Loyal Contributor Spotlight | Alan Livengood

Alan-Livengood-REV-3A hard worker, dedicated family man and passionate sports enthusiast, Alan Livengood grew up in a military family and traveled to many different countries growing up including Turkey, Greece, Germany and England.

“While moving around so much then might have been a challenge, I believe it has helped shape who I am today and I am thankful for those experiences,” said Alan.

The youngest of three children, Alan’s mom is originally from Norwich, England where she met Alan’s father while he was stationed there in the Air Force.

Married to his beautiful wife Kim, the couple has three sons Zechariah, Sam and Travis. Alan graduated from Chaparral High School in 1991 where he played trumpet in band and was also active in the Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program.

In his spare time Alan enjoys spending time with his family, playing softball with his wife, going to dinner and the movies. An avid sports fan and a big supporter of the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Dodgers, Alan’s son is a huge Anaheim Ducks fan so the family is excited about possibly getting an NHL team in Las Vegas.

With a bucket list to see games in all the Major League Baseball ballparks, Alan and his wife have been to 17 of the 30 stadiums so far. “My favorite ballpark so far is PNC Park in Pittsburgh,” said Alan. “In addition to softball I enjoy playing golf and spending time going to movies and concerts and relaxing with friends, family and co-workers.”

Alan also loves all of the latest gadgets in technology like smartphones, tablets and smartwatches. “I love all the fun and conveniences they enable,” said Alan.

A dedicated employee, Alan started with Prime Cable back in 1992 and stayed when Cox bought the system in 1998. “From the beginning, I’ve worked hard and taken advantage of many opportunities,” said Alan. “I’ve been fortunate to move from a frontline employee into various leadership roles over the past 24 years which has helped me tremendously in the role I am in today.”

As the Director of Field Operations for Residential Field Services for Cox Communications, Las Vegas, Alan leads an excellent team of over 140 people consisting of leaders and technicians who install and repair Cox products & Services. “My goal is to ensure my team is positioned to provide a great experience for our customers and exceed their expectations,” said Alan.

For Alan, a typical day consists of email and meetings with leaders both locally and in Atlanta where the company’s corporate office is located. “I spend time working on strategy, special projects and the roll out of new products and services to our customers,” said Alan. “The part I enjoy most is working daily with our leaders and technicians, whether it be helping them grow and develop or working with them on various tasks, it’s one of the things I look forward to each day.”

Alan volunteers in support of Cox Charities and their partnership with the United Way. For the last 12 years he’s been part of the Cox Charities Golf tournament committee that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help our community. Additionally he gives of his time and finances.

“I believe that I am very fortunate and feel that if you are able to give you should do so and be thankful that you can,” said Alan. “If everyone gave something, whether it be time or money, we could make life better for many of those less fortunate.”

Loyal Contributor Spotlight | Rex Windom

Rex-Windom-2With a heart of gold and a keen photographer’s eye, Rex Windom’s occupation has always involved obtaining images to help understand people, places or things.

Rex started working as a photographic printer for the Horseshoe Casino. Next, he worked in aerial photo operations for the U.S. Department of Energy. His current job is with NV Energy, providing energy-related images, and assisting with video conferencing and web broadcasts for employees.

“Daily, I have an opportunity to interact with people with diverse backgrounds and needs from almost every department at our company,” said Rex.

Married to Sandy since 1973, the couple has two daughters, Jennifer and Lisa, and four grandchildren Lindsey, Natalie, Cara and Pearse. Rex was born in Louisiana and grew up in Arizona, California and Nevada.

Rex graduated from East Phoenix High and attended Community College of Southern Nevada. His hobbies are centered on imaging–family photography, video, editing and printing.

A United Way Loyal Contributor since 1990, Rex also volunteers and consistently supports the community. “United Way helps to provide me with a feeling that I am giving back to our community,” said Rex. “By volunteering on a regular basis, my family and friends understand it is important to me.”

Loyal Contributor Spotlight | John Fountain

Loyal Contributor Spotlight | John Fountain

John-Fountain-New-2With a heart to help others with his technology knowledge, John Fountain is a graduate of UNLV in Computer Science. Born in Yonkers New York, John grew up from the age of five in wonderful Las Vegas. His parents are both from Cuba and worked for years in the service industry.

John’s wife, Tammy, is a geology graduate from UNLV. She was born in Reno and moved to Las Vegas during her first year of college.  Her family has a longtime Las Vegas and Oklahoma lineage and created Commercial Roofers in Las Vegas.  The couple is proud of their two sons, Jonathon, 24, a 2014 computer science graduate of UNLV and Nicolas, 20, an aspiring salesman for a national retailer.

Passionate about technology, as the Director of Network Technology for Hospitality Network/Cox Business Las Vegas, John’s manages a team that provides internet and TV services to hotels. John’s past positions include time with Lockheed, Sperry and EG&G.

A typical day for John is spent supporting a national hotel network of rooms by getting engaged with customers when problems get escalated, working on developing new business and generally operating a highly-skilled team of engineers.

“They are a great bunch and I am pretty sure I learn something every day,” said John. “Networking is a great area of technology these days with the explosion of internet use.”

Committed to teaching the next generation, John helps children to learn through volunteering his time assembling Science, Technology, Engineering and Math kits. “I just can’t get enough of helping people with technology,” said John.

Everyday John tries to help those he encounters. His support of United Way is just another way that he reaches out into the community to lend a helping hand to those in need.

