Steven Alfonso, Co-Chair & Creative Director
Donor Concierge & Development Specialist, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
A former starving artist and reluctant data geek. Steven Alfonso currently works on the Development team at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Born a military brat in Okinawa, Steven established a love for travel and exploring cultures early on. He made the travel to the valley from San Diego in 2013, the generous welcome and fervor of the community allowed Steven to quickly find Las Vegas as his new home. Equipped with a background in graphic design and marketing, the father of two children enjoys drawing, dad jokes and selling girl scout cookies. A bonafide gummy worm connoisseur, you'll often find Steven with a toothbrush.
Founder, SHE Venture Partners
Hassan's desire to support community-driven causes began at the age of 15, where he was part of a team raising community funds for the first cancer hospital in Pakistan. Since then, he has lived, studied and worked around Europe and America while staying engaged and supporting community causes within each community. From supporting nonprofits fighting for artist rights and against human trafficking in Spain to supporting the rights of neglected & abused children in Southern Nevada. Currently, he serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for the District Court in Clark County. He also served as an AmeriCorps and participated in implementing a Youth Advocacy Program under a Federal Campaign "Fight Poverty with Passion" within Salt Lake City School District.
Professionally he is most passionate about and seasoned in Real Estate Development, Marketing, and Startups. He focuses on maintaining a balance between work, community & family life and enjoys outdoor activities, writing, cooking as well as traveling.
Elizaveta Golikova, Vice-Chair
Founder, Social Impact Las Vegas
Elizaveta moved to Las Vegas from Russia in 2006. After completing her Bachelor’s degree in 2008, Elizaveta began her management career in the event industry. While getting her Master’s degree at UNLV, she discovered her passion for nonprofits. She has identified a need for an air quality nonprofit in Las Vegas and is working on launching it in 2019.
Elizaveta also runs a social media platform called Social Impact Events, which is the only source of its kind for inspirational events in Las Vegas. It can be found by @socialimpactlv handle on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter. Through her platform, Elizaveta launched Social Impact Mastermind, which is a monthly gathering for Las Vegas change-makers who are striving to make a difference. It was created to unite local female entrepreneurs, nonprofit professionals & social justice activists in order to give them an opportunity to share and brainstorm social impact ideas. Social Impact Mastermind is also a platform that's intended for sharing better business practices, leadership development strategies and latest business tools to help its members grow and succeed.
Elizaveta is passionate about engaging and supporting future nonprofit and community leaders through professional development, networking, and social opportunities, and that's what she is focusing on as the YNPN Vice Chair.
Kristen Woodruff, Secretary
Teacher, 100 Academy
Kristen Woodruff was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. Kristen attended Eastern Illinois University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication and a minor Public relations which afforded her the opportunity to work in the corporate sector for a few years prior to returning to school for a career change. She now holds a Masters in Elementary Education from National-Louis University in Chicago and she has been happily teaching first grade for over 9 years. Kristen has also had the opportunity to teach international and local students in the United Arab Emirates and Uganda and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. By the way, Kristen is truly passionate about helping urban youth reach their full potential in life by encouraging them to look beyond their circumstances so they can achieve greatness!
Kristen relocated to Las Vegas in 2016 to be closer to family. Although Las Vegas wasn’t her preferred location, it has grown on her significantly. Since being in Las Vegas, she enjoys the warm weather, networking with others and attending community empowerment events. In 2017, Kristen, an advocate for single moms, founded Single Moms Who R.I.S.E. ( Restore, Ignite, Succeed and Evolve) to empower single mothers to live life to the fullest by helping them recognize their worth and full potential. Single Moms Who R.I.S.E. members meet monthly and focus on various topics such as co-parenting, self-love, self-esteem, financial planning, home ownership, and more.
Additionally, Kristen is a published author and loves to volunteer around the community for various non-profits. Kristen has the desire to start her own non-profit very soon for middle school under-served youth who are interested in leadership and international travel opportunities. When she has a tiny window of time, Kristen enjoys writing, taking random road trips, working out, finding great deals at thrift stores, and spending quality time with family. She lives in Las Vegas with her innovative, gifted and super impressive 11-year old son, Christion.
Noelle Jefferson, YNPN Chapter Congress Representative
Operations Support and Security Administrator, Marsh USA
L.A.-born and So Cal-raised, several opportunities motivated Noelle's decision to venture to Las Vegas in 2015, including assisting a family member with their new business, a new job, exploring life away from home, and, above all, a chance to be close to family living in Las Vegas. Formerly a membership and event coordinator for Kidspace Children's Museum in Pasadena, CA, and having transitioned from the nonprofit sector to the private sector in her role at Marsh USA, Noelle joined the "Marsh Cares" committee at her job, sourcing opportunities for colleagues to engage in volunteer activities with local nonprofits. Noelle later joined YNPN Southern Nevada as a member in 2018 to remain deeply connected to nonprofit and volunteer work, and to build relationships with the people that make up this wonderful and inspiring community in Las Vegas. She is excited to support growing and emerging nonprofit leaders and peers.
