MICHAEL BONDI (BOARD PRESIDENT)
Originally from Los Angeles, CA. Michael Bondi moved to Las Vegas in 2003 to start a new chapter in his life and to call Las Vegas his new home. Since 2004, Michael has been a full time Las Vegas Realtor and has earned several prestigious Realtor designations. Michael has been a featured Realtor on several TV shows such as HGTV’s House Hunters, Fox News, ABC News, and CBS News.
Prior to Michael’s real estate career, he served as a Police Officer in Los Angeles. Michael has worked with numerous youth groups in the Los Angeles area. Michael was an adviser to LAPD’s Project Jeopardy Program where he helped at risk youths find an after school outlet, in a positive environment, that included mentoring and after school activities. Michael was also a member of the K.Y.D.S Program (Keep Youth Doing Something) that created positive environments for children in the form of after school programs, sporting and community events. Sponsored by the Los Angeles Police Department and The Boy Scouts of America, Michael served as an LAPD Explorer Adviser in a program that is designed to give teenagers an introduction into a career in Law Enforcement.
WALTER LESCANO (TREASURER)
With nearly two decades of experience working in the nonprofit industry, Walter Lescano has been dedicated to community excellence focused on the vision of ending poverty in Las Vegas.
Lescano began his nonprofit career with Goodwill of Southern Nevada in 1999, since Lescano’s arrival at Goodwill of Southern Nevada, his support marked a turning point in the history of the organization, and his leadership was instrumental in keeping the organization running by helping increase revenue and funding sources during his tenure as the Director of Community Affairs until 2017.
Lescano brought a distinct level of professionalism, collaboration-driven culture and community engagement to the organization, a characteristic that quickly spread throughout the organization. Lescano values the time and effort of his employees above all else. He knows the successful reach of Goodwill of Southern Nevada’s mission is due to the hard work and innovation all employees exhibit every day. Lescano recognizes talent and feels it is important for the organization to cultivate leadership at all levels. He is most proud of the transparency the nonprofit presents, as well as the workplace culture that regularly earns top marks on “Best Places to Work” rankings.
Lescano’s passion to help the Las Vegas community, is currently being utilized at U.S.VETS, Inc. as Lescano oversees their Housing Program for homeless veterans and their families. Lescano envisions providing people in need with the skills and opportunities that lead to self-sufficiency by providing a hand up, not a handout. Lescano believes wholeheartedly in carrying out this mission to better the lives of everyone in our state. He knows the best way to bring a positive impact to Nevada is to work together, collaborate, and cultivate partnerships with community members, organizations, and leaders.
Lescano earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. He is a proud veteran of the United States Navy and served during Desert Storm, earning the National Defense Medal.
10 years and has dedicated his time with his youngest son taking him to school and therapies. He networks with Autism Groups in Nevada; attending summer camps at Torino Ranch for children on the Autism Spectrum, participates in F.E.A.T. (Families for Effective Autism Treatment) activities, and belongs to the F.E.A.T Dad’s Group, where they navigate resources, network, and enjoy outings with their children. Tony’s most important thing in his
life is his family. His motto is “I will help people as much as I can, because, when I came to the United States, I was given many chances and opportunities. And now it is my time to give back.”
SUSAN COOPER (SECRETARY)
Susan Cooper is retired from a career in upper management for two major basic research centers, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island and Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake where she handled development, public relations, and information services. Since her retirement in 2007, Susan has devoted herself to helping others through her church and recovery ministries. Susan also worked in the corporate arena as a project manager in Las Vegas for years. Her passion is non-profit organizations, and her strongest gifts are interpersonal communication management and development. Susan is a good writer, a hands-on administrator, and a team player. Susan has served on several boards over her career life time. She is currently on the Board of the Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church and volunteer Director of Recovery in the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada.