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About Suzanne


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Gonzaga University School of Law                   Spokane, WA

Juris Doctorate,  May 2002                                                                              

¨       Editor in Chief, Gonzaga Law Review

¨       Women’s Law Caucus, Past President and Past Myra Bradwell Chair

¨       Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Past Clerk

¨       Linden Cup Moot Court Competition, participant

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor                   Belton, TX

Bachelor of Science, Nursing, 1996                    

¨       Texas Nursing Students Association, Convention Director

University of California                                     Davis, CA

Bachelor of Science, Human Development, 1992


September  2008- present                                               Attorney/RN Consultant

Campbell Thompson Wininger PLLC

DBA CTW Caring Solutions and CTW Law Firm

¨       Manages and operates law practice and nurse consulting
firm specializing in representing and care managing clients who may
be cognitively or physically impaired, developmentally disabled,
have mental health concerns and/or are traumatically brain injured. 

¨       Provides legal advice and legal services to include wills, powers
of attorney, advanced directives, POLSTS, long term care planning,
guardianship matters, settlement guardians ad litem matters,
and protection of vulnerable adults. Represents family guardians and some certified professional guardians in legal aspects of their fiduciary duties

¨       Title 11.88 Guardian ad Litem; appointed by King, Kitsap and 
Pierce County Superior Courts to conduct investigations for minors
and adults who are alleged to be  incapacitated; serves as
counsel for 
Alleged Incapacitated Persons; serves as Settlement guardian ad Litem and Special Master. 

¨   Provides regulatory compliance consultation (to include enforcement requirements from the State of Washington) to adult family homes, assisted livings and nursing homes; staff education; policy and procedure revision; mock inspection; survey consultation.

¨       Performs accurate, comprehensive nursing assessments specific
to a child or adult’s  biological, psychological, social, and spiritual
well-being; to include, but not limited to care plans, negotiated
service agreements, educational plans/curriculum, work/employment,
and social development 

¨       Develops care plans and identifies resources to assist non-paid
family members who are the primary care providers for their children,
aging parents, disabled siblings or other loved ones, in an effort to
provide continued effective care, and maximizing financial and
social resources and preventing burn out

¨       Promotes and advocates for child and adult rights, including
special education,  home care resources, discharge planning,
and care resources. 

¨       Serves as a RN expert witness involving vulnerable adult
abuse, negligence and wrongful death.

August  2006-August 2008                                             Field Manager

Residential Care Services, Region 6  Department of Social and Health Services

¨       Managed and supervised 13 field staff (14 staff total) who
(1) licensed adult family homes (AFH) and (2) assisted livings (AL);
and (2) performed state and federal licensure of nursing homes (NH); (3) investigated resident abuse in these facilities.  This geographical area
was specific to 8 counties and included approximately 300 adult
family homes, 44 boarding homes and 16-18 nursing homes.  The
staff included 12 registered nurses, one non-nurse
and one administrative assistant, who resided in 3 different
offices:  Olympia, Kelso and Vancouver.

¨       Comprehensive detailed command of AFH, AL and NH Revised
Code of Washington (RCW) and Washington Administrative Code
(WAC) regulatory base;

¨       Comprehensive detailed command of  Centers for Medicare
and Medicaid (CMS) F tags related to NH statutory compliance
and CMS (federal) enforcement remedies

¨       Thorough knowledge of the inspection/survey/complaint process
and procedures for AFH, AL and NH; accountable to ensure inspection
and complaint investigations were conducted accurately and
timely, according to procedure, statutory time lines, Complaint
Resolution Unit process and Governor expectations (GMAP)

¨       Investigated allegations of facility failed practice and vulnerable
adult abuse in AFH & AL and license AFH and AL facilities to
ensure compliance with statutory requirements. 

¨       Investigated allegations of facility failed practice and vulnerable
adult abuse in nursing homes and license NH facilities to ensure
compliance with state and federal regulatory requirements.

¨       Assessed and determined best course of action to take to protect
and further promote the goals and objectives of the Department;
make timely/responsive decisions using a logical and rationale
approach, while maintaining transparency within statutory requirements

¨ Concisely, accurately and timely produced written reports of investigation/survey/inspection conclusions in AFH, AL and NH facilities.

¨     Effectively communicated in writing and orally, &
facilitated communication with facilities (AFH, AL & NH) the
Department, administrators, community stakeholders, family
members, & residents.

¨     Provided objective and timely civil or federal
enforcement recommendations to RCS headquarters

¨     Recruited, interviewed and hired; mentored, delegated,
coached, trained; prepared and conducted performance
evaluations; implemented necessary corrective action; developed
work plans; and provided daily oversight guidance.  Maintained
accurate desk files and reported attendance timely and accurately.

¨       Ensured staff collected data and wrote reports that were
outcome-based, solid/accurate and objective and timely.

¨       Key member of regional RCS management team with significant input
 on development and changes to statewide policies and formation
of long-range program objectives.

June 2004-July  2006                   Legal Benefits Advisor and Attorney

Home and Community Services, Region 6  Department of Social and
Health Services (DSHS)

¨       Provided sound legal advice and consultation to 21 Adult
Protective Services (APS) social workers and 5 or more HCS
management staff in 12 counties, including the Regional Administrator. 

¨       Advised, designed, planned, drafted and led policy and
procedure development for Region 6 APS management and staff
related to Revised Code of Washington (RCW), Washington
Administrative Code (WAC), and DSHS Long Term Care manual
Chapter 6. 

