UW School of Social Work Research Commons

4101 15th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98105-6299

Main Phone: 206-685-2180
Fax: 206-685-7647

Lucy Smartlowit-Briggs

Lucy Smartlowit-Briggs


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The Indigenous Wellness Research Institute (IWRI) partnered with my tribal community when I was working as an Alcohol & Drug Counselor Trainee.  Through this partnership opportunity I was able to learn the fundamentals and importance of  community based participatory research and human subjects. Under the mentorship of Dr. Cynthia Pearson, I was able to stay engaged with my tribal community while pursuing my MSW in St.

Kristen Spexarth

Kristen Spexarth


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Kristen coordinates Forefront Cares’ outreach to Washington state residents recently bereaved by suicide. Kristen is a poet, professional gardener, Forefront volunteer and comforter of many who have, like her, lost a loved one to suicide. 

Jennifer Barron

Jennifer Barron


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Prior to joining Forefront, Jennifer worked as the Deputy Director of the Youth Suicide Prevention Program (YSPP), where she supervised grassroots coalitions across the state and conducted statewide training on suicide prevention. Ms. Barron has more than 20 years of experience managing programs in support of an organizational mission. 

Aidan Ramos

Aidan Ramos


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Aidan began working as a public servant at the Department of Social and Health Services - Children’s Administration in 1998, as a temp after working for a Swedish Import Export Company for nine years. He worked in Children’s for 18 years in many positions, including Office Assistant Senior, Administrative Secretary, Human Resources Consultant 1, Office Manager, Regional Office Manager, Disclosure Coordinator and finally as a Admin 3 at Headquarters.