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Our Board of Directors

Providing Strategic Guidance Critical to Our Success

NCF’s Board of Directors is a cross-section of business leaders and community philanthropists who focus on governance and high-level oversight. Through their guidance and unwavering dedication, our board empowers us to make a lasting impact in the communities we serve.

Duncan R. Lee

Duncan R. Lee

RDL Investments, Inc.
Board Chair

Duncan R. Lee, Chairman of NCF, is President of RDL Investments, Inc., a real estate investment company established in 1991. The real estate portfolio consists of residential, office, industrial, and resort properties in the Las Vegas, Phoenix, Singapore, and Hong Kong markets. 

In addition, Mr. Lee participates in his family’s international manufacturing business. 

Prior to forming RDL, Mr. Lee worked in the banking industry for several years, during which time he underwrote numerous real estate loans, which earned him the distinction of becoming, at the age of 27, one of the youngest vice presidents for Sanwa Bank, previously the fifth largest bank in the world.

Mr. Lee graduated from the University of Southern California with a Master of Business Administration in finance and a Bachelor of Science in business administration.

Mr. Lee has served as Chairman of the Board since 2016. He has also served as past Investment Committee Chairman of NCF and past President of the Las Vegas West Rotary Club. He is also the past Chair of the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce PAC and past Chair of Council for Better Nevada as well as past Trustee of The Meadows School.

Michael J. Threet

Michael J. Threet

Board Vice Chair

Michael J. Threet, CPA, is the Chief Financial Officer of Caltrol, a leader in industrial process automation. He is responsible for managing the company’s financial position and is a member of the executive management committee that sets goals and strategic direction for the company.

Mr. Threet has served in a variety of philanthropic and charitable organizations, including past secretary/treasurer of the Salvation Army (Henderson Chapter), past president of the City of Las Vegas Community Schools, and a volunteer coach with the Boys and Girls Club of Las Vegas. 

He received a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Geraldine Tomich

Geraldine Tomich, Esq.

Marquis Aurbach Coffing
Board Treasurer

Geraldine Tomich practices in the areas of asset protection, estate planning, probate, guardianships, estate and gift taxation, and business entity formation. Ms. Tomich earned a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, graduating magna cum laude. She obtained a Juris Doctor degree from Gonzaga University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 

Ms. Tomich often gives educational seminars to the community regarding estate planning, probate avoidance, and business succession planning. She also contributes articles to local publications.

Further, Ms. Tomich volunteers with various community outreach organizations. She is a founding director of the Gift Planning Advisors, a Las Vegas group of professionals who provide educational opportunities for planned giving professionals and heighten awareness of donor opportunities. She is currently the director of the Southern Nevada Estate Planning Council, a network of estate planning professionals that was established in 1971. She sits on the Board of Southern Nevada Public Television/Vegas PBS and is also the chairperson of its Planned Giving Council.

Ms. Tomich was born and raised in Manila, the Philippines. In 1990, she and her family moved to Las Vegas, where she has resided since.

Tami Hance

Tami Hance

Communities in Schools
Board Secretary

Tami Hance is the Chief Executive Director for Communities In Schools of Nevada. As an affiliate of the nation’s largest dropout prevention program, the mission of Communities In Schools is to keep kids in school, do whatever it takes to eliminate barriers, and never give up on anyone.

In concert with her work at Communities In Schools of Nevada, she is also a board member of Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (NPHY) and president emeritus of Nevada Women’s Philanthropy.

Ms. Hance graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication studies. She spent 26 years as Senior Vice President of Destinations by Design (DBD), the largest destination management and special event company in Las Vegas, gaining an exceptional wealth of knowledge of Southern Nevada’s hospitality industry. She transitioned into a career in philanthropy in April 2017.

She has been an adjunct professor for the College of Southern Nevada and, in 2014, served as president of the Las Vegas Hospitality Association (LVHA), where she continues to volunteer on the Chairman’s Club. The Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Foundation U.S. Council honored her by appointing her to its 2014-2016 Council. In 2016, Tami was honored by the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada with a leadership badge.

