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SENIOR STAFF & BOARD

Our Executive Team & Board of Directors

Bob Brown
President and CEO
Opportunity Village

 


Opportunity Village has always had a special place in Bob Brown’s heart – his beautiful daughter, Sarah has been served by our organization all of her young adult life, giving him a very unique and powerful perspective on our mission.

 

Combined with the leadership he has provided us over the years as a contributing OV Board Member and Board Chair, Bob's personal commitment underlines this successful and welcome transition to his role as Opportunity Village's President and CEO. "Building new partnerships to benefit others and carefully stewarding the financial resources of OV's long term friends and donors is something I work on everyday -- there's always more that we can do." 

 

Bob and his wife Melinda continue to enjoy raising their four children in Nevada and have strong ties to our community. A graduate of the University of California - Berkeley, Bob has also been honored to serve with the following organizations, elevating and sharing the message of Opportunity Village:

 

Currently:
• Council Member, The National Council of Disability (by Presidential appointment)
• Board Chairman, Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce
• Board of Directors, Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada
• Board of Directors, The Public Education Foundation
• Member, ACCSES

 

Previously:
• Publisher, Las Vegas Review Journal
• Coach, Special Olympics
• Board Member, Special Olympics of Nevada
• Board of Directors, Smith Center for The Performing Arts

 

Contact Bob:  Bob@opportunityvillage.org | Phone: 702-259-3707

 


Ed Guthrie
CEO Emeritus
Opportunity Village

  Ed Guthrie has served as the Executive Director and CEO for Opportunity Village since 1994. In early 2016 he was named CEO Emeritus. 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 a nationally recognized provider of services for people with disabilities.

 

Ed served, for over 10 years on the Board of Directors for SourceAmerica (formerly National Industries for the Severely Handicapped). SourceAmerica is a national organization that works with 550+ community rehabilitation programs to provide jobs on federal contracts to over 110,000 people with severe disabilities through the AbilityOne program. Prior to joining the SourceAmerica 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.

 

The AbilityOne Commission presents the Chairperson's Award for Leadership at the annual  central nonprofit agency (NIB and SourceAmerica) annual conferences. This award recognizes AbilityOne nonprofit agency leaders who consistently meet or surpass the Commission's statutory and regulatory requirements, fulfill its guiding principles for a Quality Work Environment, and exhibit business acumen that leads to increased employment opportunities for the AbilityOne constituency. At the May 2014 SourceAmerica Annual Conference, Ed was the proud recipient of this national award. It was noted during the presentation that “Guthrie has led the agency (Opportunity Village) to become one of the most recognized and respected provider of services for people with disabilities in the United States.”

 

Ed has received commendations and performance excellence awards from a number of organizations including Grassroots Advocacy Awards in 2002, 2004, and 2013 from SourceAmerica (NISH), NCWC Management Excellence award in 2004, and the Nevada State Rehabilitation Council Meritorious Service in 2009. Ed is a strong advocate for services for all people with disabilities nationally and in Nevada. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for ACCSES (formerly the American Congress of Community Supports & Employment Services). ACCSES represents more than 120 partner organizations across the country as the “Voice of Disability Service Providers”. ACCSES works to promote and enhance solutions that maximize employment and living opportunities for people with disabilities.

 

Ed also serves on several committees and work groups throughout the State. He 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. Ed and his wife are the proud grandparents of three beautiful girls and they are happily expecting the addition of two more. He loves hiking, reading, travel and UNLV sports teams.



Linda Smith
Senior Executive Vice President
Opportunity Village

Linda SmithFor more than 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 $300 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

Lisa Manning is Opportunity Village’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO), bringing over 25 years of experience in operations, financial management and business consulting to the organization. Currently, Lisa has responsibilities for budget preparation, internal controls, financial reporting, information technology, benefits administration, Board of Directors 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. Also, Lisa plays tennis competitively in the USTA Nevada and enjoys singing.

 


 

Opportunity Village Foundation Board of Directors

Ken Alber
The PENTA Building Group

W. West Allen
Howard & Howard 

Curt Anderson
Fair Anderson & Langerman

Brent Bell
Whittlesea Bell Transportation

Michael J. Brown
Barrick Gold Corporation

Lance Earl
Holland & Hart LLP

Jeffrey Fine
Fine Properties, LLC

Brad Friedmutter
Friedmutter Group

Garry Goett
Southern Highlands

Rob Goldstein
Las Vegas Sands Corp.

 

John Grant
Sahara Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram

Cherie Guzman
JMA

Shannon McBeath

Lauralyn McCarthy
Scientific Games/WMS

Debra Mele-Blanchard
Wells Fargo Wealth Management

D. Clifford Miller
M.J. Christensen Diamond Centers

Mike Morrissey
Morrissey Insurance Services, Inc.

