Our Story

A Letter from Dr. Gard Jameson

Dear Friend,

In teamwork with my friend, Julie Murray, and her team at Moonridge, we have gathered and developed an opportunity to show up in a new way in our community, the way of compassion. After early research into our community, it was discovered that we, like so many communities, operated in siloes of isolated activity for the welfare of the community. With the help of Pierre and Pam Omidyar, founders of eBay, the community enlisted the wisdom of Richard Harwood of the Harwood Institute, to imagine a better way forward. Out of those whispering conversations, the Jameson Fellowship was born.

The idea and ideal is to foster a community in which trusting and deepening relationships may come forth not only within the various sectors of the community, but, most importantly, between those sectors. Among the sectors identified were: Workforce, Human Services, Healthcare, Environment (Natural & Built), Arts & Cultures, and Education. The idea is that better solutions to community issues arise from a Collective Impact approach, than a siloed approach. As one community leader put in, “it is hard for a child with a toothache to study!”

So, year by year, cohort by cohort, there has been an attempt to reduce isolation and amplify connections embedded with a quality of trust! The hope is that a collaborative team spirit might come forth leading to more and more informed collective impact approaches to community issues. The work of Parker Palmer, with the ideal of forming Circles of Trust, has been employed to help invited deeper levels of relationship, connecting soul to role.

A leadership summit is employed as the leading edge event of each cohort which is then informed by leadership classes in public speaking and presentation and the development of trust. Coach is for each cohort member is employed to assist each person on their personal journey of self-development and realization.

The primary value that has been instilled with each cohort is that of compassion. Compassion is the social/emotional awareness of difficulty within a community with a certain resolve to be of assistance in a dynamically active manner. The Fellowship exists in relationship to a worldwide network of cities and communities who have likewise set compassion as their North Star through the Charter of Compassion. As a collective value, compassion has the capacity to galvanize a community and its resources to be its best self. The Chinese sage, Confucius, identified compassion, wisdom, and courage as the three prerequisites to real community!

As a personal value, compassion leads to peacemaking. Peacemaking is the foundation of real civilization. Compassion has the ability to transform the person, by bringing that person into meaningful relationships with the larger community. Peacemaking reduces prejudice, bias, and bigotry by affirming the intrinsic value of each and every person. When each person takes responsibility to be a peacemaker, a way forward appears.

Thank you for your consideration of this experiment in compassion, trust and peacemaking, We invite you to join us in this endeavor bib learning more about compassion, trust, and peacemaking. We invite, whether you are a part of a cohort or not, to dedicate your life to being a compassionate peacemaker.


Gard Jameson

About Dr. Gard Jameson

Gard Jameson received his PhD from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2005 and his BA from Stanford University in Religious Studies.  He teaches Asian Philosophy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is the author of five books, Footprints on the Sands of TimePhaethon, Monkey, and Ramayana: Our Mythic Moment, the last three books reflecting upon three grand epics from the West, China and India.  He and his wife, Dr. Florence Jameson, cofounded Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada, vmsn.org, a charitable clinic that provides free medical, dental, and mental healthcare to those without access. He serves as the Vice Chair of The Charter for Compassion, charterforcompassion.org, Co-Founder of the Children’s Advocacy Alliance, caanv.org, Co-Founder of the Southern Nevada Interfaith Council, interfaithsn.org, and Compassionate Las Vegas, compassionatelv.org.  He also serves as the outreach coordinator of Contemplative Outreach, founded by Thomas Keating, in Southern Nevada.  He has two daughters, MJ and Julia.   

About Moonridge Group

Moonridge Group, a philanthropy consulting firm, advises funders, individual philanthropists and family foundations seeking to strengthen their philanthropic impact. With years of experience Moonridge Group empowers funders to achieve effective philanthropy in the US and abroad.

