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
Vanessa Pai-Thompson Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Vanessa Pai-Thompson
Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2946
Martiza Pitot Receptionist/Legal Assistant Tacoma Martiza Pitot
Receptionist/Legal Assistant

Charlotte Ponikvar Paralegal Seattle Charlotte Ponikvar

 (206) 830-2947
Daniel Potter-Engelskirger Social Work Program Coordinator Seattle Daniel Potter-Engelskirger
Social Work Program Coordinator

 (206) 830-2939
Royce Rutherford Seattle Royce Rutherford

 (206) 830-2948
Christopher Sanders Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Christopher Sanders
Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2934
Madeline Scarp Office Administrator Seattle Madeline Scarp
Office Administrator

Lynn Shamulka Supervisory Administrative Assistant/Personnel Seattle Lynn Shamulka
Supervisory Administrative Assistant/Personnel

 (206) 830-2949
Mikki Smith Procurement & Property Administrator Seattle Mikki Smith
Procurement & Property Administrator

Janet Stanton Paralegal Seattle Janet Stanton

 (206) 830-2951
Patricia Stordeur Chief Paralegal Seattle Patricia Stordeur
Chief Paralegal

 (206) 830-2952
Michael Stortini Investigator Tacoma Michael Stortini

 (253) 620-5509
Suzie Strait Paralegal Seattle Suzie Strait

 (206) 830-2953
Jason Strand Supervisory Administrative Assistant/Technology Seattle Jason Strand
Supervisory Administrative Assistant/Technology

 (206) 553-1100
Amy Strickling Paralegal Tacoma Amy Strickling

 (253) 620-5510
Nancy Tenney Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Nancy Tenney
Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2955
Diane Travis Paralegal, CJA Seattle Diane Travis
Paralegal, CJA

 (206) 830-2956
Julie Valencia Paralegal Tacoma Julie Valencia

 (253) 620-5524
Luzvelia Vargas Paralegal Seattle Luzvelia Vargas

Ann Wagner Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Ann Wagner
Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2957
Lupe Zamudio Assistant Paralegal, CJA Seattle Lupe Zamudio
Assistant Paralegal, CJA

 (206) 830-2960
Alan Zarky Research & Writing Specialist Tacoma Alan Zarky
Research & Writing Specialist

 (253) 620-5525
Emily Ziel Paralegal Seattle Emily Ziel

 (206) 553-1100