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Nevada State University Foundation

Throughout the community and campus, the Nevada State University Foundation works to change not only individual lives, but whole family trees. Our impact on first-generation college students and their communities is especially explosive, as graduates’ deeper level of knowledge and expertise begins to serve new sectors of society and elevate global conversations. Our ability to grow and thrive absolutely depends on the generous support of donors as tuition and state support simply can’t cover the full cost. Your gifts enable student scholarships, construction projects, daily operations, and numerous initiatives that support our students and faculty. Please consider a tax-deductible contribution in any amount to our general fund, or one of our crucial need campaigns. Join your community leaders and neighbors and BE OUR PARTNER; every gift makes a difference.

The Nevada State University Foundation was established in 2001 by a group of local visionaries, and our current board of influential education advocates continues to forward our mission to encourage and promote the growth and improvement of Nevada State University, and to receive and administer your private gifts to the institution.


Executive Committee

CHAIR: Sonnya DeBonis | Civic & Community Leader | Las Vegas, NV

VICE CHAIR: Brian Simmons, CFP | Co-Founder and Chief Trust Officer, Icon Trust | Las Vegas, NV

TREASURER: Walter Hashimoto | Senior Director, Commercial Banking, Bank of Nevada | Las Vegas, NV

SECRETARY: Omar Saucedo | Director, External Affairs, AT&T | Las Vegas, NV

IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR: Daniel T. Gerety, CPA | Founder and Managing Partner, Gerety & Associates | Las Vegas, NV

EX OFFICIO: DeRionne Pollard, Ph.D. | President, Nevada State University | Henderson, NV



Matt Burns | Executive Vice President, EV&A  Architects | Las Vegas, NV

Devlin Daneshforouz | Government Relations Manager, NV Energy | Washington, D.C.

Andrea Goeglein, Ph.D. | Founder and Success Catalyst, Serving Success | Las Vegas, NV

Nicole Jones | Managing Director, Charles Schwab Bank | Henderson, NV

Craig Kirkland | Executive Vice President, Retail Banking, Nevada State Bank | Las Vegas, NV

Taylor Morris, J.D. | Partner, Morris Estate Planning Attorneys | Henderson, NV

Kate Newman, J.D. | Attorney, Ogletree Deakins | Las Vegas, NV

Richard Perkins | President, The Perkins Company | Henderson, NV

Darius Toston | Vice President of Mortgage Banking Retail, JP Morgan Chase & Co. | Las Vegas, NV


Trustees Emeritus

Alfredo T. Alonso | Principal, Lewis Roca Rothberger Christie LLP | Reno, NV

Selma Bartlett | Retired Bank Executive, Civic & Community Leader | Henderson, NV

Michael Benjamin | CEO, Palomino Farms LLC | Reno, NV

Hannah M. Brown | Civic & Community Leader | Las Vegas, NV

Jeffrey Burr | Founder & Attorney, Jeffrey Burr Ltd. | Henderson, NV

Dane Carter | Vice President, Sletten Construction of Nevada, Inc. | Las Vegas, NV

Glenn Christenson | Managing Director, Velstand Investments, LLC | Henderson, NV

Sherry Colquitt | Civic & Community Leader | Las Vegas, NV

Randy A. Garcia | CEO, The Investment Council Company of Nevada | Las Vegas, NV

James B. Gibson | Clark County Commissioner and Former Mayor, City of Henderson | Henderson, NV

David M. Grant | Attorney at Law and Partner, Grant Morris Dodds: Trust, Probate and Guardianship Attorneys | Henderson, NV

Andy Hafen | Former Mayor, City of Henderson | Henderson, NV

Mark Howard | Retired CEO, Mountain View Hospital/Sunrise Health, Civic & Community Leader | Las Vegas, NV and Cedar Hills, UT

William E. Martin | Retired Bank Executive, Civic & Community Leader | Henderson, NV

John Ritter | Chairman & CEO, Focus Property Group | Las Vegas, NV

Layne T. Rushforth, J.D. | Owner and Attorney, Rushforth Firm, Ltd. | Las Vegas, NV

Vicki Hafen Scott | Hafen Financial Services, Inc., Civic & Community Leader | Henderson, NV

Dan K. Shaw | President, ShawJones Partners, LLC | Henderson, NV

Erik Sletten | President, Sletten Construction of Nevada, Inc. | Las Vegas, NV

Dan H. Stewart | President/Owner, Valley Construction Co. | Las Vegas, NV

Be our partner.