2019 Board of Directors
Diana Goldberg – Diana has been the Executive Director of SungateKids since 1996. Diana is a graduate of Columbia University and the University of Virginia School of Law. She practiced law with the firm of Davis, Graham, and Stubbs and then with the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Denver. She served as Executive Director of the Central Visitation Program before joining SungateKids.
Jade Woodard – Jade is the Executive Director of Illuminate Colorado: a united network of four established organizations partnering to build brighter childhoods through education, advocacy, and family support. Jade has a BA in Social Work as well as her MPA in Public Administration.
Lynn Rioth – Lynn Rioth is recently retired from the Western Regional Children’s Advocacy Center where she was an Outreach Coordinator for the thirteen western states. She provided training and technical assistance on a local, state, and national level. She was also an accreditation site reviewer for the National Children’s Alliance. Lynn graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in Communication. Lynn lives in Colorado Springs.
Gina Maione Earles – Gina has been the Executive Director of Blue Sky Bridge in Boulder since 2012. Under her guidance, this Child Advocacy Center is expanding its facilities, programs, and presence throughout Boulder County. She has extensive experience with numerous non-profit and for-profit organizations across the country. Gina was CEO of Mothers & More, where she re-positioned this 25 year old non-profit to embrace the current environment for women, Managing Director at Engineers Without Borders-USA, where 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, and a founding Board Member at Studio Arts Boulder, working toward creating an arts campus. Gina received her BA from Northwestern University and MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College.
Paula Bragg – Paula Bragg is the founder and Executive Director for S.A.R.A., Inc., (Sexual Assault Response Advocates) the rape crisis center and nationally accredited child advocacy center serving the Thirteenth Judicial District, seven counties in Northeastern Colorado. Paula has 30 years of experience working in victim services including Victim Compensation, Local VALE, and Victims’ Rights. She worked for over 19 years as the Director of Victim Services in the District Attorney’s Office and 10 years with S.A.R.A., Inc. She served on the Victims of Crime Act Board for over 15 years. She worked on subcommittees for Local VALE and Victim Compensation Standards, and on the Governor’s Coordinating Committee on Victims’ Rights. She was on the Board of Director’s for COVA for 18 years serving as Regional Representative, Vice-President, and President.
Kendra Dunn – Kendra Dunn is the Child Maltreatment Prevention Director for the Office of Early Childhood, Colorado Department of Human Services. Ms. Dunn oversees a child maltreatment prevention unit comprised of the Colorado Children’s Trust Fund, Colorado Community Response Program, Promoting Safe and Stable Families program, SafeCare Colorado, and the Family Resource Center Program. She currently serves as a co-chair for the Colorado Strengthening Families Network, board member of the Colorado Children’s Alliance, co-backbone for the Colorado Essentials for Childhood Project, and board member of the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds.
Ms. Dunn has worked in the child maltreatment prevention field for 19 years. She has a special interest in building the public will necessary to ensure healthy child development for all children. Her background is in family support, adult education, and organizational development. Ms. Dunn was the founding Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse Colorado. She has also held positions with the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, Prevent Child Abuse of Metropolitan Washington, and the D.C. Children’s Trust Fund. Ms. Dunn studied psychology at American University in Washington, DC.
Debi Grebenik – Debi Grebenik trains internationally and is known for her expertise in healing child trauma. She also trains on Vicarious Trauma within child welfare and judicial systems as well as for first responders and medical professionals. She is known for her engaging and enthusiastic presentations on healing for children, youth, families, teams, and systems. Her education includes a Masters’ Degree in Social Work; a Master’s Degree in Religious Education; a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Innovation from the University of Colorado.
Debi is the Chief Knowledge Officer of Alia, a new nonprofit organization focused on innovations for people and systems impacted by childhood trauma. Previous to Alia, Debi served as the Executive Director of Maple Star Colorado, a child welfare agency providing foster care, domestic violence advocacy, human trafficking services, clinical services, autism supports, placement prevention, and other innovative programming. Under Debi’s leadership, Maple Star grew and one of their innovative programs was accepted into the Colorado Compendium of Promising Practices. Maple Star led the state of Colorado in innovative programming. In 2014, Debi was awarded the 360 Degree Leader of the Year of Providence Service Corporation out of 11,000 employees. She was also appointed by Colorado’s Governor to serve on the Human Trafficking Council where she chaired the task force on standards. Recently in 2017 she was awarded the outstanding adjunct faculty of the year award for Newman University where she’s taught for the past 11 years in their Master’s of Social Work program where she created a class on Traumatology.
Debi’s mission is for everyone to have the “aha” moment about the impact of trauma on their personal and professional lives. What she is best known for is her love of the color pink, her 7 grandchildren, and Starbucks as well as her nonstop energy.
Edie Hooton – Edie Hooton is a CO State Representative for House District 10, Boulder, first elected in 2016. She also serves as the House Majority Caucus Chair. During her first two years in office she sat on both the Public Health and the Health Insurance and Environment Committees. In her first term, there were several bills Edie sponsored of particular interest to CCA. One would have created a Homeless Youth Task Force and the other would have provided training for cosmetologists to recognize signs of domestic violence. While both bills stalled in the Senate, key provisions in the Task Force were picked up in other legislation, and the cosmetology bill will be reintroduced and most likely succeed in 2019. In the 2018 legislative session, Edie successfully ran an amendment that added $300,000 to the state budget for Community Resource Centers.
