The Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors, selected for demonstrating a high level of commitment to the Tahoe Region and a personal involvement in community engagement. Our Board is responsible for the overall management and growth of the Foundation, including its operational, fiscal and investment policies.
David Hardie, Board Chair
Mr. Hardie resides in Incline Village, NV where he has been the Chairman and CEO of Hallador Investment Advisors, Inc. since 2004. Prior to forming Hallador Investment Advisors, Mr. Hardie was the President of Hallador, Inc., a financial services firm in Sacramento, California from 1974 to 2002. He is a 1974 graduate of California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo (BBA Finance/Accounting) and Harvard University, OPM/Business in 1990, and a licensed stock broker with Western International Securities, Inc. and the Chairman/Founder of Hallador Petroleum Company (HNRG), a NASD listed company.
John McNellis, Vice Chair
Mr. McNellis, an Incline Village resident, is currently a consultant to the Department of Defense. Until the end of 2016, he was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space, Strategic and Intelligence Systems at the Pentagon. This culminated a diverse 40 year industry career in the aerospace and defense sector that spanned the range from system architect to program manager to senior corporate executive. His last industry position was as Corporate Senior Vice President and President at L3 Technologies, with profit and loss responsibility for a $4B group with 17,000 employees who develop, deliver and maintain complex intelligence systems. Mr. McNellis graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S. degree in Physics. He later earned a M.S. in Physics from UCLA and a M.B.A. from Santa Clara University.
Kevin Hameister, Treasurer
Kevin graduated from California State University, San Marcos with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. He began his professional career at a public accounting firm specializing in taxation for real estate based entrepreneurs and their closely held companies. After four years of tax compliance and planning services, he left the firm to serve as the controller for a commercial real estate owner and developer. He relocated to Incline Village in July of 2012 to join the Ashley Quinn team. He is currently licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in California and Nevada. Kevin is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Kevin is married, has boy-girl twins and lives in Incline Village. He is passionate about the local area and the outdoor activities it has to offer.
Ron Alling, Secretary, Audit Committee Chair
Mr. Alling is licensed to practice law in Nevada and California, and is a founding member of Alling & Jillson, a six attorney law firm with offices on Kingsbury Grade. Ron primarily practices in the areas of estate, business succession and charitable planning, probate and trust administration along with real estate transactions and also counsels clients in gaming and corporate matters. As a very active member of the community, Ron serves on numerous boards, including Douglas County Sheriff’s Advisory Council, Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation and is a past President of the Tahoe-Douglas Chamber of Commerce.
Carole Kilgore Anderson is one of the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation’s founding board members and has been an Emeritus Board member since 2006. She has been a resident of Incline Village since 1996 when she relocated here from Long Island, NY. Carole formerly served on the Board of the Akron Art Museum, Akron, Ohio, the Ohio governor’s special commission on the advancement of best practices for special education, the Women’s Board of the Field Museum, Chicago, IL, the Women’s Board of the Children's Home & Aid Society, Chicago, IL and the Board of The Western Folklife Center, Elko, NV where she is currently a member of the National Advisory Board. Carole is also a member of the Board of the NV Museum of Art and the NV Chapter of the Nature Conservancy.
Mark Krasner, Sponsorship Committee Chair
Mark A. Krasner, a founding partner of Blanchard, Krasner & French, has over thirty-five years of experience as a certified public accountant and attorney. Mark’s areas of practice include mergers and acquisitions, real estate, tax matters, family law, purchases and sales, litigation, licensing, corporate and partnership structuring and reorganizations, international trade, tax and estate planning.
Aimee LaFayette, Program Committee Chair
Ms. LaFayette was born and raised in Incline Village. She graduated from the University of Puget Sound (BA Psychology) in 2003, and the University of Nevada, Reno (MA Anthropology/Certificate in Gender, Race, and Identity) in 2011. Aimee is currently enrolled in the Doctoral Program of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno, where her research interests include violence; gender and women’s studies; immigration; transnationalism and globalization; Mexico and U.S. West. Additionally, she helps operate a local family business, Franktown Meadows Equestrian Facility, where she coordinates and manages all events, competitions, and fundraisers, including the annual Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby, held at the facility. Aimee has worked with many local nonprofits as the AmeriCorps Program Director for the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation, AmeriCorps volunteer for Tahoe Safe Alliance, and now as the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation’s Program Committee Chair. She also currently serves on the board of Sierra Nevada Horse Show Association. Aimee is an avid equestrian who regularly competes in regional and national hunter/jumper horse show competitions.
