Off-Campus

Marie Fujii

Marie Fujii


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Marie began her career in Child Welfare in 1996 initially as a Child Welfare Services Social Worker.  During her time with DCFS, Marie worked in a number of roles, including a supervisor for the Family Voluntary Unit, CAMIS Trainer and an Area Administrator for the Region 2 Smokey Point office and Centralized Services.

 

Marie began working for the Alliance in May 2015. Marie is passionate about providing quality training for the CA workforce and caregiver communities. Marie received an MSW from University of Washington in 1996.

Daniel Estes

Daniel Estes


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Daniel earned his Bachelor’s from the University of the State of New York (Regent’s Program), and went on to earn a Master’s in Public Administration from City University.  At the same time he has worked for the State for over 33 years, the last 26 were with Children’s Administration (CA).  While with CA he has been a CPS Social Worker, CFWS Social Worker; Intake Social Worker; Social and Health Program Manager; Social and Health Program Consultant; and most recently, an Intake Social Service Specialist Supervisor.

 

Charina Carothers

Charina Carothers


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Charina has 9 years of experience with Children's Administration and began with the agency as an Afterhours staff.   She most recently worked as Supervisor for Children's Administration supervising Child and Family Welfare Services (CFWS), Child Protective Services (CPS), Family Assessment Response (FAR), Family Reconciliation Services (FRS), Indian Child Welfare (ICW) and other specialty programs. Prior, she was Social & Health Program Consultant in the Family to Family Program, and a CPS and CFWS social worker in ICW.

Theresa Burton

Theresa Burton


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Theresa is a graduate of the Child Welfare and Training Program (CWTAP) through the University of Washington School of Social Work. She began working at Amara Parenting and Adoptions Services for five years as she completed her BA and MSW in Social Work. Theresa then went on to work for Children's Administration as a Child and Family Welfare Services (CFWS) social worker, and in 2008 promoted to a supervisor in Child and Family Welfare Services (CFWS), Child Protective Services (CPS), and Family Assessment Response (FAR).

Maria Polyak

Maria Polyak


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Maria completed her Bachelors of Science degree in Child and Family Studies from Portland State University and began her career in child welfare supervising a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program in Clackamas County, OR. After advocating for children within the child welfare system, Maria wanted to make a greater impact with families and children and began working for Children’s Administration in 2010 as a CPS investigator. In 2012 Maria completed the CWTAP program through Eastern Washington University and obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work.

Greg Uberuaga

Greg Uberuaga


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Greg has over 25 years of experience working in Child Welfare. Greg has an MA from Western Washington University. In addition to having worked in the Child Protrective Services (CPS), Family Reconciliation Services (FRS), and Intake programs within Children's Administration, Greg was previously a CAMIS and FamLink Trainer for Children's Administation.

El-Freda T. Stephenson

El-Freda T. Stephenson


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El-Freda has more than 14 years of experience in Children's Administration working as home support specialist, program resource manager, Kidscreen specialist, and worked directly with families and children as a child protective services and child welfare services social worker. She also worked with families and at risk youth as a Family Reconciliation Service specialists for two years and monitored contracts for community providers that serviced children and families involved in the child welfare system.

Reneé Siers

Reneé Siers


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Reneé’s journey in Child Welfare began many years ago when she and her husband Tom became foster parents. Over the years she and her husband have adopted four children, which have given them many opportunities to work with the Child Welfare system. Reneé gained a passion for working with families while being a co-trainer for the Resource Family Training Institute. She went back to school and obtained a Master's in Social Work at Eastern Washington University. While working on her Master’s degree she studied attachment and the affects of trauma on children and adults.

Joan Sager

Joan Sager


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Children have been at the heart of Joan’s career since she began working in early childhood education and her interest quickly intersected with social work. For the past 30 years, she has worked with children and families in both rural and urban settings, including 23 years in Anchorage, Alaska.  Initially, Joan focused her career on domestic violence at a time when this issue was emerging at the forefront of social services. When Alaska opened its first shelter for battered women and their children, she collaborated with community stakeholders to create a children’s advocacy program.