Ali is the project coordinator for the Idaho AWARE Project. Ali started her career with the Idaho Lives Project, as a regional coordinator (2018). She is well-versed in suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention strategies that specifically apply to integration at the school-level. In 2020, Ali transitioned from this position to her current position as coordinator for the ID-AWARE Project. This has expanded her focus from primarily suicide to more generalized mental health fundamental integration.
Ali’s passion for mental health and suicide prevention/intervention began in 2009. From this experience, she began seeking degrees in social work. Ali completed her graduate-level internship with St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, where she worked primarily with suicidal adolescent populations. Ali obtained her bachelor’s in social work from Boise State University (Boise, Idaho) in 2016, as well as her master’s in social work, with a specialization in community mental health, from Northwest Nazarene University (Nampa, Idaho) in 2017. Ali is a certified Sources of Strength and SPFI (Suicide Prevention Fundamentals Instruction) school gatekeeper trainer. She also received ASIST (Applied Suicide Prevention Skills Training) training in September 2018.