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Foundation Fellows

Companies have long understood that people seek meaning in their work, a concept that resonates more today than ever before. An employee who believes in the work and the organization is an inspired, Foundation Fellows

Foundation Fellows are civic leaders in Nevada who are working to improve our community on many fronts, who have agreed to share their expertise with Nevada Community Foundation and our donors in an informal capacity, allowing us to access real-time expertise at donors’ fingertips.

The selection process involves recommendations by community experts based on civic leadership and are expertise, vetted by Nevada Community Foundation staff.

 

Thank you to the Fellows for your leadership and service! We are honored to have you on board.

Patrick Bozarth

Community Counseling Center
Mental Health

Patrick Bozarth serves as the Executive Director of Community Counseling Center of Southern Nevada, and is also a mental health and substance abuse treatment counselor. Patrick earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University, Los Angeles and was awarded the distinguished honor of being the first-ever graduate to earn a specialization degree in the field of LGBT psychology and counseling, in addition to being the first recipient of the Sandra L. Golvin Memorial Scholarship for LGBT affirmative psychology. 

Over the past several years, he has gained extensive clinical experience working with a wide range of populations in outpatient and in-home care, case management and group counseling. Patrick currently serves as a member of the Ryan White Executive Planning Council and the SAPTA Advisory Board. In 2015, he launched the Nellie Bly Leadership Society, a first of its kind initiative focused on increasing awareness of mental health care in Nevada through education and advocacy. 

Shalimar T. Cabrera

U.S. VETS – Las Vegas
Veterans

Since 2008, Shalimar T. Cabrera has served as the Executive Director for the Las Vegas sites of United States Veterans Initiative (U.S.VETS), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the successful transition of military veterans and their families. She manages a multi-million dollar budget and supervises a large team of more than 50 staff, plus intern students, who provide housing, employment, and other support services in two residential facilities for more than 300 individual veterans, plus one veteran service center and scattered site programs in Las Vegas to assist more than 500 veteran households annually. 

Shalimar is also the Chairperson of the Las Vegas Veterans Stand Down, coordinating outcome-driven services to meet the needs of hundreds of veterans each year.  She also currently serves as the Co-Chair for the Southern Nevada Homeless Continuum of Care Board.  Shalimar holds a bachelor’s degree in biology, and a master’s degree in social work, with a concentration on management and community practice, from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Arash Ghafoori


Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth
Homelessness

Arash Ghafoori is the Executive Director of the Nevada Partnership for

Homeless Youth (NPHY), Southern Nevada’s most comprehensive service

provider for homeless youth. Since assuming the post in 2012, Arash has led an agency-wide overhaul and rejuvenation, growing NPHY into a more effective, efficient, and sustainable direct service provider, while turning NPHY into a community leader on issues affecting Southern Nevada’s most vulnerable population.  

Arash is active in the national and local movements to end youth homelessness, serving in leadership roles on the Southern Nevada Homelessness Continuum of Care Board, National Safe Place Advisory Board, and a variety of local and national committees and working groups.      

Arash holds a joint bachelor’s degree in international relations and political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree in economics from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.         

He was honored in 2014 as a “40 Under 40” business trailblazer by Vegas Inc. and received the 2016 Executive Leadership Award from National Safe Place and the Green Chips Sustainable Leadership Award for 2017.

Liz Ortenburger

SafeNest
Women’s Rights & Domestic Violence

Liz Ortenburger has been fighting for the rights of women and youth during the past 20 years. In nationwide organizations such as Girl Scouts and the YMCA, Liz worked diligently to ensure all youth had the opportunity to thrive through experiences that helped them realize their full potential. In her current position as the CEO for SafeNest, Liz employs her energy and passion for domestic violence victims and their children as she leads staff and volunteers, ensuring every survivor can see their path from crisis to confidence. Liz earned her MBA at IESE, a top globally-ranked business school in Barcelona, Spain, and her bachelor’s degree in business administration at California State University, Fresno. 

