Executive Director, she/her
Mary Ellen leads more than 70 employees, and works closely with the 19-member Board of Directors to meet KCSARC’s vision and mission. Mary Ellen has been a visionary leader in changing the landscape of sexual assault services including prevention, education, and victim advocacy. She has built partnerships with key businesses, companies, local governments and organizations so that victims and their families have a voice. KCSARC is nationally recognized for effective and innovative services.
Mary Ellen holds a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Minnesota. She is a program graduate of Leadership Tomorrow and the Alki Foundation. She presently serves on the Seattle Archdiocese Review Board. Past board responsibilities include the Mental Illness Drug Dependence Oversight Board and the 2018 Seattle Chief of Police Search Committee, Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, Sex Offender Management Committee, Women’s Funding Alliance, and Municipal League Seattle-King County
DeAnn 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, DeAnn 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, DeAnn 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 Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice from Washington State University, a master’s 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.
Karen joined KCSARC in August 2018 to lead the fundraising and communications team in the creation, implementation, and evaluation of the agency’s private sector fundraising campaigns.
Karen has spent most of her career working in nonprofits, including 19 years at Seattle Children’s Theatre (SCT) where she served as Education Director, and later, as Managing Director, responsible for all administrative functions of the theatre, including development and marketing.
Karen has taught locally, nationally and internationally and has been an adjunct faculty member at Cornish College for the Arts and Seattle University’s MFA Arts Leadership program. Karen serves as board president of the Winifred Ward Memorial Fund, is a Childrens Theatre Foundation of America board member and vice president-elect for grants, and is Membership Chair of the Rotary Club of the Pacific Northwest Ending Sex Trafficking. In addition, Karen is the former board president of Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA/USA).
She is a graduate of the Goodman School of Drama in residence at DePaul University.
In her spare time, Karen loves to tell interactive stories, especially to her favorite audience members, her grandchildren.
Anne oversees finance, human resources, and administrative staff. Prior to joining KCSARC in 2017, she served in the same capacity at OneAmerica and OneAmerica Votes, the largest immigration advocacy organization in Washington state. Anne has held positions in finance and program management over the past 20 years in organizations such as the Bexar County Family Justice Center, United Way of San Antonio & Bexar County, Family Services Center, Boeing, and the Mexican American Unity Council.
Anne received her Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio and is a proud graduate of Howard Payne University with a degree in business administration. She also is a certified Domestic Violence Instructor from the Office of Homeland Security, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.
In her spare time, Anne enjoys spending time with her family and practicing new baking recipes.
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 KCSARC in 1990 as a Child Advocacy Specialist after working several years as a Family Support Specialist in the Midwest. Laura has a Bachelor of Science 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 oversees and provides clinical supervision for KCSARC’s 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 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.
Megan has been with KCSARC since 2000, first as a legal advocate and then as manager of the legal advocacy program. She oversees a team of 20 legal advocates, including three legal advocacy supervisors, who assist clients as they navigate the criminal justice process. She and her team manage an overall caseload of about 1,200 at any given time, and assist over 2,500 survivors each year.
Megan also provides statewide and countywide trainings on legal advocacy, sexual assault and the criminal justice process, and participates in several statewide legislative work groups advocating for victim rights and sexual assault awareness.
Prior to KCSARC, Megan 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 bachelor’s degree in sociology with an interdisciplinary in criminal justice.
Laurel joined KCSARC in 2017, and oversees agency communications strategy, media relations and public policy. Prior to relocating to the Seattle area from New England, she was a communications consultant for nonprofits seeking to change public policy in the areas of affordable housing and homelessness, children’s oral health, gun violence, economic justice and taxation. Laurel’s background also includes public relations and advertising account management at agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Laurel earned a dual bachelor’s degree in magazine journalism and English from Syracuse University, and a certificate in digital marketing from the University of Washington.