Loyal Contributor | Tony Raimondo

Tony-RaimondoTony Raimondo grew up in North Massapequa, Long Island as the middle child of two immigrants that migrated to America in the late 1940s. With a heart of gold, Tony volunteers his time to build homes for those in need and serve the homeless.

He attended Farmingdale High School and was involved in DECA, which prepares high school students for leadership. Tony went on to attend State University of New York and Farmingdale State College and received a bachelor’s of science degree from Western International University in Phoenix, AZ.

Tony leads a men’s study group and enjoys racquetball, woodworking and golf. With a deep and believable voice, Tony also does voice overs.

With a 32-year career for Southwest Gas, Tony manages Federal Energy Conservation Management projects and is a Certified Project Manager.

Tony has completed mission trips building homes in Mexico and volunteers annually for the Rebuilding Together Christmas in April national project. He also serves on the board of Transitions Services Inc. and has volunteered for community projects including cleaning up neighborhoods, feeding the homeless and donating to food and clothing drives.

Since the mid-1980s, Tony has been involved with United Way through his career and he served as a Loaned Executive for United Way in the 1990s in Phoenix.

“United Way helps support and nourish non-profit organizations who strive to serve the community in all possible ways to improve their standard of living,” said Tony. “They show that there is hope from people who care!”

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

Ortwein-Jeff-and-SherriBeing 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 to Las Vegas in the mid-1950s to begin their careers with the Clark County School District and are still active members of the community.  They instilled the importance of education, community and giving back.

Jeff graduated from Clark High School and the University of Nevada at Reno, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. After graduating he started his career with Deloitte in Las Vegas as a CPA and currently is Deloitte’s National Gaming Leader.

Jeff and his wife Sherri, along with their two sons, Christopher (22) and Austin (19), have a strong commitment to the community.

“I enjoyed watching our boys grow up and observing their numerous sporting events,” said Jeff.  He also enjoys traveling, playing tennis and golf.

A dedicated employee, Jeff began his career with Deloitte in 1985 providing client’s access to Deloitte’s extensive gaming industry resources.

Jeff has been a United Way Leadership contributor for almost 20 years, as he understands the far-reaching impact United Way has in southern Nevada as well as across the country.  “I also encourage more people to contribute to this very worthwhile organization,” said Jeff.

Jeff is honored to be a current YMCA of Southern Nevada Board Treasurer and Vice Chairman. He also serves on the UNLV Lee Business School Executive Advisory Board. Over the years Jeff has been involved in many other charitable organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada, Rotary International and the Las Vegas Founders Club.

“Participating alongside with the most passionate and committed board members provided me with a very humbling outlook on the needs that Las Vegas residents face on a daily basis,” said Jeff.

With the 7th largest United Way campaign in the United States, last year Deloitte’s national United Way campaign raised $21.9 million with the most Tocqueville Society members for the 12th consecutive year at 900 Tocqueville members giving $10,000 or more a year.

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Loyal Contributor Spotlight | Susana McCurdy

Susana-McCurdySusana 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 not least, our dog named Emma!” exclaimed Susana.

Her passions are food and travel. “I always look forward to new experiences and cultures; you never stop learning,” said Susana.

Susana has spent the past 21 years employed with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD).  With 15 years spent in LVMPD Human Resources, three years ago Susana was promoted to a leadership position with the LVMPD Police Records Bureau.

“The best part is when I get to walk the floor and interact with our team members,” explained Susana. “It’s a wonderful organization that’s like a second home.”

Susana began supporting United Way shortly after she joined the LVMPD. Both Susana and her husband are Tocqueville Society members and take advantage of any opportunity to advocate for United Way.

“My former boss held United Way very close to her heart based on her personal experience with the organization growing up,” said Susana. “When I married my husband he was a supporter as well, so it was a perfect match.”

Susana believes in supporting local programs and businesses. “Get to know and support your community members,” said Susana. “I can guarantee they will support you back so we can all LIVE UNITED.”

Loyal Contributor | Francine Mazza, PHR

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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, Northridge in 1992. She started out as a Management Trainee in Southern California and has progressed in the company to her current role as a Talent Acquisition Manager in Nevada.

“My daily activities range from career fairs, working with our local colleges and universities, interviewing for top talent and working with our employees to help them achieve their career goals,” said Francine.

Growing up, Francine was taught the importance of giving back and this value has stuck with her throughout her life.

“As a mother, I am now raising my daughters to believe and understand that every little thing that they can and will do may have a major impact on someone out there in need,” said Francine. “It warms my heart when I see one of my daughters run back into a store to get a bottle of water or dog food for a homeless person out in the streets with their dog.  It is comforting to know that my family has the means and opportunity to support our community by being a United Way Templar member and being involved in United Way functions.”

Thanks to Enterprise and their partnership with United Way, Francine has been a United Way donor and supporter since she was a new employee back in 1992.

“I have always felt that it is important to give back to the community that I live in and have been to several events throughout the valley to help support the charities that the United Way supports,” said Francine. “I feel fortunate to have been able to continue giving back to the community where my daughters have been raised through my involvement and donations with United Way.”