We are LVMPD Foundation
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation (LVMPD Foundation) – the Friends of Metro – is a 501(c)3 non- profit organization that raises funds to support and supplement Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department programs and initiatives.
The LVMPD Foundation was established in 1999 and is dedicated to supporting LVMPD area commands, special units, equipment, training, and hundreds of community engagement programs and initiatives that build relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Officers are here to Protect and Serve our Community and together with law enforcement, we can help make our neighborhoods safer for all.
Please join us in our important work by contributing as generously as you can.
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Meet the Board
TODD FASULO, VICE PRESIDENT OF SECURITY AND CRISIS MANAGEMENT, WYNN LAS VEGAS/ LVMPD FOUNDATION BOARD PRESIDENT
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.
MIKE HOWARD – HOWARD CONSULTING SERVICES, LLC / LVMPD FOUNDATION BOARD VICE PRESIDENT
Mike Howard started off his career as a police officer in Oakland, California. He worked there for a few years and then decided that he wanted to see the world a little bit and get involved in other activities. So, he eventually joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1980 and did 22 years there. He spent the first six years in their Office of Security, doing investigations, physical security, and executive protection. Then he switched over to the Clandestine Operations side of the house and worked primarily in the Counterterrorism Center where most of the work he did was either in Africa or Asia. Mike spent about two or three years doing some other things like working HR, career development, mentoring. He worked for the Office of Military Affairs as an executive director, sort of working between the Agency and the military fostering better operational relations. Mike worked as an investigator for the Inspector General’s Office, and then ended up his career as a chief-of-station in one of their domestic stations.
Mike joined Microsoft in 2002, first worked in running Executive Protection for a year, before being promoted to Chief Security Officer.
As Chief Security Officer of Microsoft, Mike was responsible for global physical security operations for a company with a footprint spanning 190 countries and more than 138,000 employees. As a global organization, the security team must prepare for an evolving physical threat environment. Mike, who oversaw a division of seasoned security professionals across the globe, had a sophisticated arsenal of tools and advanced threat assessment protocols. The tools include advanced analytics, artificial intelligence, IOT, machine learning and leveraging Microsoft’s intelligent cloud and intelligent edge.
Mike retired from Microsoft in 2018 and now lives with his wife Janice in Las Vegas, Nevada.
JOE MURPHY, III, FOUNDING PARTNER & CEO, MURPHY ELECTRIC, INC./ LVMPD FOUNDATION BOARD TREASURER
Joe Murphy is founding partner and Chief Executive Officer 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 LVMPD Foundation, he serves on the Board of Trustees of the UNLV Foundation and is a member and moderator of YPO.
TOM KOVACH, PRESIDENT OF DONORBASIS LLC/ LVMPD FOUNDATION BOARD SECRETARY
Tom Kovach is president of DonorBasis, LLC – 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, Tom began to serve as the first Executive Director of the Foundation and to lead the implementation of the strategic plan.
STEVEN ALBRIGHT, VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKET DEVELOPMENT, INTERMOUNTAIN HEALTHCARE
Albright serves as vice president of market development for Intermountain Healthcare, an integrated, not-for-profit health system. He has a passion for improving access to extraordinary healthcare and superior service at an affordable cost to Nevada’s communities. Before Intermountain, Steve worked for Dignity Health as Executive Director for Market Development, overseeing strategy and sales in the Nevada-service area. He received his MBA in Business Administration and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
MARTINA BAUHAUS, ASSISTANT GENERAL COUNSEL, LVMPD
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 a 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.
RON COURY, AUTHOR OF TENACITY
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 sixth annual Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo Memorial Scholarship Fund. Along with the foundation, Coury has served on a number of community service boards.
SUSAN CUSHMAN, ASSISTANT U.S. ATTORNEY, UNITED STATES ATTORNEY’S OFFICE – DISTRICT OF NEVADA
Susan Cushman currently serves in the U.S. Attorney’s Office – District of Nevada. She began her career in law after graduating from Marquette University Law School in 1988. Susan began practicing law and developed and prosecuted criminal cases across New York, Colorado, Northern California, Hawaii, and the District of Columbia. As an attorney with over 20 years of experience conferring with law enforcement partner agencies, Susan is a valued member on the Board of Directors. Throughout her career, Susan has received multiple awards including Case of the Year – Operation Midnight Madness, HIDTA Pacific Region in 2007, Case of the Year – Operation USO Family, HIDTA Pacific Region in 2008 and, FBI Director’s Award – Operation Broken Spoke in 2018.
