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.
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.
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.
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.
Born in New Jersey in 1969, and relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1997. It is here that she makes her home and enjoys the beautiful Mojave Desert.
Sally has one son, Patrick. They enjoy the outdoors together, especially visiting Red Rock Canyon and Zion National Park.
One of Sally’s earliest recollections of volunteering is accompanying her father, Deacon Joseph Goodrow, to a soup kitchen in Trenton, NJ, to serve the homeless for Thanksgiving. It was done matre’d style, offering dignity and fellowship to people in need. Although nervous about her first trip there, the example of her father showing compassion towards the people being served left a lasting impression.