Meet our new HDSA Washington State Chapter Social Worker – Phaleen Hanson (as of 3.13.2024) | (206) 597-4352 

"My name is Phaleen Hanson, I have lived in the Seattle area for most of my adult life.  I earned my Master’s in Social Work (MSW) from Eastern Washington University in 2007. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at the University of Washington HDSA Center of Excellence.

I bring experience with diverse populations, including children, adolescents, adults, older adults and families facing various social and economic hardships to my role as a Huntington's Disease Social Worker. I have assisted people managing mental health and substance abuse concerns, short and long term care planning. I look forward to bringing my experience to help those with Huntington’s Disease and their families cope and navigate the best path for them.  

I enjoy immersing all of my senses in the joys the Pacific Northwest has to offer, whether it is a quiet mountain hike with birds flying overhead or a walk on the beach with the waves crashing.  I work primarily Mondays and Tuesdays. I can be reached at and (206) 597-4352." 

Meet our new HDSA Washington State Chapter Social Worker – Jessie Zheng (as of 10.26.2023) | (360) 618-3325

"My name is Zhiqi (Jessie) Zheng. I am a licensed clinical social worker and the new HDSA Social Worker for the Washington State Chapter. I graduated from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis with a master’s degree in social work (MSW) in 2018 and have lived in Seattle since 2019.

Having been working in the field of community mental health for the past five years, I have had the privilege of collaborating with a diverse population and providing behavioral health services to those living with mental health disorders and substance use disorders. My areas of expertise include providing individual and group counseling for mood disorders, providing case management services with housing and public benefits, crisis intervention, and coordinating care with a range of healthcare services and providers.

I look forward to bringing in my clinical knowledge and skills to this new role and working with the Huntington’s Disease community in Washington State. As a Chapter Social Worker, I am here to provide emotional support and a safe space for conversations, to offer information and resources as needed, and to support families toward their goals and improve their life while managing HD. I can be reached at and (360) 618-3325."