Lauren Simonds - Executive Director
Lauren Simonds has a Master of Social Work degree in Organizational Administration and planned social change from the University of Washington. She has lived in the Pacific Northwest since 1991, and has worked in the fields of HIV/AIDS, reproductive rights, and Jewish communal service. Most recently she was the Executive Director of Rosehedge/Multifaith Works, an HIV/AIDS housing and support service organization. She has also served as the Executive Director for the state’s largest political reproductive rights organization, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, and the Seattle Section of the National Council of Jewish Women. Ms. Simonds has a strong background in community building, legislative advocacy, fund development, strategic communications, and leadership development and training.
Krystal Marx - Director of Development
Krystal brings over 10 years in nonprofit management in the areas of operations, fundraising, donor management and administration after time spent with the Seattle-King County Dental Society & Foundation, and the King County Medical Society. A lifelong advocate for community involvement, Krystal leads the Washington chapter of an international grassroots volunteer organization that focuses on providing free community education, conducting large-scale homeless outreach, and other community-building projects. Currently, Krystal is the President of the Board of Unexpected Productions in Pike Place Market, is active in local politics, and passionate about combat-related PTSD advocacy.
Brad Forbes - Director of Public Policy and Advocacy
Brad brings over 10 years of experience working with health care policy at the state, local, and federal levels. Brad acted the lead on health care and human service issues for a United States Representative, helping people understand how government health care systems can benefit them. That role grew Brad's passion for effective mental health policy through his providing a helping hand to constituents in need of Social Security, health care, and homelessness services. Seeing first hand how government policies affect people gave him a deeper perspective on which types of services work and where systems need to be improved. Working at the local level, he developed and implemented strategies to pass legislation to protect vulnerable populations, the environment, and in support of the arts.
Dorina Hyseni - Education Coordinator
Dorina Hyseni joined NAMI Washington in January 2014, providing administrative support for the Education program. She moved into the Education Coordinator position in October 2014. Dorina is originally from Albania, but has called Seattle home since she was a child.
Deanna Roy - Eastern WA Education Program Assistant
Deanna Roy is a longtime active member of her affililiate, NAMI Yakima. She has served as the NAMI Yakima Board Secretary for two and a half years. Deanna has more than 20 years residential management experience. She holds a BS in Business Accounting from the University Phoenix.