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 in Nevada by reaching and teaching our youth to practice mental wellness.

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

Advisory Board

Dr. Shawn Gerstenberger


UNLV School of Community Health Sciences

NMC Advisory Board Chairman

Gary Ackerman


Gaudin Automotive Group

Founder, UNLV Ackerman Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment Solutions

Andrew Baca

Corporate Director of Innovation Technology & Strategy

Caesars Entertainment

Diana Bennett

Board Chair and Co-founder

Paragon Gaming

Adam Bravo

Vice President Direct Marketing Strategy

MGM Resorts International

Dr. Clarence Dunagan IV

M.C. FACEP, Medical Director Emergency Services, Chief of Staff

Mountain View Hospital

Brian Formisano

Region Bank President

Wells Fargo

Dr. Mary Guinan

Professor Emerita

UNLV School of Community Health Sciences


Dr. Ludy Llasus

Associate Dean

Nevada State College School of Nursing

Maria Moore

State Director

AARP Nevada

John Tippins

Founder & CEO


Dr. Debra Toney

Directory of Quality Management

Nevada Health Centers, Inc.

Dr. Marcia Turner

Chief Administrative Officer


Dr. Robert Ulmer


UNLV Greenspun College of Urban Affairs

Dr. John Wagner

Director of Community Relation

UNLV NCLI (Nonprofit, Community, and Leadership Initiative)

Dr. Anne Weisman

Director of Wellness & Integrative Medicine

UNLV School of Medicine

Janise Wiggins

Grant Expert, Writer, Speaker

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