Born in Texas, Jinan Barghouti has lived in Reno since 2001. She enjoys hiking, art, music, and Lake Tahoe. Jinan is a senior at the University of Nevada, Reno. She will be graduating with her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Addiction Treatment Services, May, 2015. Jinan is currently part of a research team that is studying adolescents and their intentions to drive under the influence of drugs. Jinan devotes the majority of her time to school, including her internship at Community Chest where she is co facilitating a substance abuse group for Lyon County Juvenile Probation, as well as other counseling related activities.
Lindsey Mcelfish has a passion for children and helping those who can not always help themselves. She has her associate’s degree for Early Childhood Education. She is a senior at the University of Nevada and will be graduating in May with her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She has five years of experience working with children ages 2-13 both in preschool and the after-school setting. After graduation she hopes to open her own preschool so she can provide quality Early Childhood Education to children and their families within the community. She is currently coordinating a project with Community Chest’s Youth Program Director to create a business plan, as well as implement skills learned in the HDFS program directly with children in the before and after-school program.
Maegan Molo is from Antioch, California. She is currently a student at the University of Nevada, Reno majoring in Public Health with a minor in Gerontology and Business. Maegan posses numerous leadership roles within the university and the community as a student ambassador, student athletic trainer, teaching assistant and an active member of church choir at our Lady of Wisdom Parish. She wishes to use these leadership skills within Storey County to help identify the resources that are needed within the aging community. She is currently working with nursing staff to create and implement a needs assessment, as well as practicing case management skills with the aging population in Storey County.
Jacoby was born and raised in Nevada. He is currently an intern at Community Chest for the Social Work program at UNR. He will graduate with a Bachelor’s in Social Work in the Spring of 2015. Jacoby is passionate about the community and has worked with at-risk youth since 2012. In his free time, Jacoby enjoys traveling, volunteering, music festivals, coaching, sporting activities, and exercising.
Quinn is a graduate student at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is pursuing a masters degree in public health specializing in Social and Behavioral Health. Quinn grew up in rural Nevada and has a passion for returning to help provide health outreach end education to rural areas of Nevada.
Oliva Avila was born and raised in Jackpot, Nevada. She comes from a big family of six children and is a first generation college student. She received her Bachelors Degree in Community Health Sciences and is now working on my Masters Degree in Public Health with a concentration in Health Administration and Policy, graduating in May 2016. She hopes with her experience in school and internship to be able to continue to work with under-served populations in the community.
Caroline Calkin is from Sacramento, California and is currently studying Community Health Science with an emphasis in Public Health at the University Of Nevada, Reno. She will be graduating in May 2016 with her Bachelor of Sciences in Community Health Science and a minor Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Caroline is passionate about the connection between every element of health and wellness, providing to communities that do not have access to sustainable resources, and traveling the world. On her free time she enjoys hiking through Tahoe, practicing yoga, and spending time with her cat Lavender.
Caryssa Cook was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. She is currently a senior at the University of Nevada, Reno and will be graduating in May, 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Health Sciences with a specialty in public health. Caryssa has a passion for helping the rural communities around Nevada and has a special passion for working with the elderly population. Caryssa spends most of her time focusing on school but when she has free time she enjoys hiking around Lake Tahoe and traveling.
Clare Fite moved from the Bay Area to Nevada in 2006. She enjoys riding horses, camping with her husband and three dogs and cooking. She has worked with children and adolescents in a multitude of capacities since 2001. While working as a substitute teacher for Washoe County School District, she discovered that what children and adolescents needed was stronger emotional tools to handle life’s hardships. It was then that she decided to return to school to obtain her master’s degree in Professional Counseling so that she could one day focus on treating both mental health and substance use issues. In 2013, she became a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor Intern and in 2014 she received an Advanced Certificate in Addiction Treatment and Prevention from the University of Nevada, Reno. Clare has worked with both adolescents and adults in residential and outpatient settings as well as has aided in developing adolescent programs for treatment facilities. Clare is currently working as a Professional Counselor student intern at the Community Chest.
Robert Barnet was raised in Connecticut, and is a transplant from Northern California. He currently resides in Reno, Nevada. He will be graduating in the spring on 2016 from the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Robert is excited to assist the participants in the program earn their High School/ G.E.D. diplomas because he strongly believes education is a gift and a source of empowerment. His hobbies include swimming, gardening, and reading novels.
Lauren Coons was born and raised here in northern Nevada. She is currently attending the University of Nevada finishing up her degree in Community Health Science with a minor in mathematics and will be graduating in the spring of 2016. She enjoys hiking around Lake Tahoe, snowboarding, and spending time with her loved ones.
Clarissa was born in Kansas and grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada. She will be graduating in May, 2016 with a Bachelor degree in Community Health Science with an emphasis in Public Health from the University of Nevada, Reno. She enjoys going hiking and camping with her fiancé and dog, and loves the outdoors. Clarissa has worked with adolescents and adults with mental and intellectual disabilities and is passionate about helping to serve medically underserved communities.
Shannon Nunnemaker is a native Nevadan and social work intern completing her practicum with the Community Chest while finishing her master’s degree at the University of Nevada, Reno. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and has worked with clients suffering from a range of eating disorders and co-occurring disorders for many years in residential, partial and outpatient treatment settings. She enjoys philosophical discussions, playing with her dog and plotting her next adventure with her fiancé.
Brian Johnston is a student at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island and hopes to attend grad school once finished with his Bachelor’s degree. He is from Connecticut and is currently studying Psychology and History. He has an interest in Clinical Psychology and hopes to be a private counselor once finished with school. His hobbies include traveling, watching WWE, snowboarding, spending time with his beagles and labrador at home, and hanging out with friends and family.
Taylor Parsons is a Nevada native raised in Virginia City. She currently is attending the University of Nevada, Reno and pursuing a degree in Human Development and Family Studies, graduating in 2017. She enjoys coaching volleyball, camping, and spending time with family and friends.
My name is Emily Ruff. I’m a student at the University of Nevada, Reno and a native Nevadan. I’m currently pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy. I’ll be graduating with my Bachelor’s in a total of 2.5 years and after that plan to attend graduate school to get my Ph.D. in Forensic Psychology. I have a specific interest in counseling and clinical psychology and hope to one day work with criminal populations, as well as aid in ongoing research in the field of mental health.