Board of Directors

Mark Karris - President

Mark Karris is a husband and father to three children: Ellie, Sienna, and Max who is on the Autism Spectrum Disorder. Originally from Boston, MA, Mark and his wife Suzy moved to Las Vegas in 1999 and have had its sand in their boots ever since. A practicing attorney since 1995, Mark enjoys traveling with his family, golfing, watching his daughters perform on stage and compete on the ice. Recently Mark transitioned his law practice to work from home so that he could spend more time with Max and expand the number of hours and types of therapy that Max receives. Thankful for the advocacy and support groups like FEAT, Mark has devoted time towards raising awareness and fundraising to assist FEAT with its many programs that serve the So. Nevada autism community.

Mel Johnson - Vice President

Eumelia "Mel" Johnson, P.E. is the founder and Principal of CEEC, Inc., a minority owned business firm that specializes in providing construction management and environmental mitigation implementation services for mainly heavy highway construction projects. She has been in business for over 17 years in Southern Nevada. Mel resides with her husband Michael and has 2 children, Dante 25 and Gabriela (Gabie) 22. Gabie was diagnosed with autism at age three and is on the low spectrum having echolalia and aggression. Gabie has transitioned into adulthood and is now living on her own home under the Desert Regional Center under the Intensive Supportive Living Assistance (ISLA) Program having 24-hour staff caring for her in her home and works at Chrysalis. Her brother Dante lives in Greeley, CO. Mel currently facilitates the monthly FEAT Adult Support Group Meetings.

Jennifer Strobel - Executive Director

Jennifer Strobel is an avid supporter of families affected by Autism in Southern Nevada. Jennifer was a FEAT board member for over five years and has been the Executive Director for FEAT over 10 years. Jennifer resides with her husband Mike and has three children Taylor 22, Peyton 21 and Brenden 10. Jennifer's daughter Peyton was diagnosed with autism at the age four and began intensive ABA therapy shortly thereafter. It is Jennifer's goal to help educate the Las Vegas Valley on Autism and also be a resource for families that need support, encouragement and hope through FEAT of Southern Nevada.

Chris Humes - Board Member

Chris Humes grew up in Las Vegas and graduated from Green Valley High School. He has a bachelors in ASL Sign Language Interpreting from Western Oregon University, a masters in special education from Portland State University and a JD from UNLV School of Law. He was in the Army National Guard for 6 years and a special education teacher for 9 years (5 in CCSD) teaching students with visual impairments (braille, assistive tech, accomodations). He is currently an attorney at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP. Chris is thrilled to be a board member for FEAT of Southern Nevada and looks forward to help improve the lives of individuals affected by autism.

Jonathan Carlson - Board Member

Jon is originally from rural Nebraska. He completed his undergraduate work at Wayne State College and attended law school at the University of Nebraska. He relocated to Las Vegas after law school in 2007. Jon is a partner at McCormick Barstow, LLP and has been with the firm for 11 years. He lives in Summerlin with his wife, Kelle, and their two children. Jon's family has been directly impacted by autism, and he is grateful to be part of FEAT and its outstanding work in the Las Vegas community

Matthew Dellorto - Board Member

Matt is part owner and vice president of AMR Group, an International Logistics specialist shipping U.S. companies to Tradeshows and events world-wide. Originally from New York, Matt has lived in Las Vegas for 12 years with his wife Monica and their 3 children, Mauricio 15, Giovanna 10, and Julian 9. Giovanna was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 4 which led them to discovering FEAT. He has become an active board member as a way of giving back to the organization that provided them with so much assistance, and resources for the last 6 years.

Paul Davis - Board Member

Paul is a native of the Las Vegas Valley where he grew up in Henderson and attended Basic High School. He graduated from UNLV with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and an MBA. A longtime arena and entertainment executive, he is currently the Vice President of Entertainment with Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. He enjoys spending time with his wife Cammy and three children.

Scott Nicolari - Board Member

Scott is a husband and father of three children . Ashlynn, Aiden and Zach who is on the Autism spectrum. Scott has been the automotive sales industry for 30 years with the last 10 years being with the Findlay Auto Group in an assortment of roles. Currently the General Manager of Findlay North Volkswagen where he was introduced to FEAT through a charity fundraising event he held at the dealership. As a father of a child on the spectrum, he fully appreciates the daily challenges, and rewards, that having someone on the spectrum can present. He hopes his activism in the community will help bring additional awareness to FEAT of Southern Nevada and the families it assists.

