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YNPN So. NV 2021 Board Elections

As a valued YNPN member, we encourage you to participate. Voting closes at 11:59 PM.

Information on each of the candidates is below. You must be a current YNPN member to vote and you may only vote once. We will announce the new board members at the start of the new year.

For questions or comments, please contact Page Patten or Liza Golikova at chair@ynpnsouthernnevada.org
Thank you for your participation. 



Brironni Alex

Programs Manager | Cupcake Girls


Another member of YNPN reached out to me and suggested that I apply for the Board based on my current role at The Cupcake Girls, my approach to work, and my passion for racial justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Upon reading the requirements for the board and what you’re seeking, I am confident that I can provide value and a meaningful perspective to help advance the mission of YNPN.


YNPN Southern Nevada and the Board of Directors will benefit from my participation due to my ability to live our organization’s core values:

Advocate Social Equity - As a Black woman, I have always been passionate about Racial Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI). I participate in mentoring programs, give to causes that advance JEDI work, and spend a lot of time breaking down my own biases (while encouraging others to do the same). This is also why I shifted my focus to work in nonprofit two years ago. With this year’s surge in interest in dismantling and reimagining the systems that marginalize BIPOC, we can activate our members to evaluate their personal contributions as well as those of their organizations/employers to take steps in the right direction.

Cultivate Professional Growth - I’m very much interested in evaluating ways to offer our members the most value for their yearly membership fee. I’d love for everyone to reflect on the previous year and look at their dues as the best $30 they’ve ever spent. I would like to increase our membership and also generate more engagement from members by understanding what they’re looking to get from their membership and delivering valuable training and development opportunities accordingly.

Collaborate Intentionally - I believe time is one of the most valuable finite resources we have; being intentional and stewarding our time well can be beneficial for everyone with whom we interact. It’s important to look at our processes, events, and offerings critically in order to ask ourselves whether we’re offering the most value we can to members of the network. We should always be seeking ways to make the most of every event, meeting, and interaction we have.

Create Community - I enjoy building and strengthening relationships with others through finding common ground. I like to know what makes others smile, what drives them, and what gets them out of bed in the morning. Empathy and a genuine interest in others help to foster meaningful and lasting relationships. These are qualities I’d love to be able to relay to other YNPN members to help them expand their networks.

Lead Authentically - Authenticity is of the utmost importance to me, both personally and professionally. I’m a firm believer in leading by example; I’d never ask someone on my team to do something I’m unwilling (or unsure how) to do. As a leader, it’s vital to be honest, empathetic, and an effective communicator. This means challenging ourselves to show up courageously and to bring our best to every moment, acknowledging when we fail to do so, and offering grace to those around us when needed.


Christina Wu

Co-Founder, VP, Treasurer | The Remissionaries


Being involved in my community means everything to me. I want to raise awareness for causes and issues within our community, engage others to be a part of the solutions, and help those who might need a gentle nudge in the right direction.


I am definitely new to the nonprofit sector. I've been in Las Vegas for over 15 years now, been involved in many volunteer events, raised money for charity, and do what I can to bring awareness. Last year, I decided to start my own nonprofit organization after recovering from breast cancer. Having gone through something that changed my life so drastically, made me want to help others about to embark on the same journey. I have much to learn, and believe that my education can also benefit others serving the community through YNPN.

Elysa Arroyo

Teacher | CCSD
Manager of Compiance, Grants, and Government Relations | Aerospace Machine and Supply


I am interested in joining the YNPN Board of Directors because I feel as though the Las Vegas community has a tremendous need for young professional leadership development programs. Networking with like-minded peers to create large-scale social change is a personal passion of mine and YNPN will allow me to help influence the direction of an organization already engaging in wonderful work to benefit the community.


I have a unique background with 3 Master's Degrees (Business Management, Educational Administration, and Elementary Education). In addition to these Master's degrees, I have 7 years of extensive leadership experience working within elementary and middle schools, 5 of which were spent at Title 1 schools with highly diverse student bodies. I have also been fortunate enough to serve in many leadership and management roles including 2x elected President of the School Organization Team, Grade Chair, Mentor Teacher, Site Administrator, and (outside of education) as City Manager for a tour company. I'm an extremely ambitious individual who is constantly striving to take ideas to the next level/figure out how we can make the most of any situation. As a board member, YNPN will benefit from my creative thinking, drive to succeed, ambition and ability to build relationships with various stakeholders.

