Our Staff

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Reisha Abolofia
Staff Attorney
Reisha Abolofia joined Disability Rights Washington in 2015 to head up the Spokane office. Reisha graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law, and has lived in Spokane for the past four years. During law school, Reisha was the Vice President and Creative Director of the Gonzaga Public Law Interest Group, a non-profit organization established to promote public interest work and provide students with scholarships. Reisha also interned at the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office where she assisted victims of sexual offenses and domestic violence.

Reisha was born and raised in Seattle, attended the University of Washington, and graduated with a degree in Journalism. She is a black belt in Shodukan Karate, and enjoys cooking and spending time with family.
Articles by Reisha Abolofia
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Meghan Apshaga
Staff Attorney
Meghan Apshaga started at Disability Rights Washington as a summer intern after completing her first year in law school. She was hired as a Staff Attorney in 2016 to expand the Spokane office. Meghan graduated from the University of Washington School of Law in 2015 in the top third of her class. She has also worked for King County Department of Public Defense, Innocence Project Northwest, Housing Justice Project, and Immigrant Families Advocacy Project. Meghan earned her undergraduate degree cum laude in sociology from Connecticut College, during which time she was an intern investigator for the Washington, D.C. Public Defender Service, Mental Health Division.

Meghan has lived in Seattle for over ten years, but is excited to start a new adventure in Spokane. She loves animals, and enjoys playing with her two cats, as well as volunteering for a local animal shelter. She also enjoys running, biking, gardening, and tending to her collection of houseplants. She would love to get better at cross-country skiing.
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David Carlson
Director of Legal Advocacy
David leads Disability Rights Washington’s legal team which engages in multimodal advocacy incorporating multiple advocacy tools, including individual representation, class action litigation, policy work, video advocacy, and community engagement. His team is responsible for monitoring facilities and community settings in Washington that serve people with disabilities, investigate potential abuse and neglect of Washingtonians with disabilities, conduct legal and policy advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities across Washington, and provide Washingtonians with disabilities information about their legal rights.
David has served as lead counsel in numerous class actions enforcing a wide variety of civil rights of people with disabilities. David's advocacy work has been recognized in international media and several local and national awards. David presents on disability legal issues, legal ethics, and advocacy skills both in Washington and nationally. Additionally, David has taught Disability Law as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Seattle University and serves as a member of the National Disability Rights Network's Board of Directors. David graduated Cum Laude from both Eastern Washington University where he received his B.A. and Gonzaga University School of Law where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of Gonzaga Law Review.
Articles by David Carlson
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Emily Cooper
Staff Attorney/Investigator
Emily Cooper graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 2003.  She has spent her legal career practicing in areas of public interest focusing on state and federal benefits law as well as addressing the issues impacting individuals with disabilities.  She has been a staff attorney at Disability Rights Washington since 2006.  Professional activities include serving on the American Civil Liberties Union (“ACLU”) of Washington’s Board of Directors, Washington State Bar Association (“WSBA”) Washington Attorneys with Disabilities Association, WSBA Bar Examiners Committee, WSBA GLBT Bar Association, and the King County Bar Association (KCBA) Volunteer Attorney for People with AIDS (VAPWA).  Prior to attending law school, Emily earned a B.A. in English at University of Colorado.  
Articles by Emily Cooper
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Helen G
Office Assistant
Helen joined Disability Rights Washington in November of 2016 as an Office Assistant. Previously, she has been involved in disability advocacy and education. She facilitated various disability justice, anti-racist, and sexuality and gender focused workshops and seminars at the University of Washington as the Social Justice Programmer on the Seattle campus's Q Center. Helen also has a passion for filmmaking and is committed to telling women-centered stories.
Articles by Helen G
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Eaen Goss
Office Assistant
Eaen started at Disability Rights Washington in 2016 after spending five years in the field of higher education. A majority of his past positions involved working directly with students with disabilities, whether through promoting college access or advocating for improved campus-wide accessibility measures. These experiences instilled in him the importance of equity, justice, and community education – all of which drew him to DRW.
Eaen received his M.Ed in Student Development Administration from Seattle University in 2016 and graduated from Southern Oregon University in 2014, where he received his BS in Human Communication along with minors in sociology and gender, sexuality, and women’s studies. In his free time, Eaen enjoys reading LGBTQ web comics, playing video games, and eating delicious food in various Seattle neighborhoods.
Articles by Eaen Goss
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Sarah Haywood Eaton
Staff Attorney
Sarah joined Disability Rights Washington in 2013 after graduating magna cum laude from Seattle University School of Law where she received the Dean’s Medal for the graduating class of 2013. During her time at Seattle University, Sarah interned with the Unemployment Law Project, Legal Voice, and the Northwest Justice Project. She also served in Seattle University's Civil Rights Amicus Clinic working on a policy report about United States Customs and Border Patrol activities on the Olympic Peninsula and as the Managing Editor of the Seattle Journal for Social Justice. Prior to attending law school, she graduated from Occidental College with a B.A. in Spanish Language and Diplomacy and World Affairs. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer, running, backpacking, and reading.
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Alexa Polaski
Alexa Polaski first started at Disability Rights Washington as a summer legal intern. After graduating from the University of Washington School of Law in 2017, she was hired to join the Treatment Facilities Team. While in law school, she interned for the Southern Poverty Law Center in Jackson, Mississippi, focusing on mass incarceration and juvenile justice, and Advancement Project in Washington D.C., focusing on voting rights. She also represented clients through the Tulalip Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic and served as President of the Disability Law Alliance for two years. Prior to attending law school, Alexa earned a B.A. in Law, Societies, and Justice and Disability Studies at the University of Washington. Alexa originally hails from Southlake, Texas but has lived in Seattle for the past eight years. She is a certified Special Olympics coach for the Seattle Parks Sharks.
Clark Matthews
Creative Production Assistant
Clark Matthews joined Disability Rights Washington's Rooted in Rights team as the first Creative Production Assistant in 2016. Providing support throughout the production process from development to distribution allows Clark to combine two of his biggest passions: filmmaking and disability rights. Clark’s media collaborations with artists and activists of mixed abilities have played at film festivals around the globe. His work in disability justice has led to involvement with organizations like National ADAPT, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), Not Dead Yet, the International Society for Disability Studies and more. Clark graduated from Temple University with a degree in Film and Media Arts.
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Tom Hazeltine
Tom Hazeltine obtained his degree from the University of Washington in 1979, and subsequently held various financial and accounting jobs in corporate, trust banking, property management and at a CPA firm.  Tom began working at DRW in 1991, then called Washington Protection and Advocacy System.
Articles by Tom Hazeltine
Andrea Kadlec
Andrea Kadlec
Director of Community Relations
Andrea Kadlec completed an undergraduate degree in Journalism and masters' in Organizational Leadership at Gonzaga University. Over the past fifteen years at Disability Rights Washington she has built and facilitated coalitions; developed and implemented leadership and disability rights-based curriculum for youth, children and adults; developed and managed grants, and promoted local and national policy to support the autonomy, civil and human rights of people with disabilities. Andrea has managed internal and external communication for DRW, including the quarterly newsletter, Envoy, and works as a liaison with media.