2020 Cohort

All Fellows

Aaron Leifheit 2018
Abigail Frierson 2018
Alex Bybee 2019
Alexandria Evans 2020
Alexandria Anderson 2017
Ali Caliendo 2020
Alice Edwards 2017
Alison Yanez 2016
Allison Serafin 2013-14
Alma Spears 2015
Amanda Haboush-Deloye 2015
Amy Wiles 2020
Amy Schmidt 2015
Anabel Chavva 2020
Andre Wade 2015
Andy Kuniyuki 2019
Andy Walsh 2017
Angel Williams 2019
Angela rose 2016
Ann Wozniak 2019
Anne Weisman 2018
Anne Browne 2016
Annette Dawson-Owens 2020
Anthony McTaggart 2015
Arash Ghafoori 2015
Arcelia Barajas 2020
Armena Mnatsakanyan 2016
Arnold Stalk 2018
Beatriz Martinez 2016
Betsy Van Deusen 2017
Beverly Mason 2015
Brandon Ervin 2020
Brian Knudsen 2013-14
Brooke Page 2015
Caitlin Roske 2019
Caleen Johnson 2019
Carisa Lopez-Raimrez 2017
Catherine Scherwenka 2020
Catherine Huang Hara 2016
Charlie Shelton 2017
Cheryl Alder Davis 2017
Christina Moon 2019
Christina Vela 2013-14
Ciara Byrne 2013-14
Cindy Fox 2013-14
Claudia Meija 2020
Connie Yeh 2016
Craig Rosen 2015
Danielle Milam 2015
Danielle Gurney-Turpin 2019
Darwin Bosen 2019
Dawn Barraclough 2016
Deborah Williams 2013-14
Debra Collins 2013-14
Denise Tanata 2013-14
Elaina Mule 2018
Elizaveta Golikova 2018
Ella DiSabatino 2020
Emerald Stanton 2020
Emily Paulsen 2020
Eric Franklin 2015
Erika Marquez 2017
Fahima Khalaf 2016
Florence Jameson 2015
Fuilala Riley 2018
Gabriel Wahila 2019
Gayle Gordon 2020
Gregory Gudenkauf 2016
Guy Amato 2016
Harold Weller 2015
Heather Estus 2018
Heather Libonati 2019
Helicia Thomas 2015
Jacquelyn Rinaldi 2019
Jaime Weller-Lafavor 2017
Janna Bernstein 2020
Janna Velasco 2019
Jared Krulewitz 2018
Jeanette Duncan 2019
Jeff Civillico 2017
Jennifer Keene 2016
Jessica Roe 2020
Jessica Russell 2016
Jessica Saylor 2015
John Pelletier 2018
John Wagner 2013-14
Jose Melendrez 2018
Joyce Bosen 2020
Julia Anderson 2019
Julia Jameson 2017
Juliana Whitney 2019
Karen Rubel 2018
Kari Goldberg 2020
Karl Catarata 2020
Kate Hibbard 2015
Kathi Thomas-Gibson 2013-14
Kelly Thomas-Boyers 2020
Ken Lason 2018
Keosha Watson 2020
Kim Amato 2017
Kim Russell 2015
Kimberly Kindig 2013-14
Krista Darnold 2013-14
Kristen Alexander 2017
Kristin Forbes 2019
Kristine Buist 2019
LaToya Holman 2020
Lauren Boitel 2013-14
Laurie Mann 2019
Leslie Estrada 2018
Linasha Jersome 2015
Lindsay Harper 2015
Lisa Campbell 2019
Lisa Curran 2016
Lisa Mariani 2015
Lucy Klinkhammer 2016
Lynn Davis 2013-14
Magda Hirsch 2020
Maria Gatti 2020
Marian Williams 2015
Marissa Gauvin 2020
Marlene Richter 2018
Matthew Teis 2017
Maurice Page 2013-14
Mauricia Baca 2017
Melissa Kaiser 2020
Melody Zita 2018
Merideth Spriggs 2017
Michael Maxwell 2017
Michael Vannozzi 2016
Michelle Jackson 2016
Michelle Layton 2015
Molly Latham 2016
Monica Garcia 2016
Monica Lounsvery 2016
Monique Harris 2017
Nancy Alamo 2018
Nancy Brune 2016
Neal Rosenburg 2017
Neyda Becker 2020
Nicole Tatalovich 2019
Niko Cento-Monroy 2020
Nina Taylor 2016
Nyla Christian 2018
Owen Carver 2016
Page Patten 2020
Pastor Troy Martinez 2013-14
Pat Walter 2018
Phillip Merges 2017
Phillip  Hollon 2016
Polly Weinstein 2018
Rae Lathrop 2013-14
Ralph Stalter 2019
Rashieda Shabazz 2020
Rebecca Edgeworth 2018
Rene Cantu 2013-14
Rian Satterwhite 2018
Sandi Hererra 2020
Sean Corbett 2017
Shakeh Ghoukasian 2013-14
Sharon Cornell 2018
Shauna Walch 2018
Shelly Kopinski 2019
Sherry Alexander 2018
Silvia Heredia 2017
Stacy Pollard 2015
Stephanie Rosol 2013-14
Steve Chartrand 2013-14
Stine Odegard 2019
Sue DiBella 2017
Susan “Ernie” Rambo 2020
Tabitha Pederson 2017
Takiyah Butler 2017
Tiffany Tyler 2013-14
Tim Hacker 2019
Tina Quigley 2016
Tod Story 2019
Tonia Holmes-Sutton 2018
Toshia Shaw 2018
William Rucker 2018

Collective Impact

Collective Impact Grant

Holding true to the spirit of unity and collaboration, the Jameson Fellowship’s Collective Impact Grant is meant to bring together community leaders to address an identified need within the community. Open to all Fellows, the Collective Impact Grant inspires partnerships across sectors to bring together our city’s most brilliant minds. This distinctive grant fosters collective activism, diversity, and inclusion which are key ingredients to a more compassionate community.