I am running to serve the community that has provided me with a fulfilling career and lifelong friendships. I have spent the last 15 years helping college students navigate institutional, state, and federal higher education policies. Carefully crafted and reviewed policies can bring about positive change for countless students, faculty, and staff. I believe Nevada's System of Higher Education will benefit from having an experienced student administrator's perspective on the Board of Regents.
Born and raised outside Chicago, Illinois, Jeanine moved to Las Vegas in 2008 to complete her master's degree in Educational Leadership at UNLV. She studied governance, law, finance, facilities management, student development, and adult learning theory. Her program prepared her for the responsibilities of serving on the Nevada Board of Regents. While attending UNLV Jeanine also met her husband of six years, Michael, a combat military veteran.
Professionally, Jeanine has worked at three large public research institutions, three Hispanic/Minority-serving institutions, and a small private religiously-affiliated institution. She has taught courses on leadership theory and college success skills at three universities, including UNLV and UNR.
Jeanine enjoys advocating for higher education and breaking down barriers to student success. In 2019, after observing a growing number of students struggle with mental health issues, she became certified in mental health first aid.
Jeanine has extensive experience working with diverse student populations of undergraduate, graduate, traditional, non-traditional, commuter, international, military, first-generation, low-income, honors, adult, and distance learners. She understands the challenges and needs of Nevada's postsecondary education students.