Andy Maggi has over a decade of experience in political and non-profit management. Before coming to Andy lived in Oregon where served as the Director of the Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club, Political Director for U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley's re-election campaign and for 6 years served as the Political Director of the Oregon League of Conservation Voters. Andy has managed and served as staff on several legislative, congressional, and Statewide campaigns.
Dr. Annie Weisman is the Director of Wellness & Integrative Medicine with the UNLV School of Medicine. She is working to develop wellness and integrative medicine curriculum and workshops for the medical students, faculty and residents. Previously Dr. Weisman worked in the field for thirteen years as a massage therapist in HIV/AIDS clinics and hospices. She was awarded the Jefferson Award for Public Service for this work in 2007 and has presented her research numerous times at the Nevada Public Health Association and American Public Health Association conventions and was chosen to attend the Clinton Global Initiative University in Miami, FL. Academic: Dr. Weisman earned her B.A., M.P.H. and Ph.D. degrees from UNLV (Human Touch: Perceptions of Self-Efficacy From a Non-Pharmacology Treatment for Individuals Living With HIV/AIDS). Additionally, she studied at the University of Cape Town with New York University in a 4- week immersion course where she worked with the families and patients in a community setting. She specializes in integrating massage therapy and other integrative practices into the care and treatment of patients. Dr. Weisman has taught therapists about her integrative techniques and works to teach patients’, care providers and families techniques that they can use at home. Professional: Dr. Weisman spent 13 years caring for people living with HIV/AIDS, as well as volunteering and working for hospice patients. During this time, she developed continuing education classes for nurses and other health care providers to help teach some techniques that are soothing for patients and non-pharmacological. Her role now with the medical school will be to introduce these and many other techniques to the medical students, faculty and residents to help them manage their own stress as well as to help provide a broader understanding of integrative treatments for their patients.
Annette Magnus was born and raised in Las Vegas. She is a second generation Nevadan with family roots in the local Culinary Union. In 2003, she graduated from Centennial High School where she was involved with student activities and student government. From her high school experience she became interested in politics and set out to major in Political Science at UNLV. In her junior year at UNLV, Annette applied for the legislative internship program and was accepted. Annette was assigned to then-Senate Minority Leader Dina Titus for the 2005 legislative session, an assignment that changed her life. Annette went on to work as scheduler and personal assistant to Senator (now Congresswoman) Titus on both her 2006 Gubernatorial Campaign and her 2008 Congressional Campaign. In addition to this, she was also her Executive Legislative Assistant for the 2007 legislative session in Carson City. Annette is now the Executive Director of Battle Born Progress, which is the public relations firm for the progressive community in Nevada. Prior to this, she was the Public Affairs Manager for Planned Parenthood of Southern Nevada where she worked on political issues and media. Annette also graduated from NEWL in 2005 and from Emerge Nevada in 2007 and volunteers for a number of causes in the Las Vegas community in her free time.
Assemblyman Chris Brooks has more than 25 years of experience in the electrical contracting, renewable energy, and utility industries. He started his career as an electrician, and in 2001 formed Las Vegas Solar Electric a pioneer in the rooftop solar industry. From 2004 – 2014, as the director of Bombard Renewable Energy, he managed all aspects of the company’s solar projects. In 2014, he joined Valley Electric Association, Inc., as Executive Vice President of Energy Services. Chris Brooks currently is an energy consultant and a partner in the Nevada solar company SolPower. The Assemblyman was elected in 2016 to represent Nevada’s Tenth Assembly District in the State Legislature. He served in the 79th Legislative Session on a number of committees, including as Chair of the Assembly Commerce Committee’ Energy Subcommittee. Assemblyman Brooks was a critical piece of Nevada’s heralded clean energy session, authoring and introducing the legislation that restarted Nevada’s rooftop solar industry and created consumer rights for rooftop customers to both generate their own energy and be protected when entering into installation contracts. He authored and introduced a bill to increase Nevada’s renewable portfolio standard, which secured significant bi-partisan and public support. Assemblyman Brooks was the driving force in securing Assembly passage of bills that created new clean energy financing, provided opportunities for low-income Nevadans to access energy efficiency programs, and ensured a legislative path to shape Nevada’s potential restructured energy market. Assemblyman Brooks’ innovative work in his freshman session at the Nevada Legislature has earned him the Rising Environmental Leader Award from the National Caucus of Environmental Legislator’s.
