King County CASA

Meet the Staff


sCarolyn Frimpter

Has been working at the CASA program since 1999. She attended the Boston University School of Social Work where she focused on Community Organizing. While working with the American Friends Service Committee in the Boston area, Carolyn developed a volunteer-based program to help homeless families find shelter and access other benefits through their local Community Service Offices. In 1994, she moved to Seattle where she ran a large emergency shelter for homeless women. Prior to joining the CASA program, Carolyn was a defense social worker with the Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons.




Rie Takeuchi

Rie Takeuchi

Has been a CASA Specialist/Supervisor for the King County Dependency CASA Program since January 2016. She has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan and is a licensed clinical therapist. Rie has worked in the field of child welfare since 1998. She has a wide breath of experience working as a therapist with children and families, a case manager working with foster/adopt children both in the private and public sector, and most recently since 2007 as a court evaluator/mediator on family court cases with King County Superior Court Family Court.






Kathy McCormack

Has been with the CASA Program since 1988 and has held a variety of positions within the office.  She is in awe of the work CASAs do for our dependent children.  Born and raised in the great Northwest, she enjoys anything outdoors but especially skiing and just last year, became a certified scuba diver.  When not outdoors or traveling, you can find her rooting for all our northwest sports teams with family and friends.






Rashida Ballard

Has been a CASA Supervisor with the King County Dependency CASA Program since March 2016. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Washington and a Master’s Degree in Social Work, also from the University of Washington; she is currently working on her clinical license. Rashida has worked with children and families in a variety of settings for the past 17 years and began her work in child welfare in 2010. She is dedicated to the safety and well-being of our most vulnerable population and committed to supporting CASAs in their advocacy for them. Rashida co-leads ongoing cultural competency/disproportionality trainings and takes pride in not only having the opportunity to share that information with CASAs, but also in collaborating with them on ways we all can navigate the Dependency system while serving our families with dignity and respect. In her free time, Rashida enjoys spending time with family and friends.






sJoyce Stockman

Has been with Dependency CASA for five years now, transitioning to this position from being a King County Court Reporter for 21 years. She’s been a life-long resident of Washington. Joyce enjoys photography, exploring and reading in her off-time. She has two small dogs that take up quite a bit of her extra time.  Recently Joyce has been enjoying genealogy and has traveled to New York to meet relatives and visit gravesites – the oldest being from 1776!






Andrea Carter

Andrea Carter

Joined Dependency CASA in March 2017 where she is the CASA Attorney in Family Treatment Court. She has a wide breadth of experience which includes representing indigent adult and juvenile clients in criminal proceedings and dependenc/termination actions for the Public Defender's Office, working as an Assistant Attorney General representing DSHS, representing children for Legal Counsel for Youth and Children and the Office of Civil Legla Aid, and work as a mediator for the King County Superior Court mediation program. 







Vickey Wilson

Has been with King County CASA program since 1997. She graduated from Highline Community College with an AA degree in Paralegal.  She started with the CASA program as an Administrative Specialist and has been a paralegal with the program since 2002.  She volunteered as a CASA and is very passionate about the work the CASA program does for abused and neglected children.   Vickey loves photography, traveling and gardening.  She also loves the SEAHAWKS!







Luis Galván

Is the CASA Supervisor for Family Treatment Court.  Prior to joining CASA in 2014, he has worked as a social worker and social work supervisor for the State of Washington, as well as doing child welfare for the State of Alaska, Humboldt County, and for several tribes.  He is also a foster parent for LGBTQ teens.  In his spare time, Luis likes to box, garden, spend time with his loved ones, and he always, always, ALWAYS tries to find opportunities to play in glitter.







Peggy Larson

Is a CASA Specialist in the King County Superior Court Dependency CASA Program. In addition to supervising CASA Volunteers, she has been involved in the development and delivery of CASA training for over 25 years. Peggy has served on the National CASA Curriculum Development Committee since 2009. She earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work and completed a Training Specialist Certification Program at the University of Washington. Peggy enjoys traveling, cooking, reading and spending time with friends and family.







Lisa Petersen

Has been the Program Manager for the King County Superior Court Dependency CASA Program since October 2011. Prior to joining the CASA Program, she was an Assistant Attorney General representing Department of Social and Health Services social workers with Children’s Administration.  Lisa received her bachelor’s degree in Russian Language from San Francisco State University and a juris doctorate from Seattle University School of Law.  She has worked in the area of child welfare for the past 17 years. Lisa is passionate about public service, supporting volunteers and community advocacy for children and families. Outside of work she most enjoys spending time with her family, cycling, backpacking and cross-country skiing.






Pauline Duke

Has been a Staff Guardian Ad Litem Specialist with the KC Dependency CASA Program since December 2013. Prior to joining the CASA Program she was a Children and Family Welfare Services social worker with Children’s Administration. Pauline received her bachelor’s in social welfare and master’s in social worker from the University of Washington, and has worked in the area of child welfare for the past 7 years. Pauline feels most passionate about ensuring that the children on her caseload have the services and supports they need grow up to be healthy, thriving individuals. Outside of work she most enjoys spending time with friends and family, and attending a good R&B concert.






