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 confidant 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 at Greater Nevada Field cheering for the Reno Aces and spending time with her guy, Eric. She is Mom to Winnie the Pug and cat Zeus! Joy enjoys live music, traveling and pizza!
RICK THOMAS, TREASURER
As WIN’s Treasurer, Rick oversees the financial aspects of the organization.
As Executive Vice President and Northern Nevada Executive for Nevada State Bank, he leads a team that specializes in meeting the needs of businesses in the unique Northern Nevada market. A UNR graduate, Rick has more than 30 years experience, including commercial finance, corporate banking and treasury management for businesses, and wealth management for individuals.
When he’s not helping businesses with their financial needs, you’ll find Rick on his motorcycle, scooting around this beautiful place he has called home for the past 33 years. He also enjoys traveling around the globe, as well as taking advantage of Nevada’s world-famous outdoor recreational opportunities to camp, hike and fish.
KARYN JENSEN, SECRETARY
As WIN’s board secretary, Karyn is in charge of record-keeping to ensure the organization runs smoothly.
She has some experience with smooth-running organizations, as she founded HRC, Ltd. (The Human Resource Connection) more than 15 years ago to tackle the complex people issues facing her industry. To date, she’s worked with more than 175 companies implementing visionary projects to recruit, retain and develop talent.
Karyn is also a member of the Northern Nevada Human Resource Association (NNHRA) for more than 20 years and she served as President of the organization in 2017. She currently serves as their College Relations Director and has been integrally involved in the region’s Best Places to Work for the last 13 years. She also serves on the Executive Board for Crisis Support Services of Nevada as Treasurer/Secretary and is a volunteer for ESGR (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve).
Thanks to raising two teenage daughters, Karyn has mastered the art of crucial conversations, the importance of win/win negotiations, and the benefits of gratitude and teamwork.
BRYCE WARNER, VP OF PROGRAMMING APPRENTICE
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.
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.
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!
CHRISTIE ASIS, VP OF SPONSORSHIPS
As Vice President of Sponsorships, Christie helps businesses and organizations build on their success through their affiliation with WIN.
She is the Nevada Regional Manager for Farm Bureau Bank and has worked in the financial services industry for more than 15 years. In addition to finance, Christie’s professional background includes managerial experience, customer service, business development, lending expertise through financial counseling, and product awareness to Credit Union members regarding their business needs. At United, her role is to promote corporate member engagement, business and consumer membership and growth, and positive public relations community activities.
Christie is passionate about giving back to the community and enjoys volunteering with her kids. Currently, she is a member of the Reno Central Rotary Club and a Coordinator for the Rotary Eighth Grade Leadership Program. She is also a member of the Advisory Council for the Boys and Girls of Western NV and sits on the board for the Hayek group. In addition to WIN, Christie is an Ambassador for the Chamber of Commerce for Reno and Sparks. She is also part of their leadership program and an active member of the Carson Valley and Carson City Chamber.
Christie’s significant achievements were an award to become a member of the International Business Honor Society, Delta Mu Delta, and the National Society of Leadership and Success. Christie has lived in the Reno area for more than 14 years and is happily married to Eric with their two children, Marianna and Eldric.
JACKIE SHELTON, CHAIR, WIN AT NIGHT
As the owner of Jax Communications & Events, Jackie handles all facets of marketing and event planning for clients ranging from a nonprofit agency providing resources to help people with disabilities live independent lives to several organizations providing beautiful music for audiences throughout the country.
A UNR graduate, Jackie has worked in all facets of communications from running two advertising agencies to publishing two of the Northern Nevada region’s premiere publications, RLife and Family Pulse. In addition to her magazine work, she has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul (twice!) and 365 Scary Stories, a Barnes & Noble anthology.
An amateur screenwriter, she also serves on the board of the Cordillera International Film Festival. She earned her Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) in 2016 and served on the board of directors for the local PRSA chapter. She has also served on the local, regional and national board of the American Advertising Federation and numerous non-profit and professional organizations, including the Unnamed Writers’ Group and the Nevada Recycling Coalition.
In her other time, she loves to travel and plan parties, down to the tiniest detail.
TONY GARCIA, TREASURER APPRENTICE
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.
KIRK ALLAIRE, AT-LARGE
Kirk provides valuable insight into the organization’s history and how we can continue to improve into the future.
He is the creator and president of Nevada-based company GratisGives, an organization that builds bridges between local nonprofits and business owners. Businesses that use Gratis Payment Processing can designate a portion of savings from their merchant accounts into small contributions for local non-profits. Together with other local merchants, they can have a giant impact on local charities, while saving their businesses money.
Kirk has been an entrepreneur since the age of 17 when he opened his first company, a tanning salon. Over the last few decades, relationships have proven to be the most valuable things to him both personally and professionally.
