Melanie Barkley, Interim C.E.O.
Melanie (Kauffman) Barkley joined RSVP in 2017 as the Director of Development and in September 2020 was appointed as the Interim C.E.O., responsible for overseeing the operations of the organization and providing bridge leadership. As the Director of Development, Melanie is responsible for meeting the organization’s marketing and development goals including securing financial resources through grants and appeals; and communication strategies. She has over 20 years’ experience in the non-profit sector, and has worked with reputable agencies, including the Plumas County Department of Health Services, Tahoe Safe Alliance, Sierra Senior Services and Family TIES of Nevada. Melanie has served in executive management positions to meet community needs, ensure wise stewardship of resources, and oversee programmatic and operational systems. She helped steer the success of key community initiatives including RSVP’s Service Enterprise Certification, Nevada Statewide Maternal and Child Health Coalition, Nevada Family-to-Family Health Information Center Program and Tahoe/Truckee Senior Nutrition Program. Melanie earned a B.A. degree in Psychology from California State University Northridge, and the Grant Professional accreditation in 2010 from the Grant Professionals Certification Institute.
Lona M. Domenici, Controller
Lona Domenici joined RSVP as the Controller in February 2020. Lona has a comprehensive career working for the state of Nevada including the Legislative Counsel Bureau, the Senate, the Assembly and numerous Executive Departments. She brings over 17 years of experience serving in positions related to management, financial analysis, audit review, accounting and grants management. Lona is responsible for the daily oversight of RSVP’s fiscal operations, accounting staff, cost reconciliations, and audit preparation. Lona is a native Nevadan and a positive addition to the RSVP team.
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.
Sandy Severance, HCP & Veterans VIP Program Director
Sandy Severance joined RSVP 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.
Carol Davis, Accounting Assistant
Carol Davis joined RSVP in 2013 and is the accounting assistant responsible for coordinating RSVP’s Lifeline Alert System Program, Homemaker Program, accounts receivables and general accounting support. 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.
Karen Caldwell-Weil, Respite Supervisor
Karen Caldwell-Weil, Respite Supervisor, 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 Supervisor, 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.
Kris Hughes, Program Coordinator & PERS, Homemaker, Data Manager
Kris Hughes, Program Coordinator & PERS, Homemaker, Data Manager, re-joined RSVP in January 2019 after serving as the Program Coordinator from 2013 – 2016. Kris is currently the Program Coordinator & PERS, Homemaker & Data Manager – responsible for recording the monthly driver activity reports, monthly client data reports, processing monthly volunteer time sheets, and provides training assistance. Kris also provides client data information entry and helps ensure the integrity of the database system through accurate and timely input and verification of reporting. Kris holds a MS degree in Agriculture Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Nancy Henry, Transportation Coordinator
Nancy Henry joined RSVP in 2017 working under the AARP Senior Community Service Employment Program. In this role she assisted RSVP with the scheduling of client rides, volunteer route schedules and administrative support. In November 2018, she became RSVP’s Transportation Program Manager for the Innovations Project – Effective Solutions in Rural Transportation for Elders. This important project utilized technology, service coordination, public awareness and volunteer engagement to modernize and streamline RSVP’s high-quality door-to-door transportation program. Nancy now serves as the Transportation Coordinator and conducts client intakes and assessments, provides volunteer/client recruitment & match, schedules transportation appointments, and coordinates program delivery with volunteer drivers.
Steven Nichols, Respite Program Director for Respite Innovations Project and Fair Manager
Steven Nichols is the Respite Program Director for the Innovations Project – Java Music For Rural Respite. Java Music offers peer support through hands-on learning for elders in a unique combination of researched themes, photography, music, readings, and traditional talking stick. The project is a catalyst for caregiver support, respite care, independent living services, and emergency resources. Steven also serves as the Fair Manager where he provides special event planning for RSVP’s annual Fairs and special events. Steven joined RSVP in 2018 and brings over 25 years of experience in the private sector including business, marketing, and as a DJ where he mixes recorded music for a live audience.
Laura Snider, Veterans Program Coordinator
Laura Snider joined RSVP in August 2020 as the Veterans Program Coordinator of the Veterans VIP Program to provide assistance to Carson City Veterans, recruit volunteers, provide outreach, and make referrals. Laura was born and raised in Montana, where she also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services from Montana State University-Billings. She experienced the uniqueness of military life as an Air Force wife during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. At the time, she lived primarily in North Carolina where she worked as a Team Leader in an adult literacy and an adult high school program. For the past 20 years, Laura has been a K-5 special education teacher and case manager. Now, she is excited to combine all of her experience and her passion for service to support veterans.