2013 Social Justice Superheros
Bonnie Sorenson has worked tirelessly to lessen the impact of health disparities for children, women, and men since arriving in Clark County over ten years ago. Regardless of income, race/ethnicity, or other social discriminators, children get vaccinated, women receive cervical cancer screenings and family planning services, and men are eligible for STD/HIV/AIDS/TB screenings. In her role as the Southern Nevada Health District Director of Clinic and Nursing Services, Ms. Sorenson is responsible for numerous grants and contracts such as the Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) home visiting program which brings together young first-time pregnant women with public health nurses to work on personal solutions for ensuring the birth of a healthy baby and family economic security. Additionally, Ms. Sorenson has conceptualized a unique approach to preventing teen pregnancy and secured funds to target adolescent boys rather than girls. For those who have had the good fortune to know Bonnie, her calm demeanor, intellectual capacity, and sincere desire that every person in our community has the opportunity to be healthy is an inspiration.
Dan Wulz has been arguably the number one advocate in Nevada representing consumers against lenders, car dealers, scam artists, and big business for the past 19 years. He is currently the Deputy Director of the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada and has numerous court victories, legislative accomplishments and organizational achievements. In the 2013 legislative session, Dan spearheaded the defeat or substantial weakening of several bills which would have eroded consumer rights. As but three examples, borrowers from almost all high interest lenders will not face an extra $25/month in late fees, applicants for auto title loans will not be eligible for amounts they clearly cannot afford to repay, and consumers falling behind on car payments should not face the use of “vehicle interruption devices.” Dan is currently litigating a major class action against a payday lender in Nevada Supreme Court. He has a lifetime of achievement and is as on top of his game today as he has ever been.