MEET OUR BOARD

We are a group of volunteers dedicated to serving young, emerging nonprofit professionals in Southern Nevada.

NOELLE JEFFERSON
Co-Chair

Program Associate, Opportunity 180
Founding Board Member, With Love For Vegas

Noelle was first introduced to nonprofit work at Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena, CA where she managed and grew the museum’s membership program and events prior to moving to Las Vegas in Spring of 2015. That introduction to a collaborative space with like-minded individuals passionate about making an impact in the lives of children and local communities ignited her passion for nonprofit work and planning creative event experiences.

Noelle joined YNPN Southern Nevada as a member in 2018 to learn more about and connect with local nonprofit professionals and organizations. She is currently the Program Associate for Opportunity 180, a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that every kid can access a great school in their neighborhood regardless of their zip code. As a proud aunt of amazing nieces and nephews living in Clark County, this mission is very close to my heart.

Noelle is a Founding Board Member for With Love For Vegas, an emerging nonprofit organization that supports individuals and families with low/no income through a number of initiatives, including free laundry services. More than that, With Love For Vegas believes everyone deserves to be treated with love, respect, and dignity. Mention art, museums, film, the show Firefly, or general geek topics around Noelle and be prepared to engage in endless conversation.

Connect with Noelle: Email | LinkedIn

SUTHAKORN “SETH” WONGSAVIT
Co-Chair


Research Analyst, Nevada Community Foundation

Seth specializes in research and strategic analysis of community issues. Seth has been with Nevada Community Foundation since 2012, serving in multiple capacities. He helps donors articulate and achieve their intended visions.

Originally from Bangkok, Thailand, Seth moved to the United States in 2008. He is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a bachelor’s degree in History.

He is also a self-professed foodie and looks forward to trying new restaurants once it is again safe to do so.

Connect with Seth: Email

DANIELLE BATIN
Vice Chair

Director of Alumni Impact, Teach for America

A proud Las Vegas transplant, Danielle relocated to the city from North Carolina in 2012. She taught Kindergarten for five years. After her time in the classroom, Danielle worked for Teach For America Baltimore’s fundraising team where she raised more than 3.3 million dollars in donor gifts. Currently as Teach For America Las Vegas’s Director of Alumni Impact, Danielle is the LinkedIn for Las Vegas alumni – she connects everyone to opportunities and pathways for development.

Danielle received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from NC State, her first master’s degree in education from UNLV, and her second master’s in public school administration from NOVA Southeastern. In her free time, you can catch Danielle in community leadership roles with Q3 Student Partners, Leaders in Training, and The Body Babes Dance Team. She enjoys spending time with her guinea pig Mocha, keeshond Pickle, and her husband.

Connect with Danielle: Email | LinkedIn

GREG WILKEN

Secretary

 

Founder and CEO, Edunamo Consulting
Co-founder, HR Collaborative

Greg is the President and CEO of Endunamo Consulting, a Human Resources consulting company that focuses on providing HR expertise and support to nonprofits in Las Vegas and Southern Nevada. Greg received is BA in History from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN and his JD from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Greg is married and has two daughters. In his free time, Greg enjoys cooking, traveling and any outdoor activity that involves exercise.

Connect with Greg: Email | LinkedIn

JACQUELINE WAYMENT
Treasurer

Director of Business Development, Next Level Nonprofits

Jacqueline Wayment is the Director of Business Development at Next Level Nonprofits, a nonprofit consulting company focused on providing board development, strategic planning, social media and PR, and fundraising expertise and services to nonprofit organizations. NLN’s clients include the Children’s Advocacy Center Foundation, Golden Rainbow, National Shoe Travelers, Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada, and others. Jacqueline supports organizations in becoming more efficient and effective in achieving their mission.

Jacqueline also leads a practicum site at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada, in the School of Journalism and Media Studies. The program matches students with real world clients to provide hands-on learning experiences in social media and content production, PR, website development and more.

Jacqueline is also Social Media Strategist for Decision Counsel, a digital media agency focused on B2B strategies.

Jacqueline has a B.A. from Boise State University in Journalism with a minor in Political Science. Her passion for service and civic engagement is only rivaled by her love of books and travel.

Connect with Jackie: Email | LinkedIn

RACHON LAWSON
Chapter Congress Representative

Founder, With Love For Vegas
Jr. Processor, Alderus Mortgage

I graduated from Webster University with a Masters in Business Administration, and I am in the process of establishing With Love For Vegas, an upcoming non-profit in Las Vegas. I have lived in Vegas for five years and I consider it my home. With that in mind, I want to help contribute to the success of my community. I want to help build a community that provides resources that help contribute to people feeling loved and that help push them succeed.

I believe everyone should be seen and heard. I want to show my community that you can be loved without a condition.

Connect with Rachon: Email | LinkedIn

ANGELIQUE BURTON
Membership Director


Angelique graduated from Smith College in 2007, and immediately started a career working with the senior population. In Las Vegas, she spent over 5 years with a local non-profit working directly with seniors and families with low incomes.

In 2020, she transitioned from working with the older population to the younger group. In response to the pandemic and distance-learning school models, she created a learning pod to supplement the school lessons and provide a safe and encouraging learning environment for children ages 1-7.

