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Gina Maione Earles

Executive Director

Gina joined Blue Sky Bridge in November, 2012. She has extensive experience managing and working with numerous nonprofit and for profit organizations across the country, overseeing program and financial management, fundraising, communications, marketing, events, external relations, operations, IT and organizational dynamics. Most recently, Gina was CEO of Mothers & More, where she repositioned this 25 year old nonprofit to embrace the current environment for women. As Managing Director at Engineers Without Borders-USA, she enhanced the organization’s infrastructure to meet the needs of tremendous expansion and put the organization on a solid path to support developing communities worldwide. Gina received her BA from Northwestern University and MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College. Born in Indiana, she lived on both coasts before settling permanently in Boulder with her husband and two sons. Gina is a founding board member of Studio Arts Boulder, an organization working to build an arts campus focused on learning and environmental research in the arts. She enjoys the beautiful Colorado outdoors and escaping to her home pottery studio.

Lisa Tani, MSW

Forensic Interviewer/Family Support Advocate

Lisa Tani holds a Master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in Child Welfare from the University of Denver. Previously she worked with the Denver Department of Housing and Human Services where she was an Intake Intern on the Sexual Abuse Team. She was also a Masters level intern at Blue Sky Bridge in the summer of 2011. Lisa has completed National Forensic Interviewing training at the National Children’s Advocacy Center in Huntsville, Alabama, and has experience providing support and on-call services to victims, witnesses of crimes, and responding to agencies. She plays a key role in our Family Support Services, which are in place to support, advocate for, and assist the family toward recovery through providing crisis intervention, role/job clarification of multidiscipline team members, needs and strength assessment, resources, education and ongoing support services post their meeting at Blue Sky Bridge.

Christine Springer, MA, MFT

Family Support Advocate

Christine Springer Joined Blue Sky Bridge in May of 2011. She has a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy as well as Art Therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University. She has worked as a Victim’s Advocate for the Boulder City Police Department since 2002 and continues to run grief groups for HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties. Ms. Springer also has experience working with autistic children and their families as well as working as an Art Therapist with youth struggling with eating disorders. As a Family Support Advocate, she provides crisis intervention, support, education and community referrals to child abuse victims and their non-offending families. Christine is a Registered Psychotherapist in the State of Colorado.

Robin Friesen-Holwell, MS-MFT

Prevention Education Coordinator

Robin Friesen-Holwell joined Blue Sky Bridge as the Prevention Education Coordinator in February 2014.  She received her Master’s of Science in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy from University of Phoenix and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Psychology from University of Colorado at Boulder. Robin has had various positions working with children school-age and younger, and she worked as a Family Support Advocate during her Master’s level internship at Blue Sky Bridge. Her role as Prevention Education Coordinator enables her to work with a team of volunteers within the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley School Districts educating third grade students about touching rules and body safety, identifying trusted adults, and the “No, Go, Tell Plan”.  She is committed to the goal of expanding awareness of these issues in order to create a safer community for children and families.

Katie Ashburner

Program Associate

Katie Ashburner has her bachelors degree in psychology from Juniata College and her masters degree in social work from the University of South Carolina. She has been working at Child Advocacy Centers for the last five years and joined Blue Sky Bridge in 2014. Mrs. Ashburner is trained in the Childfirst South Carolina Forensic Interview protocol and the National Children’s Advocacy Center’s protocol for interviewing children.  As a forensic interviewer, Mrs. Ashburner is responsible for gather the greatest amount of reliable information in a child-sensitive, developmentally-appropriate and legally-defensible manner during interviews with suspected child abuse victims.

Katie Thompson

Development Manager

Katie Thompson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Michigan State University. She has a strong background in Nonprofit Administration and she got her start working for organizations like the Sierra Club and Clean Water Action in Lansing, Michigan. She moved to Colorado in 2010 and was in charge of office administration and fundraising for a nonprofit in Denver called Community Sailing of Colorado, LTD. There she gained extensive experience in organizing, planning events, and fundraising for their programs. Throughout her time with Blue Sky Bridge she has been involved with various development efforts and has discovered a passion for all things fundraising. As Development Manager, Katie is in charge of event planning, corporate partnership cultivation, and overseeing office administration.

