Southern Nevada Public Television Board Welcomes New Members

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Southern Nevada Public Television Board Welcomes New Members

(Las Vegas) – The Southern Nevada Public Television (SNPT) board of directors welcomed eight new members. The SNPT board provides financial, promotional, governmental and volunteer support for Vegas PBS. Joining the group of board members are:   

  • Rachelle Crupi, Bank of Nevada, president
  • Stephen Greathouse, Las Vegas Hotel & Gaming Industry, retired
  • Thomas Gallagher, TreVista Group LLC
  • Vince Alberta, UNLV, Chief Marketing Officer & Vice President of Brand Integration
  • Tom Warden, The Howard Hughes Corporation, Senior Vice President of Community and Government Relations
  • Geraldine Tomich, Marquis Aurbach Coffing Attorneys, Partner
  • Tracy Bower, National Security Technologies/Nevada National Security Site, Public Affairs Manager
  • Linda Ammons, Community Volunteer

Rachelle Crupi joins the board, bringing 32 years of local banking experience. She’s a Las Vegas native and UNLV graduate with a degree in finance, as well as a degree in banking from the Pacific Coast Banking School. Since joining Bank of Nevada in 2003, Crupi has seen the company grow, even amid challenging times for the banking industry as a whole. Strong financing and close customer relations are key elements she points to as reasons for Nevada’s steady economic resurgence. Crupi has a strong passion for helping preserve endangered wildlife, and protecting habitats that are threatened by destructive human behavior. She also serves on three additional boards: the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Nevada Bankers Association, and the Nevada State Development Corporation.

Stephen J. Greathouse has been involved in the Las Vegas hotel and gaming industry for more than 30 years. He worked with several casino entertainment companies including Harrah’s Entertainment (currently known as Caesars Entertainment Corporation) working his way from Sports Book Manager to President of Casino Hotel Division and Mandalay Resort Group as senior vice president. Greathouse joins the SNPT board having also served on the board of directors of Multimedia Gaming and Station Casinos, United Way and much more.

Thomas E. Gallagher is a private investor engaged in the hospitality, entertainment and real estate businesses. A Harvard Law School graduate, Gallagher was for twenty years a partner in the international law firm of Gibson Dunn and Crutcher. He has served as chief executive officer, executive vice president and general counsel for several Fortune 500 NYSE companies. Gallagher serves on the board of several non-profit organizations including the Guinn Center for Policy Priorities (a co-founder), the Black Mountain Institute, and is a trustee of the UNLV Foundation and the Desert Research Institution Foundation.

Vince Alberta returned to UNLV in 2014 after working for the university more than 25 years ago when he first arrived in Southern Nevada.  Alberta serves as chief marketing officer and vice president of brand integration.  He has worked on a variety of strategic initiatives for the university that include the final 2016 presidential debate, the launch of the UNLV School of Medicine, new athletics facilities and the overriding vision to becoming a top tier public university.  Prior to rejoining UNLV, Alberta was the vice president of public affairs for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.  He also worked in lead communications roles for the Southern Nevada Water Authority/Las Vegas Valley Water District, NV Energy and Sprint. Alberta also serves as vice-chair of the board of directors for Neon Museum and is a member of the City of Henderson’s Cultural Arts and Tourism Commission.

Tom Warden has been with The Howard Hughes Corporation since 1999 and serves as the senior vice president of community and government relations in Summerlin. Warden grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, but his broadcast television career took him to West Palm Beach, Buffalo and Boston before landing in Las Vegas, where he worked as a news anchor and reporter with KLAS-TV and earned an Emmy Award for investigative journalism. Prior to joining Hughes, he was the director of public communications for Clark County for three years. In addition to SNPT, Warden serves on numerous nonprofit, environmental and professional association boards.

Ms. Tomich practices in the areas of asset protection, estate planning, probate, guardianships, estate & gift taxation, and business entity formation.  Ms. Tomich obtained her masters of law (LL.M.) degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law from which she graduated magna cum laude. She obtained her juris doctor degree from Gonzaga University School of Law and her bachelor of science degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  She is a member of both the State Bar of Nevada and the Washington State Bar Association. Ms. Tomich often gives educational seminars to the community regarding estate planning, probate avoidance, and business succession planning. She also contributes articles to local publications. Ms. Tomich is involved in various community outreach organizations where she volunteers her time. She is a founding director of the Gift Planning Advisors, a Las Vegas group of professionals who provide educational opportunities for planned giving professionals and heighten awareness of donor opportunities.  She is a member of Southern Nevada Public Television’s Planned Giving Council for Vegas PBS and Opportunity Village.  She also sits on the Board of Nevada Community Foundation.

Ms. Tomich was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. In 1990, she and her family moved to Las Vegas where she has resided ever since. She loves to travel and spend time with her husband, Rick, and their son, Jake. They are also blessed with loving families and friends.

Before Linda Ammons was named dean emeritus at Widener University, she served as counsel to the president of Widener for legal education after retiring as associate provost and dean of the law school in 2014. She was the first woman and first African American to lead the law school and the senior African American female dean in the nation for eight years. Ammons has shared her legal and educational guidance as a faculty member at the National Judicial College in Reno since 1993. She has been recognized for several awards including Top Woman in Business in 2014 by Delaware Today Magazine, and serves as the chair of the ethics committee for the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, a board member for WHYY-TV and Radio of Philadelphia and a Trustee of Delaware’s Christiana Hospital.

Tracy Bower, public affairs manager, has been the principal communications specialist for National Securities Technologies since 2016, focusing on media, public affairs and social media strategies. A UNLV alumnae with a bachelor of arts in communications studies and a master of arts in ethics and policy studies, Bower holds more than 15 years of experience as a communications professional. She has worked with the City of Henderson, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, Southern Nevada Water Authority/Las Vegas Valley Water District, and in the news media for broadcast stations in Nevada and Washington.

Originally founded in 1971 as The Friends of Channel 10, the SNPT board members recruit volunteers for pledge drives, conduct special fundraising events, provide information to policy makers, apply for grants, assist with business operations of online adult education and manage endowment funds for public television.

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Vegas PBS Channel 10 is one of America’s most-watched PBS stations and offers five unique secondary channels: Create, VEGAS PBS KIDS, Worldview, Rewind and Jackpot! Vegas PBS also collaborates with strategic partners to create content that examines current and historic regional issues.

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