UNDERSHERIFF CHRISTOPHER DARCY, LVMPD / LVMPD FOUNDATION BOARD EXECUTIVE STAFF LIAISON
With more than 28 years of law enforcement experience, Undersheriff Christopher Darcy currently leads the Law Enforcement Investigations and Support Group at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
Throughout his career, he has had the privilege of leading many diverse divisions and bureaus at LVMPD, including serving as the deputy chief of the Homeland Security Division and the Investigative Services Division, director of the Southern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center, and bureau commander of the Major Violators Central Narcotics Bureau, Gang/Narcotics Crimes Bureau, and the Internal Affairs Bureau.
Working in close partnership with the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and other federal, state, and local agencies, Assistant Sheriff Darcy has built important relationships for LVMPD in order to help make the city a safer place for all members of the community.
Undersheriff Sheriff Darcy earned his Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Shippensburg University and a Master of Arts degree in organizational leadership. Additionally, he is a graduate of the 232nd Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy and the Aspen Institute Executive Leadership Development Course.
ORLANDO DE CASTROVERDE, PARTNER, DE CASTROVERDE LAW GROUP
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 active in the Southern Nevada community, serving as a member of the Nevada Justice Association’s membership committee and as a Guardian of Justice. He supports the Dave Rice Foundation, UNLV athletics, the UNLV Rebel Girls, and the Lindsay Bennett Memorial, a local charity named after the late UNLV Rebel Girl that is dedicated to deterring drunk driving.
JAMES “JIM” FERRENCE, PRESIDENT, CONSILI, INC.
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 LVMPD Foundation Board of Directors.
BRENT GARDNER, SENIOR GENERAL MANAGER, FASHION SHOW LAS VEGAS
Brent Gardner is the Senior General Manager for Fashion Show Las Vegas. Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Brent attended Purdue University where he received his Bachelor’s of Science in Selling and Sales Management. Brent pursued his career in retail real estate management thereafter and has been privileged to work at numerous shopping centers spanning thirteen cities across the southern United States from Los Angeles, California to Orlando, Florida. Brent and his wife Christina moved to Las Vegas in 2018 and in 2020 welcomed their first child, Josephine. Brent received his MBA from UNLV in November 2020 and looks forward to further cementing his roots in our wonderful community.
TOM LETIZIA, PRESIDENT, LETIZIA AGENCY
Tom Letizia started his broadcasting career in 1970 as a disc jockey in Anchorage, Alaska where 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 LVMPD Foundation Board in 2014.
MELISSA MEACHAM-GROSSMAN, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF BUSINESS STRATEGY & DEVELOPMENT, POSITION SPORTS
Melissa Meacham-Grossman is Senior Vice President of Business Strategy and Development for Position Sports, a premium event production and brand marketing firm. A veteran in the sports event production industry, Meacham-Grossman has spent the past two-plus decades in Las Vegas as a leader in her field.
Meacham-Grossman was an associate executive director for ESPN Events, where she served as a member of its leadership team focused on event operations. She produced the Las Vegas Bowl, featuring teams from the Mountain West and Pac-12 conferences, the Wooden Legacy basketball tournament in Anaheim, the Collegiate Esports Championship in Houston, and the College Basketball Awards Show, televised live on ESPN from Los Angeles.
While working with the Las Vegas Bowl, Meacham-Grossman conceptualized and launched a ground-breaking initiative with the creation of The Huddle, a women’s group that supports the mission of the bowl and works to elevate its presence.
Before working at ESPN, Meacham-Grossman was the director of marketing for UNLV Athletics for seven years, managing all marketing efforts for the Rebels’ 17 NCAA Division I sports programs.
Meacham-Grossman made her mark in the Las Vegas community managing the community relations efforts for UNLV Athletics. She spent more than a decade serving on the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors and is involved in the National Charity League and the Young Men’s Service League. She is also a member of Leadership Henderson Elite.
LORI MENDENHALL, DIRECTOR, LAS VEGAS PAVING CORP.
Lori Mendenhall is a director with Las Vegas Paving Corp., Nevada’s top-heavy civil construction company, founded by her father Robert L. Mendenhall in 1958. She is a life-long resident of Las Vegas and serves on the Board of Trustees of the UNLV Foundation. The Mendenhall Family are proud supporters of LVMPD.
