Board of Directors

Paul Pate

President Paul Pate

With over 35 years of professional experience, Paul has held numerous positions as either a supervisor or manager. Serving 21 years in the United States Air Force, Paul garnered valuable experience as a Critical Thinker, while serving with the Security Police. Holding jobs as a Law Enforcement Patrolman, Supervisor, Desk Sergeant, Flight Supervisor, Law Enforcement Trainer, Security Police Investigator, USAF Special Investigator, and Resource Manager. In addition to his time spent in the military, Paul served as Facilities Manager for two different Universities in addition to his current position as Facilities Manager at Desert Research Institute. Paul holds degrees in Criminal Justice, Occupational Education and Organizational Management. In addition to his professional experience, Paul has also taught Critical Thinking for 11 years with the University of Phoenix.

Mark Maddox

Vice President Mark Maddox

Born and raised in Oklahoma. Attended University of Oklahoma. Was in Food and Beverage Management in Bartlesville, Oklahoma for 13 years. Moved to Las Vegas in 1992 and 1st job was in Food and Beverage Harrah's Las Vegas. Was nominated for the Harrah's Excellence in Management Award. Transferred to Housekeeping in 1996 as a Floor Supervisor. Became the Housekeeping Training Supervisor. During this time also was a trainer for Harrah's Corporate Guest Service Training Program. Accepted a Assistant Housekeeper position at Bellagio where I had the responsibility of Evening Second Service and Turndown Service for a 3000 room hotel. Chosen Quarterly Supervisor in the Spotlight Award. Opened Encore at Wynn in 2008 as the Housekeeping Training Manager position. Composed and initiated many training programs including management training. Worked closely with Forbes to ensure all Forbes 5-Star Standards were met in Housekeeping. Also assisted the hotel training department on a weekly basis giving hotel tours to new hires. Currently the Assistant Executive Housekeeper at Red Rock.

Gonzalo Cazares

Secretary Gonzalo Cazares-Valles

Gonzalo Cazares-Valles is the current secretary of the IEHA Las Vegas Chapter. He is working for Stratosphere Hotel and Casino as a Guest Room Attendant. In 2013 Gonzalo started his career at Caesars Palace in housekeeping. Gonzalo graduated from Bonanza HS in 2010. He holds a GRA and HPU certificate from The Culinary Academy of Las Vegas. He's currently working to get his CEH certification.

Sandra Harshman

Treasurer Sandra Harshman

Sandra Harshman has been a member of IEHA since 2005. She has served as a Board Member, Secretary, Vice-President and President in the Las Vegas Chapter. Sandra is currently a Custodial Superintendent at McCarran International Airport, overseeing the swing shift operations. She has over 25 years in the housekeeping industry and has experience in managing the cleaning operations of a large public facility of 2.9 million square feet as well as preparation of budget specifications, equipment and materials selection and policy, procedures and work standards development.

Michele Kline

Board Member Michele Kline

Michele has over 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry. She is President & Founder of KLINE HOSPITALITY CONSULTING LLC, which provides Process Improvement and Quality Assurance services. Michele has a proven track record of having developed and restructured many departments within the finest brands in the US and South America, taking them from struggling and underperforming, to financially successful with strongly customer-focused teams. Her areas of expertise are Housekeeping, Public Areas/EVS and Food & Beverage.

Matt Leatham

Board Member Matt Leatham

Matt Leatham is a 26 year veteran of the hotel industry and recently transitioned to Institutional Sales of Industrial Cleaning Equipment. His career began at Bally’s Reno in 1989. He was on the opening team of the Luxor Hotel & Casino in 1993. His career then took him out of gaming where he worked for Benchmark Hospitality as an Executive Housekeeper at various properties throughout the US. He moved on to work for Starwood Hotels & Resorts as a Director of Housekeeping and transitioned to a corporate Housekeeping role responsible for opening and assisting of all franchised properties encompassing seven different brands. He returned to Las Vegas in 2011 as Executive Director of Housekeeping at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino and then transitioned to Area Vice President of Operations, Las Vegas for The Service Companies overseeing multiple large properties.

Kay Weirick

Board Advisor Kay Weirick

Kay Weirick, Medical Mission Sister, 1956-1969, Membership in IEHA 1970 to present. Member of Dallas Tex. Chapter 1970. Joined Las Vegas Chapter 1988. Director of Housekeeping Services, at Fairmont in Dallas Tex., Director of Housekeeping Services at Four Seasons in Dallas Tex., Director of Housekeeping at Bally's Las Vegas. Opened Fairmont Hotel, Dallas Tex. and Four Seasons Hotel Dallas Tex. Past International Board Member 8 years, held President of Las Vegas Chapter, board member and other offices. Retired from Bally's Resort Las Vegas, 2006. Still a member of IEHA 2014.

IEHA Motto

"The best of me to my Association, and the best of my Association to me."

IEHA Objectives

The objectives of this Association are to provide and promote leadership, education, resources and opportunities.

About the Las Vegas Chapter

The Las Vegas Chapter was chartered on January 21, 1984.

IEHA Code of Ethics

Members of "The International Executive Housekeepers Association" accept this Code of Ethics as the basis for professional conduct and dedication to the highest ethical standards of practice. This Code of Ethics shall be binding on all members of the Association.

I shall:
  • Be loyal to the objectives and policies of the institution I serve.
  • Know the functions and responsibilities of my position. Exemplify loyalty and conscientiousness at all times.
  • Maintain high standards of competence and deportment. Adhere to the principles of honor and integrity.
  • Strive to improve management techniques.
  • Interpret my profession to society so that our services to the environment and humankind may be understood.
  • Comply with rules and regulations established by my Association.
  • Give loyalty and support to this Association in all its efforts.
  • Cooperate with all members of the Association in a spirit of unity.
  • Subscribe to and work for honesty, truth, and impartiality.
  • Share knowledge, inspire hope, and encourage ambition.
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