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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Date: April 14, 2018
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