Staff

A Message From Our Executive Director

James Conway

James P. Conway

Executive Director

 Welcome, and thank you for your interest in Washoe Legal Services (“WLS”).  I am honored to lead an organization that has been helping people in northern Nevada for more than 50 years, and the best part of my job is working with our dedicated and passionate staff members.  Our employees could work at any number of different places.  They choose to work at WLS because they enjoy helping people; they want their jobs to make a difference; they want their communities to be a better place to live; and they believe in the values that this country was founded upon: fairness, equality, and justice for all.  Although we cannot represent everyone who needs a lawyer, we strive to provide some level of assistance to everyone who contacts us.   The legal system can be overwhelming and confusing, and this is especially true for the most vulnerable members of our community.  So, at WLS, we have developed a wide range of programs that help our clients navigate the court system, understand their rights, and ensure that they are treated with fairness, dignity and respect.  If you need our help or if you want to join WLS as a staff member, volunteer or community partner, please do not hesitate to contact us.    

Meet the Team

Our Leadership

James P. Conway
Executive Director

Jessica Garza
Office Manager

Iris A. Key
Director of Development & Communications

Our Staff

Renee Aguilar
Legal Assistant, Immigration

Yesenia Aguilera-Quezada
Intake Coordinator

Gwenn DeLorme
Legal Assistant, Adult Guardianship
Senior Services

Nohely Mariscal
Intake Assistant

Heidi Meek
Paralegal, Self-Help Center

Nicole O’Banion
Paralegal, Child Advocacy – Lyon County

Teresa Quint
Paralegal, Child Advocacy & Consumer Law

Madai Vargas
Legal Assistant, Domestic Violence

Francesca “Frankie” Zafarano
File Clerk, Adult Guardianship & Senior Services

Our Attorneys

Marc Ashley
Consumer & Housing

Jeff Briggs
Child Advocacy

Wendy Chavez
Immigration

Jennifer Christie
Child Advocacy

Stephanie Cook
Child Advocacy

Danielle (Jacobini) Christenson
Adult Guardianship & Senior Services

Lisa F. Evans
Child Advocacy

Dawn Gearhart
Director of Pro Bono & Self-Help Programs

Jennifer Jeans
Child Advocacy

Elizabeth Lopez
Medical Legal Partnership

Dave Russell
Adult Guardianship & Senior Services

Jon Sasser
Contract Attorney, Statewide Services

Jennifer Spencer
Child Advocacy – Elko

David Spitzer
Adult Guardianship & Senior Services

Caryn Sternlicht
Domestic Violence

Kelly Werth
Child Advocacy – Lyon County

Jill Whitbeck
Domestic Violence

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