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.

Stavan Corbett
Chief Strategist and Government Relations Officer

Stavan Corbett serves as Chief Strategist and Government Relations Officer with United Way of Southern Nevada. As an education and community professional who has local, state and national policy experience, he has served as an education official at local and state levels, and has lead as an executive in the education and social enterprise sectors. A native of Las Vegas, Stavan served on the Clark County Board of School Trustees from 2013 to 2015. Prior to that, in 2010, he was elected to the Nevada State Board of Education and served as President of the Board in 2012. In 2013, Stavan continued service on the Nevada State Board of Education as a member appointed by Governor Brian Sandoval. Currently, Stavan is a member of the Nevada Public Charter School Authority Board and the Southern Nevada Workforce Connections Program Committee. He earned a certificate in Educational Leadership and Management from Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. With experience in executive leadership and professional development, case management for youth and families, including as an administrator at Nevada State College, Stavan has developed evidence-based programs in the areas of educational instruction, mentoring, life skills, workforce and economic development, substance abuse prevention and juvenile re-entry programs.

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.  


Erika Taggart
Chief Culture and Capacity Building Officer

As Chief Culture and Capacity Building Officer at United Way of Southern Nevada, Erika Taggart creates opportunities to build capacity both internally and in Southern Nevada’s nonprofit community through volunteerism, training, business service delivery development, management and optimization coaching. In her role, she also oversees the organization’s goal of creating and sustaining a positive team culture with volunteerism at its core. Prior to joining United Way, she served in varying roles in the hospitality and nonprofit sectors, developing extensive experience in employee relations, staffing, training and project management. Erika began her employee and labor relations career at Caesars Entertainment and most recently continued those efforts at SLS Las Vegas. Her drive to solve community problems grew from her experience with the American Red Cross, where she developed and maintained a volunteer program which became a national best practice for integrating volunteers into the structure of nonprofit organizations. Erika is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration degree.