Jim Raffel

Interim President

Jim joined United Way of Southern Nevada in February of this year with more than 35 years of experience in organizational management and effectiveness, strategic planning, and resource development. His experience includes working with both nonprofit and for profit organizations. Jim’s skill set in seeing opportunity and talent and leading catalytic change has helped client organizations transform to highly functioning leaders in their industries. With a passion for connecting essentially needed funds to mission focused organizations, Jim knows how to ignite good intent and action. In his spare time, Jim likes to travel to faraway places, spend time with his family, and breathe fresh air outdoors through a variety of year round recreational activities.

Vanessa Maniago

Vice President,
Branding and Marketing

Maniago’s role includes overseeing all advertising and public relations campaign efforts, brand management and all internal and external communications. Maniago has more than 15 years of experience in advertising, consumer research, marketing, and strategic planning, with her passion being in behavior change public health campaigns. Prior to joining United Way, she served as Vice President, Strategic Development at R&R Partners. During her tenure, she held a key leadership role driving new business and served as strategic architect for a number of award-winning campaigns including Utah’s statewide “Parents Empowered” underage drinking prevention initiative and Nevada’s anti-bullying “Flip the Script” campaign. In addition, she has worked with clients SNWA, Western Digital, RE/MAX, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and the LVCVA’s “What Happens Here, Stays Here” campaign. Maniago was previously a Senior Partner and Management Supervisor for Ogilvy and Mather Worldwide in New York City, where she oversaw the $300 million National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign and led the youth insights group there, serving such clients as Hershey’s and Sprite. She also managed a series of national branding campaigns for the New York office of the international ad agency MVBMS/Euro-RSCG. Maniago has been published in “Social Marketing Quarterly” a peer-reviewed journal on breakthrough Social Marketing Campaigns as well as in Joe Duffy’s book, “A Brand Apart” on the award winning, and results-driven , “the anti-drug” campaign. A nurturer at heart, Vanessa has always enjoyed mentoring, and loves guiding and teaching the younger generations in the workplace. In her free time, Vanessa likes to cook interesting foods (right now she is mastering laarb, a Thai salad), hike, swim, read and be silly with her husband and kids, and two dogs.

Danylle Hitchen

Vice President,
Major Gifts

Hitchen joined United Way of Southern Nevada in June 2011 with more than 19 years in resource development experience. Before joining United Way, Hitchen served as Nevada Cancer Institute’s Director of Development. During her tenure, she held a key leadership role in establishing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising program. Hitchen has also worked as the Director of Development/Major Gifts Officer at Children’s Hospital of Orange County Foundation. Danylle came to UWSN with United Way experience, having worked in campaign fundraising at Valley of the Sun United Way from 1992 to 1998. As such, she brings United Way Worldwide “best practices” to bear in helping to guide UWSN’s community based agenda and mission. Danylle has both broad and deep fundraising experience, with her particular emphasis on donor engagement and one-to-one communication. Danylle is deeply entrenched in our community, and has served as a volunteer for various organizations and most recently sits on the board of Grant a Gift Autism Foundation. Danylle is a natural athlete, and grew up swimming, diving, dancing and traveling with her family. Today, Danylle unwinds best with the wind in her hair and the salt water on her skin with her family by her side aboard their boat.

Sabri Ozun

Vice President, Finance
and Chief Financial Officer

Sabri joined UWSN in March of 2014 after spending 27 years in banking. Sabri’s experience in finance roles are primarily with control & compliance responsibilities at Citibank, HSBC, Business Bank of Nevada, and The First National Bank Corporation. During his tenure at Citi, Sabri worked on multiple projects across the globe in budgeting, financial & managerial reporting, MIS, and Risk Management for the Global Operations & Technology division. He also spent time working as a Credit Risk Manager, Bank Controller, and as a FP&A director. Sabri has also served on the Boards of Goodwill of Southern Nevada and the Boys Hope Girls Hope of Nevada (Treasurer). His work continues across the non-profit sector in Southern Nevada bringing financial acumen to non-profit agencies. Sabri swam competitively for UNLV, and swam for his native country of Turkey in the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics and the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics. Sabri is also an avid triathlete, having participated in number of Triathlons covering Sprint, Olympic, International, and Ironman distances. Sabri has his Bachelor degree in Finance and Economics, and his MBA from UNLV. He is married with two beautiful children.

Terri Janison

Vice President,
Community Development

Terri’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), Nevada’s Teachers and Leaders Council, LVGEA Education Council and the Vegas PBS Keeping Kids Fit Advisory Board. When not advocating for children, she loves to run, hike and off-road in her jeep with her husband of 25 years and their two children.

Bob Welling

Vice President,
Resource Development

Welling has more than 25 years of sales experience in the hotel-casino and tradeshow industry, having grown up in sales in the Las Vegas Valley. Prior to joining United Way, his career has included both direct sales responsibility, departmental sales management and senior management roles. Over the past 10 years he served as Corporate Director of Sales for a major Trade Show Service contractor, Executive Director of Sales for the Fontainebleau Las Vegas Resort project and Vice President of Event Relations for the Sands Expo. Bob’s honesty, approachability and affable nature make him perfectly suited to be the key contact for all Workplace Campaigns in Southern Nevada. Bob is deeply entrenched here, a trusted resource in the business community, and being a native, a community minded individual with a deep commitment to bettering Southern Nevada. Welling attended University of Nevada, Las Vegas and is a past member in good standing with International Association of Exhibitions & Events, Professional Convention Management Association, Meeting Planners International, Las Vegas Hospitality Association and served on the board of the Southwest chapter of IAEE. In his free time, Bob likes to conquer the tallest mountains in the West as an expert skier, his favorite destination being Mammoth Mountain, CA. When down at lower elevations, Bob likes to tour on motorcycles, golf and spend quality time with his wife, family and good friends.Welling’s primary role includes leading all aspects of fundraising initiatives including implementing donation and sales projects and overseeing workplace campaigns. Working together with the Resource Development team, he will help increase support of United Way’s initiatives in the areas of education, financial stability, and health.