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

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

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

Amy Strickling Paralegal Tacoma Amy Strickling

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

Julie Valencia Paralegal Tacoma Julie Valencia

 (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

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

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

Debra Malcolm Investigator Seattle Debra Malcolm

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

Alma Coria Paralegal Seattle Alma Coria

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

Sara Brin Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Sara Brin
Assistant Federal Defender

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

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

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

 (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

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

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

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

Greg Geist Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Greg Geist
Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2933