Grant Frailich

TeacherExplore Academy


To engage in some mutual mentoring among my peers while I still fit into the 'young' portion of YNPN, and for a few other professional development purposes.


I bring a solid blend of vision and policy wonkiness that can benefit not so much the board, but the members of YNPN and the NPO community of SoNV at large... at least, I think I do. I suppose a board term is the way to find out if I think too highly of myself in that regard.

Also: I want to volunteer to do regular press releases. YNPN deserves more public recognition IMO. I'd like to help make that happen.

Rachon Lawson

Relationship Advisor | Kelly Klee


Challenge myself by being in a leadership role,  grow and contribute to the success of the organization.


I have a heart to serve and strive to make the people around me better.

Samantha Wilson

Development Manager | The Neon Museum


I am interested in joining the YNPN Board of Directors because I believe that my skills can be utilized to grow this wonderful organization. I believe that as a working board member of YNPN Southern Nevada, I will not only be able to hone my leadership skills, but that I will also make an impact on other members of YNPN. I truly enjoy all the events that YNPN has put on for its members, and I really love my interactions with current members. I would like to be more involved in all the wonderful things that YNPN does.


I believe that the Board and YNPN will benefit from my positive go-getter attitude, creative ideas and drive to be involved. I am a generalist, a jack-of-many-trades, and I believe that the organization would benefit from my many skills. I am currently and have been involved previously in many different types of nonprofit organizations in many different positions, from Social Media Manager/Advisor to the Leadership Seminar Chair of a youth organization. I have experience in things such as event planning, leadership training, social media, communications, fundraising, and design. I also believe that I will benefit greatly from being a board member, by having a creative and supportive place to grow my leadership skills and other talents. .

Vanessa Valdivia

Learning Experience Coordinator - Arts and Humanities | DISCOVERY Children's Museum


I am interested in joining the YNPN Board of Directors to help support and grow professional development for other young professionals as well as giving myself a new and exciting challenge.


YNPN Southern Nevada and its Board of Directors will benefit from my participation on the Board because I believe in fostering an environment of welcoming and inclusive. Also, as being a first generation Mexican-American woman born and raised in Las Vegas I want to extend my support of all-inclusion efforts with other young professionals.

Join our 2021 Board of Directors

It's a great time to think about how you can extend your professional skillset and gain new experiences. One of the most unique ways you can do this and get more involved in the local nonprofit community is to join the YNPN of Southern Nevada Board of Directors. As a board, we are working to build a diverse and powerful social sector that can strengthen and support the professional development of our young nonprofit community. If you're passionate about social change and empowering emerging nonprofit leaders, this is the perfect role for you!

How We Work:

At YNPN Southern Nevada, we engage and support nonprofit professionals and community leaders through professional development and networking designed to enhance the social sector in Southern Nevada. While we are a small team, we are a collaborative team. We function as thought partners and supportive colleagues. We value diverse voices at the table and we're passionate about what we do. The YNPN Southern Nevada board is an all volunteer-led working board, and that includes governance! This means we actively do the work to operate the organization and fulfill its mission. We respect and value each other's individual contributions and leadership styles and work in tandem for the collective good of the nonprofit community, the organization, and the team.

YNPN Southern Nevada is a local chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN), a national grassroots network with local chapters in over 40 cities.

Learn more about our strategic directions

Board members are expected to:

  • Commit to a two-year term from January 2021 – December 2022 which kicks off with a Saturday board retreat in mid-January.
  • Play a critical role in ensuring that we continue to realize our mission, successfully implement programming, and achieve short-term/long-term goals.
  • Participate in 2-hour board meetings every month via Zoom/conference call.
  • Commit approximately 12-15 hours per month to YNPN So NV. business.
  • Actively participate in decision-making during virtual meetings, through e-mail, and on Slack.
  • Facilitate, lead, and/or support YNPN programming and events in collaboration with board members and community partners.
  • Participate in ad hoc meetings. Ad hoc meetings generally comprise of smaller committees or 1:1 collaborators around upcoming initiatives and programs. Team members work together to schedule this time.
  • Make a minimum personal annual gift to the board of $100 by the mid-January board retreat. We are happy to work with board members on extending that deadline, if needed.
  • Have fun! This is an enjoyable experience where you'll work closely with amazing peers, build new relationships, and extend your network.

