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

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

Charlotte Ponikvar Paralegal Seattle Charlotte Ponikvar

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

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

Tamar Singleton CJA Panel Administrator Tacoma Tamar Singleton
CJA Panel Administrator

Janet Stanton Paralegal Seattle Janet Stanton

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

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 Assistant Computer Systems Administrator Seattle Jason Strand
Assistant Computer Systems Administrator

 (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
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