Board and Staff


Melinda Giovengo (c) Tim Matsui/

Melinda Giovengo, PhD, Executive Director

When Dr. Melinda Giovengo became our Executive Director in November 2006, she was not new to YouthCare. She had worked at the agency more than twenty years before, as a case manager and program manager, and opened many programs that still serve young people today. She has over 27 years of experience in developing and implementing re-engagement programs for high school dropouts and homeless youth. She holds an M.A. in Clinical Psychology, a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, and is published on issues surrounding homeless youth and the impact of learning disabilities among hard-to-serve populations. Dr. Giovengo speaks locally and nationally on youth homelessness, child development, program development, and adolescent mental health issues.

Elizabeth Wall, MSW, Deputy Director of Operations

Jody Waits, Director of Development and Communications

Dick Woo, CPA, CGMA, CGFM, Director of Finance & Operations

Catherine Verrenti, Director of Programs

Ruth Blaw, MEd MPA, Director of the James W. Ray Orion Center

Evelyn Correa, Director of Human Resources


Board of Directors

Portrait of Interim Board Chair Matthew Turetsky

Board Chair
Matthew Turetsky, JD
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

Immediate Past Board Chair / Vice-Chair
Robert W. Overell, PhD
PhaseRx, Inc.

Board Secretary
Karen F. Jones, JD
Community Advocate

Board Treasurer
Roy Sorensen, MBA
K & L Distributor


Justice Bobbe Bridge (retired)
Center for Children & Youth Justice

Erin Coomer
Community Advocate

Felecia G. Caldwell
City of Seattle

Representative Mary Lou Dickerson (retired)
Community Advocate

Mary Egan

Brian Johnston, MD MPH
Harborview Medical Center

Kristin Knight

J.D. Kritser
Steelhead Partners, LLC

Ruvin Munden
Community Advocate

Brett Robinson, MBA
Leisure Care

Jeff Sakuma
Community Advocate

Ali David Seals

Barton S. Shilvock, MBA
Boeing Company

Trudi Slater
Starbucks Coffee Company

Mark Solomon
Seattle Police Department

Hugh Straley, MD
Community Advocate

Denise Tabbutt
Community Advocate

Jennifer Ting
Community Advocate

Andrea J. Voytko
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Ann H. Williams
Community Advocate

Donald M. Wise
Metzler Real Estate