Connect with Angelique: Email

BRIRONNI ALEX

Membership Committee

Program Manager, The Cupcake Girls

Bri’s (she/hers) passion for encouraging, uplifting, and affirming members of marginalized communities is what drew her toward The Cupcake Girls in May 2019. Her background is in Psychology, Human Services, and Educational Psychology, and she brings a decade of mentoring, training, and leadership experience to their team.

As the Program Manager for the Las Vegas branch, she serves their Outreach, Advocacy, and Support Group teams in order to guide them in connecting with and caring for their clients well.

Of the many things she enjoys, Bri is an avid foodie, a dance instructor, and a proud auntie. She’s a firm believer that everyone deserves respect, kindness, and a shot at wholeness.

Connect with Brironni: Email | LinkedIn

CHRISTINA WU

Events Director

Founder, The Remissionaries

Hi! I’m Christina. I came to Las Vegas from Los Angeles in 2004. Las Vegas has become my home but I will forever be a Southern California gal. I use words like “dude” and “rad” very frequently. I grew up a competitive figure skater, and spent every waking hour practicing and traveling for competitions. My dream was to compete in the Olympics. That never happened but I did finally attend an Olympic games as a spectator in 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Shortly after returning from South Korea, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I immediately began chemotherapy treatments, and eventually had a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction. I was declared cancer free in November 2018 and completed treatments in May 2019. Since then, I’ve started a nonprofit organization called The Remissionaries. Our mission is to provide comfort for women about to start chemotherapy treatments for breast cancer. It has been one of the most challenging and fulfilling achievements of my life. I will never be happy that I had breast cancer but I am grateful for the path set before me because of it.

My book of life continues, and I’m thrilled to start a new chapter with YNPN Southern Nevada as their Events Director. I’m excited to join this diverse Board of Directors, to learn from them, and to grow our nonprofit community here in Southern Nevada.

Connect with Christina: Email

ELYSA ARROYO

Data Management Director

 

Manager of Compliance, Grants, and Government Relations, Aerospace Machine and Supply
Educator, Clark County School District

Elysa Arroyo is a teacher in CCSD and the Manager of Compliance and Grants Administration for Aerospace Machine and Supply. Elysa moved from Southern California to Las Vegas to join Teach for America in 2014. During her time as a teacher, she has served as Grade Level Chair; an elected School Organizational Team rep; and Leadership Team member. She founded and directed her school’s theater program, which was accepted into the Disney Musicals in Schools program in 2017.

Elysa recently completed the Nevada Teach Plus Fellowship and currently serves as a fellow in the Sage and Systems Fellowship. She also currently serves as board secretary and is a founding board member of Sage Collegiate. Additionally, she has completed fellowships with the

Elysa has three dogs, Gidget, Callie, and Jamie, and a crested Gecko named Norbert. In her free time, she loves to read, go to concerts, roller skate, line dance, and spend time with her fiancé and pups. She holds a M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from UNLV and an MPAP in Public Administration and Policy from American University.

Connect with Elysa: Email | LinkedIn

GRANT FRAILICH

Communications Director

 

Founder, The Pride Tree

Development Manager, HopeLink of Southern Nevada

After graduating from Arizona State University with an undergraduate degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Business Management, Grant joined the highly competitive Teach for America program and moved to Las Vegas.

Grant spent two years teaching 4th grade in East Las Vegas. Following his two-year commitment, Grant spent 5 more years teaching multiple grades including second grade and middle and high school social studies.

Grant is also the founder of The Pride Tree, a local nonprofit which provides LGBTQ+ youth and straight allies with identity-based afterschool, family, and summer programming.

He currently works as the Development Manager for HopeLink of Southern Nevada.

In his free time, Grant enjoys reading, spending time with his family, and loving on his two adorable cats named Mia and Emma.

Connect with Grant: Email | LinkedIn

SAMANTHA WILSON

Creative Director

 

Development Manager, The Neon Museum

Samantha Wilson is originally from Spokane, Washington and has called Las Vegas her home since 2014. She holds a B.A. from Eastern Washington University in Communication Studies (’09) and a second B.A. from UNLV in Art (’17). She recently graduated from Fort Hays State University (’20) with a Master’s of Liberal Studies in art history. Samantha has worked at The Neon Museum as the Development Manager since 2018 raising money to preserve and protect one of the most unique treasures in Las Vegas, neon signs.

Samantha has a passion for teaching, museums, art and history and hopes to one day teach art history in higher education. She loves being a youth mentor, helping inspire students to reach their full potential. One of her favorite volunteer roles was when she volunteered and ran the Nevada Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) yearly youth leadership seminars at UNLV. When she is not at work or volunteering, you can find Samantha traveling, reading, writing, painting, drawing, and spending time with her five animals and husband.

Connect with Samantha: Email | LinkedIn

VANESSA VALDIVIA

Social Media Director

 

Coordinator of Arts and Humanities, DISCOVERY Children’s Museum

Vanessa Valdivia is a native Las Vegas artist. Valdivia is a fine arts student, exhibiting artist, the Coordinator of Arts and Humanities at DISCOVERY Children’s Museum and the resident Visual Arts Instructor for the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs. Vanessa is responsible for managing the Museum’s art galleries and Presenters, and coordinating partnerships with community artists to increase accessibility to the arts for children.

Vanessa is committed to connecting her love of visual arts and cultural heritage with the greater Las Vegas community.

Connect with Vanessa: Email