Project 150 strives to provide the basic needs to the valley’s homeless, displaced and disadvantaged high school students in the on-going struggle to make sure these kids get their diploma and have a better chance at succeeding in life.
Board of Trustees
Don Purdue –
Don Purdue is a third-generation Nevadan, he is 1980 graduate of Clark High School and a 1985 graduate of the University of Nevada. His great-grandmother and her family were early settlers of the Goodsprings area of Southern Nevada.
Don has spent the last 30 years in land development, construction management and residential construction. He currently serves as Vice-President of Purchasing for Harmony Homes.
Prior to starting Project 150 Don has been a volunteer, fundraiser and eager participant for various organizations including the Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. His first volunteer experience was in college when he led a group of inner-city children on a back-packing trip through Yosemite National Park.
Don and his wife, Laurie Abdo, have four children; ages 13 – 18. When time allows, Don enjoys hiking, endurance bicycle riding and an occasional Sprint Triathlon.
Favorite Quote: “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” Dr. Seuss
Patrick Spargur moved to Las Vegas in 1969 and is a 1983 graduate of Clark High School, where he served as Student Body President his Senior year.
Patrick’s 30 year professional career has spanned the healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, and nonprofit industries.
He served on Credit Management Association’s Nevada Board of Governors from 2009-2014. He received CMA’s Credit Manager of the Year in 2012, Mentor of the Year in 2013, and served as the Chairman of the Gaming Industry Group. In 2013 he was named to the Finance, Credit, and International Business Executives- Global Board of Advisors and was the recipient of their Service, Growth, and Development Award. In 2014 he was the recipient of the National Credit Management Association’s Mentor of the Year Award.
In addition to being the Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of Project 150, he is a current member of All Pro Dads and previously volunteered as a Big Brother for seven years. He and his wife, Gabriela have two girls, ages 8 and 6. In his spare time Patrick enjoys watching sports, traveling and spending time with his family.
Favorite Quote: If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.-Mother Teresa
Robert B. McBeath, MD, FACS
President, Optum Health Collaborative Care Nevada
CEO, Southwest Medical Associates
Dr. Robert McBeath is the President of Optum Health Collaborative Care Nevada and is accountable for all of Optum’s Nevada clinical operations including the state’s largest multispecialty medical group practice, Southwest Medical Associates, employing more than 300 physicians and midlevel providers along with its affiliated companies; Family Home Health Services, Family Home Hospice, Total Home Care, Inc. and Optum Medical Management Services.
Prior to joining Optum Health, Dr. McBeath founded Urology Specialists of Nevada in 1996 and guided its growth from a single physician entity to currently 12 physicians and midlevel providers. He created a vertically integrated urologic cancer treatment center which includes state of the art robotically assisted cancer surgery program combined with a full service radiation oncology division. Additionally, he developed, managed and scaled several aligned healthcare businesses including Lithocare, LLC a community wide lithotripter services company and Specialty Surgery Center, a large free standing multispecialty surgery center.
Dr. McBeath has served in multiple leadership positions including Chief of Urology for both Mountain View and Summerlin Hospitals and Chief of Surgery for Summerlin Hospital. He was elected and served as Chairman, Nevada Medical Liability Physicians Task Force which successfully passed malpractice reform legislation in the 2001 special session of the Nevada State Legislature. He served as Commissioner, Nevada Health Education, Research and Training Commission appointed in 2005 by Governor Guinn and recently completed a 2 year appointment by the Clark County Commission to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada’s Hospital Advisory Board, our community’s safety net County hospital. He remains a Member of American Urologic Association’s Legislative Affairs Committee and is a past Member of UHC National Physician Advisory Committee.
Currently, he holds a teaching appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery & Gynecology, University of Nevada School of Medicine and is a member of the Community Advisory Board for the new UNLV School of Medicine. He was recently appointed to the Board for Project 150, an important community charity providing multiple support services to homeless and disadvantaged high school students in Las Vegas and Reno Nevada.
Dr. McBeath obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Nevada School of Medicine and completed his urologic residency program at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center.
Debbie Harpster was born and raised in Gilroy, California, the Garlic Capitol of the World. She is a third-generation Californian whose parents grew up working with their families as migrant farm workers. She graduated from Gilroy High School and received her Bachelor’s degree in English from the California State University at Long Beach.
Ms. Harpster moved to Southern Nevada In 2003, when she was fortunate enough to lead the Nevada chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA) to bring awareness and prevention of victimization to children throughout the state for five years. Today, Debbie volunteers as PCA NV advisory board chairperson and advocates for children and their families.
She brings strong relationship building, fund development and program administration experience acquired over the past 12 years of working in the local nonprofit sector. She worked at various Clark County nonprofit organizations providing diversity training and anti-bullying programs to CCSD students and homelessness prevention programs to those in need. Prior to this appointment, Debbie was at United Way of Southern Nevada where she provided oversight of multiple Community Development programs and grants totaling over $2 million annually. She volunteers on the Board of Acelero Learning Clark County, the Clark County Continuum of Care Evaluation Working Group and currently is a member of the Nevada Homeless Alliance.
She and her husband, Dean have been married for 4 years. They have three sons, ages 23, 17, and 15. Their teenaged sons attend magnet programs at Rancho High School and Advanced Technologies Academy. As a family they enjoy game nights; hiking; and traveling to National and State Parks and monuments. This year, they plan an international summer vacation to Victoria, British Colombia.
Favorite quote: “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” – Helen Keller
Craig Hardy Treasurer
Advisory Board Members
Bill Ickes- Managing Member, Silver State Specialties
Chelsie Campbell- Attorney, NV Energy, Government Affairs
Darren Wilson- Owner, Sierra Air Conditioning
David Robeck- President, Bridge Counseling Associates
Dennis Nelson- Owner, Mojave Electric
Erin Breen- Director, UNLV Safe Community UNLV
Gino Wideen- Hill PCI
Harper Ko- Assistant General Counsel, Bally Technologies
John Sullivan- Manager, Red Rock Administrative Services
Kami Dempsey- Political Liaison, Cox Communication Cox Communication Design
Maria Marinch- Executive Director of Community Relations, College of Southern Nevada
Mike Daubs MD
Ron Krater-Land Planner, Ron Krater Designs