Brent began working at Opportunity Village in the Fine and Performing Arts program in 2013. He is responsible for the supervision/mentoring of adult students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Brent provides guidance, support, and volunteers within the program on project implementation, goal setting for each individual in the program, and studio operations.
Brent has conducted several art workshops through the VIA program and the Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation. When he’s not working, Brent enjoys working in his at-home studio.
Heather is an artist who was raised in the home and life of an artist. Heather graduated from the University of Massachusetts with honors where she majored in music and played the flute. She has always had an interest in working with children and adults with disabilities.
Heather’s specialties are: Fiber Arts; Art Quilts, Silk Painting, and Polymer Clay Jewelry and Sculptures. She belongs to the Art Quilt Circle of the Desert Quilters of Nevada, taking and leading classes with like-minded artists. Heather has received prize ribbons from the Annual Quilt Show and even had a piece accepted into the Road to California Quilt Show.
Heather feels blessed to be able to share her love of the arts with the clients at Opportunity Village for 8 years now.
Stanley Webb is from Detroit, Michigan and moved to Las Vegas in 2005. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Michigan, a Master of Fine Arts from Queens College, and is a candidate for a Masters Degree in Special Education at The University of Nevada Las Vegas.
He has extensive teaching experience and has taught classes at the College of Southern Nevada and the Clark County School District. Stanley has been working at Opportunity Village for 5 years as an Art Mentor and also enjoys teaching art classes for the VIA Program.
Jon Celentano is a singer, saxophonist & bass player based in Las Vegas. He began working at Opportunity Village in January 2019 as a volunteer teaching saxophone and then acquired a full-time position as the Music Mentor in August 2019.
Jon graduated from the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, where he studied theater and music. He also studied Jazz Performance at Santa Barbara City College. In addition to teaching at OV, Jon performs in Las Vegas and around the U.S. with his band The Moonshiners and is also the singer/bassist/saxophonist in the tribute show Good Vibrations: A Celebration of the Beach Boys.
Kimm Schwert came to Opportunity Village by way of Shakespeare! A Wisconsin native, Kimm moved to NYC after people told her she would never work in theatre/movies because of her disability.
Kimm worked in a children’s theatre group, went on tour with Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular featuring the world famous Rockettes, and worked in a few movies with some Hollywood favorites!
In 2017, Kristina obtained the Dance Mentor position for the Fine and Performing Arts program at Opportunity Village. While working at OV, Kristina trained and performed in local dance studios and venues such as The Rock Center for Dance, Las Vegas Dance Academy, The Space, The Smith Center, and more.
With Kristina’s Bachelors of Science in Rehabilitation Services Education and the experience of working with a variety of clients at OV, she is able to encompass her love for dance & performance into her role as well. She looks forward to continuing the fun and enjoyment of VIA with CCSD teachers and students.
Saquana Graddick joined the Opportunity Village team as the VIA Program Coordinator in January 2017. Originally from New York City, she relocated to Las Vegas, bringing with her a BS in Communications. She has more than 5 years of experience in public relations and a background in administrative work.
Saquana has been involved in performing arts for as long as she can remember, and even attended a performing arts high school. She enjoys her work with the VIA program because she loves working with the CCSD teachers and loves seeing how eager the students are to learn and grow.
Emily O’Connor is an artist from Dallas, Texas, who moved to Las Vegas a few years ago. Emily graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in New Media Art. Emily loves to experiment with sculpting, digital art, painting, and making jewelry. When she’s not at work, Emily loves to go camping with her dog, Bugsy.
Emily is an Art Mentor for Opportunity Village and she is very new to the team! Emily is excited to be sharing her passion for art with the clients at OV and in the VIA program.
Shannon Shay is a singer/dancer born and raised in Las Vegas. Shannon has been involved in the performing arts community as long as she can remember as she started at a young age. Shannon has trained at Fern Adair Conservatory of the Arts, The Rock Center for Dance, Millennium Dance Complex, and more. Shannon graduated from Las Vegas Academy, where she majored in Choir.
Shannon is currently attending the College of Southern Nevada, majoring in Paramedic Medicine with a minor in Psychology. In her free time, Shannon enjoys helping other explore their own artistic abilities.
Daryll Borges has been with Opportunity Village since 2010, and was an original Music Mentor in the VIA program’s early years. In addition to teaching music at Opportunity Village, Daryll had the pleasure of serving CCSD students in the VIA program at such schools as Tarkanian Middle School, Palo Verde High School, Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation, Fong Elementary, and Desert Oasis High School, to name a few.
Daryll now serves as the Supervisor of the Fine and Performing Arts Department at Opportunity Village, and assists in oversight for the VIA program.