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.
Professor Ngai Pindell is Vice Provost and Special Advisor to the Executive Vice President and Provost at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is also a member of the faculty at the William S. Boyd School of Law where he teaches and writes in the areas of property law, wills and trusts, affordable housing, community development, and local government law. He earned his J.D. degree in 1996 from Harvard University. After graduation, Professor Pindell practiced community development law in a nonprofit law firm in Baltimore, Maryland. He was later a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law where he taught the Community Development Clinic before coming to the Boyd School of Law in 2000. Professor Pindell also has an interest in gaming and how gaming resorts affect the cities and communities they are situated in. As Director of Gaming Programs at Boyd, he helped develop the law school's Master of Laws (LL.M.) program in Gaming Law and Regulation. He also holds the International Gaming Institute Professorship and works closely with the International Gaming Institute and the International Center for Gaming Regulation on campus and community projects.
Krista Wahnefried is an accomplished environmental consultant who is passionate about science, social justice, and education. Krista is an Environmental Scientist with McGinley & Associates, and serves as the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment lead for the Reno, Nevada office. Her professional interests and experience focus on environmental due diligence for commercial real estate transactions, natural resources, and hazardous materials management.
Krista is currently a member of the philanthropy committee for the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) association of Northern Nevada, and is a proud supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Sierra Club, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Animal Legal Defense Fund. As a member of the Nevada Equal Rights Commission (NERC) appointed in November 2018, Krista looks forward to serving the people of Nevada for years to come.
Prior to her current position with McGinley & Associates, Krista worked as a scientist with several other environmental consulting firms, as a laboratory instructor and teaching assistant at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, as a botanist with the United States Bureau of Land Management, and as a naturalist with the Girl Scouts of America. Krista also owned and operated a small event florist business; her favorite project was donating floral arrangements to “Quinceañera sin Alcohol” in Phoenix, a free program providing education and support to at-risk young women and their families. She has also spent time as a STEM education intern, volunteering with a LGBTQ youth support group, and serving on a civil rights and social action fundraising board. Krista enjoys being politically active and has been involved with several efforts to increase voter registration and participation in her community.
Krista was born and raised in La Cañada Flintridge, California and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science from Northern Arizona University in 2010. She has since lived and worked in a number of areas throughout the western United States. Krista is proud to now call Reno, Nevada her home where she lives with her husband, Nick, and their two dogs Sophie and Porter.
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