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 the Human Resource Business Partner for Nevada Donor Network and recently completed her Business Management Bachelor Degree at UNLV. 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.”
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.
United Way of Southern Nevada
Scott Emerson is the President & CEO of United Way of Southern Nevada.
Previously, Scott served 31 years with the American Red Cross, the first 12 as a volunteer. His roles have included leading and modernizing the Southern Nevada Chapter of the American Red Cross. Scott has proven himself as a dedicated leader, growing resources and developing strategic partnerships to improve local services for our community. He is a convener and community problem solver and has received numerous awards including the Non-Profit Administrator of the Year from the Public Administrators Association of Southern Nevada and Golden Hands award from the Cultural Diversity Foundation. Scott assists other non-profits in strengthening their leadership and governance. Concurrently, he teaches non-profit management courses for UNLV Continuing Education. He is a passionate advocate for volunteer service and community betterment.
Why do you serve on the Nevada Volunteers Commission? “I believe in volunteer service and the positive impact it has on our communities throughout Nevada.”
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 of 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.”
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.”
David is the Community Manager for Retail Banking in Northern Nevada at Umpqua Bank. Umpqua Bank has a unique approach to its community programs, its associates bring the community commitment to life – as volunteers they shape their communities and engage with their neighbors. David likes to partner with programs that create opportunities for early childhood and K-12 youth that fulfill their educational experience, promote their well-being and inspire them to reach their full potential.
Why do you serve on the Nevada Volunteers Commission? I recognize the fundamental connection between education and economic prosperity. I want to work to strengthen the community I serve by investing in organizations and initiatives that create access to education and the economic opportunity that makes it possible.
Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful
Celeste is the Education Program Manager with Reno 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.”