The Foundation for Positively Kids is a local non-profit organization based in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was established in 1999 by Fred Schultz, CEO of Positively Kids, to meet the growing need for specialized care for medically fragile and/or developmentally delayed children in Southern Nevada.
Positively Kids is committed to providing an environment that will have a positive effect on the growth and development of medically fragile children living in Clark County. Programs offered by Positively Kids strive to embrace each child’s unique needs, while providing the services essential to their well-being. Vital to the success of every program we provide is its ability to achieve these goals:
- Help medically fragile and/or developmentally delayed children reach their full potential.
- Create hope and foster inclusion.
- Promote comfort and quality of life.
- Provide care coordination.
Positively Kids is proud of the numerous awards we have received over the years acknowledging and recognizing our efforts to provide the best care possible to our patients and their families.
Community Partner of the Year – Communities in Schools, 2016
Top Nonprofit Foundations – VegasInc., 2016
Findlay Community Spotlight, 2015
Finalist for Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Small Business Excellence Award for Non-Profit of the Year, 2012
Humanitarian of the Year: Fred Schultz, Founder & CEO – VegasInc., 2012
Small Business Excellence Award Finalist Non-Profit of the Year – Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, 2012
ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award, 2011
Best of Las Vegas: Pediatric Nursing – 2009
Non-Profit Business of 2008 Special Recognition – Office of the First Lady State of Nevada, Dawn Gibbons, 2008
Non-Profit of the Year – Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, 2008
Certificate of Recognition – Office of Lieutenant Governor, Brian Krolicki, 2008
Non-Profit Biz & Award – City of North Las Vegas, 2008
Biz E’s Non-Profit of the Year Finalist – Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, 2006
The Positively Kids team consists of dedicated professionals, each with their own area of expertise as well as personal experiences. Positively Kids also has approximately 50 licensed staff members. The pediatric staff consists of Doctors (MD’s), Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses (RN’s), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN’s), Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA’S), plus Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists who assist the children in our programs everyday.
Each staff member is chosen for their ability, energy and enthusiasm to develop and maintain our current and future pediatric programs. The Positively Kids’ staff is among the best educated and professional in the state. Their vitality, commitment and shared purpose offer a work environment noted for its teamwork, respect and kindness to one another, and to the children and families we serve.
Positively Kids’ Founder and CEO, Fred Schultz has been a lifelong activist for medically fragile children. But it wasn’t until moving to Las Vegas in 1995 that Fred found his calling. Shocked by the lack of both state and private resources available to Nevada’s medically dependent children, Fred had a vision to make a difference in the lives of these kids and their families. In December of 1999, that vision became a reality with the creation of the Foundation for Positively Kids. Named In Business’ “2007 Non-Profit of the Year”, Positively Kids is the first and only non-profit organization in Las Vegas whose sole mission is to serve our community’s medically fragile children.
With over 35 years experience in health care management, Fred has directed the financial, marketing and board capacity building activities for numerous healthcare organizations. He began his career in Michigan as Director of Respiratory Therapy at Bi-County Hospital. In 1974, Fred relocated to Florida, where he assumed the Directorship at Bethesda Memorial Hospital in West Palm Beach, and later, the start-up of the Pulmonary Care Department of Community Hospital of the Palm Beach, a 250-bed acute care hospital. He also served as a Respiratory Care Program instructor for a private school in Ft. Lauderdale and, after receiving his Physician’s Assistant Certification, went on to manage various private clinics and physician practices. In 1995, Fred relocated to Las Vegas to assume the position of CEO for Total Home Care, a Home Health Medical Equipment and Home Infusion Company. As Executive Director of Safe Harbor Hospice, he also supervised the construction of “Harbor House”, a 24-bed inpatient facility — one of only two such facilities in Clark County.
Executive Assistant, Human Resources/Payroll
Rita has been with Positively Kids almost 5 years. Her role includes executive support to the CEO and Board of Directors, manages the Clothing Donation Program, Human Resources, Accounts Payable, and operational cross-functions of the organization. She also serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the School-based Health Alliance.
Rita has attended University of Nevada Las Vegas. She is certified in Human Resources and Employment Laws. She has over 20 years’ experience in retail, real estate/mortgages, and as a general contractor in the construction industry.