A nationally ranked track and field athlete in the 5,000 and 10,000 meter races, Liz earned academic honors and an athletic scholarship. Today, working to end the domestic violence epidemic in Clark County and raising two happy, healthy children are Liz’s main focuses.

Dana Serrata

Helping Hands of Vegas Valley
Senior Citizens

Since March 2009, Dana Serrata has served as the Executive Director for Helping Hands of Vegas Valley, a local nonprofit organization began in 2000 that provides no-cost services to low-income and frail elderly in the Las Vegas Valley. 

From 2011-2017 she also served as the chair of the board of directors for the statewide Alliance for Nevada Nonprofits. In 2017 she was appointed to the Governor’s Council on Food Security and participated in the gap analysis task force on senior hunger in Nevada.

From 2007-2017 she taught courses in the Bachelor of Human Services program at University of Phoenix and held the position of lead faculty/area chair for two years in the College of Social Sciences. Dana is also a Master Trainer for the Mental Health Facilitator Program of the National Board for Counseling Certification-International, and teaches courses in the continuing education nonprofit management certificate program at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 

As the statewide reentry coordinator at the Nevada Department of Corrections, Dana developed and implemented the nationally recognized “Going Home Prepared” program for offenders being released from state prisons. For this work she was honored with the “Peacemaker of the Year” award in 2004 from the Mediators of Southern Nevada. 

She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Texas at Brownsville in 1996 and her master’s degree in organizational psychology from Capella University in 2002. She is a 2003 graduate of the Leadership Las Vegas Program and has lived in Las Vegas since 1997.

Davida Sims

Consultant
Education

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Sherri Vogel
, Esq.

Southern Nevada Senior Law Center
Senior Citizens and Law

Sherri Cane (“Sugar”) Vogel is the Executive Director of the Southern Nevada Senior Law Program, an organization that delivers free legal services to Clark County residents who are 60 and older. SNSLP serves 2,000 clients in the areas of estate planning and probate, long-term health care, prevention of elder abuse and elder law rights. Sherri served as Chair of the State of Nevada Elder Abuse Task Force from 2006-2012. She has received degrees from the University of Sheffield, in England, the University of Michigan, and Oxford University, as well as a law degree from Detroit College of Law.

Myesha Wilson

Olive Crest
Foster Care & Youth Services

Myesha Wilson is a businesswoman whose career has focused on caring for young people in need of emotional and behavioral therapy and support. 

She currently serves as the Executive Director of Olive Crest. She is responsible for all of the day-to-day operations of the organization, which serves abused, neglected and homeless children and young adults. 

She previously served as the Executive Director at St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, where she successfully reduced turnover among directors from 98% to less than 20%, maintained cost savings of $400,000 by restructuring redundant programs, and implemented two new programs that received federal funding for three years.

She worked at the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center, providing care and psychological assessments of the many children in need. She also worked for the State of Nevada as a social worker and later as a psychiatric caseworker. At Girls and Boys Town, Myesha was hired as a youth care worker and rose through the ranks to become the acting program director.

She also founded a behavioral health services consulting company that provided counseling for children in foster homes. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in special education with an emphasis in emotional disturbances at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Jeff Detrick

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Veterans

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Christina Vela, MPA

Christina Vela has more than 20 years of professional and progressive human and social service experience that includes developing and administering foster care, homeless and supportive services to children, youth, transition age-youth and their families. She has worked as a Manager for the Clark County Department of Family Services, Social Services Program Specialist for the State of Nevada and a Program Specialist for the Federal Administration for Children and Families-Children’s Bureau in Washington, D.C.  Christina also has worked for nonprofits, including Chief Program Officer for St. Jude’s Ranch for Children and Coordinator for the State of Nevada Coalition to Prevent the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children. 

Most recently Christina has returned to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children as Executive Director.

Christina holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and is a proud alumnus of Emerge Nevada, Leadership Las Vegas Class of 2013, Jameson Fellows and Clark County Leadership Academy.  Additionally, Christina was formerly a member of the Board of Trustees for the CASA Foundation of Las Vegas and former Board President for Southern Nevada Children First.  Recently Christina was recognized by Vegas Inc. for 2018 Women to Watch.