Community Champion Awards

The Nevada Tobacco Prevention Coalition seeks to recognize people, organizations, businesses and elected officials who have helped to promote and advance our mission to improve the health of Nevadans by reducing the burden of tobacco use and nicotine addiction.

We are looking for those who have demonstrated a passion and commitment to create healthier environments, prevent initiation, promote cessation and advocate for policy change for tobacco control. There is no better time than now to honor our Nevada tobacco control community champions who have gone above and beyond and contributed to our states success in reducing the state’s tobacco burden.


Congratulations to our 2021 Winners

Northern Nevada

Community Champion Individual:

Jose Cucalon Calderon, MD, FAAP- American Academy of Pediatrics- Nevada Chapter, University of Nevada, Reno Medical School, Renown Health 


Southern Nevada

Community Champion(s) Individual:

Shawn Gerstenberger, PhD and Max Gakh, JD- University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Public Health 

Community Champion Organization/ Business:

Marissa Shoop, Director of Resident Services, Nevada HAND


Rural Nevada

Community Champion Individual:

Miya Gallagher- Pershing County, Mustang Youth Team – Frontier Community Coalition

Community Champion Organization/ Business:

Dreampilot Films 



Elected Officials:

Senator Julia Ratti

North Las Vegas City Councilman Scott Black