After nearly four months of head hunting, the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada has announced Bob Elkins as its new chief executive officer.
The recent Southern California transplant began his official duties on September 16, after arriving in Las Vegas back in April.
“For me, this is the opportunity of a lifetime,” Elkins said in a statement. “The Center is on its way to becoming a world-class voice for the LGBTQ community and I’m eager to lead that movement with the highest possible level of character, integrity, trust and respect.”
Elkins’ resume spans both the corporate and nonprofit sectors, including director of development at Project Inform, an HIV education and advocacy organization, and his latest endeavor as director of business development at AT&T Interactive.
Elkins takes the helm from interim executive director Tom Kovach, who led the organization after former executive director Candice Nichols transitioned to senior director of programs and community partnerships.
The Center also just announced collaboration with Downtown video game bar Insert Coin(s). The venue has planned a special party for invited Center guests and its board of directors on October 3 and will continue to host a series of events beyond that in support of the organization. Insert Coin(s) is also donating a number of games and consoles to add to the Center’s recreational activities, and founder and COO Christopher LaPorte will participate in the organization’s arts and culture series, the Centerpiece.
“The video gaming community hasn’t historically created the most accepting spaces for LGBTQ individuals,” said Elkins via press release. “Insert Coin(s), however, is one of downtown’s most socially relevant and responsible establishments. Their commitment of time and resources will especially empower our youth, many of whom are avid gamers.”