The Vote Is In, Board Changes and a New Executive Committee

Four years ago, NPF had its first board of directors meeting in the small office of our previous board president Jeff Wagner. The small group was made up of our founding board members, who set into motion the bylaws and mission on which our organization now runs. Part of these bylaws are that every four years, a new executive committee is elected to oversee our organization.

Our executive committee has been essential to the success and growth of our organization and, like all nonprofits, will continue to be moving forward as well. The executive committee acts as the right hand for our executive director and staff, and offers us advice and support in the day to day dealings of NPF. They also step in when major decisions need to be made and there isn’t sufficient time to hold a board meeting. Without a strong executive committee, it can be very hard for a non-profit to move forward.

A Big Round of Applause

First off, we’d like to thank our past executive committee members for their commitment to NPF and all the hard work they have put in to getting us this far down the road. Previous executive committee members included Board President Jeff Wagner, Vice President Clair Canup, Secretary Adrian Matanza and Treasurer Bob Linden. All of these folks deserve a big “thank you” for shepherding us through NPF’s first four years of operation.

Special thanks are in order for our past board president Jeff Wagner, who is also one of the four founding members of NPF. We are truly appreciative of all the work Jeff has done to get us off the ground.

NPF’S New Executive Committee

So without further adieu, we’d like to introduce you to our new executive committee: Board President Clair Canup, Vice President Chris Brooks, Secretary Jennifer Gaynor and Treasurer Bob Linden.

As previous vice president, Clair is no stranger to the responsibilities of the executive committee. The next four years are slated to be major years of growth for NPF, and our new executive committee is looking forward to driving us forward on this. When asked about her vision for the next four years as the new board president, Clair responded with the following:

“Our overarching goal is to build a strong, motivated and energetic preservation presence here in Nevada. We have already seen the beginnings of this here in Southern Nevada and can use our early success as a catalyst for our future growth. We will be working hard to continue contributing to the revitalization here in Las Vegas and ensuring that historic preservation plays an important part in meeting our community’s needs. We are also eager to grow our efforts into the surrounding communities. Over the next few years, we will be branching out to other metropolitan and rural areas in Nevada.”

– Clair Canup, board president

That’s quite a vision and we couldn’t be more excited! We have no doubt that our new executive committee will help us in achieving these goals. We look forward to putting them to work as NPF embarks on even more exciting endeavors through the end of 2016, 2017, and beyond.

New Faces on the Board

We are also excited to announce that our Board of Directors has added a new member: Susan Fisher. Susan is a public policy specialist and serves as Government Affairs Group vice president at McDonald Carano Wilson. She has a background in the energy industry, formerly serving as executive vice president for Valley Electric Association, Inc., a cooperative electric utility headquartered in Southern Nevada. A graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, Susan has lived all over the state in rural Nevada, Reno, and now in Las Vegas, which means she brings a unique understanding of the historic neighborhoods and buildings from all parts of our great state. Welcome, Susan!

And last but not least, we will be saying goodbye to Adrian Matanza as he has recently accepted an exciting new position out of state. Adrian has been an amazing asset for our organization over this last year and was instrumental in helping to grow our Home + History event with LVCVA this last year. He will be missed. We wish you all the best in your new adventure Adrian!

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