The Cowlitz Wahkiakum Legal Aid Program is operated as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose purpose is to provide legal assistance to those who cannot afford it. We provide legal advice and forms clinics, and match up volunteer lawyers with CLEAR qualified clients.

Our staff is experienced in working with the challenges faced by self-represented individuals in Cowlitz County.


Program Staff

Lori Sarancik – Executive Director

Lori Sarancik

Lori Sarancik

Executive Director

Lori is a graduate of UCLA and received her Law Degree from the Concord Law School at Purdue University Global.

Talia Cox Churchman

Talia Cox Churchman

Equity and Justice Community Coordinator

Talia joined the Legal Aid staff in August of 2019, is bilingual and works on case management for our Spanish-speaking clientele. She also works on cases related to civil matters other than family law, like Landlord/Tenant, Bankruptcy, Guardianship, Contract and Real Property. Talia previously served as an Americorps Member at our Host site and worked on many community outreach efforts in our community.

Krystal Peltchie

Krystal Peltchie

Admin Assistant

I have worked with non-profits off and on since 2010. From 2010-2013 I worked for a non-profit organization helping individuals with disabilities find work in the community. In 2014 I worked with families at Head Start helping them to gain access to child care while they pursued higher education.

I started at Cowlitz Wahkiakum Legal Aid in January of 2019 and have worked helping low-income individuals in our community to seek justice in civil courts.