Young Leaders Making A Difference

United Way of Southern Nevada recognizes and applauds the accomplishments and efforts of this dynamic group of young philanthropists. These leaders are passionate about creating lasting change in alignment with United Way’s community-based agenda goals focusing on Education, Health and Financial Stability.

Young Philanthropists Society is a membership group of financial contributors who are committed through resources and time to give back to their community through philanthropic efforts, advocacy and volunteerism.

Members of the Young Philanthropists Society benefit by increasing their community involvement, understanding the non-profit agenda and engaging in meaningful experiences that will prepare them for community leadership.


Young Philanthropists Society Mission

To make a difference in children’s lives through volunteerism, mentorship and events by harnessing the energy, commitment and diverse skills sets of the next generation of leaders.

  • Young Philanthropists enjoy a full roster of educational, social, and service events designed to help them improve their leadership skills and expand their personal and professional contacts. These include:
  • Leadership Roundtable Lunches with high level business and community leaders
  • Business networking
  • Volunteer and social opportunities
  • Recognition in the HEROES publication
  • Special Communications

YPS In The Community

The “Piggy Bank”

Launched on Oct. 5, 2012, YPS created the “Piggy Bank” program as an innovative, real-world solution to teach the students at Walter Bracken Elementary School how to save and be financially responsible. A collaboration between UWSN, YPS, Walter Bracken Elementary School, Junior Achievement, Silver State Schools Credit Union (SSSCU), Andson Foundation and various volunteers, the “Piggy Bank” program includes financial literacy curriculum and a kid-friendly bank with a bank teller counter, a TV to showcase each classroom’s savings and decals on the walls with money saving tips.

The only program of its kind in Nevada for elementary school children, the “Piggy Bank” helps children to learn how to save and make smart financial decisions at an early age so that growing up they are armed with the knowledge of the importance of saving. The “Piggy Bank” program inspired the children to save over $42,000 from October 2012 to May 2014.

In January 2015, YPS extends this program to more children with the introduction of the second “Piggy Bank” at Hollingsworth Elementary.

Hollingsworth Elementary

YPS has been a long time friend and supporter of Hollingworth Elementary. This year, YPS again will offer the children of the school a very special Holiday Party. Every child will receive an age appropriate gift and will be reminded that someone out there cares about them. YPS will also host monthly birthday parties for children whose birthdays fall in that month. Birthday parties can be an expensive endeavor for families, and as such, YPS has stepped up to ensure every child feels special on their birthday.

Learning Program for children with Down’s Syndrome

This year YPS expands their reach into the community by their partnership with the Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada via the Learning Program, designed to deliver evidence based educational support to children, parents and teachers in the areas of literacy and math. Offered throughout the school year, this program provides additional individualized instruction to children and their caregivers, so that their needs are met and they have the greatest chances for success. YPS’ partnership allows this valuable program to double their capacity and allows for a second age group, 7-8 year olds, to also receive this critical support.

Sports and Nutrition for children

YPS’ commitment to children and their health powers Desert Reign’s Sports and Nutrition Camps for children, expanding current capacity to reach in total over 2500 children in 2014. Camps provide immersion into physical activity and fitness as well as the ABC’s of proper nutrition and healthy eating. These camps aid in helping children succeed cognitively, socially and athletically.

Books & Buddies

A multi-generational reading program that connects all ages to grow the love of reading, Books and Buddies helps facilitate reading and literacy in the home. YPS’ support of this program in conjunction with Spread the Word Nevada allows for expansion of this program to reach an additional 150 at-risk children. Through mentoring, book supplies, and comprehension inquiry, post-test results demonstrate the effectiveness of this important program.


