Our Staff

Our Staff

Justice Bobbe J. Bridge (ret.) │ Founding President/CEO
bjbridge@ccyj.org │ 206.696.7503 x 12

After nearly 20 years as a judge, State Supreme Court justice, and child advocate, Bobbe Bridge knows how systems work—and don’t. Since founding CCYJ in 2006, she has been the driving force behind our 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. She currently co-chairs the Washington State Supreme Court Commission on Children in Foster Care, and has been honored with numerous awards for her civic involvement, philanthropy, and service to children and youth.

Scott Boling │ Development/Accounting Coordinator
│ 206.696.7503 x 15

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.

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.

Bev Falgione │ Director of Development
BFalgione@ccyj.org | 206.696.7503 x 19

As Director of Development, Bev is responsible for all aspects of philanthropic revenue generation for CCYJ.

Robbin Hastings │ Finance Manager
rhastings@cccyj.org │206.696.7503 x 18

In her role as Finance Manager, Robbin provides leadership and promotes a culture of fiscal stewardship at CCYJ. She is responsible for the development and execution of financial systems, policies, and procedures. Her duties include funds management, forecasting and budgeting, financial reporting and analysis. Starting at CCYJ in January 2016, Robbin is a certified public accountant with extensive experience and a diverse background serving nonprofit organizations as well as individuals and corporations. Formerly an auditor with KPMG, Robbin holds a BS in Business Administration from The Ohio State University (cum laude). Robbin is also a businesswoman, owning her own small firm since 1992.

Maria Howard │ Director of Operations
mghoward@ccyj.org │ 206.696.7503 x 26

Better lives for kids isn’t just a tag line for Maria, it’s the inspiration for everything she contributes at CCYJ. Maria provides executive support to the CEO, manages human resources, coordinates IT support, and oversees office management. She has 12 years of experience in legal administrative services, including more than a decade as a legal secretary for corporate law firms. Maria previously executed database accuracy and integrity as a corporate data steward.  She holds a BA in Law and Justice with a specialization in Law Enforcement from Central Washington University, and is a loyal volunteer of 10 years for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Kelly Martin-Vegue │ Project Coordinator
KMVegue@ccyj.org │ 206.696.7503 x 33


Melanie Nadon │ Project Assistant
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 Assistant, she is conducting the initial research phase of CCYJ’s Military Youth project, coordinating the formation of a Youth Advisory Council for CCYJ, and assisting in the development of the Girls Court project. 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.

Nicholas Oakley │ 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.

Kim Ong │ Project Assistant
kong@ccyj.org │ 206.696.7503 x 23

As Project Assistant, Kim’s work is grounded in being a vehicle for positive impacts and highlighting local community solutions and resources to improve policies and practices.  Starting with CCYJ as an intern for the Commission on Children in Foster Care in 2015, Kim currently executes data analysis and reporting for CCYJ’s CSEC youth work, as well as staffing the Washington State Becca Task Force and the Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice’s Behavioral Health Committee.  She holds a BA in English Literature and Linguistics from the University of Washington, and a Master of Public Administration degree from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.

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 │ 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.

Margaret Terry │ Major Gifts Manager
mterry@ccyj.org │ 206.696.7503 x 13

Margaret has over 15 years of experience in comprehensive fundraising for both statewide and national organizations previously working with Thrive Washington, the American Medical Women’s Association, Child Care Aware and numerous regional coalitions in the early childhood and health fields. She is pleased to join the team and excited to see how her experience in collaborative fundraising and systems change can help to expand the impact of CCYJ.

Stephen Vanderhoef │ QLaw Foundation Sher Kung Fellow
SVanderhoef@ccyj.org |

Vince Vaielua │ Project Coordinator, Suburban King County Coordinating Council on Gangs
vvaielua@ccyj.org │ 206.696.7503 x 11

Vince has 15 years of experience as a youth advocate and gang intervention specialist. Before joining CCYJ, Vince was the founding director of Project 253, a youth empowerment and community engagement organization and Tuff Love Intervention, a high risk youth mentoring program. He also was involved in the City of Tacoma’s implementation of OJJDP’s Comprehensive Gang Model.

Mahogany Villars │ Project Manager, Seattle LINC (Leadership, Intervention & Change)
mvillars@ccyj.org │ 206.696.7503 x 16

Mahogany was previously a Social Worker for the Washington State Division of Child and Family Services in Seattle and South King County. She has worked extensively with young adults and families through local nonprofits and for the City of Seattle, supporting clients in overcoming tremendous barriers to live healthy lives and bring about long lasting, positive generational change. She holds BA degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Western Washington University and an MSW from the University of Washington. Mahogany is Seattle born and raised, and is proud to serve the Seattle and King County community through Seattle LINC.