Chief Executive Officer, she/her
Mary Ellen lidera mais de 70 funcionários e trabalha em estreita colaboração com o Conselho de Administração de 19 membros para cumprir a visão e missão da KCSARC. Mary Ellen tem sido uma líder visionária na mudança do cenário dos serviços de agressão sexual, incluindo prevenção, educação e defesa das vítimas. Ela construiu parcerias com empresas, empresas, governos locais e organizações importantes para que as vítimas e suas famílias tenham voz. A KCSARC é nacionalmente reconhecida por seus serviços eficazes e inovadores.
Mary Ellen possui mestrado em aconselhamento pela Universidade de Minnesota. Ela se formou no programa Leadership Tomorrow e Alki Foundation. Atualmente, ela atua no Conselho de Revisão da Arquidiocese de Seattle. As responsabilidades anteriores do conselho incluem o Mental Illness Drug Dependence Oversight Board e o Comitê de Busca do Chefe da Polícia de Seattle de 2018, Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, Sex Offender Management Committee, Women's Funding Alliance e Municipal League Seattle-King County
Larraine oversees, leads and plans client services programs, and supports a team of directors in clinical, advocacy, and prevention services. She started at KCSARC in 2007 as Clinical Manager, overseeing and supervising KCSARC’s therapists until joining the leadership team in 2022. She remains committed to providing research-based, leading-edge and high quality services 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.
Karen ingressou na KCSARC em agosto de 2018 para liderar a equipe de arrecadação de fundos e comunicação na criação, implementação e avaliação das campanhas de arrecadação de fundos do setor privado da agência.
Karen passou a maior parte de sua carreira trabalhando em organizações sem fins lucrativos, incluindo 19 anos no Seattle Children's Theatre (SCT), onde atuou como Diretora de Educação e, posteriormente, como Diretora Executiva, responsável por todas as funções administrativas do teatro, incluindo desenvolvimento e marketing.
Karen lecionou localmente, nacionalmente e internacionalmente e foi membro adjunto do corpo docente do Cornish College for the Arts e do programa MFA Arts Leadership da Seattle University. Karen atua como presidente da diretoria do Winifred Ward Memorial Fund, é membro da diretoria da Childrens Theatre Foundation of America e vice-presidente eleita para subsídios, e é presidente de associação do Rotary Club do Noroeste do Pacífico pelo fim do tráfico sexual. Além disso, Karen é ex-presidente do conselho do Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA / EUA).
Ela é formada pela Goodman School of Drama e residente na DePaul University.
Em seu tempo livre, Karen adora contar histórias interativas, especialmente para seus membros favoritos do público, seus netos.
Anne supervisiona finanças, recursos humanos e pessoal administrativo. Antes de ingressar na KCSARC em 2017, ela atuou na mesma capacidade na OneAmerica and OneAmerica Votes, a maior organização de defesa da imigração no estado de Washington. Anne ocupou cargos em finanças e gerenciamento de programas nos últimos 20 anos em organizações como o Centro de Justiça da Família do Condado de Bexar, o United Way de San Antonio e o Condado de Bexar, o Centro de Serviços Familiares, a Boeing e o Conselho da Unidade Mexicana-Americana.
Anne recebeu seu mestrado em administração de empresas pela Universidade do Texas em San Antonio e se formou com orgulho na Howard Payne University, com graduação em administração de empresas. Ela também é instrutora de violência doméstica certificada pelo Office of Homeland Security, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.
Em seu tempo livre, Anne gosta de passar o tempo com sua família e praticar novas receitas de panificação.
Agustina oversees and provides supervision for all of KCSARC’s therapists and parent educators. She joined KCSARC in 2015 as a bilingual therapist at KCSARC, part of the Dando Voz (Our Voice) team that provides KCSARC’s services to clients in Spanish. Agustina also co-chaired the agency’s Anti-Racism and Equity Initiative.
Agustina is passionate about serving those who have experienced trauma, especially those in marginalized communities. She believes in bringing evidence-based practices to life in ways that are culturally relevant and honor clients’ communal and personal wisdom.
Following a diverse career in education, languages, and parenthood, Agustina obtained her master’s in social work from the University of Washington.
Originária de Buenos Aires, Argentina, Agustina viveu no noroeste do Pacífico por tempo suficiente para chamá-la de lar. Quando não está no trabalho, ela pode ser encontrada lendo qualquer coisa que cruze seu caminho, curtindo música ao vivo ou praticando novos passos de dança.
Laura directs all client advocacy services, including KCSARC’s 24-hour Resource Line, legal advocacy and client support/intake programs. Prior to 2022, Laura managed the Resource Line, supervising and coordinating the advocates who staff the line and who provide support, crisis counseling and resources to callers.
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.
Gurpreet oversees the day-to-day activities of the agency. She ensures the departments she manages are performing efficiently and effectively and works with agency leaders on project planning. Prior to joining KCSARC, she held an Operations Role for 7 years and previously worked as a Practice Administrator for an Anesthesia group who provided services to two large community hospitals.
Gurpreet holds a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Management and a CMPE (Board Certified Medical Practice manager) Credential.
In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family and cooking.
Kim provides supervision and coordination of the 24-hour Resource Line and the advocates that staff the line to support and provide crisis counseling and resources to callers.
Kim joined KCSARC in 2001 as a Client Care Specialist, Case Manager and Parent Educator. In this capacity, she was the first point of contact for clients seeking services after they have been sexually or physically assaulted.
Prior to working at KCSARC, Kim was a para-educator in a local school district working with children with emotional and behavioral challenges. She also has a business/banking background.
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.
Chris oversees KCSARC’s prevention education program, a cornerstone piece of KCSARC’s mission to end sexual assault by shifting norms and behaviors that contribute to violence.
Chris began his career at KCSARC in 2002 as a prevention education specialist. In 2009 he left to attended graduate school at the University of Washington, earning a master’s degree in social work. Chris returned to KCSARC in 2016 as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and worked for five years as a trauma therapist, serving children and adult victims of sexual assault and abuse. In 2021, Chris jumped at the opportunity to apply a clinical lens to KCSARC’S prevention and education work in his current role.
In addition to KCSARC, Chris has worked as a counselor at Youth Care, a clinical care consultant with the Alzheimer’s Association, a mental health clinician for Full Life Care and a social worker for Providence Hospice of Seattle.
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 obteve o bacharelado duplo em jornalismo de revistas e inglês pela Syracuse University, e um certificado em marketing digital pela University of Washington.