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Big Shots Awards

Nevada's Big Shots

Each December, Immunize Nevada celebrates our coalition accomplishments and recognizes the immunization heroes and influencers among us. As part of National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW). We celebrate the heroes among us — stand-out immunization advocates who work tirelessly, and usually without recognition, to support community health. To simplify the process and extend the recognition, we did away with categories and are recognizing all nominated Big Shots. The 2021 nominees are made up of individuals, teams, professionals, volunteers, organizations, educators, clinicians and administrators.

Meet our 2021 Nominees

2020 Big Shots

  • Outstanding Clinician — Northern Nevada
    Nazanin Kazeminy, CVS Pharmacy   
  • Outstanding Clinician — Southern Nevada
    Melissa Janos, Albertsons Pharmacy   
  • Outstanding Community Partner — Northern Nevada
    The Discovery
  • Outstanding Community Partner — Southern Nevada
    United Way of Southern Nevada
  • Outstanding Champion — Northern Nevada
    Renee Brocker, Nevada State Immunization Program     
  • Outstanding Champion – Southern Nevada
    Gail Lindsay, Moapa Food Pantry 

2020 Legislative Flu Shot Challenge

Most Improved By Nevada Day

District 9 - Senator Melanie Scheible, Assemblyman Steve Yeager, and Assemblywoman Michelle Gorelow
Runner-up: Senate District 11 - Senator Dallas Harris, Assemblyman Jason Frierson, and Assemblyman Alexander Assefa

Highest Flu Immunization Rate accomplished by Nevada Day (between August 1 and Nevada Day)

Senate District 16 - Senator Ben Kieckhefer, Assemblywoman Lisa Krasner, and Assemblyman P.K. O’Neill
Runner-up: Senate District 15 - Senator Heidi Gansert, Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson, and Assemblywoman Jill Tolles

2019 Big Shots

  • Outstanding Clinician — Northern Nevada
    Therese Litterer, RN, Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health
  • Outstanding Clinician — Southern Nevada
    Dr. Lillie Hidaji, Oasis Pediatrics
  • Outstanding Community Partner — Northern Nevada
    Nevada Health Link
  • Outstanding Community Partner — Southern Nevada
    Eduardo Menchaca, Liberty Dental Plan
  • Outstanding Champion — Northern Nevada
    Roni Galas, RN, Carson City Health and Human Services
  • Outstanding Champion – Southern Nevada
    Chamberlain University College of Nursing Las Vegas

2018 InFLUencer Award Winners

  • Asian Community Development Council
  • Carson Medical Group
  • Smith's Food and Drug Co.
  • Farr West Engineering
  • Jennifer Beam, Washoe County School District
  • Richard Davis, Dignity Health

2017 InFLUencer Award Winners

  • Brian Selcer, RN, Washoe Tribal Health Center
  • Flu Team, Community Health Alliance
  • Mary Jo Solon, RN, Southwest Medical
  • Rawson Neal Psychiatric Hospital

2016 InFLUencer Award Winners

  • Bren McClean
  • Dignity Health Medical Group – Peccole Plaza
  • Enid Jennings, Health Educator, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Monica Aragon, RN, Valley Hospital Medical Center
  • Morningstar-Sparks
  • Scientific Games  

2015 InFLUencer Award Winners

  • Nevada State Assemblyman, James Oscarson
  • Melissa Shake, Pharmacy Manager and Immunizations Trainer, Walgreens
  • Joyce Goedeke, Vice President of Marketing/Public Relations, Southern Hills Hospital 
  • Tavia Campbell, Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder, Walls 360, Inc.