Board Governance

St. Jude’s Ranch for Children’s Board of Trustees functions as the governing board, setting the strategy and direction for the entire organization. Nevada's Community Advisory Board assists in local fundraising and awareness building efforts. The Community Advisory Board appoints three representatives to sit as members on the Board of Trustees.

Board of Trustees

  • Lance T. Knight Capital Insight Partners Las Vegas, NV (Board Chair)
  • Kenneth Jones American Kiosk Management Las Vegas, NV (Secretary/Treasurer)
  • Vince Eckelkamp Eckelkamp Retirement Planning Las Vegas, NV
  • Laura Donahue Retired-Nestle USA, ConAgra Foods,  Henderson, NV
  • J. Scott Sasso Toyota Financial Savings Bank Henderson, NV
  • Linda Faiss Faiss, Foley and Warren Boulder City, NV
  • Tom Jannarone Mesquite Gaming Henderson, NV
  • Mike Fath Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer for Caesers Entertainment Corporation Las Vegas, NV

Community Advisory Board

  • Laura Donahue Retired-Nestle USA, ConAgra Foods,  Henderson, NV - Community Advisory Board Chair
  • Jay Ship Xs & Os of Success Las Vegas, NV
  • Ronni Council Organized Karma Las Vegas, NV
  • Brian Essex Aim Financial Boulder City, NV
  • Michelle Usher Black & Veatch Corporation Henderson, NV
  • Vic "Vegas" Moea Food Network, A&E, Spike TV, Nicholas & Company Executive Chef Las Vegas, NV
  • Dawn Gibbons National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Las Vegas, NV
  • Gard Jameson University of Nevada Las Vegas  Boulder City, NV
  • Tom Jannarone Mesquite Gaming Henderson, NV

Honorary Advisory Board Members

Lindsey Slanker (Honorary Trustee) October Inc. Las Vegas, NV

Sherman Frederick (Honorary Trustee) Stephens Media Las Vegas, NV


 Executive Management Team

The Executive Team at St. Jude’s Ranch for Children is committed to delivering the highest quality program services to our children. Our staff is comprised of dedicated professionals – many of whom are licensed and certified in their fields – from a variety of backgrounds including finance, management consulting, nursing, child care, compliance, communications and event planning.

Our team is passionate about our kids and they come first in all we do. As such and in order to sustain the campuses and their initiatives, we hold fiscal responsibility and the careful management of funds entrusted to us at the highest priority. Our goal is to ensure children recapture lost childhoods and have the opportunity to just be kids for the first time.


Mark Whitley

Chief Executive Officer


Myesha Wilson

Executive Director

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Pamela Carlston

Director of Development


Bob Kneesel