Denise relocated to Reno from Portland, Oregon in 2013. She has over 30 + years of non-profit involvement and currently serves on the boards of the Stimson Miller Foundation (Portland, OR) and National Charity League, Inc. (Costa Mesa, CA). In addition, Denise is an active CASA with Washoe County and serves as a group leader for BSF (Bible Study Fellowship). Denise possesses strong organizational skills, a business development mindset and commitment to the Awaken mission. Denise joined the Awaken board in 2016. Denise is married with four grown daughters. During down time, she enjoys all sports, especially walking and hiking, meeting new people, reading and traveling to see her daughters and experiencing new cultures.
Aaron Clark is native born to the Reno-Sparks area. His local knowledge and experience served him as he worked in the real estate industry since 1999. He joined the team at Edge Realty in 2010. Aaron offers expert advice to the public as a regular speaker on the Jon Sanchez show, representing Edge Realty. He is passionate to help businesses expand and succeed in our community, which is seen when he consults and helps develop business leaders. He is known for his ability to create structures, and strategies for business owners and organizations. Aaron has served on the board of several non-profit organizations in the community. He is excited and passionate about the mission of Awaken, participating and supporting for several years before serving on their board beginning in 2017. Aaron enjoys spending time with his amazing wife and three awesome children, visiting Lake Tahoe and playing the guitar.
Daniel graduated from Texas Tech University in 2005. He is the Project Coordinator for the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT) at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is currently finishing his Master’s degree in Drug and Alcohol Counseling at the University of Nevada, Reno and is the Associate Director for the Nevada House of Prayer. Daniel felt compelled to partner with Melissa in combating domestic commercial sexual exploitation of women in NV after reading an article in the RGJ about Awaken INC’s outreach efforts to girls caught up in the local sex industry. Daniel has served on Awaken’s board since 2011.
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Jason Guinasso is an attorney and co-founder of the Reese Kintz Guinasso Law together with his wife Kim Marsh Guinasso. The firm employs 18 people with law offices in in Reno, Incline Village and Las Vegas. Jason is a solutions-driven attorney committed to adding value to the clients and communities he serves. Jason’s law practice includes Employment and Labor Law, Human Resources Support, Public interest and nonprofit organizations and Government Affairs and Legislative Advocacy among many other specialties. Additionally, Jason has maintained a significant appellate practice, which has included preparation of petitions for judicial review of administrative decisions, extraordinary writs and appeals to the Nevada Supreme Court. Jason is dedicated to serving our community by providing pro bono legal services to faith-based organizations, non-profits, and civic organizations. In this regard, Jason serves on the Nevada State Public Charter School Board as Board Member appointed by the Honorable Governor Brian Sandoval. Jason is an advisory Board Member of Awaken and provides pro bono legal services to Awaken and its clients. Jason and his wife of 22 years, Kim, have two children, Robbie (20) and Adeline (13).
Julie holds an MBA from The Wharton School and an MA in International Management from the University of Pennsylvania. She earned undergraduate degrees in Economics and Russian & East European Studies from the University of Washington. Julie’s job as Director of Operations at Microsoft brought her to Reno in 2012. Her awareness of the problem of sex trafficking in Nevada led her to volunteer her business expertise to Awaken. Julie served on Awaken’s Board in 2016 and in 2017 joined Awaken full time as their Director of Operations. She considers it a great honor to support Awaken’s work to seek freedom, justice and restoration for the oppressed and exploited women and children in our community.