Meet The Team
Committed to the Cause
Dr. Jeffery Eugene Thompkins Jr. PhD, MBA, BSA
Founder & Executive Director
Dr Jeffery Eugene Thompkins Jr is the Founder & Executive Director of JET Foundation, Inc. Since 2018, the organization has led outreach support and advocacy in Nevada contributing to a dramatic decrease in the divide of what services people need and the barriers that exist in receiving them. Having gone through personal trials since birth, and not having the needed resources to help in my time of need he knows what a tough time is; being a single father and dealing with a multitude of health issues for several years, has spearheaded his passion and purpose in life.
Dr Thompkins serves as a President of the Nevada Chapter of the National Nonprofit Minority Association created in 2018, Las Vegas Chapter President of Black in Nonprofit and co-creator and partner of The Aspiration Center (1st and only comprehensive Sickle Cell Community Resource Center in Nevada) which boasts a staggering 26 programs and services that benefits all ranges of community members. He sits on the board of Boy Scouts of America- Las Vegas Chapter in addition to being the Vice Chair for the Diversity & Inclusion Committee of BSA as well. With his son Savion being born on his 18th birthday and not having any support from family or friends; he has always been determined to succeed at all costs. At 19 getting unbelievably sick he thought he would not be around to see him grow into the amazing young man that he is today.
Dr Thompkins can remember countless nights of laying in MANY hospital beds after being diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and only having a 6% chance of survival, Chrons disease, irritable bowel syndrome, Gerd, acid reflux Disease, gastritis, having a hernia on his esophagus, congestive heart failure (CHF), sleep apnea, Asthma and high blood pressure he got TREMENDOUS comfort from planning to help those around him in our community. He can remember back to crying and staring in the face of my sleeping son, while being displaced and staying in a shelter after losing his job and home; not knowing where to go, or what to do; That there had to be a better way! After gathering his own thoughts, he put pen to paper and hatched a plan, because there is a lack of resources in the community, and even less for those with any sort of income.
He holds a BSA in human resources, a master’s degree in business administration and a Doctorate in Philosophy with a concentration in Organizational Leadership all from the University of Las Vegas.
Trista is an experienced child welfare and non-profit development consultant in Las Vegas, NV. She pursued her undergraduate degree from Texas State University where she received a Bachelor’s in Applied Science in Criminal Justice while simultaneously working with youth who were involved in the foster care system.
As a former foster youth herself, Trista has over 20 years of experience advocating for those who cannot do so themselves at a local, state and national level and knows first-hand the struggles that young people face when they do not have adequate support systems and resources, She is passionate about addressing the root causes of instability faced by vulnerable populations while identifying and executing effective, long-term solutions.
Experienced, trustworthy, fun. These are just a few of the ways coworkers describe this invaluable member of our team. Jalen is truly a joy to be around and makes it a pleasure to come to work every single day.
Georgene' "Gina" Glass
Georgene’ Glass is the founder and Executive Director of Dreamsickle Kids Foundation, Inc, the first Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) organization in the state of Nevada. Since 2018, the organization has led Sickle Cell support and advocacy in Nevada contributing to the state’s first Sickle Cell bill AB254 which has allowed for better access to medications specifically made for SCD and a state registry to obtain an accurate count of the number of patients in Nevada affected with SCD.
Georgene’ also serves as a Vice Chair of the Nevada Rare Disease Advisory Council created in 2019. As a mother of a child with SCD, Georgene’ has made increasing SCD awareness and support in the state of Nevada a personal mission. With SCD being one of the 7,000 Rare Diseases, in 2020 Dreamsickle Kids Foundation, expanded its support and efforts to those in the state that may suffer from any Rare Disease.
This year Georgene’ became an author, publishing The Tale of the Cell, a children’s book about the ups and downs of the disease starring her daughter with SCD Gia. The book gives an entertaining yet real view of how SCD affects people and ways they manage and still enjoy life.
Georgene’ holds a B.S in Criminal Justice, is a Community Health Worker (CHW) with special CHW training from the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America which allows her to further advocate and support those with SCD in Nevada. Target Populations: Children, School Aged-Children, Teens, Young Adult, Adults, Caregivers, Low Income, Chronically Ill, Rare Disease patients Research/Focal Areas: Children’s Health, Family Health, Health Equity, Legislative Advocacy
Patient Advocacy Director
Tamika joined JET Foundation, Inc. with the vision and drive to improve upon our Non-Profit Organization, and focused on developing the organization with experience and integrity.
Tamika Marshall is a One Stop Professional. Born and raised in Pasadena, California she has four children and one grandchild. For the past 11 years, she has called Las Vegas, Nevada her "Home Away From Home."
With 16 years in the medical field, she retired and ventured out to become Versatile Woman. Certified Event Management Planner, Personal Assistant, CPR Instructor and so much more. Her life, as many, came with hardships but nothing stops her from leaving a legacy for her family.
