Board President: Elizabeth Fielder
Elizabeth has been with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Northern Nevada for four years. She is a partner with the statewide, full service law firm of Jones Vargas. With a focus on commercial real estate and general business, her clients include buyers and sellers of real property, commercial and residential developers, builders, landlords, tenants and borrowers. Active in the community, Elizabeth has taught classes at UNR, has provided pro bono legal services to KNPB Channel 5, the Lear Theatre and the Commercial Real Estate Women of Northern Nevada (CREW), and currently serves on the CREW board of directors. Elizabeth holds a J.D. from Santa Clara University and a B.S. from the UNR. Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her husband Mark, and their two young girls, Samantha and Katie.
Board Vice President: Gabrielle Carr
Ms. Carr is a Reno native and graduate of the University of California, Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, Marketing and a Juris Doctorate Degree from Whittier College School of Law. Gabrielle works as a Deputy City Attorney for the Reno City Attorney's office.Gabrielle is very involved in the community as a board member of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northern Nevada and preparing for the 2007 Great Truckee River Duck Race. Gabrielle also volunteers for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada as well as the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. Gabrielle has additional involvement in various local organizations including Women Executives Accelerating Change Today (WEACT), Professional saleswomen of Nevada, Northern Nevada Women Lawyers Association, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (Team in Training) and the Reno Sparks Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Carr enjoys marathons, triathlons, hiking, camping fishing and other outdoor activities with her family.
Board Treasurer: Dawn Ahner
Dawn joined the Make-A-Wish Board in November of 2005 and is currently the board Treasurer. Dawn is the Chief Financial Officer for Renown Health and is responsible for overseeing the development of financial plans, strategies, policies, capital expenditure programs and budgets, while proactively leading financial performance improvement and good stewardship.
for Renown Health and its related entities. She is a C.P.A. and received her bachelor's degree in business administration with an accounting concentration from California State University, Sacramento. She received a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno. Before joining Renown Health in 1993, she worked for KPMG Peat Marwick. Dawn is married with three daughters, ages four, six, and eight.
Board Secretary: Heidi Schumann
Heidi is a Reno native and is married to Frank. They have two children. Camping, jet skiing and riding a quad runner are Schumann family favorites.
Board Member: Nate Kaplan
Nate Kaplan has been with Make-A-Wish® since the fall of 2005. Nate originally comes from the San Francisco Bay area where he worked for world-class advertising agencies including: Bernard Hodes Advertising and JWT Specialized Communications. He studied Business at California State University Chico, and since arriving in Reno in 2001, Nate has worked with the Reno Gazette Journal, and currently is with Twelve Horses; an interactive communications, email messaging and relationshipmarketing firm located in South Reno. Nate and his wife Sally have two young daughters. As Nate says: “I grew up with a mother that was in education, so I’ve always been profoundly aware of and connected to the needs of children. Now, with having two daughters of my own, that’s true more than ever.”
Board Member: Michelle Alarcon
Michelle has been in the mortgage business for the past 25 years, and is one of the top producing Loan Officers for CTX Mortgage. Michelle has lived in the Reno area for the past 30 years and enjoys cross country skiing, snow shoeing, hiking and spending quality time with her family and close friends.
Board Member: Becky Hasse
Becky is Manager of Pediatric Services at Renown . Becky started as a certified nursing assistant at Washoe Med in 1978 and rose to her current position in 1996. She now oversees the pediatric unit, pediatric intensive care and the pediatric specialty services. Becky is married to Mark and they have two children, Hunter and Hannah.
Board Member: Castulo Valdez
Castulo joined the MAWNN foundation in 2006 as a Board Member. He was born and raised in Houston, Texas where he graduated from the University of Houston with a BBA degree in finance. Castulo played NCAA Division I baseball and was able to spend two and a half years playing minor league baseball for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Upon graduating from college, he moved to northern Nevada and settled in Reno. Since living in Reno, Castulo has worked for First Independent Bank of Nevada as a Commercial Lending Officer. Upon arriving in Reno, he also attended the University of Nevada and obtained his MBA. In his spare time, he enjoys playing baseball for the Reno Astros, spending time with his bulldog Daisy, snowboarding and watching movies.
Board Member: Yvonne Murphy
With a total of 27 years of executive management experience, Yvonne has spent the last twelve years in the core of Nevada’s political power circle. Yvonne has served as the executive liaison and director of Special Projects for Pete Ernaut for over ten years, in positions ranging from the Governor’s Office to R&R Partners, Nevada’s largest advertising and public affairs firm. She has also worked two years at R&R Corporate reporting directly to Billy Vassiliadis. Additionally, while serving on the executive staff for Governor Kenny C. Guinn, she enrolled in and completed an Executive MBA program. Her commitment to excellence and a lifetime interest in serving humanitarian causes makes her the perfect fit for our board.