Incline Village news briefs: Project MANA names new executive director |

Incline Village news briefs: Project MANA names new executive director

Project MANA recently announced that Deidre Ledford has been named as the nonprofit’s newest Executive Director.

Originally from a small town nestled deep in the Appalachian Mountains, Ledford received her BS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Master in Environmental Management from Duke University.

In 2011, she moved to Lake Tahoe and began working for Project MANA as an AmeriCorps member through the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation AmeriCorps Program. She also previously served in four additional staff roles within Project MANA.

Project MANA has also recently named Julie Malkin-Manning as Development Director. Born and raised in metro Detroit, Malkin-Manning spent 15 years with the automotive industry, designing and implementing innovative campaigns and events.

Since moving Tahoe in 2008, Malkin-Manning has been marketing, fundraising and managing special events for profit and nonprofit organizations in the Reno-Tahoe area. Visit to learn more about Project MANA.

Incline teen seeks donations to help in fight with cancer

Local donations are sought to help Incline Village resident Bianca Bernal, 14, who is battling bone marrow cancer.

Bernal was diagnosed with Leukemia in November 2015. After almost completing her treatment, doctors in February 2017 found the cancer again, and at a “more aggressive” nature, according to a GoFundMe account set up in Bernal’s name.

“My family has used up all of my college fund and their life savings with my first treatment,” according to a note from Bernal on the donation page. “I have dreams of becoming a Doctor to help others like me.”

Bernal’s cancer struggles were documented in an August 2015 story by the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza; visit to read that story.

The new fundraising campaign has a goal of $20,000 to help Bernal commute to Oakland for treatment. As of Wednesday, $5,000 had been raised.

Visit to learn more.

Rotary speech contest set for March 23

Incline High School students are invited to participate in the annual Rotary speech contest on Thursday, March 23, at the morning Rotary meeting at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe at 7 a.m.

Winners will go on to the Area and District competitions where they compete for cash prizes up to $1,000 for the first place winner at the District level.

The theme for the 2017 District 5190 Speech Contest is “What ‘Rotary Serving Humanity’ means, personally, and in my own words.”

The local contest is sponsored by both of the local clubs — Rotary Club of Tahoe-Incline and Rotary Club of Incline Village. These local clubs meet regularly for fellowship and to work on service projects for Incline Village.

They are part of Rotary International, a global network of 1.2 million people who come together to effect positive change in communities at home and abroad.

For more information about the contest, contact Thalia Routsis at

Visit to learn about the Rotary Club of Incline Village, and for the Rotary Club of Tahoe-Incline.

Local students to learn proper CPR techniques this week

North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District personnel will be on site at Incline Middle School this week, March 16-17, teaching local seventh-graders proper CPR protocols.

According to NLTFPD, students will learn rescuer skills in CPR and relief of foreign-body airway obstruction, as well as proper usage of the automated external defibrillator (AED), which is used for victims of cardiac arrest.

This CPR program has been integrated into the IMS curriculum and teaching plan for the last 21 years.

Further, the NLTFPD offers CPR/AED classes every month, as well as First Aid and Healthcare Provider courses. Visit for more information.

Summer art workshops at Sierra Nevada College

Registration is open to the public for Sierra Nevada College’s 33rd annual Summer Visiting Artist Workshops, a chance to learn from masters of their craft in SNC Tahoe’s studio in the Holman Arts and Media Center.

Choose from a variety of disciplines, including: ceramics, painting, drawing, printmaking, digital art, sculpture, glasswork, paper and bookmaking and more.

Or join Sheri Leigh O’Connor, Summer Workshops Director, for this year’s annual travel course, where students will explore Japanese ceramics, culture and more.

Students ages 16 and up can take workshops for personal enrichment or college credit. Tuition includes some materials, possible kiln firings, equipment rental, etc. Spouses, parents, children and friends are welcome to visit the studios before and after classes and attend “Meet the Artist” on Tuesday nights.

For information,, or contact O’Connor at or 775-881-7588.

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