Awaken 6th Annual Banquet // November 4th // 5pm // Peppermill
Melissa Holland serves as the Founder and Director of Awaken. She holds a Masters in Marriage Family Therapy from the University of Nevada, Reno. In 2011 Melissa and Jen Robinson co-founded Awaken, a nonprofit whose mission is to increase awareness and education surrounding the issue of commercial sexual exploitation and to provide shelter and restoration for its victims.
Melissa believes strongly in responding to God’s call to seek justice for the oppressed, and is passionate about uniting local churches and the NV community in the fight to end the sexual exploitation of women and children.
Jen and Melissa Holland co-founded Awaken in 2011. Jen is currently co-chairperson of the Prevention committee on the State of Nevada’s Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Coalition. Jen enjoys building strong, trust-filled relationships with the women and children Awaken serves. She is dedicated and passionate, and truly believes she will see commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking eradicated in northern Nevada and around the world.
Shandel Sutherland is a sought-after voice in leadership development as an author, speaker, and business entrepreneur, assisting multi-generational, family-owned businesses, Fortune 500 companies and mid-size company executives, nonprofits, and individuals realize their personal and professional goals.
Since 2000, Shandel Group has worked with dozens of regional and national companies – from Nevada Corporate Headquarters to Cal Sierra Express, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad to Les Schwab – building strong teams, maximizing culture, and leveraging employee expertise and passion. Shandel Group is headquartered in Reno, NV with offices in the Pacific Northwest and Northern California. Their work starts with the essentials of communication, conflict resolution, and trust.
Shandel currently resides in Redding, CA with her husband, John. Together they love on a house full of foster kids and spoil their miniature schnauzer, Bella. They enjoy hiking, traveling and are avid sports fan (GO HAWKS!). Mostly, they love being on mission to help others find their purpose and maximize it through effective leadership, communication and trust.