Susan Haas, Executive Director & C.E.O.
Susan Haas was born in Hampton Roads, Virginia and is a Navy “Bratt”. Upon graduation from Belle Chasse High School she attended Soule’ Business College in New Orleans. She enlisted in the Navy and served honorably for four years as a Communications Technician, at duty stations around the world including Keflavik, Iceland and Rota, Spain; and in the U.S. at Pensacola, Florida and Sugar Grove, West Virginia. Susan used her G.I. Bill to attend the University of Toledo and holds an Associates of Science degree in Marketing and Sales. Moving to Carson City in 1989, Ms. Haas earned a Certified Tour Professional (CTP) accreditation from the National Tour Association and worked for Frontier Tours for 10 years as a tour designer, Assistant Manager of the Scenic department, then Manager of Special Events and International Tour departments. Ms. Haas then served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Nevada’s Lieutenant Governor Lorraine T. Hunt which included three diplomatic and trade missions to China. Susan joined RSVP as Program Director in 2007 and became Executive Director and C.E.O. in 2013.
Nick Providenti, Controller
Nick Providenti, Controller joined RSVP in 2016. Nick is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso. He has more than 30 years’ experience in accounting/financial management and is responsible for RSVP’s financial statements, budget, grant reporting and provides fiscal support for all of RSVP’s programs. He is a Certified Public Accountant in Nevada and recently retired as the Finance Director for the City of Carson City, Nevada.
Lora Myles, Attorney
Lora E. Myles, Esq., was raised in Reno, and received graduate degrees from the University of Nevada, Reno, and Vermont Law School. She has traveled to every town in Nevada north of the nuclear zone. She is a caregiver, having cared for grandmothers, an aunt, uncles, and her father. Lora has been the attorney for the Carson and Rural Elder Law Program for over 20 years. She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the National Guardianship Association. Lora has written or co-written several pieces of legislation which are now Nevada law, including revisions to the Public Guardian and Public Administrator statute, the Guardianship statute, the Power of Attorney statutes, and the statutes protecting cemetaries.
Melanie Barkley, Director of Development
Melanie Barkley (formerly Kauffman) joined RSVP in April 2017 as the Director of Development. She has almost 20 years’ experience in the non-profit sector, and is responsible for meeting the organization’s development goals including securing financial resources through grants and appeals to support its programs and services. Prior to her work with RSVP, Melanie served as Executive Director for Family TIES of Nevada, and has also worked as Executive Director for Sierra Senior Services, and Program Director for Tahoe Safe Alliance in California. She has been active with various initiatives including the Nevada Maternal and Child Health Coalition, Nevada Family-to-Family Health Information Center, Tahoe/Truckee Senior Nutrition Program and Safe House Capital Campaign. Ms. Barkley earned a B.A. degree in Psychology from California State University Northridge and Certified Grant Professional (GPC) accreditation from the Grant Professionals Certification Institute.
Sandy Severance, Program Director
Sandy Severance joined the Nevada Rural Counties RSVP Program as their Program Director in February 2017. At RSVP, Sandy supports the organization’s direct service and community service programs. Prior to her work with RSVP, Sandy worked as a Consultant in Nairobi, Kenya as a grant writer for renewable energy projects across the continent and served as Executive Director for two nonprofits in Pueblo, Colorado, NeighborWorks of Pueblo and the Pueblo Human Relations Commission. Sandy has also worked with the Hugh O’Brian Youth Foundation as their Development Associate and with the international development and relief agency, International Medical Corps at their corporate office in Los Angeles and served in the field for two years in Angola, Southern Africa as the Finance Controller. Sandy has been active on many Colorado Boards including the Suicide Prevention Center and the Urban Renewal Authority.
Anita Moreno, Transportation Coordinator & Fair Manager
Anita Moreno, Transportation and Special Events Coordinator, joined RSVP in 2015. Ms. Moreno provides special events planning; transportation coordination and program reporting, driver orientation and training, client intake and support, and program evaluation. Prior to joining RSVP, Ms. Moreno worked for the Lyon County School District Boys and Girls Club as the Director of the Public Computer Centers. She also spent 14 years in the Restaurants and Food Service Industry in various positions such as Events Coordinator, Chef, and Marketing Analyst.
Carol Davis, Lifeline & Homemaker Program
Carol Davis joined RSVP in 2013 and is the accounting assistant responsible for coordinating RSVP’s Lifeline Alert System Program and the Homemaker Program. Prior to her work with RSVP, Ms. Davis retired from the State of Nevada in 2007 – bringing more than 32 years’ experience in accounting & financial reporting. She is a certified Tax Counselor in the AARP Tax Aide program, processing Federal Tax Returns for the elderly and low-income senior citizens at the Carson Senior Center, Dayton Senior Center and Friends in Helping Service Center.
Kathy Hanson, Respite Coordinator
Kathy Hanson, Respite Care Coordinator, joined RSVP in 2010 through AARP. She served initially in the transportation program, and later transitioned to become an AmeriCorps VISTA member, serving in this program for one and a half years providing sustainability for the Respite program. Ms. Hanson is currently the Respite Coordinator, and provides overall support for the Respite Care Program and collaborates with the Volunteer Field Representatives to recruit, train and place respite care volunteers with primary caregivers and their family members.
Brent Kay, PERS Coordinator/Program Assistant
Brent Kay, Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) Program Assistant, joined RSVP in August 2017. Brent brings to the RSVP team a plethora of diverse skills and professional experience, wearing more hats than one typically sees at the Kentucky Derby. He holds an art degree and a prestigious Cinematography Fellowship from the national Film/TV conservatory. Having a restless heart, Brent moved away from the arts in order to pursue an adventurous career as a Legal Assistant, managing legal cases for over 15 years related to Intellectual Property, Franchise Administration, and General Litigation Support. He is married and has three teenage kids. A practitioner of “How to See”, Brent can be seen photographing geometric and optical curiosities, color patterns and other things taken for granted.
Karen Caldwell Weil, Respite Assistant Coordinator
Karen Caldwell Weil, Respite Care Assistant Coordinator, joined RSVP in August 2017. Prior to her work with RSVP, Ms. Caldwell Weil worked at WellPoint Inc./Anthem as a Business Consultant and Project Manager for 10 years. She worked on numerous key Projects including Texas Star Kids, California MMP, Small System Change Request and Core Administration Redesign to implement health plans and various systems. Karen is currently the Respite Care Assistant Coordinator, and assists in providing overall support for the Respite Care Program and supports collaboration with the Volunteer Field Representatives to recruit, train and place respite care volunteers with primary caregivers and their family members.