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.”

Loyal Contributor | Pat Janjetovic

Pat-JanjetovicHer 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 United Way.

Brian suffered brain damage in utero and attended special education schools up until the age of nine, when he expressed a desire to attend regular school. Brian worked hard to become a member of the first graduating class of Spring Valley High School.

He now proudly exhibits coping skills and lives happily with his wife Amanda, who he met at a treatment facility that receives support from United Way.

“This is one of the ways the United Way has made a difference in my life and the life of my son and his wife,” shared Pat.

When Pat was promoted to Supervisor with the LVMPD, she was inspired to become a United Way Leadership contributor in 2006.

For the past three years Pat has volunteered as the LVMPD employee coordinator for the annual United Way campaign at Metro.
Brian-2“I want everyone to know the benefits that United Way provides in our community,” shared Pat. “I want people to understand that any and every little bit helps!”

Since the downturn of the economy, many people have suddenly found themselves in need of assistance, so whether or not they choose to donate, Pat lets them know about resources that are available.

Currently, Pat is one of three supervisors in Central Records on the day shift. There is a lot of work to do that keeps Pat very, very busy.

“I will say that of the agencies I worked for I have most respect for this agency,” said Pat. “I love working here.”

Loyal Contributor | Steve Linder

Steve-LinderSteve 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 the then-revolutionary AV-8A Harrier vertical and short take-off and landing aircraft,” explained Steve. “I spent nine years on active duty, then joined the Marine Corps Reserve and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1995.”

Following active duty in the Marine Corps, Steve worked for Continental Bank in Chicago, where he earned his Master’s degree from Northwestern University in 1983. He relocated to Las Vegas in 1993 and began his new career in Community Development at Household Bank. Along the way, Household was acquired by HSBC in 2003, and Steve retired in 2012 after 25 years of service.

Throughout his career, Steve was deeply involved in serving the community, which is how he met his wife Janet.

He volunteered for many organizations and served on many non-profit boards including Habitat for Humanity, Women’s Development Center, Junior Achievement, HELP of Southern Nevada, Opportunity Village, and the CCSD Partnership Advisory Council. He is a 1996 graduate of Leadership Las Vegas and a member of the Las Vegas Rotary Club (President 2014-2015).

Steve also served as the co-chair of United Way’s Financial Stability Partnership Council, helping families to become financially stable.

Because he believes in creating a brighter future for the Valley, Steve serves as a United Way Tocqueville Society member.

“I encourage others to fund those organizations which use donor dollars wisely and have low overhead costs,” said Steve.

Loyal Contributor | Bruce Hendricks

Bruce-HendricksA 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 challenges and opportunities every day.

“I enjoy most working closely with our valued employees and customers,” said Bruce. “The local economy is improving and we look forward to continuing to grow and support our community.”

A graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, he is active in the community through various organizations including the UNLV Foundation Board of Trustees, the UNLV College of Business Executive Advisory Board, and he serves as Treasurer of the Nevada Bankers Association.

Bruce has been contributing to United Way for over 40 years. “I am proud to support the United Way which provides education and services to our community to help us continue to move forward together.”

According to Bruce, volunteering and supporting the community is a part of Bank of Nevada’s culture.

“We all work closely at our bank to support our community,” said Bruce. “In 2013 our employees volunteered over 1,800 hours to local organizations.”