“Growing up with less than everything, I have had the good fortune of having my family helped by organizations like this,” said John. “So, it’s time to give it back! Thank you for all you do to help those who need it.”

Loyal Contributor Spotlight | Ed Skonicki

Loyal Contributor Spotlight | Ed Skonicki

Ed-Skonicki-3With a giving spirit and a passion for helping Las Vegas, throughout the years Ed Skonicki has been deeply involved in the community but says the one organization that holds a special place in his heart is United Way. With a history steeped in memories and community work, Ed has participated with United Way since it was “The Community Chest” in Chicago, and served as United Way of Southern Nevada’s (UWSN) board chair from 1994 to 1995. For the past ten years, he has been an active UWSN participant as a member of the Tocqueville Society.

The oldest of three boys, Ed was born in Chicago, Illinois. Much of his family still resides in Chicago including a brother and many nieces and nephews. Dedicated to helping others at a young age, Ed spent 10 years in a seminary program after grammar school and then enrolled in Loyola of Chicago, where he received his Masters of Education degree in 1963. Not too busy to fall in love, Ed married the love of his life, Olympia Raczkowski in 1964. They have an adopted Daughter, Michele (1970) and an adopted son, Jeffrey (1971).

With a career focused on consumer credit and banking, in 1983 the family moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota where Ed Joined Citibank and then his next stop was New York in 1987. While there, he participated in the national “People to People” program, introducing consumer credit theories to China – an effort which turned out to be ahead of its time.

In 1989 Citibank asked Ed to become the President of Citibank, Nevada NA where he remained until 1995 when they asked him to move to Brussels, Belgium to manage a credit card portfolio in Germany, Spain, Greece and Belgium as well as assist in the initiation of programs in Portugal and Italy. Ed retired and returned to Las Vegas in 1997.

Driven to make a difference in Las Vegas, one of the most memorable moments in Ed’s life came in January 2000, when he became the Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada – which provides a variety of services for seniors, children and families. During his four years as Executive Director he helped facilitate the construction of a building for Catholic Charities.

After completion of the building project, Ed retired to spend more time at home, playing golf and traveling with Olympia who sadly passed away in 2008. His daughter Michele now lives in Connecticut with two granddaughters, one grandson and one great granddaughter. His son Jeffrey lives in Nevada along with two more granddaughters.

Reaching out into the community, Ed has served on a variety of boards including: “I Have A Dream” Foundation, Nevada Development Authority, UNLV Foundation and Nevada Banker’s Association.

Ed’s favorite move is “Singing in the Rain” and he is particularly fond of Vintner’s Grill and the variety of dining options at Tivoli Village and Downtown Summerlin.

Since 2011, Ed has resided at Las Ventanas Independent Living Facility on West Charleston but continues to participate in the United Way in any way he can, “I believe that it is one of the best ways to give back to the city that I love.”

Loyal Contributor Spotlight | Andrea Smith

Loyal Contributor Spotlight | Andrea Smith

Andrea-SmithBorn in Southern California as an only child in an Air Force family, Andrea Smith lived in 13 different places the first 12 years of her life. Nellis Air Force Base was only a stop along the way.

“So much had changed about Las Vegas when I returned here in 1987 from Albuquerque, New Mexico to attend UNLV,” said Andrea. “It took a few years after graduation to realize I was home.”

Growing up in the military, Andrea got used to moving around and meeting new people.  “UNLV and Las Vegas played a big part in changing that for me,” said Andrea.

Today, Andrea’s 12-year-old son Jaxson takes up most of her spare time with school, music and sports. “The latter is no hardship as I’ve always loved participating in and watching sports,” said Andrea. “Baseball and football are my favorites.”

Andrea tries to work out on regular basis, golf and is an avid writer with the hope of publishing a children’s book or fictional novel someday. Living close to her parents affords Andrea and her family the opportunity to connect and travel often.

“An annual fishing trip to Colorado for trout is a must every summer,” said Andrea. “Trips to the ocean are not nearly as frequent as I’d like, but we look forward to them at least once or twice a year when athletic schedules allow.”

Andrea’s favorite restaurant is Archi’s Thai and her movie pick is ‘Top Gun.’ “Being an Air Force fighter pilot’s daughter, I probably shouldn’t admit this – but in college I watched ‘Top Gun’ over and over again until the VHS was worn out,” explained Andrea.

With a career path as diverse as her upbringing, Andrea joined NV Energy on September 13, 2001.  One of her first acts at the company was to plan a short ceremony to honor those killed on 9/11.

“It didn’t take long for me to figure out that I was at the right place, with people who are as passionate about their community as they are to their jobs,” said Andrea. “Our resolve as a company was certainly tested over the next few years, and we’re better and stronger for it. And I dare say, our customers are better off as well.”

For most, electricity isn’t something that is top of mind until it’s not there, or when they feel like they are paying too much for it. “I have the privilege of working with folks who make this complex industry seem easy, and they do so always with our customers in mind,” said Andrea. “They deserve a lot of credit that they don’t always get because it’s so hard to put a value on it.”

The NV Energy communications team’s job is to help customers understand the industry, how to be more efficient in using energy, and to promote the tools and services NV Energy provides to help them do so.

“We haven’t found one perfect way to do this, but we constantly challenge ourselves to be creative and effective in how we go about it,” said Andrea.

With a goal of setting an example of compassion and kindness for her son, Andrea believes in giving both time and resources.

“I’ve supported United Way since 2004 because the organization provides me with a level of comfort that the financial resources are being put to the best use, and I know I’m helping those in my own community,” said Andrea.

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