Christina (Chris G) Giunchigliani is a 39 year Nevada resident and middle school special education teacher, who received her masters at UNLV. She served 16 years as an Assemblywoman. While in the legislature, she passed laws to add renewables to building codes, the first solar legislation, and created our Green Building standards to encourage environmentally-friendly construction. She wrote the finance law and funding to build the Smith Center for Performing Arts. She is in her third term as a Clark County Commissioner and is Vice Chair of the Board of County Commissioners. Chris is running for governor to build a Nevada that works for everyone, not just the well-connected few. Throughout her years working to make the Silver State a better place to live, raise a family and start a business, Chris has shown she has the drive, determination and proven record of results that we need in the governor’s office to move Nevada forward.
Chris Palladino is the Festival Executive Director of the Las Vegas Science & Technology Festival and the Communications & Development Officer at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum. Having been in Las Vegas his entire life, Chris is passionate about our community and the people who live here. With more than an decade of non-profit experience and community activism, Chris has produced the largest educational event in the state and has created a platform that gets kids and families excited about STEM education. His philosophy of making STEM approachable and abundant goes hand in hand with the motto of Las Vegas SciFest – Science is Everywhere!
Christian Gerlach was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada and is very closely tied to the land and community because of his roots there. Christian loves to spend time exploring much of the rugged terrain across all of Nevada, often leading hikes to many of the same places he grew up visiting with his parents. Christian has been working in environmental advocacy for the last 5 years and has been working for the Sierra Club for the last three and a half years.
Ms. Radford started her work in Renewable Energy in 2005 as a volunteer for Solar NV, the Southern Nevada Chapter of the American Solar Energy Society, helping organize the very first Southern Nevada Solar Home Tours and other events, educating Nevadans about the benefits of Solar Power. Shortly thereafter (2006) Ms. Radford started her career at Bombard Renewable Energy, eventually overseeing all residential projects & marketing for the company. She also serves as board member of the Nevada Conservation League and Education Fund, the independent political voice of the Nevada's Conservation Community, working to maintain and enhance the natural character of Nevada and the quality of life for Nevadans through effective advocacy and the election of pro-conservation
Serving the First Congressional District of Nevada, Congresswoman Dina Titus has built a strong record of achievement as both an educator and a public servant. As a professor, Dr. Titus taught American and Nevada government classes from 1979 through June 2011 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she has professor emeritus status. A noted non-fiction writer, she is internationally known for her expertise in the history and policies related to nuclear power, weaponry, and waste as well as for her knowledge of the popular lore of "Atomic Culture." In 1988, Dina was elected to represent the people of District Seven in the Nevada State Senate, serving as the Democratic Minority Leader from 1993 to 2008. During her service in the Legislature, Dina was a champion for quality education and renewable energy development, and a strong advocate on behalf of Nevada’s children, seniors, and persons with disabilities. Dina has received numerous awards from various state and local organizations, but one of her proudest moments came in 2006 with the dedication of the Dina Titus Estates, an innovative affordable housing complex for disabled Nevadans, named in recognition of Dina's tireless advocacy. Currently in her fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Dina is a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. She is Ranking Member of its Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Subcommittee. She also serves on the Aviation, Highways, and Transit Subcommittee, and the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee. She sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and its Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, and Asia and the Pacific Subcommittees. She is also a member of the Senior Whip Team and the Steering and Policy Committee for the minority and serves on a number of caucuses, including the USO Caucus, the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, the Hellenic Caucus, and as Co-Chair of the I-11 Caucus, the Democratic Chair of the House Travel and Tourism Caucus, and the co-chair of the House RV Caucus. Dina grew up in the small town of Tifton, Georgia, with her parents, Joe and Betty Titus, and her younger sister, Dr. Rho Hudson, who is a professor of special education and founding faculty member of Nevada State College. Dina is a graduate of the College of William and Mary, holds a Master's degree from the University of Georgia, and earned her Doctorate at Florida State University. Dina has been married to Professor Thomas C. Wright for over 35 years. Tom, a Latin American historian, received the prestigious UNLV Distinguished Professor award in 2008 and is the author of a number of award-winning books, most notably on political exile and human rights. John Wright Hall on campus is named for his father, pioneer professor at UNLV.
