Stefanie Anderson (President) moved from Eastern Iowa to Seattle in 2002 to study nutrition at Bastyr University. She became involved in a local Amnesty International group in 2003 as a way to live out her social justice values. Through her engagement on the topic of death penalty abolition she became involved with the WCADP, serving on the board and in various leadership roles. Other social justice issues she has engaged with are immigrants’ rights, Israel/Palestine, and food justice. She works as the Director of Communications for Witness to Innocence, a national organization in the abolition movement.
Laura Nuechterlein (Vice President) became interested in death penalty abolition and other social justice issues during her university days in the late 1980s. In a previous life, Laura worked as a health policy analyst in the Chicago area. She is currently the Washington State death penalty abolition coordinator for Amnesty International USA.
Lauren Ross (Treasurer) moved from to Seattle from the East Coast in 2013 to seek her graduate degree in public administration from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington. While at the Evans School she interned with the policy advocacy team at the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington. Since graduating, she has served as the Development Coordinator at the Legal Foundation of Washington..
Brenda Collier (Secretary) was born in the UK, and she was horrified to find out that Washington State still had the death penalty. She has been a member of the Coalition for many years, on the board for more than ten years, and the treasurer for much of that time.
Diana Anderson is a public defender in Bellingham and Greater Whatcom County. In law school, she worked helping ex-prisoners apply to have their civil rights restored, which ignited a strong interest in indigent defense and criminal justice reform. Shortly after relocating to Washington from Florida, she started with WCADP as a weekly volunteer, and she has been involved with the Coalition ever since.
Dave Avolio has been involved with WCADP for over a decade. His interest in abolition comes from his work in prison ministry and the Episcopal Peace Fellowship. Dave also helps organize the Annual Fast & Vigil Against the Death Penalty in Washington D.C.
Brynn Felix has been active with the Safe and Just Alternatives campaign since 2011. She served as the Coalition’s Field Organizer from 2012-2013, overseeing WCADP’s grassroots education and mobilization program. Her work with SJA continued after she moved to the ACLU of Washington, where she engaged murder victims’ family members in repeal work and lobbied legislators. Brynn received her Master’s degree in Human Rights from Central European University and is currently a law student at Boston University.
Danielle Fulfs is the former Program Director of WCADP. She grew up in Washington, and returned after pursuing graduate studies in Chicago and then living abroad. During her MA, she focused on international human rights issues, and, upon returning to Washington, decided to focus on the death penalty as a domestic human rights issue. She now works on a Congressional campaign.
Gretchen Hoog is a general litigator at Pepple Cantu Schmidt whose practice focuses on representing businesses and individuals in commercial disputes and personal injury matters. She joined PCS in 2015 after working for five years at Lane Powell, where she was a member of the Complex Litigation practice group.Gretchen graduated magna cum laude from Pacific Lutheran University in 2006 with a degree in Social Work and attended Seattle University School of Law where she received her JD, summa cum laude, in 2010. While attending law school, Gretchen was a Lead Article Editor for the SU Law Review and served as a judicial extern for Judge Leighton of the Federal District Court for the Western District of Washington in Tacoma. She is currently an adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law. Prior to law school, she worked as a social worker. She was exposed to the injustices of our criminal justice system, primarily in working with the homeless population and those individuals that were trying to re-enter society following incarceration. Even as a small child, she was passionately opposed to the death penalty as well as solitary confinement. As an attorney at Lane Powell, she was privileged to work on the firm’s Death Penalty team, representing clients in Texas and Louisiana, assisting in drafting habeas petitions and other briefing for their clients.
Bill Jaquette was raised in Washington and attended Whitman College. Upon graduation in 1964, he did graduate work in philosophy at the University of Missouri-Columbia, receiving a Ph.D in 1969. He served as an assistant professor of philosophy at Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri for 6 years before moving back home to Washington where he attended law school at the University of Washington. Upon graduation in 1978, he began his legal career as a public defender in King County, followed by short terms as a deputy prosecuting attorney in King County and in private practice. In 1989, he was appointed director of the Snohomish County Public Defender Association where he served for 26 years. During his legal career he represented four defendants in death penalty cases.
Ricci Carole King was born and raised in Southern California and moved to Seattle in 1992. She became interested in abolishing the death penalty while living California, after her youngest brother was murdered in 1980 by a serial killer. She has developed a keen interest in criminal justice reform, especially for juveniles. Ricci, a single mother of 4, has also been an autism advocate for nearly two decades and has an adult son with autism who lives with her.
Mark Larrañaga is a member of the Washington, Oregon and California State Bar Association. He has practiced criminal defense for more than twenty years, with a focus on capital punishment since 1999. He was the director of Washington State’s first Death Penalty Resource Center from 2001 to 2006, where he provided resources, consultation, and training to capital defense attorneys throughout Washington State. Since 2006, he has been a partner at Walsh & Larrañaga in Seattle, Washington. He has been approved by the Washington State Supreme Court for appointment as lead counsel in death penalty trials, direct appeals, and post-conviction (personal restraint petition). Federal Courts have deemed him as “learned counsel” under 18 U.S.C §3005 for appointment in federal death penalty cases. He has been appointed in state and federal courts to capital trials, direct appeal and post-conviction cases in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Colorado, Nevada and Alaska. Mark has coordinated, participated and presented at national and international seminars on various aspects of capital punishment. He has studied and written extensively on the administration of Washington’s death penalty statute: Where Are We Heading? – Current Trends of Washington’s Death Penalty (Nov. 2004); Washington’s Death Penalty System: A Review of the Cost, Length, and Results of Capital Cases in Washington State (2004). In 2006, Mark was asked to be a member of the Washington State Bar Association’s Death Penalty Subcommittee. The Subcommittee was tasked with studying Washington’s death penalty and ultimately published its Final Report of the Death Penalty Subcommittee of the Committee on Public Defense (December 2006). Mark also co-authored Seattle University’s Report on the cost of Washington’s death penalty, An Analysis of the Economic Costs of Seeking the Death Penalty in Washington State (2015). He has been an adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law since 2005.
Xochitl Maykovich is a community organizer for Washington CAN! where she is involved in several different social justice issues. Prior to her work for Washington CAN!, she worked as a legal assistant for a law firm representing union railroaders and served in AmeriCorps at Federal Way High School, supporting students of color overcome economic and societal barriers. Xochitl graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied human rights, including issues surrounding the criminal justice system.
Richard “Dick” Morgan retired in 2010 as Washington’s Division of Prisons Director after nearly 35 years rising through the ranks, 26 of which were at the Penitentiary in Walla Walla. He has managed death row inmates and has participated in three of the five executions carried out since the death penalty was reinstated in 1981. Currently he owns a private consulting business providing expert advice and opinion on prison management, conditions of confinement, and litigation.
Claudia Roberts is Director of Government Services for Totem Ocean Trailer Express and a mother of three. Claudia is also a certified herbalist. Although without much direct experience with death penalty issues, she has worked on business pricing and strategy issues and has an understanding of that process. Claudia brings a life-long commitment to social justice causes and a passionate desire to assist in any way possible to advance the repeal of the death penalty throughout the United States and the world.