About Us 2017-09-25T17:29:16+00:00

We Are the Friends of Metro

The Friends of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation was established in 1999 and is dedicated to supporting programs that help keep our community safer. 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, work places, and this destination location even safer.

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

Board of Directors

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 has been the President of the Friends of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation since 2008.
Assistant Sheriff 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.
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 currently a property partner in Henderson Kia. 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 third annual Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo Memorial Scholarship Fund. Along with the foundation, Coury has served on a number of community service boards.
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.
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.
Martina Geinzer is currently serving as Assistant General Counsel for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Geinzer 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, Geinzer left her position as Senior Deputy Attorney General at the Nevada Attorney General’s office to join LVMPD.
Mr. Rabbat is an attorney with Enenstein Ribakoff LaVina & Pham. Rabbat focuses on complex commercial disputes in both state and federal courts. He is also author of ‘Application of Share-Price Discounts and Their Role in Dictating Corporate Behavior.’ Along with being a director on the Friends of LVMPD Foundation board, Mr. Rabbat is a founding member and director of the Armenian Lighthouse Charitable Foundation; a California non-profit providing aid to underprivileged and at-risk women and children of Armenia.
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.

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.
Matt McCarthy joined the LVMPD in 1992 and has served in a number of field and leadership roles, including currently a member of the Executive Leadership Team. Assignments have included the Sexual Assault and Robbery units, Quality Assurance, Internal Affairs, and the Southern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center. He has overseen area commands and helped initiate the Violent Crimes Bureau. McCarthy has received a number of awards including the Medal of Valor and the Purple Heart. He serves on the Advisory Board of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. He recently completed his MPA at UNLV. Matt joined the Foundation Board in 2014.
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.
Scott Roberts is the Vice President of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and President of the UNLV Foundation. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the College of the Ozarks and earned a Master of Public Administration degree at University of Nevada Las Vegas. Roberts specializes in strategic planning, budgeting, fundraising, event planning, staff management and coaching at UNLV. Before moving to Las Vegas in 2010, Roberts was the Director of University Development at Pittsburgh State University in Kansas. He also was District Executive of the Ozark Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America. Roberts began his career as a professional basketball player in Sweden. Along with the LVMPD Foundation Board, Roberts is also on the Board of Directors for CASE – Council for Advancement & Support of Education.

Ms. Clements is the Director of Marketing at The Shops at Crystals. She is responsible for marketing and advertising for more than 60 luxury brands. Clements is also a member of the American Marketing Association. Born and raised in San Francisco, Monique has been a Las Vegas resident since 2007. Married to LVMPD officer Brice Clements, she and her husband like to travel, dine out, and raise their three
fur babies.
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.
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 amongst all facets of commercial real estate. Jordan is an avid aviator, proud father, and 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 Director role at the Friends of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation a perfect fit.

Staff

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 Friends of Metro, 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.
Kathy worked in the airline industry for more than 25 years. Since then she has used her extensive organizational skills in other businesses and volunteering. Kathy has volunteered for LVMPD since 2009. She is active in the Blue Star Mothers of Henderson/Boulder City and many other non-profits.

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The Friends of 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

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

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