September 10, 2019 Meeting with Tanya Stere

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My name is Tanya Stere. I am Greek-Macedonian and was born and raised in Romania while the country was under Ceausescu dictatorship. 45 years under a communist political regime. I have spent my first 20 years of my life under this regime with no communication or rights to visit any other neighboring country so I didn’t know any better. However, growing up I started to believe there should be a better life outside that.

My parents, my brother and I immigrated to Los Angeles 30 years ago and left behind a country full of oppression and corruption to join my mother’s side of the family in USA, in search for a better life. The day we left Romania was the best day of our lives. There was nothing that was going to stop us once we left Romania. I knew our lives were already better heading to United States of America. I realized how amazing this country is. I have never imagined the endless opportunities that I now had, stepping into such a welcoming country. It is so amazing to experience and live the American Dream, something that my family and I would not been able to experience under a communist regime.

Shortly after moving to LA, I began my undergraduate studies at UCLA and graduated with a BS in Biology in 1998. I selected this major as the steppingstone to a profession in health care. During my last year of my undergraduate education I was privileged and trusted with a research in periodontal disease at UCLA Dental School. There, I realized that I desired to become a dentist, learn more about treating human diseases and most importantly to me, help others.

Four years later, in 2002 I graduated with a Doctorate in Dental Surgery degree from University of Southern California (USC).

I was then accepted to an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency Program at USC and further my studies there.

Post residency, at 33 years old I moved to Las Vegas. Away from my family and friends I started my career and practiced dentistry at a large corporation called SmileCare, widely spread in CA, NV and TX. I was promoted to be their Regional Dental Director for NV and TX offices, managing and mentoring 17 general and specialist doctors.

A few years later, in 2008, I’ve decided to follow my dream and open my own dental practice. I started building Advanced Dental from scratch, while the economy took a turn for the worst and many other practices were closing their doors. My philosophy was: I now live in America, I feel safe and empowered and I can do anything that I desire with integrity and good work ethics. I felt the sky’s the limit.  

Building my practice while undergoing treatment for breast cancer was definitely challenging but I knew I was going to come back stronger form this experience. I was grateful to have the medical advances and resources available in this country and I knew I was going to be healthy again.

I’ve been very blessed to call USA my home. My fiancée, Mark Stevens and I travel internationally quite often, but no matter where we are and what we see, when I set foot back on to USA soil, a sense of safety, security and love for this country overcomes me. I wish I can put it all in words, but I really hope every American feels at least a fraction of the gratitude and love that I have for this country. USA is indeed the land of opportunities, the land of freedom, and I couldn’t be more proud to call myself an American. It is THE BEST COUNTRY in the world and WE ARE PRIVILEGED to live here.  

Bobbi Oates Speaker for October 8, 2019

Bobi Pike-Oates – Retired Air Force Senior Master Sergeant/Las Vegas

Roberta Pike Oates (Bobi) U. S. Air Force, retired aircraft maintenance Senior Master Sergeant, 23 years of service (1976-1999).   She was handpicked as one of four individuals to stand up the Air Force first Remote Piloted Aircraft Predator Squadron at Creech AFB.  As Production Superintendent for the 11th Reconnaissance Squadron she led the initial Air Force Cadre of Maintenance personnel thought training at the UAV training center at Fort Huachuca, AZ, then on to Taszer, Hungary for the first Air Force Deployment in support of Operation Joint Endeavor. During her Air Force career, she served at several overseas and stateside bases in various Aircraft Maintenance positions.  She also deployed to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey in support of Operation Provide Comfort.  After retiring from the Air Force, she was a Branch Manager for Armed Forces Bank at Nellis AFB for 9 years.  Bobi has lived in Nevada for 25 years.

Bobi received her certification as a Nevada Advocate from the Nevada Department of Veteran Services on July 26, 2015.

She served on the Governor’s Women Veterans Advisory Committee 2014-2015 and was reappointed for a third term and elected the Vice Chairwoman.

She is a Board member of the Veterans Administration’s Southern Nevada Community Engagement Board.

She is Vice President of the Women Veterans of Nevada and a member Ceremonial team.  A life member of the Air Forces Association (AFA) and local chapter President, 2nd team as President Southwest Regional for AFA; a Charter Member of the Women in Military Service for America and the Nevada Ambassador for the Women’s Memorial. Air Force Sergeants Association; American Legion Post 76; life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12101;, a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, and member of the Military Women Across the Nation; member of the Air Force Sergeants Association.  Member of the United Veterans Legislature Council, Nevada.

She was inducted in the Meadows Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution May 2017.

Bobi holds a BS in Business Management, AA in Aircraft Maintenance, AS in Law Enforcement, Certificates in Paralegal Studies and Banking.

Her awards include Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, 57th Wing, Nellis AFB and Resource Advisor of the Year Air Warfare Center, Nellis AFB.

She has been selected as the Nevada Veteran of the Month for December 2015.

She was awarded the Department of Nevada, VFW Women Veteran of the Year 2016-2017, recognized by Senator Heller in the Congressional Record Friday April 7, 2017 and lastly awarded the Air Force Association Medal of Merit for 2017

 

Veterans Day Speaker Judge Mark Stevens, Henderson Veterans Court

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Judge Mark Stevens serves as city of Henderson Municipal Court Judge, Department 1, taking office April 17, 2007. He served as Chief Judge from 2012 through 2015 and 2018 to present. Judge Stevens presides over criminal arraignments and trials, as well as traffic arraignments and trials.

In June 2011, Judge Stevens initiated the Veterans Treatment Court program in Henderson. This program assists military veterans charged with misdemeanor crimes while struggling to readjust to civilian life.

Prior to becoming Henderson Municipal Court Judge, Judge Stevens was a prosecutor for seven years with the Henderson City Attorney’s Office, Criminal Division, and a Henderson Police Department patrol officer for three years.

Before his service at the city, Judge Stevens practiced civil law and was the staff attorney for a law enforcement training center. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1988 to 1994 as captain, company commander and judge advocate defense attorney (JAG).

Judge Stevens earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration Management at Oklahoma State University and his Masters of Business Administration from Oklahoma City University. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 1990 and became a member of the State Bar of Nevada in 1991.

Judge Stevens previously served on the S.A.F.E. House board of directors and was an instructor for the Southern Desert Regional Police Academy.

A member of the Clark County Bar Association, Nevada Bar Association and the U.S. Supreme Court Bar Association, Judge Stevens also served as the 2017 President of the Nevada Judges of Limited Jurisdiction. In addition to Nevada, he is licensed to practice law in the states of Nebraska and Colorado as well as U.S. District Court.

Veterans Club Color Guard

The SCAVC Color Guard was organized in 1999 and marches  at club events throughout the year.  

Arnie Malinger USA; George Price USN; Jerry Jones USAF; Sydney Ingram USN;

Phil Citron USMC; Bill O'Malley USMC

THE VETERANS CLUB SUPPORT AUXILIARY TEAM

At every membership meeting for the past five years our volunteer SUPPORT AUXILIARY TEAM* arrive early, to prepare the mess for our members and guests attending our meetings, and provide:
  • Various flavors of punch
  • Cookies
  • Ice cold bottled water

Thank you, team, for stepping forward!

2018's Support Auxiliary Team is currently comprised of Toni Jerauld, Gloria Oliver and Fern Erhmann .