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Mr. Ted Ryle - Council Chair
Clinical Director, DSHS Juvenile Rehabilitation

Ted Ryle is the Clinical Director for Juvenile Rehabilitation (JR), Department of Children Youth and Families. He has served JR since 2002, where he began as a Clinical Consultant for Naselle Youth Camp, and then moved into the role of Clinical Training Administrator from 2003 until 2016, when he became the agency's director of clinical services.

After earning his Bachelor's in Social Work from the University of Washington in 1997, Ryle went on to earn Master's degrees in Social Work and Public Policy & Management from the Ohio State University in 1998 and 1999. Before joining JR, he worked with Comprehensive Mental Health, Puget Sound Hospital, and the Cornerstone Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Program with Aacres Allvest, serving clients with co-occurring intellectual disabilities, as well as adolescent support programs since joining JR.

"As a social worker who is focused on the rehabilitation and flourishing of young people in the juvenile justice system, I see the unique leadership and education opportunity UWT can play as a combined social work and criminal justice program. Educating social workers to serve justice-involved clients and justice professionals to deeply understand the importance of disparity and equity, and the impact of human environments on social behavior, is vital to the exciting advancements currently underway in the field. I hope to support UWT to maximize its role and continue contributing to the development of well-rounded, outcomes-driven, human-centered social workers and justice professionals."

Felice Davis - Council Vice-Chair
Chief Program Officer, Metropolitan Development Council

Felice Davis is the Chief Program Office for the Metropolitan Development Council and is dedicated to programmatic excellence. She consistently looks to build statkeholder relationships and to learn about initiatives globally that are working well. Davis worked in Washington State Department of Corrections in a wide range of roles and last held the role of Associate Superintendent of Programs at the Washington Corrections Center for Women for five years. Davis has worked in both sexual assault and domestic violence advocacy and has a well-established rapport with stakeholders in the Pierce County area, including nonprofit organizations, law enforcement, other government agencies, and private businesses.

Her drive to help at-risk populations extends to her volunteer activities as well. Davis is an active community volunter who is currently serving as the Board Chair for Rebuilding Hope, The Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County, as well as being the Vice-Chair of the Advisory Council for UWT's School of Social Work and Criminal Justice. Davis is also a Husky Alum and a pround mom.

"I chose to be on the Council because I know from my own experience in the field that understanding the fundamentals of both criminal justice and social work allows you to better serve the community. When the two are at odds, we are less effective."

Mr. Ted Johnstone
Community Member

Director Michael Kawamura
Pierce County Assigned Counsel

Michael Kawamura has served as the Director of the Pierce County Department of Assigned Council (DAC) for the past 13 years. He supervises all DAC employees and is responsible for all operations of the DAC, including the budget, departmental records and information systems, support and professional services necessary for effective indigent defense. Before his role as director, Kawamura served as a county attourney (1988-2005) and Chief Deputy (2005-2006) with the Pierce County DAC. Kawamura is a graduate of the University of Washington and went on to earn his Juris Doctorate from Gonzaga University School of Law.

 "I am excited that recognition has formally arrived as to the importance of the intersection of Criminal Justice and Social Work. The options provided in the criminal justice system are limited when addressing underlying non-criminogenic reasons for unlawful behavior. The direct intersection of Social Work with Criminal Justice acknowledges this shortcoming and provides therapeutic support which assists the individual in crisis and reduces future justice system interaction."

Sheriff Paul Pastor
Pierce County

Prior to his role as Sheriff, Paul Pastor served as Chief of the Department's Operations Bureau in charge of all law enforcement operations (1996-2000), Undersheriff for the Clark County Sheriff's Office, WA (1993-1996) and Chief of Police for the City of Everett, WA (1991-1992). From 1986 to 1991, he served at the rank of inspector for the Pierce County Sheriff's Department. In the early 1980's, he was in charge of state staff at the Washington Criminal Justice Training Academy where he also managed the Loaned Executive Program and Washington Crime Watch.