Board members may also serve in a director role which is intended to support high priority board operations. Current vacancies include Data Management Director, Social Media Director, Communications Director, Events Director, and Creative Director. Filling a director role is voluntary, and priority may be given to board members interested in filling a director role.

Please note: All meetings are currently conducted virtually. We will consider future in-person meetings pending COVID-19 and team preference.

See vacant director role descriptions here

Other responsibilities:

  • Be an ambassador for YNPN Southern Nevada: Know, model, and be able to share YNPN So. NV's mission, vision, and values
  • Be active: Participate in preparation and approval of YNPN So. NV organizational policies and be a contributing, working member
  • Be present: Attend monthly board meetings, planning retreats, and as needed ad hoc committee meetings/calls and maintain open, respectful, prompt and clear communication with other Board Members during meetings, through emails and on Slack
  • Be driven: Commit to your own personal professional development through classes, reading, conferences, or workshops

Qualities we are looking for:

  • An interest in and willingness to support YNPN Southern Nevada's goals and objectives
  • A passion for the nonprofit/social sector (experience in the sector is desired but not required - you can gain this experience as a member of the board!)
  • Shared values: Advocate Social Equity, Cultivate Professional Growth, Collaborate Intentionally, Create Community, Lead Authentically
  • Firm commitment to anti-racism and EDI
  • Deep commitment to advancing YNPN and the nonprofit sector
  • Desire to join a collaborative team and work remotely
  • Enthusiasm for supporting the professional enrichment of emerging leaders
  • Respect for diversity of thought and different points of view
  • Excitement to work in a harmonious team environment that prioritizes impact over intent

Application process & timeline:

To apply, you must be an active YNPN Member. Learn more about YNPN membership here.

November 13, 2020 - Deadline to apply for the 2021 YNPN So. NV board. A YNPN team member will reach out to you to schedule a meeting. The meeting is an opportunity to learn more about your hopes for this role, for you to learn more about YNPN Southern Nevada and the specifics of board service, and to answer your questions.

Late November: YNPN Southern Nevada members will vote in the slate of 2021 board member candidates. The responses you provide in your application will be shared with YNPN Southern Nevada members. This is not intended to add pressure and will instead provide members with a way to learn more about you in the voting process.

Mid-December: Candidates for the board will be notified of their acceptance to the board.

Ready to apply?! We hope so and look forward to your candidacy!


Please contact YNPN So. NV Leadership at chair@ynpnsouthernnevada.org.

2021 YNPN Southern Nevada Board Updates

We are excited to announce that the officers listed below have been elected to leadership roles for our 2021 board and will assume the following roles:

Noelle Jefferson, Co-Chair
Suthakorn (Seth) Wongsavit, Co-Chair
Monera Mason, Vice Chair

Congratulations to our 2021 leadership team!

Meet Our Current Board of Directors

Participate in the 2020 YNPN So. NV Survey by August 28th

YNPN Southern Nevada would not be what it is without all of our wonderful members and peers just like you. Your voice is a critical component of the inspiration behind our work.

We invite you to participate in the 2020 YNPN So. NV Survey to share thoughts about your experience with YNPN Southern Nevada and what we can do to better serve you. Your responses will help us develop meaningful content, programs, and events that are responsive to the expressed needs of our membership and Southern Nevada young nonprofit community.

All survey responses will remain confidential. We will not collect any personally identifiable information about you, and the information you provide will only be shared in the aggregate.

The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, August 28th, at 6:00pm. We look forward to sharing the results with you in the coming weeks along with updates on our ongoing work around this initiative.

Please reach out to YNPN So. NV leadership at info@ynpnsouthernnevada.org if you have any questions.

Take Action: Anti-Racism, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Resources

YNPN Southern Nevada is wholeheartedly committed to creating a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, and to supporting all of our members, peers, and board colleagues. We are proud of our organization's efforts to advance these critical initiatives, but we know we can and must do better.

We encourage everyone in our community to explore personal ways to understand and address racism and champion diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Listed below are a variety of resources from which to learn, listen and take action.