Guy Pinjuv, PhD trained forest carbon scientist, who has worked my entire life on Climate Change and Sustainable Agriculture related projects. I have worked on making decision support systems and models that predict the effects of Climate Change on the terrestrial biosphere (i.e. where will there be forests, where will there be agriculture in the future). Currently I work on avoided deforestation, and reduced deforestation projects internationally for clients such as the United Nations, World Bank, Conservation International, and the Nature Conservancy.I am a second generation native Nevadan, and my family has been here over 100 years. My grandfather had a ranch and a store near downtown Las Vegas. At the time, the ranch was so remote that my mother being born pre-mature, was incubated in the oven on a blanket. She was raised by a Paiute woman from the reservation named Stella. I truly love this place and the people that live in it, and am running for Congress in Nevada’s third house district.
Dr. Jason Steffen has been a member of the science team for NASA's Kepler mission since 2008. A native of Utah, He received his BS in Physics and Mathematics from Weber State University and his MS and PhD in Physics from the University of Washington, Seattle. Dr. Steffen spent a decade as the Brinson Fellow at Fermilab and the Lindheimer Fellow at Northwestern University, both near Chicago, and recently moved back West as an Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Steffen is an author on over 60 publications and has been privileged to contribute to many recent discoveries in exoplanet science.
Dr. Melissa Giovanni teaches introductory environmental science, physical geography, and geology courses at the College of Southern Nevada. She earned her Ph.D. from UCLA and her B.S. from the University of Arizona, both in geology. While her dissertation work focused on the Peruvian Andes, she has spent almost 15 years teaching geology around the American Southwest. Science has been a passion ever since she first watched Carl Sagan's Cosmos with her dad when she was little. The importance of an informed citizenry has driven her to include scientific literacy into every class she teaches. One of Dr. Giovanni’s driving passions is public lands conservation and education. She serves on the board of directors for the Southern Nevada Conservancy (which oversees Red Rock Canyon, Mt. Charleston, and the Desert National Wildlife Refuge). She is a guide with the Grand Canyon Association Field Institute, the official nonprofit partner of Grand Canyon National Park. The Field Institute’s mission is to support the Park’s educational goals of inspiring visitors to protect and cherish their public lands. She has enthusiastically adopted Las Vegas as her home base for adventures, which often include hiking, camping, and climbing in Red Rock and beyond. She trains as a competitive swimmer with the Fabulous Las Vegas Masters. And yes, she loves the heat of the desert.
Dr. Suzanne Stone is the Director of Horticulture and Research at Urban Seed Inc., a technology-driven hydroponic urban farm in Las Vegas, NV. She earned her PhD in Horticulture from the University of Georgia, where her research focused on organic food production and plant breeding. An award-winning teacher, she spent fourteen years in the public school system, helping students develop a joy for learning science. She is passionate about using science to bring fresh, nutritious food to each and every community in a sustainable manner.
Eymhy Corpus has been an activists for over 25 years. Starting as a student activists at the University of Nayarit in Mexico. Eymhy later became a Union organizer taking on the most aggressive industries in the United States. Now after becoming a new Grandmother Eymhy decided the most important fight humans are facing is protecting the planet we live on and joined Sierra Club as an organizer.
