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Southern Nevada Public Television (SNPT) Board & Councils

Southern Nevada Public Television (SNPT) | 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.

SNPT vice-president

Nora Luna

UNR Cooperative Extension

SNPT Treasurer & Planned Giving Council Chair

Kim Walker

Kim Walker, Inc.


Advancement Committee

The Advancement Committee oversees special event fundraising.

  • Jason Gastwirth, Caesars Entertainment

  • Nora Luna, UNR Cooperative Extension, SNPT Secretary

  • Marydean Martin, Marydean & Associates

  • Mary Mazur, Vegas PBS President, SNPT Executive Director


Finance and Investment Committee

The Finance and Investment Committee provides strategic insights and planning, and financial guidance for Southern Nevada Public Television (SNPT) and the station.

  • Michael Cunningham - Chair, Bank of Nevada

  • Clark Dumont, Dumont Communications, LLC

  • Kim Walker, Kim Walker, Inc.

  • Mary Mazur, Vegas PBS President, SNPT Executive Director


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.

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

  • Patrick J. Clifford, Attorney,, Clifford Senior Law, 702.966.8330,
    Areas of expertise: legal advocate for the elderly, disabled, and veterans

  • Mark Dreschler, Certified Financial Planner, Premier Trust, 702.507.0750,
    Areas of expertise: trust administration, estate planning, financial planning

  • Shannon Evans, Attorney, Evans & Associates, 702.699.7333,
    Areas of expertise: asset protection, estate planning, retirement planning

  • Russel A. Kost III, Certified Fund-Raising Executive & Principal, A Rising Gift Tide, 775.378.9061,
    Areas of Expertise: Charitable Gift Planning, Split-Interest Charitable Gift Income Conceptualization & Structuring

  • Mary Mazur, Vegas PBS President
    SNPT Executive Director

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

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

  • Scott W. Taylor, Tax Office Managing Partner, BDO, 702.673.1211,
    Areas of Expertise: estate planning, trusts, real estate transactions, non-profit accounting

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

  • Kim Walker, Certified Public Accountant, Kim Walker, Inc., 702.636.1031,
    SNPT Treasurer and SNPT Planned Giving Council Chair
    Areas of expertise: year-round tax planning, financial education and empowerment, and business growth

  • Jim Ludwig, Major Gifts Officer, Vegas PBS, 702.799.1010 x5361,


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

  • Tracy Bower, Desert Research Institute (DRI)

  • Bill Curran, Ballard Spahr, LLP       

  • Moises (Mo) Denis, State Senator

  • Clark Dumont, SNPT Board President

  • Jason Gastwirth, Caesars Entertainment

  • Nora Luna, UNR Cooperative Extension

  • Mary Mazur, Vegas PBS President
    SNPT Executive Director

  • Tom Warden, The Howard Hughes Corporation


Southern Nevada Public Television (SNPT) | Board of Directors | Bios

Linda Ammons

Community Volunteer

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.

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. She is currently an adjunct professor of law at UNLV Boyd School of law.

Tracy Bower

Tracy Bower

Desert Research Institute (DRI)

Tracy Bower is the Director of External Affairs for the Desert Research Institute (DRI). DRI is one of eight institutions within the Nevada System of Higher Education with campuses in Las Vegas and Reno. DRI faculty conduct environmental research here in Nevada and around the world in a variety of disciplines.

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 a number of public agencies in Southern Nevada, and in the news media for broadcast stations in Nevada and Washington.

Michael Cunningham – Regional President, EVP, Bank of Nevada

Michael Cunningham

SNPT Secretary
Bank of Nevada

Michael Cunningham is Executive Vice President, Regional President, for Bank of Nevada and is a member of the Nevada leadership team. He joined the organization in 2014 and has more than 30 years of banking industry experience in the Southern Nevada business community.

Mr. Cunningham’s community involvement encompasses the arts, education and economic development. He serves currently as a board member of the Public Education Foundation, the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance and the Neon Museum. He also is part of the finance department advisory council for the Lee School of Business at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

He was recognized, by the Las Vegas Business Press as a “Who’s Who in Banking,” and is a graduate of the FBI Citizen’s Academy and Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership program.

Mr. Cunningham graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and earned a Master in Business Administration degree from UNLV. Additionally, he completed advanced banking education programs from ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania and from the Pacific Coast Banking School.

Bill Curran

Ballard Spahr, LLP

Bill Curran is the Senior Counsel in the Ballard Spahr, LLP Las Vegas office. He practices administrative and government law, particularly in the areas of real estate, land use, and gaming. He serves on numerous compliance committees for gaming companies and resort hotels.

