About us
Byron Stringer
 

R. BYRON STRINGER, FOUNDER

Retired from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department with over 26 years of distinguished service as an Officer, R. Byron Stringer has been a trusted mentor to youth for over 3 generations.  As a young man, Byron lost his younger brother, killed in a double homicide, and as a Police Officer he as has personally witnessed the devastation that drugs, alcohol, violence, and bad personal choices, takes on our youth and our communities.  Byron lives by the belief that “policing is not just putting the bad guys in jail; rather it is keeping the good guys from becoming the bad guys.”

Over 10 years ago, Mr. Stringer founded Vision Theatrical Foundation, dedicated to the voices of our children, writing and producing several plays, including the acclaimed TOE TAG MONOLOGUES.  What started as a theatrical production has evolved into a mission to UN-TAG our children.    

MICHAEL ANTHONY PICKETT, Ed. D, CO-CHAIR

Michael Pickett, a 24-year resident of Las Vegas, Nevada, is the Senior Vice President, Shared Services (H.R.) Director for Western Alliance Bancorporation, a leading bank holding company in the southwest, headquartered in Phoenix, with banking subsidiaries in Arizona, California, and Nevada.
Michael earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Regis University and a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Mr. Pickett serves on the Board of Directors for the Southern Nevada Industrial Liaison Group (SNILG) and is Chairman of the Board for Vision Theatrical Foundation. Michael enjoys reading and has a passion for educating and motivating others.

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JAHN DEVEREAUX, CO-CHAIR

Business Owner, Jahn Devereaux, a resident of Las Vegas for over 18 years, has a proven track record of successfully transforming ideas into reality.  

Ms. Devereaux began the “Arts and Education Endowment,” charity in 2005.   The charity partnered with Fitzgerald Elementary School in Las Vegas, Nevada.   It was designed to inform underprivileged youth about various career opportunities, provide encouragement and help strengthen their confidence.   In 2006 the organization co-sponsored a fundraiser on behalf of the children at Child Haven, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the healing of young and vulnerable victims of abuse. One hundred percent of the donations, over $30,000.00, was presented to the Child Haven.

Jahn was inducted into the Las Vegas Women's Chamber of Commerce, Hall of Fame in 2006 and is currently appointed to the West Las Vegas Advisory Committee; this opportunity affords Ms. Devereaux to discover solutions to problems that directly affect the community.

Her positive attitude, compassion for people, the community, coupled with a background in executive management, real estate, land development and insurance gives Ms. Devereaux a unique perspective when it comes to restoring confidence and resolving issues.

“Passion without action is like a sun that doesn’t rise.”
Quote by Jahn Devereaux

TERRY KNOX, BOARD MEMBER

Terry Knox serves as the Deputy Executive Director of Vision Theatrical Foundation and sits on its Board of Directors.  Mr. Knoxs’ duties as Deputy Executive Director include oversight of all programs and projects for the Foundation.  He is heavily involved in the fundraising aspect including but not limited to Grants and Partnerships.

Coming from a family of 5 brothers and 4 sisters, Terry learned firsthand the needs of community and the value of service.  Terry plays an active role in the lives of his son and daughter and extended family while volunteering at homeless shelters and recreation centers.

Terry was decorated for his military service in damage control as a ship board firefighter in the United States Navy during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.  Returning home he further served his community and country by working for the United States Postal Service.

In addition to his position with Vision Theatrical Foundation and retired from the United States Postal Service, Mr. Knox is currently pursuing a degree in Psychology.

KIM FLOWERS, BOARD MEMBER

A member of the Board of Directors of Vision Theatrical Foundation, Kim Flowers is a Talent Manager at Styles Management Group LLC, currently guiding the careers of many talented children, teens and adults who have appeared in; ABC’s “According to Jim”, Disney’s “Even Stevens,” U Wish and the Hallmark Channel’s Wild Hearts, episodes of the hit CBS shows “CSI,” “Ghost Whisperer” and “Numb3rs”, national television commercials for Little Debbie Snacks, McDonald’s and Senior Dimensions.
In addition, a national print campaign for Target, Dolce & Gabbana, Emporio Armani, Louis Vuitton and Fendi, and fashion magazines including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair and Cosmopolitan.

Ms. Flowers spent 25 years in the entertainment industry; touring throughout the United States, Europe, South America and the Middle East representing prestigious name brands; Bob Mackie, Peppe Jeans, Benetton, Macy's, Ralph Lauren and Ellen Tracy. Kim’s work in film includes Rocky, Wild Orchid and Honeymoon in Las Vegas alongside national advertisers Ford, Chevy and Shell Oil.

Choosing to help others achieve their dreams, Ms. Flowers’ career in talent management began in 1996, when she became the first African American woman in the nation to run an internationally recognized franchise for talent and training and development. Among her many professional awards and achievements Kim is most proud of; 1997 Businesswoman of the Year from the Black Chamber of Commerce, 2004 Small Business Administration Award for Small Business Person of the Year, and voted most influential person in entertainment in 2008 by Las Vegas In Business.

Ms. Flowers also serves as a member on the Board of Directors for Mountain Top Faith Ministries of Las Vegas, Spoken Word Ministries and the Kimberly Daniel International Ministries of Florida.

KATE HITT-KAPLAN, BOARD MEMBER

Kate Hitt-Kaplan is a lifetime Las Vegan with over 20 years combined service with the Clark County Sheriff's Department and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department serving as Executive Assistant and Public Liaison to Sheriff’s Ralph Lamb and John Moran. 

For over 10 years Kate hosted a popular radio talk show, 4 hours a day, 6 days a week on a 50,000 watt clear channel station, covering 7 western states.  With microphones open and phone lines full, discussions ranged from headlines to health with specials on law, business, sports and medicine.
Mrs. Kaplan has served on several successful political campaigns, including; Lt. Governor Lorraine Hunt, Sheriff John Moran, and Sheriff Jerry Keller. 

Kate serves as a Board Member and is the Director of Operations for Vision Theatrical Foundation.