Rita is originally from New York, but grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and has lived in Las Vegas since 2000. She currently resides in Henderson, Nevada with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys traveling, painting, interior design, hiking/ATV, and baking.
Michelle Gorelow, MAEd
Vice President of Business Development & Community Relations
Michelle joined Positively Kids in 2016 and has almost 20 years’ experience in non-profit, starting when she was selected to represent LensCrafters’ Gift of Sight program in the Philippines. The majority of Michelle’s career has been educating women on how to have a healthy pregnancy, working with families who have had a child born early or with other complications, and partnering with state and local organizations and stakeholders to reduce preterm birth. Some of her proudest accomplishments include passing legislation that required the screening of cystic fibrosis and critical congenital heart defects for all newborns, opposing budget cuts that would adversely affect children healthcare, and reducing preterm birth 30% from 2006 to 2015.
Michelle recently served in the Nevada Assembly for the historical 80th Legislative Session in which for the first time a state legislature had a women majority. She served on the Government Affairs, Health & Human Services, and Education committees.
Michelle is a native of Indiana, and moved to Ohio as a teenager. She graduated from Wilmington College in Wilmington, OH with a Bachelor degree in biology and a minor in Spanish. She received her Master’s in Education from the University of Phoenix in Las Vegas. She made Las Vegas her home in 1999 where she met and married her husband. They have two great kids and three cats. Michelle enjoys reading, music, and traveling in her spare time, and is a huge fan of University of Michigan football.
Yvonne Moore, MSW
Vice President of Early Intervention
Yvonne Moore has made helping families in California and Nevada her personal mission for over 20+ years. Yvonne was a Program Manager for the County of Santa Clara’s Department of Family & Children’s Services in San Jose, CA. She is most proud of managing the Family Resource Center which housed various DFCS services and community based agencies to better coordinate programs within the foster care system and for local residents.
Yvonne chose to join the Positively Kids Family in June of 2012 as a Patient Care Counselor helping caretakers in applying for Medicaid, referrals to community agencies, and was responsible for the coordination of practical pediatric patient needs from the Child Haven Healthcare Campus.
Yvonne has lead all efforts in the creation and implementation of the new Positively Kids Health Insurance program. She was instrumental in her role as Vice President of Patient Relations, implementing strategies with Clark County School District, and developing partnerships. She assumed the role of VP of Early Intervention in December 2015.
Yvonne is a graduate of San Jose State University with a Masters of Social Work. She is married and a proud mother of three who spend evenings playing tennis, hiking, and enjoying the great outdoors.
Vice President, Medical Clinics
Judy was born and raised in Connecticut but has lived in Las Vegas since 1978. She attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In 1980, she began her career working in the Child Welfare system where she remained for over 31 years.
After her “retirement” from Clark County in 2012 she began working for the Foundation for Positively Kids, a job she thoroughly enjoys. Judy oversees all our medical clinics, which includes 4 school-based health centers, the Neopediatric clinic
and the clinic based at Child Haven. Her focus is on staffing, quality and maintaining the highest of healthcare standards.Judy is married and has one child. She has a passion for all types of sports and looks forward each year to participating in the Positively Kids “Swing For The Kids” golf tournament, Duck Fest and annual Gala.
Vice President of Behavioral Health
Melinda moved to Las Vegas from California in 1998 and have worked in child welfare since that time. She earned my Master’s degree in Social work and went on to earn an LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) for the state of Nevada. She has provided direct mental health services to children and families for over 15 years, and is trained in several evidence based treatment modalities that are proven effective in restoring behavioral health and well-being. Her focus is to help children and their families heal from developmental and relational trauma so that they can form closer and healthier connections and thrive within their environments. She believes that a multidisciplinary approach is most effective in helping children reach optimal behavioral and physical health, which is why she is so excited to be a part of the Positively Kid’s team.
Amanda Cormican, NP-C
Chief Nursing Officer
Mandee Cormican has worked as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Las Vegas for five years. She has provided primary pediatric care to children from infancy to 18 years old with increased focus on the management of children who are medically fragile, affected by substance abuse, placed in foster care and/or involved in open CPS cases. Prior to coming to Las Vegas, Mandee worked for 12 years as a Registered Nurse at Riley Children’s Hospital, which is the only level one pediatric trauma center in the state of Indiana in which she cared for medically complex children with an increased emphasis in the specialties of endocrinology, oncology, hematology, and hemodialysis.
