David Soto

Chairman of the Board

Dave Soto is a Las Vegas native, graduate of Bishop Gorman High School, and holds a Bachelors of Science in Management Information Systems from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. After graduating from UNLV, Dave held executive level Internet marketing positions for the Tropicana and Bellagio. After a few years on the Strip, Dave migrated to Seattle to build internal process automation tools for MSN.com. Dave is currently the owner of HTMLfx.com, a web development and Internet marketing powerhouse.

Dave starting working with Through the Eyes of a Child in 2006 because of his belief that children deserve opportunities to better themselves regardless of their individual circumstances. He truly believes in helping anyone that is willing to help themselves. Dave has done pro bono work for several other charities in Las Vegas including Habitat for Humanity, Casa Foundation, Andre Augassi Foundation, Shriners Hospital for Children, The Shade Tree, UMC Foundation, and many others.

Michael Skenandore

President

Michael Skenandore, Vice President of Publishing for WENDOH Media, has more than 13 years of experience in publishing in Southern Nevada. He serves as Vice President, where he is responsible for overseeing an accomplished and growing team of media experts who provide award winning weekly, monthly and quarterly products under the WENDOH Media umbrella. Prior to coming to WENDOH Media, Skenandore was the Senior Account Executive, Group Sales for Greenspun Media Group, where he was instrumental in the launch of a several publications including In Business Las Vegas.

In addition to Michael’s work for WENDOH Media, he is the President of Through the Eyes of a Child, a non-profit organization committed to providing cultural, athletic and educational scholarships to abused, abandoned and neglected children in the foster care system in Clark County . Michael also donates his time to other non-profit organizations and several networking and local chamber organizations, including being a graduate of Leadership Henderson class of 2002. Skenandore earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Media Studies from UNLV.

James Lessnick

Treasurer

James earned a Dual MBA Graduate Degree from Regis University with concentrations in Finance & Accounting and Strategic Management. He completed an Undergraduate Business Degree from Excelsior College with a concentration in Management Information Systems. James is a transplant from Upstate New York who has enjoyed the absence of shoveling snow for more than a decade. For the last 9 years, James has co-owned Business & Bookkeeping Services LLC serving clients in need of business, accounting, and analytical services. James is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas­­—William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration, providing Accounting instruction. In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor at Nevada State College—School of Liberal Arts, instructing Finance and Information Systems. With a desire to provide underserved foster care children with opportunities, James came to Through the Eyes of a Child Foundation in 2011 as the Grants Chair, and in 2016 became Treasurer.

Grant Butak

Scholarship Chair & Grant Chair

Grant Butak has lived in Las Vegas since 1982, graduated from Chaparral High School, and holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Marketing from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. After graduating from UNLV, Grant has worked in the Advertising and Medical sales profession before carving out a career for 8 years in the financial services industry with New York Life and now most recently with WestPac Wealth Partners creating, protecting wealth while educating with tax mitigating strategies.

Grant also donates his time to other 501(c) 3 organizations and Las Vegas and industry-focused associations including the Nevada Contractors Association and National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. Grant joined the TTOEAC team in 2012 as sub-chair for the grant’s team and now proudly serves the chair for scholarships and grants in a dual capacity.

 

Jared Krulewitz

Fundraiser Chair

Jared is a proud Las Vegas native who has a passion for growing sustainable food. He received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic State University in 2009. In 2010, Krulewitz returned to Las Vegas where he began to implement marketing strategy and concepts for some the largest nightlife groups. From there he became the Marketing Director for Corner Bar Management where he helped build marketing infrastructure for brick-and-mortar venues throughout Las Vegas. Jared took his skills in marketing and engineering to build a consulting company that would give companies structure while telling their story. One of these companies became Urban Seed Inc. and this is a culmination of Jared’s strengths where he currently holds the position as Co-Founder + Vice President of Marketing.

David Laub

Community Relations Chair

David Laub is a Las Vegas native although he left for 10 years and grew up in Texas he eventually came back to attend and graduate from UNLV. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Hotel Administration from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. After graduating from UNLV, Dave decided he wanted to have a career in finance. He began his career as an intern at a brand new company called NevWest Securities Corporation and worked his way up to the COO of NevWest. After many years many years at NevWest David decided to get into the Non-Profit world and accepted the COO position at Nevada Child Seekers. He decided to leave Nevada Child Seekers to get back into finance where he is currently the Client Relationship Manager at Merrill Lynch.

David starting working with Through the Eyes of a Child in 2016. David has always committed his time to the youth of the Las Vegas valley. He enjoys helping the youth grow as individuals and preparing them for their future.

Nicole Scherer

Events Chair & Secretary

Nicole Scherer lives a life one can only aspire. As Co-Event Chair on the Board of Through the Eyes of a Child Foundation, she is able to plan and execute social gatherings for a good cause. Through the Eyes of a Child Foundation (TTEOAC) is a nonprofit organization that provides cultural, educational and athletic scholarships to abused and abandoned children who are current or former wards of the state.

Hailing from Florida, Scherer spent most of her childhood outdoors and grew up with an affinity for everything aquatic. First receiving her B.A. from Florida State University with a major in Interior Design, she also received a minor in Art History. Scherer later went on to graduate from the University of Central Florida majoring in Business Marketing with an emphasis in sales. Once Scherer moved away from the beach, she found a new way to love the outdoors by taking her dog on frequent walks to the park.

Currently, Scherer generates sales through display, mobile, and other interactive media platforms as Digital Sales Manager at WENDOH Media. Scherer is responsible for meeting the annual digital revenue expectations; not only does she meet them, she strives to exceed the standards she has made for herself. Before WENDOH media, Scherer was an L’Oreal Professional for seven years as a traveling sales/marketing executive.

Scherer brings her avid love for music and the outdoors to TTEOAC through event planning. She also donates her time to the Young Professionals of Las Vegas and Las Vegas Interactive Media Association (LVIMA), and also stays actively involved in the local Florida State Alumni Meet-Up. May it be with clients or friends, Scherer cultivates loyalty in her relationships, and is a testimony on how to live a good life.