Consultants

Mercedes A. Bransfield

Colorado Certified Court Interpreter

Mercedes Bransfield is a Certified Court Interpreter in the State of Colorado with over 15 years of experience.  She has interpreted in a wide variety of settings, including court trials, medical appointments, police interviews, depositions, immigration interviews and domestic violence cases.  Mercedes is committed to providing quality interpretation while taking into account the unique context of each session.  Before dedicating herself full time to court and medical interpreting, she spent over ten years working as an advocate for survivors of domestic violence as well as with low-income and homeless immigrants.  Mercedes has completed the internationally recognized medical interpreter training program, Bridging the Gap, and she holds a B.A. in Sociology from the College of the Holy Cross.

Amber McDonald, MSW, LCSW

Contract Child Trauma Expert

Amber McDonald is a Licensed Social Worker in the State of Colorado.  She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work with a concentration in Child Welfare from the University of Denver and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Colorado State University.  Ms. McDonald joined Blue Sky Bridge in May 2010 and left to pursue her PhD in July 2014.  Previously, she worked for Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services as an Intake Worker on the Sexual Abuse Team.  Ms. McDonald has extensive experience in forensic interviewing of children, child welfare, family crisis intervention, and program development.  Additionally, she provides expert testimony in Boulder County regarding child trauma and forensic interviews.

Courtney Palm, MA (formerly Holmes)

Contract Forensic Interviewer

Courtney Palm has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Texas Tech University and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. She has extensive knowledge about child development, victim issues involving general child abuse and neglect, criminal testimony, and how trauma affects the brain. Ms. Palm joined Blue Sky Bridge in July 2010 from the Denver Children’s Advocacy Center, where she was a therapist with child victims of sexual abuse. As a Forensic Interviewer, Ms. Palm is responsible for conducting forensic interviews of children for whom reports of suspected child abuse have been made, testifying in court and providing training for multi-disciplinary team members who investigate child abuse including law enforcement officers, child protection workers and prosecutors.

Rebecca Ketcham

Public Accountants, North Star Accounting

German Rosero

Systems Administrator, VIRTUALIZAT

Shandele Gumucio

Graphic Designer, Studiovert

Heidi Dormody/Susan Rona

Development Consultants, Sanitas Consulting

Board Website

Catrina Weigel, Chair

Deputy District Attorney, Boulder County District Attorney’s Office

Brooke Davison, Vice Chair

Former amateur national and world champion triathlete

Paige Norton, Secretary

President, Colorado Business Bank Northwest

Heidi Foote, Treasurer

Small Business Advisor

Larry Bennett

CEO Cambridge Communications Group, Inc.
CEO listsOnline.com, Inc.

Andy Bush

Principal, Morgan Creek Ventures

Charlotte Genevier

CEO, The Cotery

Alli Gerrish

Artist
Former Commercial Television Producer

Carey Kerschner

Grant Consultant

Annette Kissinger

Consultant and Trainer

Cheryl McConnell

Owner Full Circle Music Promotion

Catharine M. Merigold

Managing Partner, Vista Ventures

Cindy Mitchell

Partner, Shoemaker Ghiselli & Schwartz, LLC

Jonathan Schoenberg

Executive Creative Director/Partner, TDA_Boulder

Karen Daly

Educator, Consultant

Gina Maione Earles

Executive Director, Blue Sky Bridge

Jane Enterline

Educator, Consultant, Community Volunteer

Barbara Fernie

Hospital Chaplain

Jane Harmer

Chief Investigator, Boulder County District Attorney’s Office

Jo Ruder

Community Volunteer

Shannon Wagner

Community Volunteer

Education

The Education Committee is comprised of dedicated Blue Sky Bridge volunteers who work on education initiatives with the focus of prevention and early detection of child abuse. This program works with schools’ staff, parents and the third grade students.  If you would like to be involved with our Prevention Education Program, please fill out our Volunteer Application for the Education Program and email the form to info [at] blueskybridge [dot] org. For more information on our School-Based Prevention Education Program, click here.

