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BOARD MEMBERS

Mark Whelchel - President

Mark Whelchel served as a pastor at Central Christian Church in Las Vegas for 30 years. He provided oversight for Central Christian’s preschool and kindergarten for over 10 years, and he is now the Director of Counseling at the Renewing Life Center, a non-profit Christian counseling center serving Southern Nevada. Mark's educational background includes a B.A. in church ministry from Hope International University in Fullerton CA, and an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and he has a passion for working with marriages and individuals and seeing lives transformed. Mark and his wife Christie have been married for 30+ years and they have been blessed with four children.

 

His dream for Capstone Christian Academy is that it becomes the premier Christian academy in Southern Nevada, preparing students from all backgrounds to make a profound difference in their world through their life and work.

 

 

 

Ann O'Connell - Secretary

Ann O’Connell was a 20-year member of the Nevada State Senate. She is a 50+ year resident of Southern Nevada and a civic and business icon with dozens of awards for community service.

 

We are extremely blessed to have Ann O’Connell serve as our Secretary/Director on the Capstone Christian Academy Board of Directors.  Ann served in the State Senate with distinction and has the honor of being one of only 28 people (and the second woman) to be voted to the Senate Hall of Fame.  As a legislator, she was very active in education legislation, including authoring a bill that establishes the current professional standard for teachers.  Ann also authored a bill that requires school districts to send report cards to every parent, and another bill she sponsored allows home-schooled children the right to play team sports at their local public schools.

 

Some of her awards include “Outstanding Citizen of the Year”, “Woman of Achievement Award in Politics”, “Guardian of Liberty Award”, “Legislator of the Year”, “Nevada Women’s Role Model”, the “Free Enterprise Award”; and most recently, she is an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Inductee, she will be featured

 

 

Bill Mulligan -Treasurer

on the website for Who’s Who in America. Ann is a former Christian bookstore owner and a hotel owner. Ann is also an enthusiastic leader and supporter of Capstone.  She believes her years of experience and service in the community will assist in helping create the very best independent Christian school for the children and families of the Las Vegas Valley.

Bill Mulligan is the Vice President of Impact Companies where he has worked for over 16 years; focusing mostly on mining/crushing operations, land development, business services and equipment. While working for Impact, he started a 2nd chance program; helping over 80 individuals who were either homeless and/or just out of prison start a new life – providing them employment, a place to live and assisting them in creating new goals in their lives. Bill’s top 3 priorities in life are; God, family and work.

 

Bill has had a full and diverse career.  Before coming to Impact Companies, he worked in the Food & Beverage/Hospitality industry for over 20 years.  Starting as a dishwasher, he worked his way up through leadership running nightclubs, restaurants, banquet operations and finishing up as a Director of Food and Beverage.  Over that time, he worked for Marriot hotels, MGM/Mirage Corp and Bobby McGee’s restaurants.

 

Bill and his beautiful wife Nancy have been married for 19 years. They met at Willow Creek Church in Chicago

 

 

20 years ago.  They have two wonderful kids: Jake and Katie.  Though Nancy has MS, she works with special needs kids in the Clark County School district.

 

Bill has attended Central Christian church for over 19 years, where he serves on the welcome team and leads a small group.  His dreams for Capstone Christian Academy is to see God work and develop young people, to see how an old mining company/quarry, can be used to serve God and families!

Joe Sunderman

Joe Sunderman is a Biosimilar Account Manager for Pfizer, Inc.  Joe and his wife, Letty, have been married for over 31 years and they have two daughters - Sarah and Hannah.   Joe and Letty are members of Green Valley Baptist Church and in his spare time Joe loves to play golf and spend time with his family anywhere near the beach or mountains.

 

Joe joined the Board for Capstone Christian Academy to assist, in any way possible, to get an exceptional Christ centered Christian school started in Las Vegas/Henderson and he knows Capstone Christian Academy will do just that.

 

His dreams for Capstone Christian Academy are many.   He dreams that Capstone Christian Academy will build Christian leaders and pastors that will stay in Las Vegas, facilitate an environment where biblical values are modeled and taught, a well-rounded education where values such as biblical marriages, family finances, parenting, patriotism, and loving thy neighbor are emphasized, and a place where sharing the Gospel to a fallen world is part of the curriculum.

 

 

Bill Wadley - Founder

Bill is the owner of Impact Sand and Gravel in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The mission of the company is to “Positively Impact our customers, team members, and community.”  Bill grew up in Henderson, Nevada and after attending Basic High School he enlisted in the US Army. He served as a private in a Combat Engineer Battalion until he was selected to attend the US Military Academy at West Point, NY.  He graduated from West Point in 1981 after which he was a platoon leader, aide-de-camp for a general and a company commander.

 

Following his separation from the Army, Bill went to work for Larry Canarelli, President of American West Homes in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Bill started as an assistant purchasing agent and through hard work, leadership, and entrepreneurial results, he was promoted through the ranks to Vice President of Land Development.  In that role he led a team that developed over 5,000 residential lots in over 20 different projects.  His team also master planned and built the infrastructure for the 2,000 acre Silverado Ranch community.  In 1996, Bill wrote a business plan to start a sand and gravel company and ran those operations until 1998 when he bought the company from Larry Canarelli. Impact Companies recently celebrated its 20 year anniversary. What started as one company with 3 employees, has grown to several companies with 130 employees.

 

 

 

 

Bill is the true “rags to riches” story; having grown up in poverty and homelessness. He constantly speaks of God’s grace and abundant love. Bill has a passion for IMPACTing people in gratitude for his blessings. As a business owner and a leader, Bill has developed an arsenal of tools and systems to make a lasting IMPACT on his employees, customers, and the community.

 

Bill’s life was forever changed by the premier education and leadership development he received at West Point Military Academy. Bill’s vision for providing others with a premier education was sparked in 2004 when he saw an opportunity to pursue a 75-acre land donation for a school. After much prayer and persistence, the land was finally donated in 2006. For 14 years, Bill and the Capstone board have overcome huge obstacles step by step in order to transform a giant hole in the ground into a building pad ready to start construction. His vision and passion is to build a premier PK-12 school that combines a loving Christian environment with the finest education available. His constant motivation is looking forward to the thrill of the day when Capstone will graduate hundreds of world changing leaders each year.

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