Catherine Hutton Markwell
Ms. Markwell was the Chief Executive Officer of BizWorld Foundation, an educational non-profit organization, from 2003-2013. She is a strong advocate for entrepreneurship and compels the private sector to become involved in innovative education. Catherine is a familiar speaker on the topics of board development and fundraising. She is an active member of the community and is currently a Board Member for Tahoe’s Connection for Families.
John J. McLaughlin
John J. McLaughlin is President/CEO for Edgewood Companies. John is a CPA with over thirty years of experience in the hotel, casino and entertainment industry. Prior to joining Edgewood Companies, John was CFO for Penn National’s newly developed Hollywood Casino Toledo and served on the Board of BLB Worldwide Holdings, Inc. as Chairman of the Audit Committee. John has served as a Corporate Board of Director, CEO and CFO of both public and private multi jurisdictional Hotel/Casino companies. In addition, during the economic downturn John formed a consulting company and provided strategic consulting services for commercial/investment banks and private investment funds related to impaired investments in the Hotel/Casino industry.
Aaron Moore, Investment Committee Chair
Mr. Moore has spent his career as a developer of analytical software. For 13 years, he lead technology as the CTO and a board member of Zephyr Associates, a pioneering vendor of style, risk and performance analysis software for the investment management industry. His responsibilities included building the technical teams, designing and managing the development of Zephyr's flagship product, StyleADVISOR, and overseeing the evolution of all of Zephyr's product roadmaps. In 2007, Aaron played a key role in facilitating the sale and transition of Zephyr Associates to new ownership.
Prior to Zephyr Associates, Aaron launched Regress, a regression analysis software package that has been site licensed by many leading business schools. Aaron also serves as a regular guest speaker in the Investment Modeling course at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Aaron studied Biochemistry at U.C. Santa Barbara and holds a master’s degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was a Sloan Fellow.
Mr. Pascotto is a private investor and a lawyer. Mr. Pascotto has been involved in numerous investments, both in Italy and in the U.S., and he serves as a general partner of various family-related partnerships. He is a founder of Kairos Partners SGR S.P.A., an independent, Italian-based asset manager, and served on the Board of Directors of Kairos’ flagship hedge fund. As an attorney, Mr. Pascotto is acknowledged as an international expert in business aviation, whose clients include many Fortune 500 companies and well-known entertainment and business personalities. He was of counsel to Irell & Manella LLP and to Morrison & Foerster LLP. He received his J.D. from the University of Rome, is a member of the State Bar of California, and is also admitted to the Italian Bar. Mr. Pascotto is a member of the Tax Committee of the National Business Aviation Association, Inc. (NBAA), has lectured at a variety of aviation and tax seminars, and publishes articles on a regular basis. An FAA-licensed pilot himself, he is a co-founder and investor of XOJET, Inc. and serves on its Board of Directors.
Catherine is a native Nevadan and a shareholder in the Gunderson Law Firm. She represents a wide variety of clients that have included everything from local to international businesses, business owners and professionals, commercial and residential real estate brokers and agents, homeowners, developers, contractors and others. She has counseled her clients in their non-litigation legal and business options. Prior to joining Gunderson Law Firm, Catherine clerked for the California Assembly Judiciary Committee, the law firm of Diepenbrock Harrison in Sacramento, CA, the law firm of Lafili, Van Crombrugge & Partners in Brussels, Belgium and worked as a law clerk to U.S. Senator Harry Reid in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Watson resides at Lake Tahoe where he is the Chief Executive and Curator for the Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society and operator of the George Whittell Estate. Before retiring in 2003, Mr. Watson was the President and Founder of Casino Marketplace where he invented much of the computer technology casinos use to promote their business and operate their games. Mr. Watson is also Managing Director of Foundation 36, a public charity Bill and his former casino colleagues formed to preserve and protect Nevada’s natural, cultural, and historic treasures. In 2008, Mr. Watson assumed the lead role in the Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society’s successful $5 million capital campaign to save Nevada’s only historical house museum estate at Lake Tahoe from being demolished.