The School of Social Work embraces the mission of Eastern Washington University to expand opportunities for personal transformation through excellence in learning. The School's Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) and Master of Social Work (MSW) Programs are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
Diana Patterson LeBlanc is Director for the Child Welfare Training and Advancement Program (CWTAP). Her office is located at University Center on the Everett Community College campus. Prior to becoming director, she was a Field Instructor for CWTAP and a Special Lecturer in the School of Social Work. Diana has taught several courses for EWU including Brief Interventions, Clinical Social Work Assessment, and Social Work with Groups. She joined Eastern in January 2006.
Prior to joining EWU, Diana worked for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, the State of Washington Children's Administration, and in private practice conducting parenting evaluations and adoption home studies. During her time in Minnesota, Diana served on the Board of Director's for the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women. Ms. Patterson LeBlanc has also served as a volunteer disaster mental health specialist with the American Red Cross. She spent time with the Red Cross in Louisiana following hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Ms. Patterson LeBlanc received her MSW from the University of Washington and is a CWTAP graduate. She holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from City University. Areas of professional interest include child welfare, intimate partner violence, and HIV/AIDS.
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Debbie Charron holds a BASW from EWU and has served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteer Coordinator for Stevens County since 2005. Debbie was instrumental in conducting CASA trainings as well as providing guidance for active volunteers, including court preparation. She served on the Advisory Board for KIDS FIRST at Rural Resources and the Drug Endangered Children's Task Force. Debbie served as a Victim Advocate/Legal Assistant for the Kitsap County Prosecutor's Office and Special Assault Unit. She also served many years on the Domestic Violence Advisory Board in Kitsap County and is trained in Title 11 and Title 26 GAL work.
Gerry Charvat is CWTAP Field Instructor and Lecturer for the Cheney full-time day program and for the Spokane Hybrid part-time program located throughout Eastern Washington. He joined EWU in May 2015. He is primarily located in the Spokane Children's Administration Office, however he is also stationed in the Richland office on a limited basis.
Prior to joining EWU, Gerry Charvat was a Supervisor for the Indian Child Welfare (ICW) unit in the Spokane Office of the Department of Children and Family Services. Prior to this Gerry worked as an ICW Child Welfare Services worker in Spokane, WA and as an ICW CPS worker in Bellingham, WA. Gerry earned his Master's Degree in Social Work in 2005 and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Developmental Psychology in 2003, both from Eastern Washington University.
Gerry Charvat has a strong interest in Indian Child Welfare and Child Development. Gerry is a husband, father and grandfather. He is an avid backpacker and prefers sleeping outside.
Erinn Havig is a Field Instructor and lecturer for CWTAP in Vancouver. She joined EWU in March 2016. Her office is located at the Cascade & Columbia Children's Administration Offices in Vancouver, WA. She is currently providing practicum support for MSW CWTAP part-time students set to graduate in June 2018.
Prior to joining EWU, Erinn worked for 14 years in non-profit family support services with Children's Home Society of Washington and Innovative Services NW in direct service and management roles. She then worked for the Washington State Department of Early Learning as the Strengthening Families Washington Program Manager and also as the EWU CWTAP Field Instructor from September 2014-June 2015. Erinn has also worked for Vancouver Public Schools as an elementary school counselor.
Erinn received her MSW from Portland State University in 2008. She also holds bachelors' degrees in Sociology and Psychology from Washington State University. Areas of professional interest include Strengthening Families Protective Factors, NEAR (Neuroscience, Epigenetics, Adverse Childhood Experiences, and Resiliency) and Reflective Practice. Outside of work her time is best spent with family and children and hobbies include reading and knitting and pinning too many things on Pinterest.
Shawnti Johnson is a Field Instructor and lecturer for CWTAP in Everett. She joined EWU in May 2015. Her office is located at the Smokey Point Children's Administration Office in Arlington, WA. She is currently providing practicum support for MSW CWTAP part-time students set to graduate in June 2017.
Prior to joining EWU, Shawnti worked for Children's Administration in western Washington for 11 years. As a social worker and supervisor, she was active in initiatives such as Disproportionality, Solution Based Casework (SBC), and Foster Care Placement Services including Behavioral Rehabilitation Services (BRS). Prior to her social work career, Shawnti was a wildland firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service in Oregon.
Shawnti received her MSW from the University of Washington in 2004 and is a CWTAP graduate. She holds a bachelor's degree in Sociology from Southern Oregon University. Areas of professional interest include Child Welfare, Secondary Traumatic Stress, and Disproportionality. Outside of work her time is best spent with family and friends, reading, and binge watching Netflix.
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Patti Kirsch Daggett is Program Coordinator for the MSW part-time program and CWTAP with an office in Vancouver at Clark College. She joined CWTAP in 2003. Ms. Kirsch Daggett has worked in higher education since 1981. She worked at the University of Oregon, California State University - Hayward, Everett Community College and Western Washington University. She volunteered for CASA for one year. She has her BS in Anthropology and also attended graduate school and law school.
Brenda Wallace joined CWTAP in November 2008. She is the CWTAP Fiscal Specialist and her office is located on Eastern Washington University's main campus in Cheney, WA. Prior to joining CWTAP, Ms. Wallace worked for four years in the Controller's Office at EWU, Cheney Campus. She has a broad spectrum of employment experience in both the public and private sectors in various locations across the United States.
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