Board of Directors
Las Vegas, NV
Jerrie E. Merritt serves as senior vice president and community development manager for Bank of Nevada. Her banking career spans over 35 years. Jerrie’s responsibilities include development and coordination of all community development, acting as a liaison with state and local agencies, non- profit development groups, and other participants in community and economic development programs and projects, and working to strengthen existing client relationships and building strong community partnerships.
Jerrie has been recognized for her skillful leadership, stellar performance and undeniable contributions to the financial arena. A champion of education, she served on the State of Nevada Capital Investment Corporation, and has lobbied for the Glass Ceiling Act in Washington D. C. She has served as a distinctive District President of Financial Women International.
With a spirit of excellence she currently lends her experience and expertise to the Board of the Urban Chamber of Commerce as the Chair of the board of directors, Links Incorporated, Coalition of 100 Black Women, Valley Hospital Medical Center, Help of Southern Nevada, American Business Women Association, Workforce Connections and Trustee Board for The Champions Center Church.
No stranger to the community she loves, Jerrie is the past President for the Rape Crisis Center, Hannah Brown Community Development Center and is passionately involved with numerous philanthropic and civic originations.
Jerrie was awarded the Women of Distinction Award by the NAWBO and was featured as an Interesting Personality in the Inaugural Edition of Who’s Who In Black Las Vegas™. She has been married for 42 years and has one son.
Contact Jerrie at vice-chair @ womensmoney.org
Chairwoman of the Board; Development Committee Director
San Jose, CA; Reno, NV
Julie Macc, Certified Credit/Identity Theft Specialist and author of 10 Days to Fix Identity Theft and DIY Credit Restoration, is a recognized expert on credit reporting for both consumer and business credit scoring.
With more than 20 years of experience in the field, Julie is a trusted and acclaimed expert on credit reporting for both consumer and business scoring.
Julie serves as an expert witness/legal consultant for law firms practicing consumer credit law in both federal and state court. She has been retained as an expert witness for more than 200 consumer credit litigation cases.
She delivers keynote speeches at mortgage and real estate industry meetings for continued education training to educate and update legal and mortgage industry professionals on the current laws and reporting trends.
Contact Julie at julie @ womensmoney.org
National Nominations Committee Director
New York; Reno, NV; Las Vegas, NV
Christine Parman (formerly Christine LoRusso) began her financial services career in 2005 with an internship at the New York Life office in Reno, NV, while completing her bachelor's degree in accounting at the University of Nevada, Reno. With a long-held desire to run her own business, and having seen her uncle and grandfather have successful insurance and financial businesses, she quickly realized this career was the perfect fit, allowing her to become a trusted financial professional and friend to her clients and truly help people reach their goals.
Christine has quickly become a leader in the industry, having qualified for New York Life's Executive council in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013 and the elite President's council in 2011 and 2012. She has also qualified as a member of the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table, The Premier Association of Financial Professionals, in 2009-2012. She is a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. She holds her Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow designation and has been published in USA Today.
Contact Christine at nominations @ womensmoney.org
President and Founder
Boise, ID; Washington D.C.
Gina Robison-Billups, is the founder and creator of Women’s Money® a 501c3 public charitable organization. (formerly know as The International Assoc. of Working Mothers).
Women’s Money® is a unique, proprietary financial education, support and accomplishment system for women, girls and families. The program was piloted in Nevada with two conferences and a support system in June 2012. Since the launch, Women’s Money® has hosted seven conference, expanded into Spanish, brought financial education to over 10,000 Nevadans, and has grown nationwide delivering over 30,000 hours of financial education to people nationwide.
Gina Robison-Billups founded the National Association For Moms In Business representing the interests of more than 15 million entrepreneurial and executive mothers. Under her leadership the organization grew to ten locations nationwide, published Moms In Business Magazine, and produced several events including the Nevada Women’s Leadership Summit - the annual event celebrating the achievements of Nevada's Women and identifying high-growth opportunities in our state. During her tenure, Gina created the first national Crowdfunded Business Grant which generated investment dollars for micro-business Moms In Business Grant finalists. She is a recognized leader in microbusiness and microfinance issues. After the organization marked its 10th Anniversary, Gina officially resigned from service to dedicate more time to Women’s Money®.
Home Based Business Advocate for the state of Nevada in 2003 and 2007 from the Small Business Administration
National finalist for The Women's Congress 2008 Champion for Women Award
International Women's Day Honoree 2012 (Las Vegas, NV)
Finalist for the ATHENA Leadership Award from the Nevada Women’s Chamber of Commerce.
Vegas Inc.’s Women to Watch for 2012
Robison-Billups is the first Nevada woman appointed as a member to the National Women's Business Council (NWBC.gov), a nonpartisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and policy recommendations to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners. For the first time, moms in business and micro-business owners had a seat at the table to advise the President, Congress, and the SBA via Gina's service to the Council. Robison-Billups has previously served as the Co-Chair of the National Healthcare Committee for Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP).
Books & Publications
Robison-Billups is the co-author of:
The Accomplishment Journal for Working Moms
The Accomplishment Journal for Women Entrepreneurs
The Accomplishment Journal for Women in Sales
Get More Clients! The Secrets and Strategies of Successful Marketing Through Giveaways
The Complete No Money Marketing System: Breakthrough Business Tactics that Don't Break the Bank
Marketing 2 Moms: How to Capture the Attention, Interest and Sales of America's #1 Consumer
Why 5% Succeed: The 5 Principles of Predictable Profit
The Women's Money® Guide to Budgeting, Spending & Saving Money.
Robison-Billups continues to dedicate her career to the organization's motto:
“When We Lift Up One Mother, We Lift Up a Family. When We Lift Up a Family, We Lift Up an Entire Community.” - Gina Robison-Billups
Luwana Masteller established VastArray Advertising Design, a firm specializing in award-winning and strategic graphic design and marketing services. Prior to starting her agency, Masteller used her expansive work experience to appreciate every role within an agency so that VastArray clients would enjoy efficient, economic, and effective products and services. To that end, VastArray has earned the respect of several businesses and VastArray has enjoyed continued growth and prosperity with local and regional clients including Western Regional Center for Brain & Spine Surgery, Matt Smith Physical Therapy, Kinder Prep Academy, and Group Purchasing Alliance as well as numerous well-known advertising agencies.
Having attended college in both Los Angeles and Las Vegas then refining her expertise through experience and management education, Masteller has cultivated a reputation as a professional who can take a project from concept to completion. Under the auspices of VastArray, Masteller adeptly manages the often frenetic pace clients demand for high-caliber visuals that augment their marketing goals. Her proficiency with new technologies as well as talent with supervising other professionals from designers to printers has set her in good stead to competently complete even the most challenging assignments—in time and in budget.
As agency principal for VastArray, Masteller maintains final control in all aspects of client services. A designer herself, Masteller utilizes the latest technology in her work and is experienced with both Windows and Mac platforms. Her range of experience includes proficiency in high-end graphics and web development programs. Her firm has maintained its progressive nature by being one of the first local agency’s to offer clients all aspects of website consulting from domain set-up to custom content managed websites using cutting-edge programs and technology to social media program development.
Secretary - Treasurer
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