2020 RECIPIENTS

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BRIGID DUFFY

Brigid Duffy has been a resident of Clark County for 21 years. Her career in Clark County has enabled her to work with thousands of children in the foster care and the juvenile justice system. Over the years, Duffy watched many children who have touched these systems have poor outcomes in adult life. 

 

In December, 2016, Duffy partnered with Game Changers Sports Club to create a targeted program; this initiative would allow youth in our community, who have encountered challenges in their   lives and who were in need of opportunities, the ability to access specialized sports training and fitness classes designed to improve their health, develop their leadership potential, and to change their trajectory. 

 

Early 2017, she started with one foster home in our community. Duffy and the owners of Game Changers Sport Club provided the foster parent with the ability to bring the youth in his home to Game Changers Sports Club to participate in speed, agility, strength and conditioning training. The youth in this particular foster home were all teenage boys involved in the juvenile justice system for committing acts of delinquency: battery, drug possession and/or robbery. Duffy would meet the youth at the facility each evening to cheer them on, compete with them, and get to know them. 

 

The impact that the program had on the original youth inspired Duffy to develop “Transforming the Game”, a Nevada non-profit that increases the access of sports training and fitness classes to more than just the one foster home. On Saturdays, Transforming the Game (“TTG”) hosts 10-15 youth from the community, kids in foster care and/or the juvenile justice system, for specialized sports training. In the Summer, the program grows to three  times a week. Duffy spends her weekends and evenings at the facility cheering on the youth, working out with them and getting to know them. 

 

Brigid Duffy is a Chief Deputy District Attorney and the Director of the Juvenile Division of the office of the Clark County District Attorney, which handles cases of juvenile delinquency and child abuse and neglect. In her role as the Chief Juvenile Prosecutor, she focused on paths of diversion to prevent children from entering the juvenile justice system and the criminal justice system. Duffy was one of the founding community partners for “The Harbor”, the Clark County Juvenile Assessment Center. She co-chairs the Clark County School Justice Partnership and is an appointed member of the Clark County School District Superintendent’s Equity Commission. She also acts as the Clark County Lobbyist for legislative issues that impact the children in Nevada. 

 

Duffy represents the office of the District Attorney on many boards and commissions, including the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Oversight Commission, the Nevada Supreme Court’s Children’s Commission, the Nevada Coalition to Prevent the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, the Clark County School Justice Partnership and the Southern Nevada Child Fatality Taskforce.

 

For more information on Transforming the Game go to www.transformingthegame.org and for Game Changers Sports Club go to www.gamechangersportslv.com. Or call (702) 285-0882.

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CEDRIC WILLIAMS

Cedric Williams, Retired Fire Captain / Public Information /
Community Liaison Officer / City of North Las Vegas Fire Department

 

Captain Williams (Retired) joined the North Las Vegas Fire Department in 1994 after being mentored by Sam Smith. He rose through the ranks as a firefighter, engineer, captain, and ultimately was assigned as the Public Information and Community Liaison Officer for the North Las Vegas Fire Department. He had been an instructor and lead instructor for two North Las Vegas fire recruit academies, served as Vice-President of the Fire Prevention Association of Nevada (FPAN), a Governor-appointed Commissioner for the Nevada Volunteers Board, a State of Nevada Senate-appointed member of the Nevada Vision Stakeholders Group, and a former Mediations Specialist with the Clark County Neighborhood Justice Center. Captain Williams also serves as a motivational speaker for many organizations to include the U.S. Military; Clark County Parks and Recreation; University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and many other government and youth organizations, etc. 

 

Captain Williams earned his Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and a secondary degree in Fire Management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas;  he was selected Student of the Year in that program. He also earned an Associate’s degree in Fire Science Technology with an urban emphasis from the College of Southern Nevada, and a graduate of the Advanced Public Information Officer course from the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. 

 

Captain Williams has dedicated more than 30 years to serving his country and community. As a member of the U.S. Army from 1989-1992 on active duty, and five years as a reservist, he was classified a small arms and supply specialist; upon being honorably discharged, he worked as a mail carrier before being selected for the North Las Vegas Fire Department Recruit Academy. 

 

Captain Williams has been a volunteer athletic coach with USA Track and Field (USATF) for nearly 27 years, generally serving and mentoring inner city youth in Las Vegas. He currently serves as the President/Coach for a USATF team (Las Vegas Heat) and is the former Vice-President of USATF for the State of Nevada, as well as former Western Zone Representative and Western Zone Vice Representative for (USATF); he was also selected 1997 Coach of the year with (USATF). 

 

Captain Williams was an active member of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), United Firefighters of Southern Nevada, Safe Kids Clark County Coalition of Nevada, and Partnerships for Youth at Risk, a juvenile fire-setters organization. Captain Williams also continues to volunteer with Camp Brotherhood and Camp Sisterhood and served as the treasurer for the inner-city non-profit youth program, for compromised youth.

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FRANCES HALL

Frances Hall, a native Texan, has resided in Las Vegas since 2003. Her first gospel play series, The Waters Family Saga, earned the title of 2013 National Grand Prize Winner presented by the Black Gospel Play Association in Nashville, Tennessee. Hall wrote and produced “Troubled Waters,” which was performed at the West Las Vegas Library Theatre in January 2014, July 2014, and January 2015. Her last two stage productions, “Silent Waterfalls” (2016-2017) and “Still Waters” (2018), were co-sponsored by the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District and were presented at the West Las Vegas Library Theater and the Summerlin Library and Performing Arts Center. 

 

Her new play, “Goodbye Joylight Café,” will be performed at the West Las Vegas Library Theatre in April and August of 2020. With forty years in education, she has worked as a teacher, counselor, dean, assistant principal, and principal in Houston and Las Vegas. She is currently employed as an Education Services Division Director in the Clark County School District. Hall is affiliated with Remnant Ministries, Clark County Association of School Administrators, Las Vegas Branch of the NAACP, Clark County Black Caucus, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Her academic accomplishments include a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Sam Houston State University, a Master of Education in Counseling from the University of Houston, a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Lindenwood University, and certification in Mid-Management Administration from Texas Southern University. 

 

She was the 2016 recipient of the Las Vegas NAACP’s “Making a Difference” Award. In 2018 she was honored by Parent Citywide at their “Impactful Women” event and received several Rave Reviews from colleagues in Clark County School District. Frances  Hall is the mother of two children, Eric and Adrienne, and the grandmother of two boys, Natnael and Abel.

TRICIA A. McLAURIN

Tricia A. McLaurin is a native of Long Island, New York. She has worked in the human resources field for 19 years, starting her career at Cablevisions Systems Corporation, and for 16 years working for Paychex Corporation as a HR Consultant/Business Partner. Currently, Tricia serves as the Director of Human Resources for the Smith Center for the Performing Arts. 

 

Tricia obtained her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury, New York.  Tricia has also obtained her Master of Arts in Christian Leadership and Management in May 2016 from Trinity Seminary, and is in the process of pursing her Master of Arts in Industrial Relations from New York Institute of Technology. 

 

Tricia is a prolific speaker who appreciates the opportunity to encourage, empower and excite people with word presentation. Feeling compelled of God to dedicate her talents in service, Tricia proudly serves as the pastor and founder of Give It All You Got Ministries in Las Vegas, and the Overseer-Elect of the Greater Works Apostolic Ministries and Satellite Branches which is headquartered in New York.  

 

Further answering the call on a local level, Tricia is honored to serve, entering her second year as the local President of the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. Being recognized for her service and dedication, this year Tricia has been appointed to the position of Chaplain of the National Board of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. She has been privileged to participate as a presenter nationally at the SCORE Small Biz Virtual Conference, SCORE Leadership Conference, Annual Gaming Conference, and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Leadership Conference, to name a few. 

 

Tricia has been married to Jason McLaurin for 18 years and is a proud mother to Malachi, Messiah and Marcelleus. Tricia unapologetically embraces the mission to impact the lives of her sisters and imprint their future success. The recent passing of Tricia’s greatest role model and fan, her mother, Apostle Joan Hicks, has reignited her desire and dedication to not just have a seat at the table, but ensure that African-American women have a say about what is on the menu.

