Each of NYEP’s board members plays an active and central role in developing resources and carving a path to support the work we do. Our Board has important responsibilities, including participating in fundraising activities, governing finances, developing policies and making major decisions for NYEP as a whole. The following professional, driven and selfless individuals support our mission and devote their time, resources, talents and relationships to complete agency goals while actively involved on the NYEP Board.
Marilyn York, President | Family Law Attorney | Member since 2012
Marilyn D. York is the owner and sole proprietor of one of the largest family law firms in Reno, Nevada. She opened her firm in 2001 and presently has ten employees. The firm specializes in family law with an emphasis on men’s rights. Marilyn carefully chose her career because of her passion for families, children and relationships. Despite her emphasis on male clientele, Marilyn has deep compassion for women and children in need. Finding NYEP was the perfect outlet to channel her compassion and energy toward helping female youth who need assistance to transition into self sufficiency. She is a proud member of the Board, which is comprised of very qualified and credentialed professionals who bring a unique diversity to this small but mighty charity. Marilyn is presently facilitating a pass-through donation program, whereby $50.00 from each new client consultation fee is donated to NYEP. This pass-through donation program generated $1,500 for NYEP in its first two months! She looks forward to continuing to support this charity and is so grateful to her clients for their generous pass-through donations. It was because of the “Top 20 under 40″ awards that Marilyn was fortunate enough to meet the director and founder of NYEP, Monica DuPea. She is so proud to be a part of this beautiful charity and hopes to be a part of its future growth and continued success. It is through time and monetary donations from the generous and selfless people we have in our community that this charity is even possible.
Britton Griffith-Douglass, Secretary | Photographer | Journalist | Member since 2014
In addition to acting as the Secretary for the Nevada Youth Empowerment Project, Britton Griffith-Douglass is Vice President of Operations at Reno Engineering, a development services company. Britton is dedicated and passionate about assisting the youth in her hometown of Reno by being hands-on and available to the youth. She stands proudly behind the mission of NYEP and encourages education, participation and change in her City—beginning in her own backyard and branching out. She wishes to bridge gaps between youth/adults, business/non-profits and to assist in building an accountable ecosystem that puts an end to poverty. It starts with you. Britton is also the Special Events Chair for The Riverwalk/Liberty District, board member for both the Regional Alliance of Downtown and the Redevelopment Advisory Board, columnist for Reno Tahoe Tonight, founder of the High Heels & Hopes Fashion Show, and a Yoga Instructor.
Margaret Finel, Treasurer | Re/Max Professionals NV Realtor, Member since 2020
Margaret is a people centric Realtor in Reno with a strong background in customer service. Margaret’s motto is “Do the Right Thing Because It Is the Right Thing to Do”. She places a high importance on customer service and has found that if you take care of your clients, they will take care of you. With over 10 years of Real Estate experience, she knows and loves this community. Margaret has such a zest for life and loves to share that with the NYEP residents. Whether it’s floating the Truckee river, hiking the hills, cooking a French meal, or having a dance off; Margaret enjoys spending time with the girls and providing advice and lots of laughs. Her passion for helping the youth of our community is infectious. Margaret has a loudmouth and loves to spread the word about NYEP and all the amazing services provided.
Emily Reid, At Large | Professional Artist, Member since 2019
Born in Reno, Nevada, Emily studied art in Florence, SC, Bozeman, MT, and Sydney Australia before becoming a professional artist. She opened up Reno’s Chocolate Bar, Rockabye (a baby boutique), and assisted with the opening of the Discovery Museum, where she worked as the Visitor Service Manager. Emily is a single parent with a teenage daughter and a farm of over 20 animals. She is dedicated to making the world better by helping others (human and non) and caring for the Earth. Emily joined the NYEP board in 2019 after participating in NYEP’s annual Fall Harvest Festival. “I absolutely love how much Monica knows -not just cares- and has REAL solutions to problems that our community’s youth face. Homelessness is a HUGE issue locally and nationally. This is important work!!”
Brian Bosma, At-Large, Entrepreneur, Member since 2022
Brian is a local entrepreneur. He owns Huntsman Brewing. His previous work experience with creative marketing for Fortune 500 Companies has given him an impressive ability to create custom marketing strategies. He also served a full-time role in Northern Nevada Opportunity Zone Summit. As an economic agent in Nevada is to assist primary companies with growth, provide workforce support, solve urgent issues, make introductions to other businesses, government, and community resources, identify programs that may be of benefit, and assist with economic incentives for company expansions, Brian’s efforts resulted in growth and promoted a robust, diversified, and prosperous regional economy. We look forward to the good work Brian will do at NYEP!
Stephanie Peterson, At-Large, Director at Meta, Member since 2021
Stephanie is a mentor, manager, and friend to many. She brings her passions and energy to all aspects of her life, including her volunteer work, inspiring others around her to do likewise. With many years of experience at both Microsoft and Meta, Steph is a talented leader who can synthesize the complex and break down any problem into simple terms, which enables her and those she’s working with to collaborate more effectively to deliver better results. She has this unique talent to identify what’s best for the business, and customers and go after them with sincerity. Her keen ability to absorb and synthesize complex information, develop critical insights, and then drive data-driven decisions is something we’re really excited about at NYEP. She’s also a professional giver. Who wouldn’t love that about someone!