HAVE NO FEAR! SHADES OF QUEENING IS HERE!
Shades of Queening is a non-profit organization that is focused on uplifting, empowering, and supporting Black women of all ages, from young to wise, in the northern Nevada community.
Shades of Queening Executive Board
KaPreace Young is a Reno native and the mother of a 9-year-old son, Zaccai, and the Co-Founder of Shades of Queening Women’s Empowerment Group. She is currently an Equity and Diversity Specialist for Washoe County School District. She is also a two-time Black alumna, the co-creator of the Black Student Resource Guide, part of the Black Leadership Committee, and Black at the Pack Affinity Group at the University of Nevada, Reno. KaPreace is also dedicated to her community being a past President of the Northern Nevada Black Cultural Awareness Society (NNBCAS), a member of the Northern Nevada Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Committee. KaPreace is an advocate and an activist for the progression of the Black community not only in Reno but in this country.
Jasmin Fisher is from Compton, California. She is one of the co-founders of the Shades of Queening Women's Empowerment group. Currently, she lives in Reno, Nevada. She has lived here for 7 1/2 years. Jasmin is also a proud graduate of the University of Nevada Reno, where she received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Social Work. In her professional role, Jasmin is a Career Technical Training Manager for the Sierra Nevada Job Corps. Here, she works with at-risk youth, helping them develop skills and receive quality training to enter the workforce. In addition to her many titles, Jasmin is also a part-time licensed hair braider for the Reno/Sparks and surrounding areas. She enjoys working with at-risk youth and women. Her goal in life is to make an impact by working with these populations, and she is proud that she gets to do that often. In her free time, Jasmin enjoys cooking and spending time with loved ones.
Being a Reno native, Shaquita Hill received her bachelor's degree in International Business and Marketing. She then continued her education, receiving an MBA from Grand Canyon University, and a Masters in Legal Studies from Drexel University. She takes pride in being an advocate for the Black community in Reno, utilizing her platform to give back and make a change. Public service is extremely important to her, being a dedicated member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. In her free time, she enjoys watching a good thriller movie and traveling.
Janay Sweatt Thomas hails ALL THE WAY from Norfolk, Va. Born and raised on the east coast, Janay Received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from THEE Shaw University (The First HBCU in the South) in 2014. Janay received her Master's Degree from Walden University in 2019. Janay has lived in Reno, NV since 2016, with her Wife and daughter, Kennedi. In Janay’s professional role, she is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor serving individuals and couples. While an intern, Janay learned of the mental health disparities within Northern Nevada’s Black community. Janay’s goal in life is to make changes in the lives of those who have been affected the most, by the lack of mental health resources in their community. In Janay’s free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, shopping, and collecting sneakers.