NEW Leadership Nevada 2016 Application Now Available
  • With gratitude to: 
The Eleanor Kagi Foundation, 
 A Lynn M. Bennett Legacy

    Champion Nevada women and their communities through research and education.

    Follow Us

    WRIN is a member of the National Council for the Research on Women, a network of institutions committed to improving the lives of women and girls.
  • 2011 Alumnae Biographies


    Back row (l-r)
    Natalie Becerra, Emylia Terry, Caren White, Anne-Elizabeth Northan, Shannon Hadfield, Lisa Marie Barnett, Cassandra Starr, Angel Patterson, Jessica Halling, Sarah Huerta, Stephanie Duffy.
    Front row (l-r)
    Kirstin Watkins, Stephanie Molina, Mary Pipes, Annastacia Koerner, Lauren Hollifield, Lisa Levine, Linsey Scriven, Susan Buffo, Nohemi Guzman Negrete, Rodan Petros, Asmeret Gebretekle.

    Lisa Marie Barnett attended Great Basin College and is now a student at the University of Nevada Reno. She hopes to eventually get a masters degree in Social Work. She is passionate about making positive changes in social issues like trafficking-in-persons, and child pornography. A future in working to help distressed children, families, and the community is what Lisa Marie aims for. An avid traveler, Lisa Marie has been to Venezuela, Guatemala, and Spain. She is a member of the Rotaract Club and was awarded a scholarship to live in Spain for six months to study the Spanish language, culture, and history.

    Natalie Becerra is a student at the College of Southern Nevada pursuing a degree in Psychology. She plans to graduate and attend the University of California Los Angeles. Then continue her studies at Notre Dame. Her big dream of owning a family counseling business is something she hopes to one day achieve. Natalie is part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, and through her New Leadership summer experience she was able to find an internship program that corresponds to her own personal goals. Working along-side Rosemary Flores, Natalie wants to provide Hispanic youths in the Las Vegas community with stronger leadership skills and greater support to receive an education. Natalie’s ultimate goal is to help women of all ethnic backgrounds acquire a better education.

    Susan Buffo went to school and picked fruit in a village near Kabwe, Zambia till the age of 11. She then lived in Lundazi, Zambia where she shadowed her aunt who was a nurse. When her father died a few years later, Susan and her family were left with nothing. Despite pressures to get married Susan continued to attend school and work hard towards her goals. She sold most of her possessions in order to pay for her education. She also washed clothes and cleaned properties in order to raise additional money to support herself and her family. Several years later Susan met her husband who was working with the Peace Corps in her village. In 2008 Susan moved to the U.S. with her husband, taking residence in Washington. Then in 2010 they moved to Nevada where Susan continues to excel in her education.

    Stephanie Duffy is an Honors Student at the University of Nevada Reno. She is an Accounting major and Dance minor. As a member of the Honors Service Council, Stephanie promotes service in the Reno community and finds passion in working with the youth and homeless population. She plans to graduate in 2014 and pursue her master’s with hopes of working as a service officer for the Department of State.

    Asmeret Gebretekle studies include a major in Journalism and minor in Film at UNLV. She plans on graduating in the fall of 2012, then continuing on with her education in her graduate studies. Asmeret has goals of working in the field of media. Whether she is working in sales, broadcasting, or writing for a media network she wants to be a strong force within the industry. Growing up in a family of two supportive parents and four motivating siblings, is what makes her strive to become a real success in her education, career, and community.

    Jessica Halling is a leader in education. As a senior majoring in Early Childhood Education at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Jessica hopes to use her studies and work experience to provide children and battered women opportunities to receive scholarships to fund their education. Jessica has participated in many great programs, she is part of the Golden Key International Society, was a Resident Assistant, a Student Senator, and Drill Team Captain. With hard work and persistence Jessica has become the first director of a new preschool that opened in the fall of 2011.

    Lauren Hollifield is a sophomore at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles California. She majors in Spanish and minors in Biochemistry. Lauren has experienced many leadership roles, Vice President of the Spanish Honor Society, Per Educator for The Wealth Club and the Positive Action Organization, are just a few of the great programs she held great responsibility in. Lauren is also a star athlete in having played for the Loyola Women’s Lacrosse club team. She became certified as an EMT in 2011, and hopes to gain first-hand experience in the demanding field of medicine.

    Annastacia Koerner Is originally from Dallas, Texas. She attended UNLV where her studies focused on Psychology, Anthropology, and Philosophy. Anna has been involved in many clubs and organizations at the university. She was the Liberal Arts Senator for UNLV’s Consolidated Students of the university’s student government. Anna’s interests range from politics, event planning, marketing, and fashion design. She hopes to eventually obtain a Ph.D. in clinical society at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor.

