Michelle has over 20 years of experience working in non-profit management and is very passionate about making a positive difference for those without a strong voice and for marginalized populations. Her most recent role has been working as the Director of Homeless Services for Nexus Youth and Families. Prior to this she worked in therapeutic foster care programming, juvenile justice reform and diversion, and early childhood education. Michelle is a Renton resident and community member. A native of the Bay Area, she has also lived in Montreal, Quebec and South Puget Sound. She attended Concordia University in Montreal and received her degree in Sociology. She and her husband have 4 young adult sons and 2 dogs. They love to fish and volunteer together.
Substance Abuse Program Coordinator, CDP, LMHC
Steven is a Washington State- Certified Chemical Dependency Professional and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. He has more than 25 years of experience in working with youth and families in a counseling capacity, with a specialty in outpatient substance abuse treatment for adolescents and young adults.
Director of Strategic Relationships
Kristen (Kris) Raftis brings 25 years of business and nonprofit development experience to her role as Director of Strategic Relationships. Over her seven years with United Way of King County, Kris consulted with corporations and individuals to increase their community engagement through volunteerism and donations. She enjoyed working with the local sports teams on their collaborations with United Way and served as a member of the national United Way/NFL advisory committee. Kris holds a Master of Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University. She has a passion for supporting youth and education and is a proud advocate for opportunities for young people. Kris leads development and communications at RAYS and works closely with the Executive Director to build and support strategic partnerships. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with her two adult children, cheering for the local sports teams, attending theatre and live music performances and traveling.
Assistant Director of Clinical Services
Lindsay Hoffe, LMFT, has been with RAYS since 2011 starting as an intern and joining the staff in 2012. In her role as Assistant Clinical Director, Lindsay supervises clinical staff and interns, is the liaison with the Renton School District and is a leader on the primary care and behavioral healthcare integration team at RAYS. She also provides individual and family therapy and case management, with an emphasis on using art and the creative process in therapy. Lindsay graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and a minor in Holistic Health. In 2012, she graduated from Antioch University Seattle with a MA in Psychology (Couple and Family Art Therapy).
Assistance Director of Clinical Services – Tukwila
Erica Laporte is Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, having been with RAYS since 2013. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Arizona and a Master’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University. Before moving to Washington in 2012, Erica worked for a nonprofit organization in Southern Arizona serving children with developmental and physical disabilities and their families. As the Assistant Director of Clinical Services she coordinates the school-based program in Tukwila. Another part of her role is overseeing staff and interns within those schools, and continuing to provide mental health counseling to youth and young adults at RAYS.