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President & Board of Trustees

College Leadership & Governance

President & Board of Trustees

College Leadership & Governance

President & Board of Trustees

College Leadership & Governance
Fall Leaves on Mount Vernon Campus

2023-2024 Meeting Schedule


  • Oct. 10: Mount Vernon Campus
  • Nov. 14: Whidbey Island Campus
  • Dec. 12: Mount Vernon Campus


  • Feb. 13: Mount Vernon Campus
  • March 12: Whidbey Island Campus
  • May 14: Mount Vernon Campus
  • June 11: Mount Vernon Campus

Setting SVC’s Strategic Vision

Skagit Valley College is led by the President, Dr. Christopher Villa and is governed by a five-member Board of Trustees. Appointed by the Governor, each Board member serves a five-year term and must reside within the College’s district boundaries. The Board’s duties include setting the College’s strategic direction, establishing policy for the College, awarding tenure, and approving the operating budget.

Meet the Board of Trustees

Mariko K. Doerner, Board of Trustees, Skagit Valley College

Mariko K. Doerner, Chair, Mount Vernon

App. 2021

Profile: AAUCT, Skagit Valley College; BS Political Science, Western Washington University; Interdisciplinary Degree in Social Justice and Law, Fairhaven College; Juris Doctor, University of Idaho. Owner, Law Office of Mari K. Doerner. Presently serves as a board member for Summersun Montessori School; 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; Volunteer
Attorney for Community Action of Skagit County; and a former volunteer firefighter and EMT for Skagit County Fire District 8.

Ozell M. Jackson III, SVC Trustee

Ozell M. Jackson III, Vice-Chair, Oak Harbor

App. Oct. 1, 2021

Profile: Mortgage Loan Originator, Homebridge Financial Services. Attended the University of Washington. Former: Mortgage Loan Originator for HomeStreet Bank and The Legacy Group; Branch Manager, National City Mortgage; and Managed Direct Sales, Retail Mortgage Branch, Renovation/Construction Lending, Reverse Mortgage and Community Development for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. Serves on the Board of Directors for Island County Economic Development Council and on the Board of the Opportunity Council, as well as its Executive and Finance Committees. Currently volunteers with the Island County Opportunity Council’s Financial Literacy and Renters Education (FLARE) program as well as with the Basic Food, Employment and Training Programs (BFET); provides support at the Opportunity Council’s Island County Service Center.

Kathryn Bennett, Board of Trustees, Skagit Valley College

Kathryn Bennett, Anacortes

App. 2013, Reapp. Nov. 2018

Profile: Director, Leadership Skagit (Retired). Attended the University of Oregon. Former: American Red Cross Chief Executive Officer, State of Hawaii and American Territories of the Pacific (Retired), Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of WA/AK Executive Director, Island Hospital Foundation Executive Director. Current: Member, Boys and Girls Club of Skagit County Board of Directors; Member (Past President 2009-10), Rotary Club of Anacortes; Member, Association of Leadership Professionals; Former: Member (Past President 2007-09), Samuel G. Brooks Guild, Children’s Hospital of Seattle; Board Member (Past President 2012-13), Skagit Valley College Foundation.

Flora Perez-Lucatero, Board of Trustees, Skagit Valley College 

Flora Perez-Lucatero, Mount Vernon

App. 2017

Profile: BA American Cultural Studies, Western Washington University; Founder and Executive Director of Children of the Valley After School Program. Prior experience includes Program Director of the College Assistance Program at Central Washington University. She has served as President of the West View Elementary Parent Teacher Association, Board member with the META Performing Arts Board, and Vice-President of the Mount Vernon-Conway Youth Baseball Board.

Megan Scott O’Bryan, Board of Trustees, Skagit Valley College

Megan Scott O’Bryan, Mount Vernon

App. 2015

Profile: BA Psychology, Western Washington University; AAUCT, Skagit Valley College; Real Estate Broker, Windermere Real Estate. For the past five years, served on the SVC Foundation Board of Governors, most recently as the Foundation’s Secretary. Served as President of the Downtown Mount Vernon Business Association, President of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, and was a member of the Skagit Tulip Festival Board of Directors.