Our Staff

Receptionists, case managers, legal assistants, IT staff, investigators, paralegals, office administrators, CJA administrators, research & writing specialists, and attorneys all contribute to providing the highest quality representation to our clients. You will find no more dedicated, compassionate and talented group of people than at the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Western District of Washington. Together, with courage, commitment and strength, we stand up on behalf of our clients, the community and the Constitution. 

Below is a list of our current staff members.

Name Title Office
Alan Zarky Research & Writing Specialist Tacoma Alan Zarky
Research & Writing Specialist

 (253) 620-5525
 
Stacey Brownstein Chief Investigator Tacoma Stacey Brownstein
Chief Investigator

 (253) 620-5501
 
Michael Stortini Investigator Tacoma Michael Stortini
Investigator

 (253) 620-5509
 
Carolynn Cohn Paralegal Tacoma Carolynn Cohn
Paralegal

 (253) 620-5503
 
Becky Fish Assistant Federal Defender Tacoma Becky Fish
Assistant Federal Defender

 253.620.5522
 
Amy Strickling Paralegal Tacoma Amy Strickling
Paralegal

 (253) 620-5510
 
Christian Izaguirre Assistant Federal Defender Tacoma Christian Izaguirre
Assistant Federal Defender

 253.620.5506
 
Julie Valencia Paralegal Tacoma Julie Valencia
Paralegal

 (253) 620-5524
 
Jessica Cvitanovic Branch Administrative Assistant Tacoma Jessica Cvitanovic
Branch Administrative Assistant

 (253) 620-5504
 
Martiza Pitot Receptionist/Legal Assistant Tacoma Martiza Pitot
Receptionist/Legal Assistant

 2536205400
 
James Miller Computer Systems Administrator Tacoma James Miller
Computer Systems Administrator

 (206) 830-2944
 
Heather Carroll Assistant Federal Defender Tacoma Heather Carroll
Assistant Federal Defender

 (253) 620-5511
 
John Carpenter Assistant Federal Defender Tacoma John Carpenter
Assistant Federal Defender

 (253) 620-5502
 
Charles Formosa Investigator Seattle Charles Formosa
Investigator

 (206) 830-2931
 
Rebeca Hernandez Receptionist/Legal Assistant Seattle Rebeca Hernandez
Receptionist/Legal Assistant

 206.830.2200
 
Debra Malcolm Investigator Seattle Debra Malcolm
Investigator

 (206) 830-2942
 
Luzvelia Vargas Paralegal Seattle Luzvelia Vargas
Paralegal

 206.830.2943
 
Alma Coria Paralegal Seattle Alma Coria
Paralegal

 (206) 830-2925
 
Chevy Echeverria Investigator Seattle Chevy Echeverria
Investigator

 206.830.2969
 
Sara Brin Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Sara Brin
Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2921
 
Charlotte Ponikvar Paralegal Seattle Charlotte Ponikvar
Paralegal

 (206) 830-2947
 
Jesse Cantor Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Jesse Cantor
Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2922
 
Janet Stanton Paralegal Seattle Janet Stanton
Paralegal

 (206) 830-2951
 
Dennis Carroll Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Dennis Carroll
Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2923
 
Patricia Stordeur Chief Paralegal Seattle Patricia Stordeur
Chief Paralegal

 (206) 830-2952
 
Natalya Kim Paralegal Seattle Natalya Kim
Paralegal

 206.830.2941
 
Corey Endo First Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Corey Endo
First Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2928
 
Suzie Strait Paralegal Seattle Suzie Strait
Paralegal

 (206) 830-2953
 
Mikki Smith Procurement & Property Administrator Seattle Mikki Smith
Procurement & Property Administrator

 206.830.2924
 
Greg Geist Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Greg Geist
Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2933