Executive Director, Professional Development Programs and Academic Credit Options
Jodi Herzik is the executive director of Professional Development Programs of the University of Nevada, Reno's continuing education programs, which include a series of comprehensive professional development certificate programs, youth recreational and academic summer programs, conferences, Academic Credit Options and contract training. These self-supporting programs are associated with University academic programs, and they include credit and non-credit courses and programs targeting specific local, regional, national and international audiences.
Herzik brings more than 20 years of experience in higher education. She serves on the board of NCET and on the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Reno Sparks Advisory Council. Herzik has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno and a Bachelor of Arts in English and political science from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Shera Alberti-Annunzio is a fourth-generation Nevadan. She has a Master of Arts in educational leadership and a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Nevada, Reno. She holds a Nevada state teaching license, and she is a certified Toastmaster and trainer in Emergenetics.
She has been with Extended Studies as Assistant Director of Professional Development and Certificate programs since 2003. She handles programs in Human Resources, Public Management, Supervisory Management, Nonprofit, Mediation and Conflict Resolution, Certified Public Officials and the Nevada Clerks Academy. She also coordinates conferences and corporate training. She served as the liaison for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Nevada, Reno from 2004-2015, securing more than $2 million in endowment funds and donations.
Before working at Extended Studies, Alberti-Annunzio was the fiscal coordinator for the Education Collaborative. She also owned ATD Consulting Inc., a grant writing and grant consulting company for eight years. She served six years on the board of directors for the United Way of the Northern Nevada and the Sierras. She currently serves as the Ethics chair and on the Community Impact Committee.
Dawna Snyder has been with Extended Studies since 2002. She has more than 25 years of financial management experience, and she manages and develops academic credit programs and courses in Library Science Certification; Social Work 3+1; Nuclear Packaging; Water; Sanitation and Hygiene; Specialty Psychology programs; domestic and international faculty-led travel programs; short-term and weekend courses; field schools and teacher re-certification.
She serves as the University liaison for the Davidson Institute for Talent Development, sits on the Washoe County School District's Gifted and Talented Advisory Committee, and serves on the University's Staff Employee Council. Snyder has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Nevada, Reno in human development and family studies, with an emphasis in accounting and adolescence. She is pursuing a Master of Science in equity and diversity in education at the University of Nevada, Reno.
JoAnne Gipson directs the gaming management certificate program as part of the professional development programs at the University, developing partnerships with gaming entities for global training in operational management. She has been connected to the gaming industry for more than 15 years, involved in programming, event planning and international education, including the globally recognized Executive Development Program for top-level gaming executives. Gipson oversees online gaming course offerings, contract training, and week-long and short course offerings for gaming managers, as well as training partnerships with national and international entities.
She's worked with a local event organization for more than six years, hosting running races in the community to showcase and benefit the area and provide several nonprofit organizations with exposure and financial contributions.
Associate Director, Leadership and Professional Development Programs
Amy Ginder develops and administers programs in Advanced Leadership, Lean Six Sigma, Paralegal Studies, Project Management, Social Media and Digital Marketing, computer technology, graphics and online programs. Ginder brings more than 15 years of experience in marketing and communications, as well as experience in program development, fundraising, event planning, financial oversight and international education to Extended Studies.
She serves as Vice President of the board of the Northern Nevada International Center, Past Chair of the UPCEA West Region and is a graduate of The Reno Sparks Chamber's Leadership class of 2016. Ginder has a Master of Science in global affairs from New York University and a Bachelor of Science in biology and English from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Crystal Adams is the director of KIDS University at the University of Nevada, Reno. KIDS University is a year-round youth program with a mission to encourage all youth in our community to pursue higher education. She has a Bachelor of Arts in sociology with a minor in ethnic studies from the University of Nevada, Reno. She is pursuing a Master of Science in equity and diversity in education at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Program Coordinator, Professional Development and Certificate Programs
Sandy Best coordinates certificate programs for Extended Studies in Human Resources Management, including the PHR/SPHR Study Program, Supervisory Management and Nevada Clerks Academy. Best has an associate's degree in business from Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif., and she brings nine years' experience from the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation's Employment Security Division and 12 years' experience as a legal assistant.
Program Coordinator, Professional Development Programs
Cheron Taylor coordinates Professional Development programs for Extended Studies in Project Management, Paralegal Studies, Business Computing, and Lean Six Sigma. A native Nevadan, Taylor spent almost a decade working in the non-profit arts sector in southern Arizona. There, she cultivated strategic partnerships between community business leaders and local arts organizations and teamed with national and international arts promoters to bring a diversity of music to the desert southwest. Taylor currently serves on the Reno Arts Commission Marketing Committee.
Lizeth Lizarraga is a program coordinator for the Gaming Management Certificate Program. Previously, she worked as a Spanish and Pre-algebra teacher for two years at a local private school. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Nevada, Reno. She is pursuing a Master of Science in equity and diversity in education at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Heather Cole coordinates gaming management courses, working with both students and instructors alike to ensure the best possible learning experience. Cole is pursuing a Master of Arts in justice management at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Kathryn Butler is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor of Arts in secondary education. She holds a Nevada state teaching license with an endorsement in mathematics. She is the Program Coordinator for Paramedical and KIDS University. She has been working with KIDS University for six years and attended the camp as a child.