Our Mission

At Dreams Foundation, our mission is to fulfill the unmet dreams and aspirations of individuals and organizations in the greater Reno-Tahoe region. Our team helps community members achieve their unmet dreams and aspirations by providing financial aid and community support. Dreams Foundation Inc. is proud to serve individuals, families, neighborhood churches, people-serving agencies and organizations, recognized charities, boys and girls clubs, and youth sports programs in Northern Nevada.

As we provide financial aid to those in our community who need it most, we also recognize that each life is different and our neighbors face a broad spectrum of needs. By partnering with community organizations, Dreams Foundation Inc. is able to provide additional financial support to individuals, families, and organizations in Reno-Tahoe. When you donate to DFI, 100% of proceeds will support the funding that provides opportunities for members of our community to thrive!

Our Motto

Don’t just Dream Big…“Dream a Bigger Dream”

Meet Our Little Family

Behind the Dreams Foundation Curtain

From Left to Right:
Steve Carmona,  Sarah Carmona Zink, Howard Edward III, Howard Edward IV, Terry Rasner & Dr. John Yacenda

Our Big Dreamers

Sarah E. Carmona Zink

 

Sarah Carmona Zink is a highly successful Real Estate Broker, Business Owner (four companies and a non-profit), and Government Contracting Project Manager – one who takes pride in her Family, Friends, and Professional Relationships. As a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor of Science in Economics, she provides her team with knowledge of forecasting and trends in the local market. Sarah has also held contracting projects with Department of Energy, General Services Administration (GSA), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The awards she’s received can’t encompass the heart she puts into every group, cause, and effort she’s involved in, but there’s definitely a list worth recognizing.

In 2020, Sarah received one of the Top Ten Influential Women in the Sierra Nevada.  The award is given to 10 Women each year who “is creating positive change and inspires other to do the same. She is engaged, driven, and impactful. She is a leader working to build thriving, heart-centered organizations and communities.”

In 2016, she received the prestigious Young Professionals Network’s Twenty Under 40 Award. This recognizes twenty outstanding individuals under the age of 40 in the Reno-Tahoe area for their professional, philanthropic, and leadership success in the local community.  She was chosen as an outstanding leader in the community for her leadership qualities, personal achievements, and involvement in local communities.

Also, in 2016 and 2018, she was recognized as the leader of the #4 Latino Millennial Team in the Nation by the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP). NAHREP also recognized her as a member of the top 250 Latino Agents in the Nation in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.  In 2018, her team was awarded #26 Latino Real Estate Team by Volume Sold in 2017.  In 2019, she received her designation as a Certified Commercial Investment Member, and is now recognized as a leading expert in commercial real estate.

Although she specializes in business, Sarah has shown her heart for her community.  She was a on the Board of Directors for Reno-Tahoe Young Professional’s Network and was the co-chair the Twenty Under 40 Committee.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Renown Health Foundation Board of Directors; this board raises funds to purchase state-of-the art equipment, develop facilities, conduct research, offer community health programs, and provide educational training for healthcare professionals.  Because of her own experiences with her son Howie, who was in the Renown Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for 27 days, she has made raising awareness and donations for the NICU her passion.  In 2016, she launch the NICU Preemie and Newborn Pajama Drive which is now in its third 3rd year.  Her foundation has raised and donated thousands of preemie and newborn pajamas, thousands of receiving blankets, medical equipment, $50,000 in medical grade bassinets, and other NICU needs.  Her goal is to provide some sense of normalcy when the NICU is anything but a normal experience.  And in 2020, she and another NICU mother have started an ‘in-patient’ parent support group to help others going through their NICU experience; they are offering a meal, an ear to listen, and/or a shoulder lean on.  Sarah is also a regular volunteer for Northern Nevada Pride and the Offbeat Music Festival.

 

Sarah E. Carmona Zink

Sarah Carmona Zink is a highly successful Real Estate Broker, Business Owner (four companies and a non-profit), and Government Contracting Project Manager – one who takes pride in her Family, Friends, and Professional Relationships. As a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor of Science in Economics, she provides her team with knowledge of forecasting and trends in the local market. Sarah has also held contracting projects with Department of Energy, General Services Administration (GSA), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The awards she’s received can’t encompass the heart she puts into every group, cause, and effort she’s involved in, but there’s definitely a list worth recognizing.

In 2020, Sarah received one of the Top Ten Influential Women in the Sierra Nevada.  The award is given to 10 Women each year who “is creating positive change and inspires other to do the same. She is engaged, driven, and impactful. She is a leader working to build thriving, heart-centered organizations and communities.”

In 2016, she received the prestigious Young Professionals Network’s Twenty Under 40 Award. This recognizes twenty outstanding individuals under the age of 40 in the Reno-Tahoe area for their professional, philanthropic, and leadership success in the local community.  She was chosen as an outstanding leader in the community for her leadership qualities, personal achievements, and involvement in local communities.

Also, in 2016 and 2018, she was recognized as the leader of the #4 Latino Millennial Team in the Nation by the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP). NAHREP also recognized her as a member of the top 250 Latino Agents in the Nation in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.  In 2018, her team was awarded #26 Latino Real Estate Team by Volume Sold in 2017.  In 2019, she received her designation as a Certified Commercial Investment Member, and is now recognized as a leading expert in commercial real estate.

Although she specializes in business, Sarah has shown her heart for her community.  She was a on the Board of Directors for Reno-Tahoe Young Professional’s Network and was the co-chair the Twenty Under 40 Committee.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Renown Health Foundation Board of Directors; this board raises funds to purchase state-of-the art equipment, develop facilities, conduct research, offer community health programs, and provide educational training for healthcare professionals.  Because of her own experiences with her son Howie, who was in the Renown Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for 27 days, she has made raising awareness and donations for the NICU her passion.  In 2016, she launch the NICU Preemie and Newborn Pajama Drive which is now in its third 3rd year.  Her foundation has raised and donated thousands of preemie and newborn pajamas, thousands of receiving blankets, medical equipment, $50,000 in medical grade bassinets, and other NICU needs.  Her goal is to provide some sense of normalcy when the NICU is anything but a normal experience.  And in 2020, she and another NICU mother have started an ‘in-patient’ parent support group to help others going through their NICU experience; they are offering a meal, an ear to listen, and/or a shoulder lean on.  Sarah is also a regular volunteer for Northern Nevada Pride and the Offbeat Music Festival.

Terry Rasner

I am no ordinary professional woman. Against all odds, I have remained a personally responsible, professionally capable woman who has, and continues to, achieve successful performance competition to keep me on top of my game, while creating a platform for me to help so many other individuals find achievement and financial autonomy. One of my points of anchorage to being a successful entrepreneur is education. My Bachelor of Arts, in Liberal Studies and my Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice were just the beginning. However, the most rewarding educational endeavor was obtaining my CCIM, the ultimate designation that would solidify my knowledge that I am one of the BEST in the industry.

Additionally, I have obtained many certifications/designations throughout my 15-year career in real estate which has kept me on the pulse of the ever-changing real estate market. I am ranked in the top 4% agents in the Reno area, and have sales in excess of $212,000,000 dollars. I have received many awards, and one specifically, I was honored to be named Nevada’s Most Distinguished Woman in Real Estate in a prior year.

And, lastly, not to out-do myself, I am a best-selling author and continue to write, mentor, and inspire other business professionals to make their mark in the world. I am the founder of Reno/Tahoe Realty Group, LLC., Capital City Investments, She Is All Business, co-founder of We Buy all Mobile Homes, and co-founder of Dreams Foundation.

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.