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.
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.
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.
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.