“I believe that education is one of the core elements of a child’s “life foundation”. When a great education is combined with a strong ethical base, and unyielding family support, a child is given the greatest opportunity for personal success that will carry him the rest of his life. There is no one right way to education a child. It is vital that the individual institutions be flexible enough to address the unique abilities within each child. That is why I support Journey’s individual approach to learning. Sitting on the Journey board gives me the opportunity to personally be an active part of the integral and continuing change that Journey Education is working to implement within the current educational paradigm in Las Vegas.”
James “Jim” Smith served as an executive for over 20 years as senior management with experience in the industries of Business Consulting, Boutique Hotels & Luxury Travel, Financial Services, Entertainment and Airlines. Mr. Smith is the co-founder of Elite Resorts of Asia pacific. He has served as VP for American Express International’s Merchant Division, Pan American World Airways, Baxter Consulting, and Trans World Airlines. Mr. Smith has been married to Dian Gibb-Smith for 25 years. They have a son who attends Journey Education.
“I feel it is vital to be a part of the decision making process that guides our school to achieving its educational goals and focuses on the success of each of its students through life. They can be filled with a love of learning, love of their family and a love for our nation.”
Becky Jensen has lived in the Las Vegas area since 1996. She attended Brigham Young University where she pursued a degree in elementary education. She has worked in the classroom for the past 15 years with students ranging from preschool to 8th grade. Growing up in a small Montana town has helped her to realize the benefits of a small school that focuses on individualized learning and helps students to reach their full potential. Becky is active in her community, working with youth groups and the Boys Scouts of America. She has been married for 27 years and is the mother of 5 children. Becky feels very fortunate that four of her children have had the opportunity to attend Journey Education.
Richard H. Bowler
Richard H. Bowler is one of the four firm founders of Piercy, Bowler, Taylor & Kern and is a leader in the firm’s governmental and not-for-profit services. His audit practice focuses on these industries, and his community service and pro bono work reflects his commitment to local charities and non-profit agencies. He also has taught governmental accounting courses at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association.
“A child’s education provides a foundation for his/her entire life. A positive, uplifting, academically challenging place where that foundation can be realized is what drives me to devote myself to Journey Education. It’s a place where I can make a significant impact on the individual lives of our students.”
Cindy Jensen is an educator of more than 20 years. She has worked with children of all ages extensively in church, community, and professionally. Mrs. Jensen plays an active role donating time and resources in various youth programs in her community including the cub scouts of America. Mrs. Jensen created and directed a girl’s empowerment program, Girls’ ReTreat, where girls spend a week learning from leaders within the community. As a mother and educator, she recognizes the importance of a rich education that challenges children on their individual levels.
Anthony M. Marlon, M.D.
“I support Journey and serve on the Board because of my concern that early personalized education is critically important to the development of every child and gives every child the opportunity to develop fully. I have a growing concern that the public education system is failing the children it is supposed to serve. The priorities of public education appear to place the bureaucracy way ahead of the children.”
Dr. Marlon came to Las Vegas in 1972 as Chief of Cardiology at Southern Nevada Memorial Hospital (now UMC), a position he retained until 1986. In 1984 Dr. Marlon founded Sierra which was comprised of a family of health related subsidiaries. Dr. Marlon currently serves on the UNLV school of Medicine community advisory board, The Stemedica Cell Technologies Inc board located in San Diego, and the Journey Education board. He is president of the Tony and Renee Marlon Charitable Foundation which distributes $1.8 M per year in grants. Dr. Marlon’s two grandsons have attended Journey.
“I know first-hand the difference a quality education can make in a person’s life. The confidence and knowledge gained through quality education can literally change the course of a family’s history, and I’m honored to support Journey Education in providing an opportunity for people of all backgrounds to realize their dreams.”
Matthew Hoffmann is a partner/owner at the law firm of Atkinson Watkins & Hoffmann, LLP, best known in the Las Vegas valley as “Battle Born Injury Lawyers.” Matt grew up on a small farm in rural North Dakota, where he attended small, rural schools with limited focus on academics. Matt graduated from North Dakota State University with majors in both Political Science and Sociology, after which he obtained his Juris Doctorate, with distinction, from the University of North School of Law. Matt and his wife, Sara, moved to Las Vegas after his graduation from law school in 2004, and they have two sons who attend Journey Education.