CCASA is recruiting new board members to fill immediate vacancies. We are looking for individuals with a diverse and broad range of strengths, skills, and experience who are interested in having a positive impact on the community. Click here to download the board interest information packet.
Chairperson: Alison McCarthy, MSW, Project Manager, Spark Policy Institute
CCASA Individual Member
Alison is a project manager at Spark Policy Institute, an agency working on implementing innovative solutions to society’s complex problems. After working as an advocate for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, she pursued her passion for social justice and earned her Masters of Social Work and Animal Assisted Social Work Certificate from the University of Denver. She is originally from France and lived in Singapore, Egypt, Dubai, and Australia before settling in Colorado; all the moving around has definitely infected her with the “travel bug” and she plans to continue her exploration of new places every chance she gets. Outside of work, Alison enjoys baking, powerlifting, and playing with her rescue dog Grace. In addition to serving on CCASA’s Board of Directors, she volunteers on The Blue Bench’s sexual assault hotline.
Treasurer: Kristin Bantle, Principal, De-Escalation Nation, LLC
CCASA Individual Member
Steamboat Springs, CO
A college graduate in the early 90’s from the University of Montana, Kristin Bantle moved to Michigan and began a career as a social worker specializing in domestic violence and sexual assault cases. As her caseloads grew so did her realization that law enforcement needed women. She enrolled in the police academy and was hired prior to graduation. Kristin spent 12 years as a sergeant, detective, diver and hostage negotiator, before moving her family to Colorado where she continued her career in law enforcement. Then, after experiencing sexism and misogyny, Kristin decided to come forward about her experiences. She is now writing her story, volunteering, doing advocacy work, teaching at the community college, and she has started a company called De-Escalation Nation, LLC, which bridges law enforcement and communities through education. She has a Master’s degree in psychology and communication. In her spare time, Kristin loves living in the mountains, camping with the family and looking forward to tons of snow this winter to snowboard!
Secretary: Tina Hageman, MSW, MBA, Division Director of Child and Youth Services, Family Tree, Inc.
CCASA Agency & Individual Member
With over 20 years of experience in social service delivery and nonprofit program leadership, Tina Hageman currently serves as the Division Director of Child and Youth Services at Family Tree. Prior to her work at Family Tree, Tina held leadership positions at a rape crisis center in Birmingham, Alabama, a domestic violence agency in Dallas, Texas, and a school-based collaboration to prevent truancy in St. Louis, Missouri. Most recently, Tina managed a research project studying domestic violence and animal abuse and taught at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work, where she still serves as an Adjunct Professor. Tina earned a MSW and MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, where she also taught as an Adjunct Professor.
Member: Karen Moldovan, MAT, Associate Legislative Director, State Innovation Exchange
CCASA Individual Member
Karen is the Associate Legislative Director at State Innovation Exchange (SiX). In this role, she focuses primarily on developing and deepening relationships with state legislators and organizational partners across the country. Before SiX, Karen was the Director of Policy at LiveWell Colorado where she developed policy strategies at the municipal, state, and federal level to advance healthy food access, active transportation, and health equity in Colorado. Karen also worked as the Director of Policy for the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) for nearly six years. In that capacity, she conceptualized and championed numerous legislative efforts regarding response to sexual violence in Colorado, with a focus on increasing survivor access to critical medical services. Prior to CCASA, Karen served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in the Kingdom of Tonga. Following her Peace Corps service, she returned to the U.S. and assisted in conceptualizing, drafting, and passing The Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act—federal legislation that created a comprehensive response system for Peace Corps Volunteers who become victims of crime during their service. Her professional experience has often focused on working with under-served populations, including survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, families experiencing homelessness, and pregnant and parenting youth. Karen holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and gender studies and a master’s degree in teaching.
Member: Angela Sillas-Green, MA, LPC, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) Coordinator, Ortega Middle School
CCASA Individual Member
Angela does social work with middle school-aged youth in Alamosa. Prior to that, Angela was the prevention education specialist and child therapist for Tu Casa, Inc., a dual domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy agency in the San Luis Valley for 7 dedicated years. In pursuing her passion to help others she obtained her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health, her bachelor’s in Psychology, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She recently received the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s 2017 Outstanding Leadership in Domestic Violence Advocacy award. She has a history of presenting on youth advocacy and trauma informed practices in prevention programs. She also participated as a member of the Latina Leadership Network offered by CCASA. Angela feels truly blessed to have so many great opportunities and wants to expand the mission of CCASA with her experience.
Member: Christine Soria, Director of Advocacy, Rise Above Violence
CCASA Agency Member
Pagosa Springs, CO
Christine is the Director of Advocacy for Rise Above Violence in Pagosa Springs, a dual agency supporting survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. She is a native of San Antonio, Texas where she earned her Masters in Counseling and began her career working with survivors. Christine’s career has been driven by her commitment to showing up for people who have experienced family violence and trauma. Christine has worked with people as a therapist, Child Protection caseworker, and advocate. She moved to Pagosa Springs after serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Moldova, where she was a teacher and provided community education on human trafficking. She had the opportunity to travel, feeding her curiosity and appreciation for exploring, learning, and exposing herself to new cultures and places. Christine has made Pagosa Springs her home, where she is enjoying the mountains and national forest which lends itself to outdoor sports. Christine is looking forward to contributing to the development of her town and being a part of the growth of Colorado overall.