SENIOR STAFF & BOARD
Opportunity Village Executive Team & Board of Directors
Bob Brown, President and CEO
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:
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
W. West Allen
Fair Anderson & Langerman
Whittlesea Bell Transportation
Barrick Gold Corporation
Desert Auto Group
|Lauri Collins||Jeff Cooper
Bradshaw Smith and Co., LLP
Green Valley Grocery / Crawford Oil
Holland & Hart LLP
Fine Properties, LLC
Las Vegas Sands Corp.
|Cherie Guzman||Ann Hoff
Excalibur Hotel & Casino
Fletcher Jones Automotive Group
International Market Centers
Wells Fargo Wealth Management
|D. Clifford Miller
M.J. Christensen Diamond Centers
Morrissey Insurance Services, Inc.
Nitz, Walton & Heaton, Ltd
Bank of Nevada
Wynn Resorts Limited
Mirage Hotel and Casino
Destinations by Design
|Thomas A. Thomas
Thomas & Mack Company
Opportunity Village ARC Board of Directors
Tricor Financial Services LTD.
Triple Crown Painting
PENTA Building Group
State of Nevada
US Trust Bank of America
Aristocrat Technologies, Inc.
Eckelkamp Retirement Planning
|Bob Fowler||Gerald Gardner
Resorts World Las Vegas
BNY Mellon Wealth Management
Bank of Nevada
MGM Resorts International
|Kimberly Maxson Rushton
Morrissey Insurance Services, Inc.
KVVU Fox 5
Northern Trust Bank
Clarity Advisors to Management
Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
Fair Anderson & Langerman
Luzich Partners LLC
Boyd Gaming Corporation
William S. Boyd School of Law
Credit One Bank
Advisory & Honorary Board of Directors
Michael Gaughan, Sr
Lacy & Dorothy Harber
E. Parry Thomas