Executive Committee

Kevin Ball
President

Kevin R. Ball

Vice President

Megan Humphreys

Tom Gorball
Vice President

Tom Gorball

Colleen Birch
Chairwoman

Colleen Birch

Secretary

Martha Morales

Robert Chiti
Treasurer

Robert Chiti

Melissa Arias
Executive Director

Melissa Arias

Operations and Program Director

Christopher Alfieri

Kevin Ball

President

Kevin R. Ball

Vice President of Purchasing, Affinity Gaming

Kevin R. Ball joined Epicurean Charitable Foundation in February 2016 to help Clark County’s young people realize their educational dreams, which not may come true without the help of ECF. Mr. Ball is inspired to be a mentor by the fresh perspective and excitement that the new generation of hospitality leaders bring to the industry.

Mr. Ball has over thirty years’ experience in the procurement/supply chain field. From 1997 he has held senior level positions with American Casino & Entertainment Properties LLC, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, and Public Service Enterprise Group. In July of 2008, he joined American Casino & Entertainment Properties as the Corporate Vice President of Purchasing/Strategic Sourcing where he oversees and directs the development of the company’s procurement strategy, practices and procedures to form a strong management focus on improving the cost and quality of delivered material and services.

Mr. Ball is the co-founder and chair of the Las Vegas Purchasing Leadership Council. In 2013 he was published in “Inside Supply Management” magazine where he describes navigating the recent recession and how the purchasing department played a strategic role during that time.

Mr. Ball has two wonderful children, Austin and Cheyenne, and enjoys spending time with his granddaughter Sienna when he is not busy traveling, golfing, fishing, or scuba diving.

Vice President

Megan Humphreys

Vice President of Food & Beverage Strategy, MGM Resorts International

Megan serves as Vice President Food and Beverage Strategy for MGM Resorts International. In her role, she is responsible for Strategic planning and oversight of labor, new projects and initiatives. Megan is a 2004 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University B.S Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management.

Megan started hospitality her career as Manager in Training at Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa in Tucson, Arizona and then went to Four Seasons Hotels in Dallas in 2007 and ultimately ended up in Las Vegas. During that time, she received seven promotional opportunities and 2 years were spent in New York City at Four Seasons Hotel New York. She began MGMRI career at MGM Grand as Executive Director of Food and Beverage in August of 2018 with a VP of Food and Beverage at MGM Grand promotion in May 2019.

Megan joined ECF’s esteemed board in July 2020 to help deserving students go to college, who would normally not be able to afford it. She is most passionate about seeing as many students receive funding as possible. From there, she most looks forward to supporting them and watching them grow into the work force.

Megan is a native of Santa Monica, California. She and her husband Ryan are parents to two beautiful young girls, Grace and Caroline and 2 rescue dogs. She is a former Penn State track and field athlete and Ironman Triathlete. When she does have free time, she is a hiker, baker, eater, and craft beer connoisseur (less than 55 IBU’s).

Tom Gorball

Vice President

Tom Gorball

Director of Food and Beverage, Sunset Station Hotel and Casino

Working for almost 40-years in the food & beverage industry, Mr. Gorball has experienced every position in F&B front of house and back of house. While with MGMRI, Mr. Gorball participated in three different task force groups to assist with opening new MGM properties, MGM National Harbor, MGM Springfield, and assisting to convert Empire City Casino in Yonkers New York. After being a part of the National Harbor opening, Mr. Gorball took the leap from Executive Chef to Vice President of F&B at Circus Circus.

 

Mr. Gorball takes pride in giving back to the community. He is excited to join ECF’s mentoring program to mentor the future leaders of hospitality. He was on the program advisory committee for the Art Institute of Las Vegas, a mentor for the MGM Reach program, and mentors team members from multiple properties and across multiple departments. Mr. Gorball is a graduate of the Direct Program from MGM and is a Diversity Champion. He is involved in several local charities- Catholic Charites, Feeding the Homeless, and Project School Bell, just to name a few.

 

When Mr. Gorball is not working, he loves to cook in the kitchen with Michelle, his fiancé, and spend time with their family.  He has four children and three beautiful grandsons. He is a lifelong Raiders fan and is super excited about them now being the Las Vegas Raiders.