She received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Indiana University/Purdue University (IUPUI) in Indianapolis, Indiana. This was preceded by her Associate of Science in Nursing from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana.
She is licensed by the state of Nevada as a Registered Nurse and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, through the Nevada Board of Pharmacy for controlled substances and dispensing privileges, and a DATA 2000 waiver through the DEA for the treatment of substance abuse and withdrawal management. She is also certified by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Mandee has two children, a son and a daughter, in addition to a dog and guinea pig. She prefers to be with friends and family in her free time, and finds almost any activity enjoyable when in good company.
Davita Jackson-Clark, NP-C
Hello, my name is Davita Jackson-Clark, Nurse Practitioner. I have been in the Healthcare field for over 30 years starting in the United States Naval Corp.
I love working with women and children because I can make a difference in their lives and offer the support that is needed.
This inspired me to obtain a higher education, beginning with Olivet University in Bourbonnais, Illinois, graduating in 2016. My goal is to continue to combine life learning experiences, education and professionalism on my journey to success.
Mimi Kim, NP-C
Mijung Kim NP-C, also known as “Mimi” was born and raised in South Korea until the beginning of her 20’s. She achieved her Master’s degree in Family Nurse Practitioner with Walden University in 2015 to become a medical provider. She has been a medical provider since 2015 and worked as a hospitalist in internal medicine and primary care provider. She has a lot of passion in her profession and believes in caring.
She is funny and has a bright personality. Her nickname is “VitaMimi”. She loves to do Zumba, Commit Dance Fitness, movies and reading. She also has her lovely Chihuahua whose name is “Kami”.
She is very excited to join Foundation for Positively Kids and ready for her new adventure.
Board of Directors
Lynsey is a Financial Advisor and Managing Director with WestPac Wealth Partners based out of the Las Vegas office. Lynsey was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada and graduated from Bishop Gorman High School. She pursued a basketball scholarship at the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2006 and later finished her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Finance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Lynsey started her professional career in the accounting and financial services field. She joined WestPac in 2016 where the unique planning philosophies, client focused culture, and innovative vision made it a natural fit.
In addition to her career, Lynsey is a sports enthusiast. You can often find her on the golf course, coaching youth basketball, or kickboxing. Giving back to the Las Vegas community is also a significant part of Lynsey’s life. In addition to her volunteer work with Positively Kids, she also volunteers for The Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Southern Nevada and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
A native of Michigan, Keith Hughes became a Deputy Sheriff after graduating high school. A short three and a half years later, Keith left law enforcement to serve in the United States Marine Corps as an air traffic controller. During tours in Tennessee, North Carolina, California, Japan, and Australia, Keith distinguished himself in many leadership roles at all levels of airport operation, management, and international relations. During his service in Japan and Australia, Keith was instrumental in developing international agreements to govern joint US-Japan and US-Australia air traffic control policies. Keith received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for sustained superior performance. He attained the rank of Gunnery Sergeant and after receiving an honorable discharge, worked in the commercial aviation field for several years.
Feeling the need to again serve others, Keith changed careers to enter graduate school and study psychology. He provided in-home psychosocial rehabilitation and parent training to troubled youth and their families with Boys Town and later oversaw two dozen group homes in southern Nevada serving nearly 70 intellectually disabled adults.
Keith was hired by newly-elected U. S. Congressman Joe Heck, D.O. (R-NV) in 2010 as a caseworker to assist constituents with Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and other issues. He has since held the positions of Senior Caseworker and Outreach and Field Manager before being promoted to District Director in January 2013. He joined the team at Opportunity Village in June 2017.
Keith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master of Arts degree in counseling psychology from National University.
Shea is shareholder with the law firm Backus, Carranza & Burden and is serving as an Assemblywoman with the Nevada State Legislature representing District 37.
Shea is a third-generation Nevadan and a proud Clark High School graduate. Shea ascertained a Bachelor of Science in Management Science from the University of California, San Diego, Revelle College and studied law at Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, with an emphasis in Native American legal issues.
From her youth through the present, Shea has a long record of giving back to her community and others stemming from her youth volunteering at an at-risk elementary school. Today, Shea provides pro bono legal representation to children subject to abuse and neglect.
