Mike Heinisch has been Executive Director of Kent Youth and Family Services since 1999. He is a state Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Children’s Mental Health Specialist. During his previous tenure at Highline West Seattle (now Navos) Mental Health Center as Director of the Children and Family Division, Mike developed the Highline Consortium, a collaboration of 18 agencies subcontracting with HWS for the provision of publicly funded (Medicaid) mental health service to children in King County. Mike also held several positions at Catholic Community Services, Program Manager of Family Counseling, Director of Children’s Hospital Alternative Program, and Foster Care Co-Director.
With a Masters Degree in Counseling from Seattle University, Mike is a native of Wisconsin having relocated to Western Washington in 1979. He is currently the Board President of Community Center For Educational Results (CCER), “The Road Map Project” and Co Chair of the King County Alliance For Human Services Co Chair. Mike also serves on the board of the South King Council of Human Services (three times past President), Communities In Schools Kent, Building Better Futures (BBF) president, King County Mental Illness and Drug Dependency (MIDD) Oversight Committee and Vic Chair of the Pacific Hospital Preservation and Development Authority Governing Council and the City of Kent Human Services Commission. Mike and his spouse, Gail, live in Burien and have one daughter, Katie.