Our Leadership

Scott Emerson
President & CEO

With a focus on innovation and collective impact, Scott collaborates with UWSN supporters and partners and actively engages the community to create measurable impact. Scott served 31 years with the American Red Cross in Missouri and Nevada, the first 12 as a volunteer. His roles have included leading and modernizing the Southern Nevada Chapter of the American Red Cross. He has a rich history of collaborating and building coalitions to improve services to the community; most notably earning a partnership award from the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD). Scott is the recipient of several awards including the Non-Profit Administrator of the Year from the American Society of Public Administrators, Golden Hand Service Award from the Cultural Diversity Foundation, Clara Barton Honor Award for Meritorious Volunteer Leadership (the highest volunteer leadership award in the American Red Cross) and Spirit of Excellence for Direct Service Beyond the Chapter. He is a graduate of the Non-Profit Management Certificate program; a partnership between the United Way of Southern Nevada and University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Chris Cappas
Vice President, Volunteer Engagement & Human Resources

Chris has a very unique role of implementing best practice human resources strategies while creating meaningful, impactful volunteer opportunities that engage local volunteers and corporations throughout the nation to make a profound impact in Southern Nevada. She has over 25 years of leadership experience in a diverse spectrum of industries including retail, airlines, gaming and non-profit. Previously, as the Vice President of Employment & Training, Las Vegas Region for Caesars Entertainment, Chris managed the largest employment center in Las Vegas and the recruitment and training of over 6,000 employees annually. During this time, she also developed strong community relationships by creating the annual Career & Resource Event, Back to School Resource Fair, and the UNLV Mentorship program for all employees in the Las Vegas region. She has earned countless awards for her deep community involvement and mentorship of young professionals. She is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University and holds a Professional in Human Resources Certification.

John Johnson
Vice President, Finance

John Johnson (JJ) joined UWSN in March of 2000 as an Accounting Associate. In his current position as the Vice President of Finance, JJ ensures the accuracy and integrity of how donor dollars are invested throughout the community and oversees the Finance team. He is responsible for the organization’s monthly financial statements that are presented to the Board of Directors, year-end audited financials and budget. JJ graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Prior to his career with United Way, JJ worked in accounting and sales at Ortho Pharmaceutical (Johnson & Johnson) before moving to Las Vegas in the early 1990s. JJ is a huge New England Patriots fan who grew up in the Boston area.  He enjoys fishing, snowmobiling and watching the NFL. His true passion has been volunteering for the past 15 years at a children’s camp that provides sick children the opportunity to play, laugh and have fun.  

Elaina Mulé
Vice President, Collective Impact and Social Innovation 

As the Vice President of Collective Impact and Social Innovation, Elaina Mulé collaborates with United Way of Southern Nevada community partners and actively engages the community to create measurable results. She helps mobilize the community to make effective collective decisions through the use of information, research and data, and has developed and implemented innovative tools like the Community Connect information hub and the Community Reports series to drive the use of data throughout Southern Nevada. Mulé has an M.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations with concentrations in Labor Economics and International & Comparative Labor from Cornell University, and a background in international development, working abroad with the Open Society Institute in Budapest and the International Labour Organization in Geneva. She brings a strong foundation of human-centered design and business-oriented thinking to Southern Nevada to create strategies that will help move people out of poverty.



Angel Williams
Vice President, Donor Engagement 

As the Vice President of Donor Engagement, Angel Williams will lead United Way’s comprehensive annual fundraising campaign involving corporations, foundations and individuals. In her role she will also oversee United Way’s Leader Networks including the Tocqueville Society, Women’s Leadership Council and Young Philanthropists Society. Responsible for creating donor engagement strategies, Angel will work to grow resources while building enduring relationships in the community. Previously, Williams served as the Chief Development Officer for Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada where she was responsible for all fundraising and donor engagement strategies. During her tenure, she procured a $5.5 million grant and brought in over $200,000 of new corporate and foundation funding. Prior to her role at Boys & Girls Clubs, Williams developed a corporate community relations plan that effectively increased community revenue and engagement at Miracle Mile Shops. With a Bachelor of Arts, Speech Communication degree from San Diego State University, Williams has a strong marketing and communications background. Williams has also served as United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council chair and has supported United Way since 2012.