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SENIOR STAFF & BOARD

Opportunity Village Executive Team & Board of Directors

Bob Brown, President and CEO

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

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.

Lisa Manning, Chief Financial Officer

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.

Steve Chartrand, Chief Operations Officer

For twenty-one years, as President and CEO of Goodwill of Southern Nevada, Inc. Steve Chartrand was responsible for leading the Goodwill organization from the brink of elimination to become one of the most dynamic human service organizations in southern Nevada.  The purpose of Goodwill of Southern Nevada, Inc. is to enable southern Nevada citizens with barriers to employment to start new careers and lives of independence and to create sustainable jobs within Goodwill. 

With Steve’s vision, Goodwill increased its’ annual revenue from $800,000 in 1996 to $38,370,000 in 2016, performing in the top 30% of the national market.  Through the social enterprise business model, Steve created 1,000 new sustainable positions.  Over 22,000 people were placed into jobs generating over $4.5 billion in wages through workforce development services.

A culture of innovation marks Steve’s career: development of numerous promotion based customer programs, online auctions and recruiting systems. 

With more than 30 years of experience with Goodwill, prior to joining the Goodwill in southern Nevada, Steve served as a Vice President of Operations for Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Inc. (Nashville) where he was responsible for the provision of leadership to the Retail Operations, Donated Goods Processing and Contract Services Departments.

Steve earned his bachelors degree in Vocational Rehabilitation from the University of Memphis, and earned his masters degree in Business Administration from Tennessee State University.  He is a founding Board Member of the Spread the Word Nevada Kids to Kids, an organization dedicated to promoting literacy for at-risk youth in southern Nevada.  Steve also served on the boards of the US Vets Las Vegas, Jobs for America’s Graduates Nevada and the Leadership Council of Downtown Achieves.  Steve is the past Chair of the Nonprofit CEO Advisory Council.  Steve is a graduate of the 2014 Leadership Las Vegas class and a Vistage member since 2012.

Steve and his wife, Paola, enjoy living in southern Nevada.  Steve has two grown children, Anna and Nick.  Anna is a Doctor of Physical Therapy in Las Vegas.  Nick has a BA degree in Film and Television Production from Loyola Marymount University in L.A. and currently is working for a video editing company in LA.  Paola has one grown son, Andres, who recently graduated with a masters from MIT

Grace Gamsky, Vice President of Human Resources

Grace Gamsky is Opportunity Village’s Vice President of Human Resources.  Grace leads a talented team of HR and Volunteer professionals who oversee the stewardship and development of OV’s vibrant community of staff and volunteers. 

By tying organizational goals to staff activities, Grace and her team promote programs that drive outstanding business and individual results.  The OV Way is to take a holistic approach to employee engagement with the belief that our people are the key to creating an exceptional work environment. Build programs that showcase the talents and gifts of all, and rewarding them with more choices over their development is a win-win for team members and the organization.

Grace is an active leader in the local and national chapters of SHRM (Society of Human Resources Management).  She currently serves on the Southern Nevada SHRM Board as its Diversity & Inclusion Chair. Grace has held the SPHR (Senior Professional Human Resources) designation since 2001 and holds the new SHRM Senior Certified Professional designation.  Grace also serves to advance the HR profession as a popular adjunct instructor in Human Resources at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Adam K. Joseph, Vice President of Philanthropy

Adam K. Joseph is Opportunity Village’s Vice President of Philanthropy.  Reporting to CEO and President, Bob Brown, Adam along with his dedicated team has oversight for all fundraising, which includes capital campaigns, giving programs, grants, and events.

Adam is a results oriented, cross-functional senior executive with 20+ years of expertise in scaling organizations through strategically focused leadership, direction, and profitability.  In his previous role he was a CFO for a family office, which has investments in the areas of technology and hospitality. He is a disciplined and motivated leader who excels in leveraging high-performing teams and relationships at all levels.  

Adam has returned to Las Vegas where he spent 14 years in the Valley, 12 years of which as the founder and President of a locally based company providing sales, marketing and development in the area of hospitality.  He is a graduate of the Conrad N. Hilton College at the University of Houston.  Adam is honored to be an integral part of Opportunity Village helping it to foster lasting partnerships in Southern Nevada and beyond.  More importantly, he is committed and focused on creating a path forward for the future.

 

Opportunity Village Foundation Board of Directors

Ken Alber
PENTA Building Group

W. West Allen
Howard & Howard

Curt Anderson
Fair Anderson & Langerman
Brent Bell
Whittlesea Bell Transportation
Michael Brown
Barrick Gold Corporation
Larry Carter
Desert Auto Group
Lauri Collins Jeff Cooper
Bradshaw Smith and Co., LLP
Jeri Crawford
Green Valley Grocery / Crawford Oil
Sheila Delutri
HighTower
Rob Dondero
R&R Partners
Lance Earl
Holland & Hart LLP
Jeffrey Fine
Fine Properties, LLC
Brad Friedmutter
Friedmutter Group
Garry Goett
Olympia Group
Rob Goldstein
Las Vegas Sands Corp.
John Grant
Sahara Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram
Cherie Guzman Ann Hoff
Excalibur Hotel & Casino
Tom Jenkin
Caesars Entertainment
Annemarie Jones
Fletcher Jones Automotive Group
Bob Maricich
International Market Centers

 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
Owen Nitz
Nitz, Walton & Heaton, Ltd
William Oakley
Bank of Nevada
Tim Poster
Wynn Resorts Limited
Trevor Scherrer
Mirage Hotel and Casino
Joyce Sherman
Destinations by Design
Scott Sibella
MGM
Mark Stark
Berkshire Hathaway
Thomas A. Thomas
Thomas & Mack Company
Carol Troesh
Missy Young
Switch


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
Michael Bolognini
Cox Communications
Dan Book
Sam's Club
Don Burnette
Clark County
John Cannito
PENTA Building Group
Barbara Cegavske
State of Nevada
Ted Dake
US Trust Bank of America
Mark Dunn
Aristocrat Technologies, Inc.
Vincent Eckelkamp
Eckelkamp Retirement Planning
Bob Fowler Gerald Gardner
Resorts World Las Vegas
Bob Glaser
BNY Mellon Wealth Management
Sarah Guindy
Bank of Nevada
Lee Haney
H&H Enterprises
Anne Hanson
MGM Resorts International
Allen Lind
Freeman
Kimberly Maxson Rushton
Cooper Levenson
Erin Morrissey
Morrissey Insurance Services, Inc.
Matthew Mullin
Berkshire Hathaway
Terri Peck
KVVU Fox 5
Reed Radosevich
Northern Trust Bank
Carl Rowe
Clarity Advisors to Management
Blake Segal
Caesars Entertainment
Gregory Sholeff
Davita-Healthcare Partners
Hugh Sinnock
Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
Ronnie Sloan
Fair Anderson & Langerman
Michael Spainhour
Luzich Partners LLC
Lucy Stewart
LAS Consulting
David Strow
Boyd Gaming Corporation
John White
William S. Boyd School of Law
Narine Yenovkian
Credit One Bank

 
Advisory & Honorary Board of Directors

Advisory Honorary
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