Reno/Sparks Business Executives Go Back to School – As Principals

Education Alliance of Washoe County logoWhat: Local executives shadow Washoe County School District Principals during Principal for a Day event hosted by the Education Alliance of Washoe County.

Kickoff and “Meet Your Match” Mixer:

     Wednesday, February 7   

     5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

     Reno + Sparks Chamber of Commerce

     449 S. Virginia St. #200

 Principal for a Day Activities:

     Thursday, February 8

     8 a.m. to 12 noon

     Various WCSD Schools

 Lunch/Recognition of Student Artist:

     Thursday, February 8

     12 noon to 1:30 p.m.

     Renown Mack Auditorium

     1155 Mill Street

Details: For half a day on February 8th, executives will learn what it is like to be a principal or administrator in the Washoe County School District and to serve the District’s 64,000 students. This event allows executives to see first-hand what education looks and feels like in our community and gives them the chance to share ideas and establish relationships with those in education.

Kick-off for the event starts the night before at the “Meet your Match” mixer hosted by the Reno + Sparks Chamber of Commerce where executives will meet their educator match. Also, the first Partner in Education “PiE Champion Awards” will be presented to a small and large employer in recognition of outstanding business/school partnerships.

Editors’ note: Beginning at 12:00 p.m. Thursday, February 8, principals and executives will gather for lunch at Renown’s Mack Auditorium where a talented student artist will be recognized for designing the all-new Partner in Education emblem and awarded a $1,000 scholarship.


Principal for a Day Participants:

Claire Pender, Applied Companies

Erik Jimenez, Argentum Partners

Christine Putman, Better World Books

Paul Penttila, Boys Scouts of America

Jasmine John, Brainy Actz Escape Room

Jamie Klund, Cabela’s

Tony Marini, Circus Circus Reno

Karl Hall, City of Reno

Bill Thomas, City of Reno

Auburn Harrison, Communities in Schools

Rob Moore, Country Financial

David White, DDS

Ryan Dolan, Dolan Automotive

Amelia Gulling, DRI

Leah Madison, DRI

Mackenzie Peterson, DRI

Mike Kazmierski, EDAWN

Rae McElroy, EDAWN

Stephany Ulloa, Family Ties of NV

Sabina Engelken, Famous Dave’s

Alix Melillo, Food for Kids, Inc.

Nicole Sweetin, Freeman

Debbie Marshall, Geodis

Andrew Diss, Grand Sierra Resort

Shannon Keel, Grand Sierra Resort

Kent Vaughn, Grand Sierra Resort

Heidi Parker, Immunize Nevada

Jeff Cloyes, JamPRO Music Factory

Bradley Pride,

Brian Cassidy, Junk King

Michaelangelo Aranda, Lewis Management Corp.

Pamela Duxbury, Nevada Builders

Cam Sorenson, Nevada HR Team

William Process, Nevada REALTORS

Debbie Herman, Nevada State Bank

Grant Hewitt, Nevada State Treasurer’s Office

Dan Schwartz, Nevada State Treasurer

Rachel Tatro, Northern Nevada HOPES

Josia Galliett, NV Energy

Karen McClenahan, NV Energy

Jesse Murray, NV Energy

Janelle Ordal, NV Energy

Eric Schwarzrock, NV Energy

Alex Fuller, Office Depot

Jordyn Bsharah, Outlets at Legends

John Beug, Oxifresh Carpet Cleaning

Lauren Garfinkel, Panasonic

Zach Kumler, Panasonic

Katie Silva, Peppermill Resort Spa Casino

Michael Altimus, Peterbilt

Kyle Whaley, Plumas Bank

Stacy Morgen, ReAlign Holistic Massage Therapy

Ann Silver, Reno + Sparks Chamber of Commerce

Alex Strathearn, Reno Aces

Jillian Stoker, Reno Aces

Chris Boline, Reno Bighorns

Dustin Toms, Reno Bighorns

Oscar Delgado, Reno City Council

Naomi Duerr, Reno City Council

Paul McKenzie, Reno City Council

Britton Griffith, Reno Engineering Corp.

Teresa Estabrook, Reno Media Group

Elyssa Gallenbeck, Reno Media Group

Linda Cross, Reno Municipal Court

Laurel Colburn, Reno Puzzle Room

Taylor Russo, Reno + Sparks Chamber of Commerce

Shaun Carey, Reno-Tahoe International Airport

Chris Bosse, Renown Health

Wendy Damonte, Renown Health

Suzanne Oetjen, Renown Health

Erik Olson, Renown Health

Annie Zucker, Renown Health

Mark Gammon, Rocksport

Scott Hilbert, Scientific Games

Tish Christy, Sierra Nevada Corp.

Mark Huntley, Sierra Nevada Job Corps

Kimberly Marshall, Sierra Nevada Properties

Darrell Plummer, Sierra Nevada Properties

Charlene Bybee, Sparks City Council

Brett Zunino, Summit Church

Chris Reilly, Tesla

Abbi Whitaker, The Abbi Agency

John Sutton, Thompson Garage Doors

Kevin Kemner, TSK

Mitch Cohen, U.S. Bank

Melissa Burnham, UNR, College of Education

Debra Moddelmog, UNR, College of Liberal Arts

Nicole Jacobs, UNR, School of Medicine

Jodi Herzik, UNR, Professional Development Programs and Academic Credit Options

Brad Van Woert, Van Woert Bigotti Architects

Scott Pearson, Washoe County Judicial Court

John Slaughter, Washoe County Manager’s Office

Teresa Aquila, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office

Anna Richeson, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office

Natha Anderson, Washoe Education Association

Yanus Nelson, Wells Fargo

Andy Bomberger, Whitney Peak Hotel

About the Education Alliance: The Education Alliance of Washoe County is a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster educational excellence and student achievement in Washoe County. Its programs and initiatives include Partners in Education, the Run for Education, Teachers’ Warehouse, and Principal for a Day, all dedicated to strengthening education through business and community partnerships.

For more information about the Education Alliance, please contact Kendall Inskip, Executive Director, or Brittani Haggarty, Collaborative Coordinator, at 353-6950 or visit

About Washoe County School District: The Washoe County School District includes the Reno/Sparks metropolitan area, Incline Village, Gerlach, and Wadsworth, Nevada. The District provides each of its 64,000 students with a superior education in a safe and challenging environment and is committed to graduate every child career and college ready.

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