RAYS leadership

Who leads us: RAYS is led by a volunteer Board of Directors composed of persons who have backgrounds in education, business, and healthcare. The Board provides oversight, direction and policies for the agency.
2018-2019 Board Members:
  • Dalen Harrison, President
  • Suellen Howard, Vice President
  • Dee Martindale, Treasurer
  • Joan Matheson, Secretary
  • David Schneider
  • Gary Sampson
  • Marylin Cooks
  • Sarah Barbee


Michelle Hankinson

Executive Director

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.

Claudia Tanis

Director of Operations

Claudia brings over 20 years of experience working in all phases of non-profit management including serving as the Executive Director for of the Matt Griffin YMCA in SeaTac, WA. Her passion is to serve the most vulnerable young people within our community. With each organization she joins, Claudia’s goal is to leave a legacy of strong programs and services that outlast her tenure. Claudia lives in University Place with her husband, Rick, cat Madeline, and her beloved cairn terrier, Bella. Together Rick and Claudia have 5 adult children and just welcomed their 6th grandchild. While not at work she enjoys family gatherings, avidly rooting for the Seahawks, reading, hand embroidery, card making, and camping.

Angela West

Clinical Director

Since coming to the Seattle area in 2003, Angela has provided direct supervision to a variety of staff serving youth and families all over King County and have helped to create protocols and structure to the work of the CCORS Team. She is passionate about helping communities and service providers connect to better serve the families and individuals who need our support. While at CCORS, Angela worked with law enforcement, King County, schools, hospital social workers and a variety of agencies to ensure that families are being served in the best manner possible. She believes having a strong community connection is paramount to the work of community agencies. She currently resides in the Greenwood area with my 11 year old Shitzu, Teddy. Angela enjoys urban hikes, turbo kick, cooking, spending time with friends and is not above a good Netlflix binge!

Steve Olson

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.

Erica Laporte

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.