Meet the FSTNW Board of Directors
These volunteers will help us plan future events and activities. We urge all members to feel free to contact Board members or the FSTNW office with ideas to build FSTNW’s mission of Connection, Community, and Collaboration.
Thanks to our out-going leaders! We’d like to thank Lauren Gray and Katherine Yost, whose terms ended in May 2019. Lauren was a FSTNW Founding Board member, and she helped lead the transition to our permanent Board. Katherine helped recruit members of our new Board and build our programming. Thank you both for your time and energy!
Get involved! We are searching for new Board Members. All FSTNW Members are eligible. Read more about the Board position, and please contact Robin Gray at 206-499-1824 to see how you can join the leadership team.
Kyle G. Erickson, MS, LMFT
I’m an LMFT in private practice in Maple Valley with more than 15 years’ experience. At this point in my career, I enjoy the diversity that comes with being a generalist and the reward of collaborating with clients to reach their unique treatment goals.
My systemic perspective in treating individuals, couples, and families has guided my practice and inspires my commitment to the systems community and specifically, FSTNW. I’m excited for the work ahead as we collaborate to support our personal development and drive the collective progress of our profession.
Mary D. Erickson, LMHC
I chose to become a therapist because I have a passion and calling for the work. I am hopeful by nature. If I wasn’t I wouldn’t do this work. I have had the opportunity to witness real change and healing in my clients, and I am always inspired by them. Besides being a working counselor, I am a daughter, a partner and a mother. My own personal experience informs my practice every day. I’d also like to think that I bring my sense of humor.
I have supported clients through the challenges of adolescence, aging, illness, divorce and integration into U.S. culture…as well as the stresses of everyday life and relationships.
Kathy Gildea, MA, LMFT
It has been exciting for me as a FSTNW member to see the progress and growth of this professional organization, and now I get to be involved in a more active role. I am very excited to serve on the FSTNW board!
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist who has worked primarily with children and teens in a variety of settings for over 20 years. While I have been in private practice the last few years, I have also enjoyed working with families in family therapy.
Robin Gray, PhD, LMFT
I received a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy from Florida State University in 1992 and have been in private practice since 1990. I see clients and supervise therapists working toward licensure. I have also taught practicum at Seattle Pacific University, and Family Systems and group therapy at Western Washington University. I have been past Treasurer, past Elections Committee Chair, and past President for WAMFT.
I am very excited to be on the Board of FSTNW. This new organization is inclusive, inviting any therapist interested in systems therapy/thinking to join. I look forward to help the organization grow and be a professional home for therapists.
On a personal note, I enjoy spending time with my children and grandchildren, cooking, camping, and traveling.
Cristi Lien, LMFT
I have been in private practice in Seattle for over 34 years. I still enjoy working with couples and families as well as individuals. A few years ago, I completed the Discernment Therapy training and love having added that to my practice.
FSTNW is an exciting new organization focused on systems therapy. I am honored to be part of this community and help move it forward. I was President of WAMFT in 2000 when we accomplished licensure. I am looking forward to finding creative ways to meet the needs of members of FSTNW.
Michele Loewy, LMFT
I provide mental health therapy services to youth, couples, and families in a private practice setting in Bellevue. I often work with individuals, youth, couples, and families who may be dealing with concerns such as: Grief and Loss, Divorce, Life transitions (Planned and unplanned), Pre marital relationships, Mental Health Concerns (Anxiety, Depression, ADD), Behavior Problems/poor school achievement, Parent/Child Relationships, Family dynamics, Parenting, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Rachel Stapleton, LICSW
I have a very strong professional background in working with individuals, families, and couples. I have worked with trauma and the mood disorders (anxiety & depression) that can come from trauma, as well as grief & loss.
It is an incredible honor to do this work that I am deeply passionate about. I wholeheartedly believe in the strength and resiliency of the human spirit and I use my many years of experience and expertise to effectively address the goals of my clients. I have the privilege of working with people who courageously make changes in their own lives, it is a true honor to share in these moments and witness such transformation.
Scott Wangsgaard, PhD, LMFT
I live in Richland, in the southeast corner of the state, and have been providing therapy for couples and individual adults since 1996. I was a member of the Board of Directors for WAMFT from 2005 through 2016 and, among other positions, served as President. I received my Master’s degree in MFT in 1997 from the University of Nebraska and my Doctorate degree in MFT in 2000 from Kansas State University. My wife, Jalene, and I have been married since 1992, and we have five children.
My vision for FSTNW is that it may continue to gain momentum as an organization where systemically-oriented clinicians will feel connected, represented, strengthened, and validated. To be a small part of shaping the future of FSTNW, and to work with its members and staff, who together represent some of the finest people I know, is a rare and wonderful opportunity I couldn’t pass up!