Southern Nevada Public Television (SNPT) Board & Councils

Board of Directors

The Friends of Channel 10 was founded in 1971 to provide financial, promotional, governmental and volunteer support for KLVX-TV.  The Friends recruit volunteers for pledge drives, conduct special fund raising events, provide information to policy makers, apply for grants, assist with business operations of online adult education, and manage endowment funds for public television. In 1999, the Friends decided to restructure the board to assist KLVX with the federally mandated conversion to digital television. The 25 member board was renamed Southern Nevada Public Television (SNPT) restructured to include several councils with up to twenty members. KLVX-TV, Channel 10 also rebranded itself as Vegas PBS.

Southern Nevada Public Television Board of Directors

Read SNPT board member's bios.

 

Community Council

The Community Council oversees traditional volunteer activities and special event fundraising. The council recruits and trains over 1,000 volunteers who will assist Vegas PBS during the year. Special events such as the annual wine tasting and auction, visits by PBS celebrities, and ticket sales for VIP events at facility openings are major activities of the Community Council.

  • Vincent Alberta, University Nevada Las Vegas

  • Tom Axtell, Executive Director, SNPT

  • Nancy Brune, Guinn Center for Policy Priorities

  • Cheryl (Cheri) Colbus, US Bank

  • Thomas Gallagher, Council Chairman

  • Jason Gastwirth, Caesars Entertainment

  • Lori Lea, AECIndustryPro.com

  • Nora Luna, Nathan Adelson Hospice 

  • Marydean Martin, Marydean & Associates

 

Planned Giving Council

The Planned Giving Council focuses on major gifts to the station. Members present ten public seminars a year on a variety of planned giving topics and provide free services for individuals planning major gifts to Vegas PBS. The Council produced programs and short informational messages for broadcast on Vegas PBS on a variety of personal financial planning information. To date 100 individuals have indicated they will donate over $36 million to the Vegas PBS Endowment through testamentary bequests.

  • Tom Axtell, General Manager, Vegas PBS

  • Robert Bolick, Attorney, Robert L. Bolick, Ltd., 702.690.9090, rob@rlbolick.com
    Areas of expertise: asset protection, probate & trust administration, and trusts, wills & estate planning

  • Mark Dreschler, Certified Financial Planner, Premier Trust, 702.507.0750, mdreschler@premiertrust.com
    Areas of expertise: trust administration, estate planning, financial planning

  • Shannon Evans, Attorney, Evans & Associates, 702.699.7333, sle@evans-associates.com
    Areas of expertise: asset protection, estate planning, retirement planning

  • Deb Erdmann, Vice President & Trust Officer, Peak Trust, 702.462.6677, derdmann@peaktrust.com
    Areas of Expertise: qualified plans, self-directed IRAs and pension administration with a focus in the qualified and non-qualified plan space

  • Candace Johnson, Certified Public Accountant, 702.933.2213, paintbycandy@gmail.com
    Areas of expertise: tax planning, estate and trust administration

  • Jason Oshins, Financial Advisor, WestPac Wealth Partners, 702.470.2753, jason.oshins@thewp2.com
    Areas of expertise: estate planning, retirement planning, charitable planning, insurance planning, investment services, disability protection, and long-term care

  • Matthew G. Pfau, Attorney, Parry & Pfau, 702.910.4300, matt@p2lawyers.com
    Areas of expertise: estate planning, asset protection, probate, business planning

  • David A. Straus, Attorney, Law Offices of David A. Straus, LLC, 702.474.4500, david@strauslaw.com
    Areas of expertise: estate planning, charitable planning, asset protection, tax planning

  • Scott W. Taylor, Certified Public Accountant & Firm Shareholder, Piercy Bowler Taylor & Kern, 702.384.1120, staylor@pbtk.com
    Areas of Expertise: estate planning, trusts, real estate transactions, non-profit accounting

  • Geraldine Tomich, Attorney, Marquis Aurbach Coffing, 702.942.2181, gtomich@maclaw.com
    Areas of expertise: asset protection, estate planning, probate, guardianships, estate and gift taxation, business succession planning

  • Shawna Waldman, Financial Planner, Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., 702.914.9992, Shawna.waldman@raymondjames.com
    Areas of Expertise: personal portfolio management with a focus on retirement planning

  • Kim Walker, Certified Public Accountant, Kim Walker, Inc., 702.636.1031, kimwalkercpa@gmail.com
    Areas of expertise: year-round tax planning, financial education and empowerment, and business growth

  • Jeff Grandy, Major Gifts Officer, Vegas PBS, 702.799.1010 x5415, jgrandy@VegasPBS.org

 

Legislative Relations Committee Members

The Governmental Affairs Council assists Vegas PBS with local, state and federal governmental relations. Subject to the lobbying prohibitions of CPB, Council members review legislative and governmental policy affecting Public TV, update officials on station services supporting public education, public health and public safety.

  • Linda Ammons, Community Volunteer

  • Tom Axtell, Executive Director - SNPT

  • Tracy Bower, NNSS, Managed and Operated by Mission Support and Test Services

  • Dr. Nancy Brune, Guinn Center for Policy Priorities                               

  • Rachelle Crupi, Bank of Nevada

  • Bill Curran, Ballard Spahr, LLP       

  • Moises (Mo) Denis, State Senator

  • Carolyn Edwards, Trustee, Clark County School District  

  • Thomas E. Gallagher, TreVista Group, LLC 

  • Steve Seroka, Las Vegas City Councilman

  • Tom Warden, The Howard Hughes Corporation, Chair    

 

Desert Meadows Area Health Education Council

The Desert Meadows Area Health Education Council serves as the advisory board for a broad-based career education and continuing professional education service. The Council’s role is to set educational priorities and advisee on marketing strategies. AHECs were authorized by Congress and are established in selected communities by each state’s land grant university. The Vegas PBS GOAL online adult education service agreed to perform these services in Southern Nevada in 2014, and receives a federal sub-grant for operations and staffing from the University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine.

  • Gerald Ackerman, Office of Rural Health, Ex-Officio Member

  • Tom Axtell, Executive Director, SNPT

  • Raymond W. Alden III, Touro University Nevada

  • Debra Collins, Workforce Connections - Desert Meadows AHEC – Co-Vice Chair

  • Laura K. Culley, UNLV School of Medicine

  • Chris Garvey, Trustee, Clark County School District

  • Janice Glasper, Engelstad School of Health Sciences, College of Southern Nevada

  • Joseph P. Iser, Southern Nevada Health District

  • Robert Kidd, Perry Foundation

  • Loretta Moses, Crohn's & Colitis Foundation

  • David M. Penn, Roseman University’s College of Medicine - Desert Meadows AHEC – Co-Vice Chair

  • LaTricia Perry, Nevada State College

  • Mel Pohl, Las Vegas Recovery Center

  • Jerry Reeves, HealthInsight - Desert Meadows AHEC – Chair

  • Alexandra P. Silver, Clark County Medical Society

  • Spencer Stewart, Western Governors University Nevada

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