Edie has long been active with Boulder nonprofits specializing in human services – Attention Homes, which provides housing and services for homeless youth; The Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence, providing shelter for women and their children who are victims of domestic violence; The Emergency Family Assistance Association, providing food and housing for homeless families; The Bridge House, providing job training for low income and homeless adults; and Blue Sky Bridge, providing services to victims of child sexual abuse. She and her husband Jim are also active with the I Have A Dream Foundation and with Intercambio – both organizations provide a multitude of resources to help minority and low income students succeed academically. Edie and Jim have raised a son and daughter, both now adults. She received a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.
Karen Meyer – Karen currently serves as Vice President Business Development for 98point6, expert, on-demand primary care as their Denver-based executive for Colorado and its surrounding states. Previous roles include Vice President of Sales & Partnerships for Welltok, a pioneer in health optimization providing an integrated platform for payers, health systems, ACOs and other population health managers, as co-founder of The Fuel Team, an award winning web-based Software as a Service (“Saas”) organization which was successfully sold to PR Newswire, a leading global communications and marketing services provider, VP Global Strategic Channels for PR Newswire and as a Regional SVP for MarketSource Corporation, a college and target marketing agency.
Prior to serving on the Board for the Colorado Children’s Alliance, Karen served on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for the National Children’s Alliance, and has been a long time supporter of SungateKids, in various roles. In addition to the Colorado Children’s Alliance, Karen is currently serving on the Board of Trustees for North Park University and on the Board of Trustees for Christian Living Communities.
Becky Miller Updike – Becky Miller Updike, Ph.D. serves as Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center in Denver, CO. Becky has 22 years of experience in policy, advocacy and research. Most recently, Becky served as Vice President, Child & Family Services for Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains. Prior to that, Becky was Colorado’s first Child Protection Ombudsman. Becky was Executive Director of Colorado Judicial Institute and has represented Tennyson Center for Children and several other child-serving agencies in the advocacy and policy research areas, and was an Aide in US Congress and in the Indiana legislature. Becky currently serves on the boards of Illuminate Colorado and Colorado Children’s Alliance, and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. Becky was recognized by the Denver Business Journal as a top 3 finalist for Top Women in Business in 2010 and 2012.
Gwen Schooley – Gwen has been the Executive Director at Life Stories Child & Family Advocacy since 2008. They are an umbrella agency for the Weld County Child Advocacy Center and CASA Program. Previously, she was the director of Child Advocacy Resource and Education, a Family Strengthening agency in Weld County for 10 years where she started a Supervised Visitation Program. Her background is in counseling, parent education, and non-profit management. Gwen holds a Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Oneonta in Home Economics with a concentration in Child Development and Consumer Economics. She also has a Master’s Degree in Agency Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Northern Colorado. Gwen serves on the Colorado Crime Victims’ Services Board and the Office of the Child’s Representative Board (OCR).
Joanne Sprouse – Joanne Sprouse is a Breckenridge resident for over 30 years as well as a weekend Denver resident. She has worked for the Summit County Department of Social Services for approximately 28 years, in a variety of positions including Child Welfare, Economic Security, and Child Support Services. She has a BA in Psychology as well as her MPA In Public Administration. Joanne has served on numerous boards and committees relating to child well-being and safety including the Child Support Commission, Colorado Family Support Council, Colorado Council of Mediators, Summit County Early Childhood Options and Child Protection Team.
Amy Stephens – Former Colorado House Majority Leader Amy Stephens is a Principal in the Public Policy and Regulation practice at Dentons, where she leads the firm’s Colorado Government Affairs practice. Her practice focuses on advising clients on legislative issues and providing expertise derived from her extensive experience in public office.
Ms. Stephens is a former member of the Colorado House of Representatives where she represented District 19 from 2007 to 2015. In her first year in office, she was elected as House Minority Caucus Chairman and later served as State House Majority Leader. As a member of the Business Affairs, Judiciary, Health & Environment, and Health Insurance & Human Services Committees, she developed a keen understanding of issues that impact business.
In addition to her service in public office, Ms. Stephens ran her own small business that provided communications, public affairs, grant writing, program development and outreach services to private business, non-profit organizations, and health organizations. From 1991-2001, she managed public policy for a Colorado non-profit where she developed policy strategy on choice in education, youth risk avoidance issues, media literacy, welfare reform and parent/teen communication.
Ms. Stephens has been recognized as “Legislator of the Year” by numerous businesses and organizations in Colorado, including the Colorado Technology Association, Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Economic Development, Colorado Dairy Farmers Association, National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), Colorado Women’s Chamber and Colorado Mental Health America. She has been recognized as one of the “Five Rising Stars” of the Republican Party and “Colorado’s Most Influential Women” by The Denver Post.
Andi Leopoldus – Andi has been the Colorado Chapter Coordinator since 2005. She has managed three other associations in her career. Andi serves as the Chapter’s lobbyist, also. With more than 30 years of experience at the Colorado Capitol, she is knowledgeable and respected at the Legislature. Andi has a B.A. in English from the University of Colorado-Boulder and an M.P.A. from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. She is the mother of two adult children and four grandchildren. Andi and her husband live in Colorado Springs.