UW School of Social Work Research Commons

4101 15th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98105-6299

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

Andrew Torkelson

Andrew Torkelson


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Andrew assists with day-to-day upkeep of the course catalog and maintains the Alliance site content.

Nathan Fowler

Nathan Fowler


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Nathan Fowler has more than ten years of experience working in digital education and online learning. He's worked as a content author, instructional designer, production manager, and marketing writer for a variety of online educational companies that aim to appeal to learners of all styles.

Nathan has a passion for creating content that keeps the learner engaged through purposeful interactivity and strong visual design. He received his BA in English from the University of Washington. When he's not working, he enjoys writing fiction, especially books for young readers

Marny Lombard

Marny Lombard


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Marny leads Washington higher education suicide prevention task force and manages organizational needs for the June 2016 higher ed conference. Since losing her college-age son to suicide, Marny has worked tirelessly for suicide prevention and depression awareness. She received Forefront’s 2015 Tina Orwell Public Service Award for her service to Forefront, Zero Suicide in Eastern Washington and related efforts.

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.