Board of Directors
The GLCCNV executive board of directors is governed by a diverse group of professionals dedicated to promoting diversity awareness, Chamber growth and member opportunities.
Executive Board of Directors
Director of Development, Vegas Premier Concierge
(Bio coming soon!)
Executive Director of National Diversity Relations, MGM Resorts International
Dawn Christensen serves as executive director of national diversity relations for MGM Resorts International, one of the world’s leading global hospitality companies. In her role as director, Ms. Christensen is responsible for building and enhancing MGM Resorts’ relationships with strategic diversity and inclusion partners at the local, state and national levels as well as the development and implementation of the company’s external diversity and inclusion strategy in support of MGM Resorts’ corporate social responsibility efforts. She also serves as the program administrator for The MGM Resorts Foundation’s annual Women’s Leadership Conference. Prior to joining MGM Resorts, Ms. Christensen served as vice president of public affairs for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) where she was responsible for the strategic communications and government affairs agenda for all aspects of the LVCVA’s public affairs initiatives, including media relations, issues management, crisis communications, community relations and internal communications programs.
Ms. Christensen’s career in news, corporate communications and public relations spans more than 20 years. She previously served as vice president of communications and government affairs for The Public Education Foundation, a Nevada nonprofit organization assisting the Clark County School District. She was associate director of public relations at B&P Advertising, Media and Public Relations and held the position of director of public relations for KB Home Nevada, Inc. In addition, she served as the director of communications marketing for Caesars Entertainment. Her public relations career also includes working as an account executive with The Rogich Communications Group and as a public information officer for the city of Las Vegas. Ms. Christensen spent five years working in television news as a reporter and producer in various markets, including KLAS-TV Channel 8.
Ms. Christensen is active in supporting community and industry organizations and is a graduate of the 2016 Leadership Las Vegas class. She serves on the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Corporate Advisory Council and is the secretary of the Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Nevada Board of Directors. Ms. Christensen served two terms on the Human Rights Campaign’s National Board of Governors. In 2009, she helped establish Ya Es Hora Nevada, a local coalition of community partners volunteering to hold free citizenship workshops for permanent legal residents. Ms. Christensen was named one of Vegas Inc.’s “40 under 40” in 2012 and the Human Rights Campaign also honored her that same year with its national “Diversity & Inclusion Leader of the Year” Award. In 2007, the Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada named her “Woman of the Year” in recognition of her community work.
Ms. Christensen attended the University of Southern California, where she graduated cum laude with Bachelor of Arts degrees in journalism (with honors) and history as well as a minor in women’s studies.
Agent, Urban Nest Realty
Susan Rasmussen is a licensed Realtor working with Urban Nest Realty in Las Vegas. She is also a Suzuki teacher in North Las Vegas. While living in Florida, Susan not only taught violin and created a music school, she was also very committed to giving students opportunities to perform. With other string teachers in her county, she helped develop several programs including Spotlight on Young Musicians which is held each year at the performing arts center as well as the Youth Orchestra. Upon retiring from her music school in Florida, Susan moved to North Las Vegas to be with her daughter. While she still maintains a small studio or violin students, she decided to do something she had wanted to do for a long time and that is to work in real estate. She has enjoyed helping people find their new homes.
CEO, Fresh Wata
Known for her enthusiastic approach towards the synergy between design, production, and immersive technology, Fresh Wata’s CEO Patricia Costello has been giving the social and corporate events industry a breath of Fresh air for over 19 years.
Fresh Wata’s humble beginnings started In 1999 when Patricia packed her Uhaul in Kansas City and was Vegas bound. Working from her home, she began executing her grand dream of being CEO of a global full service creative event planning and production company. The company grew quickly and so did her client’s needs. She added a fabrication and furniture rental department and knew it was time to buy “bigger digs” for her growing team of 50 + employees. Patricia purchased a 60,000 square foot warehouse which is located down the road from the famous Las Vegas strip. Her passion for innovative and immersive technology has lead her to partner up with an award winning VR/AR team who’ve created a showroom in Fresh Wata’s headquarters. “We are constantly evolving and growing. Our priority is to stay ahead of the trends so that we can create immersive experiences that build authentic brand awareness for our client’s and their audience.” Fresh Wata’s services include: Events + Exhibits + Experiential
+ Production + Fabrication + Environment + Tech.
Patricia credits her parents for her ambition and drive. “My mother, who was crowned Miss Ohio State Sweetheart – gracefully ran a catering business while caring for 7 children and my dad.” Her father, NFL legend Vince Costello, is responsible for that “fire inside” that pushes her to always deliver her best. With a Fresh blend of corporate and entrepreneurial culture, Patricia has successfully gained respectable relationships with her clients who range from Visa, Sprint, Instagram, to Fortune 100 brands, and internationally recognized creative agencies. Regularly featured and named Innovator of the Year by Bizbash, she has provided her services in every major city in the United States. Fresh Wata has expanded nationwide with established locations in Los Angeles, CA, San Diego, CA, Phoenix, AZ, Kansas City, MO Canton, OH, and Dallas, TX. Her passion to provide the best service possible is never limited to the size of her client.
The substantial growth of her company within 19 years is a result of excellent customer service and meticulous attention to the delivery of unique multidimensional experiences with strong creative concepts. “We are a heart centered company whose goal is to create an emotional connection and bond between our client’s brand and their guest. Our company’s mission is to continuously redefine the way the world experiences multidimensional experiences, world-class exhibits, events, and design installations through through the artistry of design, production, and technology. Innovation drives our team to deliver OUT OF THIS WORLD shareable moments that truly represent your company and brand.”
CEO/Owner, Teazled Greeting Cards
After spending most of the last 20 years in the healthcare field, primarily as a hospice nurse and emergency room nurse, Dina co-founded Teazled Greeting Cards with her wife Dom. Teazled, a greeting card company whose niche market is traditional greeting cards for non-traditional families, is rooted in the desire to provide traditional greeting cards for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community who have spent years unable to purchase cards that mirrored images and verbiage appropriate to those within the community, their families and friends.
Understanding the benefit of the supplier diversity initiative, Dina sought certification through the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. After realizing, first hand, the direct impact certification had on the ability to grow Teazled Greeting Cards, Dina sought to provide education and outreach to other LGBT business enterprises, allies and corporate partners. That outreach came in the form of the Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Nevada (GLCCNV). As founder and President of GLCCNV, Dina is committed to serving Nevada business community on both a local and global level, assisting other businesses to experience the same growth opportunities that Teazled has been afforded.
When not sitting at the helm of Teazled or growing awareness for GLCCNV, Dina can still be found practicing the art of nursing. Dina’s favorite time is spent reading with and cooking for her loving and supportive wife Dom, their four children Nikki, JT, Eme and Anthony and her Dad.