President and Chief Executive Officer
Palmer brings more than 23 years of experience in the gaming and hospitality industry, government and political arenas, non-profit organizations and union environments to his new role. Before joining United Way, Palmer was the senior vice president, chief human resource officer at Tropicana Entertainment Inc. During his tenure, he played an integral part in restructuring Tropicana Entertainment, which was the first major company in the gaming industry to successfully complete a Chapter 11 reorganization. Palmer has also worked as the corporate vice president of human resources for Olympia Gaming LLC/Southern Highlands Development Corporation, the corporate vice president of human resources for Boyd Gaming Corporation and the senior vice president of human resources at Bally’s/Park Place Entertainment. Cass’ transition to United Way of Southern Nevada was a very natural one, having sat on the board for 14 years. His position on the board gave him an intimate perspective on the organization, as well as a historical view of its evolution. Cass, a Las Vegas native, has a deep understanding and empathy for his community, fully understanding the challenges and opportunities that are before it. As a trained H.R executive, Cass is a natural consensus builder, a good listener, and a mentor, one who brings energy and a positive outlook to all he does. Keenly intuitive and sociable, Cass loves getting out into the community and listening to our partners, volunteers, donors and stakeholders to understand how they envision the future of Southern Nevada. In his free time, Cass loves to travel with his family, and to learn about new cultures. A golfer and consummate family man, Cass’ favorite dining companions are his wife, daughter and son.
Vice President, Major Gifts
Vice President, Community Development
Terri Janison’s strong interest in what is best for children guides her decisions on both a personal and professional level. A child advocate for over 25 years, Janison has worked in the private and public sectors on behalf of children. As Vice President, Community Development for United Way of Southern Nevada, Janison advocates on education, health and financial stability issues for underserved children and families. Janison served on Governor Brian Sandoval’s senior staff in Community Relations and in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Prior to working for the Governor, she served in an elected position on the Clark County School Board for five years, the last two as president. In that role she lobbied for schools to offer foods of nutritional value to their students and to increase the amounts of time children have to exercise. The combination of both is proven to increase academic achievement. Her involvement with Action for Healthy Kids was instrumental in improving the nutritional standards for students throughout the district and state. Janison serves on the board for Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, Governor Sandoval’s State Advisory Board for JAG (Jobs for American Graduates) Hope for Prisoners, and the Vegas PBS Advisory Boards for Keeping Kids Fit and the American Graduate Program.
Vice President, Branding and Marketing
Vice President, Resource Development