Members of the Education Committee

  • Annette Kissinger, Chair and Board representative
  • Katherine Brennan
  • Amy Britton
  • Betsy Bush
  • Susan Eidem
  • Donna Ellman
  • Jane Enterline
  • Claudia Gilbert
  • Sara Horn
  • Irene Jergensen
  • Sara King
  • Annlee Landman
  • Amy Larson
  • Tanja Leonard
  • Julia Paine
  • Patty Sharp
  • Trish Wood
  • Gina Earles, Blue Sky Bridge Executive Director
  • Christine Springer, Blue Sky Bridge Family Support Advocate

Brand

The Blue Sky Bridge Brand Committee was created in 2010 and is responsible for overseeing brand strategy and communication materials for the
agency.

Our Branding Committee and Partners

  • Alli Gerrish
    Chairman of Branding Committee, Board member
  • Larry Bennett
    Board member
  • Gina Earles
    Executive Director
  • Egg Strategy: Christopher Wilshire
    Strategic planning/branding direction
  • TDA Advertising: Jonathan Schoenberg
    Print, TV and Mobile app design
  • studiovert: Shandele Gumucio
    Graphic Design, logo/identity
  • Ddesign Studios: Don Harris
    Web design and Development

Boulder Professionals Committee

The Boulder Professionals put together our annual BSB By the Glass and Blue Sky Brew Fest events in January and April.

Members of the Boulder Professionals Committee

  • Catrina Weigel, Chair and Board Member
  • Erica Baasten
  • Larry Bennett, Board Member
  • Gina Earles, Executive Director
  • Joshua Fiester
  • Brian French
  • Alli Gerrish, Board Member
  • Janet Hawkes
  • Dave Heal
  • Lori Lundrigan
  • Trevor Mickelson
  • Jane O’Herron
  • Dave Rich
  • Mary Susan Stults
  • David Thompson
  • Katie Thompson, Development Manager
  • Lesly Wagner
  • Alice Warren-Gregory

Information Technology

The Blue Sky Technology Committee strives to meet the needs of Blue Sky Bridge by keeping the staff apprised of recent technology developments and to educate the staff in the use of new technologies in order to increase operational efficiency, reduce overall costs and facilitate better internal and external communication with partners, clients and the community.

~Larry Bennett, Chair

Finance

Members of the Finance Committee

  • Heidi Foote, Chair and Board Treasurer
  • Gina Earles, Executive Director
  • Catrina Weigel, Board Chair
  • Catharine Merigold, Board Member

Expert Committee Interest

If you are interested in serving on any of our Expert Committees please fill out this form to learn more.