Heather Witt, NBCT is a National Board Certified Teacher, a native to Las Vegas, and a Clark County School District Graduate. Heather is a 2017 secondary science state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the Nation's highest honor for teachers of mathematics and science. She has taught 6th-9th grade science in CCSD for the past 7 years. She has also worked with other science teachers throughout the district in writing curriculum and resources aligned to the Nevada Academic Content Standards for Science based on the Next Generation Science Standards, as well as facilitating professional development for teachers on implementation of the standards. In 2016, Heather was invited to Washington DC by the National Education Association to represent Nevada at the NEA Alumni Academy to learn to better advocate for students and ensure equitable access to science. She and two of her colleagues were selected by the National Academy of Engineering to attend the Convocation on Increasing the Roles and Significance of Teachers in Policymaking for K-12 Engineering Education in Washington DC. Heather currently serves as President of Region I of the Nevada State Science Teachers Association, where her mission is to help provide support and networking opportunities to science teachers across southern Nevada to ensure every student has access to quality science education.
Congresswoman Jacky Rosen represents Nevada’s third District and was sworn into the 115th Congress after winning in the 2016 election. Rosen has been an active member of Southern Nevada’s community. As the first member of her family to graduate from college, Rosen worked two jobs and took out student loans to make ends meet. Over summers, Rosen waitressed in Las Vegas and was a proud member of Culinary Workers Union Local 226. Rosen has lived in southern Nevada for over 35 years and has worked as a computer programmer, software developer, and designer for some of the biggest companies in Nevada including Summa Corporation, Citibank, and Southwest Gas Company. As former President of Congregation Ner Tamid in Henderson, Rosen has dedicated countless hours to building the community and helping those in need. Rosen led a team that constructed one of the largest solar projects in the City of Henderson and southern Nevada by a non-profit through a public-private partnership. Rosen helped cut the synagogue’s energy bills by 70%, allowing more money to go into programs serving the community, like senior tax services, and programs like Family Promise that provide meals and housing to the homeless. Congresswoman Rosen serves on the House Armed Services committee and is a member of the subcommittees on Tactical Air and Land Forces and Military Personnel. The Congresswoman also sits on the House Science, Space and Technology committee and is a member on the subcommittees on Research and Technology and Energy. Congresswoman Rosen has one daughter and is married to her husband Larry Rosen. She received her B.A. from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis in 1979.
Jenny Ballif is "Science Mom," a YouTuber and author of several activity guides. She has a master’s degree in Plant Science and has worked as a molecular biologist and a wildland firefighter, and at several other jobs that fall in between wearing a lab coat and wielding a chainsaw. To date she has donated more than 500 hours teaching science lessons as a volunteer in Nevada elementary schools (an effort you can support here: www.patreon.com/JennyBallif). You can find her on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and at her website.
Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Jerry played sports and participated in Student Government during his high school years. Following graduation, Jerry attended the University of Southern California earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. After working two (2) years in the private sector, he headed to Indiana University obtaining his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in Marketing. Currently, Jerry works as a Mortgage Banker with the Federal Savings Bank, a privately held federally chartered bank. Through his work with Federal Savings, he makes home loan financing available to veterans, first time buyers, condo purchasers and investors. With a long term passion for his community, he serves as a member of the Board of Directors (Board) of the Uplift Foundation of Nevada (Foundation), a 501c3 organization. Currently serving as President of the Board, the Foundation’s primary mission is “Empowering young people to realize their full potential, regardless of circumstances.” The Foundation’s core areas of civil engagement are: a) Scholarships; b) Mentoring; c) Philanthropy; d) Outreach and e) Wellness; all of which reflects the Board’s commitment to the community it serves. An active participant in the Clean Energy Coalition, which is a partnership promoting the benefits and economic opportunities in the growing Clean Energy field to the community; Jerry’s efforts within the coalition is the outreach to people of color and millennials. Jerry has testified before the Clean Energy Committee of the Nevada Legislature during the 2017 legislative session. He has visited Carson City, NV, the State capital, to meet with legislators regarding the Clean Energy legislation. Jerry has served as a Co- Chair for the Economic Summit and Student Leadership Conference for the last nine (9) years. The conference provides a full day of workshops focusing on STEM, finance, economics and entrepreneurship. The Conference is attended by 175 to 200+ 6th to 12th grade students annually from throughout Clark County. The Conference provides breakfast, lunch, gifts cards, prizes and scholarships, ranging from $2,500 - $3,000, to students and their parents free of charge. Jerry follows the Eldridge Cleaver Quote: “You either have to be part of the solution, or you’re going to be part of the problem.”
