Winner of Volunteer of the Year Award

Winner of Volunteer of the Year Award

On December 13, 2018, the Clark County Bar Association (CCBA) honored volunteers and elected leaders during the CCBA’s Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon and Annual Meeting sponsored by Bank of Nevada and held at Grotto Ristorante inside the Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas.  Photo from the event may be viewed online at Highlights of the awards and the election follow.

CCBA President John Aldrich welcomed guests, presented awards to volunteers, and thanked his colleagues for their membership and support of the association during 2018.

Featured speaker Nevada Supreme Court Justice Elect Elissa Cadish shared her thoughts about judicial independence and the justice system and encouraged attorneys to continue the discussion with colleagues, friends, and the public.

Bank of Nevada Vice President/Loan Officer Jeff Miracle invited bar members to learn more about the bank’s professional banking services available to law firms. Bank of Nevada and First Independent Bank, divisions of Western Alliance Bank, Member FDIC, have increased the amount of interest paid on Lawyer Trust Accounts, known as IOLTA funds, which are used to support legal aid organizations.

Elected nominees, Heather Anderson-Fintak of Southern Nevada Health District and Joel Henriod of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, will serve with colleagues on the 2019 CCBA Executive Board which will be led by CCBA President Jason P. Stoffel of Roberts Stoffel Family Law Group, President-Elect Jen

nifer Roberts of UNLV International Center for Gaming Regulation, and Secretary/Treasurer Mariteresa Rivera-Rogers of Wright Marsh & Levy.

Bar committee leaders were honored for their service including CLE Committee Chair Rob Telles of Accolade Law, New Lawyers Committee Co-Chairs Jason Close of Close Law Group and Amanda Stevens of Battle Born Capital, and Publications Committee Heather Anderson-Fintak of Southern Nevada Health District.

Particularly active bar members were honored for providing exceptional service to the CCBA during 2018:

  • Volunteer of the Year Award: Sarah Thornton of Sarah Thornton Public Relations
  • Outstanding Board Member: Joel Henriod of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP
  • Ambassador of the Year Award: Judge Gloria Sturman of Eighth Judicial District Court, Department XXVI
  • CCBA Sponsor of the Year: Bank of Nevada
  • Circle of Support Awards:Community Service Committee: Alicia Exley of Vegas East Attorneys
    • CLE Committee: Probate Commissioner Wesley Yamashita of Eighth Judicial District Court
    • New Lawyers Committee: Amanda Stevens of Battle Born Capital
    • Publications Committee: Alia Najjar, MD, Esq. of Wilson Elser

Gift baskets were offered to a few lucky attendees including Erin Houston, Noah MalgeriAlia Najjar, and Stephen Smith. The baskets were made possible from donations courtesy of Mariteresa Rivera-RogersJoel HenriodJames HarperPaul RayAlayne OpieJennifer Roberts, and John Aldrich.

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Girl Boss Monday Blog Feature

It was wonderful working with Orlagh Shanks who is a PR student at Liverpool John Moores University. In her free time she runs a blog centered on PR and how to be successful in the business world.  I was honored to have her ask me to participate in her blog series.  She asked me a series of questions regarding my business and has posted them to her blog.  For the full interview please visit  #GirlBossMonday

Over 67,000 New Toys, Shots and Meal Vouchers Given Away

at the 7th Annual Dolls for Daughters and Toys for Boys Toy Shop

Denver non-profit organization Dolls For Daughters gave 66,786 toys, books, winter jacDolls for Daughters Toy Shop 2016 photo1kets and other items to 4,609 Colorado children in need at its 7th Annual Dolls For Daughters and Toys For Boys Toy Shop on December 3.

Dolls For Daughters was founded by Jessica Bachus in 2007 in honor of her daughter Kenzi who was stillborn. It is now one of the state’s largest providers for underprivileged children during the holidays.

This was the first year the Toy Shop expanded from Denver into Ft. Collins and Longmont, where more than 1,000 additional children were served between the two locations.“I feel so incredibly thankful toeveryone who made this year’s Toy Shops such overwhelming successes,” said Bachus, who also serves as executive director. “The generosity of more than 400 volunteers and dozens of sponsors has made a difference to the children and their families. I am humbled that my daughter’s memory lives on in so many.”

Bachus originally decided to donate dolls in 2007 to honor Kenzi’s memory. That year, she collected and gave away150 dolls with donations increasing steadily every year. “Last year, we served 5,703 children throughout Colorado. This year we will serve more than 7,700. “There Dolls for Daughters Toy Shop 2016 photo2are an estimated 200,000 children in Colorado that live in poverty, so we appreciate every donation and every volunteer hour to serve as many children and families as we can.”

