ZYNOVIA Y. HETHERINGTON, MSW, M. Ed is the Director of the Child Welfare Training and Advancement Program (CWTAP) at the University of Washington, School of Social Work. Ms. Hetherington has dedicated her life to serving children and families for over 29 years.
She is a faculty member in the Children, Youth and Family concentration and lead instructor for the Social Justice for Social Workers course. Prior to coming to the University of Washington, Ms. Hetherington worked as a social worker and supervisor in the Washington State’s Children’s Administration. Zynovia began her career working with adolescent males within the Juvenile Justice system and disenfranchised families seeking social service assistance.
She joined the University of Washington in 2000, as a CWTAP (Title IV-E) Field Instructor. Continuing to work within her community, Zynovia volunteered with the Seattle Channel and Central District Forum (CD Forum) educating the community on educational, child welfare and disproportionality. As a member of the King County and Statewide Coalitions on Racial Disproportionality in child welfare and partnering with organizations like the Mockingbird Society, Casey Family programs, and the Black Child Development Institute (BCDI), Zynovia has a special interest in working with people of African descent.
GERILYN MYERS, MSW - ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR/FIELD INSTRUCTOR is a UW Seattle, CWTAP alumni and has over 20 years of experience providing social services and advocacy for children and families. She currently works for CWTAP as the Assistant Director, and is a Field Instructor/Teaching Associate. She also teaches the Permanency Planning class during summer quarter.
Ms. Myers experience includes working with incarcerated youth at the King County Detention Center, providing Home Based Services and Family Preservation Services as a contracted provider, and assisting young parents as a social worker for Job Opportunity and Basic Skills program with the Economic and Medical Field Service Office.
Ms. Myers also has several years of experience as a social worker and supervisor for the state of Washington’s Children’s Administration.
GLEN GONZALEZ, MSW, LICSW - FIELD INSTRUCTOR is a CWTAP alumni and graduated from UW School of Social Work in 2005. Glen is passionate about social justice, and is a strong advocate for improving the lives of children and families. Glen has nearly 20 years of experience in the field of social services.
LARA THOMPSON, MSW - FIELD INSTRUCTOR has over 20 years of social service experience working with children, youth, and families. She has been a CWTAP Field Instructor for the past nine years and enjoys being able to provide supervision and instruction for students who will become the next generation of social workers. She received her MSW from Clark Atlanta University in 1995 and her BA in Child, Consumer, and Family Studies from Washington State University in 1992.
BETH VAN FOSSAN MSW - FIELD INSTRUCTOR is a proud graduate from the University of Washington's Seattle CWTAP program, graduating in 2008. Following graduation Beth worked in Child Welfare with a focus on adolescents and community engagement, until joining the CWTAP team in 2015. In her free time, Beth volunteers with community organizations focusing on Foster and Homeless youth advocacy and post adoption. Beth is passionate about working with students and guiding them through their process of building their own foundation of social work practice with the purpose of empowering children, families, and communities.
CYNTHIA DICKMAN MSW, MDiv, LICSW- FIELD ADVISOR
Graduated from University of Utah with MSW in 1977. Child welfare social work has been her passion for over 40 years. She has served children and families in the cities and villages of Southeast Alaska, South Central Los Angeles, throughout Los Angeles County, and the State of Washington. Advising students in child welfare practice through the CWTAP MSW program at the University of Washington Seattle campus is a highlight of her professional journey.