Speakers
Mar 09, 2015
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"Healthcare Update"

Valerie Clark is the President of Clark & Associates, an insurance brokerage firm specializing in the development of creative and cost effective health insurance plans for employer groups of all sizes.  She joined Clark and Associates in 1993 after a 10 year career in Nursing.

She is also a Partner in Solutions At   Work which helps companies focus on their core business strategies by providing  Human Resource Consulting Services, HRIS,  Payroll Technology  and PEO Solutions  at a competitive price;  and she is also President of Altus Insurance Group, an affiliate of Clark and Associates, providing Commercial and Personal Insurance products to the Nevada market. Products include Worker’s Compensation, General Liability, Commercial/Personal Auto, Homeowner’s, Professional Errors & Omissions, and Surety Bonds among an array of others.

Valerie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Loma Linda University, along with several other healthcare and insurance related certifications.  She is active on many boards and committees, and is a member of several   organizations and associations throughout the community.  She is passionate about all aspects of healthcare, especially as it relates to the business community, and is a frequent guest speaker on this, and other related topics. 

Mar 16, 2015
"Most Improved Student Program"
Mar 23, 2015
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"Nevada Barn Heritage"

Jack Hursh, a Reno native whose family has lived in Nevada for four generations, is strongly influenced by the desire to preserve images reflecting the heritage of Nevada—rugged sagebrush covered landscapes, rural life, and colorful historical architecture.

Jack is co-founder of the non-profit project Truckee Meadows Remembered (TMR). TMR successfully relocated several historical ranch outbuildings to Bartley Ranch Park in 2004 as a heritage display for the public. Jack is the author of “Truckee Meadows Remembered,” a booklet ($10.00) containing his photographs and descriptions of historical ranch architecture in the Reno area. Proceeds from the booklet are donated to the TMR project at Bartley Ranch Park. In 2007, Jack received the Advocacy Award from the City of Reno’s Historic Resources Commission for TMR.

Jack is an award winning photographer with photos published in RLife Magazine, Nevada Magazine, Range Magazine, Sierra Heritage Magazine, and many other community related publications. Jack is responsible for the design and layout editing of the popular series of Nevada Geology calendars and tour guides containing his photography by the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (www.nbmg.unr.edu). Titles of the tour guides include: Traveling America’s Loneliest Road, A Geologic and Natural History Tour Through Nevada along U.S. Highway 50 ($24.95); Geologic and Natural History Tours in the Reno Area ($24.95), Geologic Tours in the Las Vegas Area ($27.95), and A Geologic and Natural History Tour through Nevada and Arizona along U.S. Highway 93 ($27.95). Five of Jack’s Nevada historical barn photos have recently been published in a nationally circulated book, Barn in the USA.

Jack is a cartographic technician for the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology at the University of Nevada. Jack is the sheriff (president) of the Nevada Corral Westerners,  Reno’s oldest history club. Jack has been program chairman, and walking tour guide for the Historic Reno Preservation Society for 15 years and served several years on the HRPS board of directors. Jack was a member of the Artists Co-op Gallery of Reno from 2005-2013, serving as President for two years.

Mar 30, 2015
"Tahoe Reno Industrial Center Update"
Apr 06, 2015
"The Nature Conservancy"

In a previous life, Martin Swinehart did PR, marketing, and event management for for-profit companies and clients. Roughly four years ago, he transitioned to using that skill set to work with The Nature Conservancy in Nevada to further their conservation goals via volunteer programs, partnership development, and community engagement.

Apr 13, 2015
"Understanding ISIS/ISIL"
Apr 27, 2015
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