NICRP | Prevent Child Abuse Nevada: Advisory Council

PCANV: Advisory Board

PCANV is fortunate to have a wonderful group of compassionate and driven leaders serving on our Advisory Board. Knowing that it takes many people, organizations and disciplines working together to make a difference, Prevent Child Abuse Nevada has brought together representatives from various child advocacy and service organizations throughout the state.

The Advisory Board helps develop the resources available to PCANV and strengthen its relationship with the community in an effort to promote healthy children and develop strong families.

By educating the public and policy makers about child abuse prevention we hope to make a difference in the lives of Nevada's children and families.

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Prevent Child Abuse Nevada Advisory Board:

Debbie Harpster - Board Chair
Three Square Food Bank - Las Vegas

Debbie Harpster moved to Southern Nevada In 2003, when she was fortunate enough to serve as Program Director of the Nevada chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA) to bring awareness and prevention of victimization to children throughout the state for five years. Today, Debbie volunteers as PCA NV advisory board chairperson and advocates for children and their families. She brings strong relationship building, fund development and program administration experience acquired over the past 12 years of working in the local nonprofit sector. She worked at various Clark County nonprofit organizations providing diversity training and anti-bullying programs to CCSD students and homelessness prevention programs to those in need. Prior to her current position as Agency Relations Manager at Three Square Food Bank, Debbie served as Executive Director at Project 150 and Special Projects Manager at United Way of Southern Nevada where she provided oversight of multiple programs. She volunteers on the Board of Acelero Learning Clark County and is a member of the Nevada Homeless Alliance. She and her husband, Dean have been married for 4 years. They have three sons, ages 23, 17, and 16. Their teenaged sons attend magnet programs at Rancho High School and Advanced Technologies Academy. As a family they enjoy game nights; hiking; and traveling to National and State Parks and monuments.
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Evelyn Dryer
Nevada Division of Public & Behavioral Health: Home Visiting - Carson City

Evelyn Dryer is a native of Wyoming, mother of four, grandmother of 6. She has a background in social services and has spent her career helping vulnerable populations connect with needed services. Some other interesting jobs she’s had: hosting a local TV talk show, managing a social marketing campaign to encourage sobriety in skateboarders and snowboarders, and leading a teen pregnancy prevention campaign. Evelyn has spent her life working to improve family life for her own family and for others. Evelyn has also been a Girl Scout leader for Daisies, Brownies, Junior and Cadet Girl Scouts, Cub Scout Den Mother, PTA President, Team Mom for Track, Volleyball, Little League and Cheer Mom. She is a certified parenting coach in several different parenting programs, and is currently studying to be a Certified Lactation Educator.
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Shawn Gerstenberger
School of Community Health Sciences UNLV - Las Vegas

Shawn Gerstenberger, PhD, is the Dean of the School of the Community Health Sciences. His research focuses on childhood lead poisoning prevention and the impact of the built environment on human health. He is the founder of the Nevada Healthy Homes Partnership and has multiple collaborative grants with key community partners such as the Southern Nevada Health District, City of Henderson and the Nevada State Health Division. He has received extensive grants from agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Environmental Protection Agency to support his work.
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Gwendolyn Greene
Community Advocate - Las Vegas

Gwendolyn Greene is a licensed marriage and family therapy intern with the state of Nevada. Gwendolyn moved to the Las Vegas valley when she was three and has since been a life-long Nevadan. As a mother of four, Gwendolyn is adamant that no child suffers physical or psychological abuse and dedicates her work to educating parents regarding the dangers of child abuse. As part of the Prevent Child Abuse Nevada Board, Gwendolyn's focus is on identifying fund-raising opportunities to support the program. Gwendolyn shares her life with Ted, her partner of 21 years and their four sons Jaylen, Jordan, Jonathan, and Joshua. As a family, they enjoy weekly movie nights, cruising during the summer months, and spending time together. Top of Page

Tabitha Johnson
Bridge Counseling - Las Vegas

Tabitha Johnson is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Nevada. She moved to Las Vegas, NV in December 2005 when her husband was stationed at Nellis Air Force Base. She graduated with her Masters of Counseling in December of 2009 and began the process towards licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Since 2009 she has been working with children, couples and families in Las Vegas and became fully licensed in February of 2013. Prior to licensure, she worked with Division of Child and Family Services, Early Childhood Mental Health. This began the foundation of working with children in the child welfare system. She is currently a supervisor in training for licensed Marriage and Family Therapy interns, as well as Clinical Professional Counseling Interns. She was appointed by Governor Sandoval in 2016 to become a part of the Commission on Behavioral Health, which oversees the mental health services for both children and adults in the State of Nevada. She currently runs a small agency and has also recently become the Assistant Clinical Director with Bridge Counseling, a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC). She is passionate about advocating for children and families in the state of Nevada.
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Shaun Mollica
Nevada Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence

