Juvenile Detention facilities.  She holds two BA degrees from the University of Washington, in Sociology and Law, Societies and Justice.  Since joining CCYJ she has worked solely on LINC and has served as the Lead Program Manager since 2016.

Jennifer Whitaker | Director of Development
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.