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Jennifer Barrier is the owner and president of JCBarrier group, a premier marketing, public relations and campaign management firm. She specializes in campaign strategizing, event planning, and other activities for local and state political candidates. Jennifer has an extensive background in the retail and service related industries, having once owned a successful skin care business. She is currently a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, and the 2015 Athena Young Professional Leadership recipient. Jennifer was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jennifer graduated with honors from University of Phoenix, receiving her BS in Business Management (project management & marketing emphasis). She is months away from an MBA degree from Texas A&M University.
Angels of Las Vegas
Aynalem, an immigrant from Ethiopia, is achieving her American Dream by becoming a businesswoman in Las Vegas. She founded Angels of Las Vegas, a nonprofit organization that supports those affected by life threatening diseases. For her community service, she was awarded the 2012 Athena Award and was inducted into the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Nevada Hall of Fame in 2013. Aynalem hopes her story inspires others to build a business and serve their local community.
“Fall in love with your dream again, and never give up on what you desire out of life.” – Aynalem Workneh
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Newman Center
Rhoel Ternate is the Development Director of the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Newman Center serving the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He graduated from UNLV in 2004 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with a focus on Economics. He continued his education by pursuing a Master of Arts in Ethics and Policy Studies while working as a clerk and runner at Wynn Resorts, earning his second degree in 2013.
After completing his master's degree, Rhoel was recruited into his current position as Development Director after having served as a volunteer for the Newman Center capital campaign since it's beginning in 2007. His task is to raise funds to construct a church for the Newman Center, the Catholic ministry on the campus of UNLV that sits on land owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Las Vegas amidst the dorms.
Rhoel currently serves as the Secretary of the Young Professionals Society.
Ms. Go is an audit manager with the firm Piercy Bowler Taylor & Kern. She has been with the firm since September 2006 and prior to that worked in the retail industry for 13 years, several of those years were in management positions. She is involved in audit, review, compilation, and other attest services for a wide-range of clients in the government, not-for-profit and casino resort industries, and has significant experience in grant compliance auditing. Ms. Go has experience in financial statement preparation and accounting research for a wide variety of clients. She has been involved extensively in audit and other attest function and accounting services.
Ms. Go is originally from Chicago and graduated with honors from Wilbur Wright College with her Associates in Science (pre-pharmacy emphasis). In 2006, she graduated with honors from the University of Phoenix, Las Vegas, with a BS in Business Administration (accounting emphasis).
CAST Design Team
Stephani Ortiz has been designing thought provoking visual art for over a decade. After receiving her Bachelor’s in Graphic Design from The Art Institute of Las Vegas, she applied her passion for functional art with movement to a wide range of projects for apparel, marketing and local broadcast companies like NBC News. Skilled at capturing and transforming story into interactive visual branding, Stephani’s designs have been showcased on the weekly news and also featured in interactive virtual training video modules for some of the top educational and professional speakers from around the world.
Eternal Plumbing Solutions LLC
Robert Bloecker attended Embry Riddle Aeronautical University working towards his Bachelors in Aviational Computer Science. After several years as a freelance consultant, he went to work as the IT Manager for Valentine Construction where he oversaw 11 offices IT needs from Southern California to Denver, CO. He then went to become a manager at Kinko’s Copy Center, and then went on the Pursue a further career in the print industry. After 9 years as the Vice president of Rapid Color Printing in Las Vegas, he has begun his employment for A&B Printing as the General Manager. At the end of the 2016 election season, He decided to change gears, and began a plumbing company. Currently the owner of Eternal Plumbing Solutions LLC in Las Vegas, NV he is very excited to see what the future holds for YPS and our beautiful City.