She chaired Northshore School District's Special Education Parent & Professional Advisory Council, was a trustee of the Board of Directors of the Arc of King County, and assisted with advocacy development for Manos Unidas, a school for students with disabilities in Cuzco, Peru. Andrea served on the National Disability Rights Network's Community Education and Self Advocacy Committee.  She is currently in her third year of law school.  She enjoys hiking, kayaking, yoga and her two daughters.
Articles by Andrea Kadlec
Susan Kas
Susan Kas
Associate Director of Legal Advocacy
Prior to joining Disability Rights Washington, Susan Kas graduated from the University of Washington School of Law. Since 2006, she has been a staff attorney at Disability Rights Washington working on class action and systemic litigation in efforts to improve supports and services for people with disabilities. In 2016, Susan became an associate director of legal advocacy. When not working, Susan enjoys running, knitting, and most of all, hanging out with her two daughters.
Articles by Susan Kas
David Lord
David Lord
Director of Public Policy
David Lord grew up in Yakima, Washington and graduated from the University of Washington in 1976, where he also earned a masters in social work. He has a juris doctorate from UCLA law school and is a member of the Washington State Bar Association.  David worked for programs providing advocacy and support to people with disabilities in the community for more than a decade. In 1994 he went to work for Washington Protection and Advocacy System, since renamed Disability Rights Washington.  As the Director of Public Policy for DRW, David provides information to legislators, state officials and others about issues concerning the rights of people with disabilities. David is a frequent speaker on guardianship and alternatives, accessibility of courts, and the rights of people with mental illness, developmental disabilities and other disabilities.
Articles by David Lord
Heather McKimmie
Heather McKimmie
Associate Director of Legal Advocacy
Heather McKimmie has been a staff attorney with DRW since August 2009.  In 2014 she was promoted to Associate Director of Legal Advocacy. Prior to working at DRW, Heather practiced criminal defense at the trial and appellate levels.  She also clerked for a superior court judge, worked in a personal injury law office, represented workers in unemployment compensation hearings, and conducted investigations for a public defender’s office.  She graduated from University of Washington School of Law in 2005 and was a Notes and Comments Editor for Washington Law Review.  She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Washington with a BA in History with distinction in 2001.  In her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga, playing and watching basketball, and playing the cello.
Articles by Heather McKimmie
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Jordan Melograna
Creative Director
Jordan joined DRW in 2015 as a Content Producer, he is currently in the role of Creative Director. He produces, shoots and edits videos and other creative content to support advocacy around treatment of people with disabilities in Washington's jails and prisons. Jordan is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Filmmaking and has over a decade of film and television production experience, with a focus on documentary and advocacy media. He served as Co-Producer of the PBS documentary, The Powerbroker, profiling civil rights leader Whitney Young, which screened at the White House in 2014. Other work includes non-profit videos for educational, disaster response, and transportation justice organizations.

