Commission on Minority Affairs Members

Jane Lee
Chair
A strong advocate for the small business community, Jane is involved in the Business Development Advisory Council, the Regional Business Development Council and the Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council. She is the president of Jadon Foods, a gluten free bakery able to accommodate multiple dietary challenges.
Berna Rhodes-Ford, Esq.
Vice Chair

Berna Rhodes-Ford is the founding attorney of Rhodes-Ford & Associates, P.C., a Las Vegas law firm practicing in the areas of corporate law, employment law and healthcare law.

Before opening her law firm, Commissioner Rhodes-Ford worked as an attorney in large law firms and as in-house counsel.  In addition, she has served as a law clerk to the Honorable Johnnie B. Rawlinson of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit and staff attorney to the Honorable Yvette McGee Brown of the Franklin County (Ohio) Domestic Relations and Juvenile Court.  She has also served as Legislative Assistant to the Honorable Eddie Bernice Johnson, United States House of Representatives, 30th District.

Commissioner Rhodes-Ford is committed to the well being of this State’s citizens.  She has served on the Nevada State Advisory Committee of the United States Commission on Civil Rights and on the Nevada Advisory Board of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  Commissioner Rhodes-Ford is passionate about helping business owners succeed and has been involved in the Southern Nevada Chapter of National Association of Women Business Owners, holding many positions, including President.  In addition, she serves as Senior Vice-Chair of the Nevada Forum of Women’s Business Enterprise Council – West.

Ms. Rhodes-Ford obtained undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.  She recently completed her tenure on SMU’s Alumni Board and is President of its Las Vegas Alumni Chapter.  Ms. Rhodes-Ford received her juris doctorate from the University of Texas School of Law.

Ms. Rhodes-Ford and her husband, Dr. Aaron D. Ford, Esq., raise three sons and a nephew.

Cedric Cole
Member

Commissioner Cedric Cole currently serves as the Executive Manager of Diversity and Affirmative Action/ADA programs for the Clark County School District (CCSD). He is responsible for investigating and resolving internal complaints for the CCSD and for responding to all external complaints filed by employees or members of the public with organizations such as the Nevada Equal Rights Commission (NERC) or the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Mr. Cole serves on the Clark County School District Superintendent’s executive cabinet, advising the superintendent and cabinet members on policy, procedures and initiatives that may have a direct impact on the community and employees.

Mr. Cole has worked as a Compliance Investigator with the Nevada Equal Rights Commission, Neighborhood Initiatives Supervisor for the City of Las Vegas, Management Analyst for the Clark County Department of Juvenile Justice Services, Deputy Director of the Southern Nevada Workforce Investment Board (now Workforce Connections) and he has served as Deputy Director of Nevada Partners Inc., in charge of workforce investment programs and strategies.

Mr. Cole is a Las Vegas native and graduate of Rancho High School, and he holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Grambling State University, a Master of Public Administration from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and a graduate certificate in Public Management also from UNLV.

Kari Emm
Member

Kari Emm is currently employed with the University of Nevada, Reno as Coordinator of Transfer Recruitment in the Office for Prospective Students.  Preceding this position Ms. Emm was the University’s Outreach and Retention Coordinator and coordinated the Intertribal Higher Education Program for the Center for Student Cultural Diversity.

A native Nevadan, Ms. Emm was raised on the Walker River Paiute Indian Reservation in Schurz,NV, and is a member of the Yerington Paiute Tribe.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Reno, a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix, and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Equity and Diversity in higher education from the University of Nevada, Reno.  

In addition, Ms. Emm is currently the President of the Native American Alumni Chapter at the University of Nevada, Reno.  Prior to working for the University, Ms. Emm spent three years as Public Affairs Specialist and Special Emphasis Program Manager for American Indians at the USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Amar Chadha
Member

Amar Chadha is a Mortgage Banker/Consultant and has been in the industry for 8 years. Amar has been the recipient of Owner Circles Awards 4 times in the last 6 years. His current focus has been on low income neighborhood programs to stabilize the low income areas in Las Vegas.

Amar is a May 2013 graduate of the FBI Las Vegas Citizens Academy and is a proud member of the FBI Alumni Association. He loves organizing events that introduce the Indian culture into local communities. He has also served on the Sikh Temple Las Vegas Board of Directors and a Management Member. As a member of the Faith Based Homeland Security Team, Amar works very closely with LVMPD. He also belongs to the Immigration Community Interfaith Group and has served on the committee of Las Vegas Indian Chamber of Commerce. Amar was nominated to represent the Sikh community of Nevada to visit the White House for the Congregation.

In 1998, Amar earned an MBA in Finance from Victoria University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. Prior to that, he earned his Bachelors of Commerce in Business Management from Delhi University, India. He is a self directed, enthusiastic, hardworking and energetic person with the ability to quickly and effectively relate to both peers and clients. He believes nothing is impossible if you work toward it with an open mind.  

Yolanda Flores, MD
Member

Yolanda Flores, MD, MMM, MS, FACP, Internal Medicine, is the medical director for Home Care Plus and Family Health Care Services, Southwest Medical Associates. She manages the program for high-risk patients to receive health care in their home to reduce hospitalization time and costs.

Her education is extensive with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of California at Riverside; Masters’ of Science in Biological Sciences from the California State Polytechnic University; and Doctor of Medicine from University of Kansas School of Medicine. She also obtained her masters of medical management from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business. Flores was also awarded the National Hispanic Medical Association Physician Leadership Health Care Policy Fellowship.