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Board of Directors

​​Governing Board of Directors

  • John Loomis, Chair

    Boys Town Nevada Board

    Chief Operating Officer, Heligenics, Inc.
    Nevada Board Member since 2017​

    An accomplished executive with direct experience in the financial, technology, entertainment, and communications industries. Responsible for driving business growth and profitability by directing corporate operations, providing executive insight, and optimizing technology and expenses.

    Achieved exceptional business results by defining the corporate vision, evaluating operations and technology, and developing and implementing key business strategies. Loomis exhibits a strong expertise in turnaround situations ranging from personnel and organizational restructuring to program leadership and project management. Loomis mentored executive teams consisting of diverse business units—transforming organizational processes, procedures, and operating standards.

  • Steven “JT” Washington, Vice-Chair

    Boys Town Nevada Board

    Associate, Muchison & Cumming, LLP
    Nevada Board Member since 2017

    Steven J.T Washington currently focus his practice on general litigation matters and is passionate about impacting the valley he grew up in. Currently an Associate Attorney for Murchison & Cumming, LLP, Washington has previously served as a law clerk for the Eighth Judicial District Court and has worked as a student attorney for Juvenile Justice. Additionally, he’s worked within the office of a United States Senator and the Las Vegas Clark County Library District.

    Passionate about making a difference in the youth of Las Vegas, Washington has worked with youth by volunteering his time and energy as an Englestad Scholar at Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy. He is a recipient of many honors, including the Western Region National Black Law Students Association “Brother in Service Award.” Washington holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Juris Doctor from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

  • John Etzell, President

    Boys Town Nevada Board

    Executive Director, Boys Town Nevada
    Nevada Board Member since 2018

    John Etzell is passionate about seeing families succeed and creating opportunities for under-resourced children and their families. As Boys Town Nevada’s Executive Director, John is channeling that passion and his almost 20 years of experience into helping Clark County, the Greater Las Vegas area and the state of Nevada change the way we care for kids and families. He believes that every kid matters and each family deserves to have hope.

    He has a background of working in the individual and family services industry, and education. John got his start by becoming a Family Teacher with his wife at Boys Town Omaha in 2002. In that role, he housed and took care of 6-8 kids at a time giving them a stable home environment, attention, and resources they needed to flourish. In 2006 he made the switch to Residential Director at Boys Town Rhode Island. Outside of Boys Town, John has held positions as a Institutional Abuse and Neglect Investigator, Dean of Students and then became the principal of two charter high schools in Aurora Colorado. Skilled in Management, Leadership Development, and Public Speaking, John bring strong professional business development skills and a proven background in multiple sectors to this role.

    John received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work from the University of Saint Thomas in 1996. He later completed half of his MBA in Children, Youth and Families at Brandeis University, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management.

    When not helping kids and families throughout Las Vegas and Nevada, John spends time with his wife and three kids or with friends hiking and enjoying the great outdoors.

  • Daniel Chung, Member

    Boys Town Nevada Board

    CFBS (Certified Family Business Specialist), Chung Strategic Solutions
    Nevada Board Member since 2021

    Daniel Chung is a well-established financial services representative with a practice based in Las Vegas, Nevada since 1998. As a Certified Family Business Specialist (CFBS), Daniel focuses his practice on the financial, business and estate strategies of business owners.

    Daniel, who espouses a very strong work ethic, feels a connection to business owners largely due to the entrepreneurial streak he shares with his clients. Building a business from scratch after college, Daniel used the same traits that he had cultivated while growing up doing odd jobs while growing up in Illinois and California. He decided to work with business owners because it was a market he truly understood.

    The practice continued its growth trajectory while Daniel built a strong network of allied professionals with whom he could exchange ideas and bring specialty knowledge back to his clients. In 2013, his firm was officially named Chung Strategic Solutions, and shortly thereafter, Daniel decided to relocate his family to Las Vegas so that he could pursue further growth opportunities.

    Daniel is a perennial qualifier for the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT). MDRT membership is recognized internationally as the standard of excellence in the life insurance and financial services business. Daniel volunteers his time and extensive professional connections to the MDRT Foundation in order to support charitable causes within the state of Nevada. In addition, he supports such causes as the Grant a Gift Foundation for Autism and is on the Board of Directors of HHOVV (Helping Hands of Vegas Valley).

    Outside of work, Daniel resides with his family in Summerlin and enjoys golfing, biking, coaching sports with his three sons, and volunteering.

  • Ian Epstein, Member

    Boys Town Nevada Board

    Founder, PropSwap & Trustee Irvin Stern Foundation
    Nevada Board Member since 2017​

    For the past six years, Ian has devoted his life to his start up online sportsbook called PropSwap. Started in 2015, PropSwap is a marketplace for sports fans to Buy & Sell their active, sportsbook tickets. Known as the StubHub® for sports bets.

    He has a background in business and gaming, and has worked for CG Analytics, Cantor Data Services, Cantor Gaming, Gold Card Tickets, Intersport Sponsorship & Event Marketing, and Entertaining Asia.

    The Chicago native graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. He now resides in Las Vegas where he’s growing his business and serving on the board of Boys Town Nevada.

