Kirsten DiNicola, Secretary
Trainer in Child Welfare, Department of Family Services, Clark County
Kirsten relocated to Las Vegas in 2008, where she began working at the Department of Family Services. She is from the East Coast had previously worked in Vermont and Massachusetts in both nonprofit and government sectors of child welfare. There isn’t a day that goes by where she doesn’t miss New England winters!
Kirsten is a Trainer in child welfare at the Department of Family Services, Clark County. From the start, Kirsten’s career has been in public service, serving children and families. She believes that all children deserve to have a voice, the care and protection that keep them safe and to have a quality education. She has seen work through community service make that happen. She holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, a Certificate in Public Management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and is currently working on a Master in Public Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Along with her value for child welfare, she has an added passion to ensure that professionals working public service are able to bring quality to those they serve, by receiving the support and encouragement from their organizations and the leaders who run them. She would like to see the presence and impact of nonprofit work in Clark County grow through strong leadership in the community and believes it is organizations like YNPN that can make it happen. In her free time, she volunteers for the CASA Foundation in Las Vegas, can be found camping in CA or UT, likes to hike, dabbles in climbing and enjoys playing with her dog, Lewis.
Associate Development Director, Andson
Shauna currently serves as the Associate Development Director for Andson, working to fundraise and build productive partnerships to support the organization in achieving its mission. Prior to working for Andson, Shauna served as a Graduate Assistant at the Nonprofit, Community, and Leadership Initiative of UNLV. In this position, Shauna provided nonprofit consultation to support development and collaboration among nonprofit organizations in Southern Nevada. She also served in the role of Executive Director for Grantwell. Prior to working for UNLV, Shauna worked in Corporate Philanthropy and Community Engagement for MGM Resorts International. As a member of the Corporate Philanthropy team, Shauna was responsible for creating and implementing corporate employee engagement programs which educated the company’s 64,000 employees on community needs and connected them with avenues to take action. Shauna holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from California State University, Chico and a Masters of Public Administration Degree and Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Patricia Haddad, Vice-Chair
Research Assistant, Nevada Institute for Children's Research and Policy
Patricia Haddad, a self proclaimed Las Vegas native, spent much of her adolescence volunteering for various organizations in the Valley, discovering a passion for human services and non-profit work. Patricia has been working with Prevent Child Abuse Nevada and the Nevada Institute for Children's Research and Policy since 2014 and is responsible for developing community partnerships, outreach, program development and implementation, as well as research and evaluation of related efforts. Patricia received a bachelor's degree in Sociology in 2015 and is currently completing a Masters of Education in Special Education, with an emphasis in children with emotional and behavioral disorders. In her free time she enjoys biking, taking road trips to obscure towns in the southwest, and hanging out with her totally awesome dog, Thomas.
Community Development Advocate, Nevada Legal Services
Born and raised in Las Vegas, Crislove has an understanding of the city’s integral issues, compassion and dedication to impact her hometown. After graduating Magna Cum Laude with B.S. in Political Science and International Relations, she taught with CCSD developing a desire for leading and motivating others. Crislove obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the William S. Boyd School of Law receiving the distinction of Highest Pro Bono Honors upon graduation for her work in the legal community. She gained experience in Federal Court working on appeals and mediation, and interned with Nevada Systems of Higher Education’s Legal Counsel interpreting provisions, contracts and assisting the Board of Regents. In Senator Harry Reid's office she assisted with rural development, energy, immigration, education & diversity initiatives. She continued volunteering as an educational surrogate parent advocating for foster children through LACSN and secured reasonable accommodations for students with special needs in the Educational Advocacy Clinic. She furthered her efforts teaching landlord/tenet classes with Nevada Legal Services (NLS) and doing research, court observations, data collection and grant writing for collateral consequences and domestic violence issues. As vice president of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA), Crislove was named the 2014-2015 Sister in Service for Mentorship and Leadership for the Western Region and with her peers won National Chapter of the Year. She’s served on boards for the Public Interest Law Association, Children's Advocacy Law Association and liaison to the Nevada Supreme Court's Access to Justice Commission learning about board governance, operation management, strategic planning, development and outreach. At NLS Crislove assists nonprofits, resident councils entrepreneurs and small business to strengthen the infrastructure of low-income communities fostering grassroots economic development in Nevada.
Daigo Ishikawa, Treasurer
Real Estate Development Associate, Nevada HAND
Born in New York City and raised in New Jersey, Daigo Ishikawa works as a Real Estate Development Associate at Nevada HAND, Nevada's largest non-profit affordable housing provider, to work in real estate development. His responsibilities extend beyond real estate development as he frequently participates in community events and professional associations, such as the Downtown Las Vegas Alliance and the Urban Land Institute.
Daigo received his B.S. in Finance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Following his undergraduate studies, he returned to the east coast to work at Macy's, Inc. in corporate finance. After a period of self-reflection, Daigo decided to fulfill his dual passions of living abroad and urban planning by moving to Australia to pursue a master's degree. Daigo received his Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Melbourne in 2012.