Ways to Support and Learn From Local Organizations, Organizers, and Businesses

Resources for Nonprofit Organizations

Other Educational Resources and Readings

This is by no means a comprehensive list of resources. We invite you to share additional resources with us via email at info@ynpnsouthernnevada.org so that we can continue to build a library of growth and educational tools for our community.

Black Lives Matter

Dear Community,

As members of the YNPN Southern Nevada board, we raise our voices in solidarity with the Black community; the Black Lives Matter movement; our Black and Brown colleagues, members, and friends; and with all who have experienced racism and other forms of injustice. We share the collective grief of our Southern Nevada community, and the world, over the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and countless others whose names we know, or whose names we will never know or get to proclaim. We condemn the escalation of violence by law enforcers and we support peaceful protesters who raise their voices in unison. We demand justice and call for change that dismantles the impact of systemic racism and combats these social injustices.

As conversations, protests, and solidarity marches continue in our own community even today, and as our board has engaged in continuous discourse around current events and how we want to show up as an organization, we recognize that the work is far from over. YNPN Southern Nevada also recognizes that we must elevate our current efforts to disrupt and eliminate systemic racism in the nonprofit sector.  That is why YNPN Southern Nevada reaffirms our commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging in the nonprofit sector. We are committed to creating and supporting a nonprofit workforce and community that better serves historically underrepresented communities, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), and LGBTQIA+ communities. 

Our Commitment

Our commitment to this belief will manifest not just as ideals, but as actions. We would like to share with you how YNPN Southern Nevada will begin to move our work forward to make YNPN and our nonprofit community a more equitable and inclusive space.

YNPN Southern Nevada will work toward:

  • Increasing our capacity to sustainably cultivate equity, diversity, and inclusion by establishing an EDI Task Force within our board to:
    • Review and update YNPN Southern Nevada’s EDI statement;
    • Conduct an event planning audit that reflects on past events to understand what we can do to better support our local communities, including women, LGBTQIA+, and BIPOC members and organizations, in future events; and
    • Evaluate YNPN Southern Nevada’s effectiveness in our equity, inclusion, and diversity work.
  • Educating ourselves as a board with ongoing EDI-related team training.
  • Exploring how YNPN Southern Nevada can participate in anti-racism work in the nonprofit sector in an impactful way.
  • Examining how YNPN Southern Nevada can advocate for and activate the Black and Brown communities that work in the nonprofit community in Southern Nevada by:
    • Fostering conversations with our BIPOC nonprofit community to hear and advocate for their needs, and
    • Researching how we can support and work with existing organizations that do the work well.
  • Providing ongoing updates and disseminating resources to our community and our members.
  • Creating a survey for YNPN members and non-members to identify barriers to our organization, solicit feedback, and incorporate necessary changes to our work.
  • Holding each other accountable to the work and our commitment as board colleagues.
  • Continuing to cultivate a board that values the  diverse perspectives, experiences, and voices of our members and community.
  • Working closely with fellow YNPN chapters across the nation as we stand in solidarity, learn, unlearn, and improve our impact.

Take Action

We invite our community to join us in actively upholding anti-racist values, in reflection, and in active participation in this work through actions big and small. We have provided a beginning list of resources below to support our community on this journey. Select the link to learn more.

Take Action: Anti-racism, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Resources

YNPN Southern Nevada remains committed to learning from and working with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to build an equitable and inclusive social sector.  We look forward to sharing ongoing updates on the work we’re doing, and will continue to do so as we look to a future where true racial justice exists.


In solidarity,

YNPN So. NV Board of Directors

P.S. We hear you and we are listening. Please direct any questions or comments you may have to info@ynpnsouthernnevada.org and our Leadership will be in touch with you. 

A Special Message for October's Nerdy Nonprofit Networking

Hi YNPN Members and Supporters!  If you haven't been to a Nerdy Nonprofit Networking event yet, one thing you should know is that each month we provide handouts. That way, if you spend the whole time socializing you can still leave having a professional development takeaway!  This month, we've done things differently and released the handout in advance, and we hope you'll take a look right away!

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Join The Board

It is always a great time to think about how you can improve your skills and gain new experiences. One of the best ways you can do this and get more involved in the local non-profit community is to join the YNPN of Southern Nevada Board of Directors.

