Board and Staff


Melinda Giovengo (c) Tim Matsui/

Melinda Giovengo, PhD, Chief Executive Officer & President

When Dr. Melinda Giovengo became our CEO 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.

Degale Cooper, MSW, Chief Program Officer, Vice President

Evelyn Correa, MA, SHRM-SCP, Human Resources Officer, Vice President

Richard Heine, Chief Financial Officer, Vice President 

Jody Waits, Development & Communications Officer, Vice President

Dina Wilderson, PhD, Learning & Impact Officer, Vice President

Board of Directors

Board Chair
Karen F. Jones, JD
Community Advocate

Board Secretary
Erin Coomer
Community Advocate

Board Treasurer
J.D. Kritser
Ranch Creek Partners, LLC


Mark Bennett
Doctoral Student - University of Washington

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

Annie Chae

Richard de Sam Lazaro
Expedia Group

Representative Mary Lou Dickerson (retired)
Community Advocate

Stephanie Fiano
Forum Solutions LLC
Carmen Hudson
Recruiting Toolbox
Mellicia Marx
Poplin Style Direction
Alyssa Mehl Alcantara
Seneca Group
Tom Neary, CPA, MIM
Space Venture Partners

Robert W. Overell, PhD
FBV Consulting

Pashtana Rahman
HomeStreet Bank

Ken Robertson
One Eighty/Leisure Care

Mark Solomon
Seattle Police Department

Donté Stewart

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Hugh Straley, MD
Community Advocate

Matthew Turetsky, JD
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

Cassie Walker Johnson
Windermere Real Estate

Ann H. Williams
Community Advocate