Black and White Ball Committee
Jack Owens, RN BSN
A Doggie's Dream
Jack Owens, President of the Black and White Ball of Northern Nevada holds a Bachelors of Nursing Degree from Brigham Young University.
Jack's involvement in the world of HIV/AIDS began in the early 80's . His 8 year old nephew, Jason, a hemophiliac, was infected with the disease through a blood transfusion, which progressed to full blown AIDS. Jason passed away at the age of 16 in 1989.
Over the years Jack has worked in many areas of nursing, with a focus on helping men, women ,and children to live a "Positive" life with HIV/AIDS. Jack began his career in the field of HIV medicine in 2005 at Northern Nevada HOPES. He served as a community outreach nurse and later worked in the Northern NV HOPES clinic. While at HOPES clinic Jack began managing the "Consumer Advisory Panel". This panel was given the task of being a voice for the clients of Northern NV HOPES. Proudly this small group approached the Board of Directors with a request to take over a then defunct fund raising opportunity. This was the beginning of the Black and White Ball of Northern Nevada. Currently Jack works for Critical Care Systems.
Lynda MurdockManor Care
A native of England and a proud American, Lynda has lived and worked in the Reno/ Sparks area for the last 19 years. In her current role as Corporate Education Liaison, Lynda helps adults to overcome barriers that stop them from reaching educational goals. "As a committee member, I am honored and excited to be part of a great group of people with a passion for a cause that is often overlooked in our community. We have a lot of opportunity to make sure that the many faces of AIDS, of all generations that live in our community, receive the help and support they desperately need."
Victor C. Rogers
Account Rep Manager, Sealed Air Corporation
Originally from Los Angeles he participated
in the first AIDS Walk LA in 1984. That same year he began working with the
late Rev Sylvia Pennington ministering/giving pastoral support and care with
people in the glbt communities our families and friends. Through Sylvia he met a
new friend Mark Wilson who was living with HIV/AIDS. Mark was the first friend to
die of AIDS in January, 1986.After moving to San Francisco in 1990 it was back to school to complete a
BA in Philosophy & Religion from San
Francisco State University. Richard worked with several glbt
Christian organizations which ultimately lead to pursuing a Master of Divinity
degree at Pacific School of Religion in Berkley. He served as a
Chaplain at Summit Medical Center
downtown Oakland and later completed 4 units of Chaplain
program [Clinical Pastoral Education] for one year at Stanford Medical
Center serving at Packard
Children’s Hospital on the Oncology & Hematology units and both hospitals
when on-call.In 2003 Richard
came to Reno to
be the Interim Pastor MCC of the Sierras. Two years later he was installed as
the pastor of the congregation. After the church closed, Richard continued to
be involved with the community. One of his joys is working with Latino Pride
New Generation the inspiration of his dear friend Nedy Tollerstad providing
support to the lgbt Latino community family and friends.
Mr. Luschar’s background includes 20 years in Sales and Marketing, 20 years in Construction including as a contractor, and 20+ years in the Emergency Medical Response field. Along side his 3 careers Ron has given thousands of hours of volunteer service. His focus with the Black & White Ball is bringing new patrons to the event. Ron is married to Dr. Trudy Larson.
Leonard Daigle is currently the Corporate Director of Human Resources for the Service Companies and was one of the original committee members for the Reno Inaugural Black & White Ball in 2004.
Len was first introduced to the AIDS epidemic in Houston, Texas in 1985. It was a difficult time for many as medical professionals were not educated on any of the aspects of this dreadful disease that was rampantly taking so many lives. With the loss of many friends, family members and a close partner of 19 years he waded through life in disbelief and with little hope. He recalls so vividly that many individuals were grieving in their own world of bewilderment that the support for each other was minimal. It was not until the year 2000 that Len decided it was time to do something constructive with his life. He joined Frontline and lectured at Northern Nevada High Schools and the University for several years sharing his own story and bringing to realization that everyone must be aware of what is happening around them regarding their own sexual practices.
Becoming involved with the Black & White Ball and taking full advantage of his career position has enabled Len to realize the importance of each and every individual and to embrace the true meaning of life while helping others understand the importance of thinking positive and cherishing the moment!
Margi Owens is the sister of Jack Owens, she currently resides in Salt Lake City Utah. She is the mother of 3, and grandmother of 4. Each year she has generously donated her time to come to Reno to assist her brother with all the last minute details and preparations. Margi is always willing to help and provide support, and spends the first part of October in Reno in a whirlwind of activities.
Dr. Trudy Larson, MD
Medical Consultant and Honorary Committee Member
Each year Dr. Larson has graciously presented an update on HIV/AIDS in our community and nationally. She has long been renown in our community for her work with those people infected/affected with HIV/AIDS. She is truly an asset both to our community and to the Black and White Ball Committee.