Mark Karris is a husband and father to three children: Ellie, Sienna, and Max who is on the Autism Spectrum Disorder. Originally from Boston, MA, Mark and his wife Suzy moved to Las Vegas in 1999 and have had its sand in their boots ever since. A practicing attorney since 1995, Mark enjoys traveling with his family, golfing, watching his daughters perform on stage and compete on the ice. Recently Mark transitioned his law practice to work from home so that he could spend more time with Max and expand the number of hours and types of therapy that Max receives. Thankful for the advocacy and support groups like FEAT, Mark has devoted time towards raising awareness and fundraising to assist FEAT with its many programs that serve the So. Nevada autism community.
Jennifer Strobel is an avid supporter of families affected by Autism in Southern Nevada. Jennifer was a FEAT board member for over five years and has been the Executive Director for FEAT over 9 years. Jennifer resides with her husband Mike and has three children Taylor 22, Peyton 21 and Brenden 10. Jennifer's daughter Peyton was diagnosed with autism at the age four and began intensive ABA therapy shortly thereafter. It is Jennifer's goal to help educate the Las Vegas Valley on Autism and also be a resource for families that need support, encouragement and hope through FEAT of Southern Nevada.
Chris Humes grew up in Las Vegas and graduated from Green Valley High School. He has a bachelors in ASL Sign Language Interpreting from Western Oregon University, a masters in special education from Portland State University and a JD from UNLV School of Law. He was in the Army National Guard for 6 years and a special education teacher for 9 years (5 in CCSD) teaching students with visual impairments (braille, assistive tech, accomodations). He is currently an attorney at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP. Chris is thrilled to be a board member for FEAT of Southern Nevada and looks forward to help improve the lives of individuals affected by autism.
Dr. Ashley Hoban is a Las Vegas native where she attended Las Vegas Day School, Bishop Gorman HS and UNLV School of Dental Medicine. She has also attended and graduated with degrees from California Lutheran University and Baylor College of Dentistry. Dr. Hoban is a board certified pediatric dentist and owner of Summerlin Pediatric Dentistry. She is married with 2 children: Nathan 5 yrs and Charlotte 1 yr. Dr. Hoban loves helping where she can and spreading the word about our great organization.
Jon is originally from rural Nebraska. He completed his undergraduate work at Wayne State College and attended law school at the University of Nebraska. He relocated to Las Vegas after law school in 2007. Jon is a partner at McCormick Barstow, LLP and has been with the firm for 11 years. He lives in Summerlin with his wife, Kelle, and their two children. Jon's family has been directly impacted by autism, and he is grateful to be part of FEAT and its outstanding work in the Las Vegas community
Matt is part owner and vice president of AMR Group, an International Logistics specialist shipping U.S. companies to Tradeshows and events world-wide. Originally from New York, Matt has lived in Las Vegas for 12 years with his wife Monica and their 3 children, Mauricio 15, Giovanna 10, and Julian 9. Giovanna was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 4 which led them to discovering FEAT. He has become an active board member as a way of giving back to the organization that provided them with so much assistance, and resources for the last 6 years.
Eumelia "Mel" Johnson, P.E. is the founder and Principal of CEEC, Inc., a minority owned business firm that specializes in providing construction management and environmental mitigation implementation services for mainly heavy highway construction projects. She has been in business for over 17 years in Southern Nevada. Mel resides with her husband Michael and has 2 children, Dante 25 and Gabriela (Gabie) 22. Gabie was diagnosed with autism at age three and is on the low spectrum having echolalia and aggression. Gabie has transitioned into adulthood and is now living on her own home under the Desert Regional Center under the Intensive Supportive Living Assistance (ISLA) Program having 24-hour staff caring for her in her home and works at Chrysalis. Her brother Dante lives in Greeley, CO. Mel currently facilitates the monthly FEAT Adult Support Group Meetings.
Paul is a native of the Las Vegas Valley where he grew up in Henderson and attended Basic High School. He graduated from UNLV with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and an MBA. A longtime arena and entertainment executive, he is currently the Vice President of Entertainment with Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. He enjoys spending time with his wife Cammy and three children.
Annie Cleveland is the Corporate Director of Human Resources Compliance for Station Casinos in Las Vegas, NV. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a Hospitality Management degree in 2002 and started her career with Station Casinos that same year. She has held numerous positions within the organization in food and beverage, training and human resources. In her current role, she specializes in I-9 and ACA compliance. She achieved her SHRM-CP (Society of Human Resources - Certified Professional) in February 2018.
Annie grew up in Bend, Oregon and moved to Las Vegas in 1997 to attend the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She met her husband Chris Cleveland, Senior Product Manager with Aristocrat Gaming, in Las Vegas and they have been married since 2007. They have one son, Jace Cleveland, who is five and a half years old and was diagnosed with autism in 2018. One of the first organizations that she learned about since Jace's diagnosis was FEAT of Southern Nevada, which provided information on autism and ABA Therapy. This was the starting point for getting him the help he needs to be successful. She is thrilled and honored to be a part of the board for this amazing organization.
Scott is a husband and father of three children . Ashlynn, Aiden and Zach who is on the Autism spectrum. Scott has been the automotive sales industry for 30 years with the last 10 years being with the Findlay Auto Group in an assortment of roles. Currently the General Manager of Findlay North Volkswagen where he was introduced to FEAT through a charity fundraising event he held at the dealership. As a father of a child on the spectrum, he fully appreciates the daily challenges, and rewards, that having someone on the spectrum can present. He hopes his activism in the community will help bring additional awareness to FEAT of Southern Nevada and the families it assists.
My name is Martha, I have two children Bianca 23 and Rafael 14. I was born in Nicaragua and I'm fluent in Spanish.
My son Rafael has Angelman Syndrome and Epilepsy. When Rafael was 3 years old I was employed by NEIS as a Family Specialist and I worked in the Early Intervention field until Rafael was about 11 years old. I then moved to work at a therapy center until becoming part of the FEAT Family as their Family Specialist.
I'm a Partners in Policy Making graduate. I have been involved with Milagros Escondidos and was a board member for Family Ties. Currently I'm a board member for the ICC Family Resource Committee.
Christopher Bache is the founder of Logomix.com, a technology driven website helping business owners create a brand for their company. Logomix.com designs more than 1 million logos per month in 150+ countries. Chris is also a partner in Red Carpet VIP and Limitless Management Group, Las Vegas' largest and longest running nightclub hosting and management company. Chris is a Board Member and Camp Director for the Torino Foundation, a non-profit that conducts summer camps for children with autism and heart challenges. He has been President of FEAT for one year and is looking forward to expanding the organization to serve more families who have a child on the autism spectrum.
Jessica Loggins is a Las Vegas native and attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas and graduated with a Business Management degree. She is currently the Co-owner and Operations Director of an ecommerce business specializing in seasonal depression medical devices. She also serves as the Volunteer Director for Torino Foundation, a local Las Vegas non-profit that holds summer camp programs for children with special needs. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.
As Chief Executive Officer at Encore Productions for over twenty years, Phil brings strength, vision and years of experience to the Encore line-up. His major in Cinematography and Theater Arts at Ohio State University initially led him into feature film and commercial production; however, after he moved to Las Vegas, he shifted his focus to convention and trade show production. Phil has since overseen Encore's rapid growth, as well as producing hundreds of shows for a wide range of clients including IBM, Sony, and General Motors. Phil's technical expertise and production expertise are widely recognized and highly regarded throughout the industry. He is often asked to speak at conventions and gatherings related to event and presentation technology.