Off-Campus

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.

Stephanie Rodrigues

Stephanie Rodrigues


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Stephanieʼs interest in child welfare began with the adoption of her two children. She left a career in genetic research to obtain her Masters of Social Work, graduating from the University of Washington in 2008. Stephanie participated in the CWTAP program and completed practicums at Northwest Adoption Exchange and Childrenʼs Administration. At Childrenʼs Administration, Stephanie worked for seven years as a Children and Family Services, Social Worker.

Melissa Phillips

Melissa Phillips


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Melissa started her career in child welfare in 2000 working for Children’s Administration (CA) after receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare through the University of Washington’s (UW) School of Social Work (SSW). Melissa received her Master’s in Social Work (MSW) with a child and family focus, also from UW-SSW, in 2003.  

Penny Michel

Penny Michel


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Penny Michel began her social work career in 1998 as a Child Care Licensor (Social Worker III) for the Office of Child Care Policy (OCCP). She worked two part-time licensor positions at the same time, one in Vancouver (Region 6) and one in Bremerton (Region 5). The following year, she was hired fulltime in Region 6 to license In-Home Childcare providers in the Mason and Gray’s Harbor areas. In 2001, Penny transferred to a social work position with the Office of Foster Care Licensing (OFCL) and worked as a Foster Care Licensor in Thurston Co. for 10 years.

Amanda Meyer

Amanda Meyer


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Amanda’s work in social services began in 1993 with the Health Department and later with Planned Parenthood as a peer educator for teen pregnancy, STD and dating-violence prevention. She continued working in prevention services as a drug and alcohol education coordinator and a youth employment education coordinator at the county level before working for the state, where she helped families cope with child abuse and neglect.

Ryan Krueger

Ryan Krueger


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In the late 1990s, Ryan served in the U.S. Coast Guard as a narcotics officer and law enforcement trainer.  He was also a drug and alcohol counselor at Othello High School, and worked for Benton County Emergency Management as an anti-terrorist/emergency planner and trainer. He worked for Benton/Franklin Juvenile Justice as a probation officer and then became a manager for a private agency and director of a youth ranch for foster kids. Ryan has been a trainer for DSHS and the University of Washington for four years.  He and his wife were foster parents for seven years.

Patricia Erdman

Patricia Erdman


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Patty Erdman began her social work career in 2003, working for Children’s Administration as an Intake worker in the rural community of Colville, WA. In 2004, Patty was promoted to a SSW3 position and was appointed as the lead child sexual abuse investigator for Stevens and Ferry counties. Patty is a certified Child Abuse Interviewing and Assessment facilitator.

Michelle Cutlip

Michelle Cutlip


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Michelle began her career in Child Welfare in the early 90’s initially working in juvenile court as a juvenile probation officer working with Truant, At-Risk Youth and CHINS (Child in Need of Services) cases and as a CASA program coordinator.  Michelle began working with Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) in 2001.  During her time with DCFS, Michelle worked in a number of roles, including managing the Visitation Office and volunteers, CFWS social worker in Family Treatment Court, and  supporting caregivers as Foster Parent Trainer (with RFTI – Resource Family Training Institute