The Education Alliance relies on a staff of three people, plus a small town of generous volunteers!
Kendall Inskip, GPC, Executive Director
A third generation Nevadan and graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Kendall has 25 years of experience in fundraising, education, and marketing. She became Executive Director in July 2014, and previously worked as Grant Writer for the Washoe County School District on the team overseeing 200+ grants totaling more than $65 million annually in state, federal and private grants and teaching others how to write and get grants. Kendall has also served as UNR Director of Development, raising major gifts for the Reynolds School of Journalism and completing the capital campaign for the Redfield Campus, and finally as Development Manager for the William F. Harrah National Automobile Museum. Kendall was recently awarded the Outstanding Fundraiser of the Year from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She is one of only 328 in the country who has earned the GPC, Grant Professional Certified, by the Grant Professionals Association. This credential recognizes proficiency in grant writing, demonstrated achievement, and a commitment to service for public and private philanthropy. Kendall is crazy about her husband of 30 years, Derron, and super proud of their two accomplished children; son Donovan, 2016 graduate of UNR with dual degrees in finance and accounting; and daughter Alyssa, a UNR sophomore in communications.
Favorite childhood book: I love books! One I actually still have from my childhood in some old trunk is The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen. I could not put it down mainly because of the lenticular pictures (I had to look this word up: you know – they morph between two different appearances when the angle of viewing changes). There was truly nothing more beautiful to me at the time! Recently a wonderful manager from our partner, Better World Books, gave me the loveliest watercolor-illustrated Little Mermaid book after I told him it was my favorite as a child – a most touching gift!
Brittani Keefe, Collaborative Coordinator
Born and raised in Alaska, Brittani came to Reno to attend the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno. Upon graduation, Brittani served the Down Syndrome Network of Northern Nevada as their Program and Marketing Coordinator. Brittani moved to the Bay Area to work for My New Red Shoes; partnering with several community agencies to provide shoes and clothing to more than 6,500 homeless and low income youth. She returned to Reno to be near family and work for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada as their PR & Communications Coordinator. She is driven to build meaningful opportunities for the youth of Washoe County while growing a deeply skilled workforce that enriches our community. Brittani believes we all have great potential to make a positive impact in our community, and in turn reap generous rewards. Robert Ingersoll said it beautifully,
“We rise by lifting others.”
In her free time, Brittani loves to read, cook and spend time with her husband Dan, and their dog Baxter.
Favorite childhood book: My favorite book growing up was The Ugly Duckling. It teaches children self-acceptance, kindness and confidence.
Kelli Pennington, Administrative Assistant
Kelli was born and raised in the Reno/Sparks area. She graduated from Sparks High School. Kelli has
more than 30 years experience across several industries in Information Technology and Administrative
Support. Kelli has worked for Washoe County School District for more than 17 years and can answer
Favorite Childhood Book: Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars, it won the Newberry Award in 1971. I still have this book that I ordered from Scholastic in 1972. It’s about a fourteen-year- old girl, Sara, who is searching for her missing, mentally challenged brother Charlie. This book taught me so much about the importance of family and siblings.