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Fayth Ross Executive Director of Urban Roots

Star Navigator Fayth Ross

Star Navigator Fayth Ross
By Natasha Bourlin
When she saw her eldest son, a super-finicky eater attending an Urban Roots farm camp, pluck kale from the ground, eat it, then suggest the family have it for dinner, a passion — not just incredulity — ignited for the organization within Fayth Ross.

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Star Navigator Chuck Shapiro

Star Navigator Chuck Shapiro

Star Navigator Chuck Shapiro Owner of Wildriver Grille
By Natasha Bourlin
The pandemic’s impact is widespread, but the arts, animal-based nonprofits and children’s causes have been especially hard hit.
So, Chuck Shapiro of Wild River Grille took them all on using restaurant proceeds.
Not that restaurants haven’t been heavily affected as well. However, Wild River Grille, celebrating its 14th anniversary in June 2021, has been “super crazy busy” since reopening its doors in May, Shapiro says.

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Colin West Founder of Clean Up The Lake

Star Navigator Colin West

Star Navigator Colin West
By Natasha Bourlin
Colin West went from creating multiple television shows on wine to eradicating waste from Lake Tahoe. Quite the career leap.
Working on film projects helped him form a nonprofit incorporating his production skills into a Tahoe-wide effort to remove trash from the lake. The nonprofit Clean Up the Lake was born.

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Star Navigator Stacey Montooth

Star Navigator Stacy Montooth

By Natasha Bourlin

A citizen of the Washoe Paiute nation born on a reservation in Schurz, Nev., Stacey Montooth is charged with being the liaison between the governor’s office and the more than 60,000 Native Americans spread amongst 27 tribal governments within the state. Her mission is to improve the quality of life for these indigenous peoples.

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Colin West Founder of Clean Up The Lake

The Great Pandemic Pivot

Extraordinary people conquering extraordinary times.
By Natasha Bourlin
Many people and businesses have suffered during the pandemic, but many others have strived toward new goals while positively affecting others. In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, stories abound of organizations that have pivoted as gracefully as a ballet dancer towards new ways to serve their community, and even save their businesses. Inspiring people instilling new tactics relevant to the times to pursue their goals. Like these four forward-thinking folks.

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Courtney Meredith

Star Navigator Courtney Meredith

COMMUNITY LEADERS GUIDING OTHERS, BRINGING A SENSE OF HOPE DURING THESE CHALLENGING TIMES.
In the world of marketing and advertising, we demand to see the best highlights and positive representation of our favorite places, people and products.
It’s hard to remember what life was like before COVID-19 brought darkness to each corner of our lives. From health scares, to business shut downs, to financial distress and emotional turmoil, it seemed impossible to find hope. So, in a time of turmoil how do you shine light on the shadow?
I sat down with Courtney Meredith at Wild River Grille in the Riverwalk District, (a district she founded with a group of community members) and asked how she gave Reno the silver lining we were so desperate to find.

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Jaclyn Coleman

STAR Navigator Jaclyn Coleman

Star Navigator Jaclyn Coleman
By Jen Peng
When the COVID-19 shutdown first hit in March, Jaclyn Coleman, founder and owner of Muse Group creative marketing agency, knew she had to do something to help. She got together with Courtney Meredith, co-owner of Design on Edge, to brainstorm ways to help the community. From that, Reno Resilient was born.

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Debbie McCarthy

STAR Navigator Debbie McCarthy

By Heidi Bethel 

Have you spotted the inspiring #TogetherWeAreOneHeart blue bands around Reno/Tahoe? When we received a few in Virtual Wine Lock bags supporting the Riverwalk District, our four-year-old son quickly claimed them as his own and proudly sports his “super hero” bracelets nearly everywhere he goes … even to bed. As he naps with his favorite accessory, I’m reminded of the big impact Debbie McCarthy (aka “About Town Deb”) has made on the community with her #TogetherWeAreOneHeart initiative. She is a Star Navigator super hero bringing a simple statement with big impact during these unusual times.

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STAR Navigator Britton Griffith

By Natasha Bourlin
She’s been to more countries than states.
She holds a degree in international business from the University of Nevada, Reno.
She’s the vice president of Reno Engineering Corporation, a civil design and development services company with a 23-year history.
She’s served and led more regional boards of directors that this writer can even list.
She funneled her community passion and desire to better her hometown by campaigning to become a member of the Reno City Council.
She’s up for sainthood next year …

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