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
Carolynn Cohn Paralegal Tacoma Carolynn Cohn

 (253) 620-5503
Elizabeth Sher Assistant Federal Defender Tacoma Elizabeth Sher
Assistant Federal Defender

Amy Strickling Paralegal Tacoma Amy Strickling

 (253) 620-5510
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 Case Management Assistant Tacoma Martiza Pitot
Case Management Assistant

Tamar Singleton CJA Panel Administrator Tacoma Tamar Singleton
CJA Panel Administrator

Heather Carroll Assistant Federal Defender Tacoma Heather Carroll
Assistant Federal Defender

 (253) 620-5511
James Miller Computer Systems Administrator Tacoma James Miller
Computer Systems Administrator

 (206) 830-2944
John Carpenter Assistant Federal Defender Tacoma John Carpenter
Assistant Federal Defender

 (253) 620-5502
Alan Zarky Research & Writing Specialist Tacoma Alan Zarky
Research & Writing Specialist

 (253) 620-5525
Becky Fish Assistant Federal Defender Tacoma Becky Fish
Assistant Federal Defender

Stacey Brownstein Chief Investigator Tacoma Stacey Brownstein
Chief Investigator

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

 (253) 620-5509
Debra Malcolm Investigator Seattle Debra Malcolm

 (206) 830-2942
Alma Coria Paralegal Seattle Alma Coria

 (206) 830-2925
Cindy Stewart Paralegal Seattle Cindy Stewart

Charlotte Ponikvar Paralegal Seattle Charlotte Ponikvar

 (206) 830-2947
Mahkaea Jackson-Sams Investigator Seattle Mahkaea Jackson-Sams

Janet Stanton Paralegal Seattle Janet Stanton

 (206) 830-2951
Megan  Blumm Paralegal Seattle Megan  Blumm

Patricia Stordeur Chief Paralegal Seattle Patricia Stordeur
Chief Paralegal

 (206) 830-2952
Natalie Harmon CJA Panel Administrator Seattle Natalie Harmon
CJA Panel Administrator

 (206) 830-2936
Amanda  Merfeld Social Work Program Coordinator Seattle Amanda  Merfeld
Social Work Program Coordinator

Sara Brin Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Sara Brin
Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2921
Suzie Strait Paralegal Seattle Suzie Strait

 (206) 830-2953
Diane Travis Paralegal, CJA Seattle Diane Travis
Paralegal, CJA

 (206) 830-2956
Mukund Rathi Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Mukund Rathi
Assistant Federal Defender

Jesse Cantor Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Jesse Cantor
Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2922
Emily Erickson Paralegal Seattle Emily Erickson

 (206) 553-1100