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Willie McTear retired after life-long careers in the Clark County Juvenile Court System  — 12 years — and Behavior Health Care System — 18 years.

Willie graduated in 1961 from Tensas Rosenwald High School in Saint Joseph, Louisiana. He attended Southern University every-other-semester, from 1962 to 1966, until he was drafted into the U.S. Army, on May 16, 1966. He served exactly two years until his honorable discharge on May 16, 1968.

He graduated from basic and Advanced Individual Training for the infantry at Fort Riley, Kansas from May through December 1966. Then he was sent to Vietnam in January 1967, assigned to the 9th Infantry Division, 4th Battalion, 47th Infantry, Charlie Company, 2nd platoon.

After many battles and heavy casualties — only half the original company returned to U.S. soil in January 1967 — the soldiers felt broken and rejected with invisible wounds untreated.

Some how, Willie managed to resume college. He attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and community college from 1969 to 1972, when he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He worked for Clark County Juvenile Court Services from 1972 to 1985 but as he puts it, “those unresolved issues and those invisible wounds began to manifest at a rapid rate.”

He accepted a job offer from a friend and relocated to Costa Mesa, in Orange County, California “to recreate my broken life. The V.A. hospital in Long Beach was a Godsend.”

In 1992, Willie began a new career at Starting Point Hospital in Costa Mesa. He enrolled at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California and went on to graduate at the top of his class in 1998 with Chemical Dependency and Behavioral Health degree.

He completed an internship at Starting Point Hospital, then applied for accreditation after passing written and oral exams for the California Association for Alcohol and Drug Educators. He also became a registered addiction specialist.

He was promoted in 1999 to program director of the Chemical Dependency Unit at Tustin Hospital and Medical Center, in Tustin, California. During his tenure the medical facility reached its highest census level.

In 2001, the hospital’s mission changed to expand its Pediatric Sub-acute Program.  Willie retired and relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada where he continued to work on a volunteer basis four days a week and Sundays with veterans in the US Vets Program.

Upon returning to Las Vegas, he married Dianne Taylor (McTear) and was afforded the opportunity to spend more time with children — Benoit and Deva McTear. His return to Southern Nevada also opened the door to reunite and catch up with veterans from Charlie Company.

“After 30 years we were together again,” he said, adding, “The yearly reunions and time spent together were therapeutic beyond measure. We visited the the Vietnam Veterans Wall together where I had the most intense, spiritual experience ever. Willie also had the honor of placing the wreathe at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery; and Charlie Company was honored in a book, “The Boys of ’67,” by Andrew Wiest, the inspiration for a National Geographic documentary, titled, “Brothers in War,” narrated by Charlie Sheen.

Veterans from Charlie Company attended a book signing at the 2012 annual reunion in New Orleans. And in 2014, they attended the premiere of “Brothers in War” at the National Geographic Theater in Washington, D.C.

Willie was also recognized for his service in a feature story, “My War,” in Vietnam Magazine.

On March 13, 2014, Nevada Sen. Dean Heller, honored Willie by recognizing  his service in the Congressional Record for the 113th Congress.

“By God’s grace, life was recreated and I’m now living beyond my wildest dream,” he said.
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Pamela Goynes-Brown, a North Las Vegas resident since 1964, is the first African-American woman elected to represent Ward 2. She was elected on June 7, 2011. She is also the first African American woman to serve a year as Mayor Pro-Tempore.

She is an assistant principal in the Clark County School District, where she has dedicated over 30 years to education children in Southern Nevada. She began her teaching career in Clark County in 1984.

Mrs. Goynes-Brown holds a master’s degree from NOVA Southeastern University in elementary education, with an endorsement in educational leadership. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Prairie View A & M University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Mrs. Goynes-Brown received “Woman of the Year” in 2014 from Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. for her dedication and support to the Las Vegas community. She was recognized the same year for “Women in Business and Politics” from the Urban Chamber of Commerce and for “Women’s Equality Day” by the Women’s Democratic Club.  She has received numerous certificates of recognition and congratulations from various local and state governmental entities. She was awarded the Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges in 1984 and was the recipient of the Ella Cullins Weaver Award in 1982. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Tau Beta Sigma Band Sorority and Mu Alpha Sigma Music Honor Society.

Mrs. Goynes-Brown is a member of National Association of School Administrators, Clark County Educational Professionals Association, Clark County Association of Schools Administrators and Professional Technical Employees.

She is married to Romero and has two children, Bobby R. Owens, III and Michael A. Owens. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, traveling, fishing, playing bingo and watching/participating in various sports.

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Born in Spokane and raised in Las Vegas, Asha Jones will be 1 of 21 African-American, women out of 535 chiefs of staff currently appointed in Congress.  She is a dedicated community advocate and dynamic leader with two decades of experience in public affairs, policy and public service.

Asha most recently served as the Director of Government Affairs for the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) where she spearheaded the college’s legislative agenda.  She has decades of federal experience having worked previously for Rep. Shelley Berkley, U.S. Senator Harry Reid and Rep. Ruben Kihuen.  In 2016, Asha served as Nevada Political Director for the Hillary for America campaign and played an integral role in the successful coordinated campaign that led to the election of the first Latina in the U.S. Senate, Catherine Cortez-Masto.

From community engagement to establishing effective public/private partnerships, Asha’s passion for giving back is unmatched. As a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Theta Omicron Zeta Chapter, Asha strives to make her home state of Nevada a better place. She is a founding board member for the Las Vegas Urban League Young Professionals.

Her proudest accomplishment in life is her son Christian, currently a senior at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
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Councilman Cedric Crear represents Ward 5. He won the March 27, 2018 Special Election to complete the council term that ends in 2019. Councilman Crear has a deep passion for the Las Vegas community and describes his style as one who “leads by example.”

Councilman Crear earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he received a tennis scholarship. He was also captain of the team for three years and a two-time conference champion.

Councilman Crear previously worked for Stations Casinos as a marketing director, where he proved himself a capable leader while working at the company’s most elite properties. Since then, he has gone on to found Crear Creative Group, which provides full-service marketing, advertising and consulting solutions to regional and global businesses. Councilman Crear has served as president since it was founded in 2010, and also serves as president of Crear Outdoor Advertising.

Most recently, Councilman Crear served on the Board of Regents. He was first elected in 2006, and was re-elected in 2012 as the representative for District 1 in Clark County. He served as chair of the Cultural Diversity and Title IX Compliance Committee and vice chair of the Business, Finance and Facilities and Investment Committees.

Additionally, in 2015, Councilman Crear was appointed as a Las Vegas Planning Commissioner. Councilman Crear also served as a board member of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, and chairman of the Southern Nevada Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Cedric and his wife Keiba have been married for 23 years and are parents of two daughters, Hagan and Kennedy, and reside in West Las Vegas.
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