Opportunity Village Senior Staff & Board

Executive Staff

Edward R. Guthrie
Executive Director, Opportunity Village

Guthrie has served as the Executive Director for Opportunity Village since 1994. Prior to coming to Opportunity Village, Ed served as the Executive Director of similar organizations in upstate New York and Maryland for almost twenty years. Under his leadership, Opportunity Village has grown to become one of the top 5 custodial firms in southern Nevada. Opportunity Village serves 400,000 meals each year to the servicemen at Nellis AFB, and owns the 2nd largest document destruction firm in Las Vegas. Opportunity Village has also developed a number of leading edge rehabilitation programs during the last fourteen years, including the Job Discovery program (a school-to-work transition program), the P.R.I.D.E. program (a therapeutic day treatment program for people with severe intellectual & physical disabilities) and a down-payment assistance program to assist people with disabilities to purchase their own homes.

Ed served, for over 10 years on the Board of Directors for NISH (formerly National Industries for the Severely Handicapped). NISH is a national organization that works with 550+ community rehabilitation programs to provide jobs on federal contracts to over 40,000 people with severe disabilities through the AbilityOne program. Prior to joining the NISH Board, Ed was the Western Region representative of the National Council of Work Centers and represented the 100+ community rehabilitation programs in Nevada, California, Hawaii, Arizona, and Utah for six years.

Ed is a strong advocate for services for all people with disabilities in Nevada. He was successful in spearheading the passage of a new “state use” bill, similar to Abilityone, that has dramatically expanded employment opportunities for people with severe disabilities on service contracts with state and local government agencies. Governor Guinn appointed Ed to the Nevada Governor’s Council for Rehabilitation and Employment of People with Disabilities. Ed was also appointed Chair of the Nevada Rates Task Force, which was tasked, by the Governor and the Legislature, with performing a thorough review of all rates paid for health and human services by the State and any political subdivisions. Due in large part to Ed’s efforts, the Governor proposed, and the Legislature passed a rate increase of 7% in FY-2004 and 8% in FY-2005 for all community rehabilitation programs and residential providers.

Ed has previously served as the Chairman of the Older Americans/Disabilities Transportation Advisory Committee for the Southern Nevada Regional Transportation Commission (RTC), which advises the RTC on the transportation needs of people with disabilities and seniors. He has helped the RTC revise and improve the eligibility process for paratransit services and has assisted the RTC in developing an alternative to paratransit for people attending community rehabilitation programs. Because of his efforts, thousands of people with severe disabilities can access public transportation and are no longer prisoners in their own homes.

Currently, Ed serves on the Interagency Transition Advisory Board for the State of Nevada and was a member of the Nevada Special Needs Affordable Housing Task Force. He is also on the Nevada Community Health Charities Board, and is a member of Las Vegas Southwest Rotary, and a graduate of Leadership Las Vegas, Class of 1998.Ed met his wife, Sheral, at the Mardi Gras in New Orleans in 1973. They have a son, Jesse, who graduated UNLV and a daughter, Erin, who graduated from the University of Nevada – Reno. He loves hiking, reading, travel and UNLV sports teams.

Linda Smith
Chief Development Officer
Foundation Associate Executive Director
Opportunity Village

For more 30 years, Linda Smith has revolutionized the principles of non-profit fundraising, community relations and event management in Las Vegas, Nevada. As a fundraising specialist for Opportunity Village, now Nevada’s largest organization for people with intellectual disabilities, she has gained an international reputation as an innovative leader, public speaker, and most of all, a humanitarian.

Linda has been a major force at Opportunity Village in planning and developing fundraising strategies, most notably the privately-funded, multi-million dollar capital campaigns to build the Opportunity Village campuses and training centers that have served thousands of disabled people. To date, Linda has raised more than $100 million dollars for Opportunity Village. During her career, she has originated and organized hundreds of innovative events to inform and educate the public. Linda is a willing mentor to non for profits in need of advice locally, nationally and internationally.
The Opportunity Village Resource Development Department, overseen by Linda, generates millions of dollars annually for programs through special events and annual giving programs she has largely pioneered. Career highlights as a fundraiser and administrator are numerous and impressive, and include:

  • A five-year effort by Linda to involve superstar vocalist Celine Dion in the Opportunity Village mission, culminating in Ms. Dion’s selection of Opportunity Village as her charity of choice in Las Vegas, and in her performance at a benefit concert on the Las Vegas Strip.
  • Creation of the Christopher Smith Endowment for Social Recreation and the Arts, through which people with profound intellectual disabilities have access to programs to enhance their physical and artistic abilities and their self-esteem.
  • Capital campaigns and Endowment Campaigns totaling more than $100 million.

Other achievements and innovations include the annual star-studded Concert of Love on the Las Vegas Strip, which has generated millions of dollars; the Great Santa Run a record breaking event featuring thousands of runners in Santa garb and the Magical Forest outdoor holiday spectacular, which grosses more than $1,500,000.00 annually; and the initiation and development of the Opportunity Village Foundation, which governs a multi-million dollar endowment.