    Lisa Levine is a senior Political Science major at UNLV. She first became interested in the political process during the Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, when she served as an intern for the Nevada caucus. She joined Dina Titus’s campaign and became a member of “Team Titus” as an event coordinator and fundraiser. Lisa has been involved with the Clark County Women’s Democratic Club, the League of Women Voters, UNLV’s Relay for Life, and Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. She was also on the Vagina Monologues Production Team in the spring of 2011. Lisa plans to attend law school in the future and work in the public sector.

    Stephanie Molina is enrolled at UNLV as a senior, working towards B.S. degrees in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, and possibly Health Physics as well as taking up a minor in Psychology. She hopes to attend graduate or medical school in the future. Although she is interested in a science and a medical career, Stephanie enjoys working with student leaders, emphasizing the importance of higher education, and leadership. She has been involved in programs like Nevada Girls State as both delegate and counselor, the NCCEP/GEAR-UP Youth Leadership Summit, and Gear-up For Excellence (GUFE) as a team leader.

    Nohemi Guzman Negrete was one of five siblings born in Mexico City. She moved to Carson City in 2001 and began learning English in 2004. Nohemi is a Certified Nurse Assistant and a student at Western Nevada College. She has an Associate of Arts degree and an Associate’s degree in General Studies. Her next objective is to transfer to the University of Nevada Reno Nursing School. Nohemi likes to give back to her community, especially in the area of working with animals. When she is not participating in her organization Phi Theta Kappa, Nohemi enjoys reading and spending quality time with her family.

    Rodan Petros was born in Phoenix, Arizona to parents who are originally from Ethiopia. She attends UNLV, pursuing a degree in communications with a minor in marketing. She is an intern for the Goodie Two Shoes nonprofit agency that provides shoes for disadvantaged youth. Rodan plans to graduate in the fall of 2012, and work in the field of marketing for a large business or casino. She obtained an Associate’s Degree in Communications and was the president of TRIO, a government funded program to aid first-generation students. Rodan is an active volunteer in her community, and counts her younger brothers as the source of her inspiration.

    Mary Pipes was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 18. Raised as the only girl in a family of four boys, Mary’s parents taught her to never be held back by her gender. In 2011, she graduated from Nevada State College with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Sociology. Mary is the mother of a four year old son, who inspires her to succeed in her academics. Mary hopes to obtain a Master’s degree in Public Health. Then embark on a career as a hospital administrator, and work to help immigrant women to achieve educational equality.

    Linsey Scriven is a third year student at UNLV. Linsey majors in Journalism and minors in History. She is a passionate fan of classic Hollywood films, Harry Potter, British Television, and Michelle Obama. Linsey hopes to work in politics, leadership, and with LGBT issues. She enjoys networking with her classmates and wants to continue to broadening her world view through New Leadership Nevada.

    Cassandra Starr prides herself in creating a legacy of positive change for herself and her family. She wants to pursue a career in nursing and calls herself, “An ordinary person with extraordinary dreams”. Her plan in succeeding in the nursing field then starting a foundation for single mothers is a goal she is determined to achieve. She finds inspiration in her church and her education. Cassandra attends Truckee Meadows Community College, where she of course focuses her studies in Applied Nursing.

    Emylia Terry is a UNLV Honors College student, majoring in Psychology, History, and Theater. She is committed to scholarships, volunteerism, and extracurricular activities. She loves spending time with her family and friends. Emylia hopes to incorporate all of her hobbies and passions into her future career.

    Kirstin Watkins studies include a major in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics at Baylor University. She plans on pursuing a Doctorate degree in Computer Science. Then move on to work on her life-long goal of being a physician. Her plan is to integrate her background in computer science and medicine into a career as a physician-researcher.

    Caren White is a passionate volunteer and student. She enjoys working with Girl Scouts of America, animal shelters in the community, and her local church. Caren has participated in programs like Upward Bound and the Disney College Program. She attends UNLV where her studies are focused on English and Biology. Caren hopes to attend medical school and get her doctorates in Veterinary Medicine. She counts her grandparents as her greatest motivators in achieving her goals.

  • Improving the Lives of Women through Research and Education

  • NEW Leadership Nevada 2017 Keynote Dinner

    Featuring Restaurateur and Philanthropist Jenna Morton
    Blasco Event Wing, UNLV Foundation
    4505 S. Maryland Parkway
    Thursday, June 8, 2017
    Reception at 5:00pm
    Dinner and Program at 6:00pm

  • Meet women who have played an integral role in shaping Nevada's history.

    Flolliott LeCoque

    Flolliott LeCoque is the First Lady of Las Vegas Entertainment who ...
    Learn More
    Women's Research Institute of Nevada
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    4505 Maryland Parkway, Box 455083
    Las Vegas, Nevada 89154-5083

    © 2017 WRIN | All rights reserved.

    a Studio Hyperset expression