Meet The Team

Chelsea Phillips | Director of Innevation

As the Director of Innevation, Chelsea seeks to create opportunities for local startups, entrepreneurs, investors, educators and government agencies to collaborate and form lasting and beneficial relationships. Her leadership and focus is pivotal to advancing Innevation’s mission of boosting and diversifying the Nevada economy.

Prior to joining Switch, Chelsea worked for the Republican National Committee and the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington DC. She is a proud UNLV alumni and enjoys spending her free time with family and traveling to new places. She is passionate about working to create a better Nevada and a smarter world.

Nicole Bautz | Associate Director of Innevation

Nicole manages the preparation and execution of all meetings and events that occur at Rob Roy’s Innevation Center while simultaneously providing on-site support so that all events run seamlessly. Nicole also serves as the Media Manager, driving content promotion and strategy across all social networks.

Nicole received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University at Buffalo. Prior to joining Switch, Nicole worked for an A/V distribution company managing over fifty vendor marketing budgets, plans, and campaigns. She is passionate about effective communication and putting on outstanding events.

Allison deSousa | Innevation Coordinator

Allison has lived in Las Vegas for 20 years and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies and Sociology from UNLV. You can say she likes people! She spent the majority of her working career in the hospitality industry at the front desk of a Five-Star resort and casino. Recently, Allison shifted her career path from hospitality to follow her true passion, people. Allison gets to use the tools she learned from the hotel and retail industries to foster and facilitate the small businesses and local startups here at Rob Roy’s Innevation Center all while meeting and connecting with the brains behind each project.

In her spare time, Allison enjoys the lesser-known gems of Las Vegas. She hikes trails off the beaten path in Mt. Charleston and Red Rock and goes to local music shows. Her favorite spot though is right in her own backyard with her friends and two dogs.

Thomas McAllister | Innevation Coordinator

Thomas received his B.S. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2014. Prior to joining Switch, he worked as an independent consultant in both the political and technology startup industries. He is passionate about technology and promoting the entrepreneurial spirit. In Thomas’ free time he enjoys golfing with his friends and weekend BBQ’s by the pool.