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Emily Smith

Chief Executive Officer //

Emily is the Chief Executive Officer for Nevada Blind Children's Foundation (NBCF).  A long-time advocate for Southern Nevada youth, Emily has more than 13 years experience leading youth-serving nonprofit organizations - most recently as the Chief Operating Officer for Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada.

Emily has received numerous awards for her work including Vegas Inc's, Women to Watch award, and multiple Pinnacle Award's from the Public Relations Society of America.

Passionate about education, Emily is constantly in search of opportunities to improve her skill set.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Business Management and several professional certificates in nonprofit management and public relations. In addition to her nonprofit work, Emily is an instructor for the continuing education department at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Philanthropy and volunteerism are two important words in the Smith household. Emily's husband Glenn and children Ashley and Micah support a number of Southern Nevada charities, and can often be found volunteering their time at NBCF.  When she's not working, Emily enjoys spending time with her family and their animals.  In fact, even the Smith pets have gotten into the act of giving back.  Emily and her Newfoundland Buddy are a certified Therapy Dog team, and in addition to participating in NBCF's BookTime Buddies program, Emily and Buddy also volunteer their time to visit senior centers and children's hospitals to spread some joy and maybe even a few laughs!

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Ernest J. Hall, MA

Chief Operating Officer //

Ernie has worked in the nonprofit sector since 1998 providing direct services to individuals, executive leadership, and governance.  Ernie grew up in Northwest Ohio and attended Capital University where he received Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and religion.  In 1992 he relocated to Las Vegas to attend UNLV and completed his Master of Arts in Theatre.  Ernie’s nonprofit experience includes positions at Easterseals Crossroads and Easterseals Nevada.  Before moving into the nonprofit sector, Ernie had a 10 year career in hospitality management and was part of the opening of both the Paris Las Vegas Hotel and The New Aladdin.  Ernie returns to Ohio each January to visit family and conduct a “winter weekend” leadership retreat for the active brothers of Delta Lambda Phi.

Debra Svab MHA BS RN CCM

Family Advocate //

Debbi joined Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation as the Family Advocate in 2018. Debbi is a RN and Certified Case Manager and she holds a MS in Health Administration with 30+ years of experience. While living in Las Vegas, Debbie has worked in a large trauma hospital as a case manager and director of case management, and as a military case manager at Nellis AFB. Debbie has also worked as a complex case manager for NV Medicaid FFS. She has also served the Girl Scouts as a board member, leader, service unit manager, Gold Alliance facilitator.

During her career, Debbi has received numerous awards including Nevada March of Dimes Nurse Case Manager of the Year, the FRIST Humanitarian Award from HCA Sunrise Hospital, the Thanks II Badge from Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada and the First Class Award as a girl Girl Scout. Debbi is dedicated to serving children in the Las Vegas community

Raised in Chicago, Debbi has been married for 40 years and she has two daughters. Her oldest daughter is Major in the United States Air Force, and her youngest is a teacher in Las Vegas. Debbi is active in the Blue Star Mothers program. In her spare time, she travels, plays with her dog and attends the Vegas Golden Knights games as a season ticket holder. Go Knights Go!

Paula Farrell

Director of Finances & Facilities //

Paula is the Director of Finance and Facilities for Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation.  Paula was born in Florida and moved to Las Vegas at the age of six.  She has a degree in Accounting and previously worked in the construction industry for over 20 years before transitioning to the non-profit sector.  Paula worked for Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada as the Director of Finance for five years before joining NBCF in 2017. Paula also serves at the Troop Leader for Girl Scout Troop 35 at NBCF; she herself has been a Girl Scout for over 35 years.  Paula enjoys spending time with her family and enjoying the outdoors gardening, camping, fishing and ATV riding.

Holly Spoor

Director of Marketing & Special Events //

Holly is the Director of Marketing and Special Events for Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation. Born in Montana, she considers herself a lifelong resident of Las Vegas. Holly graduated from UNLV with a degree in Communications. She has worked for local media companies and advertising agencies and served as the Assistant Public Relations Manager for Planet Hollywood Café Las Vegas. Holly also worked in the nonprofit sector for Opportunity Village as a Special Events Manager and the Resource Development Director from 2006 to 2010.  Prior to joining NBCF, Holly was the Digital Sales and Marketing Manager for FOX5 from 2010 to 2018.  Holly is an animal advocate; she has two rescue cats and she enjoys hiking in her spare time. Holly’s volunteer efforts include past work with Make A Wish of Southern Nevada, Big Brothers Big Sisters of So. Nevada, and the Chaparral High School Alumni Golf Tournament.

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