Bill is a member of the American Bar Association Board of Governors (2006-09) State Bar of Nevada, President (1988-89). His service includes: President, Nevada Legal Services (2012-present); President, SNPT Board of Directors (2016-present); Chairman, Nevada Gaming Commission (1991-99); Chairman, International Association of Gaming Regulators (1993-94); Admissions: Nevada, California, DC, U.S. Supreme Court. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (J.D. 1972); University of Minnesota (B.A. 1969).

Moises (Mo) Denis

State Senator

Moises Denis was born in New York City to parents who immigrated from Cuba. Denis is Mormon and served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Uruguay. He studied at Brigham Young University. He has also served as a bishop in the LDS Church as well as in other positions. He is a cousin of United States Senator from Florida Marco Rubio.

Political Career - Prior to winning election to the Nevada Senate, Denis was a member of the Nevada Assembly, representing Clark County District 28 from 2004 to 2010. In August 2011, majority leader Steven Horsford appointed Denis to lead the caucus election efforts during the 2012 election cycle.

In December 2011, Denis resigned from his job with the Nevada Public Utilities Commission following an alleged conflict between his executive and legislative roles. After the 2012 elections, Denis was chosen by his colleagues to lead the Democratic Caucus as Majority Leader.

Clark Dumont

Dumont Communications, LLC
SNPT President

Clark Dumont, M.S., APR, is a FORTUNE 500 C-level communicator, and Principal & Founder of Dumont Communications, LLC where he focuses on strategic organizational reputation and relationships for organizations, and the people in them.

Prior to the founding of his practice in 2018, he was Senior Vice President & Chief of Staff to the Chairman & CEO of MGM Resorts International. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications, where he led the company’s executive communications, corporate citizenship and public affairs functions. He has served in other senior communications positions with BAE Systems, Inc.; Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of New Hampshire and Nevada Cancer Institute. He began his career as a broadcast journalist.

He has a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from The American University, and a Master's Degree in Communications Management from Syracuse University. He is accredited as a public relations practitioner by the Public Relations Society of America (APR) and is a member of the National Press Club. He has served on the Dean’s Council at the Greenspun School of Urban Affairs at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and George Washington University’s Columbia College.

In addition to Southern Nevada Public Television, he is on the Board and serves as Chair of the American Red Cross of Southern Nevada. He also serves on the Board of the Neon Museum.

Trustee Board Member Danielle Ford

Danielle Ford

CCSD Trustee Board Member

Danielle Ford is a Las Vegas native and attended 8 schools in the Clark County School District. She is a mother of 2 CCSD students and has been an active participant in their education by serving on the PTO, helping in classrooms and leading Cub Scouts.

Her first-hand experiences as a CCSD student and parent are what motivated Danielle to run for a seat on the school board.

She was elected Trustee in 2018 and represents District F which covers Southwest Las Vegas.

Danielle works as a Marketing Strategist. Through her online platforms, digital courses, live events, and workshops, she helps entrepreneurs build their brands, automate systems and scale their revenues.

A young mother herself, Danielle is passionate about preventing teen pregnancy and supporting young parents. She founded the online organization Young Moms Club and is a TEDx speaker on the topic of Re-inventing teen motherhood.

Jason Gastwirth

Caesars Entertainment

Jason Gastwirth is President of Entertainment at Caesars Entertainment, where he is responsible for the live entertainment programming across the company's 40+ venues nationwide – with Caesars recognized as the #3 live entertainment promoter in the world based on ticket revenues -- as well as the company’s brand alliances/sponsorship and tv and film production divisions inclusive oversight of Caesars Entertainment Studios. Gastwirth spearheaded the successful launch of the world-class theater The Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood that launched Britney Spears in the world’s first pop resident show as well as residencies featuring Jennifer Lopez, Lionel Richie, Pitbull and Backstreet Boys.

Prior to joining Caesars, Gastwirth served as the Chief Marketing Officer of the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas where he oversaw property marketing, hotel sales, revenue management, e-commerce, public relations, entertainment, sponsorship and call center operations. Gastwirth also worked at Las Vegas Sands Corp. as Vice President of Casino Marketing and Corporate Entertainment where he was responsible for expanding the VIP gaming customer base while negotiating entertainment deals for the company’s properties in Las Vegas, Macao and Singapore.

Before joining the hospitality and entertainment industry, Gastwirth held strategy positions in San Francisco and New York at Gap Inc. and management consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. Gastwirth earned his bachelor’s degree in government with honors at Harvard University and his MBA at Stanford University.

Gastwirth was recognized as “40 Under 40” by Vegas Inc. magazine in 2012. He has a wife and three daughters, and serves on the American Cancer Society’s Southern Nevada Leadership Board and gala organizing committee for the Tyler Robinson Foundation.

