Our Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors
Kim MacQuarrie, Chair
Founder/Co-Executive Director, Green Our Planet Inc.
Kim MacQuarrie is a writer, a four-time Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker, and an anthropologist. He has an undergraduate degree in biology, a master's in anthropology, and lived in Peru for five years. During part of that time he lived with a recently-contacted Amazonian tribe, the Yora. A native of Las Vegas who has lived and worked around the world, Kim's most recent book is "Life and Death in the Andes." You can find out more about him by visiting www.kimmacquarrie.com.
Ciara Byrne, Secretary/Treasurer
Founder/Co-Executive Director, Green Our Planet Inc.
Ciara Byrne is a documentary filmmaker and entrepreneur who set up and ran a film production company, Lion Television, with offices in LA and New York. During that time, she managed over 60 employees and produced hundreds of films a year for PBS, The Discovery Channel, National Geographic, PBS, BBC, Fox, and E! A native of Dublin, Ireland, Ciara has traveled the world and decided it's her mission to leave a positive impact on the planet.
President and CEO, Fremont Street Experience
Born in Ireland, Patrick Hughes began his career in Dublin, then worked in London, South Africa, and the Czech Republic before moving to Las Vegas in 1996. In 2014, Hughes and the Cannery were one of 10 Nevada employers to win the “Best Workplaces for Commuters” award a program designed to improve air quality, reduce road congestion, and encourage people to commute greenly. In 2013, Club Ride reduced almost 50 tons of carbon monoxide, helped save 5,000 gallons of gas and reduced 5 million miles of driving from southern Nevadan roads. “The success and development of the community is what drives us,” Patrick says. “We want to make sure the community succeeds.” In February, 2016, Hughes became President and CEO of the Fremont Street Experience.
Chief Awesomeness Officer, Switch
K. Overgaard is a partner in Switch and is Executive Vice President of Awesomeness with primary responsibility over brand and culture development. She directs all branding, communications and philanthropic endeavors for the company.A design and branding entrepreneur, Ms. Overgaard brings a rich background in environment design, culture mindfulness, creative direction and community development to all of Switch’s companies including SUPERNAP and The Innevation Center. Along with company Founder and CEO Rob Roy, Overgaard is passionately responsible for the company’s leadership commitment to STEAM education in Nevada.
Senior Litigation Partner, Firm of Hutchison & Steffen.
Joseph R. Ganley practices in virtually every aspect of business and commercial litigation, including real estate, construction employment, intellectual property, insurance, corporate and transactional, and contract litigation. A firm believer in building strong local communities, Ganley implemented an annual Blood Drive at his firm, which welcomes donors not only from the firm’s employees but the entire legal community and that benefits the Las Vegas chapter of the American Red Cross. He also spearheaded the firm’s perpetual clothing drive that provides needed donations for the Safe Nest domestic abuse shelter, and he volunteers at a local charter school that is in its second year of existence in the Las Vegas Valley. Originally from Weymouth, Massachusetts, Ganley is a graduate of the Boston School of Law and still holds season tickets to the Boston Red Socks and the New England Patriots.
“My passion in life is to be happy and strive for self actualisation for both myself and the people I come into contact with. I believe that "work" is a fantastic platform by which to change the world and have always tried to bring passion and purpose to the roles that I have had in my career. I have defined the ultimate KPI of my life as the total number of happy minutes in my life + the total of happy minutes I help others to haveI believe that my own personal happiness and self-actualisation is achieved when I:
- can identify with my life's purpose and bring meaning to my life, i.e. live life on purpose
- feel connected to people, build positive relationships and sense of community
- believe I am in control of my own destiny and see that what I am doing is in line with my purpose
- believe that I am making progress toward achieving my goals, i.e. I can measure myprogress
I realized that these steps to happiness and self-actualization can also be applied to any business, team family and community. Sadly, this is the ingredient missing from many companies. I am passionate about changing that.
Corporate Controller, NV5
Wendy Cashin is the Corporate Controller/Director of Finance and Accounting. She is responsible for the accounting operations of NV5, which includes the production of monthly financial reports, maintenance of accounting and project records, and a comprehensive set of controls and budgets designed to mitigate risk. She has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Arizona and has over twenty years of accounting and auditing experience in the construction and gaming industry.
Vice President & Relationship Manager, Bank of Nevada
Chris Gaynor is a local graduate of Valley High School (along with fellow board members Kristi Overgaard and Kim MacQuarrie), a graduate of UNLV, and is currently the Vice President and Relationship Manager at Bank of Nevada.
Regional General Manager, KB Home
Brian Kunec is the Division President for KB Home in Nevada. In his role, Brian oversees all aspects of operations for KB Home in the state of Nevada. He has over 14 years of experience in new home construction. Brian is a graduate of Lafayette College and holds a CPA license. In addition, he is a member of the Southern Nevada Homebuilder Association.
