Dr. John Yacenda
Dr. John Yacenda earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences at California State University, Northridge, his Masters in Public and Mental Health degree from U.C.L.A., and his Ph.D. in Psychology from Union Institute & University. John worked in Public Health in California and Nevada, founded the Ventura County Council of Free Clinics, Nevada’s statewide Great Basin Primary Care Association, and is a Senior Professional of the Academy of Healthcare Management (P.A.H.M.) based out of Washingon, D.C.
John was a Registered Health and Human Services lobbyist in California in the 1970s-80s, and in Nevada since the mid-90s. Heralded by Nevada Governor Bob Miller for Dr. John’s HIV/AIDS “funding miracle” in the 90s, Dr. Yacenda was appointed by Governor Kenny Guinn two terms later to serve as Deputy Director of Nevada’s largest agency, the Dept. of Health & Human Services.
Dr. Yacenda later served as the Dean of the College of Social & Health Resources & Counseling Services at the University of Phoenix for five years before turning his full attention to Dreams Foundation, Inc., where he serves as President & CEO. John is an Ordained Minister in the North American Wesleyan Church. Dr. John is currently a Member of the Nevada Silver Haired Legislative Forum, appointed by the Nevada Legislature, serving his third consecutive term representing the 16th Senatorial District, and his second consecutive term as President of the Statewide Legislative body.
Sarah E. Carmona Zink
Sarah is Nevada born and raised, a 2005 graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics. She is the Broker-Owner of Reno/Tahoe Realty Group, LLC. She says, “I work in my business and on my business. Some days I am in the office and attending to my office and agent needs, and then other days I am out with clients making home dreams come true.
“Reno/Tahoe Realty Group, LLC is a Boutique shop with 25 Agents, allowing what she calls their exclusive shop to be very hands-on with our agents (they are our family) and business. We pride ourselves in offering the best real estate experience to our clients and our agents.”
These standards attest to Reno/Tahoe Realty Group, LLC receiving an Excellence in Achievement Award from the Wall Street Journal as Nevada’s #4, and Reno’s #1 Real Estate Team for Sale Sides and Volume. Not surprisingly, Sarah was awarded the National Association of Women in Real Estate Business (NAWRB) Gatsby Award for being a woman on the rise, whose business savvy has put her on a fast track to success.
As a matter of distinction in the highly competitive and scrutinized field of professionals of diversity, Sarah was honored to be the only agent in Northern Nevada to be nominated in the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) Top 250 Latinos in America since the installation of the award in 2012 (#23 in 2016, #11 in 2015, #12 in 2014, #35 in 2013, and #18 in 2012).
In 2016, Sarah received the “Twenty Under 40” award; an award recognizing 20 outstanding professionals in the Reno-Tahoe area chosen as a “Who’s Who” from among 240 nominated based on their leadership qualities, personal achievements, and involvement in local communities. And, in 2016, Sarah was recognized as the #4 Millennial Latino Agent in the Nation., and as a Hispanic Woman business owner, earned Reno/Tahoe Realty Group, LLC a nomination as one of the top 500 businesses in the nation by Diversity.com.
As one of three co-founders of Dreams Foundation, Inc., her philanthropic activities have benefited many recipients both local and nationally. She serves as Vice-President & Treasurer of Dreams Foundation, Inc. Sarah is known by friends and professional colleagues for her artistic creations and paintings, and she is recognized as one of Nevada’s caring young professionals for her contributions to a diverse number of charities apart from Dreams Foundation, Inc. For several years, Sarah served as well on the Board for CARE Chest of Northern Nevada.
This past Christmas, 2016, Sarah was officially certified by the Federal Government’s Small Business Administration as the only Real Estate 8(a) entity in Nevada, and officially a Women and Minority Owned Small Business.
Terry is a college graduate, with two-and four-year degrees, and a nationally recognized leader in the real estate industry. Not afraid to take risks, she engineered Reno/Tahoe Realty Group, LLC, her brokerage, to consistently achieve its goals, and prepped her daughter, Sarah, to take over the brokerage and its Used Manufactured Homes Division that Terry established to leverage the affordable housing market, particularly for low-income and often older military Veterans.
As one of three co-founders of Dreams Foundation, Inc., Terry crafted a program to assist veterans with down payments for used manufactured homes. That’s one part of the picture, as Terry’s vision for Reno/Tahoe Realty Group, LLC had always been looking ahead to where the stick built home ownership market was headed, and then getting there ahead of the competition!
This marketplace orientation, along with a keen eye toward commercial leasing and sales made the brokerage a powerhouse in meeting the residential housing needs, and planning ahead for the anticipated product warehousing and positioning needs of a broad spectrum of Nevadans adjusting to new state population and industry demographics. This planning includes local companies who are expanding, as well as companies newly locating to Nevada.
Terry has won many national awards for leadership from the National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses, and was named Nevada’s Distinguished Woman in Real Estate in 2014. She and her team received an Excellence in Achievement Award from the Wall Street Journal as Nevada’s #4 and Reno’s #1 and # 20, Real Estate Team for Sales and Sides and Volume.
She was named among the top five percent in her field for American Registry’s prestigious, “America’s Most Honored Professionals” Award.
Terry has a number of Professional Association memberships that include: National Association of Realtors; Institute for Luxury Home Marketing; National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals; and a host of other regional and Nevada-centered organizations. She holds multiple designations in the real estate arena such as her CLHMS, Million Dollar Guild, ABR, GRI, CDPE, SFR, & CPE.
She is the CEO of Capital City Investments, Inc., the author of the book, “She Is All Business,” and a co-founder of WE BUY ALL MOBILE HOMES. Give her a microphone and a motivated audience, and through seminars and one-on-one coaching, she mentors women desiring to make their mark in the business world, and in their entrepreneurial careers.