Category Archives: Loyal Contributor

Loyal Contributor | Jeff Rodefer

Jeff-RodeferFor Jeff Rodefer public service has been a way of life from an early age. His father was a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) special agent in Northern Nevada, his mother also served with the FBI and Jeff served with the Nevada Attorney General’s Office for 13 years.

His parents met in Portland, Oregon while they were both working for the FBI.  Following his parents’ marriage in 1962, Jeff’s mom left the FBI and his dad was transferred to Santa Fe, New Mexico where Jeff was born in 1963.  He subsequently moved every few years.  Jeff’s sister, Terri, was born in Reno and is the only “native Nevadan” in his family.  In 1970, Jeff’s father was transferred again to open an office in Carson City.

“On Christmas Eve of 1971, our home burned down due to an electrical wiring issue,” remembered Jeff. “As a result, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover called my parents and offered for my dad to stay in Carson City until his retirement in December 1984.”

Growing up in Carson City, Jeff and his sister were active in sports. “My sister was a ranked barrel racer and I played football, baseball and skied,” said Jeff.

Following his graduation from Carson High School, Jeff attended the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) earning a bachelor of science degree and after he graduated from law school, returned to Carson City.  In 1989, Jeff began his 13-year tenure in the Nevada Attorney General’s Office where he spent eight years as counsel to the State Gaming Control Board and Nevada Gaming Commission; last holding the position of Assistant Chief Deputy Attorney General.

In 2002, he was recruited by Boyd Gaming Corporation; where he last held the position of Vice President of Legal Affairs, Assistant General Counsel and Corporate Compliance Officer. Earlier this year, Jeff joined Golden Gaming, LLC as its General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer.

“My typical day is never typical and always changing, challenging and interesting,” said Jeff. “The position is rewarding and the company, under the leadership of its owner and CEO, Blake Sartini, provides a very professional environment that values the input of its team members.”

Since 2002, Jeff has been a “Leadership Giver” to the United Way specifically to help benefit cancer and Parkinson’s related programs.

“My mother was diagnosed several years ago with Parkinson’s and eradicating this disease has become personal cause for our family and me,” said Jeff.

In 1993, the Nevada Supreme Court appointed Jeff as one of the original seven members of the State Bar of Nevada’s Functional Equivalency Committee where he serves as Vice Chairman. Jeff serves as the Chairman of the Gaming Law Section’s Executive Committee and in 2012, the University Board of Regents appointed Jeff to serve on the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) Foundation’s Board of Trustees.  In addition to being a member of the State Bar of Nevada, Jeff is also a member of the State Bars of California, Colorado and Oregon; and he established the “Jeffrey R. Rodefer Family Endowment” for the College of Business at UNR.

Loyal Contributor Spotlight | Jeffrey Ortwein

Being an active contributor to the Las Vegas community is very important to Jeff Ortwein of Deloitte & Touche LLP.  As a Vegas native and a part of Deloitte’s Las Vegas office for over 25 years, Jeff has seen the consistent support that United Way provides to the Valley. His parents, Dennis and Betty, moved…More

Loyal Contributor Spotlight | Susana McCurdy

Susana McCurdy grew up as an Air Force brat, traveling to different states following her father’s career. Her last destination was Las Vegas, where she settled and graduated from University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a degree in human resources management. “I feel blessed to have an amazing husband, stepson, parents, sister, godchildren, in-laws, close friends and last but…More

Loyal Contributor | Francine Mazza, PHR

Francine Mazza, PHR is originally from Southern California and moved to Southern Nevada in 1996. She has two daughters; Shelby (17) and Sophia (16), who have grown up in Southern Nevada. “This is a great community and we really love living here,” said Francine. Francine has worked for Enterprise Rent-A-Car since graduating from California State University,…More

Loyal Contributor | Pat Janjetovic

Her story would inspire anyone. Though challenging life circumstances, Pat Janjetovic became homeless and then overcoming the odds, she got a job at Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) where she eventually became a supervisor in the Records Bureau. Pat has four children but it is her disabled son Brian who motivates her to support…More

Loyal Contributor | Steve Linder

Steve Linder was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, moved around the country, and graduated from high school in Pittsburgh, PA.  He was selected for and graduated from, the United States Naval Academy in 1969 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. “I flew the A-4 Skyhawk light attack aircraft and…More

Loyal Contributor | Bruce Hendricks

A native of Las Vegas, Bruce Hendricks began his banking career in 1969 and is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Bank of Nevada. He and his wife, Judi, have two children and five grandchildren. In his spare time he enjoys traveling and hiking. As the CEO for Bank of Nevada he is faced with new…More

Loyal Contributor | Fred Hipwell

Born and raised in San Jose, CA, Fred Hipwell enjoys bicycling, hiking and spending time with his family. He met his wife at UCLA and began his career in public accounting with PwC in 1985.  The couple has two sons, Nick (21), a senior studying sociology at UC Santa Cruz and Vince (19), a sophomore…More

Loyal Contributor | Robbie Graham

With a rich career of over 30 years in the title and escrow industry, Robbie Graham now serves as President of NTC Global Holdings. Robbie is deeply committed to the community and has supported United Way throughout her career. “The one organization that I personally have been consistently involved with is United Way,” said Robbie.…More

Loyal Contributor | Jim Gianoulakis

A proud native of Las Vegas, Jim Gianoulakis has three sons ages 26, 24 and 23 who also live in the Valley. Jim graduated from Western High School and from University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a degree in business and a computer science emphasis. In his 30th year at Southwest Gas Corporation, Jim can’t imagine…More

Loyal Contributor Spotlight | Kirk Clausen

Kirk Clausen came to Las Vegas from Sioux City, Iowa. Inspired by his father who was a labor leader, he is committed to helping others in Southern Nevada. “My father would always make Shrine Circus tickets available to children in the Sioux City School District,” said Kirk. “He always made it a goal to give…More

Loyal Contributor Spotlight | Shelley Dubin

Shelley Dubin packed up and headed off to Las Vegas nearly 35 years ago, leaving behind southern California, where she was born and raised and owned four clothing stores. In 1984, she chose to redirect her career to the financial industry. “My husband and I have created a wonderful life here,” said Shelley. “Our entire…More