A born and raised Phoenix native, Gary's story as a permanent resident of Las Vegas began only a short time ago in March of 2015. Having been a visiting "resident" for countless weekends in the nearly two years prior, Gary and his partner Kris finally decided that a long-distance relationship was more glamorous than practical, and has loved living in Vegas ever since. Gary's commitment to his partner is eclipsed only by his passionate quest for social justice, a dedication proven by his Master's in Social Work from Arizona State University and currently utilized in his role as a Licensed Social Worker with the State of Nevada's Division of Welfare & Supportive Services. Gary is also a quintessential nerd, sharing his enthusiastic love for nearly all things sci-fi and fantasy with the fabulous people around him, whenever possible. Gary also has a cat, whose name is Theodore Roosevelt (Teddy), named after his historically favorite President.
As executive director of the R&R Partners Foundation, the agency’s charitable arm, Cindy stewards the belief in the power of great ideas and their ability to solve even the most intractable challenges.
For 40 years, R&R has encouraged employees to donate their time and talent to the communities in which we live and do business. Cindy has been part of this culture for more than half of that legacy, helping to form the Foundation in 2008, and dedicating her time to the three areas of social impact, which includes children and families; arts and education; and public safety and human rights. In this role, she has overseen more than 54,000 donated hours for a value of $7 million in marketing and communications services.
Cindy works closely with the agency’s staff, having developed the R&R Advisory Council and the Employee Volunteerism Program, both of which enhance employee engagement and are a source of those great ideas. She oversees the company’s strategic philanthropic planning and is the R&R Partners Foundation ambassador, building alliances within our communities and connecting individuals and organizations for greater collaboration and effectiveness. Cindy also spearheads internally-driven initiatives of high importance to R&R employees and rallies the team to implement unique and unexpected solutions.
She also serves on councils and boards of directors for Discovery Children’s Museum, The Greater Good Council, LV Healthy Communities Coalition, the Southern NV Anti-bullying Council, American Graduate Advisory Council and LV Fashion Council.
Chad is a lawyer here in Las Vegas, focusing primarily on LGBT family law and other civil litigation. He grew up in Florida and attended Florida State University before moving to Southern California and acquiring a law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Now a resident of Las Vegas Chad has 3 of a kind, licenses that is, to practice law in Nevada, California and Florida. Chad is committed to using his experience and aptitude to assist and inform the LGBT community and their families of their quickly changing legal rights.
In 2013, Stacey Gualandi moved to Las Vegas from Hollywood, CA, where she built a career as a reporter, host, writer and producer. She recently worked as a general assignment reporter for Channel 13 Action News and a producer for MTV UK, Crime Watch Daily and The Insider. She spent eight years as a Senior Correspondent for the nationally syndicated newsmagazine Inside Edition. There she tackled national, breaking and entertainment news. There was also very little she wouldn’t do for a story: she stayed awake for 80 hours to test the effects of sleep deprivation; painted the Hollywood sign; changed light bulbs on the Oakland Bridge; joined Cirque du Soleil; went undercover as a polio survivor to expose a deceitful televangelist; flew a plane after only 15 minutes of instruction; went mutton busting; and joined an all-female chain gang. Stacey is currently the host of The Women’s Eye Radio Show; a contributor to the website www.thewomenseye.com, and host of Lifescript TV’s Ask the Doctor. She has hosted Hallmark Channel’s web-based show On Location, Fox5 Vegas’ On Tour and the multi-media project Understanding Cancer. Stacey also reported and produced for the nationally syndicated shows American Journal, Strange Universe and EXTRA. Stacey earned a BS degree in Broadcast Journalism from Miami University. While attending college, she worked for the campus radio station WMUB, spent a semester studying in Luxembourg, and after graduation, Stacey worked as a stand-in for actress Molly Ringwald before moving to Hollywood. Stacey is a certified yoga and spin instructor and lives in Henderson with her husband Marty and mutts Wally and Bobo.
Marilyn Kovach moved to the Las Vegas area in 2009. Soon after, she became involved with The Center—it’s a family affair! Her professional career focused on community involvement and spanned the spectrum of organizing pre-schools, teaching at the elementary level, counseling victims of abuse, facilitating services for older adults, and serving on community boards. She feels honored to be on The Center’s Associate Board.
Albert Z. Kovacs
Albert Z. Kovacs is a corporate lawyer who is dedicated to helping people navigate complex business issues and the distinctive aspects of Nevada’s corporate and business laws. He moved to Las Vegas in late 2006 after beginning his career in New York City. In college, Albert studied philosophy and physics and hosted a weekly radio show. He now lives in Downtown Las Vegas and visits southern California as often as possible for shopping excursions and LA Kings hockey games.
Claire is originally from London, England but has been blessed to live in Spain, Miami, NYC, and Los Angeles. She has called Vegas home for over 10 years now. Claire worked in the hospitality industry for more than 20 years covering a wide range of positions in Europe and America: night club promoter, security manager, director of guest experience, resort manager and catering & conference services manager to name but a few, with her focus always being in hotel operations. More recently, Claire has changed careers and now works with Asset Management Realty Advisors, finding peoples dream homes. She volunteers in the community working with Opportunity Village, Las Vegas Mission and Three Square. Her passions in life are travel, arts, yoga and people.
A Clark County teacher and a professional development instructor with Equity & Diversity, A.J. O’Reilly has worked tirelessly to educate students and instructors in methods to support and create safe educational environments, and promote cultural competency and inclusion for the young people of our community.
In his professional career, Ron offers business consulting and support for licensing, establishing entities, working with governmental agencies, and facilitating escrow transactions for business sales and acquisitions. His background includes sales, marketing, management, recruitment, business ownership and franchise development. He is an active member in the community, has planned and volunteered at many events, serves as steering co-chair on the Las Vegas Human Rights Campaign Steering Committee, is the area representative, and sits on the HRC National Board of Governors. Ron and his spouse Ken have made Las Vegas their home since 1991.