Prior to DRW, Jordan was the Content Director at Brave New Films in Los Angeles, leading a team of filmmakers, designers and advocates to produce creative content across multiple campaigns. Projects were produced in partnership with other non-profits nationwide, including the ACLU, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, The Sentencing Project, NAACP and others. Jordan was the recipient of the NCCD Media for a Just Society Video Award two years in a row, and his work has been screened at the Chicago International Social Justice Film Festival, Seattle Social Change Film Festival, Atlanta Documentary Film Festival and the Atlanta and Los Angeles Web Fests.

Jordan is enjoying getting to know his new home in Seattle, and plans to explore the area’s hiking, biking and kayaking opportunities.
Articles by Jordan Melograna
Kim Mosolf
Kim Mosolf
Staff Attorney
Kim came to DRW in January 2015 after practicing law in New York for the previous eight years.  As a lawyer, she has worked to promote the rights of sex workers, people receiving government benefits, parents accused of abuse and neglect, those convicted of serious crimes, and people with mental illness. Most recently, Kim served as the Supervising Attorney for Civil Legal Services at Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, a nationally-recognized public defender organization. She previously served as a Staff Attorney with the Brooklyn Defender Services Family Defense practice. She has also worked as a Government Benefits Fellow at Legal Services of NYC and as a tenant advocate at both Lenox Hill Neighborhood House and the City Bar Justice Center/Legal Clinic for the Homeless. Kim received her B.A. from Columbia University in 2001 and graduated from Columbia Law School in 2006. 
Articles by Kim Mosolf
Kaitlin Nicolls
Kaitlin Nicolls
Office Assistant
Kaitlin joined Disability Rights Washington in 2014. Earlier in 2014 Kaitlin graduated on the Dean’s list from Sonoma State University with her Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies with a minor in Psychology. While working on her undergraduate degree, Kaitlin worked for the Disability Services for Students office where they provided accommodations for students with disabilities. She helped organize Disability Awareness Week on Sonoma State’s campus for 4 years. In 2016 Kaitlin earned her Master's in Criminal Justice from Seattle University.
In her free time, Kaitlin enjoys cooking and baking, finding Seattle's best food spots, and going to concerts.
Articles by Kaitlin Nicolls
Tina Pinedo
Communications Director
Tina Pinedo joined Disability Rights Washington as an intern in 2011 and became the Video Production Manager in 2014. In 2015, she worked on the transition of DisAbility Rights Galaxy to Rooted in Rights, the video and social media project of Disability Rights Washington. She later became the Digital Communications Manager of Rooted in Rights, tasked with curating the social media platforms of the project and assisting in operations. In 2017, Tina became Communications Director at Disability Rights Washington. She serves as a member of the National Disability Rights Network's External Relations Subcommittee. Tina has a B.A. in Communication Studies with a minor in Spanish from Seattle University. 
Articles by Tina Pinedo
Peter Rand
Peter Rand
Video Editor/Motion Graphic Artist
Peter joined Disability Rights Washington as Video Editor and Motion Designer in February 2016. As part of the media production team, he assists in the design and creation of videos advocating for and increasing awareness around disability rights. He has been an Americore volunteer as well as a professional arts educator, and has developed projects and curriculum for students with wide-ranging interests and abilities. Peter’s work has been screened internationally and he has collaborated on public art projects in Santa Monica, Dallas, and Rome. He is a graduate of the Media Arts department at UCLA, and continues to work with video, installation, interactive media, and performance in diverse and creative ways.
Mona Rennie
Mona Rennie
Legal Assistant
Mona Rennie has been at DRW since 2004 and previously worked for legal services agencies assisting low-income people with civil legal problems.  She has been committed to legal services since 1989.
Articles by Mona Rennie
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Jodi Rose
Executive Assistant
Jodi Rose graduated from Seattle University in 2000. She joined Disability Rights Washington as Executive Assistant in 2013. She is a key member of the support staff and enjoys being able to help out in multiple areas.  Jodi was previously Studio Manager at a Graphic Design firm, and before that worked in Commercial Real Estate.  Her creative and organizational sides combine to bring a unique aspect to her administrative role.  Jodi is passionate about disability rights and enjoys being a part of the work DRW is doing.  She also enjoys fundraising for local organizations.  Jodi grew up in Yakima, WA.  In her free time she enjoys attending concerts, travelling, and spending time with family and friends.
Articles by Jodi Rose
Betty Schwieterman
Betty Schwieterman
Director of Systems Advocacy
Betty Schwieterman works to change systems to be responsive to people with disabilities.  Betty's current areas of focus at DRW include: systemic response to abuse and victim rights of people with disabilities, election accessibility; self-directed personal assistance services; and addressing gaps in the services systems for people with traumatic brain injury.  Betty passionately works to support people with disabilities who are new to advocacy, build advocacy coalitions and provide support and technical assistance to advocates.  

