Meet our Officers, Board Members, Directors and Staff. We are a group dedicated to the Mission and Goals of the Nevada Senior Games to promote healthy and active lifestyles for seniors. We are also committed to improving and growing the Games toward that goal. We are always looking for new Board members. Call or email our office today if you are interested in serving on our Board. We can let you know if there are any current vacancies or when the next General Meeting and election will be held. We look forward to hearing from you and having you join our team!
President -- Ben Luebke
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Ben Luebke was an all-state high school basketball and baseball player. He went to the University of South Dakota on an athletic scholarship, intending to become a math teacher and coach. After his junior year he was drafted by the Montreal Expos, played two years, but incurred a knee injury and was released to "normal life." He played a couple more years of semi-pro ball in Green Bay, then moved to Las Vegas in the late 80's. He has been a food broker for the past 30 years and enjoys golf in his spare time. Ben is a co-coordinator for NSG Golf.
Vice President -- Ron Barco
Ron Barco hails from Baltiore, Maryland, where he played baseball at the University of Baltimore and was inducted into their Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. Besides baseball, he has over 20 years of coaching youth football experience and is now a very avid golfer, carrying an 8 handicap. His working life was with the U.S. Postal Service, serving 34 years as a Postal Career Executive Service employee. His last assignment was as the NV State Director of Postal Operations and he has lived in Las Vegas since 1991. Nevada Senior Games is fortunate to have someone of his abilities and experience on board.
Treasurer -- Gary Cotter
Growing up in Minnesota, Gary Cotter did a lot of skiing and ice skating in the winter, played baseball, softball and volleyball in the summer. He earned a degree in business with an accounting major at the University of Minnesota. After tax management positions with large corporations he became a CPA, specializing in tax issues. He moved to Las Vegas in 2006, having lived in eleven states along the way. He retired in 2008 and went almost immediately to work in the Nevada Senior Games office. He soon became the NSG Executive Director, holding that position for several years. He ran the weekly Walk Around America program, and was the Walk-a-Thon coordinator. Gary is now the Basketball 3-on-3 Women coordinator and NSG's Accountant.
Secretary -- Roxann Zunino
Native of California, Roxann Zunino moved to Las Vegas in 1966 where she attended UNLV, married and had two children. She has spent the last 37 years making a career at Southwest Gas as an Accounting Manager. In 1978 she got interested in bocce and has since been instrumental in forming the Bocce Club of Las Vegas, now over 70 members strong. She has been involved with numerous boards, committees, councils and special events throughout the valley. Roxann has five children, including 3 sons of second husband Jack, as well as 3 grandchildren. She also has been active in Sicilian folk dance and tap dance. Her experiences will be of great benefit to Nevada Senior Games. Roxann is the NSG Bocce Ball coordinator.
Board Member -- Maria Fukuzawa
Maria Fukuzawa Sharpe has 15 years of teaching experience in Japan where she consistently received an Excellent Employee commendation. She would like to become involved with our community and to encourage seniors to be more active and to enjoy life to the fullest. In 2015 she was Ms. Nevada Congeniality , and 2016 Ms. Senior Asian Las Vegas. She has competed as a dancer in the NSG Dance Competition, having won a gold medal for her solo performance in 2016. She is hoping to offer her talents and enthusiasm to the NSG Board of Directors.
Board Member -- John Graham
John Graham is a native of Ohio. Having participated in several sports such as football, tennis and Track and Field, John settled on bowling as his all time favorite. It began back in the day of human pinsetters -– he would roll 3 balls then run 60 feet down the alley to reset pins and send balls back. He won his first tournament at age 9 and has never looked back. He has six 800 series and 17 over-300’s to his credit, even bowled on the PBA Tour. He is currently working for American Airlines and has donated his time and skill to many charities, including Opportunity Village, St. Jude’s and fund raisers for breast cancer research. He enjoys talking with people -– never met a stranger -– and has experience as a DJ, an Emcee and a photographer.
Board Member -- Tom Groce
Native to the northeastern United States (Delaware, New Jersey), Tom competed in high school, college and U.S. Amateur sports. He had an extensive career with both the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Government, at one time serving as Military Aide to Vice President Spiro Agnew. He has been on the NATO staff and a Country Director for the U.S. Peace Corps. He earned a PhD from the American University in Washington D.C. and has taught business subjects in universities throughout the world. He enjoys golf and bowling in his leisure time. Tom runs the weekly Walk Around America program, is the NSG Coordinator for Swimming and Walk-a-Thon, and has been a Board Member for years.
Board Member -- Darlene Larson
As a retired RN, Darleene Larson is well aware of the benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle. She has served on numerous non-profit boards both in Sacramento and Las Vegas and is now serving as Board President of Unity Center in the Valley. A native of Chicago, Darleene started at a young age with gymnastics,which led into cheerleading for her high school football team. After moving to Sacramento CA, she started and thoroughly enjoyed skiing in the Sierras. Yoga and weight lifting have been an instrumental part of her overall health program and she is currently involved with pilates in her community. She looks forward to contributing to the Nevada Senior Games.
Board Member -- Louis Martin
Louis Martin has an extensive background in banking and international financial operations. As to athletics, he competed in and coached diving, played tennis for over 40 years, later got into squash, and has participated in track and field since his youth. He is proficient in office management and is very computer literate. His skills and experiences will be very beneficial to Nevada Senior Games.