  • Paul Huygens, Member

    Boys Town Nevada Board

    Founding Principal, Province
    Nevada Board Member since 2009​

    Mr. Huygens is a founding principal of Province and has 25 years of experience in consulting and management on a national basis, primarily involving complex chapter 11 cases, out-of-court restructurings, and distressed financial transactions. Mr. Huygens has represented debtors, chapter 7 and 11 trustees, creditors and creditor committees in cases spanning a range of industries, including gaming, hospitality, construction, metals & mining, real estate, media, alternative energy, ecommerce, grocery and retail.

    His experience includes business planning, business improvement, origination and restructuring of debt, dispute resolution, expert testimony, prepackaged and traditional reorganization plans, forensic and reconstructive accounting, asset sales, crisis management, interim management and strategic alternative consulting. Throughout his career, Mr. Huygens has led more than 50 national or international scale restructuring engagements, including those on behalf of debtors and official creditor committees. Representative public clients have included Performance Sports Group, Payless Shoesource, Aeropostale, Penn National Gaming, Claire’s, Woodbridge Group, American West and Fresh & Easy.

    Mr. Huygens has spent the bulk of his career in the financial arena, serving as COO, CFO, Restructuring Officer or equivalent positions. Early in his career, he was a manager of assurance and advisory services for Deloitte with an emphasis in gaming and real estate, where he was responsible for coordinating the firm’s efforts for audit and consulting engagements and numerous financial transactions, including public equity offerings, public and private debt offerings, and purchase and merger transactions.

  • Francisco Mazon, Member

    Boys Town Nevada Board

    Officer, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
    Nevada Board Member since 2019

    Francisco Mazon joined the Nevada Board of Directors in 2019. His five years on the Metropolitan Police Force give Francisco a unique perspective and drive to help create solutions for the community he grew up in.

    Francisco is a Las Vegas local and grew up for most of his life in the valley. However, he first came to Boys Town Nevada in 2000, at 8-years-old, through the Family Home Program in Omaha, Nebraska. During Francisco’s time in Omaha, Nebraska he met our Executive Director, John Etzell and his wife –who were Family Teachers at the time. Francisco and his two brothers stayed with the family for six years. After, successfully reuniting with his family, Francisco moved back to Las Vegas and graduated from Green Valley High School in 2015.

    He graduated from the College of Southern Nevada with an Associate in Arts (A.A.) Public Administration in 2016 and went straight on to the Metropolitan police force which he’s been on for the past five years where he’s worked Special teams or work accomplishments.

    In his free time, Francisco spends time with his wife and three kids.

  • Kim Metcalf, Member

    Boys Town Nevada Board

    Professor, UNLV College of Education​
    Nevada Board Member since 2020​

    Metcalf joined UNLV as dean in 2013. Metcalf said he was recruited to elevate the college’s work and engagement at the local, state and national level, and to improve its impact among academic peers, education and behavioral health practitioners and policymakers. He stepped down from his post as dean of the College of Education in August of 2020 and was on professional development leave for a year. He plans to return to faculty at UNLV to focus on teacher education and research with an emphasis on policy.

    As dean, he has advocated for education research, and has developed what he refers to as ‘next generation’ practices. Under Metcalf’s leadership, the College of Education established its first endowed chair with funding from the Dunn Family Foundation. The endowed chair supports the development of educational assessment tools and research. The college also received one of the largest-ever gifts to UNLV – $12.9 million – from the estate of the late philanthropist Kitty Rodman for scholarships and graduate fellowships in Special Education. Additionally, as a reflection of his impact and the high quality of work under his stewardship the college jumped 70+ spots on the U.S. News & World Report’s best education colleges list.

    Prior to joining UNLV, Metcalf served as dean of the College of Education, interim vice president for operations and sponsored research, and director of institutional research at the University of West Georgia. He had also spent more than a decade as a member of the faculty of the School of Education at Indiana University-Bloomington. Metcalf began his career as a public-school band and orchestra teacher after receiving his bachelor's degree in music education from Ball State University.

    He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from Ohio State University. Metcalf's research in teacher education and in education policy, particularly his research on school choice, has been recognized by the Association of Teacher Educators, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and the American Evaluation Association, among others.

    His publications include a co-authored textbook, The Act of Teaching, now in its seventh edition. Previous leadership positions include service as director of the Indiana Center for Evaluation (Indiana University, 1997-2003) and as an associate superintendent for research and assessment (Monroe County Community Schools, Bloomington, Indiana, 2004-2006).

  • Tony Sgro, Member

    Boys Town Nevada Board

    Partner, Sgro & Roger Attorneys at Law
    Nevada Board Member since 2015​

    Anthony P. Sgro is a partner at Sgro & Roger, LLC. He earned both his undergraduate and law degree from the University of San Diego. He practices primarily in the area of criminal and is a “death qualified” attorney focused on defending those charged with capital murder offenses.

    Mr. Sgro also practices personal injury, entertainment, and business law. He has tried over 100 jury trials in both the civil and criminal arena. Mr. Sgro expanded his practice to include the representation of various athletes, musicians, and celebrities as general counsel and part owner for Matador Entertainment, LLC, a boutique entertainment company. In addition, Sgro is responsible for the booking of personal appearances for MMA fighters, NFL players, and various artists and musicians.

    Tony Sgro and partner David Roger joined the Las Vegas Police Protective Association in 2011 and represents members with employment issues before the Labor board. Sgro and Roger now works alongside the PPA as general counsel for members charged with criminal matters during their employment.

    Sgro is a member of the American Bar Association, Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice, National Society of Italian American Lawyers, and American Trial Lawyers Association.