In order to apply, you must be an active YNPN Member. You must apply by October 25th, 2019.

Candidates will be interviewed on a rolling basis after an application is submitted. Board Members serve a two-year term, and the time commitment is approximately 10-15 hours a month. Please note that we kickoff the year with an all-day Board Retreat in January and we expect all Board Members to attend. The date and location of the retreat will be announced once we know everyone's schedules!

The application can be found by clicking here. (Members must login)

Executive Committee Position Descriptions are available here. Note: This is for reference only. Executive Committee positions are elected by the Board of Directors at the Annual Retreat. 

Please contact chair@ynpnsouthernnevada.org with any questions!

This Expert Tip Will Change How You Promote Events

Access to Experts | YNPN So. NV

When social media is a major part of your job, you live for a pro-tip. At least I do. Especially as a freelancer juggling multiple clients, I am all about having a system or formula or hack, anything that streamlines the process so I can use my brainpower making good content instead of fussing over logistics and schedules. Which is why it was such a pleasure to attend the Access to Experts Panel on August 22nd to hear from other creative professionals. Bertha Gutierrez of Get Outdoors Nevada, Shahab Zargari from UNLV College of Fine Arts, and Amanda Riley of The Neon Museum each gave us some great insight that night.

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YNPN Southern Nevada would like to share this professional development opportunity for human resource professionals. YNPN Southern Nevada is a participant of the CEO Exchange, an association comprised of the leaders of the largest social services nonprofits in Southern Nevada. The HR Collaborative was formed to give HR professionals in nonprofits an opportunity to learn, share ideas and grow professionally. We believe that strengthening the human resources capacity in the nonprofit sector will help our members and the Southern Nevada nonprofit community as a whole. If you believe this program would be beneficial to your organization, please share it with the relevant members of your staff.




A 16-hour training course for HR professionals working in nonprofits focusing on critical people
issues that will help your organization achieve success and fulfill its mission.




  • Four ½-day interactive classes that will include instruction, small-group exercises and discussion in an open learning environment where everyone is encouraged to share best practices, challenges and questions to help strengthen your personal HR knowledge and expertise.


  • Training facilitated by Maggie Harris and Greg Wilken, founders of the HR Collaborative, and designed specifically for nonprofits to give you the tools and resources to incorporate a strength-based approach to your organization’s HR strategies and to ensure that your HR practices are legally compliant and minimize the risk to your organization.


  • All classes will be held on the UNLV Paradise campus from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with Registration and Breakfast from 8:30-9:00 a.m.

Day One - Building Your Team – July 16

Session 1: Using a Strengths Based Approach to Hiring and Onboarding
Session 2: Recruiting, Interviewing, Background Checks & Hiring

Day Two - Mission Driven Performance – August 13

Session 1: Managing Performance, Progressive Discipline and Separations
Session 2: Supporting Your Supervisors and Leadership Team

Day Three - Creating a Winning Culture – September 17

Session 1: Employee Engagement Strategies and Best Practices
Session 2: Employee Relations: Drug Testing, Discrimination, Harassment & Bullying

Day Four - Engaging All Your Resources – October 15

Session 1: HR Issues with Volunteers, Donors and your Board.
Session 2: Retention Best Practices

$300/class - $1000 for the entire course
Price is per organization - organizations may send more than one participant


$900 for the entire series if you register by July 1st.


Join The Board

Join Our Board

It is always a great time to think about how you can improve your skills and gain new experiences. One of the best ways you can do this and get more involved in the local non-profit community is to join the YNPN of Southern Nevada Board of Directors.

In order to apply, you must be an active YNPN Member. You must apply by October 23rd, 2018.

Candidates will be interviewed on a rolling basis after application is submitted. Candidates should plan on attending our Board Meeting on November 13th at 6:00pm to be held at the Nevada HAND Corporate office, 285 East Warm Springs Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89119. Board Members serve a two year term. The time commitment is approximately 10-15 hours a month. New Board Members must attend the Board Retreat on January 12th, 2019 at The Smith Center.

The application can be found by clicking here.

Executive Committee Position Descriptions are available here. Note: This is for reference only. Executive Committee positions are elected by the Board of Directors at the Annual Retreat. 

Please contact Jacob@ynpnsouthernnevada.org with any questions! 


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