CCHS Alumni selected to speak at Leadership Summit


CCHS Alumni selected to speak at Leadership Summit

FALLON, Nevada — July 30, 2017 — LEAD Green has selected eight outstanding Churchill County High School (CCHS) graduates to share their why and give advice to students participating in the upcoming, first annual Leadership Summit to be held at CCHS Aug. 4-5.

Dylan Tedford (2013) recently graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, where he was president of Alpha Tau Omega and served as the attorney general for the Associated Students of the University of Nevada. He will be attending the University of Southern California Gould School of Law in the Fall.

Victoria Leigh Ward (2014) is a rising senior at Biola University studying public relations and Spanish. She serves as the vice president of chapter development for the Public Relations Student Society of America and hopes to pursue a career in government relations upon completing her undergraduate degree.

Thaaron Kalt (2012) recently earned his master’s in accounting from the University of Nevada, Reno. He is currently an intern at Grant Thornton, the world’s fifth largest professional services network of independent accounting and consulting member firms.

Cameron Kissick (2015) was a student-athlete at Whitworth University for two years and will be transferring to the University of Nevada, Reno, to complete his undergraduate degree this fall. He has served on the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and is dedicated to improving the physical, mental, and emotional health of others.

Raquel Pepper (2014) is a professional photographer in the Northern Nevada region. She recently launched Raquel’s Reflections, her own photography business specializing in engagements, weddings, and senior portraits.

Zack Keener (2014) currently studies business at The Citadel, a military college in Charleston, South Carolina. On a Marine Corps ROTC Scholarship, he recently graduated from Officer Candidates School and will commission into the Marine Corps in May. Zack currently serves as the president of the Semper Fi Society and has been involved in training, shaping, and mentoring hundreds of cadets on campus.

Lane Dillion (2014) is a rising senior studying civil engineering at Syracuse University. He currently serves as president of lacrosse club, vice president of physics club and is an active member of the ski club.

Margaret Rueda (2014) has been the accounts manager for Walker Lake Disposal for the last year and a half. After high school, she attended Western Nevada Community College for a semester before taking a break and working for two years at AutoZone. She works to improve her accounting and bookkeeping skills as an active member of the National Association of Certified Public Bookkeeping.

Conference Details:
The student panel will take place during the first annual LEAD Green Leadership Summit, Aug. 5 from 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The two-day summit is dedicated to cultivating high school students within Churchill County by equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to improve their communities and have a successful future. The conference will consist of leadership workshops, student panels, future career advice, keynote speakers, group activities, networking and a service project, among other activities.

Current and recently graduated CCHS and Oasis Academy students are encouraged to attend. Interested students may learn more and preregister online for the conference at

Leadership Summit Contact:
Garrett Kalt, LEAD Green Founder & President | 775-427-8272

Media Contact:
Kelsey Jones, LEAD Green Communication Director | 425-765-9773


Leadership Summit aimed at Cultivating Youth throughout Churchill County

FALLON, Nevada -- July 26, 2017 -- Designed for and inspired by the young leaders of Churchill County, LEAD Green’s first annual summit is to be held on Aug. 4 and 5 at Churchill County High School. The summit will empower participants to be better community leaders by cultivating a conversation with themselves and others about what drives and inspires them to create positive change.

The theme for the summit is ‘Discovering Your Why,’ allowing participants to leave with a clearer picture of their own motivations to better help them serve others.

The summit is an opportunity for the dedicated and talented leaders of Churchill County, from both CCHS and Oasis Academy, to engage with one another as well as leaders that came before them through the panel and keynote speaker. Group activities, a service project and guided self-reflection will help participants define their aspirations for their future and solidify the driving question behind good leadership: their why.

Keynote speaker Shiva Rajagopal graduated from Churchill County High School before receiving both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Cornell University in upstate New York. Rajagopal currently works for Fitbit in San Francisco and has previously interned at Tesla, Microsoft and the National Youth Science Camp. Rajagopal said he hopes his experiences will help participants to find their ‘why.’

“I believe through the LEAD Green Summit, Fallon's next generation of leaders will be better equipped to have a positive effect on the world around them, wherever they go,” Rajagopal said.

In addition to the keynote speaker, community leaders within Churchill County such as County Commissioners, City Council members, and local business owners will also be present and engaged with the leadership summit.

LEAD Green is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and cultivating the leaders of Churchill County through trainings like the summit, a scholarship program and mentoring. Founded by current Washington State University student and Fallon native Garrett Kalt, the organization was inspired by his own support network in Fallon and the opportunities he was given as a young leader.

To sign up, participants can register online at or onsite. A $10 registration fee includes a t-shirt, meals for the weekend and all other conference materials.


Leadership Summit Contact:

Garrett Kalt, LEAD Green Founder and President | 775-427-8272

Media Contact:

Kelsey Jones, LEAD Green Communication Director | 425-765-9773

#DonateFour Challenge


FALLON, Nevada — July 4, 2017 — Happy Fourth of July, Churchill County! Have fun, be safe, and participate in the #DonateFour Challenge. By donating $4, you will help develop the youth throughout our community.

As a newly established Nevada 501c(3), we are incredibly thankful for those who contribute financial support. Our team is composed of non-paid volunteers and donations will assist in the production of our first annual Leadership Summit (August 4-5th).

LEAD Green believes in the youth of Churchill County. We believe young people are future of our small-town community and the world. Thus, we are dedicated to cultivating Churchill County high school students through Leadership, Education, Awareness, and Development.

Participate in the #DonateFour Challenge by donating to our secure 501c(3) Pay Pal account

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Fallon native launches non-profit organization aimed at developing youth leaders throughout Churchill County

FALLON, Nevada – June 28. 2017A non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating high school students in Churchill County through leadership, education, awareness, and development (LEAD) began February 1.

Garrett R. Kalt, who graduated in 2014 from Churchill County High School, launched the Nevada 501c(3) non-profit, also known as LEAD Green, with the help of community leaders.

“This organization will provide students with a unique opportunity to grow as leaders and personally as individuals,” Kalt said. “LEAD Green is one way for me pay it forward and give back to a community that shaped me into the person I am today.”

The mission of the organization is “to develop and cultivate high school students throughout Churchill County to become community leaders equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to improve their respective communities and have a successful future,” according to LEAD Green’s bylaws.

This newly established organization currently has three main functions: the annual leadership summit, scholarship opportunities and a mentorship program.

The first annual LEAD Green Leadership Summit will take place Aug. 4-5 at CCHS. The conference expects to have about 80 high school students. The attendees will take part in leadership workshops, student panels, future career advice, keynote speakers, group activities, networking and a service project among other activities.

As LEAD Green grows, the non-profit organization plans to provide two scholarships to graduating high school seniors who display exceptional leadership qualities. Additionally, this organization will form a mentorship program that pairs high school youth with leaders throughout the community with the goal of increasing job shadowing, career planning and overall development.

LEAD Green currently has six non-paid volunteers who serve in various leadership roles within the organization. Kalt, currently a student at Washington State University, serves as the president and CEO. Teresa Gehman, a former school counselor, serves as Vice President and a board member. Cheryl Venturacci, an academic adviser for Oasis Academy College Preparatory, serves as secretary and a board member. Other board members include Steve Johnson, a CCHS science teacher, and Kathleen Williams-Miller, a former Churchill County School District teacher of 27 years. Alan Kalt, the father of Garrett and Churchill County’s Chief Financial Officer, also serves as treasurer.

[NOTE TO THE EDITOR: images are available upon request.]


Media Contact:

Garrett R. Kalt