SaltFire’s founders, Robin Sigo, MSW and Albie Lawrence, MSW, are indigenous women with extensive experience working in Tribal communities. They founded Saltfire to help bring indigenous values and worldview into mental health.
Robin Sigo, MSW
Robin Little Wing Sigo, MSW, is a Suquamish Tribal leader and Director of the Suquamish Foundation. After obtaining her MSW from the University of Washington in 2006, she ran the Suquamish Tribe Wellness Center and provided mental health counseling, specializing in dual-disorders and complex trauma. She left this work to serve as Principal Investigator of the Healing of the Canoe research project for 10+ years. She has four children, and considers herself an aunty to children, plants and animals. You’ll usually find her helping others tell their stories, fighting for justice, and petting cats.
Albie Lawrence, MSW
Albie Lawrence is Tlingit, Tsimshian and Filipino, she is Killer Whale Clan from Metlakatla and an enrolled member of the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. Albie has been married to Nigel Lawrence since 1998 and they have three beautiful children and one adorable granddaughter. Albie received her BSW from Eastern Michigan University in 2009 and her Masters of Social Work from the University of Washington in 2011. Albie is an experienced grant writer and program developer and has been a part of the Healing of the Canoe team since 2009 as a facilitator and trainer.
Information about SaltFire board members coming soon.