Associate, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Emily Ellis is an Associate in Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s Las Vegas office and a member of the Litigation Department. Emily focuses on complex commercial litigation and has litigated before the United States Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Nevada Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the District of Nevada, and the Eighth Judicial District Court, Clark County Nevada – Civil and Family Division. She has appeared before and argued in front of the Nevada Supreme Court. She is the Las Vegas chairperson of the firm's Karma Committee, a firm-wide committee focused on community relations and involvement, including the firm’s partnership with Bank of Nevada and Green Our Planet. In addition to facilitating charitable giving events, Emily is passionate about offering pro bono legal work to Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada.
VP of Sales and Marketing, Oasis Biotech
Nick is Vice President of sales and marketing at Oasis Biotech, one of the largest indoor hydroponic farming facilities of its kind in the U.S. Oasis Biotech utilizes its own state-of-the-art technology, precise growing methods, and qualified team members to bring local communities fresh, local and high-quality leafy greens, culinary herbs and non-traditional crops year-round, with minimal impact on the natural environment. The company launched a 200,000+ sqft facility in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2018.
Assistant Director of Culinary, Caesars Palace
Chef Zachary Hillberry is a decorated chef with more than 20 years of professional and enviable culinary experience. His talents in training and directing cooks and chefs have consistently allowed him to progress to positions of increasing challenge and responsibility. Chef Zachary’s dynamic, results-focused and contagious team-oriented spirit moved him through the ranks at Mandarin Oriental, Nobu, and Caesars Palace. Chef Zachary’s creative spirit and inventive approach to the world of culinary art have continued to open new and exciting ventures. He is recognized as a pre-opening expert with over 11 restaurants and 2 resorts under his belt. His most recent launches of note are Hell’s Kitchen Las Vegas and Hell’s Kitchen Dubai.
Principal, Nova Geotechnical & Inspection Services
James Bristow is an expert in construction materials testing with over 15 years of industry-specific experience, knowledge and expertise. As a UNLV graduate whom double-majored in both Civil Engineering and Political Science and a master’s degree in Civil Engineering, James has quickly become the source of knowledge and reference within the engineering community when it comes to materials testing and special inspections. James is passionate about developing his strengths in resolving material interface discrepancies, field-construction errors, and implementing nondestructive, and destructive investigation methods in order to assist contractors, owners, and public entities with resolving major milestone blocks that can occur during construction. Further, Mr. Bristow’s involvement with the local building departments and code councils has allowed him to take an active role in the code development process.
Head of Sustainability, The Venetian | The Palazzo | Sands Expo.
Pranav serves as the Head of Sustainability for The Venetian | The Palazzo | Sands Expo. He is responsible for leading the Sands ECO360 global sustainability program for some of the world’s largest integrated resorts and spearheading sustainability projects with both internal and external stakeholders. One of his top priorities is to inspire and develop a green culture throughout the resorts operations. He has extensive experience in corporate sustainability and social responsibility. He developed and implemented world class sustainability programs for numerous conglomerates and fortune 500 companies and managed diverse consulting projects from both public and private sectors. He provided engineering and management support to utilities and regulatory agencies running state-wide energy efficiency and sustainability programs in over ten states across US with combined budget over $2 billion. He managed and achieved LEED certifications for over 20 million square feet of property and also achieved significant cost savings and generated new revenue opportunities for companies by implementing numerous strategic & performance improvement measures. He has been directly responsible for several corporations earning reputable sustainability industry awards.
Our Advisory Board
Dr. Richard Leakey
Paleoanthropologist, Stony Brook University, Chair of Turkana Basin Institute
Dr. Richard Leakey is a politician, paleoanthropologist, and conservationist. He is the former director of the Kenya WildlifeService and is credited with helping to save Africa's elephantsfrom extinction. A feature film on his life, called Africa, is due out in theaters in 2017, directed by Angelina Jolie.
To read a message from Dr. Leaky, click here.
Backend Instructor, The IronYard
Jeff is an instructor with The IronYard in Las Vegas teaching Java and Spring to adult students. Formerly, he was the head engineer for a multimodal rideshare company called Shift which was dedicated to helping people move around the city in an all electric fleet. Jeff was the lead software engineer involved in building Green Our Planet's very first website.
Dr. Gard Jameson
Author and Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Dr. Jameson received his PhD from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2005. He teaches Chinese and Indian philosophy in the Philosophy Department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Prior to his tenure at UNLV, Mr. Jameson spent 25 years practicing as a Certified Public Accountant and Director of Financial Planning at Piercy, Bowler, Taylor & Kern and Touche Ross. He is the author of three books, Footprints on the Sands of Time, the story of his mentor, Dr. Raymond M. Alf, Phaethon, Our Mythic Moment, an ancient Greek tale that illuminates our current predicament, and Monkey, Our Mythic Moment, the grand epic of China. Mr. Jameson helped found and chairs the boards of the Children’s Advocacy Alliance, the Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada and the Nevada Institute for Spirituality in Healthcare. He is the Treasurer and Cofounder of VMSN (Volunteers in Medicine in Southern Nevada). Mr. Jameson also helped found the Nevada Community Foundation.
