2013 WCADP Board Retreat

Members of the WCADP board and program team at the June 1, 2013 planning meeting.

Board Members

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.

Brenda Collier (Treasurer) 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.

Gretchen Hoog (Secretary) 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.

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.

Michelle Dillon: In November 2016 Michelle was working at Books to Prisoners and volunteering at Recovery Café, and Seattle Met featured her with an interview that highlighted her year-round commitment to volunteer work and care for people in vulnerable places. That same month she began work at WCADP as the part time office manager. It wasn’t long after that Prison Legal News sought her out and hired her as their Director of Online Communications.

Wendy Dubinsky retired from QWest/CenturyLink (CTL) after 35 years in the telecommunications industry. As a Project Manager she worked on the outsourcing contract between QWest/CTL and IBM.  Wendy has been involved in the abolition movement and supporting the coalition since 2010.  She is actively involved with the Local Family Council at Washington State Penitentiary (WSP) as well as the Statewide Family Council.  Wendy has been elected as Local Family Chairperson and Statewide Representative for WSP working between incarcerated families and the Department of Corrections.

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.

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.

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