Active in various professional associations, Linda was named “Fundraising Executive of the Year” by the National Society of Fundraising Executives, of which she is a charter member. She received the Woman of Achievement Award from the Las Vegas Chamber. She recently received Best Buddies Super hero Award.

Lisa Manning
Chief Financial Officer
Opportunity Village

Lisa Manning recently joined Opportunity Village as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) bringing over 25 years of experience in operations, financial management and business consulting to OV. Currently, Lisa has responsibilities for budget preparation, internal controls, financial reporting, information technology, benefits administration, Board of Director presentations, contract administration, cash management, risk analysis, and a variety of other financial and general management areas.
Lisa has served the Las Vegas community as a business and financial consultant since 1997 in both commercial and nonprofit sectors across a variety of industries ranging from construction and real estate to medical. Lisa comes to us from the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health where she served six years as the Chief Operations Officer. Lisa has been a licensed CPA since 1992 with a degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Downtown Las Vegas Alliance. Lisa plays tennis competitively in the Nevada Tennis Associate and enjoys singing.

Bob Brown

President of The Opportunity Village Foundation
Opportunity Village

Bob Brown

 Bob Brown is the President of Opportunity Village Foundation.  He is the former Publisher of Las Vegas Review Journal, and is a graduate of UC Berkley where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Rhetoric.  He has been married to his wife, Melinda, for 25 years. Together they have four children.  Bob serves on the Board of Directors for several non-profits and is committed to making the state of Nevada a better place to live and grow.


Mauro Lara
Associate Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer
Opportunity Village


Mauro is the Associate Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer of Opportunity Village.  He has over 25 years of business experience in operations and just over 12 years of experience serving people with intellectual disabilities.  He obtained his education at University of Southern California, and graduated from the Small Business Development Program at Dartmouth College.  Mauro was born and raised in Mexico City, and lives in Las Vegas with his wife, Sylvia.  He is an avid college sports follower and in his free time loves to cook for family gatherings.



Board Members Opportunity Village Foundation Board of Directors

Jeff Cooper – Chairperson
Mark Stark – 1st Vice Chairperson
Bill Oakley – 2nd Vice Chairperson
Annemarie Jones – Secretary
Missy Young – Treasurer
Lance Earl – Past Chairperson
Curt Anderson
West Allen
Brent Bell
Michael Brown
Heidi Canarelli
Larry Carter
Jeff Cooper
Jeri Crawford
Sheila Delutri
Rob Dondero
Patrick Duffy
Lance Earl
Jeffrey Fine
Brad Freidmutter
Gary Goett
Rob Goldstein
Cherie Guzman
Joan Hammer
Ann Hoff
Tom Jenkin
Ann Marie Jones
Nathan Jones
Frank Martin
Shannon McBeath
Lauralyn McCarthy
Deb Mele-Blanchard
D. Clifford Miller
Mike Morrissey
Scott Nielsen
William Oakley
Tim Poster
Reed Radosevich
Trevor Scherrer
Harold Sells
Jack Sheehan
Scott Sibella
Michael W. Spainhour
Mark Stark
Terri Sturm
Thomas A. Thomas
Carol Troesh
Missy Young

Opportunity Village ARC Board of Directors

Terri Peck– Chairperson
Jeremy Aguero – 1st Vice
Steve Hagstette – 2nd Vice Chairman
Laurie Collins – Secretary
Mark Dunn – Treasurer
Carl Rowe – Immediate Past Chairperson
Jeremy Aguero
Patty Aguilar
Mark Anderson
Kevin Bethel
Bobby Bigelow
Michael Bolognini
Dan Book
Eve Breier Ed. D
John Cannito
Barbara Cegavske
Lauri Collins
Terry Cottle
Mark R. Dunn, Esq.
Vincent Eckelkamp
Bob Fowler

Jason Frierson
Sarah Guindy
Lee Haney
Steve Hagstette
Anne Hanson
Kimberly Maxson Rushton
Greg McCurdy
Matt Mullin
Terri Peck
Carl Rowe
Carlos Silva
Hugh Sinnock
Ronnie Sloan
Lucy Stewart
John White

Advisory Board Directors

Larry Brown
Jerilyn Clayton
Dick Foster
Ed Jameson
Bob McDonald
Kitty Rodman
Rob Roy
Larry Scheffler
Mike Schneider
Tom Schoeman
John Wasserburger
Lawrence Weekly
Paul Anka
Michael Gaughan, Sr
Lloyd George
Lacy & Dorothy Harber
Penn Jillette
Jan Jones
Robin Leach
Paul Lowden
Wayne Newton
Tony Orlando
Sig Rogich
Glenn Smith
E. Parry Thomas
Bill Walters
Stephen Wynn


Benefits for the
people we serve
With programs that provide marketable job skills and long term work experience, Opportunity Village enriches the lives of people with disabilities. read more
Benefits for the community
Opportunity Village reduces the demand for Public Services for people with disabilities through charitable donations and by the work-related activities of those individuals. read more
Our senior staff & board
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Message from our director
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