Monica Pappas, Owner of Fingerprinting Express, specializes in startups in underdeveloped industries and thrives being a disruptor in industries she grows. Monica franchised Fingerprinting Express and has four stores throughout the state of Nevada. Monica has dedicated her adult professional and personal life to protect children, seniors, the disabled, aged out foster care kids and homeless youth. Monica founded Community Lifters, a Grassroots Volunteer Group that encourages volunteerism and has thousands of volunteer hours. Monica is also on the Citizen Advisory Board for St Jude’s Ranch For Children.
Geoff Nathanson is the Vice-President at MonarCX and previously held leadership roles at LA Studios and Prudential. He has worked at CBS, NBC and Fox. MonarCX is a full-service Customer eXperience agency. Based in Las Vegas, the agency focuses on listening to clients, creating solutions and exceeding expectations to produce a modern Customer eXperience that supports client goals and maximizes value. MonarCX is the agency of record for Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner brand and specializes in Media placement. From Ideation to Creative to Production to Delivery, MonarCX elevates the game. www.monarcx.com
Donald Pearson is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ for WestPac Wealth Partners, the largest privately held wealth management firm in Las Vegas. A native of Las Vegas, Pearson attended Faith Lutheran Jr/Sr High School and accepted a scholarship to play football at the United States Naval Academy. He served as a Financial Manager for the United States Marine Corps in charge of the budget for Central and South America. Pearson sits on the board of Las Vegas HEALS, Southern Nevada Veterans Chamber of Commerce, Las Vegas Naval Academy Alumni Association, and is the Head Coach for the Junior Varsity Football team at Faith Lutheran.
Audra Hamernik is the new President and CEO of Nevada HAND. She brings more than 25 years of experience in real estate, financial services, social impact investing and lending, and community leadership. She was most recently the Executive Director of the Illinois Housing Development Authority. She has also served as Principal of A. Hamernik & Associates, Inc., and as Executive Director of Bluestem Housing Partners, a nonprofit housing developer. She earned her Master degree, as well as her Bachelor degree, in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois.