Star Navigators

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.

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.

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 …

STAR Navigator Oliver X
STAR Navigator Oliver X

By Britton Griffith

The COVID-19 outbreak left us grieving for a life that once was. The buzzing, the vibrations, the electricity of July downtown. We craved sunshine on our faces and laughter in the park during this celebratory season. We were left yearning imagination, interaction, and feeling that summer warmth with our friends and our community.

Jude Wood Boys and Girls Club
STAR Navigator Jude Wood

By Rae Matthews, Elevation Eats
When times are tough, it is important that communities come together. Star Navigators are community leaders that shine a light on a better, kinder future.

STAR Navigator Johnny Jeffery

By Kayla Carr Johnny Jeffery, Bently Heritage’s Master Distiller, is a food chemist, sustainable agricultural enthusiast, and artful distiller — the perfect man for Bently Heritage’s farm-to-flask movement. Sourcing grains from their 6000-acre ranch in Minden, Jeffrey’s talent for turning the land’s bounty into aromatic gins, silky vodkas and barrel-aged whiskeys — all sustainably, of course — is well aligned.

Mark Estee
STAR Navigator Mark Estee

Star Navigator – Mark Estee
By Natasha Bourlin
Decades ago, chef and restaurateur Mark Estee entered into the culinary world. A rising star based in Reno, the Massachusetts native and James Beard Award semifinalist has flourished through years of private catering gigs, multi-restaurant ownership, spearheading community movements to help those in need … and, now, a new show on the Food Network.

Kaya and Kevin Stanley
STAR Navigators Kaya and Kevin Stanley

Star Navigators Kaya and Kevin Stanly By Heidi Bethel
When the house musician who is also an ICU nurse inside the COVID-19 sector in an area hospital told Kaya and Kevin Stanley, owners of Old Granite Street Eatery and Rue Bourbon in Reno, that they were not stopping to eat during their shifts, they had an immediate question: “Can we bring you food?”