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Gina Maione Earles

Executive Director

Gina joined Blue Sky Bridge as Executive Director in 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, and organizational dynamics. Gina also serves as Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Colorado Children’s Alliance. 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. She enjoys the beautiful Colorado outdoors and escaping to her home art studio.

Katie Ashburner, MSW

Program Manager/Forensic Interviewer

Katie Ashburner has her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Juniata College and her Master’s 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. Katie 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, she is responsible for gathering the greatest amount of reliable information in a child-sensitive, developmentally-appropriate and legally-defensible manner during interviews with suspected child abuse victims. Katie also manages our Child and Family Advocacy Program and the development of new programs for the center.

Robin Friesen-Holwell, MS-MFT

Prevention Education Manager

Robin Friesen-Holwell joined Blue Sky Bridge as the Prevention Education Coordinator in 2014.  She has a Master’s degree 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 Manager 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.

Sue Koral

Office Manager
Sue joined Blue Sky Bridge in January of 2015.  She has degree in business administration and her professional experience includes office management, project and property management, and benefit management and administration. Sue has extensive exposure to non profit organizations through her volunteer efforts. She has been a part of non profit fund raising teams, event planning, and donor solicitation.  Some of the non profit organizations that Sue has worked for include the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, Boulder County Cares, and the community outreach programs at Sacred Heart of Jesus parish.

Kim Lowery Grimm

Forensic Interviewer

Kim Lowery Grimm earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from Southwest Baptist University. She has been working at Child Advocacy Centers since 2005 and joined Blue Sky Bridge in 2016. Kim is trained to utilize the National Children’s Advocacy Center’s Protocol, the Cornerhouse Protocol, and the Colorado Forensic Interviewing Model. As a forensic interviewer, Kim gathers information from children in their own words about suspected child abuse and/or witness to crime. Interviews are conducted in a child friendly, developmentally appropriate, neutral and legally defensible manner. Kim also participates as a state trainer for the Colorado Forensic Interviewing Model. Kim enjoys the outdoors, hiking and spending time with her husband and dogs.

Faith Motter, MSW

Director of Development and Communications

Faith Motter joined the team at Blue Sky Bridge in November 2015. Faith has over 8 years of experience as a fundraiser. Her love for fundraising began in New York City in 2007 where she co-founded and directed an organization, Restore NYC, whose mission is to end sex trafficking in New York and restore the well-being and independence of foreign national survivors. While at Restore, Faith was responsible for financially building the organization from the ground up. Prior to joining Blue Sky Bridge, Faith was the Director of Development for a youth-serving nonprofit in northwestern North Carolina where she managed all aspects of fundraising, marketing, and communication. A native to Philadelphia, Faith received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Administration from Temple University and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University.

Maytal Schmidt, LSW

Family Support Advocate

Maytal Schmidt worked at Blue Sky Bridge in 2013 as a Family Support Advocate Intern. After receiving her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Smith College, Maytal returned to Blue Sky Bridge to join the team. Her experience includes working overseas with survivors of sexual assault, genocide, African refugees, and Asylum seekers. She has also worked with families with HIV/AIDS, substance dependency and mental health diagnoses. Additionally, Maytal has created and implemented curriculum around sexual identities and empowerment. As a Family Support Advocate, Maytal provides counseling, support, and resources to families affected by childhood abuse through crisis intervention, crisis calls and prevention education efforts.

Christine Springer, MA, MFT

Program Associate

Christine Springer joined the staff of Blue Sky Bridge in 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 has past experience running Grief Groups for TruCare Hospice, providing art and family therapy in an eating disorders clinic and providing behavioral therapy with children on the Autistic Spectrum. As a Family Support Advocate at Blue Sky Bridge, she provides crisis intervention and counseling, support, education and community referrals to child abuse victims and their non-offending families. Christine also co-facilitates our Non-Offending Caregiver Support Group and is working on the development of a trauma-focused treatment program for children and families. Christine is a Registered Psychotherapist in the State of Colorado.

Sarah Vincent

Development and Events Manager

Sarah joined Blue Sky Bridge in 2016 after more than a decade fundraising for many local non-profits and school organizations. She has a degree in business management and experience with marketing program management, product management and event management. Sarah serves on the major event committee for There With Care, a Boulder-based non-profit serving families in medical crisis, She has also served on the board for Advocates for Healthy Communities. Sarah is an avid skier and outdoor enthusiast enjoying all aspects of what Colorado has to offer with her husband, two children and dog Sunny.



Mercedes A. Bransfield

Colorado Certified Court Interpreter

Silvina Madga

Colorado Certified Court Interpreter

Debbie Stewart

Contract Grant Writer

Rebecca Ketcham

Public Accountants, North Star Accounting

German Rosero

Systems Administrator, VIRTUALIZAT

Catrina Weigel, Chair

Chief 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

Andy Bush

Principal, Morgan Creek Ventures

Mark Deaton

Detective, Longmont Police Department

Charlotte Genevier

CEO, The Cotery

Bing Howenstein

CEO, BackJoy

Carey Kerschner

Grant Consultant

Cheryl McConnell

Owner Full Circle Music Promotion

George Moore

Head of School, Dawson School

Jonathan Schoenberg

Executive Creative Director/Partner, TDA_Boulder


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 our . For more information on our School-Based Prevention Education Program, click here.

Members of the Education Committee

  • Annette Kissinger, Chair and Board representative
  • Heather Branan
  • Katherine Brennan
  • Amy Britton
  • Julia Cantarovici
  • Aimee Day
  • Sheri Devereux
  • Stephanie Drummond
  • Donna Ellman
  • Jane Enterline
  • Emily Gadacz
  • Claudia Gilbert
  • Anne Hedlund
  • Nancy Hoffman
  • Sara Horn
  • Sara King
  • Annlee Landman
  • Amy Larson
  • Tanja Leonard
  • Alice Messinger
  • Julia Nicholson-Paine
  • Patty Sharp
  • Lester Wall
  • Trish Wood


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

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 event in March.

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
  • 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


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
  • Project Pinwheel – Longmont, 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!

Andrew Cohen, Family Support Intern

Smith College

Madeline Bacon –  Family Support Intern

The University of Denver

Jessica Salazar, Case Support Intern
University of Colorado
Mary Roszel, Case Support Intern
University of Colorado
Xin Sui- Case Support Intern
University of Colorado
Carolyn Swisher- Case Support Intern
University of Colorado
Kady Marman- Case Support Intern
University of Colorado
Paige Carlstom- Case Support Intern
Univeristy of Colorado
Hayley Brown- Case Support Intern
University of Colorado
Sarah Nehf- Case Support Intern
Georgia Tech
Shasta Baca- Case Support Intern
University of Colorado
Amy Lowright- Case Support, Art Therapy Intern
Naropa University