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Terrance B.

Terrance B.

Major: Journalism – Strategic Communications

Terrance is an enthusiastic media professional with a strong focus on online community management. Terrance joined the R&R family a little over a year ago filling the role of Social Community Manager housed within the Media and Publishing Department. Terrance attended the University of Nevada, Reno where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the university’s newspaper and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Strategic Communications and Broadcast News. When time allows, Terrance enjoys community organizing for the Human Rights Campaign an LGBTQ+ advocacy group, enjoying live-music events, talking politics, spending time with his little sister, and cooking.

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Sonia A.

Sonia A.

Major: Secondary Education and History

Hello, my name is Sonia and I am a recent graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno. The struggles I faced through my childhood and while I was earning my degree have helped me better understand how important it is to not only have a community around me but to also keep hope. As an aspiring teacher, I have always wanted to help students find resources and tools to be able to find opportunities for themselves and open new doors.

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Noemi O.

Noemi O.

Major: Social Work

I am a Mexican- American, born and raised in the state of Nevada. I am a family girl who loves her siblings, parents, and my extended family (including my two dogs). I am very proud of my heritage and passionate about community. So passionate about community that I graduated with my degree in social work and am currently in the process of obtaining my Masters degree so that I can best serve the people around me. 

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Vanessa R.

Vanessa R.

Major: Family and Human Development

Hello I am Vanessa and I graduated from ASU in May 2021 with my bachelors in Family and Human Development with a minor in Psychology. I am currently a care provider specializing in ABA therapy. I am currently working towards getting my RBT certificate to learn more about behavior. My interests are in human development, behavior and the sociological impacts on them. I plan on pursuing graduate school and own my own practice to focus on mental health in adolescence.

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Aqsa K.

Aqsa K.

Masters: Community & Regional Planning

As a Pakistani woman I understand the realities of our unjust global environments and societies, and I recognize that systemic oppression is a contributor and exacerbates the impact of communal violence. I am hopeful about working to change that reality through transformative justice. As such, work is not merely a job for me; it is my life’s calling. And the only two things that keep me going are my hope for a better world and education to envision it.

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Pedro – Tom Lennon’s Poster-Dog for Hope

Pedro

Tom Lennon’s Poster-dog for Hope

Pedro is a valuable member of Tom Lennon’s family. Tom first met Pedro when emceeing a dog rescue event at the Best Friends Animal Society, a rescue nonprofit based in Utah. Pedro was a small, emaciated dog that, after being abandoned by his previous owners, was sitting in the 100-degree weather, looking for a family. If anyone knows what hopelessness feels like, it was Pedro at THAT VERY moment. 

But Pedro knew he couldn’t spiral. He had a goal to be adopted, and he used his hope skills to make himself SHINE. 

He managed his nervousness using his Stress Skills, stayed positive by using his Happiness Habit of wagging his tail enthusiastically and adorably, took inspired action by running up to meet Tom, creating a Nourishing Network for Hope by having his fellow dogs encourage him, and eliminated challenges by staying in the present moment and focusing on the things he could control, such as his personality and his all-so-amazing disposition. And it worked! Pedro immediately won Tom’s heart, and he soon found with Tom in Wisconsin, living a life better than he ever could have imagined. 

Pedro is our Poster Dog for Hope: He reminds us that no matter what challenges life brings or how down and out we may become, we can always use positive feelings and inspired actions to get from hopelessness to hope.

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Steve Shell

Steve Shell

Vice President, Stacie Mathewson Behavioral Health & Addiction Institute at Renown

Steve Shell recently accepted his new role as the Vice President of the Stacie Mathewson Behavioral Health & Addiction Institute at Renown. Prior to his work at Renown, Steve worked for Signature Healthcare Services, where he served as the CEO of both Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital and Desert Parkway Behavioral Healthcare Hospital. 

Steve was awarded the Healthcare Administrator of the Year in 2019 by Nevada Business Magazine and the Best Joint Commission Survey in Company by Signature Healthcare Services in 2017. 

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Dr. Steven C. Hayes, PhD

Dr. Steven C. Hayes, PhD

Foundation Professor, University of Nevada

Steven C. Hayes is Nevada Foundation Professor in the Behavior Analysis program at the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada.

An author of 46 books and nearly 650 scientific articles, his career has focused on an analysis of the nature of human language and cognition and the application of this to the understanding and alleviation of human suffering. He is the developer of Relational Frame Theory, an account of human higher cognition, and has guided its extension to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a popular evidence-based form of psychotherapy that uses mindfulness, acceptance, and values-based methods. Dr. Hayes has been President of Division 25 of the APA, of the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. He was the first Secretary-Treasurer of the Association for Psychological Science, which he helped form and has served a 5-year term on the National Advisory Council for Drug Abuse in the National Institutes of Health. In 1992 he was listed by the Institute for Scientific Information as the 30th “highest impact” psychologist in the world and Google Scholar data ranks him among the top ~1,350 most cited scholars in all areas of study, living and dead.

Dr. Hayes is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, in addition to several other scientific societies. His work has been recognized by several awards including the Exemplary Contributions to Basic Behavioral Research and Its Applications from Division 25 of APA, the Impact of Science on Application award from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy. 

Dr. Hayes is actively involved in bringing science information to the public, such as through his blog on the Psychology Today blog or Thrive Global websites. His TEDx talks on pain and purpose, or on quickly reining in the impact of unhelpful automatic thoughts, have been viewed nearly three-quarter of a million times and he appears regularly in major podcasts and on other media.

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Lieutenant Jim Dangle

Lieutenant Jim Dangle

Reno 911!

Star of the unfiltered and satirical comedy TV show Reno 911!, Lt. Dangle is the highest ranking officer at the Sheriff’s department. Serving for over 10 years, Lt. Dangle fights crime alongside his team in his classic short-shorts and with an often-stolen police bike. Played by Tom Lennon, Lt. Dangle is comedy gold with slapstick humor and crass realism. 

One of the most important skills for hope is happiness, and one of the best ways to inspire happiness is through humor and laughter. Lt. Dangle enthusiastically reminds us to embrace Happiness Habits and find the joy, and by extension, the hope, in each and every day.

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Tom Lennon

Tom Lennon

Actor, Screenwriter, Author

Tom Lennon is helping us bring humor to hope. With nearly 30 years as an actor, screenwriter, and author, Tom has surely touched all of our lives with hope through his extraordinary talent for comedy. Tom’s talents are impressive; he is a stand-up comedian, Lieutenant Dangle in Reno 911!, voice actor for such shows as Kim Possible and Bob’s Burgers, guest star in many beloved TV shows such as How I Met Your Mother, The League, and Friends as Joey Tribbiani’s “identical hand twin.”

A successful screenwriter, Tom has co-written with writing partner Robert Ben Garant, the Night at the Museum films, the 2005 Disney comedy The Pacifier, and Hell Baby which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.Tom has an extensive acting career in film, having appeared in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Transformers: Age of Extinction, 17 Again, I Love You, Man, The Dark Knight Rises and many more. 

A graduate of New York University and a New York Times Best-selling author for his young adult series Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles, Tom’s capacity for imparting happiness and laughter makes him an immense source of hope to us all.

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