Nevada PEP is excited to be celebrating 25 years of supporting families. We will continue to strengthen families through education, empowerment and encouragement activities. Take the journey, as we highlight a few of our many accomplishments. Together we  are building stronger families for a better community!
1995
Nevada PEP's First Logo “PEP the Turtle” was developed by parents who wanted to share the message of slow and steady progress for kids to be successful.
The first Nevada PEP logo, a turtle
1996
Nevada PEP’s First Home Nevada PEP's first home was a small office with 3 desks and 1 telephone line. Karen Taycher started Nevada PEP, and 25 years later she continues to provide strong leadership as the Executive Director. Her passion is helping families which was the reason PEP was born 25 years ago.
Karen Taycher in front of the first Nevada PEP office
1997
PEP's Board Members (From Left) Phyliss Lee, Alexia Conger, and Craig Wetzel
Three Board Members
1998-1999
The PEP Team Nevada PEP “Shining” team (from left) Flo Laroy, Robin Kincaid, Stacey, Caroline, Karen Taycher, Gillian Wells, Juanita Matz
Nevada PEP staff in formal attire in a group photo
2000
Nevada PEP's Second Logo In 2000 Nevada PEP developed its 2nd Logo to incorporate what P.E.P. stands for: Parents Encouraging Parents, Parents Educating Professionals, Professionals Empowering Parents
The Nevada PEP logo on a door
2001
An Inspirational Visit From Rudy Ruettiger Nevada PEP was treated to an exclusive visit by Rudy Ruettiger. Rudy is a motivational speaker and author. Rudy struggled all through school and discovered in college that he had dyslexia. He became famous for playing three plays in a football game: a kickoff, an incomplete pass, and on the third play (the game's final play), he sacked Georgia Tech quarterback Rudy Allen. He was carried off the field by his teammates following the game, the first player in Notre Dame history to do so.
A group of young adults posing for a photograph
2002
Helping Out At The Las Vegas Marathon Nevada PEP’s Team volunteered at the 2nd Las Vegas Marathon, welcoming the runners crossing the finish line and handing out medals for participating.
PEP staff helping out at the Las Vegas Marathon
2003
Sam And Retta Sam Lieberman, Nevada PEP’s Board Chair and Retta Dermody, our Director of Programs and Services for the Satellite office.
Sam Lieberman - Board Chair, Retta Dermody - Director of Programs and Services
2004
Third Annual Baldy Bash Nevada PEP held the 3rd Annual Baldy Bash, a fundraising event showcasing Southern Nevada's finest first responders raising funds to increase awareness for Nevada PEP.
Billboard for 3rd Annual Baldy Bash
Our TOP Baldy With Trish Leavitt Our TOP Baldy was Legendary basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian who coached the UNLV Runnin' Rebels from 1973 -1992.
Our TOP Baldy, a bald man who participated in a PEP event, with Trish Leavitt
Visit From Paula Goldberg Nevada PEP welcomed Paula Goldberg, Executive Director for the PACER Center, when she stopped by for a visit. PACER is the Parent Training and Information Center in Minnesota.
A visit from Paula Goldberg from the PACER Center
2005
Fourth Annual Baldy Bash In October of 2005 Nevada PEP held its 4th Annual Baldy Bash at the Luxor Hotel and Casino. Nevada partnered with Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, North Las Vegas Police Department, and Henderson Police Department.
Billboard for 4th Annual Baldy Bash
Visit From John Hager US Department of Education Nevada PEP welcomed Secretary John Hager of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services to Nevada PEP to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Secretary Hager took a tour of Nevada PEP and learned about the services we provide in the community.
PEP Staff group photo with John Hager from the US Department of Education
2006
Visit From Donna Fluke, Coordinator National Coalition of Parent Centers Nevada PEP visited with Donna Fluke from the National Coalition of Parent Centers. Donna has been a strong advocate for children with disabilities and has made a difference for children in her career.
PEP Staff group photo with Donna Fluke, Coordinator National Coalition of Parent Centers
2007
Sixth Annual Baldy Bash The Baldy Bash was held at the Luxor Hotel and Casino.
Law enforcement officers with shaved heads after participating in a PEP event
2008
Operation Baldy Bash Goes To Iraq During the 7th Annual Baldy Bash Nevada PEP received a call from a Dad who was stationed at Nellis AFB. He wanted to be involved in the Baldy Bash, however he was in Iraq at the time, and asked if they could have an “Operation Baldy Bash” and collect donations and buzz in Iraq. We had over 25 of America’s finest buzzing for Nevada PEP.