YPS Member List

Executive Members ($2,500)

Not Pictured:
Edward Koijane | Jeffrey D. Mitchell | Robert Murray | Eugene Outley | Geoff Spataro | 1 Anonymous

General Members ($1,500)

Not Pictured:
Amber Beason | Michael Brown | Briana Courts | Monica Habart | Kimberly Hopps | Kylee Knight | Tom Kovach | Michelle Lindsay | Jill Maradiaga | Christopher Mays | Tim McGovern | Kelly McNamara | Tim Olson | Mathew D. Reid | Rebecca Risse | Scott Savarda | Michael Schuler | 1 Anonymous

YPS Executive Chart


Co-Chair Emeritus Michael Santos 
Co-Chair  Chelsie Campbell
Co-Chair Chris Way
Vice Chair Justin Micatrotto
Project Funding Committee Chair Timara Marquis 
Membership & Outreach Committee Chair Jordan Sacca
Piggy Bank & Volunteer Committee Chairs Chelsie Campbell & Justin Micatrotto
Communication Committee Chair Tivona Betz


YPS Membership Info

Become A Young Philanthropist Society Member:

The Young Philanthropists Society is open to professionals who:

  • Want to connect and make a difference in their community
  • Invest $1,500 minimum annually (general membership) or $2,500 minimum annually (executive membership)
  • Volunteer their time and talent

General Membership | Invest minimum $1,500 annually

  • Receive listing recognition in the annual United Way HEROES publication
  • Eligible to participate as a member of one of the YPS committees or serve as co-chair
  • Eligible to participate in YPS functions
  • Act as ambassadors at United Way and YPS functions and events

Executive Committee Membership | Invest $2,500 annually

  • Receive photo and name recognition in the annual United Way HEROES publication
  • Eligible to participate as a member of one of the YPS committees or serve as co-chair
  • Act as hosts at United Way functions and YPS events
  • Invited to attend Executive Committee meetings and provide input on the direction of YPS
  • Receive the opportunity to vote on YPS funding opportunities

Become A Member Here
For membership information please contact Liz Vohwinkel, Senior Director of Major Gifts at (702) 892-2344 or

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YPS Volunteer Opportunities

The Piggy Bank – Wednesday or Friday Mornings

Calling all YPS members….come see your dollars in action and help children save at The Piggy Bank! Volunteers help greet the children, hand out stickers and high-fives, and check to make sure that the kids have their deposits ready for the tellers. Volunteer opportunities are available at Walter Bracken STEAM Academy as well as Howard E. Hollingsworth Elementary on Wednesdays. Do not miss out on this fantastic opportunity to interact with children like Fikreabe, one of the many lives changed through your YPS membership!

Please email Hector Lizaola at [email protected] to sign up on the following dates:

  • Walter Bracken STEAM Academy – Fridays at 8:30am

Map & directions to Walter Bracken STEAM Academy here.

  • Howard E. Hollingsworth Elementary School – Wednesdays at 8:00am

Map & directions to Hollingsworth Elementary here.

Please email Hector Lizaola at [email protected] for more Piggy Bank volunteer opportunities.

Nevada Reading Week | March 2nd-6th, 2015

Nevada Reading Week will take place March 2nd-6th, and it is a perfect time to showcase the magic of reading for Nevada’s children. Spread the Word Nevada, a YPS partner agency through the Books & Buddies program, is looking for YPS readers to motivate youngsters during this fun-filled week by visiting classrooms and volunteering to read to the children for one hour. As a volunteer, you will read one or two stories with the classes; share a little info about yourself, your hobbies, your job, and why you love to read. It is a wonderful way to open the world of opportunity for these elementary school children through books, reading, and a little “career fair”. To participate, please contact Laurie Hartig at [email protected] with your preferred date, time and location!

