Commission on Minority Affairs Members

Dr. D. Edward Chaney
Chair
Reverend Dr. D. Edward Chaney is the son of the late Reverend Dr. William E. Chaney and Dr. Florence Williams Chaney.  He is a 1987 graduate of Sumter High School in Sumter, South Carolina. After graduation, He entered the United States Navy where he served actively for four years. After being honorably discharged, he matriculated to Limestone College in Gaffney, SC where in 1994 he received the Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Dr. Chaney received his Master of Divinity from Erskine Theological Seminary in Due West, SC in May of 1999. In May of 2014, Doctor Chaney received the Doctor of Ministry degree focusing on Collaborative Leadership in the 21st Century from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Chaney retired in 2011 with over 22 years of Service as a Chaplain in the United States Air Force Reserves. He is a Board Member for The Nevada Health Centers, Inc and the Las Vegas Urban League. Dr. Chaney is the Founder and Senior Pastor of the Renaissance Fellowship of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Myisha Y. Williams
Vice Chair

Myisha Williams is the founding member and president of MYS Project & Brand Management, a woman- and minority-owned professional services organization. She has spent the past decade leading high-stakes programs and diverse teams across various technical industries. Established in 2014, the business has seen exponential growth over the past four years. Myisha credits professional and community partnerships for the organization’s early success.

Her drive for success is fueled by her passion for service though advocacy. Myisha currently sits as the Vice Chair for the Women’s Business Enterprise Council West (WBEC-West) Nevada Forum, an MBE Ambassador for the Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council (WRMSDC) and on the Business Council for the Urban Chamber of Commerce as well as Marketing Committees for local community organizations.

Myisha prides herself on being both a lifetime learner and educator and often calls upon skills acquired from a post-secondary degree and concentrated graduate-level coursework in Education at the University of California, San Diego. Her current focus is building and enhancing strategic professional partnerships that jointly benefit business and community.

Janelle Conine
Member

Janelle Conine is a Marketing Coordinator for the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority who manages social media, the Paws$Passengers Program and the Kindness Takes Flight team. Janelle has worked for the Airport Authority since 2011, specializing in customer service programs.

In 2009, Janelle moved from California to Nevada to become involved in her father's restaurant business. By being a part of the family business for 2 years in a management role, Janelle was able to gain essential business experience while she continued to develop strong leadership skills.

Sports have played a major role in Janelle's life. After accepting a scholarship from California State University of Bakersfield, she played collegiate basketball for four years. During that time, she won regionals and gained an opportunity to play in the NCAA Division II Elite 8 Championship. Soon after, Janelle was selected to be part of the coaching staff, where she was an Assistant Women's Basketball Coach for CSUB for 4 years until returning to Reno.

Janelle is a graduate of CSUB with a bachelor's degree in Business and a master's degree in Public Administration. Janelle is proud to be currently living in her hometown of Reno, Nevada.

Hasaan Azam
Member
Hasaan Azam is the Manager of Air Service Development and Cargo Business Development for Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RTIA).  He has more than 11 years of Air Service Development experience. Hasaan began his professional aviation career in 2007 with Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport as a Market Development Specialist. In 2010, Hasaan joined RTIA as an Air Service Development Analyst.  He returned to Dallas in 2013 to work for Sabre Airline Solutions as Account Director of Market Intelligence Product. During his short 16 months at Sabre, Hasaan managed a total of 150 global accounts and represented Sabre in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific. Hasaan was hired back at RTIA in the fall of 2014 and has been with the company ever since. Since his return to RTIA, the airport has seen a significant growth in passenger traffic, hitting a four million passenger mark in 2017. In addition, Hasaan played a significant role in bringing Volaris, JetBlue Airways, Frontier Airlines and Sun Country Airlines at RTIA. He also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with concentration in Marketing from University of Texas.  In addition, Hasaan is the founder and president of Northern Nevada PAK American Association.
Adleen B. Stidhum
Member

Adleen B. Stidhum is the Purchasing Manager for Clark County, Nevada, which is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability.   Ms. Stidhum has over 20 years of procurement experience in the public sector and 7 years in the casino industry.   Her work is focused on operational efficiency, as well as maintaining a diversified pool of suppliers and working with developing businesses that present an interest in doing business with Clark County. Ms. Stidhum works with a great team of purchasing professionals who plan and organize Supplier Diversity program activities and coordinate participation in the community and other local agency events.

Adleen oversees the Small Business Opportunity Program (SBOP) designed to educate small businesses on how to do business and obtain contracts with Clark County. Ms. Stidhum continues to serve, partner and collaborate with other government, state and federal purchasing agencies and community resources organization as it pertains to Nevada businesses

Kathleen Taylor
Member

As a former small business owner, Kathleen’s goals are to apply experience in small business development, economic development, partnership development, and strategic planning to enhance the professional growth of new and established Small business owners.

With 20 years of experience, she applies effective business acumen to connect entrepreneurs with community resources to ensure their success. Kathleen applies her skills in program management and corporate training to create and coordinate entrepreneurial educational programs. Her experience in scientific research and public health enhances her ability to analyze the feasibility of proposed business models, concepts, and business plan development for entrepreneurs.

Kathleen is a Magna cum laude graduate from Grambling University with a BS in Biology. She is a certified Instructor for the Guided Business Plan Curriculum. In addition, Kathleen is an alumnus of the Leadership Torrance Program for small business owners with the Torrance Chamber of Commerce in Torrance, California.  

She has been a featured Speaker, Panelist, and collaborative partner with the following organizations: Nevada Department of Business and Industry Marketing Initiative Team, Clark County Small Business Opportunity Program (SBOP), Southern Nevada Housing Authority - Family Self-sufficiency Program, Las Vegas Urban League, Armed Forces Chamber of Commerce, Urban Chamber of Commerce, and Nevada Hispanic Business Group.