Ms Goni-Stewart grew up in rural Nevada, lived in the Bay Area for 25 years, and then relocated to Reno eight years ago. She has owned and operated a medical-legal transcription service since 1984 and has served as the Executive Managing Director for the local eWomenNetwork chapter (a networking organization for female entrepreneurs) since 2012. Having raised two daughters of her own, she knows how difficult parenthood can be (even without extraordinary challenges) and she has a strong desire to help assist the families of our city.
Ms Hillyard-Manley has lived in Northern Nevada for 25 years. She has been working in the social service field, both the private and public sectors, providing assistance to children and young adults with mental health and developmental disabilities. She is currently employed by the State of Nevada Department of Child and Family Services as a Wrap Around Supervisor, providing targeted case management for children at risk. Ms Hillyard-Manley has raised two active girls and has instilled in them a desire to help others. She is now enjoying them as they enter young adulthood.
Mr. Harris is a renown local bankruptcy attorney, specializing in the area of debtor and creditors' rights, Chapter 11 cases, and commercial litigation within the US Bankruptcy Court. he was educated at the University of Southern California, receiving his BA in 1971, followed by his JD in 1974 from the University of San Diego School of Law. A tireless supporter of children, Mr. Harris gives generously of his time and income to the foundation.
Mrs. Barba is one of only a handful of female casino executives in Northern Nevada. From her early beginnings as a cashier in a family-run business, she has risen to the position of sole owner and operator of a local casino. With over 25 years of diverse business experience; from brand development to marketing implementation; employee relations to political liaison, she has handled all aspects of an ever-changing business. As a highly involved mother to three active boys, she opened her home and heart to many of their friends over the years. Always active in fundraising and charitable activities through their schools, Mrs. Barba has been a strong advocate for children. Her recent efforts have included the implementation of an educational scholarship with Casa de Vida in honor of her deceased mother-in-law.
Mrs. Wallace is from central California. Her husband was a career Naval officer, and she followed his career around the globe. She found time to volunteer for community organizations, school activities, and the Navy Relief Organization assisting families in need. When her husband retired 30 years ago, the Wallaces moved to Capitola, California. She went to work for the local junior high school. Following her retirement in 1998, Mrs. Wallace was elected Trustee for the Soquel Union Elementary School District and now serves as President.
Mr. Berney is the General Manager and Show Host of Nevada Business Chronicles, a popular and successful television show that spotlights local businesses. Prior to creating and hosting the show, he was involved in the automotive industry. In 2011, Mr. Berney formed and organization, the Car Buyer Advisor, committed to reforming and revolutionizing his industry and launched television and radio campaigns to educate the community. He has donated media time to local nonprofits including the For Kids Foundation, and has been an advocate for programs that benefit the children of Northern Nevada.
Mr. Ponzo is a master guitar player and teacher who has obtained a Master's Degree in Music Theory, Orchestration and Guitar Performance. He has traveled the world performing, and has recently opened his own music studio, It's All About Music, where he instructs children and adults. He spends many hours working with teachers and students of the Washoe County School District inspiring and extolling the benefits of the arts in all walks of life.
Mrs. Ciorciari was the Vice President of Finance and Accounting for WagerWorks, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of International Game Technology until her retirement in 2009. She had worked for IGT for 15 years. Prior to that she was Finance Manager at Digital Equipment Corporation for 13 years. Mrs. Ciorciari is a member of the Go Red Committee for the American Heart Association and is a retired board member of the Nevada Women's Fund. She has been spending much of her retirement time with her twin grandchildren, but keeps For Kids financially clean!
Dr. Nielsen is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Reno. He received his doctorate in 1979 from the University of Nevada, Reno. He specialized in the treatment of children, adults and families for the first 15 years of his practice; and has developed a forensic psychology practice over the past 15 years. Dr. Nielsen is very active within the Reno community and has served on various professional boards and committees. He is married, has raised four children and is now enjoying his first grandchild.