The GQ Team
Angie D. Taylor Ph.D., President/CEO
Dr. Angie Taylor has a long history of excellent leadership, people development and community service. She is the President and Chief Executive Officer for Guardian Quest, Inc., an organization specializing in providing training, organizational development and leadership solutions for corporate, government, educational and military clients across North America. In addition to her work speaking, training and coaching, she continues to serve her community. In December of 2014, she was appointed to the Washoe County School District Board of Trustees, becoming the first African American to serve in that capacity. In January of 2016, she was elected Board President by her Board colleagues and most recently, she was elected by the citizens in District E to serve a full four-year term, beginning in January 2017. Her colleagues once again selected her to serve as president.
Regardless of her role, she is committed to adding value and making a difference. She is passionate about a few things, and has intentionally positioned herself to work within those areas. Education, leadership, personal development and faith are the areas that she loves and those that have driven her success.
Dr. Angie has an earned doctorate in Educational Leadership (PhD), holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Policy (MPA) and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (BS), all from the University of Nevada, Reno. Her background is in higher education where she completed a storied 20-year career at the University of Nevada. While at Nevada, she served in several senior level leadership positions including Senior Associate Director of Athletics, Assistant Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, and Associate Vice President for Student Success Services.
Dr. Taylor has served on numerous committees, task forces and boards for the University, the local community and nationally. Most recently she has served as either a board or advisory board member for the Nevada Women’s Fund, United Way, Access to Healthcare Network of Nevada, Education Alliance of Washoe County, Northern Nevada Black Cultural Awareness Society, Junior League of Reno, and the Nevada System of Higher Education.
Angie is a passionate, energetic presenter and has dedicated her life to making people and organizations better. She has recently penned her first book: “Leadership Matters: Lessons that Shaped My Leadership” which is highly sought after wherever she speaks. She has received many awards and recognitions for her leadership and community service including membership in three halls of fame and inclusion on two “people to watch” lists. Dr. Taylor is also an ordained minister and serves as the administrative assistant pastor at Greater Light Christian Center in Reno, Nevada.
Dr. Naida M. Parson, Communications Specialist
Dr. Naida M. Parson is a native of Las Vegas, Nevada and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Black Studies from the University of California, Riverside. She has also earned a Master of Arts Degree in African-American Studies with emphasis in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles as well as a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Parson is the first African-American in Nevada to be licensed as a Psychologist and has done individual, family, group, and couples therapy for over 25 years.
Dr. Parson is active in the community as a riveting motivational speaker, seminar instructor, writer, mentor, pastor and religious leader. She has been called upon to address audiences from 200 to 5000 including the NAACP, Urban Chamber of Commerce, Educational Foundation, National Black Public Administrators, and the Caucus of African American Nevadans along with various other national, state and local organizations. She also consults and facilitates trainings on various diversity and psychosocial issues including multicultural competency, cultural diversity, ethics and leadership.
What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? That question has inspired Chisa to get out on the skinny branches and live life to it’s fullest potential.
An accomplished trainer and facilitator, Chisa brings enthusiasm, passion and energy to the Guardian Quest team. Prior to joining GQ, Ms. Golbourne was the Director of Casino Operations at the Excalibur Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. She helped the organization identify problems, pinpoint solutions, ensure customer satisfaction and developed ongoing training programs for over 400 casino employees. She created and facilitated numerous training courses for gaming personnel which focused on cultural shifts, leadership, customer service and building high performance teams.
After facilitating for MGM Resorts International, she decided to touch hearts and minds far beyond the gaming and hospitality industry. Teaching diversity and inclusion has been her passion ever since. That knowledge and experience took her from the gaming realm to teaching and speaking before companies across this nation and beyond.
- Aerotek Staffing
- PlayLV Gaming
- Los Angeles Police Department
- MGM Resorts International
- Major, Lindsey & Africa
Originally from New Jersey, Ms. Golbourne earned a Bachelor of Arts in both Psychology and Sociology from Rutgers University. She has delivered training programs for Fortune 500 companies, federal, state and local governments.
Kim Bradshaw, Facilitator / Trainer
Kim Bradshaw recently retired as a Senior Sergeant from the Reno Police Department after nearly 23 years in law enforcement. During her accomplished career, she enjoyed assignments that included working as an undercover Narcotics/Vice Officer, as a Robbery/Homicide Sergeant, a Sex Crimes/Child Abuse Sergeant and a downtown enforcement officer on bicycle.
