LAS VEGAS/RENO – Easterseals Nevada (“ESN”) announced today that Northern Nevadans, Senior Judge Charles McGee and Michael Willden and Southern Nevadans, Bruce Familian, Dr. Mario Gaspar De Alba and Sara Partida, Esq. have joined the ESN Board of Directors.
Northern Nevada Board Expansion
Senior Judge Charles McGee is a native Nevadan and retired Family Court Judge who has dedicated his life to enhancing the lives of children and families. Judge McGee is a founding board member of Parents United and the Children’s Cabinet. He was also a founding director of Kid’s Korner, Silver State Academy and the Foster Care Board.
Michael Willden is also a native Nevadan and served the State of Nevada for 45 years, most recently as former Governor Brian Sandoval’s Chief of Staff. Willden also served as Director of the Nevada Department of Health and Services for over a decade. Upon retiring from the State in January, Willden accepted consulting positions with the Nevada System of Higher Education and The Perkins Company.
Southern Nevada Board Expansion
Bruce Familian is a Henderson-based real estate developer, general contractor, gaming license holder, casino operator and philanthropist. Familian owns Familian Development Corp and the Klondike Casino and has a long history of philanthropy and involvement in non-profits with previous service on the Advisory Board for the Special Olympics where he hosted an annual fundraiser for Special Olympics called Bowl for the Goal. Familian currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Congregation Ner Tamid.
Dr. Mario Gaspar De Alba is a board certified Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is an Associate Professor and Division Chief of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at UNLV School of Medicine. He was appointed the CDC’s Learn the Signs Act Early Ambassador to the state of Nevada from 2014-16. Dr. Gaspar De Alba provides assessments and Autism diagnostic services for ESN in Northern and Southern Nevada.
Sara Partida, Esq. is a native Nevadan with 15 years of experience in the areas of gaming, data privacy, energy and healthcare law and government affairs. Currently, Partida is a senior member of the Wynn Las Vegas legal team with previous service as a lobbyist with The Perkins Company and as Principal Deputy Legislative Counsel with the Legislative Counsel Bureau in Carson City. Partida has provided pro bono legal services to ESN and also volunteers her time with the Southern Nevada Senior Law Program and as a board member of the Association of Corporate Counsel.
“On behalf of Easterseals Nevada and the patients, clients and families we serve, I am honored to welcome this impressive group of new directors to the ESN board,” said Christine Zack, President, CEO. “I was privileged to have worked with many of the new board members in past roles in the healthcare industry and I am excited about the limitless possibilities for ESN with this incredible combination of talents.”
About Easterseals Nevada
Founded in 1976, ESN is an innovative healthcare and human services provider specializing in pediatric therapy and educational services in Southern & Northern Nevada. ESN provides Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy for children ages 0 to 3 in their homes through its Early Intervention Programs and for children of all ages in state-of-the-art Therapy Clinics located in Las Vegas and Reno.
ESN also provides capability enhancement and enrichment services for adults living in Southern Nevada and oversees Assistive Technology initiatives and Independent Living home and vehicle modification projects for all ages throughout Nevada.
ESN is an independent Nevada non-profit corporation that has entered into an affiliate agreement with Easterseals to use its logo and marks. To ensure support of the local non-profit, please direct all donation inquiries to Dawn Newburg 702-677-3570, firstname.lastname@example.org or please donate via ESN’s website: www.eastersealsnv.org
ESN remains committed to expanding the diversity of its Board of Directors and welcomes inquiries about Board and Committee opportunities from all residents of the state. Please direct inquiries about Board membership to ESN President/CEO, Christine Zack email@example.com.