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Nevada Equal Rights Commission
The Equal Rights
Commission Board Members
The Equal Rights
Commission is a division of the Department of Employment, Training and
Rehabilitation, and is headed by administrator, Kara Jenkins. The commission is guided by a governor-appointed
board which includes five members who represent the community and
businesses. The current membership includes:
Kevin E. Hooks
Kevin E. Hooks is currently the President and
CEO of the Las Vegas Urban League-- the largest community action agency
in the state of Nevada. The non-profit agency serves more than 300,000
people annually through more than a dozen innovative programs and
Under his dynamic leadership, Hooks, 44, has
profitable corporate partnerships,
and a robust
His cultivation of team building through the
ranks has helped the non-profit organization become one of the largest
Urban League affiliates in the United States.
beginning with State Farm Insurance Companies in the early 90’s has
garnered him the reputation of an accomplished and creative executive.
Constantly striving for more, Hooks began
making his lasting imprint on Hollywood as a marketing executive in the
early 2000’s. His savvy development and implementation of an
urban-focused marketing platform
studio movie releases led to his role as Vice President and
General Manager for UPP Entertainment Marketing. His attention to detail
and ability to collaborate effectively across various boundaries helped
him advance celebrity brand placement protocols for major events such as
the Sundance Film
Colleagues and community stakeholders both
locally and nationally continue to recognize him for his achievements.
In 2014, Hooks won the National Urban League’s Newcomer CEO of the Year
award. He currently serves as chair of the growth committee on the
Governors Food Security Council, headed by First Lady of Nevada Kathleen
Sandoval. He also serves as a member of the CDFI loan committee where he
evaluates non-traditional loan opportunities that offer much needed
resources to small community based businesses.
Follow his success on twitter @LVULCEO
Sean T. Higgins
Mr. Higgins is a
46 year resident of Nevada. He is the principal in the government
affairs and legal firm of STH Strategies. His primary focus is in the
government affairs arena. He regularly lobbies before the Nevada State
Legislature. Additionally he represents clients at both the local level,
before elected bodies at the county and cities, and the US Congress. He
brings years of experience in both the legal and business world to his
work. His 17 years as in-house counsel for a gaming company based in
Las Vegas help give him a unique perspective on the issues that face the
state of Nevada. Additionally, he advises clients on business
developments and implementing strategic initiatives designed to assist
his clients achieve their goals.
starting his own consulting and legal firm, for five years Mr. Higgins
was a partner in the law firm of Gordon Silver, as well as the managing
principal of Porter Gordon Silver Communications, the government affairs
and lobbying arm of the firm. His focus was on administrative law,
including gaming and state and local governmental interaction. He also
worked in the transaction, land use and real estate arenas. From
1993-2010 Mr. Higgins was general counsel for the Herbst Companies
(Terrible Herbst & Herbst Gaming) and oversaw the legal, compliance and
government affairs departments for the company, including all land use
and site acquisition for gaming properties and service stations. As part
of his duties, Mr. Higgins held gaming licenses in three jurisdictions
in the U.S.
Mr. Higgins is
admitted to practice law in Nevada. He received his Juris Doctorate from
Santa Clara University School of Law and received his Bachelors in
Business Administration from Southern Methodist University. He is a
member of the Nevada Bar Association and Clark County Bar Association.
He previously served on both the Governor’s Gaming Policy Committee and
the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling. He also served on
the Nevada Council of Problem Gaming and the Clark County Blue Ribbons
Committee of Fuel Reliability.
Mr. Higgins is
married to his wife of 24 years, Lynn and has two children, ages
twenty-two and nineteen.
Young is a mother of two beautiful children, KaPreace (18) and Anthony
(14). She is an advocate for families, community, young women, and
education. As a resident of the Reno/Sparks community for over 20
years, she has been a spokesperson for the community, diversity and
equitable practices, student achievement, and community and economic
development. She is a public speaker, trainer, workshop facilitator and
community collaborator at heart. She and her family have been members
of the Encounter Church since its inception in October of 2006 as Tower
of Salvation. In addition to being a member of the church, she has
served as the church Chair for the Board of Directors, Business Manager,
assists with outreach, and worked with building the church non-profit.
Ms. Young is
currently working for the Washoe County School District (WCSD) as the
Coordinator of Equity and Diversity. Her role is to work within systems
to support and clarify the role of cultural competency interwoven into
all schools, departments and buildings. Previously working in the
District as a Family-School Partnerships Coordinator working with teams
to plan, coordinate and direct the District’s programs for Family
Engagement and supporting Equity and Diversity. Ms. Young owned her own
consulting business contracting with the State of Nevada on various
contracts, managing a statewide Nonprofit Association for Head Start,
local Nonprofit Associations, and providing Nonprofit Board Development
and Strategic Planning.
