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Jim Maniaci  was born in Jennings, Missouri, lived in Elkart, Indiana, Palm Springs, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada before graduating from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas and majoring in journalism at Loyola University in New Orleans before completing his bachelor’s degree at San Diego State University.

During Jim’s radio and newspaper career he worked in Nevada, Louisiana, California, Arizona, and New Mexico. Jim moved to the Colorado River in January 2007, becoming a Laughlin resident and voter in December 2007. He was a charter member of the Peoria, Arizona, Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors and a member of the City of Winslow, Arizona, Focused Future program that developed an Edison Institute-based strategic growth plan for economic development which focused on the community’s strengths.

During Jim’s career in reporting and editing he gained extensive experience in the field of economic development. He is currently a member of the Laughlin Town Advisory Board’s Standing Committee on Community Development, secretary of the Laughlin Community Church’s Glady Laughlin Christian Education Center Committee, and a charter member of the new Laughlin Elks Lodge No. 2872. Jim is a past Rotarian, Lion and Optimist service clubs member. Jim and his wife Almeda have been married for 33 years.

Teresa Trempe grew up in Santa Barbara enjoying the beach, friends and horseback riding.   After graduating she continued her education and felt a strong passion to work as a child phycologist with developmentally challenged children.   During this time she met her husband and relocated to Southern California where she became a full time mother while continuing her education.

Her goal to become a child phycologist took a back seat when she was introduced to an opportunity in property management in 1987.  She first began her career as a Leasing Consultant and took on more challenges as she moved into the role of Regional Manager with a nationwide company.  She felt that property management was challenging and always changing and it seemed like a good fit with her personality. During her career in property management she was still able to work indirectly with children by donating her time and assistance to the San Diego children’s hospital and the Riverside County Foster Home Group.  She continued her education and received an ARM (Accredited Residential Manager) in 2011 through the Institute of Real Estate Management.  In addition to her ARM credentials she also studied and completed business ethics and is a member of the Institute Of Real Estate Management which allows her to practice property management anywhere in the world.  She has made wonderful acquaintances and has dear friends through the career path that she has chosen. 

Teresa and her husband moved to Laughlin in 2014, and shortly after two of her three children followed.  She enjoys family, friends, traveling and animals.  She especially enjoys the close net community of Laughlin and the small town feel.  Teresa likes to volunteer her time in helping people in all aspects of life.  

Terry Yurick started his career in the restaurant industry, working his way up from busboy to management. Terry briefly left the restaurant industry when he joined the Air Force during the Vietnam War. He served in Vietnam working for the NSA in which he held a Top Secret Cryptoclearance. Terry received the Air Medal for meritorious service. Upon receiving an honorable discharge from the Air Force, Terry went back into restaurant management, and owned a restaurant for five years.

Terry’s next career was in Aerospace working for Hughes Aircraft and BAE Systems. Terry supervised personnel assembling electronics for ship borne radars at Hughes and he managed personnel who assembled and tested computers that controlled aircraft in flight at BAE. Terry retired from BAE Systems after his last assignment as Director of Operations, converting aircraft into drones and creating a flying test bed for the Joint Strike Fighter program. Terry graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a Bachelors degree in Business Management and now lives in Laughlin with his wife Christy. 

Jeffrey Mercier has been with NVEnergy for 30 years. He started his career as a meter reader before becoming a Warehouseman in Laughlin from 1993 through 1998. While in Laughlin Jeffrey met his wife Sherry and they have been married for 15 years. They moved to Las Vegas, so Jeffrey could fulfill a lifetime dream of becoming a Journeyman Lineman which he accomplished in 2002.

​He returned to Laughlin throughout the years to assist with jobs that were being done around the community In August of 2012 an opening for the Laughlin Lines Supervisor opened, and Jeffrey’s wife encouraged him go for it. He was awarded the position and has been enjoying his work back in Laughlin ever since. 

Cheryl Crow moved to Laughlin in July 1988, with her husband and youngest daughter. She quickly became involved with the Laughlin Baptist church, which later became the Laughlin Community church. Cheryl and her family opened a barber shop Kruz-N-Kuts in January 1991, which still operates today.

Over the past 25 years Cheryl has
taken on many initiatives to serve the community including the Juvenile Prevention Committee, the board of Bobby Socks Softball and Laughlin Little League. She worked on the Booster Club board for six years and was a member of the Laughlin Town Advisory Board for seven years. Today Cheryl is actively involved with the Pro-Teens Youth group at the Laughlin Community Church and has been the president of Laughlin Republican Women since 2012. She recently became a board member of the LEDC, where she will continue to be involved with improving the community that she loves and plans to spend the rest of her life in. 

Gina Mackey
- Gina grew up in the country in Texas and relocated to California when she was a pre-teen.  Gina successfully raised two children in Southern California where she worked full time as the Manager of Market Research for Warner Bros. for a decade.  Her analytical skills along with marketing, and sales has helped her career along the way.

Gina moved full time to Laughlin, NV in May of 2015 and is successfully working as a Realtor at a local Brokerage.  Gina’s interest in the community has led her to work with the LEDC and was active on the Communications Committee.  Gina’s interest has also lead her to run for the 2016 election of the Town Advisory Board.  She is active at the Laughlin Community Church, and has what she describes as a passion for the people here in the community township of Laughlin. She hopes to help bring services and resources to the townspeople.

“The decisions we make today will impact the lives of thousands of our residents and families for decades to come”