About Us

Leadership and Management Staff

Mary Ellen Stone
Executive Director

Mary Ellen Stone, Executive Director, leads the organization of 60 employees, and works closely with the 15-member Board of Directors to meet KCSARC's vision and mission. For almost 40 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. KCSARC is nationally recognized for effective and innovative services.  In 2017 the agency responded to over 4,000 survivors of sexual assault, and reached 11,000 with educational programs.

Mary Ellen holds a Masters degree 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 Seattle Chief of Police Search Committee.  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. 

DeAnn Yamamoto
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.

Karen Sharp
Director of External Relations

Karen Sharp, Director of External Relations, 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 her 25-year career in nonprofits, including 19 years at Seattle Children’s Theatre (SCT) where for over a decade Karen was responsible for all aspects of the education programs. Following her tenure as Education Director, Karen served as SCT’s 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. She has presented at numerous local and national conferences.

Karen is the immediate past president and a current board member of Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA/ USA) and serves as the current board president of the Winifred Ward Memorial Fund.

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 Mace-Deines
Director of Finance and Administration

Anne Mace-Deines, Director of Finance and Administration, oversees the finance and administrative staff works closely with the Audit & Finance Committee. Prior to joining KCSARC, she served in the same capacity at OneAmerica, the largest immigration advocacy organization in Washington State. Anne has held positions in finance and program management over the past 16 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 Masters 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 and the Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom.  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 outdoors or cooking with her family.  

Megan Allen
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.

Dennis Ichikawa, J.D.
CourtWatch Manager

Dennis Ichikawa, CourtWatch Manager, oversees the KSARC program that utilizes a diverse cadre of trained volunteers to observe and report feedback to judicial officers on cases in the King County Superior Court related to sexual assault. Dennis has more than a decade of experience as a dependency law attorney, and also more than a decade of experience as a Director with a child welfare foundation, then with Maricopa Human Services. Most recently, Dennis lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia where he founded an employment services company, and taught law and ethics courses at an international university.

Dennis is a Kellogg Foundation Advanced Fellow in Child Welfare Law and Policy. Dennis previously served on the Washington Bar Association’s Family Law Committee. Dennis has also previously served as a Pro Tem Court Commissioner for the King County Superior Court and was an adjunct law faculty for the University of Washington School of Law.

In his spare time, Dennis enjoys most any sport, but particularly cycling, golf, tennis, and skiing.

Laura Lurry
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
Clinical Manager

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
Administrative and Special Projects Manager

Ashleigh Vessey is the Administrative and Special Projects 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.

Michelle Vaughan
Controller

Michelle Vaughan, Controller, oversees the staff accountant, is responsible for monitoring the effectiveness of the accounting control environment and manages the year-end audit process.  Michelle served KCSARC as an independent contractor for seven months in 2016 prior to joining KCSARC as an employee in 2017. 

Michelle earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration – Accounting from Seattle University and her CPA license in Washington State.  Michelle has held positions in accounting and finance over the past 25 years at companies such as Ernst & Young LLP, WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. and has her own accounting business where she provides bookkeeping and tax services for small businesses. 

Michelle enjoys spending time with her family, gardening and hiking with her dog.