The WINner’s Circle
Meet our Board of Directors
JOY HEUER, PRESIDENT
Joy Heuer is the Executive Director of Girls on the Run Sierras.
Joy loves lifting people up. When Joy heard the Girls on the Run (GOTR) mission which is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident while creatively integrating running, she knew this is where she wanted to be. Prior to Girls on the Run, Joy was the COO of the Reno Sparks Chamber of Commerce.
Joy is a graduate and former co-chair of Leadership Reno Sparks, 2021 Northern Nevada Top 20 Women finalist and graduate of the Reno FBI Citizens Academy.
When not working to further the GOTR mission, find her spending time with her guy, Eric, and her Pug Winnie and Zeus the cat. Joy enjoys live music, traveling and pizza!
BRYCE WARNER, PRESIDENT-ELECT
Bryce Warner is an Employee Benefits Consultant with LP Insurance. He started his career in the recruiting industry, helping organizations identify top talent in a variety of fields. He even delivered a DisruptHR Reno talk, ‘It’s All About the Experience…Or Is It?,’ where he encouraged organizations to focus not just on one’s résumé and experience, but also other key factors that are commonly overlooked.
Bryce now helps executives and business owners develop strategies to contain costs, optimize their employee benefit program’s performance, and maximize the return on their health insurance investment. He serves on the Board of Directors for United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra as the Chair of the Donor Engagement Committee and the Board Secretary. Bryce is also a graduate of the Leadership Reno Sparks program through the Chamber of Commerce. Through his work in the community and professional experience, Bryce was honored as a winner of Reno Tahoe Young Professional Network’s Twenty Under 40 in 2020. He was also named The Alumni of the Year in 2021 by the University of Nevada College of Business.
Bryce was born and raised in Reno, and he graduated form the University of Nevada with degrees in Finance and Economics. In his free time, Bryce enjoys spending quality time with friends, family, and his pup, Nala.
TONY GARCIA, TREASURER
As a Corporate Banking Relationship Manager for Nevada State Bank, Tony knows how to meet the needs of corporate clients in Northern Nevada. He brings 12 years of banking experience to this role, including a strong background in corporate banking in the middle market space. In addition, he has also worked as a senior private banker in the wealth management department of a large, national bank and held other relevant positions that help him guide clients, including working as a credit analyst, and in underwriting.
In his role as Corporate Banking Relationship Manager, he’s able to provide his corporate clients with products and services that can help them increase efficiencies, grow their businesses, and reach their goals. He is surrounded by a great team in corporate banking, and together they work to help their clients the best they can.
As a native Nevadan, he received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from the University of Nevada, Reno. He is an avid Pack fan and enjoy following all UNR sports events. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his family and giving back to the community.
TONI QUIRUZ, VP OF MARKETING
Toni Quiruz has been a member of WIN for more than 10 years and considers it one of her favorites. Along with WIN, she is on the board of NCET and BNI International. Most recently, she became part of the “Business Team” assisting the Western Nevada Development District with creating an Economic & Resiliency Plan for Washoe, Lyon, Carson City, and other counties identifying major issues and suggesting strategic problem solving during this extremely difficult past year.
She brings 25 years of expertise in the print and design industry, where she most recently started a new venture with RPI Printing & Mailing here in Reno. Toni has over 15 years of community activism and participation in many organizations here in northern Nevada. In those 15 years, she has received many awards, most notably, Professional Saleswoman of the Year, awarded by PSN and Company of the year/Ambassador of the Year from the Reno Sparks Chamber of Commerce, along with “One of 100 Most Influential People You Should know” awarded by Plum 100 Magazine.
Toni is extremely excited to now be meeting in person again and considers the speakers and networking opportunities through WIN, one of the most effective ways to meet and build relationships and it is HER solution to that dreaded cold calling!
