Board of Directors

Julie Macchiarella-Commisso

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.

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Catrina Cherry

Reno Nevada native who graduated with a Finance degree from University of Nevada in 2010 and has worked in the financial industry since 2013.  Growing up she played many competitive sports including softball and basketball.

This past year Catrina has joined PSN, Profession Saleswomen of Nevada and the EWGA, Executive Women’s Golf Association, where she enjoys meeting other Professional women who are trying to better themselves and their community.

Hobbies and activities include, anything and everything outdoors; UNR football and basketball games, Ace’s baseball games, and enjoying Tahoe and Pyramid Lake.  Having a young daughter, Catrina spends a lot of spare time going to the park, swimming lessons, and brightening up sidewalks with chalk.

Catrina got into the financial field with an open mind and an open heart, to encourage people become educated, confident and secure with their current and future financial decisions.


Alice Heiman

Exceptional sales growth starts at the top and for the last 20 years Alice Heiman, has been helping business leaders from startup to Fortune 500 drive sales growth. She incorporates the newest research and best practices to help company leaders bring about change that leads to sales growth. 

While Alice focuses on helping business leaders increase sales. She is also very active in her community. For 16 years, she has taught at the University of Nevada where she was very influential in starting the entrepreneurship minor. Alice also helped raise $20 million to build the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum. Not only is she active in her local community, she is extremely active in supporting women in sales, in business and in life. Alice is a part of many groups such as the Professional Sales Women of Nevada, Women Sales Pros and Women’s Money.


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Cortney Tucker

Cortney is the Director of Guest Experience at Grand Sierra Resort and Casino. This includes overseeing all departments within Grand Sierra Resort and making sure they are all producing exceptional guest service, analyzing and responding to guest reviews through all survey and social media platforms, along with working with leadership teams to improve and build on overall guest experience through added amenities, features and benefits for their guests. Being involved in her community is very important to her and she is involved with several organizations in Reno including; GSR Cares, the Chamber, the Young Professional Network, Professional Saleswomen of Northern Nevada, the Young Professional Committee through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada and recently Women’s Money. Some of her accomplishments include; graduating from California State University, Chico in 2013 with her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration, leading her team to becoming the "#1 Profitable Hotel" through the Oxford Group in 2014 and being nominated for "Sales Woman of the Year" and making it to the “Final 5” in 2016 through the Professional Saleswomen of Northern Nevada organization. Cortney is also a Big Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters and enjoys taking her Little to different events in Reno, enjoying the outdoors and reading books together. During her free time she loves taking weekend trips to Tahoe with her husband, hiking with her two dogs and spending time with family and friends.

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Lisa Connor

Lisa Connor works at Ascensus College Savings as the Senior Institutional Relationship Manager for the state of Nevada.  She shares information regarding the SSGA Upromise 529 Plan, Nevada’s 529 College Savings Plan, to businesses, schools, and community groups throughout the state.  She works with numerous human resource professionals in promoting the merits of the SSGA Upromise 529 Plan as a part of a company’s benefit package, and conducts college savings seminars to employer groups, and benefit/human resource professionals.

Lisa has spent her entire career in educational financing. Early in her career she worked as a Financial Aid Director for 16+ years at such schools as, the University of New England (ME), Chatham University (PA), and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MA), working with families to navigate the maze of the financial aid process. Lisa served as President of the Maine Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, and served on the Board of the Eastern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, and has been a member of the Nevada Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.

Lisa also worked for 10 years in student loan marketing for such companies as Citibank, and US Bank.  She has conducted numerous workshops on, Managing Student Loan Debt, Financing your Education, Understanding Credit Scores, and The Pro’s and Con’s of Loan Consolidation

Lisa was appointed by Maine’s Governor to the state’s College Savings Board in 1998, working with Board members and the State Treasurer in creating Maine’s initial 529 College Savings Plan.

Lisa is a member of SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management), NNHRA (Northern Nevada Human Resource Association) - Co-chair of the NNHRA Diversity committee in 2013 & 2014, and NCET (NV Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology).  Lisa was a finalist for the Professional Saleswomen of Nevada, Saleswoman of the Year award in 2015.

Lisa brings over 30 years of experience to her presentations when she talks to groups about financial issues and the importance of saving for college.  She holds a B.S. degree in Communications/Management from Westfield State University, and is FINRA Series 6, and Series 63 licensed.  Lisa resides in Reno, NV, with her husband of 34 years.

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Laura Edith Chavez

Ms. Chavez began her career with USDA Rural Development in September 2006. 

She progressed from a program technician to a loan specialist in May 2015 following years of dedication and continued higher education; which included the completion of her Associate’s Degree in Business and becoming a certified Spanish/English translator and interpreter for the agency.

Ms. Chavez currently works in the Business and Cooperative Programs with the majority of her time spent in the Guaranteed Business & Industry Loan Program and Rural Energy for America Program area working with lenders, business and agricultural producers throughout the state to assist Nevada’s rural communities with access to capital for business start-up and expansion.  While working in the business programs for Rural Development, Ms. Chavez has developed a good overall knowledge of all USDA Rural Development programs to assist rural Nevadans as needed.

Prior to working for USDA, Ms. Chavez served as a Loan Officer for a local nonprofit organization that assisted families in obtaining home ownership through a Mutual Self Help Program funded by USDA Rural Housing Service.

In her free time, Ms. Chavez enjoys running, outdoor recreation and spending time with her family.