Nora Luna

UNR Cooperative Extension
SNPT Vice-President

Nora Luna is currently the 4H Youth Development Programs Coordinator at the University of Nevada, Cooperative Extension (UNCE). She oversees 4H programming in Clark County. In her prior position, she was the Director of Diversity & Grant Funding for Nathan Adelson Hospice, the only non-profit hospice in Southern Nevada. She developed, implemented, managed and evaluated hospice and palliative care outreach programs for diverse cultural communities. She facilitated partnerships with Latinx organizations and other diverse groups. She led the organization’s diversity and inclusion priorities and was responsible for grant writing and reporting as well. In 2013, she was the recipient of the Vegas Inc. Women to Watch award. Under her leadership, the Nathan Adelson Hospice Latino Outreach Program was awarded the California Hospice and Palliative Care Organization “Outstanding Program Achievement Award” in 2013.

Ms. Luna formerly served as an Assistant Professor and School Retention Specialist for UNCE. She developed, implemented, monitored and evaluated programs to enhance school engagement, prevent high school dropout and increase college attendance among underrepresented youth in Clark County. Before that, she served as the Associate Director of the U.S. – Mexico Border Communities Alliance for the Western Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) at UNR. She provided training and technical assistance related to evidence-based substance abuse prevention and youth development to state, school and community personnel in the western region and the U.S.-Mexico border region. During her employment at the YMCA of Southern Nevada, Ms. Luna implemented positive youth development programs, parenting programs and after-school tutoring programs.

Nora Luna has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) and a Master’s degree in Education from UNR. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors of Southern Nevada Public Television and the Nevada Charter School Authority. Nora Luna is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and she was born in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Marydean Martin

Marydean & Associates

Marydean Martin has an extensive history of education related community service. Currently she is an honorary member of the UNLV Lied Library Advisory Board. She funded the Hi-Lo (high interest-low intensity) book collection at the Teacher Development and Resources Library at UNLV. She serves on the Vegas PBS Board of Directors where she began as a volunteer mentor to the Ready to Learn program.

She was on the founding committee and the original Nevada State College Foundation and is on the President’s Advisory Council. She was given the NSC President’s Medal of Honor for this work. The NSC Marydean Martin Library is named for her. She now teaches individual classes on how to write poetry and mentors poetry teachers. She advises new authors through the process of self-publishing. Her husband, Charlie Silvestri, worked with the Clark County School District for twenty six years. The district named the Charles A. Silvestri Middle School after him.

Mary Mazur, Vegas PBS President and General Manager

Mary Mazur

Vegas PBS President
SNPT Executive Director

Mary Mazur, an award-winning television executive with more than 30 years of experience in commercial and public media, most recently served as the general manager of Arizona PBS.

Under Mazur's leadership Arizona PBS produced 120 hours of news content annually, and launched two new local programs, receiving multiple regional Emmy nominations and awards. Prior to joining Arizona PBS, Mazur was executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Los Angeles-based KCETLink Media Group, where she oversaw the move to a new state-of-the-art facility and was part of the executive team that guided the successful merger between KCET and LinkTV. She was executive producer of KCET's nationally distributed programs A Place of Our Own and its Spanish language companion Los Niños en Su Casa - these curriculum-based programs were designed to help informal care providers better prepare children for kindergarten.

Prior to joining KCETLink Media Group, Mazur was senior vice president of series development at Cosgrove/Meurer Productions and served in a similar role at Patchett Kaufman Entertainment. A graduate of Santa Clara University, Mazur has also worked in program development for both the NBC and CBS networks.

Cheryl (Cheri) Rosenow

US Bank

Cheryl is the Senior Vice President/ Senior Relationship Manager for Commercial Real Estate at US Bank based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cheryl has received the bank's highest annual award 5 times; known as the Vanguard Award in 2005, 2006, 2007 (also ranked the #2 Relationship Manager for U.S. Bank Commercial Real estate nationwide this same year), and 2012, and known as the Summit Award in 2016. The Vanguard / Summit award is an annual award given by the bank in recognition of top national wholesale bankers for the given year. Cheryl also serves on U. S. Bank's Nevada Community Grants committee.

Cheryl’s community interests include Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada and Goodie Two Shoes Organization. She is also a volunteer for various church and community service projects.


Kim Walker, Kim Walker, Inc

Kim Walker

Kim Walker, Inc.
SNPT Treasurer and SNPT Planned Giving Council Chair

Kim Walker is a 3rd generation Las Vegan who received her accounting degree from the University of Santa Clara. She became a Certified Public Accountant and has worked in public accounting for the past 38 years. In 1989, she opened her own accounting firm which she still maintains. She specializes in tax and financial issues related to both individuals and small businesses.

Kim is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Southern Nevada Public Television Treasurer and a board member of the Planned Giving Council, the Lions Club, officer and district director of Toastmasters and serves as the alumni president of the Las Vegas Santa Clara Alumni organization.

Tom Warden

The Howard Hughes Corporation

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.