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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, Vegas PBS General Manager
    SNPT Executive Director

  • Cheryl (Cheri) Colbus, US Bank

  • Jason Gastwirth, Caesars Entertainment

  • Nora Luna,UNR Cooperative Extension
    SNPT Secretary

  • 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, Vegas PBS General Manager
    SNPT Executive Director

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

  • 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

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

  • 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, Certified Public Accountant & Firm Shareholder, Piercy Bowler Taylor & Kern, 702.384.1120,
    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.

  • Tom Axtell, Vegas PBS General Manager
    SNPT Executive Director

  • Tracy Bower, Desert Research Institute (DRI)

  • Michael Cunningham, Bank of Nevada

  • Bill Curran, Ballard Spahr, LLP       

  • Moises (Mo) Denis, State Senator

  • Marydean Martin, Marydean and Associates

  • Tom Warden, The Howard Hughes Corporation,
    SNPT President