Restauranteur, Conservationist and Philanthropist
Born and raised in Michigan, Jenna graduated with a degree in political science from Northwestern University and has lived in Las Vegas since 2003. Together with her husband, she is a co-owner of the Morton Group, a restaurant development company with venues in Las Vegas, including La Cave Wine and Food Hideaway inside Wynn Resort, La Comida, a Mexican restaurant in downtown Las Vegas and CRUSH in the MGM Grand Resort. A committed conservationist, Jenna is on the Board of Trustees of the Springs Preserve, is co-chair of After School All Stars Las Vegas, and is a member of the Board of Directors for Community Cloud Forest Conservation. She also frequently travels to Jordan to aid in archaeological digs with her father, a professor of archaeology, and her mother, an expert in Middle Eastern textiles.
Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
Owen Carver is a social business & tech entrepreneur who has founded 2 businesses. He is also a community organizer whois passionate about using for-profit and social business models to create powerful social impact. In 2010 he founded AllinWebPro.com a web & graphic design company, and in 2013 launched Cafe do Paraiso, a coffee roasting company that donates $1 to education charities for every pound of coffee sold. Owen is also the grandson of Roy J Carver, an Iowan entrepreneur & philanthropist who donated over $90 million to the University of Iowa Hospitals. Continuing the family tradition, Owen has been an active philanthropist & community leader in Las Vegas, and oversees the contributions of his family's charitable foundation.
President, Skye Coaching
Stephanie Rosol works with leaders and teams to improve performance, enhance communication, and increase satisfaction in both professional and personal domains. As an executive coach and leadership consultant, she brings 25 years as a Senior Executive and Non-Profit Leader - perspectives from the front line to the board room, inside and outside of business - to listen and support organizational leaders as they navigate the choices in their lives. As Vice President of Human Resources for Wynn Las Vegas and as Corporate Director for Talent Development with Caesars Entertainment, she was responsible for organizational culture and engagement initiatives impacting more than 100,000 employees. As a graduate of The University of San Diego’s Masters of Science in Executive Leadership program she serves as a coach on the SupporTED Coaching Team for TED Fellows, for the Sundance Institute, the Unreasonable Institute, and for the Institute for Generative Leadership.
CEO and Entrepreneur
John Grady is the former CEO of Grady & Associates, an insurance firm that was sold to Wells Fargo Insurance Services in 2009. Grady has since opened G & L Insurance Agency and handles a select number of Employers and their benefit programs.
As a resident of Southern Nevada for over 30 years, the desire to give back to the community has as always been a strong driving force. As a Past Chairman of Crime Stoppers, member of the United Healthcare Children’s advisory board, as well as serving on the board of Goodwill of Southern Nevada for over 10 years, currently as Vice Chair, is a small way to pay back for all the good things the community has given Grady and his family.
When he is not working or donating his time, Grady can be found playing golf, exercising, or performing/singing with his duo at local spots around town.
Owner, Galt Development LLC
A second-generation Las Vegas native, Justin Anderson is truly a reflection of what Las Vegas has to offer; a roll up your sleeves work-ethic; a loyalty to community; a passion for growth; a work-hard/play-hard attitude; and a commitment to family.
Today Justin owns and operates multiple businesses in multiple industries from construction & development to event photography. He is also a board member for Los Vaqueros Las Vegas and an active participant in many industry associations.
Human Resources Director, Clark County School District
Jennifer Mayon is a leadership professional who has experience in both the private and public sectors. She is currently employed as a Human Resources Director with the Clark County School District, the nation’s fifth largest school district. Jennifer is a native Nevadan from Reno and graduated from UNLV after studying, traveling, and volunteering while living in Israel. Jennifer was the Curriculum Chair for the Las Vegas Chamber’s 2017 Leadership Las Vegas Program (2014 alumna). With her passion to be a warrior of change through acts of kindness…what she refers to as “AOKs,” Jennifer gives back to the community through hands-on volunteerism. You will likely find Jennifer focusing her spare time on activities that spark joy - spending time with family, at the Krav Mga (mixed martial arts) studio, cooking, and traveling.
Marketing Manager, Oasis Biotech
With more than a dozen years of corporate experience, Michelle manages Oasis Biotech’s marketing department. She brings in-depth insight and practical knowledge gained from many industries including gaming, food & beverage, healthcare, government, non-profit and retail. Prior to joining Oasis Biotech, Michelle held several roles at VIRGEN Advertising in Las Vegas including Director of Public Relations & Social Media and Marketing Manager for more than six years. At the agency, she was in strategic planning, account management, brand development, public relations, digital media, social media, email marketing and beyond. She graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor's degree in Communications.