Reyana Ugas


Has been a CASA specialist with the King County Dependency CASA program since April 2015. She has a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree from Saint Martin’s University. Reyana previously worked as a social worker with Children’s Administration specializing in Indian Child Welfare cases and also has extensive experience working with youth experiencing homelessness and youth in foster care. Reyana speaks Spanish fluently and is passionate about supporting CASAs in an effort to provide quality advocacy to children involved in the dependency system. Reyana enjoys baking, yoga and cheering on the Seahawks and Sounders.





Jessica White

Joined our program in September of 2016 and comes to us as a familiar face, being that she was a temporary short term employee for our office in 2015. She comes with a background primarily in customer service and administrative support. In her time before returning to CASA, she was a project coordinator/ interior design assistant for a private contractor in Olympia. She was also a Judicial Technician for King County Superior Courts Family Law department where she assisted litigants, volunteers, attorneys and judicial officers. With her dedication to continuous learning and self-improvement, she is striving to gain the most experience possible with every opportunity given.






Stephanie Richardson

Came to the CASA department in 2015, by way of the Skagit County Prosecuting Attorney, where she gained a decade of experience in both criminal and family law. She loves supporting our department’s many volunteers. She is constantly amazed at the caring and dedication they have for the children they serve. Personally, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her husband and her three children. She is happiest when watching them compete in their soccer matches and crew regattas.







Janet Horton

Has been a CASA Supervisor since 2000. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and a Juris Doctorate, (J.D.) from Seattle University School of Law. She came to CASA after working as a public defender at Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons and after leaving private practice where she represented clients seeking Social Security Disability benefits. Janet is a member of the Juvenile Law and Indian Law sections of the Washington State Bar Association and remains passionate about advocating for children, families and other vulnerable persons.







Wai-Ping Li-Landis

Has been part of the Dependency CASA Program since 2007. She has previously worked at different positions with the superior court as a Family Law CASA supervisor, FCS social worker and UFC case manager before she became part of the CASA staff team. Wai-Ping has a Master of Social Work from the University of Washington. She really enjoys working with the volunteers and staff to advocate for best interests of children involved in the dependency court.






Laura Chunyk

Has been a paralegal in the Seattle division of King County Dependency CASA since April 2015.  She has a bachelor’s degree from Seattle University and a paralegal certificate from Highline College.  She is new to the area of dependency law.  Prior to her work at CASA she was a legal assistant for eight years in the criminal division of the King County Prosecutor’s office.  In her role as paralegal she assists three CASA attorneys, prepares daily court calendars and attends to the many emails which come into CASA’s group email box.  In her spare time she enjoys reading and physical fitness.







Elizabeth Berris

Is a Program Attorney but previously worked as the Staff Guardian ad Litem-Attorney for the CASA program for 3 ½ years. Beth received her B.A. in Political Science in 1996 from Stanford University. Beth's interest in child welfare issues sparked during her senior year while in her Children, Civil Rights, and Public Policy class and decided to pursue her law degree in order to fight for children's rights. In 2002, she graduated with Honors from the University of Washington School of Law and then served as an Assistant Attorney General representing CPS/DSHS in child welfare cases for 10 1/2 years prior to joining CASA. Beth stays busy with her kids, is an avid Sounders fan, and is always up for a hike or trip to the woods.






Deanna Watson

Joined the King County CASA Program in 1999 first as a supervisor at the MRJC, then in Family Treatment Court, and now in our Seattle office. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Washington. Deanna has worked in child welfare since the early 90’s as a Caseworker and school based Social Worker in New York State, and as a Family Preservation Therapist, Intake Coordinator and Area Case Manager in Washington.







April Rivera

Began volunteering with the Dependency CASA Program in 2005. She was hired in 2007 as the staff guardian ad litem and transitioned into her current role as a CASA staff attorney in 2014. She believes passionately in best interest advocacy and enjoys working with CASAs in a team approach. April graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 1989 and the UW School of Law in 1992. If it is sunny weekend April is likely enjoying hiking somewhere off I-90 or driving her teenagers around.







Kathleen Martin

Is a King County Dependency CASA Program attorney who began her CASA career volunteering with the new King County Program from 1978 – 1983.  In 1993, she was lucky enough to both return to the Northwest (Vashon Island,) and continue pursuing her passion for child advocacy.  Since then, she has been a King County CASA volunteer, contract attorney, and since 2007, a CASA Program Staff Attorney.  Kathleen is a graduate of Indiana University Law School. 






sLori Irwin

Is a King County Dependency CASA Program attorney.  She has a BA in Economics and Business Administration From the University of Puget Sound and a JD from the Unviersity of Washington. Supporting the amazing volunteers and staff of the CASA program is one of the primary contributions Lori feels she can make as an attorney. Her most recent focus is on Indian Child Welfare and the needs of Tribal children and families. In her spare time, Lori and her husband travel, garden, remodel, and visit their grandchildren – sometimes all at once. She can swing a mean memo, or a hammer; believing technology and cordless tools are the great equalizers. Lori can most often be found at the King County Courthouse or the Jefferson Building in Seattle.






Kathryn Barnhouse

Came to work for the CASA program as a contract attorney in 1990 after a few years prosecuting minor crimes in smaller cities in Washington; she has been a staff member since 1993. Kathryn is a proud second generation University of Washington alumnus, graduating with a degree in History and Journalism in 1980 and also earning her JD in 1984 from UW. She and husband Scott (UW 1987) enjoy season tickets to Husky football games and as much travel as they can muster. Kathryn tries not to hold it against either of her young adult children that they chose not to attend UW! Kathryn also periodically takes cases as a volunteer CASA.