Meet Our Current Board Members.
Kim Ciesynski is the owner and principal designer of Spaces Design & Planning. Her office is located in a 90 year old home in downtown Sparks that was converted to a commercial building. Her passion for design and community, lead her to help create a non-profit community organization call 39 North Downtown and is current President of the Board.
Angela Handler is the proud owner of LoKa Tile Group, the largest locally owned tile and stone store in Northern Nevada. Deeply passionate about the art of construction and design thus making her career path the perfect fit. Born and raised here Angela is deeply committed to dedicating her time and resources to helping out the community in which she raises her two children and 3 fur babies.
Angela has been in the tile industry for 20 years in both the design and construction aspects. In that time she became a Certified Education Provider with IDCEC . She previously sat on the the board of directors of the American Society of Interior Designers, Nevada/California chapter. She continues to assist the organization with continuing education credit events.
Angela is one of the founders of 39 North Downtown. She also currently sits on the board of the Sparks Heritage Museum and Cultural Center. She and her son Zayne Swindells founded LoKa Cares, a group that has been feeding the houseless community every Friday for over 7 years. You can find her enthusiastically taking on any challenge or crazy idea that comes here way. Her passion for the community shows by way of action and her hands on approach.
Christa Berney is the owner and Lead Aesthetician at The SkinCare Girl located in Sparks. She is an award-winning makeup artist and specializes in bridal, media and special effects makeup. Christa has been accomplished and contributing in her industry for over twenty-five years and has participated in multiple charitable functions by donating her esthetic talents and educating others in the field. She also participates as a leader for an internationally recognized business growth and development program. Christa is one of the original founders of 39 North Downtown and is committed to maintaining the connection between business to business and business to local government we set out to create.
Cristina is a small business owner, with 20 years of customer service experience. She owns Richmond Business Solutions, where she performs full-charge bookkeeping and accounting duties for small to medium businesses and non-profit organizations. Cristina is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, proficient in the Intuit accounting software. As a bookkeeper, she performs tasks including: full-charge bookkeeping, payroll, month-end and year-end accounting, financial statement preparations and more. Within her company, she has worked for several types of industries enabling her to learn various industry specific accounting systems. She has helped companies with initial set-up services, getting companies that have already been established, up to speed and streamlined processes for efficiency, kept up to date accounting systems in place, along with training bookkeepers on the accounting systems. Cristina has also teamed up with an associate to implement the Profit First system in businesses. This is a simple yet effective system that helps to grow businesses.
Cristina is also a mother of four and loves to volunteer here time to the schools and community.
Lisa Jansen is the Assistant Vice President of Community Relations for the Northern Nevada branches of One Nevada Credit Union. As the largest credit union in the state, One Nevada understands the importance of community involvement and the need for corporate partnership and support, they are proud supporters of 39 North Downtown.
Jansen previously worked nearly five years with Nugget Casino Resort as the Director of Special Events & Entertainment. At the Nugget she was responsible for planning the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off and Star Spangled Sparks as well as a dozen other special events and concerts. Before working at the Nugget she worked for Sam Shad Productions producing the Nevada News Makers television and radio program. Jansen is a fourth generation Nevadan with a unique background in business and community involvement. She is dedicated to her community and has spent countless hours volunteering for community organizations, most recently, 39 North Downtown, Rotary Club of Reno, and Reno Rodeo. Jansen serves as a board member of The Chamber and received her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Nevada in 2015.
Jackson Sourwine is an accomplished commercial flooring estimator and Sales Manager at Contract Flooring & Interior Services, Inc., which specializes in providing flooring, paint & ceramic tile for large scale commercial projects in Northern Nevada. A 3rd generation Nevadan and lifelong resident of Sparks, Jackson graduated from Sparks High School in 1994, and began working as an entry level worker for the company he is still with today, over 20 years later. Jackson’s passion for baseball can be quite contagious as his love for the game often finds its way into conversation, and regardless of which team you root for, or even if you have a team, it is likely you will come away knowing something about baseball you didn’t already know. Jackson can also be found during the 39 North Marketplace manning the “Chess Corner” encouraging people, both young and old, to take part in learning the intricacies of this wonderful game.