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
John Carpenter Assistant Federal Defender Tacoma John Carpenter
Assistant Federal Defender

 (253) 620-5502
Colin Fieman Assistant Federal Defender Tacoma Colin Fieman
Assistant Federal Defender

 (253) 593-6710
Miriam Schwartz First Assistant Federal Defender Tacoma Miriam Schwartz
First Assistant Federal Defender

 (253) 620-5508
Alan Zarky Research & Writing Specialist Tacoma Alan Zarky
Research & Writing Specialist

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

 (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 Case Manager Tacoma Jessica Cvitanovic
Case Manager

 (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
Jennifer Davis Investigator Seattle Jennifer Davis

 (206) 830-2926
Zhanna Kachurina Financial Administrator Seattle Zhanna Kachurina
Financial Administrator

 (206) 830-2979
Michael Filipovic Federal Defender Seattle Michael Filipovic
Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2929
Charles Formosa Investigator Seattle Charles Formosa

 (206) 830-2931
Daniel Potter-Engelskirger Social Work Program Coordinator Seattle Daniel Potter-Engelskirger
Social Work Program Coordinator

 (206) 830-2939
Debra Malcolm Investigator Seattle Debra Malcolm

 (206) 830-2942
Rebeca Hernandez Receptionist/Legal Assistant Seattle Rebeca Hernandez
Receptionist/Legal Assistant

Jennifer Wellman Third-Level Supervisor/Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Jennifer Wellman
Third-Level Supervisor/Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2958
Alma Coria Paralegal Seattle Alma Coria

 (206) 830-2925
Luzvelia Vargas Paralegal Seattle Luzvelia Vargas

Sara Brin Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Sara Brin
Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2921
Barbara Hughes Paralegal Seattle Barbara Hughes

 (206) 830-2937
Chevy Echeverria Investigator Seattle Chevy Echeverria

Jesse Cantor Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Jesse Cantor
Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2922
Charlotte Ponikvar Paralegal Seattle Charlotte Ponikvar

 (206) 830-2947