Mental Health Advisory Board Members
Kristin Houser, J.D., current Board Chair, resides in Council District 2. She is an attorney at Schroeter Goldmark & Bender, a firm that represents many clients with mental and physical disabilities. From 1998-2010, she was a trustee on the Board of the Harborview Medical Center, serving as President of the Board from 2004 to 2006. She is currently a member of the Behavioral Health Steering Committee for UW Medicine and of the Board of the University of Washington Neighborhood Clinics. Kristin has taken a particular interest in behavioral health issues in part because several of her family members have struggled with mental illness. Term expires March 31, 2016.
Heather Spielvogle, PhD, current Vice Chair, resides in Council District 6. She has worked as an inpatient and outpatient mental health practitioner at the Universities of Pittsburgh, Toronto, and Washington. She has been engaged in mental health services research for the past 12 years and is committed to improving mental health service access for and use among teens. She is particularly interested in developing effective and relevant interventions for child and adolescent community mental health centers. Term expires March 31, 2016.
Lauren Davis resides in Council District 6. She is the Project Director for Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention, a University of Washington-based nonprofit. Her strong passion for the behavioral health field stems from the loss of a childhood friend to suicide and the two-year struggle of another dear friend in King County’s public mental health and chemical dependency systems. Ms. Davis also serves on the King County Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Administrative Board and the King County Suicide Prevention Coalition. After graduating magna cum laude from Brown University with a degree in Ethnic Studies, she spent two years in Ghana as a Fulbright Fellow researching access to education for the urban poor. Prior to joining Forefront, Ms. Davis worked as an international development consultant at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Term expires March 31, 2016.
Nancy Dow, B.S., CPC, resides in Council District 6 and has served on the MH Advisory Board since 2004. Ms. Dow-Witherbee is a Consumer-to-Provider graduate and a Peer Specialist at Harborview Mental Health Services since 1999. In this capacity, she provides Drop-in & Consumer Technology services, leads Job Support, WRAP, Smoking Cessation & Relaxation and Illness Management & Recovery groups, coordinates the Shared Care Plan pilot study, volunteer development, agency multi-media services, and Supported Employment services. Nancy is a Mental Health Transformation Grant trainer and a regular presenter for the Washington Behavioral Healthcare Conference. She is a past board member of Humane Society of Seattle/King County and Rose House and a former Wish Grantor for Make-A-Wish Foundation. Nancy enjoys gardening, photography, volunteering and providing sound services in musical theater. Ms. Dow-Witherbee served as MH Advisory Board Chair from July 2007 to June 2009. Term expires March 31, 2016.
Alicia Glenwell, B.A., resides in Council District 9. She has been a volunteer, advocate, activist, trainer, planner and manager in the domestic violence movement since 2003. As the Chemical Dependency, Domestic Violence, Mental Health and Sexual Assault Systems Coordinator for the King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Ms. Glenwell works to foster communication and collaboration within and between systems that affect survivors of domestic violence. Prior to her work with the Coalition, she was the Director of Community Programs at the Domestic Abuse Women’s Network (DAWN). Term expires March 31, 2016.
Veronica Kavanagh, B.S., resides in Council District 4. Ms. Kavanagh is a CIS Application Analyst for Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. She serves as a Board member of NAMI; King County MHCADSD Recovery Advisory Committee, and Chair for the Transportation Sub-Committee for the MIDD Crisis Diversion Facility planning group. She has family members impacted by mental illness. Term expires March 31, 2016.
Toni Krupski, PhD, resides in Council District 6. She currently serves as the Associate Director of the Center for Healthcare Improvement for Addictions, Mental Illness and Medically Vulnerable Populations (CHAMMP) which is based at Harborview Medical Center. She also holds the position of Research Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. She has conducted research in the area of mental illness for a number of years and is especially interested in ways to improve healthcare for individuals who have co-occurring problems involving mental illness, addiction, and/or chronic medical conditions. Term expires March 31, 2016.
Katelyn Morgaine, J.D., CPC, resides in Council District 1. Ms. Morgaine has been a civil litigation attorney in the Seattle area since 1994. She is a volunteer attorney at Seattle Community Law Center where she assists homeless individuals obtain public disability benefits. Ms. Morgaine recently completed a nine month internship as a Peer Specialist at Harborview Mental Health Services where she co-facilitated therapy groups and coordinated SAMHSA National Outcome Measures (NOMS) surveys. She is employed part-time as a Peer Specialist at Downtown Emergency Service Center's new Crisis Solutions Center where she provides outreach and case management support to adults experiencing mental health crises. Term expires March 31, 2016.
Allan Panitch, resides in Council District 4. Mr. Panitch is a graduate of Southwestern Law School; Government contract management from Marshall-Wyth Law School, and Law Enforcement Criminal Investigation from Los Angeles County Sheriffs’ Academy. Mr. Panitch's professional career included contract and security management positions with Hughes Aircraft Co., Aydin Corporation, Litton Industries, Bechtel Corporation, and Lockheed Aircraft. He is a member of the Executive Board of Washington State CASA and a volunteer Guardian Ad Litem in Juvenile Court. In addition, he is Public Safety Chair for Queen Anne Community Council, Vice President for Public Safety, Uptown Alliance, and member of Washington Department of Corrections Victims Council and Advisory Board- Justice for Homicide Victims, Inc. He served in the 15th U.S. Air Force as Operations Specialist in Africa, Italy, and the Balkans. Mr. Panitch is the father of a public psychiatric social worker who was murdered by one of her clients. Term expires March 31, 2016.