About Us

We are LVMPD Foundation

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation (LVMPD Foundation) is a 501(c)3 non- profit organization that raises funds to support and supplement the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department programs and initiatives.

The LVMPD Foundation was established in 1999 and is dedicated to supporting programs that help keep our community safer. This includes programs that prevent crime, save lives and make our County a safer place to live, work and play.

The Foundation graciously accepts tax-exempt gifts and grants from individuals, businesses, and philanthropies.

Las Vegas Metro Officers are here to Protect and Serve our Community. Working together with our law enforcement we can help make our neighborhoods, workplaces, and this destination location even safer.

Please join us in our important work by contributing as generously as you can.

Board of Directors

Jordan Wirsz is the CEO/President of Savant Investment Partners, a commercial real estate investment firm based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jordan is a 15-year resident of Las Vegas, an author, speaker, and businessman with a passion for giving back to his community. During his career, Jordan has been responsible for nearly $1 billion of real estate transactions among all facets of commercial real estate. Jordan is an avid aviator, proud father, and a contributor to several community-based organizations in Las Vegas. Jordan’s passion for his community, its safety, security, and his deep appreciation for law enforcement has made his role at the Friends of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation a perfect fit.

Todd Fasulo is currently the Vice President of Security and Crisis Management at Wynn Las Vegas.  Todd started at the Wynn in February of 2018 after serving 27 years at and retiring from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department as an Assistant Sheriff.  Todd oversees the day to day property security, night and day club security and the Crisis Management Department.  Todd currently is a board member of the LVMPD Foundation and serves as the President of the board for Hope for Prisoners.

Joe Murphy is the CEO/President of Murphy Electric, Inc., the electrical contracting firm he founded in 1989. He also serves as the Managing Member of Nextgen Systems, which he established in 2008. Prior to his commercial career, Joe was in the United State Air Force and stationed at Nellis Air Force Base. Joe is committed to giving back to the community and, in addition to the Friends of Metro, he serves on the Board of Trustees of the UNLV Foundation and is a member and moderator of YPO.

Tom Kovach is president of DonorBasis – a firm he founded to help non-profit organizations working in the US and abroad to achieve greater good through improved fundraising, strategy, planning, executive management, and board development. In the summer of 2014, the Foundation Board asked Tom to lead their strategic planning efforts to create a larger, more professional, and sustainable LVMPD Foundation, and in January of 2015, the Board asked Tom to serve as the first Executive Director of the Foundation and to lead the implementation of the strategic plan.

Martina Bauhaus is currently serving as Assistant General Counsel for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Bauhaus was born and raised in Germany and made Las Vegas her home in 1994 after receiving a degree from the Phillips University in Marburg, Germany. She graduated from UNLV with a bachelor’s degree, followed by her Master of Public Administration degree from UNLV. She went on to work as a socio-economic analyst before entering the Boyd School of Law. Her legal background includes in-house counsel for a large insurance company, and for other private law firms in Las Vegas. In August of 2007, Bauhaus left her position as Senior Deputy Attorney General at the Nevada Attorney General’s office to join LVMPD.

Brett Burke is Cox Media Las Vegas’ Vice President for Sales, having earned a promotion to that position after nearly five years as Cox Media’s (CMI) General Sales Manager.  Brett’s success in sales leadership roles spans more than 25 years, and includes his time at Cox Media and previous positions with Tribune Broadcasting in Washington, DC and Fox/Newscorp in Minneapolis and Chicago.

Brett began his career as an Automotive Sales Manager for The Journal Newspapers in Washington and later worked in a similar capacity, with much success, at the Washington Post.  His career has demonstrated his expertise in developing successful sales teams and strategies and building key business partnerships, and his leadership has been instrumental in continuing CMI Las Vegas’ success.

A self-made business success, former Marine Ron Coury came to Las Vegas in 1973 and first worked as a casino dealer and realtor. Coury’s first business was the Suburban Lounge West which he co-owned from 1979 to 1990. He went on to open or acquire over 20 successful firms including auto dealerships in California and Las Vegas, Suburban Graphics, Thirstbusters Casino, Presidential Limousine Service, Glass Supply Inc., Castaways Casino, and the Alibi Casino. Coury is the author of Tenacity. In a generous show of support for LVMPD officers Coury with longtime friend and business partner, Don Tamburro, have again contributed $50,000 for the fifth annual Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo Memorial Scholarship Fund. Along with the foundation, Coury has served on a number of community service boards.

Christopher Darcy is a Deputy Chief with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and has over 28 years of law enforcement experience. He currently serves as Deputy Chief of the Homeland Security Division.

