Raised in Las Vegas, Tony graduated from Valley High in 1984 and graduated from the Arizona State College of Law in 1991. Born and raised in southern California, Elaine graduated from UNLV with a dual baccalaureate in political science and criminal justice.
As the Senior Vice President of NV Energy, Tony oversees community relations, government affairs, economic development, community giving and employee volunteer opportunities. Last year NV Energy employees gave 45,000 hours of their time to communities throughout Nevada.
Elaine serves on the Community Advisory Board of the Smith Center for the Performing Arts as well as the Sunrise Hospital Board of Trustees. Tony serves on a number of community boards, including Nevada Partners, the National Judicial College Board of Trustees in Reno, the Public Education Foundation Executive Board as well as the Nevada State College Foundation.
Both Elaine and Tony have a passion for politics and have worked for elected political figures over the years. Tony worked for United States Senator Richard Bryan and for Nevada Governor Bob Miller.
Elaine had an impressive career working for former U.S. Senator Richard H. Bryan, and she was the spokesperson for City of Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman. She was also the Public Affairs and Marketing Manager for McCarran International Airport for six years. She is now focused on spending time with her children and marketing and real estate.
If Tony could be one person for a day, he would be Warren Buffet. “It would be interesting from the perspective that he has committed to giving away 99% of his wealth,” shared Tony. “What a fantastic perspective to have.”
Tony’s perfect getaway would be attending an Olympic Summer Games and Elaine would like to see the Pyramids in Egypt. On Tony’s music playlist is anything by the Beatles and Elaine’s favorite artist is Stevie Wonder.
Growing up, Elaine was inspired to give back by her maternal grandmother, who at 96 is still active in East Los Angeles community activities and politics. Similarly, Tony’s mom was very active in the equal rights movement in Nevada in the early 70s. For the past five years their children have participated in numerous community activities including volunteering with Three Square.
United Way Tocqueville members for almost five years, Tony and Elaine enjoy interacting with fellow Tocqueville members and knowing that their resources are being utilized in an efficient and impactful manner.
“It’s an umbrella of commitment and passion to enhance and change people’s lives,” explained Elaine. “Who can say one cause is better than another? Children vaccinations are no less important than having good and nutritious food on the table every day for seniors or a family in need. Through United Way you can connect people to assistance in so many ways. It’s rewarding to see the impact.”
Tony served on the southern Nevada United Way Board over a decade ago and witnessed first-hand what an important role United Way plays in the community.
“The United Way is the perfect intersection for those who are in need of assistance and for those who are in a position to offer assistance,” said Tony. “To combine the two makes remarkable results.”
The couple believes that together, when we aggregate our resources, we can make a real difference.
“When we help one another, that’s when real and positive momentum happens,” said Elaine. “United Way is a one stop place to get involved. Take the first step and get involved, you will not regret it.”