Gina Maione Earles
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.
Michelle Amato, LSW
FAMILY SUPPORT ADVOCATE
Michelle Amato joined Blue Sky Bridge as a Family Support Advocate in 2017. She has a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work with an emphasis in Mental Health from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Colorado at Boulder. Michelle has previously worked with children and adolescents on a short-term crisis stabilization inpatient unit, and has experience providing individual, family, and group therapy through a school-based mental health program. Most recently, Michelle worked for the Department of Human Services on their Sexual Abuse Recovery Team where she provided ongoing social work services to children and families dealing with sexual abuse and sex trafficking issues.
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.
Cliff joined Blue Sky Bridge as Business Manager in February 2017. He has extensive experience managing accounting and finance departments for nonprofit and for profit organizations. Cliff received his BS degree from Colorado State University and has an MBA degree with an emphasis in finance from the University of Colorado Boulder. Cliff is currently the Assistant District Administrator for Colorado District 2 Little League Baseball and Softball and has served as Treasurer for Technology Partnership, a nonprofit organization which provides technology for students in Kenya.
Alea joined the team at Blue Sky Bridge in 2017. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Ethnic Studies at Lewis & Clark College. Her experience includes teaching English at elementary schools in SE Asia, literacy intervention tutoring for elementary students in the US, and counseling at a surgery center. She enjoys foreign cultures and languages, and has studied Spanish, Latin, Mandarin, and Thai. As the Intake Coordinator, Alea provides administrative support to the Blue Sky Bridge team and is committed to providing quality care to the communities that Blue Sky Bridge serves.
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.
BILINGUAL PREVENTION EDUCATION ASSOCIATE
Claudia volunteered in the School-based Education Program for 5 years before joining the staff in 2017.
She truly believes that prevention education can make our communities safer for children. She is trained as a Stewards of Children facilitator. Claudia grew up in Mexico City. She holds a BSEE and a MSEE from Stanford University.
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 & COMMUNICATION
Faith Motter joined the team at Blue Sky Bridge in November 2015. Faith has over 10 years of experience as a fundraiser. Her love for development 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.
DEVELOPMENT & 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.
PREVENTION EDUCATION ASSOCIATE
Trish Wood joined BSB in 2016. Trish has been working in the areas of violence prevention, cause marketing and community outreach for most of her career. Most recently, Trish worked at LEVI (Longmont Ending Violence Initiative) where she was responsible for domestic violence prevention/education and victim assistance. Trish also helped initiate the collaborative grant with BSB to develop Project Pinwheel, a child sexual abuse awareness project that targets the Longmont community. Trish holds a Masters in Journalism from the University of Colorado and is committed to spreading the prevention message throughout our community.
Mercedes A. Bransfield
COLORADO CERTIFIED COURT INTERPRETER
COLORADO CERTIFIED COURT INTERPRETER
CONTRACT GRANT WRITER
PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS, NORTH STAR ACCOUNTING