  • Attention Homes -  Boulder, CO
  • Boulder Institute for Psychotherapy and Research (BIPR) - Boulder, CO
  • Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services – Boulder, CO
  • Boulder County District Attorney’s Office – Boulder, CO
  • Boulder County Sheriff’s Department – Boulder, CO
  • Boulder County IMPACT – Boulder, CO
  • Boulder Police Department – Boulder, CO
  • Boulder Valley School District – Boulder, CO
  • Broomfield Housing and Human Services – Broomfield, CO
  • Broomfield Police Department – Broomfield, CO
  • Burlington Police Department – Burlington, CO
  • Centennial Peaks Hospital – Louisville, CO
  • Child Protection Review Teams of Boulder County – Boulder, CO
  • Colorado Children’s Alliance – Denver, CO
  • Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) – Denver, CO
  • Colorado University Police Department – Boulder, CO
  • Community First Foundation – Arvada, CO
  • Community Foundation Serving Boulder County – Boulder, CO
  • Erie Police Department – Erie, CO
  • The Family Learning Center – Boulder, CO
  • Foothills United Way – Boulder, CO
  • Imagine! – Lafayette, CO
  • The Kempe Center – Aurora, CO
  • Kit Carson Sheriff’s Office – Kit Carson, CO
  • The Klein Frank Foundation – Boulder, CO
  • Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking – Denver, CO
  • Lafayette Police Department – Lafayette, CO
  • LEVI (Longmont Ending Violence Initiative) – Longmont, CO
  • Longmont Community Foundation – Longmont, CO
  • Longmont Police Department – Longmont, CO
  • Louisville Police Department – Louisville, CO
  • Medical Center of the Rockies – Loveland, CO
  • MESA (Moving to End Sexual Assault) – Boulder, CO
  • Mental Health Partners – Boulder, CO
  • National Children’s Alliance – Washington, D.C.
  • Nederland Police Department – Nederland, CO
  • Parenting Safe Children – Louisville, CO
  • Parlando School for the Arts – Boulder, CO
  • Ralston House – Arvada, CO
  • Realities for Children – Boulder, CO
  • Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence - Boulder, CO
  • Safeshelter of St. Vrain Valley- Longmont, CO
  • SARC (Sexual Assault Resource Center) – Boulder, CO
  • SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) – Boulder, CO
  • St. Vrain Family Center – Longmont, CO
  • YMCA of Boulder – Boulder, CO
  • YWCA of Boulder – Boulder, CO

Summer 2014 Interns

Click Here for an Internship Application!

Kassandra Barbee, Master’s Level Intern/Family Support Advocate

University of Southern California

Allison Galgano, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Calli Johnson, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Olivia Lebow, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Karli Salas, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Jessica Salazar, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Mary Roszel, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Ellie Patterson, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

 

Past Interns

Maytal Schmidt, Master’s Level Intern/Family Support Advocate

Smith College

Robin Friesen-Holwell, Master’s Level Intern/Family Support Advocate

University of Phoenix

Angela Ely, Master’s Level Intern/Family Support Advocate

University of Colorado Denver

Ashley Rethemyer, Master’s Level Intern/Family Support Advocate

Lindenwood University

Blayne Kelly, MSW Intern (Bilingual)

University of Colorado

Kathleen Salmon, MSW Intern/Family Support Advocate

Smith College

Debbie Drury, MSW Intern/Family Support Advocate

Metro State College of Denver

Jessica Studer, Master’s Level Intern/Family Support Advocate

Smith College

Krista Reinhardt-Ruprecht, Art Therapy Intern

Naropa University

Dalton Martin, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Layne Perkins, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Jessica Nelson, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Cami Monette, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Cassandra Burger, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Mary France, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Annie Howitz, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Will Mandino, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Roxy Ross, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Michaela Clinton, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Austin Barela, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado Denver

Hannah Flink, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Karly Smock, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Melissa Bagli, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Vinod Kantha, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Elise Matatall, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Brittany Kelly, Case Support Intern

 University of Colorado

Laura Baines, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Nyla Nasser, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Kelsey Messer, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Keeley Cordova, Case Support Intern

Colorado State University

Doug Schrepferman, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Anna Dohrmann, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Nicole Hinson, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Elise Hague, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Shayna McNiel, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Jane Feiereisel, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Windy Henry, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Dan Welch, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Abigail Pilmenstein, Case Support Intern

Naropa University

Nicole Savarese, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Kasey O’Connor, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Meghan Kari, Development Intern

University of Colorado

Kelly Burks, Development Intern

University of Colorado

Elizabeth Harvey, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Isabelle Thurmer, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Katie Leenhouts, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Alexa Worthington, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Julia Anne Zarski, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Jordan Goto, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Kate Schild, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Kristine Crawford, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Christina Holiday, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Holly Zaepfel, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Stephanie Pace, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Lisa Tani, MSW Intern/Family Support Advocate

University of Colorado

Lyndel Conquest, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Jenny Lee, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Mollie Rupprecht, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado

Robin Jackelow, Case Support Intern

University of Colorado