Dianna McKinney – Dianna was a music educator for nearly 30 years in Montana and Alaska where she volunteered for the Girl Scouts and Hospice and was involved in community theatre. Diana fell in love with the spectacular beauty of the Virgin Valley while she drove through on a trip to Las Vegas and made Mesquite her winter home. Currently, she plays clarinet for the Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra, sings with her church choir and is active with the Virgin Valley Theatre Group.
Mary Paliganoff – Mary was born in Michigan and has lived in several states before moving to Las Vegas in the early 70’s. She has a sales and marketing background and has worked in real estate, fashion, fine art, as well as promotions for 2 major casinos. She has volunteered for political parties and has worked for the Elections Department for primary and general elections. Mary is a member of the Daughters of the American Colonist and Huguenot Society with lineage to General Pershing.
Linda Darling – Linda was born in Troy, New York. Her dad and grandfather were in the Navy, so she was raised near several ports, thus her love of the sea. She worked several years as a barber, then a paralegal assistant and opened a successful daycare. Linda moved to this area in 2015, where she continues her community service with the Meet & Greet social club, Mesquite Works, and the Women’s History and Culture Center and enjoys working with businesses to help grow Mesquite.
Teri Nehrenz – Teri Moved to the Mesquite area in 2007 from Cleveland, Ohio. She worked in a dozen different fields including medical assisting for major hospitals. Teri currently works as a writer for Mesquite Local News, celebrating 10 years in December, enjoying covering community events and meeting people. She won a Nevada Press Association award in 2015. Teri is a huge animal lover and advocate and currently has 5 dogs, 6 cats, a pot belly pig and tortoise.
Julie Hoffman – Julie taught kindergarten for 23 years on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. She volunteered each summer at the Museum of the West, portraying an 1800’s one-room school teacher, dressing in period clothing, using slates, making homemade butter and ice cream with the students. Julie made Mesquite her home in 2018 and obtained a Nevada substitute teacher’s certificate. She enjoys the warm weather, friendly community and beautiful scenery.
Ann Murphy – Ann grew up in Wisconsin and has lived and worked in 7 states as a result of job transfers. In Virginia, she ran a successful bed & breakfast. Her passion is encouraging people to adopt a healthy lifestyle. In Mesquite, she teaches fitness classes at the recreation center and is a member of Lifelong Dancers. Ann loves to travel even to further her fitness education. She has a love of rescue horses and dogs and enjoys the beautiful outdoors and splendid weather of Nevada.