Allie Franklin
Allie Franklin

Executive Director

Allie joined Crisis Connections as the Executive Director in 2017. She brings over 20 years of leadership experience to the position. She previously served as the Associate Vice President of Clinical Operations at Optum Pierce Behavioral Health Organization and WA Health Homes. She also held leadership positions at Group Health Cooperative and the Veterans Administration.

Franklin is a nationally recognized expert in childhood grief and loss, and sits on the Board of Directors for The Compassionate Friends, a bereavement support organization with chapters throughout the US. She holds a Master of Science in Social Work degree from The University of Texas at Arlington and is a Licensed Independent Clinic Social Worker in Washington State.

Dipti Chrastka

Senior Director of Clinical Operations
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Avelino Estrada

Director of Business Operations
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Lauren Rigert

Director of Development & Community Relations / Interim King County 2-1-1 Director
Lauren Rigert

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Senior Director of Finance Operations
Cheryl Cooper

Board of Trustees, 2019

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Mike Nielsen
President of the Board

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Ursula Whiteside, PhD
Vice President of the Board

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Pam Mandel
Treasurer of the Board

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Clif Curry
Secretary of the Board

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Ann Bodden
Major Gifts Officer

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Jean Ciesynski
Executive Vice President



Angela Cronin
Sen. Bus. Program Manager



David A. Dickinson
Regional Administrator

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Columbia Legal Services

Kim Gunning
Staff Attorney

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Kaiser Permanente

Zandy Harlin
Quality Imp. Specialist

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Marlene Price
Senior Vice President

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