Board of Directors

Mailing Address:


PO Box 1575

Renton, WA 98057



Board meetings are held the second Wednesday of each odd month via conference call.

All members are welcome to call in.

Please contact a board member for the number and entry code if you are interested in participating in a call.

Members can also request a digital copy of the meeting minutes, please contact a board member for the most recent copy.

Whitney Ferguson, CTRS : President


Whitney Ferguson, CTRS

Whitney obtained her degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Eastern Washington University in 2013. After completing her internship at Oregon State Hospital, she continued to work in mental health settings. Whitney currently works at Swedish Hospital and has spent the last four years working for the City of Seattle, Specialized Programs. Whitney is actively engaged with Special Olympics and enjoys hiking, yoga, and training her Saint Bernard "Moose" to become a therapy dog.

Erin Carpenter, CTRS : President Elect

President Elect

Erin Carpenter, CTRS

Erin earned her degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Eastern Washington University in 2007. After completing an internship at Child Study and Treatment Center, Erin spent the next five years working at Pearl Street Center serving the needs of youth with emotional and behavior challenges. After leaving Pearl Street, Erin worked at Joint Base Lewis McChord managing the Adaptive Reconditioning program for ill, wounded, and injured service members. While at JBLM she completed her MA in Organizational Leadership and hopes to put those skills to good use serving WSTRA. Erin has since returned to Child Study and Treatment Center and is enjoying working with youth again. In her spare time, Erin enjoys skiing, hiking, camping, gardening, and spending time with her husband and daughter.

Kelsey Ellis, CTRS/R : Past President

Past President

Kelsey Ellis, CTRS/R

Kelsey obtained her degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Eastern Washington University in 2008.   After completing her internship at Harborview Medical Center on the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, she has worked on various inpatient rehabilitation units in Western Washington, as an Aquatic Therapist, and completing evaluations for King County Metro Access.  In 2013, she and her husband traveled around the world, visiting South America, India, Nepal, and Southeast Asia.  Kelsey is currently working for Providence ElderPlace.


Rachel Field, CTRS : Secretary


Rachel Field, CTRS

Rachel Field is a graduate of Winona State University where she received her BS in Therapeutic Recreation. While in school, she completed an internship at The Courage Center (now Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute) in Golden Valley, MN in the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Units.  After graduation she worked at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota for two years on the Inpatient Psychiatry Unit before moving out to the Pacific Northwest. Once she arrived in the Pacific Northwest she continued to work in a variety of mental health settings working with both at-risk youth as a Wilderness Therapy Instructor and in Inpatient Mental Health at Swedish Hospital. Rachel currently works at Harborview Medical Center on Acute Care, specifically working with pediatric patients and their families. Rachel enjoys hiking, camping, and taking her Black Lab “Axel” on adventures throughout the Pacific Northwest.


Hannah Spaulding, CTRS : Treasurer


Hannah Spaulding, CTRS

Hannah earned her degree in Therapeutic Recreation from California State University, Sacramento in 2016. After completing her internship at Sacramento County Therapeutic Recreation Services, she followed her passion for community recreation at the Gilmore Senior Center in El Dorado Hills, CA. Hannah later moved to Seattle and currently works for the City of Seattle's Specialized Programs. In her free time, Hannah enjoys playing golf, watching baseball, and exploring outdoors.

Michelle Solomon, CTRS : West Representative

West Representative

Michelle Solomon, CTRS

Michelle Solomon is a 2013 phase graduate from Western Washington University’s Therapeutic Recreation program, receiving her CTRS in 2014. Since graduating, Michelle has worked in a community setting for young adults with disabilities, and for two years at an acute inpatient behavioral health setting serving patients will psychiatric and chemical dependency illnesses. Michelle is currently the Recreation Therapy Director at Kindred Hospital Seattle for the sub-acute unit working in physical rehabilitation and skilled nursing. Along with a wide range of experiences and populations, Michelle embodies passion and advocacy she hopes will translate well to serving your WSTRA 2017-2019 board! Her primary goals are to 1) Develop opportunities throughout the year for members to network with one another and provide support for job searching or challenges in the field. 2) Aid in creating meaningful connections to professionals and students in the field. 3) Represent and support the current and future Washington State recreation therapists!


Kelly Sipes, CTRS : East Representative

East Representative

Kelly Sipes, CTRS

Kelly Sipes graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation. He has been a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) since 2000 and has been registered as a Recreation Therapist in Washington State since 2008.  His first professional position (2000-04) was as the Activity Director in the Cheney Care Community, a skilled nursing and dementia care non-profit agency in Washington.  He began his current position at Eastern State Hospital in 2004 and has worked in co-occurring developmental disability, geriatric and adult psychiatric units during his tenure. He is certified to facilitate WRAP® through the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery.   He is a retired veteran of the United States Air Force, having served in the Cold and Gulf Wars.  Kelly and spouse, Jane, currently reside in Cheney Washington.  He has previously participated as Eastside Representative and has presented at two past WSTRA Symposiums.


Mailing Address:


PO Box 1575

Renton, WA 98057



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