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Meet the Neighbor By Callie Thomas The only sure thing Wiley knew when he landed in the valley in 1998 was that he had a dorm room lined up and that he needed to find a job…fast. As luck would have it, his first interview was with a gentleman who had grown up in Buffalo. “The man took it upon himself to make sure I had a job within the UNLV Athletic Department the very next day.” After graduating three years later, the UNLV Athletic Director at the time reached out to Elaine Wynn and arranged for Wiley to work for her non-profit, the Greater Las Vegas Inner City Games. “That was my first true exposure to the non-profit world, and the experience I gained in working with various community partners, a powerhouse board of directors, celebrity support- ers, and the organization’s founder, Ms. Wynn, was such a gift of knowledge.” On November 4, Wiley will be taking yet another “leap of faith,” this time by rappelling 350 feet from the top of Caesars Palace along with other thrill-seekers to support Olive Crest’s fundraising event called Drop to Stop Child Abuse. “I’m a bit of an adrenaline junky,” Wiley enthused. “It start- ed with motorcycles, then came sky diving.” Funds raised will support child abuse prevention, treatment and education in Las Vegas. When Mark Wiley isn’t rappelling off tall build- ings, he’s even more passionate about spending time at home with his wife Jennifer and their six- month-old son Anderson. “Supporting a variety of causes in the community my wife grew up in, and our son will grow up in, is such a fulfilling experience, and I’m grateful Jennifer and I share the same desire to help where we can.” ◆ November/December 2017 For the past six years, Wiley has been focused on paying it forward at Olive Crest, meeting with the Executive Director and Development Director offering advice, facilitating introductions, guiding them to utilize the talents and resources of their fellow trustees and, perhaps more importantly, acting as mentor to many of the kids in the pro- gram. One of the young adults in Olive Crest’s Project Independence program asked to meet with Wiley to talk about his future. “He lived most of his childhood in the foster care system, including placement in foster homes and group homes and is currently living in an apartment that Olive Crest provid