Board Member -- Al McDaniels
Al hails from Bakersfield CA where he was an outstanding track athlete, both at Bakersfield High and Bakersfield Community College. He continued his education at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he was awarded Most Outstanding Senior Athlete. He earned a Master's Degree at UNLV in 1972 and was Head Track and Field Coach there from 1973-1992, earning many honors and awards throughout that time, including USTAF Man of the Year and induction in to the UNLV Athletic Hall of Fame. He was a previous NSG Games Director and Vice President as well as Track and Field Coordinator and Basketball Skills coordinator. He has been an NSG Board of Directors member for close to 20 years.
Board Member -- Martha Watson
Martha Watson, 4 time Olympic competitor, grew up in Long Beach, California, where she began her track career at an early age. She started as a high jumper, then decided long jump was her best event. She attended, and ran for, Tennessee State University where she became a member of the world famous Tigerbelles. She was a long jumper on the U.S. Olympic team in 1964, '68, '72, and '76 and ran a leg on the 4x100m relay teams in '72 and '76. Martha holds eight U.S. long jump titles, breaking an American record three times. She is also active in local Las Vegas theater, having performed in several shows throughout the valley. Martha is the NSG Track and Field Coordinator.
Executive Director -- Jim Terry
Born in Chevy Chase, MD, with stops in Florida, Ohio and California, Jim Terry has finally settled down in Las Vegas. After college and traveling the world Jim organized and produced animated film festivals throughout the United States and Canada. He has participated in many sports from backpacking and skiing to golf and rock climbing. The one sport that has been a constant in Jim’s life has been swimming. After joining a masters group while in college he became serious with the sport and has participated and coached various masters programs. Jim competed in the 2014 Senior Games and had such fun he decided to become involved with the Nevada Senior Games organization. He looks forward to helping spread the word about the Senior Games and the healthy lifestyle it promotes.
Games Director -- Nedra Paschal
A native of Iowa, Nedra and family moved to Roswell, New Mexico in 1952 (five years after the infamous "crash"). A graduate of Eastern New Mexico University, she has over 30 years of teaching experience in high school mathematics and physical education, as well as having coached volleyball and badminton for over 15 years in Southern California. She is mother of two, grandmother of four, all still in California. After retiring she moved to Las Vegas, by way of Laughlin, and is currently active in local tennis leagues. She is a co-coordinator for both NSG Badminton and Tennis.
Writer -- Tina Kirchner
Tina is a native Las Vegan and UNLV graduate. Her first loves are her husband, two children, and furry menagerie known as the Kirchner Zoo. Other activities she enjoys are writing, painting, playing tennis, doing yoga, hiking, gardening and volunteering with dogs. If it involves wolves, pirates or zombies, she's there. She has eight children's and young adult books published that are available online: click Amazon. Tina writes the Senior Connections magazine articles about NSG people.
Photographer -- Tim Dorman
Tim Dorman was born and raised in Southern California. A Vietnam veteran, he is married to Annette, his wife of 43 years. After a 30 year career with the Chino Unified School District, Tim retired and began a second career as a truck driver. In 2008, he fully retired and moved to Las Vegas. The photography bug bit him. He enjoys taking pictures, making slideshows, and sharing his work with anyone who will watch and listen. The Results page has links to Tim's photographs of various NSG Fall Games sports. That, and more, are available on his NSG Shutterfly pages: click 2015 or 2016.
Consultant -- Brenda Talley
Brenda is a rare fourth generation native Las Vegan who now calls Mount Charleston home. She loves camping, hiking, playing guitar and being with her family. She played softball, basketball and ran track in school and was always willing to jump into a backyard football game with her brother and his friends. Brenda recently retired after 20 years as the Director of the College of Southern Nevada's Performing Arts Center. She is a free-lance theatrical lighting designer, scenic artist and graphic designer. Brenda has four children and five grandchildren who are her greatest pride and joy. An avid skier, Brenda enjoys many sports and took up tennis when she turned 50. She has participated in the Nevada Senior Games for several years in tennis and has recently taken up the new sport of pickleball. She was the NSG Executive Director for several years.
Webmaster -- John Postas
From PA, via MA and CN, John migrated to CA for grad school and a software career. In CN he got a private tour of SSN-571, the USS Nautilus. In CA he saw Janis Joplin perform with The Grateful Dead, was a Big Brother and a co-founder of a startup, and played golf, tennis and racquetball. More recently he traveled, hiked and snorkeled, taking many photos, and was a judge in the Miss Senior CA competition. In retirement he wrote a home duplicate bridge management program (for sale) and a Sudoku puzzle solver (free). In NV, he was the NSG Executive Director for several months. He wrote the PHP server software that was a bridge between the DreamWeaver and FuseSport versions of the NSG website. He now maintains the NSG site navigation and page content.
The website is NSG's automated assistant, available to help you 24/7.
It is a collaborative effort -- Brenda (artwork & registration), Nedra (flyers & registration), John (site navigation & page content), Tim (Shutterfly photo galleries), the many coordinators (results) and several people at FuseSport.
Nedra attended the 2016 NSGA conference in Birmingham, AL, the site of the 2017 National Senior Games. She entered Nevada in the website category for annual awards, and we won!
At the 2017 NSGA conference in Dallas, Nedra entered us again and we won again!
Our winning streak is now TWO!