Off-Campus

Michelle Cutlip

Michelle Cutlip


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Michelle began her career in Child Welfare in the early 1990s 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 Institut

Jean Brownell

Jean Brownell


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Jean Brownell is the Director for the Caregiver Retention, Education, and Support Program (CaRES) at the Alliance.  She leads the team that supports foster, adoptive, and kin caregivers across Washington State.  The CaRES team is dedicated to helping foster parents thrive so they can focus on caring for the children in their homes.

Francis Cacalda

Francis Cacalda


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Francis has been a Program Manager and Case Worker with the Child and Family Services Program for Muckleshoot Indian Tribe.  His experience includes direct practice as well as supervision of child welfare work with Tribal families.  He has experience with both state and tribal courts, and has provided an array of case management from assessment to developing service plans for Tribal families involved in child welfare.  Permanency within the Tribal culture has been his goal for many Tribal families.