Off-Campus

Janell Berger

Janell Berger


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Janell began working for the Department of Children, Youth and Families in 2008 and spent her first five years at DCYF as a social worker in CFWS and CPS. Janell was promoted to CPS supervisor in the Snohomish County Indian Child Welfare Office in 2013. In 2015, Janell transferred to South Snohomish County where she supervised a unit of CPS, FRS and FVS workers, as well as a specialized CPS position stationed out of the Child Advocacy Center, investigating the most severe cases of abuse and neglect of children in Snohomish County.

Kebreab Hailegiorgis

Kebreab Hailegiorgis


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Kebreab Hailegiorgis has more than eight years of experience working with children and their families in Child Protective Services, Family Voluntary Services, and Family Reconciliation Services both as a social worker and supervisor. He also has experience as a Service Provider to the Child Welfare system. Kebreab received his Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in 2011. Kebreab enjoys reading books and volunteering for refugee and immigrant populations during his free time.

Heidi Kennedy

Heidi Kennedy


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After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Eastern Washington University, Heidi began her social service career as a house parent and family advocate at the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery in Spokane, WA. It became clear early on, that supporting children and families was going to be a lifelong passion. Heidi was hired by the Department Children, Youth and Family Services in 2001 as a CPS investigator in the Indian Child Welfare unit in Skagit County.

Phyllis Duncan-Souza

Phyllis Duncan-Souza


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Phyllis most recently worked as a Supervisor for the Department of Children, Youth and Families with oversight for Child and Family Welfare Services (CFWS), and Family Reconciliation Services (FRS). Prior, she was the Manager of Technical Assistance with Casey Family Programs for over fifteen years where she facilitated change management strategies and initiatives to impact reduction and reinvestment efforts in jurisdictions across the country. She is a natural coach and motivator who remains fiercely devoted to the potential of others.

Lisa Winters

Lisa Winters


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Lisa was born and raised in Moxee, WA, a small town east of Yakima but very well known on the world stage for the famous hops to make beer! She graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Administration of Leisure Services and Minor in Sociology.  Lisa started her career as a Juvenile Probation Counselor in Benton-Franklin and Yakima County for the first 8 years. In both jobs, she held positions that had overlapping responsibilities and much interaction with DCFS. When her husband was transferred to Seattle in 1990, she began her career with DCFS.