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.

Shelly hails from New York City, where she graduated NYU in Jan. 1975, with a Communications major, and a minor in English. Before the advent of the digital world, Shelly's work as a freelance writer and editor took her to printing businesses, where she oversaw design and completion of many of her client's projects. After relocating to South FL in 1980, she purchased a quick print franchise, where she learned the printing trade while continuing her writing career.

After selling the franchise four years later, Shelly opted to open her own, independently owned shop, which she called Capital Letters Printing. In addition to working with corporations, non-profits and individual clients, Shelly joined several women's sales and marketing groups. She also became a ten year Board member of her synagogue. In 1997, Shelly met Bill McCann on a blind date in FL, set up by a mutual friend. Although they briefly lived on opposite coasts, Bill convinced Shelly to join him in CA, where they still own a home. The McCann's married in 1999 and moved to NV in 2003.

Shelly is active in rescue and is a proud graduate of our Michael's Angel Paws Service Dog program. She's also editor and contributor to our monthly newsletters, as well as serving as our Board's Secretary.

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.