You can often find Noelle volunteering at various local nonprofits, attending many local and community events, hanging out at her favorite comic book shop, spending time with her nieces and nephews, or exploring the Downtown Las Vegas Arts District. Noelle is also an experience seeker who loves searching out the many unique places and hidden gems in Las Vegas, lover of all things geeky and nerdy, and a hopeful up and coming small town volleyball star and archer, in her own right.
Daigo Ishikawa, Co-Chair
Real Estate Development Project Manager, Nevada HAND
Born in New York City and raised in New Jersey, Daigo Ishikawa has worked as a Real Estate Development Project Manager at Nevada HAND, Nevada's largest non-profit affordable housing provider since 2013. His responsibilities extend beyond real estate development as he frequently participates in community events and professional associations, such as the Downtown Las Vegas Alliance and the Urban Land Institute. Daigo has a B.S. in Finance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Melbourne (Australia).
In his free time, he plays tennis and searches for travel deals to fulfill his wanderlust.
College Success Advisor, Fulfillment Fund
Branden comes with a wealth of experience in education and the nonprofit sector. Branden has experience as a Sports Director/Teen Director at the Boys and Girls Club, a Special Education Teacher at CCSD, and in higher education as a Career Advisor and Academic Coordinator. Branden has a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education with a concentration in Sports Management from Virginia State University, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
In his free time Branden is a music DJ and coaches middle school basketball.
Owner, Glass Always Full Coaching & Consulting
From dancing on the sidewalk with strangers to being her nieces' biggest cheerleader, Page loves Coaching almost as much as our Co-Chair Steven loves Dad Jokes. Page is a Strengths Coach, meaning she helps individuals see what's right with them instead of trying to fix what they perceive as "wrong" -- think mental strengths, not flexing her biceps at a gym. As the coach Page wishes she had over a decade ago, she focuses on working with emerging female leaders who want to rise to the next level in their careers. She also has a passion for facilitating strengths-based teambuilding and leadership workshops. Besides her nieces and her dog, the other children in her life are the ones she coaches as a seasonal volunteer at Girls on the Run. Page hopes to one day host a foreign exchange student. In the mean time, she enjoys calling Vegas her home since 2017 and is beyond impressed with the nonprofit community here. She will barter coaching for dark chocolate.
Regis Whaley, Treasurer
Business Support Manager, Three Square Food Bank
Regis is a lifelong Las Vegas resident dedicated to seeing his community thrive. He currently works at Three Square developing the organization’s internal capacity to support Southern Nevada, primarily through his knowledge of data management and analysis to create a data-driven culture. His skills include the use of various data management and analysis tools (spreadsheets, SPSS, SQL), data visualization tools (Excel, Power BI, Tableau), GIS (ArcGIS, QGIS), social science research, and project management.
Outside of the workplace, Regis is a husband and a father. He is also an avid fan of MMA.
Seth (Suthakorn) Wongsavit
Research Analyst, Nevada Community Foundation
Seth specializes in research and strategic analysis of community issues. He has been with Nevada Community Foundation since 2012, serving in multiple capacities. Seth helps donors articulate and achieve their intended visions. Originally from Bangkok, Thailand, he moved to the United States in 2008. Seth is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a bachelor’s degree in History.
Seth is a self-professed foodie and is always looking for new restaurants in Vegas to try.
Community Manager of D-Well Las Vegas, Communitas America
Alison is a social justice activist seeking to improve her local community and ensure equal and just rights for all. She believes that the role of local nonprofits is pivotal in providing the tools and resources necessary to live and thrive as a whole. Alison’s prior work experience includes working as the Legal Assistant to the Director of Immigration Services at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada and as an employee of the Protection Department at the Consulate of Mexico. In both capacities she worked with vulnerable populations that were facing immigration, civil, labor and criminal issues. She worked closely with local, state and federal government agencies as well as local nonprofits to ensure proper representation and access to resources for the clients she serviced.
She currently is the Community Manager of D-Well, a coliving space in the DTLV that houses changemakers; individuals with a strong social mission that are community-driven and want to live and collaborate together. She seeks to create a positive impact in the community through strategic partnerships with local artists, businesses and nonprofits in the hope that this will lead to fruitful collaborations and sustainable growth in the community. She seeks to foster a sense of community with her residents and ensure they lead happy and fulfilling personal and professional lives.
She is also an arts and culture enthusiast and avid proponent of the local arts scene in Las Vegas. She strives to satiate her artistic side through her volunteer opportunities, such as serving a docent at the Neon Museum and performing in several Spanish-speaking social justice-driven plays at the Winchester Cultural Center.