ALEXIS RIGGS, VP OF MEMBERSHIP & SPONSORSHIPS
Alexis Riggs has been an active WIN member since moving to Reno in 2015, and she was excited to join the Board in 2022. She and her husband opened, operated and grew the Orangetheory Fitness franchise in the Reno market until selling their studios in late 2021. Currently, they own and operate the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving franchise in the Northern Nevada region.
Alexis earned a BA in Advertising from the University of Alabama. She spent the early years of her career in Baton Rouge, LA, where she held positions in marketing, public relations and account management/sales. After relocating to Birmingham, AL, she joined Mac Papers as an account representative for the North AL region and later moved to Atlanta, GA where she managed a seven state territory for Neenah Paper.
Throughout Alexis’ life, she has always been actively involved in both professional and non-profit organizations. Since moving to Northern Nevada, she has supported and been involved in numerous organizations including the Children’s Cabinet of Northern Nevada, Girls on the Run – Sierras, Reno South Rotary, Leadership Reno Sparks, Step2, the Eddy House, and Life Church. She currently serves as Vice President on the Le Tip of Reno Board of Directors.
Alexis is a proud Alabama football fan and loves to use the phrase, ‘Roll Tide’, for just about anything that makes her happy. She is Mom to Meg, a 13-year-old Boykin spaniel, and she enjoys Nevada sports, traveling with her husband, Russ, snowshoeing, Pilates, spending time with friends, and live music!
RIKKI POWERS, VP OF PROGRAMMING
Rikki Powers is the Chief Executive Officer of Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern Nevada. Her background includes 17 years of experience in the nonprofit sector.
In her executive roles, she has led multi-million-dollar health and human service organizations based in Reno, NV. She was recognized for her professional achievements and was named as one of the Reno-Tahoe Young Professionals Network 20 Under 40 Awardees in 2017.
She is a graduate of Wright State University with a bachelor’s in political
science and a Purdue Global University grad with a master’s in business administration. She is a graduate of Leadership Reno-Sparks, Western Nevada Community Foundation Nonprofit Academy, and Kellogg School of Management @ Northwestern Nonprofit Finance course.
As an active volunteer in the community, Rikki has been the chair of The Chamber’s Ambassador program, president of Soroptimist International of Truckee Meadows, and a member of the Nevada State PTA Board. She currently serves on the WIN board as VP of Programming and is an active member in the local chief executive Vistage group.
ALEXIA JOBSON, PAST PRESIDENT
As the Immediate Past President, Alexia’s role is to provide assistance and support to the current board president, executive director and committee chairs to ensure the ongoing success of the WIN organization.
As the Director of Public Relations for REMSA Health, Alexia creates and expands opportunities for engagement, promotion, communication and relationship-building with all of the organization’s stakeholder audiences.
Alexia holds her Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) and is a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT). She has served on the board of directors for several community non-profits including the Good Shepherd’s Clothes Closet, the Nevada Women’s Fund and the Children’s Miracle Network Business Council. Currently, she is the chair of the Communications Committee of the American Ambulance Association and a member of the Public Relations Committee of the Academy of International Mobile Healthcare Integration.
When she’s not connecting people, she enjoys cooking, entertaining, gardening and Peloton-ing. A surprising fact about Alexia: She got her start in public relations in high school, where she earned a varsity letter as the school’s mascot — the Reed Raider.
CARLAN WHITE, AT LARGE
Carlan White is a CPA at CliftonLarsonAllen LLP (CLA) where he works with clients to address their finance, accounting and tax needs. His favorite thing about his day-to-day, seeing the businesses and individuals he helps flourish in Northern Nevada. Carlan loves talking with clients about the issues they have and helping deliver insightful solutions. He was even once a speaker at WIN, delivering a “Resolution Reboot” on maintaining a healthy financial status.
Carlan is a native Nevadan and Reno-ite. He graduated from the University of Nevada with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. While away from his day job, he enjoys giving back to the community or being outside landscaping, snowboarding or wakeboarding.
