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.
Allison Breed, MSW, LCSW
Allison Breed joined Blue Sky Bridge in 2017 as a Therapist. Allison received her Master’s degree in Social Work in 2005 from the University of St. Thomas and St. Catherine University joint program. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St. Olaf College. Allison has worked in community mental health with young adults, as well as worked for several years in schools supporting and empowering adolescents. She was a school social worker in Boulder Valley School District, and also a Prevention/Intervention Specialist at a middle and high school in St. Vrain Valley School District. Allison is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and provides Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at Blue Sky Bridge to children, teens, and caregivers impacted by traumatic experiences. Using TF-CBT, Allison strives to meet families where they are to help them in their healing, as well as to strengthen their resiliency and overall wellbeing.
Karen Daly, MSW
Karen has been working alongside Blue Sky Bridge for many years in both a volunteer and working capacity. Currently she is serving as the interim Intake Coordinator. Prior to taking this position she served as a project consultant during the 2 years of construction and remodeling of the building. Karen is retired from Boulder Valley School District where she was an Elementary Principal for many years and served as the Executive Director for Student Success at the District level for her last 4 years before retirement. Karen holds a Bachelors degree in Social Work from Colorado State University, a Master of Social Work from University of Denver, and a school administrative license from University of Colorado at Denver. Karen is married and she and her husband of 34 years raised two biological sons and a surrogate daughter in Boulder. They enjoy all manner of outdoor life and are active in the community.
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.
Robin Friesen-Holwell, MS, LMFT
PROGRAM MANAGER, THERAPIST
Robin Friesen-Holwell joined Blue Sky Bridge in 2014, after working as a Family Support Advocate during her Master’s level internship. Robin holds a Master’s degree of Science in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy from the University of Phoenix and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. During her time at Blue Sky Bridge, Robin has worked on strengthening and expanding prevention education across Boulder County. She works with a team of staff members and volunteers within the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley School Districts educating third grade students about touching rules and body safety. Robin gives a variety of trainings about the issue of child sexual abuse, how adults can recognize it and respond appropriately, and how adults can talk to kids about their bodies. She is committed to the goal of expanding awareness of these issues in order to create a safer community for children and families. As a therapist on staff, Robin works with children and families who have experienced trauma and are on the journey of healing. Using Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Robin provides kids and caregivers with support and skills to increase their resiliency and reduce their negative responses to the trauma.
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.
FAMILY SUPPORT ADVOCATE
Carol Vidaurre joined the Blue Sky Bridge team in 2016 as a Family Support Advocate. She holds a Masters Degree in Special Education and is currently earning her Masters Degree in Social Work from Colorado State University. Carol has more than 25 years experience in the field of special education advocating for children with disabilities and partnering with their families. As a member of the Blue Sky Bridge team, Carol is committed to providing caregivers the tools and support they need to best support their children on a journey to healing.
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