Shaun Mollica has devoted her career to social service and strengthening our community, particularly in the areas of poverty, healthcare, and criminal justice. After working as an Assistant Attorney for the Attorneys for Children program in Brooklyn, NY, Shaun made the decision to move to the growing city of Las Vegas to work in the area of prevention. Her first position in Southern Nevada was with Prevent Child Abuse Nevada as a Program Coordinator. Over the past ten years, Shaun has had the honor of working and volunteering for several non-profits in Southern Nevada. She currently serves as the Communication Coordinator for the Nevada Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence (formerly the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence.) Shaun lives in Henderson, Nevada with her partner, John and her son, Nate. Shaun enjoys traveling, especially visiting theme parks, long-distance running, and spending time with her family and their four dogs.
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Mari Parlade
Clark County Department of Family Services - Las Vegas

Mari Parlade is a zealous child advocate, devoted wife and mother of three beautiful children. Mari graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law where she was recognized as an Outstanding Child Advocate by the Children's Advocacy Institute. Mari represented children in abuse and neglect proceedings for over five years as a Pro Bono Children's Attorney for the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, where she received Congressional and Senatorial recognition for her pro bono work. Mari then served as an Alternate Hearing Master for the 8th Judicial District Court for over three years where she presided over Juvenile Dependency, Juvenile Truancy, Juvenile Delinquency, Domestic Violence and Dependency Mother's Drug Court Hearings, where she was chosen to lead the Juvenile Dependency Courts Catalyzing Change Initiative on behalf of the court. Mari now serves as a Manager for the Clark County Department of Family Services (DFS), where she manages Appeals, Litigation, Fatalities, Records, Legislation, and Community Partnerships & Engagement for DFS. Due to Mari's purpose-driven mindset and her pursuit of building a community of support for children in care, Mari has been chosen to serve on several influential committees, including the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) National Faith-Based Advisory Committee, as well as the Clark County Blue Ribbon for Kids Public Education, Court Reform and Overarching Systemic Reform Subcommittees.
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Denise Tanata
Children's Advocacy Alliance - Las Vegas

Denise is the Executive Director of the Children's Advocacy Alliance - a private nonprofit that serves as an independent voice for children and families in Nevada, seeking to improve policies and practices in the areas of children's safety, school readiness and children's health. She has been working in the field of child advocacy in Nevada since 1998 and has extensive experience conducting applied research and policy analysis on children's issues, with an emphasis on translating research and data to improve policy and practice. Denise previously served as a Senior Scholar at the Lincy Institute at UNLV and also served as the Executive Director of the Nevada Institute for Children's Research and Policy (NICRP) in the School of Community Health Sciences at UNLV. Denise received her Bachelor's Degree in Women's Studies from UNLV, with a minor in Sociology and received her Juris Doctorate from the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV. She serves on numerous boards and coalitions aimed at improving the lives of children and families in Nevada and is the recipient of the US Congressional Flag by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for her commitment to the children of Nevada as an academic, advocate and volunteer.
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Lauren van der Camp
Community Advocate - Las Vegas

Lauren van der Camp joined the advisory board of Prevent Child Abuse Nevada in 2014 and serves as a Community Advocate and Chairperson of the Fundraising Committee. She worked in the publishing industry in Chicago, Illinois after graduating from Washington University (B.A. '05) and DePaul University (M.A. '07). She went on to become an educator for several years before returning to the publishing and marketing fields in 2012. Lauren is involved in a variety of local non-profit efforts throughout Las Vegas and is particularly passionate about the work and programs developed by the team at Nevada Institute for Children's Research and Policy for Prevent Child Abuse Nevada.
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Sherry Waugh
Child and Family Research Center UNR - Reno

Sherry Waugh, M.S., is the director of the NAEYC accredited, campus-based early childhood education program at the University of Nevada, Reno. In this role she supervises a staff of 150 professional, classified, and student staff members, ensures the quality of an accredited program, and administers an annual budget of over $3,500,000. Ms. Waugh provides leadership in the early childhood community and builds linkages with community organizations. She has taught classes at TMCC and UNR and has also served as the President of the National Coalition for Campus Child Care Centers, the Nevada Association for the Education of Young Children, and the Nevada Head Start Association. She supports Pre-K 3rd work at both the state and local school district level.
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