GratisGives came out of his lifelong commitment to giving back to the community. As a child, he volunteered at local homeless shelters with his family while also serving at church, and he’s been coaching youth sports in Nevada for more than 15 years as an adult.
His favorite “title” is still Dad. He has three boys – Ian, Zackary, and Joseph – as well as a beautiful granddaughter, Atwood. He is a 20+ year Nevadan who started out as a transplant from Boston, and he loves living and serving in Northern Nevada.
ALEXIS RIGGS, VP OF MEMBERSHIP
Alexis Culton Riggs spent her early years in Tuscaloosa, AL, and attended the University of Alabama where she earned a BA in Advertising from the College of Communications. After college, she relocated to Baton Rouge, LA, and began a career in marketing, public relations and account management. In 1999, Alexis relocated to Birmingham, AL, where she was an account executive for Mac Papers for the Birmingham, Tuscaloosa and Chattanooga, TN markets.
In 2000, she married Russ Riggs and in 2006, they moved to Atlanta, GA, where she was recruited by Neenah Paper. In early 2015, she and her husband, Russ, became Orangetheory Fitness franchisees and relocated to Reno, where they owned and operated two Reno Orangetheory studios. In late 2019, the Riggs opened TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, in Northern NV, the nation’s largest franchise moving company.
Throughout Alexis’ life, she has always supported and been involved in numerous professional and non-profit organizations. Her current Northern Nevada activities and support include Reno South Rotary, the American Heart Association, Girls On the Run – Sierras, WIN, the Children’s Cabinet of Northern Nevada, the Eddy House, Step2, the Shakespeare Animal Fund and Life Church.
RIKKI RICKER, CO-CHAIR, WIN AT NIGHT
Rikki Ricker is currently the Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern Nevada. With a background of 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, her professional skills include business analysis, operations, contract negotiations, grant-writing, and fundraising. In her executive roles, she has led multi-million-dollar health and human service organizations based in Reno. She has been recognized for her professional achievements and was named as one of the Reno-Tahoe Young Professionals Network 20 Under 40 Awardees in 2017.
Rikki has continued to build upon her bachelor’s degree by attending local and national workshops for non-profit executives, as well as working towards completing an MBA at Purdue Global University by summer 2022. As an active volunteer in the community, she 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.
Passionate about her work, Rikki credits her success to dedication, drive and perseverance. She looks forward to connecting with likeminded professionals.
International Society of Female Professionals Member, Rikki Ricker, can be found on the Association Directory, where she is looking forward to networking with you.
ALEXIA JOBSON, PAST PRESIDENT
As WIN’s Chair, Alexia is responsible for working with the board and executive director to ensure the organization operates smoothly for WIN members and guests.
As the Public Affairs Manager for the Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority (REMSA), she tells the REMSA story to interested parties across all platforms. She loves being involved in protecting and promoting the brand and reputation of the organization by creating meaningful dialogue with the public.
Alexia has earned 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 Public Relations Committee of the Academy of International Mobile Healthcare Integration.
When she’s not connecting people, she enjoys cooking, entertaining, taking walks and reading. 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.
SHANNON BONETTI, CO-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Shannon spent a majority of her professional career in television news as an anchor and reporter in Vegas and Reno. After nearly a decade on air, she left the industry to start a family and open her own public relations consulting firm, Crossover Communications. Some of her favorite past projects include coordinating the Virginia City Camel Races, securing nationwide media coverage for The Remarkable Golden and planning promotional events for Basin and Range Cellars, the highest elevation commercial vineyard in the United States.
Shannon is also a contributor for the Northern Nevada Mom’s Blog and volunteer communications specialist for several area nonprofits including Girls on the Run.
Shannon has always admired WIN’s commitment to personal and professional development and is looking forward to working with the board to bring dynamic and inspiring speakers to our community.
In her free time, Shannon enjoys reading, cooking and exploring all things local. From farmers’ markets to downtown events, she loves connecting with her community and celebrating Northern Nevada’s best.
DAVE JOHNSON, CO-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Dave moved to Nevada back in 2011…but he mistakenly spent his first 2 years in the Silver State in Las Vegas where he was an Anchor/Reporter for FOX5 News. While Vegas wasn’t his favorite, he did meet some great co-workers, including Shannon Moore. They were such good friends that Dave convinced Shannon to move to Reno after he became Anchor of “Good Morning Reno” at KOLO 8 TV in 2013. In 2019 Dave left morning TV and went to sell homes with Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty. Dave spent 18 years in Kansas City radio prior to moving to Nevada, along with stints as a Financial Advisor and a dealer for the World Series of Poker.
Being born and raised in Kansas City, MO means Dave is an avid Chiefs and Royals fan, but he’s adopted the Wolf Pack and Aces as his teams too! When Dave isn’t meeting with real estate clients, he enjoys spending time with his wife Sarah Johns and their two children.