Ms. Young holds a
ME.D., and B.A. from the University of Nevada Reno, and two A.A. Degrees
from TMCC. Ms. Ms. Young has served the WCSD Parent Involvement
Committee as a member and previous chair. Serving as a Commissioner for
the Nevada Equal Rights (NERC) Commission since January 2006, as well as
participated as a Peer Mentor for the Department of Justice Community
Capacity Development Office (formerly know as the Executive Office for
Weed and Seed). She has served as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the
Northern Nevada Human Resources Association Conference in addition to
facilitating workshops on Diversity, and Community Involvement
programs. She previously served as a Board Member for Join Together
Northern Nevada (a drug prevention coalition) for six years, served on
the Impartial Policing Advisory Committee, and the Human Services
Network. She was awarded the Education Service Award by the African
American Clergy Council of Northern Nevada (AACCONN) appointed to the
Commission on Minority Affairs from 2013 to 2014. Awarded a Community
Service Award in 2012 by the local chapter of the Negro Business and
Professional Women’s Club, and served as the Keynote speaker for the
National Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club conference held in
Reno in 2012.
Ivette Fernandez has over 20 years of experience in the public, private and non-profit
sectors. She currently serves as the Vice President of Government Relations for Endeavor- the
parent of multiple entertainment companies, including UFC, William Morris Endeavor, IMG,
Professional Bull Riders and Miss Universe.
Prior to joining Endeavor, Ivette worked for Stand Together, The LIBRE Institute, News Corp
and Pfizer Inc. Prior to joining the private and non-profit sectors, she worked for President
George W. Bush at The White House, as a political appointee at the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security, and in the U.S. Senate for two of Alaska's senators.
Ivette has been recognized for her contributions to the community by numerous entities,
including the University of Alaska Fairbanks; Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska; LATINO
Magazine; and The Latino Coalition. She was honored with the United Way of NYC’s 2012
Women’s Leadership Council “Woman of Distinction Award,” and selected one of PODER
Magazine’s 2013 “20 under 40: Latinos Going Places.” In summer 2008, Ivette was the feature
of LATINA Style Magazine’s article “Inspirational Latina, Ivette Fernandez,” and was 1 of 15
nationwide recipients in 2006 recognized as a Hispanic American leader by the Government of
Spain’s “Young Hispanic Leaders Program,” where she was honored by HRH Crown Prince
Felipe of Spain.
Ivette is a Commissioner on the Nevada Equal Rights Commission, Board Member and Vice
Chair of the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino, and a Member of the
Winning for Women Advisory Committee, Hispanic Scholarship Fund Las Vegas Advisory
Council, and Junior League of Las Vegas. She participated in a cultural study abroad to
Argentina in college and was selected to be a Rotary Foreign Exchange Student to Sweden in
high school. Ivette has traveled to over 30 countries and 30 states in the U.S. and speaks three
Ivette was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, and in 2000, won the title of Miss Alaska USA
and Miss Congeniality and competed in the 2001 Miss USA Pageant. In 1999, she was selected
to be Alaska’s Cherry Blossom Princess in the world-renowned Cherry Blossom Festival in
Washington, DC, and was crowned Senorita Latina of Fairbanks in 1990.
Ivette received her Bachelor’s degree from The George Washington University and her Master’s
degree from Georgetown University.
Charlotte Centuori has worked as an in-house corporate attorney in the
gaming industry in Las Vegas for 18 years for various manufacturing
companies including Anchor Games, IGT, Shuffle Master and Bally
Technologies. Prior to moving to Nevada, her professional focus was in
the area of administrative law and legislation. She worked in state
government in Nebraska for 11 years as General Counsel for the Nebraska
State Fire Marshal, a position that included enforcement of the
Americans with Disabilities Act.
Charlotte has over 20 years of experience
handling employment law issues, both in the public and private sectors.
She is a former Nebraska state chair for Common Cause and was active in
several community organizations in Lincoln, Nebraska before relocating
Charlotte received her B.A and J.D. from the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has been a member of the Nebraska
State Bar Association and the Nevada Bar Association, the American
Gaming Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel.
Since moving to Nevada, Ms. Centuori has
volunteered for a variety of local organizations, including the Nevada
Senior Medicare Patrol, Spread the Word Nevada and Three Square.
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