We keep our overhead costs low by using volunteer members to manage the organization. We have no paid staff. Members have the choice to become actively involved in a committee or as a board member. Our volunteer members have a strong commitment to helping our organization succeed.
Our board represents a cross-section of our community and has a passion for our organization and those we serve. The all-volunteer board members work hard to ensure long-term sustainability of the organization and oversee that the funds raised directly affect those in need.
FY 2020/2021 Board of Directors
Brenda Griego, CFRE, President
Brenda began her development career in 1992 at her alma mater, Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. She earned her CFRE credential in 1998, and moved to Las Vegas in 1999. She feels honored to have worked for great Southern Nevada organizations and businesses like the UNLV Foundation, Caesars Entertainment, and now as Director of Development, Scholarships, and Alumni Relations for Roseman University of Health Sciences. A mom to two who is married to David Griego, Brenda is proud to make a difference in our community through her membership in Impact Las Vegas.
"I joined Impact Las Vegas because I wanted to multiply the impact of my personal giving and to learn more about the philanthropic needs in our community. Impact Las Vegas has done both of those things for me, as well as fostering new friendships with wonderful, dynamic women who share my values and commitment to making Southern Nevada stronger."
Wendy Waite, Secretary
Wendy has been a resource development consultant for non-profit organizations for the past 15 years, bringing in multi-millions of dollars to local organizations, and has worked in the non-profit sector for 35 years. She has held multiple management and administrative positions at such organizations as Park Ridge Youth Campus in Chicago, Illinois; Utah Youth Village in Salt Lake City, Utah; Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska and Las Vegas; and Olive Crest Foster Family Agency in Las Vegas. Wendy holds an M.A. Degree in Human Development from the University of Kansas. She has served on several Boards including ALS of Nevada, HopeLink, and the CASA Foundation, earning the President’s Award from the latter.
Vicki B. Herman, Director
A life-long educator, Vicki is a graduate of Michigan State University with an undergraduate degree in Special Education and Elementary Education and she holds a master’s degree from the University of Dayton in Educational Administration. After working for Dayton Public Schools in Dayton, Ohio for 13 years, Vicki and her young family moved to Las Vegas in 1990, where she worked with the Clark County School District for twenty-nine years, most recently serving as the Director of Community Outreach and School-Based Health Services. In this capacity, Vicki established new school and community-based health centers within CCSD, including comprehensive medical centers, behavioral health services, vision services and preventative and restorative dental services. She represented CCSD on two state-wide mental health consortiums, was an advisory board member for the Culinary Arts Management Program at UNLV and served as a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Department of Family Services.
Vicki has served as a board member for several non-profits including Eye Care 4 Kids, Future Smiles and Hadassah of Southern Nevada. She also served on the Board of Directors for the United Citizen’s Foundation a local nonprofit providing behavioral and mental health services for children, youth and families in Southern Nevada, in addition to her current role as a board member for Impact Las Vegas.
Lorie Katz, Director
Lorie and her husband Frank moved to Henderson in 2001 from Lake Sherwood, CA. She is a retired attorney having interned 1st at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and then at the Ventura County District Attorney’s office. After a stint in private practice, she went back to school for an additional two years and received my certificate from Pepperdine University in Dispute Resolution. She helped found and start the dispute resolution program in the Ventura Court system. She is a member of the United States Supreme Court Bar and American and Nevada Mensa.
"I joined IMPACT to help make a difference. Frank and I donate to several charities, both in the U.S. and abroad, but we rarely know exactly what our money is being used for. This wonderful organization gives me (us) the opportunity to make a difference in Southern Nevada and also have a say in what our money is being used for. The added plus is meeting and associating with very bright, motivated women who also value making a difference."
Melissa Zensen-Lipman, Director
Melissa Zensen-Lipman brings 20 years of litigation experience to the Impact Board. She started her career as a state prosecutor and then went into private practice. In addition to working for several years with two law firms in St. Louis, Melissa and a partner started a boutique law firm focusing on business litigation.
While practicing law, Melissa purchased and rebranded a small retail boutique, Alter Ego, which led to a four-year hiatus from law and a second career in a creative field as a visual manager for large retailers installing displays and designing store interiors.
In 2018 Melissa retired from private practice to pursue a career in the nonprofit sector. Before moving to Las Vegas in 2019, Melissa worked for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri recruiting lawyers to serve as volunteers. Melissa now works for the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada representing the elderly and disabled in guardianship cases.
“When we moved to Vegas, the widespread poverty was a terrible shock and I wanted to help in someway. As an Impact member, I can leverage my relatively small contribution into a substantial grant. Seeing the difference our annual grant makes for our nonprofit recipients is rewarding beyond words. The fact that I’ve also met so many incredibly kind and impressive women who share the commitment to our community has been a fantastic bonus.”
Isabella Shipkin, Director
Isabella Shipkin is originally from Chicago where she worked for a large prescription benefit management company serving as head of quality assurance - a job that kept her very busy until she retired 8 years ago. In March of 2019, she and her husband, Jerry, moved to Las Vegas, choosing the Trilogy community, in Summerlin.
Over the last eight years she has had significant experience volunteering at food banks in Chicago, West Palms Beach and now in Las Vegas at Three Square.
Isabella joined our board of directors in July 2020 with two primary goals. First to “help grow our Membership through expanding our communication, education, and recruitment efforts and holding outreach programs in our local communities.” And her second goal “would be to expand on our mission by increasing our grant footprint.”
Maureen Romito, Executive Director & Founder
After more than three decades of executive-level human resources experience developing and leading local, regional and corporate HR teams for organizations in the banking, manufacturing, and outsourced call center services industries, Maureen retired and chose to give back to the community she has called home for more than 30 years by founding Impact Las Vegas.
Married to her high-school sweetheart, Rick, Maureen is excited about the unique philanthropic opportunity Impact Las Vegas provides women to have a transformational impact on local, worthy causes.
"I joined Impact Las Vegas because I love that I can make a much bigger difference with my charitable giving than I can do on my own AND I get to see exactly how 100% of my donation is being used to improve our community."
Maggie Allred, Co-Executive Director
Born and raised in Connecticut, Maggie is one of 9 children, her husband Scott is the oldest of 6, and they have 4 children and 10 grandchildren. Family, needless to say, is a big focus of their lives along with camping, cruising, and travel of any sort. Maggie has currently walked a half marathon in 20 states, working towards her goal of finishing one in all fifty states.
A certified Senior Professional in Human Resources, Maggie has worked in this capacity for several companies in Southern Nevada, most recently for Creel Printing.
"Being a part of Impact Las Vegas allows me to leverage my $1,000 donation into several thousand dollars a year. I also appreciate being able to personally select the nonprofit organization, the specific program and then track how the money is spent."