2013 MLK PARADE JUDGES
Chris Giunchigliani has lived in Clark County for more than 30 years. Chris has become deeply involved in the community as a member of numerous boards, committees and organizations, as well as serving as a member of the State Assembly 1990-2005, president Clark County Education Association 1983-1987 and then president of the Nevada State Education Association 1987-1991.
Chris was sworn into office as County Commissioner for District “E” on January 2, 2007, and was re-elected November 2, 2010, and was sworn in on January 3, 2011 to serve a second four-year term. During her service in the Nevada State Legislature, she was Vice Chair of Ways and Means, Chair of Labor and Management, Chair of Elections and Ethics, and a member of Commerce. In 2005, she wrote and passed the law to help establish funding for the Smith Performing Arts Center.
Chris earned a BA degree in special education from Avila College in Kansas City, Mo. in 1976, attended UNLV earning a Master’s in education with an emphasis on the emotionally disturbed and has compiled 65 additional credit hours in post-graduate work.
Her teaching career began in the Shawnee Mission School District in Kansas 1976-1978, moved to Clark County to be a special education teacher 1979-1983 and 1991-2003, and spent a year at the Community College of Southern Nevada focusing on Community Relations with the Clark County School District. She returned to the Clark County School District in 2005 as a special education facilitator at Jim Bridger Middle School and taught special education students at Johnston Middle School 2006-2007. Currently she is on an unpaid leave of absence from the Clark County School District.
Tyrone Thompson is a native of Las Vegas, Nevada. He is a proud product of the Clark County School District where he attended elementary school, junior high and high school. In 1989, he graduated from Northern Arizona University with his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Sociology. He received his Masters degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix in May 2000.
Tyrone has been in Public Service for the past 22 years where he has worked for the State of Nevada, Clark County, and the City of Las Vegas mainly in the Human and Community Services field to include Welfare to Work, child support enforcement, neighborhood services, gang intervention, neighborhood mediation, Safekey before and after-school programs, senior advocacy, volunteer coordination, Ryan White Title I, homeless services, ex-offender employment and training, discharge planning, and grant administration. Recently, he began a new chapter in his career as he was named the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition's (SNRPC) Regional Initiatives Coordinator. The Regional Initiatives Office is responsible for coordinating the regional approach to address and prevent homelessness and in implementing a community action plan to address disengaged youth in Southern Nevada.
Kenyatta Lewis is the Executive Director of Supplier Diversity for Global Procurement at MGM Resorts International, headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. She manages the company's supplier diversity efforts throughout the corporation’s fifteen hotel & casinos in Nevada, Michigan and Mississippi. This involves identifying, evaluating and directing diverse owned businesses on behalf of MGM Resorts. Kenyatta is the liaison between qualified suppliers and the procurement verticals. She is oversees training for supplier diversity and global procurement, all diversity tracking systems and reporting of all supplier diversity spends.
Kenyatta began her career at New York New York in 2000 as a purchasing clerk and later move to MGM Grand as a Purchasing Coordinator. In 2002 she was promoted to Corporate Purchasing as the Supplier Diversity Management Analyst and quickly rose through the ranks to her current position.
Ms Lewis holds a degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and a certificate in Supplier Diversity from Rutgers University. Kenyatta is a member of the MGM Resorts Diversity Council, Global Procurement Leadership Team and chairs the Company’s Purchasing Diversity Committee. She also chairs the Clark County Regional Business Development Advisory Council and serves as a member of the Hospitality Industry Group, The Consumer Working Group, and the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development Resource Council. She is also a member of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Purchasing Advisory Council and serves on the Governing Board of Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy. Ms. Lewis was honored by Diversity in Practice magazine as a 2011 Woman Worth Watching and has received many awards and recognition for her knowledge, dedication and ability to guide perspective diverse suppliers through the gaming industry’s unique purchasing culture and advise majority firms on how to implement a supplier diversity program.
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