¨       Developed and implemented training and investigatory tools
for APS staff related to conducting APS investigations and
investigation outcome determinations.  Served as a key member
of the panel reviewing all cases substantiated for vulnerable adult

¨       Advised, designed, planned, developed, and leaded
policy and procedure development for APS administrative fair
hearings, including lead counsel presenting arguments
supporting the Department’s position; preparing witness
testimony; drafting, assembling and reviewing legal
documents:  subpoenas, motions, hearing exhibits, witness
lists, memorandums, briefs, & DSHS Board of Appeals; intimate
working knowledge of DSHS hearing rules, rules of evidence
and civil procedure, and administrative appeals.

¨       Managed one legal secretary including supervision;
recruiting, interviewing and hiring; mentoring, delegating,
coaching, training; preparing and conducting performance
evaluations; implementing necessary corrective action; developing
work plans; and providing daily oversight guidance.  Maintained
accurate desk file and reported attendance timely and accurately.

¨       Accountable for all public disclosure requests for Region 6
and to respond to all requests within time frames mandated
by law.  Reviews all requests for compliance with the RCW, WAC,
Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), and HIPPA. Provided training
to over 100 regional staff (12 counties) on public disclosure, discovery,
fair hearings, and HIPPA.  Accurately maintained detailed spreadsheet
 and hard-copy files on every request and reported regional
statistics quarterly to Aging and Disability Services Administration
 Public Disclosure Coordinator.

¨  Key member of HCS management team with significant input on development and changes to statewide policies and formation of
long-range program objectives.

¨       Served as the DSHS Representative to the Certified
Professional Guardian Board during tenure; recommended for
position by Assistant Secretary Kathy Leitch. 

March 2003-May 2004                                               Judicial Clerkship

Honorable Elaine Houghton, Washington State Court of Appeals (Div. II)

¨       Responsible for writing non-partisan, simple to complex
appellate memoranda, including civil and criminal litigation.  Legal
issues included, but were not limited to: administrative law,
health law, statutory interpretation, dissolution, paternity, family law,
land use, construction, sentencing, evidence, contracts, tax,
torts, employment law, civil procedure, court rules, community
property, and constitutional rights.

¨       Proficient research skills with hard copy and computer
generated materials

¨       Assisted in drafting judicial opinions

¨       Responsible for substantive and technical editing of judicial opinions

September 2002- August 2005  Emergency Department    Registered Nurse

Medical Staffing Network, Inc.                                       

¨       Functioned as a Registered Nurse in emergency departments
in the Seattle/Tacoma area that were in need of experienced
emergency nurses

¨       Performed advanced clinical nursing skills on clients from
newborn through late adulthood, including triage in Level  I-III
emergency departments

¨       Collaborated with an array of health care providers to
 implement the level of care needed for each client

¨       Prioritized client care based on the needs of the client, the
 resources of the Emergency Department, and assigned client load

¨       Maintained thorough documentation on each client
including an objective and subjective assessment, interventions
performed, and intervention responses

Detailed RN resume is available for experience prior to this time.

Professional License

Attorney, State of Washington;   Registered Nurse,
Washington (active); Registered Nurse, Idaho (active); Texas (inactive)


Why, After All This Time, is the FAA Just Now Mandating Child
Restraint Systems on Aircraft?
   37 Gonz. L. Rev. 533 - 561 (2002).

Professional Organizations and Accomplishments

Washington State  Title 11.88 GAL Registries: Kitsap and King
Counties: 2008-14; Pierce County: 2009-2010; 2011-2014;
King County Settlement Guardian ad Litem 2012-14.

2008-present:  Member to the Advisory Committee Guardianship
Curriculum Development UW Educational Outreach- chair
of the Guardianship of the Person committee curriculum

 2008-2009: University of Washington Educational Outreach adjunct
 faculty member for the Certified Professional Guardian Certificate
Program Guardianship of the Person and the Estate;
Authored the Government Benefits manual for the U.W. Certificate
Program currently in use;  October 1, 2005-September 30, 2008
Certified Professional Guardian Board (CPGB) member; 2007: 
CPGB Co-chair Education committee

Guest Lecturer on Long Term Care issues, Medicaid, health care issues affecting vulnerable adults, guardianships and vulnerable adult abuse for numerous professional, health care and civic organizations to include for American Lake Veteran’s Hospital Social Workers; Washington Association of Professional Guardians; King County Bar Association; Certified Professional Guardian training; King County Prosecutor’s Office;
Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, King County Bar Association, Seattle University School of Law guest speaker on VAPO's and Vulnerable Adult Abuse; Kitsap County Legal Services and Washington Healthcare Association
(A+ Administrator Training (Nursing instructor) and
Advanced Assisted Living Nurse Academy instructor).

Washington State Bar Association- Section member to: 
Elder Law and Solo & Small Practice

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys; Washington Chapter member

Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association member-
Guardianship section member; chair of the 2011 and 2012 CLE;

Kitsap County Bar Association

King County Bar Association- Elder Law/guardianship section

Standing Committee co- chair, Title 11.88 Statewide Guardianship
Guardian ad Litem Training

Tri-chair of the State Wide approved Title 11.88 GAL Training (3 yr committment)- KCBA 

Sumner Rotary Club member

Washington Health Care Association, Associate Member

Caregiver Mental Health Specialty Training

Manager Dementia Specialty Training

SMQT (CMS Federally Qualified) Nursing Home
Surveyor/complaint investigator non-QIS

2008-2009 Veterans Affairs Social Work Director’s Community
Partner Award  Recipient:  American Lake

CPR, Automatic External Defibrillator, First Aid Certified-
American Heart Association

Alpha Phi International Sorority; Epsilon Rho Chapter
University of California, Davis;  Membership Selection Chair 1991-92

International Order of the Rainbow for Girls Majority Member,
Grand Worthy Associate Advisor, California 1989

Order of the Eastern Star, Lifetime Member,
Temple Chapter Sacramento, CA

Avid Runner and reader; Seattle Sounders fan

Attends nursing and legal continuing education continuously

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