Title 26 Guardian ad Litem biographies

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Cowlitz County Title 26 GAL Registry - Bios
 

Karen Childers
(360) 270-8713
k.childers.gal@outlook.com

Registered Nurse licensed in the State of Washington since September 1992 with an unblemished record. Began practicing at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma, then served as Charge RN for DSHS Rainier State School, beginning in 1994; case manager, emergency care team member, and acute care for dual diagnoses clients with severe developmental and emotional disabilities. Began working as a School District Nurse Supervisor in Lewis County in 1999, received a School Nursing Certificate from WSU-Vancouver in 2000. Case management for medically fragile-special needs students, grant writing to access supplemental funding, clinic coordinator for low-income students and their families to access on-site dental and other essential services, health/CPS referrals, and state mandated assessments. Widespread experience and CE training in mental health (adult and pediatric), domestic violence and substance abuse. On Title 26 GAL Registry since 2014 and have been appointed 131+ cases.

Twylla Corrie
360-270-7785
twyllac@gmail.com

22 years of experience working with clients in Social Services and Higher Education. Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Washington State University and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Warner Pacific College. Specialized Training in Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Physical and Psychiatric Disabilities, and Trauma Informed Case Management. Lifelong local resident with a large professional network of resources. Served as a youth program volunteer for over 10 years. Extensive experience dealing with families in crises and those living on the margins of society.

Tina Day - Day Advocacy Services
(360) 442-0197
dayadvocacy@gmail.com

I have been a GAL for 14+ years.  I am trained in both Family Law (Title 26) and Dependency (Title 13) matters.  I accept appointments in Cowlitz County as well as Lewis County.  I have been appointed in 200+ Family Law matters and thousands of Dependency cases during the past 14 years.  I have no disciplinary or founded negative actions and no criminal history.  I have been a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts for 5+ years and attend training yearly.

Beth Fellows - Reconnecting Families Visitation Services, LLC
(360) 577-2970
beth@cowlitzfamilyadvocacy.com

BS in Psychology, Portland State University 1990, 20 years GAL experience including Title 13 dependency cases since 2000 (400+ appointments in Cowlitz County), Title 26 Family Law matters since 2012 (150+ appointments in Cowlitz County); 500+ hours of training including, but not limited to, family dynamics, family conflict, child development, child safety, child abuse/neglect, substance use, domestic violence, mental health, ethics/bias, cultural diversity/sensitivity, visitation, parenting plans, etc.  I also provide professionally supervised visitation services and have since 2014. I am a Member of AFCC (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts) and WA-AFCC. 

Tanaja Gravina
(360) 250-1243
tgravina@theolivebranchservices.com

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Ann Hight
(360) 430-4031
annhight@gmail.com

For over 7 years I served as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), reporting to the court and speaking on behalf of abused and neglected children of all ages. As an ordained pastor with Christian and Missionary Alliance (retired) I oversaw children's, women's, and family programs; I also did counseling with individuals and families in crisis.  I was a member of the Pacific Northwest District licensing and ordination body.  I served in this role for over 12 years. I am a lifelong resident of Cowlitz County with wide-ranging interests.  I have taught private piano lessons, homeschooled my three children, and am a grandmother.  I am ready to bring my experience and skills to families in Cowlitz County as a newly appointed Guardian ad Litem.

Robin Jones
(509) 630-2278
robinjonesgal@gmail.com

BS Interdisciplinary Social Sciences [Psychology, Sociology, Law & Justice] from Central WA University, Associate in Technical Sciences-Criminal Justice with a Certificate in Corrections. I serve as a Title 26 (Domestic Relations) GAL in Cowlitz, Chelan & Clark Counties; I have 14+ years of experience and I have been appointed to 110+ cases. I have specialized training in Child Advocacy, Sexual Assault (child/adult), Domestic Violence (child/adult), Juvenile Justice, Crime Victim Advocacy, Corrections, Healthcare, Education, Municipal Government and Public Information. I have served as a Title 13 GAL (CASA-Dependency) in Chelan County. Curriculum Vitae 2004-2019 available upon request.

Vashti Langford
360-442-8673
vashtilgalservices@gmail.com

I have been working in the community with families and youth in social services since 2010. In these position's it has allowed me to work with youth and their families in stressful situations with a capacity to show compassion in those situations. I am an active volunteer and love our community.  I have an AA in Business from LCC and a BA in Social Sciences from Ashford University.

Karen Lawrence - KLGroup Inc.
(360) 425-1647
knklawrence@comcast.net

20 years of experience working for KL Group.  I’ve conducted intake interviews for Keith Lawrence in adoption cases.  I’ve been a GAL since 2017 and have been on the registries in Cowlitz, Wahkiakum and Pacific Counties.  I have been a GAL on 29 cases since my appointment to the Cowlitz County GAL Registry.  Mental health cases are my specialty.

Keith Lawrence - KLGroup Inc.
(360) 425-1647
knklawrence@comcast.net

BA in Psychology, 48 years of experience in Criminal Justice and Social Services, 25 years as a Juvenile Probation Officer, 4 years as a case worker for DSHS and 40 years conducting home studies for stepparent and grandparent adoptions. Expert witness as independent home study investigator in contested DSHS adoption matters, 48 years of case planning, resource utilization, report writing and court testimony, have been on Cowlitz County GAL registry since 2017 and have been assigned to over 50 cases so far.  I’m on the GAL registries in Cowlitz, Wahkiakum and Pacific counties.  

Allison Long
(360) 329-4696
allisonlongmsw@gmail.com

I hold a Master's degree in social work with a concentration in children and family services.  I have more than 13 years of professional experience in public child welfare, child advocacy, and working with families impacted by substance abuse.  My specialized training includes trauma-informed practice with youth and families, motivational interviewing, parent engagement, and assessing child safety/well-being.

Mallorie Smith
360-560-4916
msmithgal@icloud.com

Date Accepted onto Registry:  06/03/2019 Associates in Paralegal Studies; 6+ years legal experience with 3 years focused on family and child advocacy.  Former experience spans civil, criminal and family law. Newly appointed and serving as a GAL in Cowlitz, Wahkiakum and Pacific counties.

Amy Turnbull
971-704-1988
Amyturnbull.gal@gmail.com

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