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.

Board of Trustees

  • Lance T. Knight Capital Insight Partners LV, NV (Board Chair)
  • Kenneth Jones American Kiosk Management LV, NV (Secretary/Treasurer)
  • Jon Taffer Spike TV's Bar Rescue, Taffer Dynamics, LV, NV
  • Sheila Marcello, Taffer Dynamics, LV, NV
  • Vince Eckelkamp Eckelkamp Retirement Planning LV, NV
  • J. Scott Sasso Toyota Financial Savings Bank Henderson, NV
  • Linda Faiss Faiss Foley Warren Las Vegas, NV
  • Tom Jannarone Mesquite Gaming Henderson, NV
  • Mike Fath Caesers Entertainment Corporation LV, NV

Community Advisory Board

Our Community Advisory Board assists in local fundraising and awareness building efforts.

  • Jay Ship Xs & Os of Success LV, NV
  • Ronni Council Organized Karma LV, NV
  • Brian Essex Aim Financial Boulder City, NV
  • Michelle Usher Black & Veatch Corporation Henderson, NV
  • Tom Jannarone Mesquite Gaming Henderson, NV
  • Veronica Bonazza Terry Fator Companies, Las Vegas, NV
  • Gard Jameson University of Nevada Las Vegas  BC, NV
  • Vic "Vegas" Moea Food Network, A&E, Spike TV, Nicholas & Company Executive Chef LV, NV
  • Dawn Gibbons National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges LV, NV
  • Becky Whitted Ocean Spray Cranberries Henderson, NV
  • Fernando Molina American Systems Corp Nellis AFB, NV
  • Sergio Mayoral Nevada State Bank Las Vegas, 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