Rhonda Knightly has spent three decades working to make a difference in the community. She is a wife, mother, and 55 year old grandmother. Rhonda and her husband Arnold have six adult children, and one fabulous grandson. They have lived in Nevada for thirty years and in Green Valley for just over 20 and all three of their sons graduated from Green Valley High School.
Rhonda worked her way through school and earned associate degrees in accounting and political science, a bachelor’s in Business Administration and Management, and later a Masters’ degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in strategic planning. It was during those early days that representing others became her passion. This led to her election as student representative to serve on the Waubonsee Board of Trustees, the Illinois Community College Board, and ultimately the Illinois Board of Higher Education representing all post-high school students within the state of Illinois. She is a lifelong learner and is committed to listening to constituent priorities, working to do what’s right and fighting to make positive changes.
Rhonda has worked for the City of Las Vegas for the last 23 years in finance and the courts as an analyst, as well as for the department of Public Safety. She has spent time as an administrator over numerous areas including oversight of jail support functions, dispatch operations, the inmate culinary and medical contracts, public safety business office, and criminal history security She also led numerous initiatives as the highest ranking civilian on the law enforcement/detention side of the agency. Prior to 1998, Rhonda worked her way up in construction accounting at Del Webb Sun City Summerlin, and Gibson Construction before that.
Education is a passion of Rhonda’s. She has spent time as a cub scout leader, a DeMolay advisor, a band mom, forensics judge, bowling mom and still today love reading in the elementary schools each March in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Throughout her governmental career, she has had the opportunity to mentor high school and college students in intern positions. Her philosophy has been, if we don’t step-up to guide the next generations in what we want as employers, we then will get what we deserve. She is dedicated to working toward making a difference not only for today but moving forward and is committed to our neighborhoods, families and our children.
Rhonda is fiscally responsible, has a huge respect for law enforcement and the jobs they do, and believes strongly in governmental transparency. She is passionate about our public education systems producing college and employment ready graduates, the business community having the resources to thrive, and wants to ensure public safety is priority number one.
Her hobbies include spending time with her family and friends, photography, traveling, baking and supporting community volunteer work. She is ready and willing to take the next step and serve in a larger role for the people of Henderson as their State Assemblywoman of District 29.