Our Mission:

To provide safe shelter to homeless and abused women & children in crisis; as well as, offer life-changing services promoting stability, dignity, and self-reliance. We accomplish this by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of community partners and donors.

Our Vision:

Self-reliance for every woman and child!

We believe:

That no one should ever have to endure a state of homelessness, existing in fear for personal safety and without the means to meet even the most basic of human needs – food and shelter.

  • That every human being, regardless of social status, has the right to be treated with dignity and respect.
  • That all homeless children are victims because they lack choice and mobility.
  • That homelessness is a community problem that impacts everyone.
  • That everyone can be a part of the solution.

Executive Board of Directors

Christian Gabroy, Chair

Gabroy Law Offices

Christian Gabroy, Esq. graduated from Tulane University in 2000, cum laude, with Honors in Political Science and Asian Studies. Mr. Gabroy received an award for the highest graduating GPA in his chosen major. After his graduation from Tulane University, he commenced his legal studies at DePaul University – College of Law in Chicago, Illinois. During the summer of his first year at law school, Christian clerked at a litigation firm in Chicago, IL.

During his second year of law school, Christian attended Temple University School of Law in Tokyo. Throughout this period, he was also clerking at TMI Associates, a renowned international law firm located in Tokyo that has joint ventures with law firms located in China, France, the UK, the US, Germany and Saudi Arabia. Christian assisted attorneys regarding international legal issues and performed translation work.

Upon return to Chicago and during his final year of law school, Christian clerked mostly on a full time basis with the top AV-rated and preeminent trial litigation firm, Anesi, Ozmon, Rodin, Novak, & Kohen. At that firm, he gained experienced in all facets of trial litigation.

In May of 2003, Christian graduated from DePaul University College of Law and was thereafter admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois. Upon being licensed to practice law in Illinois, Christian was employed as an associate at the Law Offices of Robert Orman in Chicago, IL. During his time as an associate, Christian practiced in the area of civil trial litigation where he practiced in both state and federal court. In 2004, Christian also became licensed to practice in the State of Nevada. In March of 2008, Christian opened his own practice, Gabroy Law Offices, in Henderson, Nevada .

During Christian’s career, he has personally litigated well in excess of one hundred civil cases with such cases involving personal injury, employment discrimination, wrongful termination, and unlawful employment practices including wage and hour cases, breach of contract claims, deceptive business practices cases, federal civil rights action including Section 1983 actions, and a multitude of common law and statutory violations. Christian is currently counsel on multiple wage and hour cases on both an individual and class action basis.

Since 2004, Christian has litigated cases from inception all the way through trial and then appeal. An example of such individual wage and hour litigation is McDougal v. C & W Motors, Inc., et. al, (Settlement approved by J. Hunt 1/10/2011) in which Plaintiff received more than 100% of Plaintiff’s alleged overtime wages. Christian also has been certified as lead class counsel in state and federal court. Christian enjoys assisting his clients navigate the complex arena of the law.

In his spare time Christian enjoys spending time with his family, traveling and watching the Chicago Bears.

Phil Tobin, Vice Chair

Touro University

Prior to joining Touro in April 2016, Dr. Tobin served as the Director of the Mercer University Physician Assistant Program and Chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies for four years. Before that he was faculty for six years in the physician assistant program at Harding University.

He is a past president of the Arkansas Academy of Physician Assistants and currently on the board of directors for Toxicology Excellence in Research Analysis (TERA) a nonprofit organization.

Dr. Tobin is a retired Air Force officer of 22 years with his last assignment as the Deputy Branch Chief of the Radio Frequency Bioeffects Branch of the Air Force Research Lab. He has been involved in clinical practice for more than 21 years in various disciplines from family practice to emergency medicine.

He is married with five children, three grandchildren, two dogs and one old orange cat.

Deb Priebe, 2nd Vice Chair

Elegant Properties, LLC

Deb Priebe currently owns and operates four different real estate companies, and with over 40 years’ experience in the industry, she knows how to create and maintain success. Her career highlights include: 17 years with Pulte homes; advocacy with Nevada legislators, attorney general’s office and the Department of Justice during the mortgage crisis to assist homeowners who were struggling; and a long history of volunteerism with a variety of nonprofit agencies in the Southern Nevada community.

Priebe is married to a United State Air Force pilot and enjoys spending time with their children and grandchildren.

Christine Zack, Secretary


Christine Zack has 15 years of experience serving as a member of the corporate senior management team for four national healthcare companies, where she provided strategic guidance on all aspects of organizational affairs. Currently, Christine is the President, CEO of Easterseals Nevada and has served as Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer for Mariner Health Care, Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Officer for Fundamental, Chief Strategy Officer for a digital health start-up company and Vice President, Corporate Counsel for Integrated Health Services.

Christine is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she created and teaches Health Care Law & Ethics for Managers in the Executive Master in Healthcare Administration program. Christine has also served as a Director of the Nevada Public Employees' Benefits Program Board since being selected for the position via gubernatorial appointment in 2016.

Christine holds a JD from Tulane Law School and a BA in Political Science and Sociology from Dickinson College.

In her personal life, Christine serves on the Board of Trustees of The Shade Tree where she is also a member of the Executive Committee. Christine is the President of her neighborhood property owners' association Board of Directors and the Board Liaison for her neighborhood Social Committee which she founded in 2015. Christine is also a supporter of several dog rescue charities throughout the country. Christine resides in the Las Vegas, Nevada area with her husband, son and three rescue dogs. Christine enjoys snowboarding, wakeboarding, wakesurfing, Pilates, reading, and hiking.

Francine Miller, Treasurer

Layton Layton & Tobler LLP

Francine graduated Cum Laude from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 1997 with a Bachelor's Degree in accounting. After satisfying all requirements she received her CPA certification in December 2000.

Francine has over 30 years of experience in the accounting field as a bookkeeper, accountant, and now CPA. Francine joined Layton Layton & Tobler LLP CPAs in 1998 and became a partner with the firm in 2005. She has been a QuickBooks ProAdvisor® Program Member continuously since 1999 and achieved advanced certification in QuickBooks® in 2012. Francine enjoys helping clients to utilize the software to its fullest while obtaining meaningful and useful financial information from the software.

Francine's experience includes work with trusts and estates, non-profit organizations such as labor unions and charities as well as small business and individuals. She enjoys meeting with her clients to determine which services our firm can provide to help clients achieve their business goals.

Francine is active in the CPA community. She is an active member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Nevada Society of CPAs. She is a Member of the Association of Accounting Marketers (AAM) and The Association of Accountants and Financial Professionals in Business (IMA). She is currently working towards The Certified Management Accounting (CMA) credential and is excited to be able to offer clients additional tools to better manage their business.

Board of Directors

Monica Aldana

Collective Real Estate Advisors

Dr. Hayat Jawadi

Premier OB/GYN of So. Nevada

Rena McDonald

McDonald Law Group

Hilary Muckleroy

Littler Mendelson

Darrell Richards

Wynn Design & Development

Amy Sances

Greenspoon Marder

Dominique Schuster

Credit One Bank

Karyn Steenkamp

Caesars Entertainment

Travis Turner

AWL, Inc

James Wallin

Family Service Specialist II

Anne Wayman

Kaercher Insurance

Desiree Wolfe

Rhea Hospitality


Volunteers have an important role in contributing to the mission of The Shade Tree. By giving generously of your time and talents, you are a vital member of the team making a difference in the lives of the women, children, and pets we serve.