Stacy James – Co-founder/Executive Director
Stacy James is Co-founder and Executive Director of Dazzle Africa, a 501c3 charity based in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is a visionary and oversees solution-based, sustainable and innovative projects in rural Zambia that protect endangered wildlife, provides opportunities for economically disadvantaged students, and engages in community development projects, such as funding boreholes within villages with no access to clean water.
She graduated from Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR, with a MAT and worked as an educator for more than a decade with students, teachers, administrators, and superintendents to increase success within schools in the U.S. public education system.
She also focuses on positive change through government policy and negotiation and co-led Nevada’s wildlife trafficking bill, SB194, that became law in January 2018. This bill prohibits the sales of 15 species, including ivory, rhino horn, and shark (fin).
Born in Iowa, wildlife is in her DNA, as her father had a professional guiding business in Canada and Stacy spent a good portion of her younger years with her family traveling amidst nature and diverse wildlife. She continues to focus on her love of nature by living a life committed to the environment and empowering others to take action to conserve our natural resources.
Stacy lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, with her husband Chip and their four rescue cats and dogs, loves hiking, yoga, reading, and never tires of adventurous travel!
She believes that people truly want to make a difference and together, with passion, dedication, and teamwork, we can achieve seemingly impossible goals.
Stephanie Lemus – Executive Assistant
Stephanie Was born in Southern California and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is a senior at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, majoring in political science. After college, she plans to either pursue her interest in law or public policy.
Stephanie became Dazzle Africa’s first intern in January of 2017. Since then, she has worked alongside Co-founder/ Executive Director, Stacy James. After a year and a half of growing closer to Dazzle Africa, Stephanie was given the title of Executive Assistant.
With a deeply ingrained passion for human and animal rights, Stephanie has received a great amount of self-fulfillment while working with Dazzle Africa.