A born and raised Phoenix native, Gary’s story as a permanent resident of Las Vegas began only a short time ago in March of 2015. Having been a visiting “resident” for countless weekends in the nearly two years prior, Gary and his partner Kris finally decided that a long-distance relationship was more glamorous than practical, and has loved living in Vegas ever since. Gary’s commitment to his partner is eclipsed only by his passionate quest for social justice, a dedication proven by his Master’s in Social Work from Arizona State University and currently utilized in his role as a Licensed Social Worker with the State of Nevada’s Division of Welfare & Supportive Services. Gary is also a quintessential nerd, sharing his enthusiastic love for nearly all things sci-fi and fantasy with the fabulous people around him, whenever possible. Gary also has a cat, whose name is Theodore Roosevelt (Teddy), named after his historically favorite President.
Chad is a lawyer here in Las Vegas, focusing on personal injury (car accidents and slip & falls). He grew up in Florida and attended Florida State University before moving to Southern California and acquiring a law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Now a resident of Las Vegas Chad has 3 of a kind, licenses that is, to practice law in Nevada, California and Florida. Chad is committed to using his experience and aptitude to assist and inform the LGBT community and their families of their quickly changing legal rights. If you have any questions or legal concerns please contact Chad at firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-889-6665.
Marilyn Kovach moved to the Las Vegas area in 2009. Soon after, she became involved with The Center—it’s a family affair! Her professional career focused on community involvement and spanned the spectrum of organizing pre-schools, teaching at the elementary level, counseling victims of abuse, facilitating services for older adults, and serving on community boards. She feels honored to be on The Center’s Associate Board.
Anthony Lai is the Student Affairs Program Manager at The International School of Hospitality (TISOH). In his current position, Anthony assists students with career placement and networking opportunities within the industry. Also, he spends time guiding each student through their employment process and interview skills.
Anthony’s extensive hospitality experience includes roles as Hotel Manager, Guest Service Manager, and Hospitality Implementation Consultant. In addition, Anthony earned his bachelor’s degree in Hotel Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Recently, he earned the Certified Hospitality Educator designation from the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute.
Anthony also serves on the Associate Board for Las Vegas PRIDE, Committee Chair for the Nevada Hotel & Lodging Association, and contributing writer for MyVegas Magazine. He is born and raised in Las Vegas and his hobbies include tennis, dining out, and lots of traveling.
A Clark County teacher and a professional development instructor with Equity & Diversity, A.J. O’Reilly has worked tirelessly to educate students and instructors in methods to support and create safe educational environments, and promote cultural competency and inclusion for the young people of our community.
In his professional career, Ron offers business consulting and support for licensing, establishing entities, working with governmental agencies, and facilitating escrow transactions for business sales and acquisitions. His background includes sales, marketing, management, recruitment, business ownership and franchise development. He is an active member in the community, has planned and volunteered at many events, serves as steering co-chair on the Las Vegas Human Rights Campaign Steering Committee, is the area representative, and sits on the HRC National Board of Governors. Ron and his spouse Ken have made Las Vegas their home since 1991.
Leah grew up in Las Vegas at a time when there were very few other children of LGBTQ parents in the area. She joined the Center’s Associate Board in 2017. Leah works at Immunize Nevada as the Healthy Futures Coordinator, helping to promote health and prevent disease for Nevada’s youth. She is passionate about reducing health disparities in her community. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking in Calico Basin and playing board games.
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