Growing awareness through kindness.

About Hope Means Nevada

Hope Means Nevada is a compassionate team of individuals supported by the Nevada Medical Center – a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Through our accessible resources, consistent support, community events, and passion for prioritizing mental fitness, we make it our mission to eliminate teen suicide and empower Nevada youth to live hopeful lives.

We’re here to provide hope to those who need it most and increase awareness around the struggles and pain some Nevada teens face.

Hope Means Nevada Advisory Board

Dr. Shawn Gerstenberger

NMC Advisory Board Chairman

Dean; UNLV School of Community Health Sciences

Gary Ackerman


Gaudin Motor Company Founder; UNLV Ackerman Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment Solutions E.

Allie Amato

Fundraising & Development Professional

Andrew Baca

IT Professional

Diana Bennett

Board Chair and Co-founder

Paragon Gaming

Adam Bravo

Vice President Direct Marketing Strategy

MGM Resorts International

Tara Emmers-Sommer

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, Greenspun College of Urban Affairs,

University of Las Vegas

Cynthia Kiser-Murphy

Gaming Executive

Taylor Morris


Morris Estate Planning Attorneys

Dr. Ludy Llasus

Associate Dean

Nevada State College School of Nursing

Maria Moore

State Director

AARP Nevada

Dr. Marcia Turner

Healthcare Executive

Dr. John Wagner

Airport Program Administrator

Southern Nevada Supplemental Airport

Dr. Anne Weisman

Director of Wellness & Integrative Medicine

UNLV School of Medicine