Our Staff

Our Staff

Rachel Sottile Logvin | President/CEO
RSottileLogvin@ccyj.org | 206.696.7503 x 12

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.

Gina Cumbo │ Project Director
gcumbo@ccyj.org │ 206.696.7503 x 14

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 10

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.

Alisha Evans-Goldie │ Social Worker, Family Advocacy Center

As Social Worker for CCYJ’s Family Advocacy Center, Alisha helps parents and caregivers connect with services and navigate the child welfare system. Alisha has a decade’s worth of experience in the juvenile justice, mental health, and child welfare systems. Alisha started her career at Seattle Children’s Home’s (SCH) McGraw unit. After five years with SCH, she joined Navos caring for adults with emotional and psychological issues. She then went on to a five year tenure with the State of Washington as a Child and Family Welfare Service specialist, CPS/FAR investigator, and CHET screener before joining the team at CCYJ. Alisha has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Seattle Pacific University.

Lisa McCaul│ LINC Project Coordinator
LMccaul@ccyj.org | 206.696.7503 x 35

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 26

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.

Melanie Nadon │ Project Coordinator
MNadon@ccyj.org │ 206.696.7503 x 21

Melanie began working with CCYJ in 2016 as an intern for the Commission on Children in Foster Care and as a student research assistant for her Master’s Degree Capstone Project with the Family Advocacy Center. Now as a Project Manager, she manages CCYJ’s Girls Court pilot program and the To Honor and Serve project, and she provides coordination and support for the formation of CCYJ’s Youth Advisory Council. Melanie holds a BA in Gender, Law, and Policy and Speech Communication from the University of La Verne and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.

Laura Nagel | Project Respect Coordinator
LNagel@ccyj.org | 206.696.7503 x 23

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

Nicholas Oakley │ Sr. Project Manager, eQuality & Project Respect
noakley@ccyj.org │ 206.696.7503 x 25

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 17

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 24

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 Project Manager, Suburban King County Coordinating Council on Gangs
astieve@ccyj.org │ 206.696.7503 x 20

Anica thrives on working collaboratively with multiple stakeholders in the private and public sector—a skill aligned with her work with the multijurisdictional Suburban King County Coordinating Council on Gangs (SKCCCG) and multidisciplinary intervention team Youth LINC. 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 holds two BA degrees from the University of Washington, in Sociology and Law, Societies and Justice.

Michelle Williams | Project Coordinator
MWilliams@ccyj.org | 206.696.7503 x 10

Michelle received her BA in International Studies from the University of Washington. Her experiences from this department sparked her passion to embrace diverse cultures and identities, and foster sense of belonging within communities. Today, Michelle supports the eQuality Project to spread awareness of the diverse identities of LGBTQ+ youth, and address the unique challenges that are faced due to these identities. She engages with stakeholders and systems professionals across the state to provide safer & more affirming care for systems-involved and/or homeless LGBTQ+ youth, so that all youth may feel safe and thrive in their communities.