Tamika is a Lupus Warrior and one of the Founder's of Gamma Pi Rho Lupus Sorority, Inc. A Sorority dedicated to bringing awareness, education and advocacy to not only Las Vegas, but the world. Through her survival of cervical cancer, heart attack and two strokes, she lives by the motto: "Each Morning we rise to start a new. What we do today matters."
Children & Family Nutritional Advisor
Kristina Bedikian is the Nutrition Coordinator at Acelero Learning Clark County Early/Head Start. She has been working there for the last 11 and half years. She is originally from Beverly Hills, Michigan and Moved to Las Vegas in 2010, where she now calls home. She graduated from Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan in 2009 with her Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition and Food Science.
Kristina's nutrition role includes creating the child care breakfast, lunch and snack menus for infants to 5 year old children following the Child Adult Care Food Program guidelines, working with children with food allergies/special diets, working with families that have overweight and underweight children and supporting them in the home on nutrition education, is on the work wellness team for Acelero staff and also runs Drive Thru Food Distributions 5 times a month at 3 Acelero Locations for the last 4 years.
She has developed many partnerships with other organizations in the Las Vegas Community that provide resources to help Acelero children and children
She recently was 1 of 7 people out of 328 applicants nation wide that won the 2020 National Head Start BOLD Thinker Award for the work she did during the COVID pandemic shutdown for Acelero children, families, staff and the Las Vegas/Henderson Community.
She is very passionate about helping others in need and is blessed to be able to do all she does to help children and families in the Las Vegas and Henderson Community and enjoys every second of it.
One fun fact about Kristina is that she use to play Ice Hockey for 15 years and is a HUGE Vegas Golden Knights Fan
Health & Wellness Director
I was born and raised in Los Angeles California and moved to Las Vegas in 2008. I have served the community for more than 30 years, supporting the rich heritage of diversity while instilling the idea that we have choices and can create pathways to successful futures.
I am the owner and operator of Horizon Ridge Clinic, LLC for-profit established in 2013 and Horizon Ridge Wellness Clinic, Inc. non-profit established in 2016. My goal is to empower others to help themselves and to pass the torch to those who are waiting to lead.
I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to embrace all that I have learned, experienced and been challenged with in creating a well-rounded, full-service agency – serving the Las Vegas community – providing essential support services and access to improved wellness and self-sufficiency for those in need.
B.A. Psychology and MA in Behavioral Science-Conflict Management and Negotiations from CSU, Dominguez Hills
Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor-Intern (LADCI)
Ph.D. in Public Health in Progress
Law Enforcement Liaison
We are proud to announce and welcome Mr Adrian Hunt with LVMPD onboard as our Law Enforcement Liaison! Adrian joined JET Foundation, Inc. with the vision and drive to improve upon our Non-Profit Organization, and focused on developing the organization with experience and integrity. He comes us with a wealth of knowledge and we look forward to fostering and building our community, through his experiences.
-15 years of continued service on the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Worked a variety of sections throughout the department.
-Currently assigned to Patrol Summerlin Area Command (SET) Summerlin Enforcement Team.
-Vice President of the Nevada Black Police Association.
-Received LVMPD Officer of the year Community Service Award in 2015/2016.
-PBS initiate Spring 1999
-Currently SBC Advisor/ Nevada State Director
-Life Member #3269
Adrian has assisted JET Foundation in various capacities in the past and we are stoked that he has joined in an official advisory position. He will assist in our mission by ensuring that not only our events, but also our patrons are safe and healthy in the community. We Salute you for your service, and are thankful that you have accepted the #JETlife mission and will push to continue to #makepeoplematter
Veronica "Ronni" Murphy
Homeless Outreach Director
Veronica Murphy formally known as Veronica Royal. Many know me as Ronni Royal. I was born in Los Angeles, Ca. and was raised in Riverside, Ca. Better known as the Inland Empire. I moved to Las Vegas May of 2005. I’ve lived in Las Vegas 16 years, I can now say this is home for me. I’m a mother of 3 lovely children.
I am a graduate with Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice administration with Management. Also obtained Master’s degree in Business administration with Marketing, Branding and Entrepreneurship. My true passion is helping people.
Recently walked away from corporate America and decided to start my own business. I’m also the owner of Royal Kurve, where I offer beauty, and health & wellness services. My main focus is Enhancing Beauty, Body, Health & Confidence.
In addition to my passion, I have a really big heart and community service is everything to me. At the age of 16 years old, I was a part of a community service group call Diplomats. With several years experience of co-chair for Wyndham vacations resorts charity organization. I’ve also held an annual event called #HashtagLunchbag here in Las Vegas. Where my focus was feeding our homeless and having the community involved with lunch-bag needs for our less fortunate.