Irene M. Wandtke

Irene M. Wandtke, CPA

Gerety & Associates
Board Member

Irene M. Wandtke is a certified public accountant with more than 15 years of experience. Irene joined Gerety & Associates, CPAs, in January 2007 after working with RSM McGladrey, Inc. for five years, where she gained knowledge and experience in a variety of industries, including construction and health care. At Gerety & Associates, she is dedicated to providing each client with the highest level of service. Irene has substantial experience in the accounting and income tax arenas (both individual and business), as well as dealing with IRS issues.

A native of Santa Clara, California, she moved to Las Vegas in 1997 and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Nevada Society of CPAs, and the Vegas Valley Masterminds.

Alberto Leon

Alberto A. León, JD, PhD

Board Member

Through his Albuquerque, New Mexico-based law firm ALEONLAW, P.C., Dr. Alberto León provides specialized services to institutional clients, small businesses, and individuals focusing on protection of, and disputes involving, intellectual property rights, including patents, trademarks, and copyrights.  Dr. León provides legal services in the registration, prosecution, and litigation areas. His experience includes general counsel and corporate work for closely held corporations and consortia, sponsoring research and development activities at national laboratories and universities. Dr. León’s practice also includes infringement litigation before the federal courts and federal administrative agencies. Dr. León has negotiated international contracts and licenses, and he routinely handles intellectual property cases for business interests around the world. Dr. León’s practice also focuses on various aspects of sports law, especially the representation of boxing organizations, protection of intellectual property rights, transactional work, and dispute resolution.

Dr. León has acted as a consultant, technical advisor, and expert witness in various science and sports-related cases. Typically, those cases involve interpreting legal and high-technology-related information in various areas of intellectual property law and tort liability dealing with complex scientific and sports issues. Before becoming an attorney, Dr. León taught graduate-level organic chemistry and radiochemistry courses at the University of New Mexico. He also directed and conducted research projects dealing with applications of organic chemistry, biochemistry, and radiochemistry to cancer diagnosis.

Dr. León received his Master’s and Ph.D. in bio-organic chemistry with honors from the University of New Mexico. He also received a Juris Doctor degree cum laude from the University of New Mexico School of Law. Dr. León is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Florida and New Mexico, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in patent matters. 

Throughout his career, Dr. León has served on various science-related committees and boards, including the University of New Mexico Radiation Protection Sub-committee, the Lovelace International Review Board, and the Science and Technology Corporation of the University of New Mexico.  Dr. León served as commissioner and chairman of the New Mexico Athletic Commission for seven years (2004-2011) and has taught both Patent and Trademark Law classes as an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Mexico School Of Law.

In addition to his private law practice, Dr. León is Vice President, Chief Legal Counsel, Board member, and Bout Supervisor for the largest boxing sanctioning body in the world, the World Boxing Council.

Jessy Liddell

Jessy Liddell, CPWA®, CEPA, CTFA

Northern Trust Company
Board Member

Jessy Liddell is a Client Advisor with The Northern Trust Company, Wealth Management division. He is responsible for providing personalized wealth management services for high-net-worth individuals and families. As the lead relationship manager, he ensures each client receives tailored solutions to accomplish both their financial goals and objectives.

He holds over 14 years of experience in the financial and wealth management industries. Prior to joining Northern Trust, Jessy served as an advisor to high-net-worth families and foundations, delivering guidance on subject matters that included portfolio management, tax planning, financial planning, business succession planning, wealth transfer, and estate planning.

He received a Bachelor of Science in Economics as well as Business Management from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He is a Certified Private Wealth Advisor®, Certified Exit Planning Advisor, Certified Trust Financial Advisor, and Certified Wealth Strategist.

He is a member of Nevada’s Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, Southern Nevada Estate Planning Council, Alliance of Mergers and Acquisition Advisors, and the Exit Planning Institute. Jessy also currently serves on the Advisory Board of Cleveland Clinic – Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, and he serves on the Board of Directors for Grant A Gift Autism Foundation.