Christopher has worked a variety of assignments leading diverse divisions and bureaus on the department to include serving as the Deputy Chief of the Investigative Services Division, Director of the Southern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center (SNCTC), Commander of the Major Violators Central Narcotics Bureau, Gang/Narcotic Crimes Bureau and the Internal Affairs Bureau.

Christopher has worked in close partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security and has established close working partnerships with other federal, state and local agencies. He has extensive training and experience in counterterrorism, threat management, high profile criminal investigations and unusual occurrences.

Christopher is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Class 232, as well as a graduate of Shippensburg University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. Christopher further obtained a Master’s Degree in Administrative Leadership from the University of Oklahoma and graduated from the Executive Leadership Course at the Aspen Institute.

Mr. De Castroverde is a Las Vegas attorney practicing in the areas of personal injury and criminal defense. He is a partner at De Castroverde Law Group, which he founded with his brother, Alex, in 2005. Along with being a LVMPD Foundation board member, Orlando is a member of the Nevada Justice Association’s membership committee and serves as a Guardian of Justice. He supports the Dave Rice Foundation, UNLV athletics, the UNLV Rebel Girls, and the Lindsay Bennett Memorial which is a local charity named dedicated to deterring drunk driving.

Jim Ferrence, President of Consili, Inc., a Las Vegas political consulting firm, has managed the campaigns of some of Nevada’s most prominent figures at the local, state and federal levels. Named a national “Influencer” by Campaigns and Elections magazine, Ferrence has played a key role in Nevada politics since 1994.

His current and former clients include Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak, Clark County Commissioners Susan Brager, Larry Brown, Marilyn Kirkpatrick and Mary Beth Scow, North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee, Nevada Supreme Court Justice Ron Parraguirre, Henderson City Councilmen Sam Bateman and John Marz, Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Coffin, Boulder City Mayor Rod Woodbury, former Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller, former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and former Sheriffs Doug Gillespie and Bill Young.

Providing advocacy and guidance in the political arena, Ferrence serves such diverse Government affairs clients as the College of Southern Nevada, Waste Logistics Nevada, Kalish Environmental, Showtime Tours and Stations Casinos.

Aside from politics, Ferrence has a strong history of public service in the southern Nevada community. He served as a Director for the Boulder City Museum and Historical Society, a Director for Habitat for Humanity – Las Vegas, a Director for Clinics in Schools, as a Trustee for the Boulder Dam Museum and Historical Association, Co-Founder of the Coaches v. Cancer Las Vegas Gala, a member of the Nevada State College Founding Committee and as a member of the Boulder City Planning Commission. In 2017 Ferrence joined the Friends of LVMPD Foundation Board of Directors.

In 2011, Lee Haney founded H&H Enterprises, a boutique community and governmental affairs firm in Las Vegas that specializes in strategic planning and business development, issues management, crisis communications, and media relations. For the 14 years prior to forming this venture, Lee served as Executive Vice President of the Rogich Communications Group (RCG). Before joining RCG, Lee worked closely with Clark County elected officials to develop and implement public policy for one of the fastest growing communities in the nation. In addition, Lee owns a Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop and is a partner in the Village Pub & Grill franchise in Terminal 3 at McCarran International Airport. Haney is actively involved in the community.

Mr. Iannuci is the President and Founder of Bombard Mechanical.The company oversees large construction projects in the valley, that include the Cannery Hotel & Casino, Panorama Towers, remodel of the Rio Voodoo Lounge, Bishop Gorman High School and many more. Along with being a director on the Friends of LVMPD Foundation Board, Mr. Iannucci is affiliated with the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers, MCA/Mechanical Contractors Association, and is a board member of the MCA Southern Nevada.

Tom Letizia started his broadcasting career in 1970 as a disc jockey in Anchorage, Alaska he became a newscaster and then a play-by-play sports announcer at a 50,000-watt radio station. In 1971 Tom moved to Las Vegas to further his radio career before shifting to TV as an advertising consultant, TV host and creative advisor. He was just 24 years old when he opened his advertising and public relations business. During his career Letizia has represented some of the most successful businesses in Las Vegas and throughout the nation. He managed all of Mayor Oscar Goodman’s campaigns and two campaigns for Mayor Carolyn Goodman. Letizia’s 44 years of experience in working in the media has helped him become one of the most respected media advisors in the region. He joined the Foundation Board in 2014.

Judy Stokey serves as Vice President of Government and Community Strategy for NV Energy, Nevada’s largest electric utility.  In this capacity, she oversees government relations for both northern and southern Nevada as well as the company’s community relations initiatives.

She plays an integral role on the NV Energy Foundation Board, which provides funding to Nevada Organizations that support education, the environment, youth development, arts and multicultural outreach and health and human services.

