Steven Alfonso, Creative Director
Donor Concierge and Development Specialist, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
A former starving artist and reluctant data geek. Steven Alfonso currently works on the Development team at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Born a military brat in Okinawa, Steven established a love for travel and exploring cultures early on. He made the travel to the valley from San Diego in 2013, the generous welcome and fervor of the community allowed Steven to quickly find Las Vegas as his new home. Equipped with background in graphic design and marketing, the father of two children enjoys drawing, dad jokes and selling girl scout cookies. A bonafide gummy worm connoisseur, you'll often find Steven with a toothbrush.
Lisa Curran, Vice-Chair
Volunteer Director, Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada
Lisa’s heart belongs to Las Vegas! Having lived all over the country including Philadelphia, PA; Boca Raton, FL; Tucson, AZ; and LA, California; the Sin City native can now whole-heartedly claim that “Home means Nevada.” Her love for nonprofit work originated while working for the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona in Tucson where she worked as the Community Enrichment Manager. In that position, she created, oversaw, and managed Girl Scout programming delivered in a large scale, after-school setting to high-need elementary schools. From there, she expanded her experience working as the Volunteer Manager with The Boys & Girls Club of Southern Arizona. Longing to be closer to family after a small stint in California, Lisa was accepted by Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada (VMSN) as their Volunteer Director where she is responsible to oversee and manage the organization’s 600+ team of volunteers. Since 2015, Lisa has establish critical functions of VMSN’s Volunteer Department such as creating more structured, efficient trainings by position, and implementing an online volunteer database allowing volunteers flexibility in their scheduling as well as keeping track of their volunteer hours independently.
As a former Division I Softball player and lifelong team-sport athlete, Lisa excels when collaborating others and working on teams. This love of teamwork and nonprofit work will help to bring together many professionals who want to get more involved with the Las Vegas community through YNPN. Lisa is incredibly honored to be a part of YNPN and is looking forward to seeing where we can go, together!
Patricia Haddad, Co-Chair
Manager of Community Impact Initiatives, Opportunity 180
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 is passionate about supporting and developing the networks and skills of young nonprofit professionals in Southern Nevada, which she strongly believes will directly impact the strength of Southern Nevada's communities. She has experience in programs management across multiple fields, including public health, education, and literary arts. Patricia is the Manager of Community Impact Initiatives at Opportunity 180 where she works to improve access to high quality education for all students. Patricia is a proud UNLV double-alum, with a bachelor's degree in Sociology and a Masters of Education in the Special Education of 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.
Associate Attorney, Murchison & Cumming, LLP
Born and raised in Las Vegas, Crislove has compassion and dedication to impact her hometown. After graduating Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Political Science and International Relations, she taught with CCSD, developing a desire for leading and motivating others before obtaining her Juris Doctorate from the William S. Boyd School of Law with Highest Pro Bono Honors. She externed in Federal Court working on appeals and mediation, and interned with Nevada Systems of Higher Education’s Legal Counsel interpreting statutes and assisting the Board of Regents. In Senator Harry Reid's office she assisted with rural development, energy, immigration, education & diversity initiatives. She served as an educational surrogate parent advocating for foster children through LACSN and fought for reasonable accommodations for students with special needs in Clinic. Her efforts were furthered teaching landlord/tenant classes with Nevada Legal Services (NLS) and doing research, court observations, data collection and grant writing for collateral consequences and domestic violence issues in the Thomas & Mack Legal Clinic. As V.P. of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA), Crislove was named the 2014-2015 Sister in Service for the Western Region for Mentorship and Leadership and with her peers, was named the National Chapter of the Year. She’s served on boards for the Public Interest Law Association, Children's Advocacy Law Association and a 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 provided legal assistance to nonprofits, resident councils entrepreneurs and small businesses strengthening the infrastructure of low-income communities & fostering grassroots economic development. Currently, Crislove is an Attorney at M&C where she avidly defends clients in a variety of civil litigation matters. In addition to giving back, she enjoys being with her son and traveling.
Daigo Ishikawa, Co-Chair
Real Estate Development Project Manager, Nevada HAND
Born in New York City and raised in New Jersey, Daigo Ishikawa works as a Real Estate Development Project Manager at Nevada HAND, Nevada's largest non-profit affordable housing provider. 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 New York 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. Daigo moved to Las Vegas upon returning to the U.S. where he spends his free time playing tennis and enjoying the Las Vegas weather.
Chelsea Lee, Secretary
Learning and Development Manager, Nevada HAND
Chelsea is a Training and Development Leader with extensive experience working with all organizational levels creating, promoting, and delivering training solutions designed to support the organization’s business plan.
Chelsea is passionate about creating an interactive and enjoyable business environment that supports learning. Chelsea is currently the Learning & Development Manager at Nevada HAND. There she sets the strategic training direction for 250 employees. She oversees the Training Department leading functions such as budgeting, staffing, needs assessment, curriculum design and, planning.
Prior to this role, Chelsea served as the Corporate Trainer for Eastridge Workforce Solutions designing and delivering successful programs in management development, team building, diversity, communications, customer service, sales, change management, performance management as well as many other topics. Her work has always been focused on meeting the strategic needs of the organization.
Andrea Martinez, Treasurer
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!
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.
Melissa Watson Coetzee, YNPN Chapter Congress Representative
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.
Business Support Manager, Three Square Food Bank
Regis is a lifelong Las Vegas resident dedicated to seeing his community thrive. He currently works at Three Square developing the organization’s internal capacity to support Southern Nevada, primarily through his knowledge of data management and analysis to create a data-driven culture. His skills include the use of various data management and analysis tools (spreadsheets, SPSS, SQL), data visualization tools (Excel, Power BI, Tableau), GIS (ArcGIS, QGIS), social science research, and project management.
Outside of the workplace, Regis is a husband and a father as well as a student (UNLV, Master of Public Health). He is also an avid fan of MMA.
Community Manager of D-Well Las Vegas, Communitas America
Alison is a social justice activist seeking to improve her local community and ensure equal and just rights for all. She believes that the role of local nonprofits is pivotal in providing the tools and resources necessary to live and thrive as a whole. Alison’s prior work experience includes working as the Legal Assistant to the Director of Immigration Services at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada and as an employee of the Protection Department at the Consulate of Mexico. In both capacities she worked with vulnerable populations that were facing immigration, civil, labor and criminal issues. She worked closely with local, state and federal government agencies as well as local nonprofits to ensure proper representation and access to resources for the clients she serviced.
She currently is the Community Manager of D-Well, a coliving space in the DTLV that houses changemakers; individuals with a strong social mission that are community-driven and want to live and collaborate together. She seeks to create a positive impact in the community through strategic partnerships with local artists, businesses and nonprofits in the hope that this will lead to fruitful collaborations and sustainable growth in the community. She seeks to foster a sense of community with her residents and ensure they lead happy and fulfilling personal and professional lives.
She is also an arts and culture enthusiast and avid proponent of the local arts scene in Las Vegas. She strives to satiate her artistic side through her volunteer opportunities, such as serving a docent at the Neon Museum and performing in several Spanish-speaking social justice-driven plays at the Winchester Cultural Center.