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 [email protected] 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.
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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