She began her career with NV Energy more than 35 years ago.  Through the years, she advanced through various departments in the company, including system planning and operations, resource planning, regulatory, communications, public policy and, finally, government and community relations.  Her vast experience in the utility industry makes her a vital source of information for lawmakers and business leaders at the federal, state and local levels and a key member of the NV Energy team.

Mike McClary is a life-long resident of Las Vegas. He served with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for 32 years and retired in 2011 as an Assistant Sheriff. Mike now works as a contractor for the U.S. Navy, Naval Research Laboratory, Adversarial Modeling and Exploitation Office, and the Department of Homeland Security Human Behavioral Modeling Group for which he assists with research projects identifying behavioral indicators of threat for U.S. military and government agencies. Mike served as the President of the Friends of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation from 2008 through 2017.

Lori Mendenhall is a director with Las Vegas Paving Corp., a company founded by her father Robert L. Mendenhall in 1958 and is now Nevada’s top heavy civil construction company.  She is a life-long resident of Las Vegas.  The Mendenhall Family are proud supporters of Metro.  She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the UNLV Foundation.

Nina Radetich is the Vice President of Marketing & Development at Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada. In this role, she oversees marketing, communications, and fundraising for the organization.

Nina has a deep background in journalism, spending almost two decades as a television news anchor on both the NBC and ABC affiliates in Las Vegas.  Before landing at Make-A-Wish in 2018, Nina took the plunge into entrepreneurship with her own digital marketing agency.

Nina is a storyteller at heart and loves the opportunity to share the story of Make-A-Wish any chance she gets.  In her spare time, Nina spends every moment, she can with her husband, Jack, their 8-year-old son, Brady, and their two rescue mutts, Cash & Roxy.  You can usually find her cycling the streets of Vegas in the early morning hours.

Nevada State Assemblyman Tom Roberts, District 13 served the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department proudly and retired as Assistant Sheriff in 2017. Assemblyman Roberts served 10 years in the Air Force before joining LVMPD in 1993. Assignments at LVMPD have included hostage negotiator, helping to establish the LVMPD Crime Center to monitor crime cameras and manage police field resources, oversight of LVMPD patrol officers, member of the Executive Leadership Team, area command oversight, and Intergovernmental Services Director. Tom is also active on several law enforcement-related boards.

Richard S. Worthington has served as president & chief operating officer for Paradise Development Company and The Molasky Group of Companies since 1998. Worthington is responsible for providing leadership and management to the overall operations of a highly diversified and prolific family-owned real estate firm that has been at the forefront of the industry for more than 67 years.

During his tenure as president of the company, Worthington has initiated or completed construction on more than $2 billion in projects including 3000 multi-family units, 1.1 million SF of retail, 2 million RSF of Class-A office space, the 84-unit-$145 million Park Towers luxury condominium project, 17-story Molasky Corporate Center- Nevada’s largest LEED Gold certified office building, $40 million in aviation facilities, a 400-bed re-entry facility for the Nevada Department of Corrections as well as a 1,078-bed detention center which the company leases to Clark County and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Dr. Ren yu Zhang is a Colorectal Surgeon at Nevada Surgery and Cancer Care. He received his doctoral degree in medicine from the School of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Rochester. He holds bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Cell Biology. Dr. Zhang spent a year fellowship in research at the Cleveland Clinic focusing on surgical outcomes in colorectal surgery. In 2010 Dr. Zhang moved to Las Vegas to join a private medical group. He is one of 5 surgeons in the Las Vegas area to be double board-certified in both general and colorectal surgery. Dr. Zhang serves on the Surgical Quality Committee at the St. Rose Hospital Group. He is a member of the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board Health Care and Medical Service Sector Council, as well as Nevada State Cancer Advisory Board.

Staff

Tom Kovach, Executive Director
President, Donor Basis

Tom Kovach is president of DonorBasis – a firm he founded to help non-profit organizations working in the US and abroad to achieve greater good through improved fundraising, strategy, planning, executive management, and board development. In the summer of 2014, the Foundation Board asked Tom to lead their strategic planning efforts to create a larger, more professional, and sustainable LVMPD Foundation, and in January of 2015, the Board asked Tom to serve as the first Executive Director of the Foundation and to lead the implementation of the strategic plan.

Flor Bernal, Director of Finance and Operations
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Latoya Holman, Director of Community Outreach
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Melissa Martin, Executive Administrative Assistant
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Mary Ballinger, Administrative Assistant 
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The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization. Your contribution may be tax-deductible pursuant to the provisions of section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, 26 U.S.C. $170(c). All contributions are greatly appreciated.

Federal Tax ID Number: 88-0429730

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation
400 S. MLK Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89106.
Phone: 702-588-4422