As a former division one student-athlete, one of Kim’s passions continues to be coaching and training. She has travelled the country facilitating law enforcement workshops on many topics including: Community Policing/Problem Solving, Sex Crimes/Child Abuse, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and Ethics, Leadership, and Diversity. One of the highlights of her training career was being selected to assist with the design and implementation of the first 7 Habits of Highly Effective Police Officers curriculum at the Covey Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah. Kim has a Bachelor’s degree from University of Nevada. Soon after leaving the University, she joined the Reno Police Department. With her decision to pursue a career in law enforcement, she continued the legacy of her father, retired Reno Chief of Police Robert Bradshaw.
She resides in Reno with her two sons, Kyle (18) and Robbie (13), whom she claims she can still beat in a game of one-on-one basketball! In retirement, Kim enjoys scuba diving with her boys, volunteering for their extracurricular activities, and hiking with her golden retriever, Zoey.
Patty Coaley has more than 20 years of experience in the gaming industry, where her career spanned from marketing executive to leadership development facilitator. She joined MGM Resorts International in 1993, first serving in multiple marketing roles, including Director of Marketing at Excalibur Hotel & Casino.
Her marketing career led her to a role as a leadership facilitator, and she was promoted to Director of Diversity Education at the MGM Resorts University. In that capacity, she oversaw MGM Resorts’ Diversity Champions Workshop, leading the effort which facilitated the training and graduation of nearly 6,000 MGM Resorts Diversity Champions. She was also the primary creative force in the development of Inspiring Our World, the company’s first-ever employee show aimed at educating all 62,000 company employees on its mission and core values, as well as its culture of diversity and inclusion, philanthropy, community support and environmental sustainability.
In 2009, Patty received the Great Women of Gaming Proven Leader Award by Casino Enterprise Management magazine. She is a Master Graduate of Rapport Leadership International and is a certified facilitator of Franklin Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” 3-Day Signature Program and DiSC© Profile.
Patty earned a B.A. in Communications Studies with an emphasis in Public Relations and a M.A. in Communications Studies with an emphasis in Mass Media Research from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is currently a doctoral student at Pepperdine University, pursuing her degree in Organizational Leadership.
Ramon Barboza, Solutions Specialist / Facilitator
Ramon Barboza has an extensive background in law enforcement, having served as a dedicated public servant with the Reno Police Department for 25 years. During his time on the force, Ramon honed and utilized his skills in various leadership roles including street patrol, Internal Affairs, the DARE program, Community Affairs and more. In addition, Barboza has a history of successfully training hundreds of police officers internally as well as across the nation and is considered a highly regarded expert in the areas of Community Policing and Problem Solving, Leadership and Diversity.
Ramon's extensive training background extends well beyond the boundaries of Law Enforcement. In addition to having trained at various levels within police agencies across the nation, he has considerable experience working with community organizations, educational institutions as well as both public and privately held businesses across the country. Ramon has also developed curriculum ranging from technical assistance to theoretical/conceptual models of organizational development.
Along with his vast experience with Guardian Quest, Ramon has provided training and instruction for some of the country's foremost authorities on Diversity-Centered Leadership including Satori and FranklinCovey. Regardless of the client, Ramon is noted as being informed and knowledgeable with the ability to provide passionate training and keynote presentations to participants of all ages.
Ramon delights in captivating audiences and moving them towards reaching their highest human potential. "It matters not our challenges," he believes. "What matters is our deepest level of commitment and desire to make ourselves, someone else or some things better." Ramon asserts, "The bottom is that WE MATTER! And the greatest part is that WE get to choose what that looks like."
The phrase, "The Power of One Can Create Many" daily influences the personal and professional life of Ramon. As a child who grew up with many disadvantages, Ramon recognizes that his success can be attributed to just a few individuals that gave much of themselves so that, one day, he could give back. He believes that today - and always - is that day!
Jade Wallace, Office Manager
Jade Wallace has a background in financial services consisting of consumer, small business and private banking clients. For the last 10 years Jade's responsibility in branch management has been in business development and retention, employee fulfillment, and maintaining the daily branch operations in sales and service. Jade has her degree in Business Management and continues to further her experience while working with Guardian Quest as the Office Manager.
Robin Scdoris-Hester, Logistics Coordinator
Robin Scdoris-Hester provides passionate logistical support for the Guardian Quest team. She brings the excitement and enthusiasm to help fulfill her functions and adds value to the organization, in the classroom as well as outside of it. Logistics is a very detailed and precise position that is critical to success of many workshops. Prior to joining the Guardian Quest team, Robin had an 18-year career with the City of Reno Police Department, which included a stint in the Chief's Office for several years. During her tenure, she was the only person to serve in secretarial positions in all divisions of the Department.
Before joining the Reno Police Department, Robin earned her degree and became a practicing paralegal in the Northern Nevada community. Robin is the mother of three daughters and resides in Reno, NV.
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