Board | Committees
NPF Board of Directors
Wendy Van Vacter | President
Russ Rowe | Vice President
Russ works in the arena of government affairs focusing on zoning and land use planning and has represented various gaming clients, nonprofits, and public agencies. He obtained his law degree from the University of San Diego and has represented clients before the Nevada legislature since 2001. His extensive board experience includes the Urban Land Institute, AFAN, and Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance. A 40-year resident of Nevada and a graduate of UNLV, Russ resides in Henderson with his wife and two daughters.
Frank Woodbeck | Treasurer
Jennifer Gaynor | Secretary
Craig Sean Palacios, AIA
Craig is a practitioner and academic of building science. As a practitioner, Craig is the co-founder and co-owner of Bunnyfish Studio. Since the founding of Bunnyfish in 2011, Craig has been mostly focused on transforming the small downtown Las Vegas community into a thriving global economic hub.
In academia, Craig is an architectural historian, university instructor, lecturer, and writer. In practice, Craig has been critical to a new found interest in saving Nevadas stock of historical buildings. Starting with downtown Las Vegas, Craig has worked with owners and the community to preserve or adaptively re-use buildings.
Amy is a veteran educator in the Clark County School District, currently serving students, teachers, administrators, and other stakeholders as an administrator in the K-12 Literacy and Language Development Department. Originally from Illinois, Amy is almost considered a local after recently reaching her 20th year of Las Vegas residency, and she is also a proud UNLV Rebel, holding a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and Master of Arts in Urban Leadership degrees from the university. Amy is a self-described "history geek" and enjoys researching, developing, and facilitating opportunities for others to engage with Nevada history; she served as a volunteer tour guide for the Neon Museum from 2010-2018, and she has volunteered for the Nevada Preservation Foundation. Recently, Amy purchased a 1954 ranch home in the John S. Park neighborhood downtown and is working to restore the home to its original mid-century aesthetic.
Steven is co-owner of The Doyle in downtown Las Vegas. He is an artist, developer and business owner. Steven lives in the historic John S. Park neighborhood with his wife Mary Ellen and daughter Maye.
Jon Sparer, FAIA
Jonathan is an award winning designer responsible for international resort and gaming projects such as the Borgata in Atlantic City, MGM Macau and as the Executive Architect for the Mirage, Treasure Island and Bellagio projects as well as community-focused projects Congregation Ner Tamid in Henderson and the Gay & Lesbian Center of Southern Nevada (The Center) in Las Vegas. Jon served as President of American Institute of Architecture Nevada (AIA NV) and AIA Las Vegas (AIA LV) and currently serves as the Nevada Fellow representative in the AIA Western Mountain Region. He received both the Nevada Silver Medal and Nevada Service Awards and was elevated into the prestigious AIA College of Fellows for his professional portfolio of work and extensive volunteer service. He also serves or has served on the board of directors for numerous organizations including The Center, Discovery Children's Museum and Jewish Family Service Agency (JFSA). Jon, originally from New York, currently lives in Las Vegas with his husband and fellow architect John Klai, FAIA and their 2 puppies in their extensively remodeled, circa 1951 mid-century home in McNeil Estates.