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About Our Local Committee

About the Las Vegas Team

The March for Science in Las Vegas is organized entirely by local volunteers. We are Las Vegas residents and members of the community, from all walks of life, together with only one common goal: to unite as a diverse and nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good, and for our policymakers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest. Below you’ll find our organizers and volunteers:

Tu Anh Tran - A UNLV graduate in Physics, Tu Anh is currently the Chief Technical Officer of Sol-Up USA. In her spare time she engages in volunteering and philanthropy work aimed at encouraging STEM and clean energy initiatives in Nevada.

Marc Moncilovich, PG - An experienced geologist and project manager. Marc has worked on many high profile and technically challenging civil engineering projects in the desert southwest. He is a Registered Professional Geologist in the State of Arizona and is a graduate of Northern Arizona University. Marc is a recent transplant to Las Vegas and currently enjoys exploring the local culture with his family.

Dr. Kathleen Lauckner - Kathleen made her career at UNLV and, during her tenure there, earned her Master’s Degree, Adult Education (1991) and her Ph.D. in Higher Ed
Leadership-Workforce Education, (2012); building on her life-long education and
work in Environmental Science.  Kathy’s research projects focused on topics relating to environmental clean- up and neighborhood reconstruction and rehabilitation. Dr. Lauckner presently serves as an adjunct Professor at both UNLV and NSC in areas of Public Health and Environmental Law and Science. Her subjects of interest are inter-related with her community initiatives and she strives to promote science education and environmental
issue awareness both in and outside the classroom.

Dr. Colleen Parks – Colleen is an Associative Professor in experimental psychology at UNLV. She earned her Master’s and Doctorate degrees at The Georgia Institute of Technology and has been at UNLV since 2008. Colleen’s research focuses on episodic long term memory, with the aims of understanding the malleability of memory, how different memory systems relate to each other, and the models that best explain and predict memory across situations. Colleen is part of the March for Science because she believes strongly that science is vital to our public policies, our health, and our environment, and that it must be protected and advanced in order to ensure continued quality of life for Americans and people worldwide.

Dr. Melissa K. Giovanni - Melissa currently 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. 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 her 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 has enthusiastically adopted Las Vegas as her home base for adventures, which often include hiking and climbing in Red Rock.

R.J. Johnson – R.J. is principal-in-charge for Geosciences Consulting, a small independent geologic, water resources, and environmental consulting firm, based in Boulder City, Nevada. He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in geology from UNLV and Idaho State University, respectively, and has professional registrations in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah. R.J. is also a licensed river guide and outdoor educator who has led specialty trips on western U.S. and Canadian rivers and over land for over 35 years.

Dana Hollern - Insurance broker and owner of Hollern & Associates, Inc. and proud mother of four. In her 20+ years working in the insurance industry, she has helped many employers and their employees by providing benefit solutions to address the high cost of healthcare. It’s the kind of financial protection needed helping employees offset out-of pockets costs not covered by major medical and to help pay for everyday living expenses and loss of income. Dana, being the daughter of a mom who is now a cancer survivor and father who has survived two heart attacks, advocates for the importance of healthy eating and preventative cancer screenings for early detection. 

Dana volunteered for the March for Science once learning about the current administration’s policy to dismantle the EPA and roll-back important environmental protections for human health and safety that affects the water we drink and air we breathe. She feels strongly that right now is a crucial time for us all and we must unite peacefully to communicate our message that science is for the public good and to advocate for evidence based policy making in government.

March information

Date: April 22, 2017 - Earth Day
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Location: The Arts District
Address: 1025 S. 1st Street, Las Vegas, NV

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