Teresa Isgriggs - Board Member

Teresa is a mother and wife to two children Drew and Miles who is on the Autism Spectrum. Her and her husband Randy have resided in Las Vegas for over 15 years. She has a performing background graduating from UNLV with a BFA in dance. Currently she works choreographing in the local community theater in Las Vegas. She enjoys creating and teaching the love of dance and music to all ages and abilities. Sharing the love of the arts is one of her greatest joys in life. Teresa now primarily stays home to work with her son Miles and help him with therapies, education and anything he needs. Projects she does work on always involve Miles as it helps him learn amazing social skills and experience his love for music and singing. Thanks to FEAT Miles has been able to access incredible resources in helping him progress, especially with speech and the IPAD 4U Scholarship. She is very grateful to be a part of raising more awareness of Autism to our community and help bring families more much needed resources and guidance.

Natalie Barrett - Board Member

Natale studied journalism in college, and became a reporter, published in newspapers including The Daily Herald (Provo), The Daily Universe (Provo), The Deseret News (Salt Lake City), The Californian (Bakersfield), and St. George News (St. George). As a reporter Natale felt she was not using her talents to improve the community as she had hoped. Natale then made the transition into nonprofit work in 2017, beginning at Bike Bakersfield and upon moving to Las Vegas, started working at The Just One Project. Natalie has a two-year-old son named Wesley. Wesley was diagnosed with ASD level 1. Since then she been researching, asking countless questions, and striving to give her son the best chance at growth, development, and treatment. She has seen his improvement in only a few short months, and would love to engage with the Autism community in more meaningful ways, to learn from this community, but also to lend her talents to further the FEAT nonprofit goals.

Merissa "Rocco" - Board Member

Merissa has worked the last seven years as a production coordinator and manager in the film and television industry. In that time, She has coordinated numerous commercials, TV shows, music videos, and feature films ranging from small to very large crew/cast sizes. These projects also varied monetarily some with a large budget and some with no budget at all. She has experience as an accountant and as a physicians assistant. Her most fulfilling experience so far was being an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapist for The Lovaas Center. As an ABA therapist for Lovaas, she tutored two children. She got a first hand experience at the difficulties autism brought to children and their families, as well as, witnessing the incredible miracle of a child overcoming their challenges. That path led her to meet FEAT and from there it has been a passion of hers to give humans of any age, but particularly children, a voice and to guide the world into a direction of hearing people who cannot speak. Over a year ago she produced a marketing video for FEAT for essentially no cost- crew and vendors donated their time, skills and equipment to complete the project. Her resources in the film industry made it possible to make the video for FEAT as impactful as it is. She strongly believes in the success and potential of each person diagnosed with autism and has an overflowing empathy towards their parents, families, and caregivers. No one should feel alone, whether that be the child, parent, or anyone involved. She considers it a great honor to join forces with such an impactful organization as FEAT. Every first step starts with FEAT.

Haley Duarte - Board Member

Haley Duarte is originally from the East Coast but has lived in Las Vegas for the past 5 years with her husband Victor and their two energetic daughters. She is the business owner of Snip-its Haircuts for Kids. Snip-its is a children's salon where they offer haircuts, braiding, hair color, ear piercing, facials, manicures and pedicures. One of the things that Haley really liked about the Franchise was that all of the stylists, in conjunction with Autism Speaks, receive special training to meet the needs of children with autism. They were one of the first to provide this unique training for their stylists so coming to Snip-its is a positive experience for children with autism! Prior to becoming a business owner she worked in Corporate Human Resources for over 15 years within the Gaming industry. Haley went to college at Merrimack College in Massachusetts then received her Masters in Human Resources Management from Emmanuel College in Boston, Massachusetts and a MBA from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Haley was a Board Member for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island for four years. She enjoyed being part of the team and giving back to the organization on various levels. Haley is now a Board Member for FEAT and believes in the mission and support they provide to the community.

