With a whirlwind of recent accomplishments, Linasha Jerome got married and landed a rewarding career with United Way.

Jerome joined United Way as the director of health and family engagement. In her position, she collaborates with multiple health and education partners to improve the quality of life for the children in Las Vegas.

United Way Summer 2014In less than a year’s time, she also married her long-time boyfriend of 11 years, Stephen, the general manager and managing partner of Honey Salt, a unique dining experience in
Boca Park.

She also formed her own nonprofit organization called Ladies Who Dine LV, comprised of a group of women in the valley who dine quarterly at different culinary hot spots paired with an element of philanthropy at each event; either volunteering or donating to local charities.

“I believe in the importance of collaboration with other like-minded individuals to improve upon the quality of life for all in the community”
Jerome is a Pilate’s fanatic who enjoys spending time with family, friends, her two Yorkies, Vegas and Mr. Big, and her turtle, Valentino.

When asked about her bucket list, Jerome provided a list of items that would intimidate even the most driven woman. Top on the list was running a marathon, owning a Pilates studio and restoring a classic convertible Volkswagen Beetle.

Even though she graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in 2012 from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Boyd School of Law, Jerome knew that she wanted to make a difference in the Valley and work for a local nonprofit.

“When I chose a path in nonprofit work, I knew United Way would be a great fit,” said Jerome. “Our work in health, education and financial stability is critical to our community as the challenges in these areas are intertwined. Implementing positive change in these areas is of utmost importance to the future of
Clark County.”

Jerome is most passionate about the work United Way is doing in the health arena.

“We plan to place a stronger emphasis on combatting childhood obesity through physical fitness and healthy eating, which I find to be truly exciting,” said Jerome.

Inspired by the focus of United Way’s Young Philanthropists Society on volunteerism, mentorship and outreach events, Jerome recently became a member.

“I believe in the importance of collaboration with other like-minded individuals to improve upon the quality of life for all in the community,” explained Jerome.

YPS is a group of over 60 young leaders who have collectively raised over $300,000 in four years and are committed through their time and money to create change in Southern Nevada.

At Bracken Elementary School, YPS launched the Piggy Bank program, a dynamic new concept that gives children the chance to learn about savings, and save money in their very own bank accounts. The program has helped more than 500 children learn how to save and raised over $32,000. YPS members also volunteer every Friday to help the children of Bracken as they proudly deposit their savings into the Piggy Bank.

“There are many different ways to get involved and to volunteer that are right at your fingertips, and we are happy to pair you with those opportunities,” explained Jerome. “Just do it!”

To learn more about YPS, contact Jason Soto, director, Young Philanthropists Society at JasonS@uwsn.org or 702.892.2360.

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