Meet the Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors

We are united in our efforts to be of service to those with visible and invisible disabilities, with the help of Service Dogs.

We seek to educate the public that Veteran's and civilians with disabilities are no different than anyone else. Each of us needs help from time to time; the disabled might need more. We have seen the transformation as their Service Dogs mitigate their disabilities, enhance independence and encourage participation in daily activities the rest of us take for granted; carrying the mail, doing laundry, picking up dropped items, getting around by pulling a wheelchair, and so forth.

Consider joining our efforts to H.O.P.E.; Helping Others Pawsitively Everyday.

President and co-founder, with wife Stephanie Gerken, of Michael's Angel Paws, a Las Vegas non-profit that trains shelter dogs to become Service Dogs. These dogs are donated to Veterans with visible and invisible disabilities.

Raised in Santa Clarita, CA, Bryce is the oldest son to a Vietnam Veteran. Living in a Veteran's household made Bryce keenly aware of what Post Traumatic Stress really encompasses. Watching his dad re-live his combat experience day after day, night after night, and year after year, brought Bryce to where he is today. He has a deep rooted passion to help the Veteran community. Bryce and Stephanie also work with dogs they've trained as Service Dogs for civilians with mobility, Autism, Diabetes, peanut allergy and other medical issues.

In his off time, Bryce enjoys spending time with Stephanie and their two young daughters.

I retired from 25 years as a public middle school teacher June 2015. The first thing I wanted to do was train my loving yellow lab to be a therapy dog. We moved to Henderson and I met Michaels Angel Paws. I am so impressed with the work they do, and the loving support and rewards only a canine can give. I want to be a part of the organization as well as our therapy work. That is why I volunteered for the board of directors.

Other interests of mine are: home improvement projects, belonging to Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild, league bowling in Boulder Bowl, glamping, and trying to exercise more, although Dock ( fur baby lab) keeps me walking. I look forward to supporting MAPS and meeting all of you.

Amy was born and raised in Great Falls, Montana where she lived until six years ago when she and her family decided to trade in the brutal Montana winters for the hot and dry desert. Amy is married with three adult daughters and four very active grandchildren. Amy and her family own a medical billing and credentialing company in Las Vegas and work almost exclusively with small private physician offices. Her full time job is that of an IT Project Manager Consultant where she travels around the country with her team implementing new computer systems in hospitals.

Amy’s love of animals began at a very early age where she spent summers on her grandparent’s farm/ranch. This is where Amy learned to ride horses, take care of all types of farm animals and hunt down “barn cats” and attempt to tame them. Amy has had animals throughout her entire adult life and understands what having loving animals can do for the soul.

Amy became a part of Michael’s Angel Paws a year ago when her family took in a yellow lab “Cami” to raise as puppy raisers. Amy and her family have spent the past year teaching Cami how to be part of a family, how not to chew everything in the house and be a good companion for both her two legged and other four legged friends. Cami has begun the transition from Amy and her family to her veteran and his family and will soon be living with him full time.

In February, Amy became part of the Michael’s Angel Paws board of directors as the Treasurer and is currently serving a two-year term.

Lindsey was born and raised in California. She attended UC Irvine and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and Psychology. She moved to the Las Vegas area in 2010 to attend Touro University Nevada’s Physician Assistant Program. She graduated with her Master’s degree in 2012, passed her board exam and officially became a Physician Assistant in November 2012.

Lindsey enjoys her work helping others as a Physician Assistant in a primary care setting in Henderson. She firmly believes in a healthy lifestyle and creating an environment where her patients can get great care. She has been practicing medicine for 6 years.

Lindsey discovered her love of animals at a young age. She even wanted to be a veterinarian for much of her childhood. She has had many animals throughout her life and she currently is the proud owner of two black Labradors Retrievers – Jackpot and Presley.

Lindsey discovered Michael’s Angel Paws through the City of Henderson and has completed many of their classes with her two dogs. She continues to enjoy agility classes with her dogs and is working toward completing the therapy dog program with her dogs. Lindsey immediately saw the good works and dedication Michael’s Angel Paws has to the community and enjoys supporting this organization in every way she can. She recently joined the Board of Directors as Secretary in mid-2018.