Jo serves as Chief Executive Office of Periwinkle Group. As its CEO, Ms. Cato plays a pivotal role in the strategic direction of the firm’s clients. Ms. Cato is one of the most respected strategists in Nevada, she has directed advertising, marketing and public relations campaigns for major corporations, public entities and small businesses. Prior to launching her own agency, Cato worked for a telecommunications company. She is both widely recognized and highly regarded as a media and public policy expert in southern Nevada. She has served as an advisor to a wide variety of executives, public officials, businesses, and private and public agencies regarding public policy, strategic planning, strategic alignment, business development and diversity. Cato is a visionary who conceives and manages innovative, effective, and fully integrated strategic services to media companies and projects. She has led major strategic campaigns on positioning, identity, naming and brand architecture assignments. Cato’s successful track record has also made her a highly sought-after public affairs and communications specialist by various entities within Southern Nevada.
From 1999 to 2011, Cato served the City of North Las Vegas as their appointed Planning Commissioner, where she served 10 years as Chairman/Vice Chairman. She currently serves as board member on Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval’s Workforce Development Board where she is a member of the Hospitality sector committee, NAACP Las Vegas Branch, City of North Las Vegas Citizens Advisory, Utility & Transportation Advisory Boards, Armed Forces Military Appreciation Inc. and Clark County Business Development Advisory Board.
Cato has been honored multiple times on both local and national levels for her work. A partial list of honors include: Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 & 2018 (National Association of Women Business Owners) Woman of Distinction (Arts/Entertainment/Media) – (National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) ),NAACP Las Vegas – Rising Star Community Advocate Award, U.S Small Business Administration (SBA) – 2010 Minority Business Champion and In Business Las Vegas Magazine – Woman to Watch.
Cato earned a BA in Economics from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, along with an MA in Economics from The George Washington University School of Business and an Executive MBA from Arizona State University. In addition, she has earned certificates from eCornell University (online curriculum) in Revenue Management and Strategic Economic Development and Marketing.
Cato is the author of Get Noticed: How to Reach and Retain Clients. In her free time, she enjoys quality time with her family, volunteering for various causes and travelling.
Cynthia Cortez, MAEd
Children are the passion for Cynthia. She is currently a school counselor at Molasky Junior High School where she facilitates individual and group counseling workshops and assists students with their career planning.
Cynthia was a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) member who represented foster children in court. She served as a board member at CASA, and was a founding board member for the Children’s Advocacy Alliance where she helped raise funds to build the Children’s Advocacy Center for sexually abused children located on the campus of Child Haven. She is also active with Manuel J. Cortez Elementary School by providing backpacks for students, Walmart gift cards for the neediest students, and funding through the Nevada Education Foundation in the name of Manuel J. Cortez for students who attended Cortez Elementary School.
Cynthia received her bachelor of science in political science and a minor in criminal Justice from the University Nevada Reno and her Master’s in Education from the University of Phoenix.
Dr. Chris Robey
Dr. Chris Robey is a licensed Chiropractic Physician and native of Bridgeport, West Virginia. He studied Health Science and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Fairmont State University in 2012. He continued his studies in Port Orange, Florida where he earned his Doctorate in Chiropractic from the prestigious Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2016. Upon graduation, Dr. Robey moved to Las Vegas, Nevada to begin his professional career.
Dr. Robey is vastly skilled and credentialled in various pain management, performance enhancement, and preventative injury techniques. He has successfully treated thousands of community patients from all over the world which encompasses infants as young as 5 weeks old to senior citizens, auto/personal injury cases, first responders, and professional level athletes. Dr. Robey was selected as a Top Doctor in Las Vegas, NV by the International Association of HealthCare Professionals.
Dr. Robey has always had the desire to be an inspiring health professional and work in a field dedicated to helping and healing others. He has discovered his passion – to be an influential and impactful person in the lives of the community. Dr. Robey volunteers his efforts to help families of childhood cancer, autism, Down syndrome, and other mental frailties. Such experiences have sculpted and will continue to mold, the respect and sympathy that he has for others.
Outside of the workspace, Chris is a sports enthusiast, enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with his family.
Positively Kids is grateful to have received support from various companies and organizations throughout Southern Nevada in a combined effort to provide quality healthcare to children with an emphasis on medically fragile and/or developmentally delayed children. These organizations have provided a monetary or in-kind gift of $5,000 or more during the 2017-18 fiscal year.