DSOSN Buddy Walk | May 9th, 2015 at 8:00am

Mark your calendars for the annual Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada Buddy Walk on Saturday, May 9th at 11:00am! The Buddy Walk is an advocacy walk in which people who have Down Syndrome invite “buddies” to walk with them. DSOSN is a partner agency currently funded in part through YPS via the Learning Program, designed to deliver evidence based educational support to children, parents and teachers in the areas of literacy and math. The goal of the Buddy Walk is to promote acceptance and inclusion of persons who have Down Syndrome. YPS is be a proud sponsor of the event and will be forming a walk team. Evite and details to come!

member news

YPS Member News | February 2015

Welcome New Members

YPS is thrilled to welcome four new members, Michael Schuler, Rebecca Risse, Kylee Knight and Briana Courts! Michael is with Enterprise Holdings, Rebecca is with NV Energy, and both Kylee and Briana are with Ernst & Young. All four join YPS as General Members. Welcome Michael, Rebecca, Kylee and Briana, and thank you for your commitment to UWSN and Young Philanthropists Society!

Linasha Jerome



YPS member Linasha Jerome, recently interviewed in BLVDS Magazine to talk about the amazing work of YPS, has a new role as Associate Director of Admissions for the UNLV Boyd School of Law. Congratulations Lin!

featured photos

YPS Featured Photos | Jan/Feb 2015

See the pics from our Holiday Happy Hour and Leadership Roundtable.

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YPS Holiday Happy Hour- Hearthstone Kitchen and Cellar
Members gathered to celebrate the holidays at an exciting new venue, Hearthstone Kitchen and Cellar.  Attendees enjoyed shuffleboard, hosted appetizers, and mingling with fellow YPS members!

Leadership Roundtable Featuring Mark Fine
On Thursday, January 29, YPS members experienced a delicious meal at Flemings Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar while hearing from Mark Fine of Mark L. Fine and Associates.  Mr. Fine is a Las Vegas leader in real estate development, and the members enjoyed hearing his perspectives on business and philanthropy at the luncheon.

YPS Featured Photos | November 2014

YPS Sixth Anniversary at TPC Summerlin United Way ’s Young Philanthropists Society celebrated its sixth anniversary at TPC Summerlin! On November 6th, current and prospective members had the opportunity to mix and mingle, meet new people, chip some shots onto the green, and celebrate the commitment of YPS! [nggallery id=30 template=”player”] Continue Reading

community partners

Thank you to our Community Partners!

Andson Foundation
Bracken Elementary School
Desert Reign Foundation
Down Syndrome Organization of Nevada
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Future Smiles
Hearthstone Kitchen and Cellar
Hollingsworth Elementary School
JR Achievement
NV Energy
Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers
Silver State Schools Credit Union
Spread the Word Nevada
TPC Summerlin, Inc.

member spotlight

YPS Member Spotlight | Lisa Drake

You have to be a native if your family has been planted on Vegas soil since 1962. “I graduated 25 years after my father from the same high school” (Go Rancho High School Rams!) Lisa Drake’s ambition soared shortly after graduation. An overachieving spirit landed her a job with the Clark County Recorder’s Office at… Continue Reading

YPS Member Spotlight | Chris Mays

Chris Mays is a man of many talents and exciting adventures. His career path in life took him from coast to coast and eventually overseas to serve his clients, adding several stamps to his passport. As a professional accountant and senior manager at Deloitte & Touche LLP, Chris gives the “A” treatment to a mix… Continue Reading

YPS Member Spotlight | Daniel Shapiro

Daniel Shapiro As a Las Vegas resident for over 25 years, Dan Shapiro considers himself a native. And although he doesn’t take his career as an accountant for Ernst and Young lightly, he has made it his mission to improve our Nevada education ranking. “I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself.… Continue Reading

YPS Member Spotlight | Leroy Godfrey

Leroy Godfrey came into our fine town with gusto! Having a passion for steaks and large plated servings, his awe of steakhouses dates back to… well we won’t date him, but let’s just say – he has the experience and hospitality know-how that will propel a widely recognized restaurant group’s venue on to the scene… Continue Reading

YPS Member Spotlight | Amanda Hurst

I had the privilege of having coffee with our fellow YPS member, Amanda Hurst, and was so inspired by what I learned. Amanda moved to Las Vegas to attend UNLV. She was the first in her family to go to college and she not only finished undergrad, she received a Masters in Criminal Justice. With… Continue Reading