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Daniel Bernbach comes to the board with a diverse background including experience in business, education, and entertainment. He is currently the Executive Director and General Manager of the Park Theater at Monte Carlo. He has always been passionate about education, beginning his education career as a Teach for America corps member with the Clark County School District. His diverse range of skills has allowed him to also serve as a cruise director, conduct professional orchestras, and work with other boards. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Indiana University, Master of Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.
Ninya Beyer is an experienced, passionate educator with a range of experiences to inform her work. She is currently the Manager of Alumni Leadership with Teach for America, Las Vegas Valley, working to create professional development pathways for alumni, lead communication efforts, and fund raise for the organization. Her education career has included being a teacher in various high schools, training new teachers with Teach for America, and working as a program manager with Teach for India. Ninya has earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Gonzaga University, Teaching Credentials from Alliant International University, and a Master of Arts in School Leadership from California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Brian Blakley joins our board with a wealth of legal experience and expertise. He is a litigator with Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, one of Nevada’s largest and most respected law firms. In addition to handling commercial disputes, Brian has worked on highly-publicized school district cases. Before entering private practice, he served as a law clerk on the United States District Court for the District of Nevada. He regularly volunteers his time to work on pro bono matters assigned by the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. He is also a member of the firm’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Industry Team—a multidisciplinary team of attorneys who advise clients on issues concerning the use of drones. Brian holds a Juris Doctor from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University.
Nicole Calix Coy
Nicole Calix Coy has a wealth of experiences in various capacities. Currently, Nicole is the Director of Human Resources for the Ark Las Vegas Restaurant Corporation. She has also worked in human resources in the nonprofit sector at The Shade Tree, and the government sector with the Housing Authority for the City of North Las Vegas. In her roles, she has gained Broad experience and collaboration with senior management staff in strategic planning and budget organization. Nicole is also a proud parent of students spanning the kindergarten through college spectrum. A lifelong learner herself, Nicole has earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Rockford College, a Master of Arts in Educational Counseling from the University of Phoenix, and currently working on a Juris Doctorate.
Andrea Lombardo brings to the board a wealth of experience in human resources and community service. She currently works for MP Materials, previously serving as the Director of Human Resources for Brooklyn Bowl, overseeing all human resource functions and compliance for a live music, bowling, nightlife, and gourmet dining venue on the Las Vegas Strip. She also serves as Vice President of Human Resources at Friedmutter Group, a renowned architecture, interior design and branding studio. Andrea has a passion to improve our community, and she spends significant amounts of her spare time volunteering for animal welfare and rights and is an active member and Philanthropy Chairman of Alpha Delta Gamma National Fraternity - Las Vegas Alumnae Group. Andrea holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Akron and is SPHR and SHRM-SPC certified.
Kimblery Joi McDonald
Kimberly JOI McDonald joins our team with a diverse set of experiences from the government, private, and non-profit sectors. She is a three-time Distinguished Woman of Southern Nevada recipient. As a government lobbyist and executive for the City of North Las Vegas, she was a Governor appointee to the Nevada Homeland Security Commission while serving as its Legislative & By-Laws Co-Chair, and one of the national Top Ten American Business Women awarded by the American Business Women’s Association. She was also awarded the State of Nevada Attorney General’s Women’s Role Model Award. Now, as Owner and CEO of Designing JOI, LLC, she is an award-winning and published interior designer. She is the National Vice President of the National Interior Design Society, Founder and Past President of the IDS Las Vegas Chapter, President of Board for The Foundation for Positively Kids, and 2018 Las Vegas Showcase House Executive Board, Development Chair. Kimberly earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, as well as, a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from The Art Institute of Las Vegas.
Eric Mendoza is a proud native of Las Vegas, and enhances our board with experience in real estate and finance and a passion to improve education and other aspects of life in the valley. Working with Keller Williams of Southern Nevada as a team leader realtor, he is also a business broker. His work in the industry has earned him Realtor of the Month for his company on multiple occasions. Eric is very active in the community, serving on many advisory boards and committees associated with realty, as well as volunteering time and resources with political action committees, donating time to theater departments of local high schools, and the Clark County Department of Family Services.
Ilya Rockwell has worked in a variety of fields and provides an international perspective to our board. He is currently the Vice President and Director of Operations for R & R Commercial Truck Repair. He was previously a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. While finances are his passion, he has also studied law, managed private businesses, worked in the corporate arena, the automobile industry, technology and investment fields, and even martial arts. He splits his free time between his family and volunteering for numerous organizations, including Sin City Opera, Kiwanis Club, and Make-Wish Foundation. Ilya holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Institute of Business Law and Politics.
Steven “JT” Washington brings a passion to impact his community as a proud native of the area. JT is currently an Associate Attorney for Murchison Cumming, having previously served as clerk for the Eighth Judicial District Court. JT has worked as a Student Attorney for Juvenile Justice. He has also worked within the office of a United States Senator, the Clark County library system, and has experience working with youth, volunteering his time and energy as an Englestad Scholar at Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy. He is a recipient of many honors, including the Western Region National Black Law Students Association “Brother in Service Award.” JT holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Juris Doctor from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.