For the past four years Toy Shop participants also received a specially-commissioned book with the imagined story of Kenzi’s life — complete with how she would be giving back to the community she lives in. “We were also able to give away new teddy bears with Kenzi’s name on them,” said Bachus. “It is a loving reminder that because of Kenzi we have helped thousands of children through the past seven years.”

Sponsors for this year’s toy shop included the National Western Complex, Bachus and Schanker Cares Foundation, KB Digital Designs, Delta Dental, SquirrelBox Storage, Safelite Autoglass, Pacific Office Automation, Telemundo, McDonald’s, Big Daddy’s Pizza, Design by Reese, 1 Up Aerial Drone Services, Golden Moving and One Stop Operations.Dolls for Daughters Toy Shop 2016 Photo

Representatives from Walgreens provided 168 free flu-shots, Operation Warm distributed new winter jackets, Toys for Gods Kids gave hand-made wooden toys and Sock It To ‘Em gave new socks. Mile High Youth Corps, McDonald’s, Clothes to Kids Denver, Bright By Three, the Piton Foundation and Mi Casa Resource Center also provided merchandise and support. For more information or to donate, visit

About the author: Sarah Thornton is a Castle Rock-based public relations professional and a board member for Dolls for Daughters.

Thank you to our IABC-Colorado 2016 Board of Directors

As Past President of the IABC-Colorado Board, I am proud to announce that our chapter started a new board term in July.  The board of directors is in the process of transitioning between the two terms. I want to offer my sincerest thanks to our 2015-2016 board, which included Sherry Boyd, Cathy Chase, Melanie Rice, ABC, Kimberly Kovacich, Jay Thomas, Deanna Geldins, Jo Solonika, ABC and Susan Caron.  Many of these talented and dedicated professionals will also be serving on the chapter’s 2016-2017 board.

We had some significant chapter accomplishments in the past year, and this leadership team played a great part in that. Among our achievements was hosting a very successful IABC Southern Region conference in October.  Our professional development team planned insightful and educational Lunch and Learn programs in partnership with our chapter sponsors at the University of Denver’s University College. Our communication team updated the IABC Colorado website and launched a new email platform. And our administration team set up a new internal communication software which will help the Colorado IABC chapter track all internal board documents moving forward.  I’m so grateful to have worked with all of you to move the chapter forward and appreciate your efforts throughout the year to improve IABC Colorado.

On July 1, our new chapter president, Cathy Chase will be leading our new board of directors.  Below is the list of new Board Members for the 2016/2017 Board Term.  For more information about IABC-Colorado check out our website.

President – Cathy Chase
President Elect – Kimberly Kovacich
Vice President of Finance – Deanna Geldens
Vice President Administration – Caitlin Jenney
Co-Vice Presidents Communication –  Sabrina Hall and Jay Thomas
Co-Vice Presidents Professional Development – Alannah Smith and Scott Hild
Co-Vice Presidents Membership – Melanie Rice, ABC and Jo Solonika, ABC
Past President and Senior Delegate – Sarah Thornton

IABC-Colorado Call for Nominations

As the chapter president of IABC-Colorado, it is with great pleasure that we announce our Call for Nominations for the 2016-2017 board of directors.

Are you or someone you know a good candidate for a chapter
Board of Directors position?

IABC Colorado is seeking nominees for the chapter’s Board of Directors. Service on the board provides members with an avenue to demonstrate leadership, meet other business communicators throughout the association, gain professional experience in new areas and uncover new career opportunities.

2016/2017 nominations are being accepted now through Thursday, April 21

Nominees must meet the following criteria:
  • Passionate about business communications
  • A member in good standing of IABC and IABC Colorado
  • Have prior volunteer leadership experience in IABC or another organization
  • Willing and able to commit to the roles and responsibilities of the role
  • Available for monthly one-hour meetings as well as two half-day strategic planning sessions during the term that runs from July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017

Members may self-nominate or be nominated by another member of IABC Colorado. The IABC Colorado Nominating Committee will review all nominations and provide the current Board of Directors with a proposed slate. The current Board will vote on the slate that will, in turn, be provided to the entire membership for a vote no later than May 27.

Nominees will be informed of their status throughout the process. To review the board position descriptions, visit board member job descriptions.

All nominations must be received by 5 p.m. MDT Thursday, April 21.
Email nominations for the IABC Colorado’s Nominating Committee to:  If you have questions reach out to our Past-President Sherry Boyd – 303-476-1336.


Thank you to all of our current board members for their hard work and dedication this year. We are excited to see what the next board of directors will accomplish for this great IABC chapter.  Please feel free to contact  Sarah Thornton if you have any questions about the nomination process or IABC-Colorado in general.