President, The Schafer Company
Ms. Schafer is President of The Schafer Company. She is formerly Chief Corporate Development Officer at LifeNexus, Inc., a health care technology company dedicated to mobile personal health information. Previously, Ms. Schafer led the Cleveland Clinic Nevada as its Chief Emerging Business Officer since 2010. Cleveland Clinic established their presence in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2009 after Ms. Schafer, as the CEO of Keep Memory Alive (KMA), led the $100 million acquisition of the organization today known as the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and its support organization KMA. As Chief Emerging Business Officer, Ms. Schafer coordinated future Nevada and western U.S. expansion, development and partnership opportunities for the Cleveland Clinic. Ms. Schafer joined KMA in 2007 as its Chief Operating Officer, during a time when the organization was in the first stages of an $80 million capital project with architect Frank Gehry. Over the next two years, Ms. Schafer was elevated to CEO and built an internal operations team that enabled construction and future medical operating requirements to be met. Nationally, Ms. Schafer is an advisory member of the O’Connor Judicial Selection Initiative, a board founded and Chaired by former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor that protects judicial independence. She is also an advisory member of the Stanford Center for Longevity. Ms. Schafer is the Chairman of the Chairman’s Council for Conservation International, an organization with a presence in approximately 40 countries working to enhance human wellbeing and life on the planet in partnership with governments, institutions and corporations. She is also an advisory member of the GWU Athletics National Advisory Council. Ms. Schafer also leads a community-based leaders organization, the Council for a Better Nevada, an organization comprising Nevada’s leading CEOs and industry leaders whose purpose is to engage private, public and non-profit sector resources to positively impact Nevada issues of critical community interest. Within Nevada, Ms. Schafer serves on the Agassi Charter Academy school board, Volunteer’s in Medicine and is Chairman of the Nevada Community Foundation. Past board engagement have included being a founding Governor appointed Commissioner of the Nevada Commission on Homeland Security in 2003, where she served until 2012. She also participated in the Nevada Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) committee led by Congressman Gibbons to maintain Nevada’s military base holdings. Ms. Schafer received her MBA and BS in Exercise Science from the George Washington University in Washington D.C. She attended her undergraduate studies while on a soccer scholarship and was also a member of the women’s lightweight varsity crew team. Past pursuits include competing in the Hawaii Ironman world championships, competitive cycling and ultra-distance marathons. Born in Indiana and raised outside of Chicago, she has lived in Las Vegas since 1999 and has a daughter.