Our Staff

David Carlson
David Carlson
Director of Legal Advocacy
David Carlson represents both classes and individual clients with disabilities to protect a wide variety of legal rights.  He also supervises DRW’s Technical Assistance services which are designed to help each individual who contacts DRW become a more effective advocate for him or herself.  David's advocacy work was recently recognized in international media and he was also awarded the TASC Excellence in Advocacy Award from the National Disability Rights Network.  This in response to the first of two reports addressing discriminatory practices of medical professionals against people with disability, for which he was the lead author.
 
David provides CLE training to other attorneys on substantive legal issues affecting clients with disabilities and how those lawyers can meet their ethical responsibilities. Additionally, David teaches Disability Law as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Seattle University where he introduces upper-division law students to the numerous substantive areas of law affecting people with disabilities, as well as the policies that shape those laws, and ethical considerations affecting the representation of clients with disabilities. David graduated Cum Laude from Gonzaga University School of Law where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of Gonzaga Law Review. He is admitted to the bar in Washington, the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington and Western District of Washington and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.
Articles by David Carlson
Emily Cooper
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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Charlotte Cunningham
Staff Attorney
Charlotte Cunningham joined Disability Rights Washington in 2014. Prior to working at Disability Rights Washington, Charlotte practiced in commercial litigation with a large law firm where she also represented clients in pro bono matters involving special education, social security benefits, and asylum. Charlotte graduated from Northwestern University School of Law in 2012. While in law school, Charlotte interned with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights in their San Francisco office and served as an Articles Editor for Northwestern Law’s Journal of Law and Social Policy. Prior to attending law school, Charlotte served as a Family Advocate at a subsidized childcare center, an Early Interventionist working with infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families, and volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in foster care. Charlotte completed her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in English from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2005. While in college, Charlotte participated in the Developmental Disabilities Immersion Program where she interned with the Clients’ Rights Advocate and served as a Volunteer Advocate at Lanterman Developmental Center in Pomona, California. During college, Charlotte also received training in Applied Behavioral Analysis while working with children with autism and worked with adults and adolescents with mental illness at various psychiatric facilities.
Sarah Haywood Eaton
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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Anna Guy
Staff Attorney
Anna joined DRW as a Staff Attorney in 2014 after graduating from Roger Williams University School of Law (RWU) where she received recognition for her commitment to public service. While at RWU, Anna participated in a competitive medical-legal collaborative program with the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She also represented clients as a student attorney in the RWU Criminal Defense Clinic, held an externship with the Rhode Island Center for Law and Public Policy, and interned with the Amos House Homeless Legal Clinic and the RWU Pro Bono Collaborative. Anna was also the Vice President and a founding member of the Psychology and Law Society. Additionally, she served as a voting member on the Behavioral Associates of Massachusetts, Human Rights Committee. Prior to attending law school, Anna graduated on the Dean’s List from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a B.A. in Psychology.      
Tom Hazeltine
Tom Hazeltine
Controller
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.
Andrea Kadlec
Director of Community Relations
Andrea Kadlec completed a degree in Journalism and masters in Organizational Leadership at Gonzaga University. Over the past thirteen 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 manages internal and external communication for DRW, including the quarterly newsletter, Envoy, and works as a liaison with media. She chairs Northshore School District's Special Education Parent & Professional Advisory Council, is a trustee of the Board of Directors of the Arc of King County, and serves on the Board of Directors of Manos Unidas, a school for students with developmental disabilities in Cuzco, Peru. Andrea serves on the National Disability Rights Network's Community Education and Self Advocacy Committee.  She enjoys hiking, kayaking, yoga and her two daughters.
Articles by Andrea Kadlec
Susan Kas
Staff Attorney
Prior to joining DRW, 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.  When not working, Susan enjoys running, knitting, and most of all, hanging out with her two girls.
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
Staff Attorney/Technical Assistance
Heather McKimmie has been a staff attorney with DRW since August 2009.  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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Tina Pinedo
Video Production Manager
Tina Pinedo joined Disability Rights Washington as an Intern in 2011 and became the Video Production Manager in 2014. Tina is anticipated to complete her B.A. in Communication Studies with a minor in Spanish in 2014 from Seattle University. Tina brings a skill set in film production to DRW that serves to enhance the protection and advocacy for people with disabilities, and advance DRW's mission. Tina's interests include travel, interior design and yoga.
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.
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.
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. 
Stacie Berger Siebrecht
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
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; an array of disability rights related advocacy assignments; and editor of the DisAbility Rights Galaxy platforms. 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. He is currently serving as the Chair of Outcomes Committee for the National Disability Rights Network and is a member of their Communications Committee.
Articles by Mark Stroh