FOUNDERS


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Nicole jon sievers
FoundER, Executive Director

Nicole Jon Sievers is an activist, speaker, writer, problem-solver, educator, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. In 2011, Nicole founded the non-profit Stand For Courage bullying-prevention program. SFC's student-led, school-based, and community activations offer one ultimate goal: disrupt and end the cycle of bullying by celebrating stand-up bystanders with the support of media recognition and luminary partners. The school pilot program was recognized with an American Psychological Association Visionary Award in 2015. The research continues to inspire, having demonstrated a dramatic reduction in bullying in the schools implementing Stand For Courage.

Nicole has deep connections in Northwest arts, and over 25 years employing a perspective of creativity working with youth and adults. Her diverse roles have included counselor, couple's therapist, teacher, educational consultant, Outward Bound instructor, and forensic consultant. Nicole drives initiatives: she has brought Nobel Peace Laureates to schools for collaborative problem-solving; she has raised funds for the arts and charitable causes. Her capacity to build personal connections in disparate communities has enabled her to be an effective organizer. She's served on the Seattle Music Commission since 2014, where she champions political advocacy, social justice, and community-building initiatives while promoting Seattle's vibrant music culture.

Nicole's 2015 book, "It's Your Mind: Own It!"  offers neuroscience-based information and exercises for adolescents. It won an Indie Excellence book-of-the-year award in psychology. Nicole frequently appears in the media and speaks at schools. Nicole is a producer in the upcoming IndieFlix documentary film, The Bully Factor.  

Nicole lives in Seattle with her husband Eric, their five sons, and a big, white dog.

Eric Sievers

ERIC SIEVERS, M.D.
FOUNDING BOARD MEMBER

Eric Louis Sievers is a pediatric oncologist serving more than 25 years in biotechnology and academia. He is an accomplished educator, speaker, inventor, and strategist, with a deep understanding of clinical trial design, regulatory strategy, and both early and late stages of clinical development. His clinical expertise spans across multiple cancer indications including leukemia, lymphoma, myelodysplastic syndromes, melanoma, and other solid tumors.

Dr. Sievers has authored/co-authored over 60 professional publications including manuscripts appearing in The New England Journal of Medicine, Nature Biotechnology, and The Journal of Clinical Oncology among others. He most recently served as Chief Medical Officer at Trillium Therapeutics in Toronto where he led the clinical development of a novel cancer treatment blocking the CD47 “do not eat” marker that is overexpressed by malignant cells. Earlier, he served as Senior Vice President of Clinical Development at Seattle Genetics, where he played a key leadership role developing and obtaining global approval of the antibody-drug conjugate ADCETRIS® indicated for patients with lymphoma. At the beginning of his career, Dr. Sievers cared for cancer patients for over a decade at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington. During this time, he served as the lead investigator of phase 1 and pivotal trials that resulted in the approval of an antibody-drug conjugate MYLOTARG® indicated for patients with acute myeloid leukemia. He received his Medical and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Brown University. His personal interests include music, dance, travel, writing, and creative problem solving. He and his wife, Nicole, live with their five sons in Seattle.

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ADAM WALDMAN
Founding board member

Refinery Creative, LA, Owner, CEO; “Creative advertising for the entertainment industry.” Clients include AMC, Bravo, Dimension Films, Disney, Focus Features, Fox, Genius Products, HBO, Oxygen, Paramount, Sony, TNT, Universal, Warner Bros., and Weinstein Co.

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TERESE CLARK
FOUNDING BOARD MEMBER

Founding Board Member. Terese Clark is committed to empowering individuals and communities to lead meaningful lives.

Clark has spent over three decades in the medical field, working as a business leader, consultant and educator.

After spending over a decade practicing at a Level One Trauma Center, Clark combined her medical expertise and business acumen to found Nurses2Go, a medical consulting firm. She has taught at Johns Hopkins University and has been an active speaker at the American Senior Housing Association conferences.

An active philanthropist, Clark follows her passion for a just and equitable world. Her work serves a broad range of communities – notably youth, women and the elderly. She is active in fundraising for youth and combating sex slavery and trafficking.

Clark serves on the Seattle University School of Nursing advisory Board. Clark is also proud to be an active member of Washington Women's Foundation.

A Seattle native, Clark is actively involved in public art works and urban regeneration of communities in Seattle.

Clark enjoys outdoor activities in the Northwest, International travel and spending time with her family.