Mary Ellen Stone
Mary Ellen Stone, Executive Director, oversees the entire organization of almost 50 staff and works closely with the 18-member Board of Directors to meet KCSARC's vision and mission. For the last 30 plus years, she has been a visionary leader in changing the landscape of sexual assault prevention, education, and victim advocacy. She has built partnerships with key businesses, companies, local governments and organizations so that that victims and their families have a voice.
Mary Ellen received a Masters in Counseling from the University of Minnesota. She is a program graduate of Leadership Tomorrow and the Alki Foundation. She presently serves on several boards and task forces including the Mental Illness Drug Dependency Oversight Committee, Seattle Archdiocese Review Board, and the South King Council of Human Services Board. Past board responsibilities include the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, Sex Offender Management Committee, Women's Funding Alliance, and Municipal League Seattle-King County.
In her spare time, Mary Ellen likes to ski.
Deputy Executive Director
DeAnn Yamamoto, Deputy Executive Director, oversees the Client Services Team which is comprised of clinical therapists, legal advocates, and crisis counselors. She is also responsible for overall staff development and organizational design. Since 1979, Yamamoto has created and implemented effective services for physical and sexual assault victims. She has been with KCSARC since 1984 and has written a series of publications for parents and sexual assault victims, including: Especially for Parents, Especially for Parents of Adolescents and A Healing Celebration: A Group Treatment Manual for Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Assault. Prior to joining KCSARC, Yamamoto worked as a Program Director for C.A.R.E. Services of Lewis County and Alternatives to Violence in Eastern Washington. With both organizations, she coordinated a range of services addressing domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault.
DeAnn received a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Washington State University, a Masters in Counseling from Liberty University and a certificate in Human Resources Management from the University of Washington. In her spare time, DeAnn likes to spend time with her daughters, make jewelry, and is a theater pit musician.
Director of External Relations
Alix Compton has worked with KCSARC in a number of different capacities since 2009, assuming her current Director position in 2014. She oversees all functions of the External Relations Department and its seven-member team, including individual giving, grants, events, and communications, as well as strategic initiatives that advance the agency as a whole.
Prior to KCSARC, Alix was an independent event management consultant working with a variety of non-profit and for-profit clients on special event fundraising, logistical implementation, and strategic planning. Her previous staff positions included event and community engagement roles at Seattle Symphony, the Washington Technology Industry Association, and the Overseas Development Council. Alix received her B.A. in International Relations and Asian Studies at Colgate University in upstate New York, followed by four years in Washington, DC, before returning home to Washington state.
Alix enjoys tennis and skiing, and exploring the nooks and crannies of Seattle’s ever-growing restaurant scene.
Legal Advocacy Manager
Megan Allen is the Legal Advocacy Manager at the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center. She has worked at the agency since 2000, having previously served in the role of a legal advocate for 5yrs prior to becoming the manager. Prior to Megan’s work at KCSARC she was a residential supervisor and counselor working with youth involved in long term treatment for criminal, behavioral, and mental health issues. Megan has long been an advocate for youth, with experience implementing the positive peer program, group therapy, and recreational therapy. Megan has a BA degree in Sociology with an Interdisciplinary in Criminal Justice.
Megan’s role as the Legal Advocate Manager at KCSARC is to oversee a legal advocate team of nine, and a legal advocacy total caseload around 600 cases. Megan and her legal advocates provide victims with support and information, helping to assist each and every client as they navigate the criminal justice process. Megan has also provided county-wide trainings about legal advocacy, Sexual Assault Protection Orders, and the criminal justice process. Megan is also the Intake Coordinator for the SALSA- Sexual Assault Legal Services Assistance program in collaboration with the Sexual Violence Law Center.
Laura Jones joined KCSARC in 2010 to manage its CourtWatch program, the first court monitoring program in Washington to focus on sexual assault cases. As program manager, Laura oversees CourtWatch staff and volunteers from the community who gather information about the courts through observation and research, and she provides feedback to stakeholders about patterns and trends of behavior surrounding sexual assault cases in the legal system.
Prior to joining KCSARC, Laura worked as an associate at a small family law firm in Seattle. Laura graduated Phi Beta Kappa with her B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Washington, and obtained her J.D. from Seattle University School of Law.
Resource Line Manager
Laura Lurry is the Resource Line Manager at KCSARC. She provides supervision and coordination of the 24-hour Resource Line, and the six advocates that staff the line and take calls 24/7. The advocates on the line bring much longevity, experience and expertise; all have worked at KCSARC for many years. They provide support, crisis counseling and resources to callers to the line.
Laura joined the KCSARC team in 1990 as a Child Advocacy Specialist after working several years as a Family Support Specialist in the Midwest. Laura has a B.S. in Counseling and Psychology. After 18 years providing comprehensive intake services, medical advocacy, parent education, and as a resource line advocate herself, she joined the management team in 2008.
Larraine Lynch is the Clinical Manager at KCSARC, providing oversight and clinical supervision for KCSARC’s team of trauma specific therapists. She joined KCSARC in 2007 and is committed to providing empirically supported assessment and treatment for trauma survivors. Prior to KCSARC, Larraine provided evaluation and therapy services for children and adolescents with sexual behavior problems.
Larraine received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of British Columbia, a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Victoria and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Washington. Larraine is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider in the State of Washington. She is also a Child Mental Health Specialist. Larraine is a professional member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, the National Association of Social Workers, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers.
Ashleigh Vessey is the Administrative Manager at KCSARC, overseeing the Human Resources, Facilities, Information Technology and Administrative needs of the agency. Prior to joining KCSARC in 2011, Ashleigh worked for the Seattle Seahawks and Sounders FC as the Assistant to the VP of Facilities for CenturyLink Field (formerly Qwest Field & Event Center).
Ashleigh completed a Certificate Program at the University of Washington in Human Resources Management, and holds an Associates Degree in Business. Ashleigh is also a member of the Lake Washington Chapter of the Society for Human Resources Professionals.