Health Educator and Outreach Coordinator, Nevada Senior Services
Riley Kelley currently works as the Health Educator and Outreach Coordinator for Nevada Senior Services’ Care Partner Institute. Prior to Nevada Senior Services, Riley earned her BA in Fine Art with a concentration in Graphic Design from the University of Nevada Las Vegas while working for Clark County Parks & Recreation, and the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority. While working as the Director of Programming for the Goodie Two Shoes Foundation, Riley returned to UNLV to complete her Master’s degree in Public Administration with a focus on Nonprofit Management. A strong advocate for volunteerism and social service, Riley has dedicated her career to the nonprofit sector and enjoys making a positive impact in her hometown of Las Vegas.
Riley continues to utilize her degree in Graphic Design and has been responsible for work on several projects, including the branding for The Beerd Company™, a company she co-founded and for which she serves as Chief Brand Officer. In her spare time she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and miniature dachshund, Sesame.
Rae Lathrop, Past Chair
Manager Regional Planning, Regional Transportation of Southern Nevada
After earning both her B.A. in Environmental Science and an M.A. in Energy and Environmental Analysis from Boston University, Rae Lathrop returned to Nevada to volunteer as an AmeriCorps VISTA. This one year assignment placed Rae at UNLV to create connections between the University and Las Vegas’ nonprofit community to match students to volunteer opportunities. After her term, Rae worked for an environmental nonprofit, where, within her 4 year tenure, she served as Associate Director overseeing all programs, convening stakeholder groups, facilitating organizational planning, and managing operations. In March, 2016, Rae joined the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada to manage the Southern Nevada Strong Regional Plan and team. She joins this office with an enthusiasm to make positive change within the Las Vegas Valley and to integrate the ideas of community improvement with urban planning. She believes in the vibrancy of Southern Nevada and is committed to inspiring a sense of “home” for both long-term and newly-arrived residents of the community.Throughout her career, Rae has maintained an active community role by serving on multiple nonprofit boards, which includes being a founding board member of the Southern Nevada Chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network.
Program Manager, Three Square Food Bank
Born and raised in Las Vegas, Andrea is very proud to call this city home! She received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Nevada State College and is currently working as Program Manager at Three Square Food Bank. There she has the pleasure of working with Childhood and Senior nutrition programs, feeding children and seniors throughout the southern half of Nevada. Before Three Square, Andrea spent three years teaching preschool and credits those years as inspiration to always look at life through the eyes of a child and embrace all the beauty it has to offer. Andrea has spent many years volunteering with various organizations around town, such as United Way of Southern Nevada, Project Homeless Connect, and S.A.F.E. House. She is also an active member of the Junior League of Las Vegas and enjoys all of the camaraderie, volunteering and experiences that come with it.
Andrea is an avid traveler and very much enjoys exploring new places! She enjoys painting and being outdoors, although her favorite place to be is sitting at a local coffee shop. You’ll most likely find Andrea with a cup of coffee and book in hand!
Bio coming soon!
Jacob Murdock, Chair
Volunteer Program Manager, The Mob Museum
Jacob Murdock currently works as the Volunteer Program Manager at the Mob Museum. His major tasks include managing and expanding the volunteer program, and developing an internship program to help the Museum meet its mission. Previous to The Mob Museum, Jacob worked as Community Engagement Manager at United Way of Southern Nevada. In this role he managed the AmeriCorps VISTA program, the Volunteer Center website and coordinated large scale service projects. Previous to working with UWSN, Jacob coordinated community service and service-learning at UNLV and advised student government at the University of Arkansas. Born and raised in Colorado, Jacob earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and he earned his M.Ed in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Arkansas. With a passion for teaching, he also is an Adjunct Faculty member in the Advanced Teaching and Leadership (M.Ed.) program at Sierra Nevada College.
Social Enterprise Manager, Spread the Word Nevada
Keri Moore, a Pittsburgh, PA native (Go Pens!), moved to Las Vegas in 2013 to continue her career as a Metro Marketing Leader for Whole Foods Market. She collaborated with several local organizations such as Green Our Planet, Boys and Girls Club of Southern Nevada, The Shade Tree, Andson Foundation, Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada, and others over the course of 3 years. After building these relations throughout Southern Nevada’s nonprofit groups, Keri knew that she wanted to be more involved in creating positive change within the local community. She chose to leave the corporate world behind and joined Spread the Word Nevada as their first Social Enterprise Manager. When not working or attending classes at UNLV, Keri enjoys cycling, swimming, hiking, great food, and time with her husband and their pups.
Melissa Watson Coetzee
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Melissa is a graduate of the University of Arts London, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design with an Honors BA in Communications, Curation and Criticism of Art and Design. She is prepared to believe that "curation" is a word even though it is not in the dictionary in the USA or the UK. Melissa is passionately devoted to health care reform and in addition to her day job she is also on the Patient and Family Centered Care Advisory Board of Summerlin Hospital, is an advocate for Fight Colorectal Cancer, volunteers with Getinet Healthcare hospice, Desert Spring United Methodist Church, and the Red Cross. Her motto is to proceed until apprehended.