The Directors

Douglas E. Simms

Born 1947 in NYC

Raised in Las Vegas, NV  Gorman High School 1965

AA Menlo College 1967
BA from Stanford Univ 1969
MBA Columbia Business School 1971

Managing Director Desert Capital Group from 1983 to present.

Cancer survivor

President of The SIMMS Foundation

 


 

Carlene A. Wieder

Born 1950 in Binghamton, New York.

Raised in Binghamton, New York, moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1972.

Attended Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin.

Works for Desert Capital Management from 1990-present.

Secretary; Director of The SIMMS Foundation

 


 

Karen Lasiter

Karen Lasiter was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri.  She attended St. Louis Community College at Meramec and Santa Monica College prior to pursuing a career in illustration and technical editing with Integrated Sciences Corporation.

Karen married Dr. Nelson Lasiter in 1979 and has worked as an office manager and laboratory technician in his prosthodontic dental practice since their move to Las Vegas in 1981.

In 1985, Nelson and Karen met Dawn Simms and her husband, podiatrist Dr. Robert Grzywacz.  Since Dawn also managed Robert's office, they discovered that they had much in common, and a close friendship was forged.

Dawn and Karen shared a love of their husbands and their dogs, as well as world travel, and both appreciated each other's quirky wit.  Dawn's joie de vie and courage continue to provide daily inspiration to Karen.

 


 

John Corbin

Born is Athens, Ohio in 1947. Raised in Las Vegas from 1950 through college. Graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Science degree.

Developed and operated twelve Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburger restaurants from 1975 to 1985. Presently owns two Chuck E. Cheese Pizza restaurants in Salem, Oregon and Richland, Washington.

Currently resides with his wife Kathy in Richland. They have three children and four grandchildren. Favorite hobby is playing golf.

 


 

Sally Devine

Sally Devine

Sally Devine was born in New Jersey in 1969 and relocated to Las Vegas in 1997.

Along with being a mother to her son, her other passions include the environment and community involvement.  One of Sally's earliest recollections of volunteerism is of accompanying her father to a soup kitchen that served the homeless restaurant style, maitre d included.  Although nervous about her first trip there, the example of her father showing, with ease, compassion towards the people being served left a lasting impression.

In 1998, Sally was employed by Dr. Robert Grzywacz and his wife, Dawn Marie Simms.  It was during that first holiday season at the practice that she became involved in collecting socks for the needy in Las Vegas.  This project was dear to Dawn's heart, and after her death, Sally felt it was important to continue the efforts.

Sally is currently the Community Champion for the Gap store in Summerlin, organizing volunteers from her workplace to take on community projects ranging from trash pick up on the Las Vegas Strip, to collecting used denim to distribute to the homeless.  She is also active in the St. Joseph Husband of Mary Church Outreach program.  Sally's organizational skills combined with her compassion for those less fortunate have culminated into projects that have benefited countless individuals in the Las Vegas Valley.

Sally currently resides in Las Vegas with her husband, Michael, and their one son.