Debra is the Director of Public Affairs for Southwest Gas Corporation. In this role for Southwest Gas she is responsible for directing the Company’s Community Affairs programs in the three-state service territory in addition to the Government Affairs and Supplier Diversity efforts. As part of the Community Affairs role, they administer their Company’s employee giving and employee volunteer programs and the related employee committee.
Why do you serve on the Nevada Volunteers Commission? “I believe that providing my time and experience to the community in which I live, work, and have raised my family is part of a responsibility I feel to give back in whatever way I can. Volunteerism is a core value I believe in strongly.”
Jesse is an attorney at Fennemore Craig, a firm which provides extensive pro bono legal services to Nevada communities.
Why do you serve on the Nevada Volunteers Commission? “It is an opportunity for me to give back to Nevada and it provides numerous opportunities for service to the state.”
Beth is currently a student at UNLV, completing her Business Management Bachelor Degree. She was previously the Volunteer Manager at Valley Hospital, supervising an average of 200 volunteers annually. She has also been involved with DOVIA (Director of Volunteers In Agencies) in the Las Vegas community, holding prior positions as President, Vice-President, Treasurer and member-at-large.
Why do you serve on the Nevada Volunteers Commission? “I want to help to grow volunteerism in Nevada in a significant way. Sustainable, responsible, accountable and actionable volunteerism creates a recipe for community success.”
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Jennifer is Regional Human Capital Partner at UnitedHealth Group/Optum. A core component of this role is to educate, engage, and trend each employee’s social responsibility efforts for each of its independent businesses. UnitedHealth Group/Optum encourages employees to be good stewards in those communities where they live and work.
Why do you serve on the Nevada Volunteers Commission? “I’ve worked with and among health care providers for many years, and I have witnessed firsthand the life-changing impact of that ‘servant attitude’ to those most in need. I hope to exemplify and promote that mindset.”
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Assemblywoman District 42
Corporation for National and Community Service Nevada State Director, Ex-Officio
Matt Johnson is the State Program Director for the Corporation for National and Community Service’s (CNCS) Nevada State Office. Matt is an alumnus of AmeriCorps, a former AmeriCorps Program Director, and the former Program Officer with Nevada Volunteers. Matt sits on the Commission as the ex-officio member and non-voting representative of CNCS. The CNCS State Office is responsible for administering, monitoring, and providing training for all VISTA and Senior Corps programs based in Nevada.
Why do you think volunteerism and national service are important to Nevada? Volunteers and national service members are important to our state because they not only bring an enormous value to our communities through thousands of hours of service, but also because volunteering and serving can help build stronger communities through networking and collaboration.
American Red Cross, Nevada Chapter
Scott is the Chief Operations Officer & Executive Director. His current role includes supervising other Red Cross Executive Directors in Nevada and Utah, helping them to inspire generations to volunteer for one of their five service lines – Disaster, Service to Armed Forces, International, Blood, and Preparedness Health & Safety. The Red Cross workforce is 97% volunteer based. In addition to several hundred volunteers, they also host some AmeriCorps members.
Why do you serve on the Nevada Volunteers Commission? “I believe in volunteer service and the positive impact it has in our communities throughout Nevada. I volunteered for 12 years before taking a paid staff role with the American Red Cross.”
Nevada Rural Counties RSVP
Susan is the Executive Director & CEO of the Nevada Rural Counties RSVP Program. RSVP is the Retired Senior Volunteers and is a Senior Corps Program under the umbrella of the Corporation for National and Community Service. RSVP’s mission is to help frail, homebound, and low-income seniors remain independent by providing high quality programs which allow them to stay in their homes with dignity. Additionally, RSVP coordinates a volunteer network of seniors who use their skills and talents to provide support to community agencies and address community needs through service.
Why do you serve on the Nevada Volunteers Commission? “Serving on The Nevada Volunteers Commission on Service is my way of volunteering and shows my support for volunteers in Nevada. Nevada Volunteers is in alignment with my goal to help to create a culture change where seniors are valued and respected in our society.”
Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities
Wes is the Executive Director at Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities. This organization represents the many dedicated public servants of Nevada’s municipalities.
Why do you serve on the Nevada Volunteers Commission? “To facilitate the provision of services to the constituents of our members.”
Second Judicial District Court
Mary is the Family Services Manager for the Second Judicial District Court. One of the programs she oversees in her role in Family Court is the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program. CASA volunteers provide support and advocacy for abused and neglected children who are under the protection of the juvenile court. In Washoe County there are 90+ volunteers who currently serve as CASAs for 140 children. She feels it is an honor to work with and support volunteers who are creating better futures for our community’s children.
Why do you serve on the Nevada Volunteers Commission? “Volunteer service is what I hope to create, support and instill as a meaningful value in our community. All of us can be better citizens by becoming involved in service to the communities where we live and raise our families. As a member of the Nevada Volunteers Commission, I want an opportunity to be part of a shared goal of promoting and supporting volunteerism in Nevada.”
Brianna was appointed to the Commission by Governor Brian Sandoval in the fall of 2014. With over 15 years of experience in branding and advertising, she helps the commission with marketing and communications.
Nevada Association of School Boards
Dotty is the Executive Director of the Nevada Association of School Boards. This is her eleventh year as Executive Director. The Association represents Nevada’s 107 elected and appointed school board members. They serve each day in their school districts, frequently reading in classrooms, attending performances and athletic events, pronouncing words for spelling bees, supporting scholarship funds, etc. Part of Dotty’s role is to encourage their service in their communities beyond that of school board member.
Why do you serve on the Nevada Volunteers Commission? “There are many opportunities for volunteer service in Nevada; however, sadly, these opportunities seem to be organized in silos without much coordination and balancing. I see my role as an advocate for greater integration of and collaboration among volunteer organizations/agencies.”
Nevada Department of Education
Anna is the State Pre-K Administrator for the Nevada Department of Education. She works with programs and school districts across the state to increase access to high-quality Pre-K programs and services for children and families. Due to limited funding for early childhood education in Nevada, many districts and programs must rely on creative funding mechanisms, volunteer recruitment, and other strategies for sustainability of their program and related services.
Why do you serve on the Nevada Volunteers Commission? “As an AmeriCorps NCCC and VISTA Alum, as well as past AmeriCorps program director, I have directly seen the impact of AmeriCorps programs across the country. Therefore, having this firsthand experience, serving on the Commission is my way of giving back to AmeriCorps and the incredible experience it provided me and that I have seen the impacts on many individuals and programs across the country.”
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Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful
Celeste is currently the Education Program Manager with local non-profit, Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB), where she was formerly an AmeriCorps VISTA member. KTMB relies heavily on the time and talents of dedicated volunteers and four AmeriCorps VISTA members to accomplish its mission: to create a cleaner, more beautiful region through education and active community involvement.
Why do you serve on the Nevada Volunteers Commission? “I serve on the Nevada Volunteers Commission as a youth commissioner to provide a fresh perspective on volunteer and service as a young person working within the non-profit field.”
North Las Vegas Fire Department
Cedric is currently a Captain with the North Las Vegas Fire department. He serves as the public information and community liaison officer. His current position connects with service as he is in the community providing education, prevention, mentoring, and quite often volunteering to the community that he serves in the Las Vegas valley.
Why do you serve on the Nevada Volunteers Commission? “I serve because I first believe in the purpose of the organization, it gives me an opportunity to also spread the message of service to community, and I believe seeing the work that the organization and other nonprofits do help motivate me to continue as a public servant and commissioner.”