Military people with bald heads after participating in a PEP event
2009
Nevada PEP’s Third Logo Nevada PEP adopted our current logo in 2009. With our new tagline “Strengthening Families with Education, Empowerment, Encouragement”
The newest logo as seen printed on a cake
Senator Reid Meets With Nevada PEP (From Left) PEP Supporter Clifton Whitehurst, PEP Board Members Sam Lieberman, and Trish Leavitt, Senator Harry Reid, and Nevada PEP Executive Director Karen Taycher.
Sen. Reid Meets with PEP staff
2010
Nevada PEP’s New Home Nevada PEP moved to a larger building with more space and a bigger training room for families. We were honored to have Judge Michelle Leavitt perform the traditional honor of cutting the ribbon. Sam Lieberman our Board Chair officially welcomed everyone. We were honored to receive a personal visit from Congresswoman Dina Titus.
Nevada PEP ribbon cutting group photo in front of their new office in 2010
A Welcome To Washington Breakfast With Senator Harry Reid Since the late 1990s, Senator Reid has hosted a weekly “Welcome to Washington” breakfast for Nevadans at the Capitol. Our Executive Director attended many of these “Washington Breakfasts”. Senator Reid always welcomed Karen and always spoke of Nevada PEP in high regards.
Karen Taycher with Sen. Harry Reid
Visit from Dina Titus We were honored to receive a personal visit from Congresswoman Dina Titus.
PEP meets with Dina Titus
National Coalition of Parent Centers Reception Congresswoman Shelly Berkley energizes families at the 2010 National Coalition of Parent Centers Reception on Capitol Hill.
Congresswoman Shelly Berkley speaking
2011
PEP’s First Bullying Prevention Walk Nevada PEP held its first Bullying Prevention walk at Tivoli Village to raise awareness about bullying prevention in our schools.
A flyer for the 2011 Bullying Awareness Walk
2012
Celebrating Unity Day Every October Nevada PEP celebrates Unity Day. On Unity Day people come together, in schools, communities, and online, to send one large ORANGE message of support, hope, and unity. The goal is to show that we are united against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.
The Nevada PEP team poses together wearing orange
2013
Celebrating Bullying Prevention In September Nevada PEP held its 2nd Annual Run Walk Roll Against Bullying. The Emcees, Steph MacKenzie from 97.1 and television personality, Nathan Tannenbaum did an amazing job. This event helps to raise awareness in communities about Bullying Prevention. The event took place at Tivoli Village in Las Vegas and on the grounds of IGT in Reno.
A woman speaks during an outdoor PEP event
2014
Nevada PEP’s First Poker Run In May, Nevada PEP partnered with Rollin Bonz and Broken Bonez motorcycle riding club on it first ever Poker Run to raise awareness and funding for Nevada PEP. The event was great fun, with approx. 100 bikers all riding for Nevada PEP. The Poker Run ended at the famous Pioneer Saloon in Goodsprings, Nevada. The Pioneer Saloon has a rich history and heritage of the old mining towns, Hollywood of yesteryear and the Wild West!
Flyer for the 2014 Inaugural Poker Run
A Visit From Mrs. Nevada In February 2014 Lavetta Schneider was crowned Mrs. Nevada USA . We were honored to have her visit Nevada PEP. She volunteered at PEP and made Bullying Prevention her platform.
The Nevada PEP team poses with Mrs Nevada in front of the PEP building
2015
Nevada PEP Celebrated Its 20th Year Helping Families Nevada PEP was recognized by Senator Harry Reid, and was officially on the Congressional Record.
Nevada PEP recognized on a Congressional Record Document
2016
Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day In May, Nevada PEP partnered with PeaceLove Studio and created beautiful artworks. PeaceLove empowers people to share stories and create expressive art, with a purpose of creating peace of mind through expressive arts experiences.
People holding paintings they created
2017
ADA Celebrates 27yrs Nevada PEP celebrated the passing of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). The act was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990. The ADA prohibits the discrimination of people with disabilities and guarantees they have the same opportunities everyone else.
Event celebrating 25 years for the ADA
2018
PEP Glow Zone Charity Winner Famous BMX rider Ricardo Laguna and his team went up against some pretty stiff competition in the Ninja course at Glow Zone, but came away victorious. Glowzone donated $500 to his charity of choice, Nevada PEP.
GlowZone Winner
2019
9th Annual Run Walk Roll Nevada PEP held the 9th Annual Run Walk Roll Against Bullying event on the UNLV campus. Tyler Corder, from Findlay Automotive Group, was the presenting Corporate Sponsor. Tyler has been the voice of Findlay Automotive Group and a positive influence in the community. Findlay Automotive Group has supported this event since its inception!
Wide shot of people prepare to start the Run Walk Roll event
2020
25 Years Of Helping Families In Nevada Nevada PEP has served Nevada for 25 years. From a humble office with three desks, to the Nation's Capital, we will continue to Educate, Empower, and Encourage our families.
PEP Logo with 25 Year Branding
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