Kim’s father, Junius Thomson, was the original founder of the Good Shepherd’s Clothes Closet. He had the idea and brought on two of his friends, Lillian and Fred Howe. The three of them opened the first doors in 1995. Junius' wife Peggy joined up shortly after. Along with being a dedicated Board member, Peggy was our longest-serving Treasurer. Kim remains very proud of all of them.

Kim retired from UNR after 30 years of service to students, faculty, and staff. She continues to work for the Lawlor Events Center and UNR Art/Theater functions, as well as Wolf Pack football and basketball games.

After retirement, she also decided to jump into GSCC with both feet. “It is a very humbling experience to help people at this level of need. Clothing is one of the basic human needs, and it is wonderful to be able to tend to that by giving clothing to those in need. That is what makes us different – we are able to offer clothing/shoes/personal items for free”. What a wonderful concept. And it all started with someone noticing a need.


Executive Director

Dave Mclaughlin was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. However, he grew up in what is now the MidTown area. In his younger years, he learned and gained talent in music, vocals, and technology. In High School, Dave played in a local pop-punk band and found that his calling was helping and caring for people in the Reno-Sparks area.

Dave spent most of his young adult years working his way up to management while interning to become a Worship and Associate Pastor. In the pursuit of helping those in need, Dave has spent the last six years

working as a Pastor and continues to work in Ministry. At Good Shepherd's Clothes Closet, he can practically help those in the area get the essentials they need. Clothing, blankets, and toiletries.

Dave lives with his wife Nica and their dogs, Scraps, and Lady. Together they enjoy adventuring Northern Nevada.


Program Director & Board Member

Anna is newer to the Sparks/Reno area. She attended San Francisco State University and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. She has over 25 years of investment experience, and in her professional career, she helps organizations understand their employer-sponsored retirement program. This allows Anna to deliver customized retirement solutions by providing investment lineup considerations, plan design, and employee engagement.

 Giving back to the community is very important to Anna, and she is passionate about continuing the mission of Good Shepherd’s Clothes Closet. She has taken on the role of Program Coordinator as a volunteer to partner with community organizations in planning and implementing programs with the goal of bringing greater awareness to Good Shepherd’s Clothes Closet. Anna enjoys being part of bringing hope, dignity, and encouragement to those in need.


Vice President

Larry Lange is currently retired from a 31-year career at International Business Machines Corporation.  He has held various positions at IBM, primarily in mainframe database software product sales, development, and services.  His last position at IBM was Program Director, Mainframe Database Software Sales, IBM Software Group. He has lived and worked in many locations domestically and internationally. Larry holds an MBA from Pepperdine University. 


Larry is a member of the St. Rose of Lima Parish in South Reno. He was born and raised in Fresno, California.  He has a brother, a sister, and five nieces and nephews. Larry enjoys skiing, golf, and studying history.


Since retirement, Larry has volunteered his time for a number of organizations.  His current titles and positions are:


•   Spiritual Center Volunteer, Nurses Unit, Renown South Meadows Hospital. 


•   Volunteer Docent, National Automobile Museum


•   Chevalier, Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller


•   St. Rose of Lima Hospital Ministry


•   And recently, Board Member, Good Shepherd’s Clothes Closet


Board Member

Chaplain Chaz was born and raised in Sparks, NV and is now a Reno resident of 8 years. Besides his Faith in his Lord Jesus Christ, his next greatest role is being the extremely proud Dad of his precious daughter Lily. He previously held a career in sales and retail operations. Holding various management positions until he found his true calling. These ranged from Senior Market Manager for Samsung Telecommunications America overseeing a three-state territory, to General Manager of Retail and Finance for Boost Mobile D.B.A. T.W.I. Mobile.

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Board Member

Robin Engelke recently retired from many years of working in various positions in an office, as well as co-owning a transportation company. She grew up in Sparks, and even though she has moved away a few times, she is always drawn back home. Robin has two daughters and 3 grandkids. Volunteering is something she has been doing for years through church and other various organizations. She is looking forward to the plans the Lord has for her


Board Member

Kathrine Berning was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. Her passion is people.   She was a high school teacher and a high school counselor before becoming an attorney and a mediator.  In her capacity as an attorney, she works in Reno Municipal Community Court, a court whose mission is to serve the unsheltered and to bring a myriad of services to them.  Kathrine sees herself called to the work at Good Shepherd's Clothes Closet; it is a natural extension of the work she does in the Community Court.

Kathrine and her husband of 36 years, Gary, are members of South Reno Baptist Church.  When not practicing law or mediating, Kathrine reads books, spends time with family, and loves on their 3 Russian Blue cats and 1 very spoiled golden retriever."