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.

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

Richard Heine, Chief Financial Officer, Vice President 

Susan Vaughn, MA, Chief Operating Officer, Vice President

Jody Waits, Development & Communications Officer, Vice President

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

Board of Directors

Board Chair

Matthew Turetsky, JD
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

Vice Chair
Karen F. Jones, JD
Community Advocate

Board Secretary
Erin Coomer
Community Advocate

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


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

Erin Coomer
Community Advocate

Annie Chae
talentCI, LLC

Representative Mary Lou Dickerson (retired)
Community Advocate

Carmen Hudson
Recruiting Toolbox
Kristin Knight
Mellicia Marx
Poplin Style Direction
Alyssa Mehl Alcantara
Bellwether Housing

Ruvin Munden
Community Advocate

Tom Neary, CPA, MIM
Spaceflight Industries

Robert W. Overell, PhD
PhaseRx, Inc.

Pashtana Rahman
HomeStreet Bank

Brett Robinson, MBA
Leisure Care

Ali David Seals

Barton S. Shilvock, MBA
Community Advocate

Trudi Slater
Starbucks Coffee Company

Mark Solomon
Seattle Police Department

Hugh Straley, MD
Community Advocate

Jennifer Ting
Community Advocate

Andrea J. Voytko
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Ann H. Williams
Community Advocate

Donald M. Wise
Metzler Real Estate