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Capt. Trish Spencer, who oversees the Downtown Area Command for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD), knows a thing or two about a demanding, stressful job.  That’s just one of the reasons why this 25-plus-year veteran of LVMPD first moved to Summerlin in 2002 – because it felt more like the peaceful Oklahoma community where she grew up.  She especially appreciated serenity of The Vistas village situated along the western edge of the valley – far away from the daily stressors of her job.   

Trish, and wife, Janice Gallagher, who recently moved to the village of Reverence, Summerlin’s northernmost tip, are enjoying the quintessential suburban life with sons, Jace, 11, and Jedd, 8.  The couple, who met in 2004, waited to marry until 2013 so their boys could take an active role in the ceremony. At a beautiful and intimate wedding in the heart of downtown Las Vegas within the gorgeously decorated back yard at Park on Fremont, the Gallagher-Spencer family became an official clan.

Trish  and wife Janice Gallagher on a date

Janice, who has her own business, Specialty Home Edit, is a professional decorator, finisher and organizer. She loves helping her clients improve their home spaces and their lives with beautiful touches and improved organization.  A stay-at-home mom for ten years, Janice is now loving the challenges and the opportunities of putting her eye for beauty and innate organization skills to good use to help others.

According to Janice, the family rarely leaves Summerlin, because everything they need or want is within walking distance or a short drive away.  Jedd, who attends Staton Elementary School, has played baseball with Summerlin South Little League for five years.  Jace, who was accepted this fall to Hyde Park Academy, a math and science magnet school, is also interested in theatre and music.  He attends the Kids Shine program at Veterans Memorial Leisure Center, and both boys have long participated in summer camps there as well.  The family has grown up taking advantage of Summerlin’s resident-only events that have become holiday and seasonal traditions.  “The Easter Egg Hunt and Hometown Holidays” are among our favorites,” said Trish.

“We ride our bikes along the Summerlin trail that parallels the 215 Beltway; we hike often in the foothills behind our neighborhood; we run every day in Reverence Park; and we take advantage of the Reverence community center and pool,” said Janice.  “All the amenities in our immediate neighborhood and throughout Summerlin help us maintain our active, healthy lifestyle.”

Trish and wife Janice Gallagher with family on a hike

The family loves to travel and documents each trip with copious photographs, thanks to their interest in photography. And while the Gallagher-Spencer family is big on adventure, the boys’ list of favorite dining spots is always predictable when the family is at Downtown Summerlin. 

“California Pizza Kitchen, Pieology Pizzeria, Earl of Sandwich and Crazy Pita are the kids’ picks,” said Janice. “When Trish and I are in the mood for wine, Grape Street is our spot.  But when it comes to having fun with the kids, we all love the Wednesday events and activities at Dave & Buster’s.  What’s not to love about an arcade and video games?  Count us in!”  

Trish and wife Janice Gallagher with family