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JACK MARTIN

Director Jack Martin of the Clark County Department of Juvenile Justice Services has served over three decades in law enforcement, both in the adult and juvenile arenas.   Martin began his career in California before transitioning to both Arizona and Hawaii as a subject matter expert in rebuilding troubled correctional systems due to rampant civil rights violations. Martin earned his degrees in criminal justice administration and communications; he is a national speaker for operational issues surrounding cultural change initiatives within law enforcement agencies, and an expert in designing and teaching necessary classes for all working in the justice system, whether adult or juvenile.

 

Jack Martin grew up in Southern California in a multicultural home and community. He utilizes his personal exposure to a multitude of systems to improve the service delivery of the departments he leads. Martin moved to Nevada in 2009 and immediately noticed the mass incarceration of young people of color within state and local detention centers. After accepting the position of director in 2013, reform efforts began that included the implementation of risk and need assessment tools that make detention determinations based on risk to the community, not bias-based practices that utilized non-scientific methodology to determine detention usage. 

 

The detention population has dropped from 260 per day to an average of 136, with still more work to do. Referrals to the department have also dropped from over 27,000 in 2011 to 11,500 in 2019 because of system reform efforts in the community. In addition, the Harbor, Juvenile Assessment Center, was created in 2016 to address low-level behaviors and social barriers to intervene proactively in a child’s life. The Harbor has expanded to two locations with recent funding allocated to expand to five locations throughout the valley. In three years, the program has served 14,000+ youth and families with less than five percent escalating to the juvenile justice system. 

 

Martin is also addressing the school to prison pipeline through his coordinated partnership with the Clark County School District, his participation on the Superintendent’s Equity and Access Commission, and working tirelessly to break, dismantle, and disrupt disproportionality of any kind within his sphere of influence. This includes revamping the entire hiring, training and evaluation of his teammates where law enforcement practices of the past are no longer tolerated, and transparency, inclusion and equity are celebrated. 

 

Jack Martin volunteers through his church, is a mentor for young people in the community, is a member of several local boards, and enjoys building cars and Harley Davidsons when not at work or spending time with his family.   

 

Mr. Martin was lucky enough to find his sweetheart early in life and is blessed to be raising his children with his best friend.

RAMON SAVOY

A dedicated and compassionate member of the black community in Las Vegas, Ramon Savoy was, and still is, a name well known on the Westside. He is considered a pioneer of black culture in Nevada and an activist who helped to articulate the importance of African-American culture and news within his community.

 

Originally from Harlem, New York, Savoy was brought to Las Vegas in 1978, when he enlisted in the United States Air Force. During his early years in Nevada, while raising a family, he worked as a broadcaster at KCEP, KYRK and KUNV, as well as other radio stations. These positions set the stage as a voice in the community and served as the foundation for his activism. He also became a sales representative and underwriter for the radio stations.

 

In 1992 Savoy began his ascent at the Sentinel Voice as an employee, taking on reporting, photography and sales. Eventually his commitment in all aspects of the business led to his being given the reins of the popular local newspaper.

 

In 1996, Ramon Savoy took over ownership of the publication. Up till the day the paper closed its doors, Savoy was without a doubt the owner of Nevada’s only weekly black publication, ensuring that Nevada’s black community was not overlooked, reaching a circulation of over 30,000.

 

The Las Vegas Sentinel Voice allowed the black community to feel united, stronger, and well-informed. Both local and secular news were outlined with every issue of the paper, ranging from the increase of homelessness in the city to the shooting of Trevon Martin and other innocent black teens.

 

In 2007, Ramon began broadcasting Black Power Talk Action Radio on KCEP. This extension gave the community an opportunity to provide feedback on the timely topics presented in the newspaper. He is currently co-host and co-producer of “Like It Is Radio”, featuring “Ladies First”.

 

Ramon Savoy is a recipient of the Crystal Trailblazer, the Las Vegas Association of Black Journalist Griot Awards, and the NAACP Image Award, among numerous others.

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