Past Award Winners

Past Award Winners
Past Award Winners
Past Award Winners
Past Award Winners
Past Award Winners

2020 Top 10 Winners

Kirsten Childers
Real Estate Agent, Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty

Kirsten is a born natural leader, opening her first business at 20 years old. She loves giving back to the community by caring for the elderly and is on the board of The Junior League of Reno where she supports less fortunate women and children. As a realtor, Kirsten is passionate about helping her clients buy or sell their homes. She’s creative, innovative, and driven in all aspects of her life. Her leadership in our community has been especially evident in the last year with the tragedies at Damonte High School and the pandemic.

Lindsay Hoffbuhr
Founding Member, Isa Foundation

Lindsay radiates kindness. Her passion for helping others break through physical and mental barriers is unmatched. She is the woman who gives the shirt off her back to a new friend or shows up with an empathetic ear and thoughtful surprises during the tough times. Dr. Hoffbuhr is most passionate about Isa Foundation, pursuing their mission of creating global, sustainable impact focused on healthy nutrition, support for underserved children, wellness education, aid for those affected by natural disasters, and the pursuit of racial equality.

Amber Howland
Owner and President, Dragonfly Media LLC

Amber is selfless, kind, and determined. At 15, she was a contributing writer to the L.A. Times and went on to be publisher of several successful national magazines. She started her own Multi-Media business, Dragonfly Media LLC where she hires local people and treats them like family. She established a non-profit for children with rare genetic disorders and is a board member of AAF Foundation and Project 8P yet still volunteers in her son’s class and PTO. She conquers goals like finishing the Tahoe Spartan Beast. She gathers neighbors, friends and family to celebrate each other.

Melissa Molyneaux
Colliers International, Senior Vice President

Melissa exemplifies the phrase, “You can do it all.” She is a Senior Vice President with Colliers International, where her area of specialization is office properties. She is also an active member of the community, serving on countless boards, committees and foundations including the US Bank Advisory Board and the EDAWN Board of Trustees. She is a dynamic public speaker, business savvy leader, and a kind and compassionate mother and wife. She inspires others through her passion and expertise and Northern Nevada is a better place because she is in it.

Bridget Robb
District Court Judge

A native Nevadan, Bridget has dedicated her professional career to improving Nevada’s legal profession, to protecting clients, and to fostering the administration of justice. Judge Robb has volunteered her time and services to provide legal assistance to people with low incomes, to help victims of domestic violence and to work with both elementary and high school students regarding the Constitution and in competition classes such as Mock Trial and We the People.

Laura Tennant
Newspaper Columnist & Historian

The daughter of a poor Silver City miner, Laura has become the most influential person in Dayton in the last 50 years. While raising six children she helped found the Historical Society of Dayton Valley, educated herself to become a newspaper editor, put Dayton “on the map” as Nevada’s first settlement, and published the first book about Dayton since 1922.

Chrisie Yabu
V.P. of Public Relations, KPS3

Chrisie is a powerhouse. She directs clients across the nation on the art of Public Relations. She is curious, driven, and is a leader, but, most of all, she knows how to connect with people. Influence is all about reach, and Chrisie’s reach is vast. She is an inspiration to the KPS3 team members who report to her and work with her. During the recent Coronavirus crisis, she assisted at least two dozen KPS3 clients in developing communications to explain how to deal with the challenge.

Christine Zack
Business Executive

Through January 1, Christine oversaw Nevada’s largest private sector pediatric rehabilitation program and was the vanguard of Capability Health which opened an innovative therapy clinic in Reno earlier this year. The clinic serves children with developmental delays with a vision of ensuring its patients launch into careers or attend college. Christine’s focus on patient capabilities rather than their disabilities is a game-changer. Christine is a recent TEDxReno speaker, presenting about the impact of COVID-19 on the healthcare industry. She serves as a member of the Avanti Hospitals Compliance Board of Directors, as Adjunct Faculty in UNLV’s School of Public Health and as a Trustee and Corporate Secretary for The Shade Tree, a domestic violence shelter for women, children and their pets.

Sarah Carmona Zink
Co-Founder, Dreams Foundation, Inc; Broker-Owner, Reno/Tahoe Realty Group, LLC

Sarah is a highly successful real estate broker, business owner (four companies and a non-profit), and government contracting project manager. She is able to tackle all of this while fundraising for NICU babies and volunteering for community project, and still has time to devote to her family. Her non-profit, the Dreams Foundation, Inc., has donated close to $600,000 to various individuals, groups, faith-based organizations, and charities since its creation in 2012. She is smart, empathetic, sassy, and tenacious.

Annie Zucker
Manager of Community Impact, Renown Health

Annie is an activist who gets things done and brings our community together when there is an issue or a crisis that needs a solution. She has been giving her expertise and guidance to nonprofits and community groups working to better circumstances for residents for decades. Her dedication to the Renown Foundation is unmatched. Whether she is raising money for the Renown Children’s Hospital, working with local nonprofits to allow them to better serve their community, or giving back to numerous charitable organizations, her passion and drive shine through.

2020 Special Awards

Young Leader | Ashlee Smith
Founder, Ashlee’s Toy Closet

This award recognizes someone who demonstrates wisdom beyond their years through selfless contributions to others.

Transformational Leader | Neoma Jardon
Reno City Council Member

The Transformational Leader award is intended to recognize a person who is committed to identifying change by creating a vision through inspirational leadership and executing the changes with committed members of a group for the benefit of others. The person is a consummate innovator, who is solution driven and community-minded.

Trailblazer | Chelle Dalager
2-Time State Championship Boys’ Basketball Coach, Fallon High School

Trailblazers break down barriers, create paths that aren’t already there and show us what is truly possible.

Philanthropic Leader | Lindy McQuirk
Founder, Big Reno Coat Drive; Board Chair, Step 1, Recovery

A Philanthropic Leader demonstrates altruistic concern for human welfare and advancement, as well as a generous spirit and a deep desire to make a difference for the greater good.

Inspiring Community Leader | Dr. Chelsie Todd
Dentist, Carson Kids Dental

An Inspiring Community Leader is values-driven, and breaks through expectations, without compromising who they are, to achieve results.

2019 Top 20 Winners

Ali Banister
Tiffany Banks
Amanda Burden
Bayo Curry-Winchell
Teresa DiLoreto
Jen Eastwood
Kerry Eaton
Shanda Golden
Jacki Hallerbach
Suzanne Hendery
Iris Key
Jenny Lesieutre
Renea Louie
Lysette Perez
Jennifer Rogers Markwell
Fayth Ross
Ann Silver
Kelly Wilmoth
Lori Windfeldt
Cortney Young

2018 Top 20 Winners

Claudia Andersen
Clara Andriola
Cindy Carano
Nancy Fennell
Angila Golik
Angela Handler
Debby Herman
Melissa Holland
Sarah Johns
Erin Krug
Amy Lessinger
Doreen Mack
Debbie McCarthy
Erin Oksol
Jennifer Rogers Markwell
Kate Patay
Jessica Schneider
Lisa Schuette
Mena Spodobalski
Valerie Glenn