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
Heather Carroll Assistant Federal Defender Tacoma Heather Carroll
Assistant Federal Defender

 (253) 620-5511
Greg Murphy Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Greg Murphy
Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2945
Vanessa Pai-Thompson Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Vanessa Pai-Thompson
Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2946
John Carpenter Assistant Federal Defender Tacoma John Carpenter
Assistant Federal Defender

 (253) 620-5502
Nancy Tenney Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Nancy Tenney
Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2955
Ann Wagner Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Ann Wagner
Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2957
Becky Fish Assistant Federal Defender Tacoma Becky Fish
Assistant Federal Defender

Ana Liza Garcia Administrative Assistant Seattle Ana Liza Garcia
Administrative Assistant

 (206) 830-2932
Lynn Shamulka Supervisory Administrative Assistant/Personnel Seattle Lynn Shamulka
Supervisory Administrative Assistant/Personnel

 (206) 830-2949
James Miller Computer Systems Administrator Tacoma James Miller
Computer Systems Administrator

 (206) 830-2944
Madeline Scarp Office Administrator Seattle Madeline Scarp
Office Administrator

Diane Travis Paralegal, CJA Seattle Diane Travis
Paralegal, CJA

 (206) 830-2956
Lupe Zamudio Assistant Paralegal, CJA Seattle Lupe Zamudio
Assistant Paralegal, CJA

 (206) 830-2960
Jason Strand Supervisory Administrative Assistant/Technology Seattle Jason Strand
Supervisory Administrative Assistant/Technology

 (206) 553-1100
Jennifer  Kaplan CJA Resource Counsel Seattle Jennifer  Kaplan
CJA Resource Counsel

 (206) 830-2976
Zhanna Kachurina Financial Administrator Seattle Zhanna Kachurina
Financial Administrator

 (206) 830-2979
Patricia Stordeur Chief Paralegal Seattle Patricia Stordeur
Chief Paralegal

 (206) 830-2952
Amanda  Merfeld Social Work Program Coordinator Seattle Amanda  Merfeld
Social Work Program Coordinator

Mikki Smith Procurement & Property Administrator Seattle Mikki Smith
Procurement & Property Administrator

Jessica Cvitanovic Branch Administrative Assistant Tacoma Jessica Cvitanovic
Branch Administrative Assistant

 (253) 620-5504
Vicki Lai Chief Appellate Attorney Seattle Vicki Lai
Chief Appellate Attorney

 (206) 830-2940
Stacey Brownstein Chief Investigator Tacoma Stacey Brownstein
Chief Investigator

 (253) 620-5501
Martiza Pitot Case Management Assistant Tacoma Martiza Pitot
Case Management Assistant

Rebeca Hernandez Clerical Assistant Seattle Rebeca Hernandez
Clerical Assistant