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Lisa E. Wochos, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Attorney General.

Wochos has served as an assistant attorney general in the Bellingham Regional Services Division of the Office of the Attorney General (AGO) since 2001. She has practiced law since 1979, initially in California until 1995 when she relocated to Washington. Since joining the AGO, Lisa has mainly represented public education institutional clients. Her clients are Western Washington University, Skagit Valley College, Whatcom Community College and Education Service District 189. She previously represented Bellingham Technical College, the Department of Social and Health Services and the Department of Licensing. Her practice areas include contracts, employment matters, governance, confidentiality issues and real estate transactions. Prior to joining the AGO, Lisa's practice had emphasized criminal law (defense), personal injury and employment matters.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and Santa Clara University School of Law, Lisa enjoys hiking, biking, boating, gardening and skiing. Lisa and her husband have three nearly-grown children, a dog and two llamas. She serves on the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Whatcom County and the Lummi Island Boys and Girls Club.

Kerena Higgins, Assistant Attorney General, Education Team Leader

Higgins is a managing attorney within the Office of the Washington State Attorney General. She currently serves as Team Leader to the attorneys handling Education and Labor and Industries work in the Bellingham office and at Western. Higgins has been an Assistant Attorney General in the Attorney General’s office since 2001, beginning in the agency’s Tacoma Division and transferring to the Bellingham office in 2002. She has handled a wide variety of litigation and client advice matters over the years, including dependency and termination of parental rights cases, Labor and Industries litigation, and day care licensing-related litigation. Kerena currently advises all public education institutional clients. In addition to her work with Western, Kerena represents Bellingham Technical College (since 2007), Skagit Valley College, and Educational Service District 189. She has also previously served as counsel to Peninsula College. Prior to coming to the Attorney General’s office, Kerena worked for the Thurston County Prosecutor. She also worked for Washington State University in their grant and contract office. Prior to moving to Washington State, Kerena worked as a Legislative Aide for the US Senate Subcommittee on Education, Arts and the Humanities.

A graduate of the University of Vermont and Seattle University School of Law, Kerena enjoys spending time with her family, skiing, gardening, and playing with their many animals.

Jennifer Sloan, Assistant to Internal Audit and the Assistant Attorney General.

Sloan graduated Western Washington University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and began her career as an Office Assistant at the Office of the Attorney General. During her time there, she was promoted to a Legal Assistant where she gained experience in worker’s compensation, licensing and administrative law, and dependency and termination of parental rights cases. Jennifer transferred to WWU from the Office of the Attorney General in May, 2015.

Jennifer enjoys hiking, gardening, and cooking. She and her husband have four children, three cats, and a dog.

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