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
Amanda  Merfeld Social Work Program Coordinator Seattle Amanda  Merfeld
Social Work Program Coordinator

 206.830.2935
 
James Miller Computer Systems Administrator Tacoma James Miller
Computer Systems Administrator

 (206) 830-2944
 
Greg Murphy Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Greg Murphy
Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2945
 
Martiza Pitot Case Management Assistant Tacoma Martiza Pitot
Case Management Assistant

 2536205400
 
Charlotte Ponikvar Paralegal Seattle Charlotte Ponikvar
Paralegal

 (206) 830-2947
 
Mukund Rathi Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Mukund Rathi
Assistant Federal Defender

 206.830.2939
 
Lynn Shamulka Supervisory Administrative Assistant/Personnel Seattle Lynn Shamulka
Supervisory Administrative Assistant/Personnel

 (206) 830-2949
 
Elizabeth Sher Assistant Federal Defender Tacoma Elizabeth Sher
Assistant Federal Defender

 253.620.5520
 
Tamar Singleton CJA Panel Administrator Tacoma Tamar Singleton
CJA Panel Administrator

 206.830.2924
 
Janet Stanton Paralegal Seattle Janet Stanton
Paralegal

 (206) 830-2951
 
Cindy Stewart Paralegal Seattle Cindy Stewart
Paralegal

 206.830.2929
 
Patricia Stordeur Chief Paralegal Seattle Patricia Stordeur
Chief Paralegal

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

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

 (206) 830-2953
 
Jason Strand Assistant Computer Systems Administrator Seattle Jason Strand
Assistant Computer Systems Administrator

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

 (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
Paralegal

 (253) 620-5524
 
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