Colleen Birch

Chairwoman

Colleen Birch

Senior Vice President of Revenue Optimization, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Secretary

Martha Morales

General Manager, Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace

Martha is Epicurean Charitable Foundation’s first alumna board member. She is currently the Director of Hotel Operations for Caesars Palace. In her role, she oversees the hotel division; Bells, Color Salon, Qua Spa, Housekeeping, Front Desk, VIP, In Room Dining, and Weddings.

Martha is an ECF Alum who graduated in 2008. She is our first student to become part of the ECF board.

Las Vegas raised, Ms. Morales, graduated from Rancho High School in only three years with a 3.75 GPA back in 2005. In 2009, she graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with a degree in hospitality management. Ms. Morales began her career in the hospitality industry at the age of 16 and utilized both her education and experience to develop her skills. She has work at Circus Circus Hotel and Casino, Hilton Las Vegas, Arizona Charlies Decatur and for the past 7 years she has worked at Caesars Palace in various roles prior to her promotion to Director of Hotel Operations.

Ms. Morales joined Epicurean Charitable Foundation as a board member to combine her passion for empowering young women and leading others with her knowledge of the hospitality industry.

Ms. Morales enjoys hiking, dancing and participating in community outreach events. She serves as the Community Chair for Vision in Action (VIA – a business resource group for Caesars Entertainment), is an active Board Member for the Hospitality and Tourism Academy at Valley High School and is a member of Toastmasters International. Ms. Morales is the proud mother of her 14-year-old daughter, Jasmin.

Robert Chiti

Treasurer

Robert Chiti

Director of Hotel & Guest Relations for TAO Group Las Vegas

Mr. Chiti, a UNLV graduate brings 18 years of hospitality experience and is currently entrusted with the responsibility of liaising between TAO Group and Sands Corporation assisting with request for Tao & Lavo restaurant, Tao Beach Dayclub and Tao Nightclub. Mr. Chiti is looking forward to knowing the impact the funds he raises will have on young people.

Melissa Arias

Executive Director

Melissa Arias

Melissa Arias joined Epicurean Charitable Foundation in September of 2013 as the new Executive Director. She is passionate about providing a platform for deserving young students to achieve their dreams through hard work and determination.

In her role, Mrs. Arias oversees all fundraising, scholarship activities and day-to-day operations for the organization while working collaboratively with the executive committee, board of directors and the students.

Mrs. Arias joined ECF after seven years with the American Cancer Society, most recently serving as the Director of Development and Distinguished Events. During her tenure, she was responsible for developing a scholarship program for students with childhood cancer, leading the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk and managing and executing the Coaches vs. Cancer Golf Tournament and Gala.

A graduate of Towson University in Towson, Md., she was the founder of Young Professionals Against Cancer, received a Certificate of Commendation from US Senator Harry Reid and was inducted into the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Nevada’s Hall of Fame in 2008. Ms. Arias was the recognized as Vegas Inc.’s esteemed Women to Watch 2016.

Mrs. Arias, her husband John, and daughters Savannah and Kinsley, recently welcomed their third child Sebastian to the family. She spends most of her spare time with her daughters, running 5ks, and participating in charity events.

Operations and Program Director

Christopher Alfieri

Christopher Alfieri joined Epicurean Charitable Foundation as Operations and Programs Manager in 2014. He is passionate about a career that is spent bettering the lives of Nevada’s young people and being an instrumental part of their development from the moment they enter the office.

Along with managing the ECF office, Mr. Alfieri oversees all activities pertaining to the Future Leaders of Hospitality Program including: recruitment, as UNLV liaison, student counseling, monitoring student progress, ensuring that students adhere to ECF requirements and standards, and scholarship disbursements. He has been named one of the top 100 men in Las Vegas by MyVegas magazine.

Originally from Long Island, NY, Mr. Alfieri is an avid traveler. He enjoys frequent travels back to the east coast to visit his family and niece Riley. He has lived in Las Vegas for more than a decade and enjoys spending his spare time experiencing all that Las Vegas has to offer.

Email:christopher@ecflv.org

Phone:702.932.5098

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