VARN Names New Executive Director

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JM Pic 2Volunteer Attorneys for Rural Nevadans (VARN), the nonprofit organization providing pro bono legal services to victims of domestic violence and low-income residents of rural northern Nevada, has named Julie Mogensen as Executive Director, effective November 1, 2015.

Ms. Mogensen previously held the position of Finance & Grants Manager at VARN since September of 2013. She has served as a board member of the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence since August of 2014, an engagement critical to furthering services to domestic violence victims. Ms. Mogensen spent 10 years working in the political and legislative arena, and 4 of those years as the District Director for the Nevada Senate Majority Leader. Ms. Mogensen earned a Master of Social Work degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 2002.

“I am excited for the opportunity to put my experience and leadership to work furthering VARN’s mission,” Mogensen stated. “VARN has a long history of service to both victims of domestic violence and low income residents of rural Nevada. I look forward to leading the continuation and expansion of these much needed programs.”

VM PicIn addition, VARN named Victoria Mendoza as Managing Attorney, also effective November 1, 2015. Prior to joining VARN in February of 2014, Ms. Mendoza practiced commercial litigation, bankruptcy, family and probate law with the Hale Lane law firm (now known as, Holland and Hart), the Silverman and Decaria law firm, and her own law firm, Victoria S. Mendoza, Esq. Ltd. Ms. Mendoza has also served on many nonprofit boards, including the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, Nevada Hispanic Services, Step 2, the Nevada Women’s Fund, and Pack Paws. She is a past president of Northern Nevada Women Lawyers Association, and a former board member of the Board of Governors for Nevada Trial Lawyers Association. Ms. Mendoza received her law degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Incorporated in 1996, VARN believes that all people, regardless of income and immigrant status, must have access to the civil justice system, but recognizes that few are afforded this right. This is particularly true of people living in rural Nevada.

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