Advisory Council

Robin is an in-house lawyer for a publicly-traded northwest technology company. Her practice focuses on commercial matters, intellectual property, employment issues, advertising law, and legal issues related to product development and offshore sourcing.

Harry is a mental health counselor working for Mercer Island Youth and Family Services based at Islander Middle School. His work includes serving as the Natural Helper co-advisor, and providing classroom instruction on concerns related to emotional management, depression awareness and suicide prevention.

Laury Bryant has over 20 years experience in public relations/public affairs. In Seattle’s tech heyday, she led the early communications work at Aldus Corporation (now Adobe Systems) followed by Waggener Edstrom. She launched Lucas Bryant and Berg (LB2), which served as the first communications counsel to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation during its start-up phase as the Gates Library Foundation in the late ‘90s.

David A. Dickinson, MA, has over 35 years’ experience in behavioral health, working in clinical service delivery as a counselor, program manager and agency director, as well as serving in leadership positions in state government in Kansas and Washington. His clinical career also included service delivery in California, Colorado, and Oregon. Prior to his current position, David served as the director of the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR) in the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.

Ivan is a brand builder, marketer, and creator at the intersection of tech and culture—helping launch and grow brands at the forefront of media innovation. Having been personally affected by suicide, his healing process inspired him to use his experience and insight for good, engaging our community to shed the taboo associated with suicide and helping other survivors heal.

Lynn served 18 years in the Washington State House of Representatives; for twelve of those years, she was House Majority Leader receiving the Excellence in State Legislative Leadership Award 2010. She is a former small-business owner and the executive director of the United Way of Grays Harbor.

Elizabeth is engaged in research designed to characterize the development, course, and management of clinical depression in young people. She has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of depressed youth across a continuum of both clinical and community care (schools, primary care) settings.

*Dr. McCauley is also one of Forefront’s affiliated faculty members.

Aurélie is the Executive Director of the Jolene McCaw Family Foundation, a private family foundation that supports the healthy social and emotional development of children and youth. Protecting emotional and mental health and suicide prevention are key areas of focus and funding priorities for the foundation.

John has been recognized as one of the leading corporate lawyers in Washington State for more than three decades serving as general corporate counsel to a number of large non-profit corporations. His practice focuses on business formations, financings and transactions, particularly for companies in the technology industry.

Mark formed the charitable organization “The Mark Torrance Foundation” which funds education and ecological efforts. Since its inception in 2000 it has supported over 100 non-profit organizations. He has served on the Boards of the Nature Conservancy, the Pacific Science Center and The Northwest Children’s Fund.

Peggy has more than 40 years of experience working in and with behavioral health, primary health care and public health agencies, most recently as a senior advisor for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. She provides leadership to the development of state suicide prevention efforts in western states.