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At Colorado Children First:

We advocate for children. We are dedicated to ensuring that laws, policies, and programs work to their benefit. 

Help make the lives of Colorado children safer.

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CEO/Founder

Alisha Coombe

One of the main reasons I started Colorado Children First was to give a voice to at-risk children who would otherwise not have a voice in the legal system. We strive to bring about a fundamental change in the way children are treated by institutions and governmental agencies.

Alisha Coombe practiced family and juvenile law in Colorado for 11 years, focusing her practice mainly on representing victims of domestic abuse and as a Guardian ad Litem representing abused or neglected children.  Alisha is dedicated to using her knowledge of the legal system to helping the underserved including writing a book to help parties who cannot afford an attorney represent themselves in their own case.  Alisha served on the Board of Directors at Gateway Domestic Violence Services, has been a regular volunteer on KUSA Channel 9 Law Line and serves on the Community Service Committee of the Arapahoe County Bar Association. Alisha has also served the community through pro bono legal services and continuously conducts donation drives to serve those assisted by Arapahoe County Department of Human Services.  Alisha previously served as Arapahoe Bar Pro Se Legal Aid Clinic Chair, the Continuing Legal Education Committee Chair with on the Judicial Nomination Commission of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association.  Before pursuing a career in law, Alisha served in the U.S. Army for four years.  Alisha formed Colorado Children First in an effort to cure deficiencies affecting children in the family court system.  As a mother, herself, Alisha is passionate about helping other parents protect their children.

Arika Alese Gebhardt

Erika Alese Gebhardt

Erika Alese Gebhardt is an attorney licensed in Colorado, who offers clients efficient and effective representation and tailors her services to the unique needs of each individual client. Ms. Gebhardts practice focuses exclusively on family law. Ms. Gebhardt’s clients have the added benefit of her experience in the areas of employment law, estate planning, and complex commercial litigation. Her previous experience in these areas provides her with a unique perspective and skill set, which enable her to successfully navigate more complicated issues that may arise in cases involving business interests and trusts.  Ms. Gebhardt has a wide breadth of experience in family law matters, to include unique parenting time issues, non-traditional families, and high net worth families and individuals. Ms. Gebhardt works closely with her clients to ensure that their case is handled and resolved in a manner that enables them to transition smoothly beyond the legal system.  Whether she is working as a mediator, collaborating with other professionals, or advocating for her clients in court, Ms. Gebhardt’s strength is her tireless dedication to making sure that each client is heard and their needs and goals considered in the pursuit of best possible results. It is Ms. Gebhardt’s philosophy that resolving family law cases outside of the courtroom offers families the best opportunity to move forward positively, however, she is the vigorous advocate clients need and trust when litigation becomes necessary. Ms. Gebhardt graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where, due to her academic achievement, she was awarded membership to the Order of St. Ives. Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Gebhardt began her legal career as a judicial intern for the honorable Judge Robert McGahey, Jr of the Second Judicial District, where she was able to gain valuable experience in motions practice and courtroom procedure. Ms. Gebhardt resides in Denver, CO with her husband, son, and two dogs. She hails from Milwaukee, WI and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Political Economy from Colorado College. Her hobbies include camping, travel, hiking, and skiing.

Elizabeth Restauri

An entrepreneur at heart, Elizabeth Restauri is a Denver based event planner who launched her own business, Total Imagination Events 7 years ago and has owned and operated StudioWed Denver, a cooperative work space for wedding and event professionals in the Santa Fe Arts district for the last 5 years. Elizabeth and her husband Keith have been involved in freelance volunteering and community organization following an impactful experience helping victims of the 2011 Joplin, Missouri tornado. 

After seeing the images of total devastation, they packed up their car, signed up with a local church organization and made the 15 hour trek to help provide aid to residents in need. Following that life changing experience, the couple have been long involved with Urban Peak, a local shelter for Denver’s homeless youth, as well as independent organization for social justice issues following the death of Aurora’s Elijah McClain.

With a passion for organization and planning and a bleeding heart for serving those in need, the Colorado Children First foundation spoke to Elizabeth after years of watching dear friends and their children go through painful and at times dangerous and unstable separation and divorce situations. Serving on the board for Colorado Children First and helping to better the situations of Colorado families in need is very much in line with Elizabeth’s goals for the future – making a difference by enhancing the opportunities of those within her community.  

Kim Reed

With over 30 years of experience in the construction industry, Kimberly Reed is a successful business owner, entrepreneur, contractor and consumer advocate. In 2017, Kim launched Next Gen Storm Leads, a lead generation company geared for the storm restoration industry. Prior to that, Kim owned three construction companies in several states. Kim also worked for several years as an estimator for a General Contractor on large-scale commercial projects in Colorado. Kim has over 10 years of direct roofing experience and vast knowledge of the industry.

Passionate about giving back, Kim holds numerous fundraisers for storm and hurricane victims as well as children in need. Kim’s relief work has been recognized by local media.

A Board Member on the American Policyholder Association (APA), Kim is passionate about positive change and joining the mission to improve the industry. While not running multiple companies, Kim enjoys spending time with her husband, 6 children, and 3 grandchildren.

AJ VanDyke, ESQ

With over 12 years of legal experience, AJ VanDyke has dedicated her career and law practice to serving the public interest. AJ is committed to the mission of CCF, giving back, and providing support and legal advocacy to the children of Colorado. She has helped protect and assist children as a guardian ad litem for over 5 years. Acting in the best interest of the child, she has provided legal representation for children in the court system through cases of dependency and neglect, juvenile delinquency and truancy. Before moving to Colorado, AJ served the Central Illinois community as a prosecutor for the Assistant State’s Attorney’s Office and volunteered on the Board of Directors of her local Boys and Girls Club and YWCA. In her free time, she loves spending time in the mountains with her husband, children, family and friends.

Cheryl F Smith

Cheryl F. Smith earned her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science at Lehigh University and her J.D. from New York Law School, where she earned the public service certificate and was on the Dean’s List. Prior to joining RWO, Cheryl worked in boutique law firms in New York City.

Cheryl practices in the area of domestic relations. She understands that going through a divorce is difficult and approaches every case with the client’s best interest as her main focus.  Her work in family law matters includes dissolution of marriage, legal separation, pre-marital agreements, post-nuptial agreements, parenting time issues (custody), child support, drafting and reviewing marital agreements, high conflict matters, high asset cases and modifications of orders and agreements. Cheryl litigates complex matrimonial and family law matters while putting the client’s goals and needs first. Every effort is made to achieve resolution never losing sight of the fact that some matters may require judicial intervention.

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