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Junior Achievement of Northern Nevada appoints three new board members



Junior Achievement of Northern Nevada has appointed Jesse Bassett, Melissa Haffner and Jim Magrogan to serve as leaders on its board of directors’ panel.

The new board members will join the 13-person leadership board led by Executive Director Bill Heitman. JANN will continue to focus on its mission of providing students with workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy education.

“By expanding the leadership positions within our organization, we are able to enhance our visibility and maximize partnerships with local businesses,” said Bill Heitman, executive director of Junior Achievement of Northern Nevada. “Our primary goal is to reach more students through in-class programs and continue serving as a local advocate for education; we are confident our new board members will help achieve those goals.”

A University of San Diego, School of Law masters graduate, Jesse Bassett currently practices at Fitzgerald Abbott & Beardsley LLP as an associate and member of the firm’s Estate and Trusts and Tax Practice Groups. Bassett is a licensed attorney with the State Bar of Nevada and the State Bar of California. In his role, Bassett offers expertise in estate planning, estate and trust administration and business succession planning. He also has experience representing business owners and individuals with the IRS, Franchise Tax Board and State Board of Equalization.

Prior to joining the JANN board of directors, Bassett served as a board member for Junior Achievement of the Greater East Bay in Walnut Creek, Calif. Bassett received his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Davis, King Hall School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nevada, Reno.

A 9-year veteran at Bank of America, Melissa Haffner serves as a banking center manager where she is responsible for leading branch initiatives, mentoring new associates and developing more efficient work processes. Haffner has also attained leadership roles within Bank of America, serving as a group banking market partner.

In addition to her work responsibilities, Haffner serves as the community volunteer president for the Bank of America Nevada community market. Haffner’s dedication to the community is shown through her extensive portfolio of volunteer work with the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, Susan G. Komen and United Way. Haffner is a University of Phoenix graduate with a bachelor’s degree in finance.

Jim Magrogan has worked in the construction industry for nearly 17 years, currently managing a start-up general contractor business, Sullivan Structures, LLC. Prior to joining Sullivan Structures, Magrogan worked for an ENR Top 20 general contractor based in San Francisco and for one of the largest general contractors in northern Nevada, United Construction Company.

Notable projects he has worked on include the St. Regis Museum Tower in downtown San Francisco, Depaoli Middle School in Reno and the Telecommunications and Security Forces Building and the Intelligence Facility for the Nevada Air National Guard Base housed at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

In addition to his professional background, Magrogan is a youth soccer coach and leads the Team in Training cycling team, an awareness bike ride for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Magrogan received his bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Maryland and his Master of Business Administration from Regis University.

To learn more about Junior Achievement of Northern Nevada and how you can get involved, “like” our Facebook page or visit our website.

About Junior Achievement of Northern Nevada

Junior Achievement is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. Each year, Junior Achievement of Northern Nevada reaches more than 5,000 K-12 students through its classroom programs. In order to provide materials and other resources for classroom instruction, Junior Achievement of Northern Nevada hosts an annual gala that serves as the primary fundraiser for the organization and is an opportunity to honor local business leaders.

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