Pastor holds a bachelor's degree from Pomona College as well as two master's degrees and a doctorate from Yale University. He has lectured in several programs at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia and has received two special commendations from the Director of the FBI for his contributions to law enforcement management training. He is a graduate of the FBI's National Executive Institute and is a Senior Fellow in the American Leadership Forum.

"I believe that criminal justice/law enforcement and social work have a large overlap in clients, service responsibilities, and goals. Public safety, the health and social well-being of individuals, and the strength of community civic institutions are interrelated. Ultimately, our mission should be to enhance dignity and justice while reducing injustice."

Deputy Director Karin White
YWCA of Pierce County

Karin White has been with the YWCA Pierce County for 19 years. She oversees public funding contracts and administers the YWCA’s residential service programs for survivors of domestic violence. These services include the YWCA’s emergency shelter and housing programs, as well as facility operations and capital projects. She works closely with the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence on the Just Futures Project leadership cohort, Shelter Rules, and Building Dignity projects and has written guest blogs on CanYouRelate.org.

White has served on the Executive Committee of the Pierce County Commission Against Domestic Violence and a community collaboration project with the Tacoma Urban Network, Puget Sound Educational Service District, and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department to address trauma and adverse childhood experiences, and implement models of trauma-informed care. Karin provides training and technical assistance to other domestic violence, social service, and housing/homeless service organizations on the topics of advocacy, domestic violence, ethics, confidentiality, and trauma-informed practices. She currently serves on the University of Washington Tacoma Criminal Justice and Social Work Advisory Council and the Pierce College Criminal Justice Department Advisory Board.

"Serving on this board is important to me because of the far-reaching impacts that the criminal justice and social service systems have on individual people and the community as a whole.  In the course of one’s career in either of these fields, an individual practitioner will touch thousands of lives, and how that happens either creates healing and relationship or furthers experiences of harm. The UWT School of Social Work & Criminal Justice is a place where students get a deep understanding of those intersections and how they can make a positive difference, and I am honored to serve in this capacity."

Mr. Ren Winnett
Social Worker, Multicare

Ren Winnett has served as a Clinical Social Worker with Tacoma General Hospital, Multicare Health System for the past seventeen years. In the past ten years, he has also served as a lecturer with UWT's School of Social Work & Criminal Justice. Winnett is a graduate of UWT's Master of Social Work (MSW) program. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Queen's University, Canada, and is currently pursuing his doctorate with Rutgers University.

Winnett is the co-editor and chapter author of Health Care Social Work: A Global Perspective (Oxford, 2019).

"The most pressing issues of social diversity and justice are ultimately what define us - as do our responses to them. Social work and criminal justice education is critically important in this regard because it prepares advocates, guardians, and innovators for the difficult work they do. Places like the University of Washington, Tacoma, are incubators for those who make a difference."


"As interim co-directors of the School of Social Work and Criminal Justice, we are excited to partner with our outstanding Advisory Council members in continued efforts to support the success of our students. The breadth and depth of the Council’s expertise and experience will no doubt be invaluable as we transition from a Program to a School, including the hiring of a new Dean. We also hope to continue the good work the Council has been doing to support our students through development of practicum and internship opportunities. We are especially excited about the diverse makeup of our Council membership, which includes individuals with expertise that spans both social work and criminal justice settings. With a shared commitment to student success and an affirmation of the social justice values that sit at the core of the School’s mission, we look forward to working with the Council to develop creative cross-disciplinary initiatives for students, faculty, and staff that align with the strengths and needs of the South Puget Sound community."

Dr. Jeff Cohen (Ex-Officio)
Interim Co-Director, Associate Professor, UW Tacoma School of  Social Work and Criminal Justice

Dr. Marcie Lazzari (Ex-Officio)
Interim Co-Director, Professor Emerita