Betty began her professional career as a speech therapist in rural Missouri schools in 1977 after receiving a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders from Missouri State University. She moved to Seattle and in 1982 began work as an advocate for the agency now known as Disability Rights Washington.  She served as Chair and past chair of the Mental Health Parity Coalition during a successful nine year effort to end discrimination in insurance coverage for people with mental illness.  She is currently Co-Chair of the Traumatic Brain injury Council, serves on the Developmental Disabilities Council, Adult Abuse Workgroup and numerous other system change coalitions.  Betty volunteers as a board advisor to Self-Advocates of Washington.
Articles by Betty Schwieterman
Rachael Seevers
Rachael Seevers
Staff Attorney
Rachael joined DRW as a staff attorney in 2013. Prior to coming to DRW, Rachael worked as an attorney in New York, with the Special Litigation and Appeals Unit of Mental Hygiene Legal Service, a public interest legal organization dedicated to protecting and advancing the rights of people with mental illness. Rachael’s work at MHLS ranged from individual appeals concerning involuntary commitment and medication, to civil rights litigation relating to the provision of care for people with mental illness. In New York, Rachael also worked as an adjunct professor at Cardozo Law School, teaching legal writing and lawyering skills to first year law students. Rachael graduated cum laude from Brooklyn Law School in 2006, where she was an Edward J. Sparer Public Interest Fellow and an Executive Articles Editor for the Brooklyn Journal of International Law.  She received her B.A. in Sociology from Wesleyan University in 2001. 
Articles by Rachael Seevers
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Stacie Berger Siebrecht
Associate Director of Legal Advocacy
Currently, Stacie Berger Siebrecht focuses on ensuring that DRW provides high quality services, recruiting and supervising legal interns, class action enforcement, and development and implementation of disability history curriculum for elementary students.  Stacie's past work at DRW includes a focus on class action litigation on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities and mental health needs.  Prior to working at DRW, she worked at the Disability Law Center in Boston, Massachusetts as a Skadden Fellow and clerked for the Honorable Raymond J. Pettine, United States District Judge for the District of Rhode Island.  While at the Disability Law Center, she served as co-counsel on Rolland v. Cellucci, a class action on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities in nursing facilities.  She has presented on numerous topics including Olmstead planning, litigating nursing facility cases, representing individuals with disabilities, and obtaining attorneys’ fees in civil rights cases.  Stacie is a graduate of New York University School of Law and Duke University.
Michael J. Smith
Staff Attorney
Michael J. Smith joined the Washington State Bar in 1984 and worked for several years as a prosecutor, then for The Public Defender representing clients in involuntary commitment hearings in King County.  In private civil practice he represented clients with disability-related issues.  His work since 1991 at DRW has included major class action litigation at Rainier School and Western State Hospital as well as representing clients with medical funding complaints in fair hearings and at trial.  Mike's practice areas include assistive technology, employment, Ticket to Work, special education, access to medical treatment, prison and jail care and conditions, and veteran employment and medical treatment.
Articles by Mike Smith
Mark Stroh
Executive Director
Mark Stroh has been the DRW Executive Director since 1990. Prior to his arrival in Seattle, Mark held positions with the Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service (Lansing, MI), the Arc of Michigan (Lansing, MI), and Developmental Services Inc. (Columbus, IN). Mark graduated from Earlham College with a major in political science and holds a masters degree in instructional system design from Indiana University at Bloomington.

His responsibilities at DRW include the overall management of the organization; staffing of DRW Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Mental Health Advisory Council and Joint Planning and Evaluation Committee; and an array of disability rights related advocacy assignments. He has in the past represented DRW on the Developmental Disabilities and Traumatic Brain Injury Councils as well as a number of system reform task forces.
Articles by Mark Stroh