Dean White - Board Member

H Dean White - Entrepreneur and Marketing Professional Dean White is a native of the Chicago area and a long suffering Cubs fan. Dean is a local entrepreneur, and a Sales and Marketing professional. Previously, he held numerous positions with the Las Vegas Review-Journal where he worked for nearly 2 decades. Prior to moving to Las Vegas he worked 5 years for the Chicago Tribune. Dean teaches marketing part time at the University Of Phoenix, and he directs all business functions for his property management company. Dean holds a Bachelors degree from Northern Illinois University, and an MBA from UNLV. In 2003 He attended the Advanced Executive Program at the Media Management Institute at Northwestern University. Dean is active in a number of non-profits and serves on several community boards. He is a past president of the American Marketing Association. Dean is an avid cyclist and reader. He is the self-proclaimed; worst golfer on earth.

Kathy Kingston - Board Member

Kathleen Kingston is a native Nevadan who graduated in 1989 from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) with a bachelors degree in civil engineering. She currently has 24 years of success working for Clark County Public Works as a civil engineer on roadways and flood control projects. Kathleen is the mother of a wonderful young adult son, Jack, who has a developmental disability due to tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) and autism; thus Kathleen is a volunteer for several organizations so that she can advocate for her son as well as others with developmental disabilities. In 2007, Kathleen established and became the first chairperson of the TS Alliance of Nevada, which is a volunteer group that works closely with the national TS Alliance to support the mission of finding a cure for TSC while improving the lives of those affected. In this role, Kathleen helps in supporting Nevada families, increasing awareness, raising revenue and meeting with Nevada Representatives and Senators to advocate for continued medical research funding. Kathleen has chaired six Step Forward to Cure TSC fundraising walkathons (2007, 2008, 2016-2019). She has coordinated conference calls with experts for the TSC community as well as the autism community. As a 2015 graduate of the Nevada Partners in Policymaking Class, Kathleen became an appointed volunteer member of the Nevada Government Council for Developmental Disabilities and is currently serving in her second term on the council. Kathleens participation in Toastmasters helps her bring awareness of TSC to our community, support families, and increase her advocacy skills for her son and for others who have disabilities.

Yasadora Cabrerra - Executive Assistant

Allen Glatts - FEAT Event Specialist

Chris Bache - Advisory Board

Christopher Bache is the founder of Logomix.com, a technology driven website helping business owners create a brand for their company. Logomix.com designs more than 1 million logos per month in 150+ countries. Chris is also a partner in Red Carpet VIP and Limitless Management Group, Las Vegas' largest and longest running nightclub hosting and management company. Chris is a Board Member and Camp Director for the Torino Foundation, a non-profit that conducts summer camps for children with autism and heart challenges. He has been President of FEAT for one year and is looking forward to expanding the organization to serve more families who have a child on the autism spectrum.

Dr. Ashley Hoban - Advisory Board

Dr. Ashley Hoban is a Las Vegas native where she attended Las Vegas Day School, Bishop Gorman HS and UNLV School of Dental Medicine. She has also attended and graduated with degrees from California Lutheran University and Baylor College of Dentistry. Dr. Hoban is a board certified pediatric dentist and owner of Summerlin Pediatric Dentistry. She is married with 2 children: Nathan 5 yrs and Charlotte 1 yr. Dr. Hoban loves helping where she can and spreading the word about our great organization.

Jessica Loggins - Advisory Board

Jessica Loggins is a Las Vegas native and attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas and graduated with a Business Management degree. She is currently the Co-owner and Operations Director of an ecommerce business specializing in seasonal depression medical devices. She also serves as the Volunteer Director for Torino Foundation, a local Las Vegas non-profit that holds summer camp programs for children with special needs. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.

Phil Cooper - Advisory Board

As Chief Executive Officer at Encore Productions for over twenty years, Phil brings strength, vision and years of experience to the Encore line-up. His major in Cinematography and Theater Arts at Ohio State University initially led him into feature film and commercial production; however, after he moved to Las Vegas, he shifted his focus to convention and trade show production. Phil has since overseen Encore's rapid growth, as well as producing hundreds of shows for a wide range of clients including IBM, Sony, and General Motors. Phil's technical expertise and production expertise are widely recognized and highly regarded throughout the industry. He is often asked to speak at conventions and gatherings related to event and presentation technology.

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Our mission is to provide information on treatment resources for families with children diagnosed with autism, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and related disorders.

              

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