MEET THE TEAM
Our leadership team has a lifetime of experience, expertise, and courage dedicated to achieving our mission.
COBBLED STREETS TEAM
SHARI SHINK, ESQ.
Founder & Executive Director
Shari Shink is the Founder and President Emeritus of the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center of Colorado where she spent almost three decades as Executive Director. During this time, she represented thousands of abused and neglected children, developed innovative programs, and raised millions of dollars to pursue the goals of the organization. In addition, she was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law where she taught the first class on children's rights and supervised law student interns who represented children in court. Beyond her direct responsibilities as Executive Director, Shari engaged the community to pursue a public policy agenda in an effort to transform the child welfare system to be child-centered and family-focused.
Shari’s work has continued to evolve for four decades, and although her work and the work of many others has brought about important change, so much more needs to be done. Shari's vision for Cobbled Streets is about bold, dramatic change that will help homeless and foster kids move forward.
ELLEN TOOMEY-HALE, ESQ.
Board of Directors, Chair
Ellen has served children, youth, and young adults in Colorado since 1982 as District Court Magistrate, Assistant Director/Training Coordinator of the Office of the Child’s Representative, Deputy District Attorney, Court Facilitator, Guardian ad litem, Defense Counsel, Adjunct Professor, and Probation Officer. Ellen has legal expertise in nonprofit development and has volunteered to assist non-profit startups for decades. She still believes that one person can make a difference and change the world. She looks forward to accomplishing systemic change for kids, especially through the foster care documentary, as her legacy.
TERRI HOOPES, CPA
Board of Directors, Treasurer
For the past 25 years Terri has assisted small businesses and not for profit organizations establish and maintain reliable accounting systems. Focusing on management’s questions, she develops and tailors systems and reports to address each organization’s particular concerns. By providing managers with timely, pertinent, information, they become more effective mangers and can focus on their mission.
Her admiration and respect for those in the non-profit world, directed her to specialize in non-profit organizations. She helped turn a debt-ridden organization which was about to have to close, into a viable, debt free organization with a half million operating reserve and a $2.5million budget. In addition, Terri has assisted in the startup of five for profit and six non-profit organizations. Recently retired, Terri now has more time to work with those non-profits she is passionate about, like Cobbled Streets, and work in her garden.
Board of Directors, Secretary
Becky has more than 20 years of experience in public policy advocacy and research in child welfare, early childhood education, and human services issues. She is skilled in developing coalitions, community and government relations, policy analysis, research, legislative relations, nonprofit management, association management, and public speaking. She provided exceptional leadership as Executive Director for the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center. Becky is currently representing the Colorado Association of Family and Children’s Agencies (CAFCA) which serves foster youth and Fostering Colorado.
Linda’s career in the Pennsylvania Juvenile Justice System spanned 35 years, starting as a counselor for delinquent boys to the Executive Director position for the Youth Development Center system in western Pennsylvania. Responsible for many secure residential treatment programs, she championed innovation, creativity, and a vision for programming beyond the expected. She helped create and support the first juvenile sex offender treatment program and a girls’ unit focused on the trauma and impact of sexual abuse.
During her years as an advocate for youth, it became clear that every case of delinquency illuminated the many lost opportunities for intervention. Linda collaborated with her sister, Shari, to generate a vision of care that would create meaningful change for kids in care, as well as, challenge the systems that served them. In retirement, Linda continues to share her experience, ideas, and advice. She believes Cobbled Streets will be life changing for kids in foster care.
Marketing & Communications Manager
Sherri has more than 25 years of experience in public relations, marketing and communications, specializing in working with nonprofit organizations to get their messages out to the community.
She holds a degree in Print Journalism from Penn State University and currently works with several nonprofits along the Front Range of Colorado, as well as a public relations firm based in Woodland Park.
Sherri has an affinity to working with nonprofits that address the needs of women and children. She looks forward to creating awareness of Cobbled Streets' mission of helping homeless and foster kids.
We are happy to announce that we have an intern for the Summer! Please join us in welcoming Katie Bozzone to the Cobbled Streets team! Katie will be assisting us with all things marketing from posting on our social media platforms to updating our website, taking event photographs, and creating videotape snippets to use for outreach and more.
Hello everyone my name is Katie, and I am going into my senior year at the University of Denver.
I am working for Cobbled Streets because I have known Shari Shink for a long time and I have always admired her work and I am so happy I get to be a part of it now!
I am a digital artist with even more digital skills to help Cobbled Streets get their name out there so we can help as many kids as possible. We have already done some exciting things so far and I can’t wait to do more.
I grew up just outside of Pittsburgh PA, on a farm and that definitely taught me work ethic but working for a cause like this pushes me just that much farther to do an awesome job for some great people. I moved out to Denver in 2018 and absolutely love it out here.
In my free time, I like to do art, play video games, hang out with friends, be outdoors, and I love to ski.
LINDA L. SHINK, MSW
Please join us in welcoming Sophie Updike to the Cobbled Streets team! Sophie is our new program associate!
Hello! My name is Sophie and I am honored to join the Cobbled Streets team. I believe deeply in the importance of the work that we do and in the possibility of making a positive difference in the lives of foster youth.
I graduated in 2020 from CU Boulder, with a BA of Sociology, a BA of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and a Certificate in Public Health.
These areas of study have furthered my passion for understanding how we as a society can focus on all parts of health in life to help the most vulnerable populations to thrive. Having had the privilege to watch Shari Shink’s amazing work while growing up, I am thrilled to be part of such crucial programs for foster youth.
I also coach the Evergreen High Poms (aka dance team). In my free time you can find me enjoying the Colorado sunshine, learning about nature, listening to podcasts, and spending lots of time with friends and family (and dogs)!
SHARI SHINK, ESQ.
In recognition of her pioneering work on behalf of
Colorado’s children, Shari was inducted into the
Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame.
COBBLED STREETS ADVISORY BOARD
DEAN MICHAEL PRINA, M.D.
Dean Prina was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. He has an identical twin brother. Dean received a BA in Art History and a B.S. in Human Biology from Stanford University, graduating in 1975. He attended Stanford University School of Medicine, graduating in 1979. Dean moved to Denver in that same year to complete a residency in pediatrics at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He joined Partners in Pediatrics as a full partner in 1982 and remained in private practice for 35 years. During those years, his areas of special interest were children with disabilities, premature infants, and the mental health issues of children of all ages. During those same years, Dean had a parallel “career” in the nonprofit sector. He served on several dozen boards, mostly focused on arts and culture, women and children, and education. Dean enjoys traveling, collecting art, movies, all cultural activities, the company of his dear friends, and staying fit. He retired from the full-time practice of pediatrics in 2018.