• Washington Governor Inslee appoints Mariko Doerner to the Skagit Valley College Board of Trustees

    February 16, 2021
    Skagit Valley College (SVC) is pleased to announce that Mariko Doerner, of Mount Vernon, has been appointed to the SVC Board of Trustees by Washington Governor Jay Inslee. Her appointment is effective from January 15, 2021 through September 30, 2025. She replaces Lindsay Fiker who recently completed 10 years of exceptional service on the Board.
        
    “As a criminal defense and family law attorney, I have witnessed over and over again how important it is for our local institutions—and particularly our community college—to be accessible to persons who have been historically disadvantaged due to race or ethnicity,” said Ms. Doerner. “I am proud to serve on the SVC Board and support the College’s work to create a learning environment that welcomes all who seek a better future.”
        
    “Mariko’s diverse educational and career experiences will enhance the Board's leadership and community connections,” said Dr. Tom Keegan, SVC President. “Her insights will be valuable as the College continues its focus on our Core Themes of Equity in Access, Achievement, and Community.”
        
    Mariko Doerner is proud to be the first person in her family to attend and graduate from college. In 1996, she earned an Associate of Arts University and College Transfer degree at SVC. After graduating, she transferred to Western Washington University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and an Interdisciplinary degree in Social Justice and Law from Fairhaven College. Her law degree is from the University of Idaho.

    Currently, Mariko Doerner is a board member at the Summersun Montessori School and is a former vice president and member of the Youthnet Board of Skagit County. She has also served as president and vice president of the Skagit County Bar Association. In addition, she taught for three years in SVC’s Paralegal program, enjoying discussing the application of law, and encouraging her students to pursue their goals and complete their journey through higher education.
               
    The Skagit Valley College Board of Trustees consists of five members, all of whom are residents of Skagit, Island, or San Juan counties and are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Washington State Senate.

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