GRANT REVIEW COMMITTEE
Ken Lowe, Chair
Ken graduated from Weber State College and the University of Utah. He has a Master’s degree in Social Work and is licensed as a LCSW. He has worked with adoption for over 30 years and has helped literally hundreds of adoptive couples and birth mothers. Adoption is one of his great passions in life. His favorite (and only) sister was adopted, which piqued his interest in adoption early in his life. Ken loves the idea of placing children in loving homes when birth parents are not able to raise their child. Ken has four children and has been married to Gail Bennion Lowe for the past 37 years. He looks forward to helping you with your needs in a loving and compassionate manner.
Lori Throckmorton, LCSW, is the Regional Manager of LDS Family Services in American Fork, Utah. She oversees the counseling and administrative operations of four offices and consults with adoptive parents. She also provides clinical services including services to single expectant parents. Ms. Throckmorton has worked with LDS Family Services for 25 years, where she has served as a social work practitioner, program specialist, agency director, adoption director, and field group manager.
Mary Anne Linford
Mary Anne has over 30 years of experience working in the field of adoption. She received her bachelor's degree in Social Work at Brigham Young University, and her master's degree from Argosy University in Marriage and Family Therapy. Over the years she has loved working with birth parents, adoptees, and adoptive couples in decision making and grief/loss counseling. She currently facilitates a weekly birth parent support group at LDS Family Services that is open to all birth parents. She has trained in individual, family, and group counseling. She currently works as a therapist for LDS Family Services and at White Peaks Therapy. Mary Anne is passionate about and devoted to the clients she serves and feels honored to work with the adoption community. She believes in a strength based approach and focuses on the unique strengths and talents each individual possesses. Mary Anne is married to Paul Linford, and is the proud mother of five children and ten grandchildren.
Lorna has always had a love for adoption and has worked in the field for over 30 years. Most of her career she has worked with birth parents. She graduated from Utah State University and taught junior high for eight years before joining Family Services where she has worked for 31 years. She is currently serving as the adoption and single expectant parent specialist for all of Family Services. She received the Professional Excellence Award from Utah Adoption council in 2015. She has one daughter and enjoys spending time with family.
Susan serves as clinical faculty and Regional Campus Master of Social Work Program Coordinator at Utah State University. She is passionate about improving the welfare of children, strengthening families, and promoting human healing through direct social work practice, research, and systems change. Her special interests include adoption, foster care, and the prevention of child abuse. She was adopted as an infant and her husband Jim are the parents of six children, including twins who joined their family via foster care adoption.
David is an attorney with expertise in adoption and litigation related to adoption. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University and the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of law. He has practiced law for private law firms and as general counsel for a corporation, and he has created, licensed, and run an adoption agency. He has served on the Board of Directors of Utah Foster Care, as President of the Utah Adoption Council, and as a fellow of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys. He has represented birth parents, adoptive parents, agencies and professionals involved in adoption. He has lectured to various groups regarding adoption and child welfare and is well-versed on the multiplicity of issues related to adoption and child welfare.