Our Board 

Laura Hernandez

Executive Director

Laura Hernandez is a parent of a transgender child and a fierce advocate for gender diverse youth. Prior to co-founding NASD, Laura was Executive Director of the non-profit Gender Justice Nevada, providing resources and student advocacy services to gender diverse youth and their families. Laura has personally assisted over 200 gender diverse students through their gender transition in Nevada schools. Laura was instrumental in the process of developing and implementing gender diversity law and policy at both the local and state level. After achieving those successes, Laura has focused on implementation and compliance, providing professional development and policy development to charter schools and other districts in the state.



Jenna L. Robertson is a mom of five and has had years of experience in a child advocacy roll as a parent, foster parent and active community member. As a foster parent for ten years, Jenna navigated medical, educational and mental health services for children in her care. She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the School Organizational Team at a CCSD elementary school and finds time to do Genetic Genealogy for adoptees and others. Jenna received the Champion of Change award from Gender Justice Nevada in 2019.



Erica Harvey is the owner of Radman Hospitality, LLC. She has been in corporate management and finance since 1996. Erica worked with the Rape Crisis Center for many years, first in the child assault prevention program, and then as a victim advocate. Erica joined NASD to offer her knowledge and skills in support of our community’s vulnerable students.

Ashlen Barry


Ashlen Barry is a UNLV Lee Business School Alumni dedicated to making social media a more inclusive place for all. Diagnosed with adult ADHD in 2017, Ashlen is a proud advocate for neurodiversity. She is a member of the LGBTQIA+ community and has spent many years advocating for gender diverse people. 


Board Member

Shannon Barry is a wife, mother of three, and active community member. Shannon is currently a board member for the Nevada Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Nevada Virtual Academy Charter School, and NASD. She is a passionate advocate for equity in Healthcare, Education, and Gender Diversity.  


Board Member

Gayl  has her Masters in Special Education from UNLV. She  has been a Special Education Teacher for over twenty years in the Clark County School District  She worked with physically challenged students for most of her career but for the last 4 years she has moved into the realm of assistive technology for students with special needs. She also has a blended family with gender diverse family members 

Tisia Stemp

Board Member

Tisia Stemp is a longstanding educator and student-family advocate in Clark County, with an extensive background in innovative instruction and creative curriculum development. Partner in both a holistic healthcare collective and social welfare consultancy, Tisia regularly organizes for social justice causes, lectures on wellness and is a preferred contributor on integrative educational
councils, healthcare panels, and cultural equality forums. She currently resides as the Chair of Educational Programming for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNLV and strives to raise community awareness, advance public policy, and elevate the conversation surrounding human rights and diversity in an effort broaden the scope of authentic community based educational programs
in Nevada and across the globe.