Day 1
Day 2
Day 1


  • Susan Gulas, President, NLRCC

DAY 1_Welcome

Current Status of Respite in Nevada

Panel Discussion

  • Cheyenne Pasquale – Project Manager, Nevada Care Connection
  • Susan Haas – Executive Director & CEO RSVP Program, Inc.
  • Cory Lutz – Respite Care Manager, Helping Hands of Vegas Valley

Respite Needs in the United States

  • Jill Kagan – Program Director, ARCH National Respite Network & Resource Center

DAY 1_Respite Needs in the United States

Innovative Respite Services for Families Caring for Children and Youth with Special Needs

  • Korine Viehweg – Executive Director, RAVE

Breakout Session

Facilitated by David Nichols, Nevada Senior Services, Amy Dewitt-Smith, N4, and Korine Viehweg, RAVE

In small groups, summit participants addressed the following questions:

  1. Share your connection to respite
  2. How aware are families of respite services and how to obtain them, especially families of color?
  3. What are the unmet needs and challenges throughout Nevada?

Breakout Session Report

Day 2

Respite Rx: What Caregivers Need Now

  • Cheryl Dinnell – Program Coordinator, Respite Rx

DAY 2_Respite Rx What Caregivers Need Now

Is Coronavirus the New Normal?

  • Cheryl Coleman, PhD – Statewide Volunteer Coordinator Nevada Department of HHS, ADSD

DAY 2_ Is COVID the New Normal

Respite Reimaged for a Dementia Friendly Nevada

  • LeeAnn Mandarino, MA – Program Manager III, Education, Outreach, Advocacy
  • Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
  • Susan Hirsch, MSW – Program Manager l
  • Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
  • Verla Niebuhr, BA – Program Manager l, Patient, Caregiver & Community
  • Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

Breakout Session

Facilitated by Nick Tscheekar, Community Foundation of Western Nevada, Diane Ross, the Continuum, and Mary Brock, Seniors in Service

In small groups, participants addressed the questions, “How do we grow respite care in Nevada together?”

Breakout Session Report

Preparing for the Legislature: Funding Respite

  • Jeffrey Klein – President & CEO, Nevada Senior Services

DAY 2_Preparing for the Legislature_Funding Respite


  • Susan Gulas – President, NLRCC