JACKI HALLERBACH, AT LARGE
Jacki Hallerbach is the Executive Director of Tru Vista Foundation, a non-profit that serves Washoe County specialty court clients and promotes safe and stable families during and after a case with the Human Services Agency. Helping our community build stable families, where parents can overcome addiction, trauma and mental health issues is work that feeds Jacki’s soul.
Previously, Jacki was Executive Director of WIN, Reno Tahoe Young Professionals Network and Professional Saleswomen of Nevada. Her board experience includes PTA, Wooster Boosters and MOPS International.
Jacki is a graduate of Leadership Reno-Sparks and voted one of 2019 NNBW’s Most Influential Women. She believes that WIN can help cure our WFH isolation and need for community connection while entertaining and teaching us.
Outside of supporting the Reno-Sparks community in any way she can, Jacki loves travel, cooking, and various outdoor activities. She is married to Boris Hallerbach (IGT) and has two twenty-something daughters who currently live in Oregon and NYC.
JULES ACKERSON, AT LARGE
Jules Ackerson is a powerhouse Business Development and Marketing professional at PK Electrical, a top-tier Electrical Engineering firm located in the vibrant city of Reno, NV. As a Native Nevadan, Jules has a deep appreciation for the unique culture and landscape of the Silver State. She holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and Biochemistry, as well as a Master of Business Administration from the prestigious University of Reno and brings a formidable blend of academic prowess and real-world expertise to her role.
When she’s not busy building long-lasting relationships with clients and industry partners, Jules can be found indulging her passions for adventure and exploration. She’s an avid concert-goer and intrepid world traveler who loves nothing more than discovering new destinations and immersing herself in local cultures. Closer to home, Jules is a devoted dog mom who relishes the opportunity to go camping, hiking, and cycling with her furry companions.
But Jules isn’t just a go-getter in her personal life – she’s also an active member of the community, lending her support to the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows on the Young Leaders Committee and coaching for Girls on the Run Sierras. With her boundless energy, infectious enthusiasm, and unwavering commitment to building lasting relationships, Jules is a true shining star in the Reno area.
DAVE JOHNSON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Chaos, but controlled chaos — whether at home with two crazy toddlers, or successfully navigating multiple real estate transactions. This is the life of Dave Johnson. For over 5 years now, Dave has been a top Global Real Estate Advisor, Broker Associate, with Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty in Northern Nevada. Integrity, expertise, negotiation skills, and fun when possible for all involved are all words that describe Dave by past clients, associates, and friends alike. Plus Dave is the Executive Director of WIN and has been with WIN since 2021.
Prior to embarking on his Real Estate career, Dave was a popular morning news anchor, rated #1, on our local Good Morning Reno, KOLO 8. During that time, Dave formed strong relationships with local vendors, business owners, politicians and everyday people in the community. Dave realized early on the power of Social Media and connecting with the public. Dave now uses his strong social media presence along with his skills in videography to introduce all properties he represents to both his following as well as the expansive network of Sales Associates working with Sotheby’s International Realty (26,000+). A strong marketing plan for each client is what Dave enjoys most and has proven successful time and time again through his closed Real Estate sales. Dave has many accolades under his belt, being awarded Homesnap’s ‘Most Viewed Agent’ as well as earning Certified Real Estate Negotiator (CREN) and represents CARTUS as a Relocation Expert assisting with families either moving to the Silver State or out of the region for their jobs.
When Dave is not in our Reno location working hard for clients or watching his hometown teams, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Royals, Dave spends his time with his amazing family. During his time as the morning news anchor, Dave met his now wife, Sarah Johns, the evening news anchor for KOLO 8. They have been married for 6 years and Sarah has a successful career as President & CEO of Nevada’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (NCET) which similar to Dave’s career, serves our local Northern Nevada community by promoting entrepreneurship and technology commercialization. Dave & Sarah have 2 children, Zac who is now 5 years old and loves dinosaurs and baseball and Stella, enjoying life at the age of 3, is obsessed with unicorns and dance class.
And have no fear Northern Nevadans.. Dave has now adopted the Nevada Wolf Pack and Reno Aces as some of his favorite teams to root on.