Chairperson: Alison McCarthy, MSW, Assistant Director of Victim Advocacy and Violence Prevention, Regis University
CCASA Agency & Individual Member
After working as an advocate for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, Alison 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 Ivy.
Secretary: Angela Sillas-Green, MA, LPC, A New Leaf Therapy, LLC
CCASA Individual Member
Angela is counselor in private practice. Her prior experience includes being a social worker with middle school-aged youth in Alamosa and being 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.
Treasurer: 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.
Member: 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!
Member: Tammy Hollister, Human Resources, Naropa University
CCASA Individual Member
Tammy was born in England and grew up in New Zealand for most of her life. In 1998 she met her now-husband, who grew up in Boulder, and since then has had family and ties in both New Zealand and Colorado. She has two children, a daughter, aged 11, who was born in Colorado and a son, aged 8, who was born in New Zealand, In 2015, she and her family moved back to Colorado. Tammy studied Hotel and Institutional Management in University, but soon moved her career into Human Resources, as she most enjoys working with people. She has been working in Human Resources for 14 years, and recently passed her Professional in Human Resources certification; a US based HR qualification. Tammy is passionate about using her knowledge to help people and making the world a better place for her children. She hopes that she’ll be able to use her experience in Human Resources to provide support to CCASA and the people they serve directly and indirectly.