Stephanie McCurry-Tenney, office manager and events coordinator of the Sanford Center for Aging — part of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine — was recently elected president of the Reno-Sparks Branch of the NAACP, effective Feb. 3.
McCurry-Tenney has worked at UNR Med for seven years, where she plays an integral role reconciling budgets and supporting community programs and activities. According a Feb. 3 press release, she said her strong faith, work ethic and many mentors over the years led her to run for the NAACP position.
“I have grown to listen, question, identify and seek where I can contribute,” she wrote in a statement to NAACP members.
McCurry-Tenney has a long history in community service, including three years as treasurer of the NAACP branch and seven years with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. She is a longtime member and volunteer with her Sparks church.
“It is so wonderful to see a team member demonstrating community leadership at this level,” Sanford Center Director Peter Reed said in a statement. “It speaks very highly of the talent across the UNR community and the impact we achieve together.”
McCurry-Tenney said the NAACP can play a crucial part in the region’s growth and solidarity.
“As manufacturing has transformed Northern Nevada’s territories and economic landscape from a singular viewpoint of gambling revenue,” she said in a statement, “in the same way the Reno-Sparks NAACP will advocate for change where any disparities may reside, and transform our growing landscape to a more blended and more unified cultural landscape in every direction possible, including our local branch.”