ARMON MILLS, DIRECTOR, GENERAL MANAGEMENT, BUSINESS CONSULTING AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS, CBIZ MHM, LLC
Armon Mills is a Director in the Irvine office of CBIZ with a focus on General Management, Business Consulting and Community Relations.
Armon has over 20 years of Public Accounting experience as an Auditor and was a managing partner in St. Louis, Kansas City and Minneapolis with a previous National CPA firm.
Armon spent over 30 years publishing local Business Journals and was President & Chief Operating Officer of a Public Company that started and purchased 35 local Business Journals in the United States. He was also the President and Publisher of local Business Journals in Phoenix Arizona, San Jose/Silicon Valley and San Diego California. After 10 years as President and Publisher of the San Diego Business Journal, Armon retired on December 31, 2016, and joined CBIZ in Irvine, California in January 2017. He continues to have the title of Publisher Emeritus of the San Diego Business Journal.
Armon has been very active in local communities and is a Life Member of the San Diego Holiday Bowl. He continues to serve on the board of the San Diego University Club and is Director Emeritus of the San Diego Police Foundation.
Armon received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Southwestern College in Winfield Kansas.
NAMI ONEDA, FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT, THE GRATITUDE PROJECT
Nami Oneda is the Founder and President of The Gratitude Project. Although Nami has been pursuing a career as a fitness professional since 2008, she always had a passion to volunteer and donate to various causes, especially those relating to first responders, military, veterans, and K9 units. Some of the multiple charities she has supported are USO, Mission K9 Rescue, US Vets, Wounded Warrior Project, Canine Companions for Independence, and Injured Police Officers Fund.
After founding The Gratitude Project from the aftermath of 1 October, Nami launched the Hidden Heroes Gala for the LVMPD Foundation in 2018. In 2019, The Gratitude Project was honored to collaborate with the Foundation to officially launch the annual Hidden Heroes Gala of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation. Nami looks forward to working with her fellow Board of Directors to further expand their mission to honor and thank our heroes who protect and serve our communities.
NINA RADETICH, INTERIM CEO, MAKE-A-WISH SOUTHERN NEVADA
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.
THOMAS “TOM” ROBERTS, ASSEMBLYMAN, STATE OF NEVADA – DISTRICT 13
Nevada State Assemblyman for District 13, Tom Roberts, has the privilege of having served his country and Nevada for the last 35 years, first as Airman at the United States Air Force and secondly joining the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in 1993 where he retired as Assistant Sheriff in 2017. Assignments at LVMPD 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.
JUDY STOKEY, VICE PRESIDENT OF GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITY STRATEGY, NV ENERGY
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 in various departments of 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.
JAMIE L. THALGOTT, SHAREHOLDER, BROWNSTEIN HYATT FARBER SCHRECK
Jamie Thalgott has served as a shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP since 2019. A Las Vegas local, Jamie grew up in Downtown Las Vegas until she ventured off to Washington D.C. to attend Georgetown University. Upon graduation in 2007, she then left for Nashville, Tennessee to attend Vanderbilt University where she earned a Juris Doctor degree.
In 2010, Jamie moved back to her hometown of Las Vegas to clerk for Judge James Mahan in the U.S. District Court and shortly after, she then began her career at the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP. In 2016, Jamie accepted an offer to work for the City Attorney’s Office in Henderson and spent almost four years representing the Planning Commission and assisting the Community Development & Services, Governmental Affairs, Property Management and Redevelopment Departments. She later returned to Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP as a shareholder, focusing on real estate, land use and development work. Her significant other is a LVMPD detective at the Northwest Area Command station and her dedication to the Valley makes her a great addition to the LVMPD Foundation.
RICHARD S. WORTHINGTON, PRESIDENT AND COO, THE MOLASKY GROUP OF COMPANIES
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.
Meet the Staff
TOM KOVACH, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
MARY BALLINGER, VOLUNTEER RELATIONS COORDINATOR
FLOR BERNAL, DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND OPERATIONS
REBECCA CARTAGENA, EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
ASHLEY FAYERVERGER, PROGRAM SUPPORT SPECIALIST
LATOYA HOLMAN, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY OUTREACH
JENNIFER JENNINGS, RETAIL PROGRAM COORDINATOR
JENNY MCOMIE, BOOKKEEPER
PAMELA PUPPEL, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS
JASON WILLIAMS, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
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