Scott Nielson
Station Casinos

Mark L. Stark
Berkshire Hathaway

Carol Troesh

Missy Young
Switch

Larry Carter
Desert Auto Group

Jeff Cooper
Bradshaw Smith and Co., LLP

Jeri Crawford
Green Valley Grocery / Crawford Oil

Sheila Delutri
HighTower

Rob Dondero
R&R Partners

John Hester
Southwest Gas Corporation

Thomas A. Thomas
Thomas& Mack Co 

Sherman Joyce 

Ann Hoff
Excalibur Hotel & Casino

Tom Jenkin
Caesar's Entertainment

Annemarie Jones
Fletcher Jones Automotive Group

Bob Maricich
International Market Centers

William Oakley
Bank of Nevada

Tim Poster
Wynn Resorts Limited

Trevor Scherrer
Mirage Hotel and Casino

Harold Sells

Jack Sheehan

Scott Sibella
MGM

Owen Nitz
Nitz, Walton & Heaton, Ltd

Ken Alber
The PENTA Building Group

W. West Allen
Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC

Curt Anderson
Fair Anderson & Langerman

Brent Bell
Whittlesea Bell Transportation

Michael J. Brown
Barrick Gold Corporation

Heidi Canarelli

Lance Earl
Holland & Hart LLP

Jeffrey Fine
Fine Properties, LLC

Brad Friedmutter
Friedmutter Group

Garry Goett
Southern Highlands

Rob Goldstein
Las Vegas Sands Corp.

John Grant
Sahara Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram

Cherie Guzman
JMA

Shannon McBeath

Lauralyn McCarthy
Scientific Games/WMS

Debra Mele-Blanchard
Wells Fargo Wealth Management

Clifford D. Miller
M.J. Christensen Diamond Centers

Mike Morrissey
Morrissey Insurance Services, Inc.

Scott Nielson
Station Casinos

Mark Stark
Berkshire Hathaway

Terri Sturm
Territory Incorporated

Thomas A. Thomas
Thomas & Mack Company
Nevada Financial Center

Carol Troesh

Michael Yackira

Missy Young
Switch

Larry Carter
Desert Auto Group

Jeff Cooper
Bradshaw Smith and Co., LLP

Jeri Crawford
Green Valley Grocery / Crawford Oil

Sheila Delutri
HighTower

Rob Dondero
R&R Partners

Patrick Duffy

Joan Hammer

John Hester
Southwest Gas Corporation

Ann Hoff
Excalibur Hotel & Casino

Tom Jenkin
Caesar's Entertainment

Annemarie Jones
Fletcher Jones Automotive Group

Bob Maricich
International Market Centers

Frank Martin
Martin-Harris Construction

William Oakley

Tim Poster

Reed Radosevich
Northern Trust Bank

Trevor Scherrer
Mirage Hotel and Casino

Harold Sells

Jack Sheehan

Scott Sibella
MGM

Opportunity Village ARC Board of Directors

Jeremy Aguero
Applied Analysis

Patty Aguilar
Tricor Financial Services LTD.

Mark Anderson
Triple Crown Painting

Kevin Bethel
NV Energy

Bobby Bigelow

Michael Bolognini
Cox Communications

Dan Book
Sams Club

Bob Fowler

Jason Frierson

Sarah Guindy
Bank of Nevada

Stephen Hagstette
Freeman

Lee Haney
H & H Enterprises

Anne Hanson
MGM Resorts International

Mike Hengel
Las Vegas Review Journal

Lucy Stewart
LAS Consulting, Inc.

David Strow
Boyd Gaming Corporation

John V. White
UNLV

Narine Yenovkian
Credit One Bank

Don Burnette
Clark County

John Cannito
Penta Building Group, Inc., The

Barbara Cegavske
State of Nevada

Lauri Collins

Ted Dake
U.S. Trust

Mark Dunn
Aristocrat Technologies, Inc.

Vincent Eckelkamp
Eckelkamp Retirement Planning

John Hickman
Frias Management

Kimberly Maxson Rushton
Cooper Levenson

Terri Peck
KVVU Fox 5

Carl Rowe
Clarity Advisors to Management

Hugh Sinnock
Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority

Ronnie Sloan
Fair Anderson & Langerman

Michael Spainhour

Jeremy Aguero
Applied Analysis

Patty Aguilar
Tricor Financial Services LTD.

Mark Anderson
Triple Crown Painting

Kevin Bethel
NV Energy

Bobby Bigelow

Michael Bolognini
Cox Communications

Dan Book
Sams Club

Bob Fowler

Sarah Guindy
Bank of Nevada

Gerald Gardner

Bob Glaser 

Lee Haney
H & H Enterprises

Anne Hanson
MGM Resorts International

Mike Hengel
Las Vegas Review Journal

Allen Lind

Erin Morrisey 

Reed Radosevich 

Lucy Stewart
LAS Consulting, Inc.

David Strow
Boyd Gaming Corporation

John V. White
UNLV

Narine Yenovkian
Credit One Bank

Don Burnette
Clark County

John Cannito
Penta Building Group, Inc., The

Barbara Cegavske
State of Nevada

Lauri Collins

Ted Dake
U.S. Trust

Mark Dunn
Aristocrat Technologies, Inc.

Vincent Eckelkamp
Eckelkamp Retirement Planning

Blake Segal 


Kimberly Maxson Rushton
Cooper Levenson

Terri Peck
KVVU Fox 5

Carl Rowe
Clarity Advisors to Management

Hugh Sinnock
Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority

Ronnie Sloan
Fair Anderson & Langerman

Michael Spainhour

Advisory & Honorary Board of Directors

Advisory
Larry Brown
Jerilyn Clayton
Dick Foster
Ed Jameson
Bob McDonald
Kitty Rodman
Rob Roy
Larry Scheffler
Mike Schneider
Tom Schoeman
John Wasserburger
Lawrence Weekly
Honorary
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
Advisory
Larry Brown
Jerilyn Clayton
Dick Foster
Ed Jameson
Bob McDonald
Kitty Rodman
Rob Roy
Larry Scheffler
Mike Schneider
Tom Schoeman
John Wasserburger
Lawrence Weekly
Honorary
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