Jose Witt is the Southern Nevada Director for Friends of Nevada Wilderness, an organization dedicated to protecting and stewarding Nevada’s public lands. Growing up in Las Vegas, Jose fell in love with the outdoors exploring the nooks, crannies, and peaks of Red Rock Canyon and Mount Charleston Wilderness. After an eleven-year career in finance Jose left the corporate world for an opportunity to work with an organization that would merge his passion of the outdoors and use his business knowledge to advance the protections of public lands. Jose and his team organize stewardship and outreach events introducing Southern Nevadans to the treasures in their backyards. Together, they also work with other public land supporters to advocate for places like Gold Butte and Desert National Wildlife Refuge. In his spare time he dons a backpack where he, his wife and dog adventure on extended backpacking trips. Jose has a BA in Business Management and a Graduate certificate in Wilderness Management.
Continually humbled and inspired by her patients, Lisa Abrahime works as a dedicated Oncology Certified Nurse with eight years of experience. Lisa is presently obtaining a master’s degree in Nursing Management and Leadership and plans to pursue her doctorate in nursing. In addition to oncology, Lisa has a keen interest in public health and environmental stewardship, understanding the inextricable relationship between the two. Lisa has a young son with asthma and has personally experienced the effect of allergens and pollution on respiratory conditions. Lisa is an active member of Citizens’ Climate Lobby; she enjoys engaging with the community and participating in the political process in order to promote positive environmental change. Lisa has lived in Las Vegas for 16 years and finds great joy in being outside; she enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, and novice climbing. Lisa is inspired to utilize her nursing knowledge to care deeply for the community and the environment.
Lynn Lanier is a current member of the Union of Concerned Scientists with a specific interest in climate change and renewable energy. He has degrees in Physics and Chemistry. During his 34-year career at Monsanto Co., He held many R&D positions in STEM, including energy, environmental, chemical development, drugs, plastics, process control/automation, computer modeling, and business redesign.
Nate has been a popular television and radio personality since arriving from Colorado in 1989. He's been named Best TV Weathercaster in the Las Vegas Review-Journal's "Best of Las Vegas" reader's poll seven times. He is also well-known for his work with community organizations large and small, as well as hundreds of school visits down through the years. Nate's the host of a few shows on VegasPBS (KLVX Channel 10) including “Varsity Quiz,” “The Science Bowl,” and “The CCSD Middle School Spelling Bee.” He also has a weekly interview and music show called "Playing Favorites" on KUNV 91.5FM. Guests from the community as well as Las Vegas visitors bring music tracks they like to listen to which are mixed into the conversation for a lively, eclectic hour-long show. You can also now catch Nate on 8NewsNow where he is a weathercaster and traffic report anchor.
Born in Mexico and raised in Las Vegas, Rudy Zamora has been running Chispa Nevada’s program since 2015. Chispa is a project of the League of Conservation Voters that is one of the nation's only environmental programs focused on community organizing that builds the capacity of Latino families to influence policy makers and pressure polluters to protect communities’ rights to a clean and healthy environment. Chispa is currently focused on their “Clean Buses for Healthy Niños” campaign that is building pressure to use VW settlement funds to convert diesel school buses fleet to all-electric school buses. Before joining Chispa, Rudy worked for Battle Born Progress, and nonprofit communications firm supporting a wide variety of progressive issues.
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