Deane A. Albright, CPA
Deane A. Albright is the senior partner of Albright, Persing, and Associates, Ltd., a large CPA firm in Reno, Nevada, which he founded in 1976. The firm specializes in all facets of accounting, taxation, auditing, and forensic accounting for large and medium businesses, nonprofits and individuals. In addition, Mr. Albright is an investor in several Nevada businesses and venture capital enterprises. Mr. Albright is a member of WIN, EDAWN, and the Reno Chamber Of Commerce. Mr. Albright is currently involved in several organizations that promote Nevada as a place for startup companies highlighting Nevada’s favorable tax environment, lifestyle and cost of living. He is secretary treasurer of the Reno Tech Hub project and played a significant role in working with the business group that attracted Apple Inc. to choose Reno as the site of their new iCloud data center. Mr. Albright is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno with a degree in accounting in 1971 and is a member of the Nevada Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Glenn Christenson is a longtime Las Vegan with an extensive business career. Glenn is the Managing Director of Velstand Investments, LLC. Previously, he was the Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer for Station Casinos Inc. for 17 years. Prior to joining Station Casinos, he was with the international accounting firm now known as Deloitte & Touche for 17 years where he was Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s Nevada Audit practice and the National Hospitality Industry Audit Partner. In his nearly fifty years living in Southern Nevada Glenn has committed significant time to enhancing the education system as well as focusing on economic development and diversification in the community. He has served as Chairman of the Governor’s SAGE Commission on K-12 Education, Chairman of the Community Implementation Council for AB469, Chairman of CCSD’s Budget Task Force and Superintendent’s Executive Advisory Committees among others. Glenn and his wife Ande have a long-term commitment to Nevada State College which is demonstrated through the Glenn and Ande Christenson School of Education Building. In his role as Chairman Emeritus of the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, he has also forwarded economic development causes in Southern Nevada. Glenn graduated from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio and earned a master’s degree in Finance from the Ohio State University.
Kathleen Conaboy previously served as Senior Vice President of Museum Advancement at the statewide Nevada Museum of Art. Prior to that, she was a vice president in the Government Affairs and Advocacy Group at McDonald Carano. She has nearly four decades of experience in external affairs, specializing in communications and policy development. Previously Ms. Conaboy worked for 25 years in leadership roles in academic medicine in Nevada and Florida. She also consulted with a national firm specializing in accreditation, development of new medical schools, and organizational change in academic medicine and has been a program consultant to several private foundations. Ms. Conaboy has served in leadership roles on multiple local boards. She was named in 2012 by Governor Sandoval to the Nevada Public Charter School Authority and served as the board’s chair for four years. Ms. Conaboy currently serves on the board of the Guinn Center and the Children’s Cabinet Foundation as well as the Renown Health Committee on Quality and Professional Affairs.
Alex de Castroverde
Since founding De Castroverde Law Group with his brother, Orlando, in 2005, Alex de Castroverde has led the firm’s growth from three attorneys to 15, with nearly 50 support staff located in two Las Vegas offices and an office in Reno. The firm focuses on personal injury, immigration, and criminal defense. In 1995, Mr. de Castroverde received his undergraduate degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. He received his J.D. from Nova Southeastern University in 1999. Mr. de Castroverde is extremely active in the Southern Nevada community, serving as a member of the Nevada Justice Association and its membership committee, as well as a Guardian of Justice. He presently sits on the Board of Directors for Cristo Rey St. Viator Las Vegas College Preparatory, is a past Board Member of Latin Chamber of Commerce as well as past president of the Las Vegas Latino Bar Association. Mr. de Castroverde also sits on the board of the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels Club. In 2016, he was selected by the Latino Business Action Network to participate in the Stanford Latino Entrepreneur Leaders Program, a new program for the nation’s leading Latino entrepreneurs. Mr. de Castroverde is happily married to his wife of nine years and is raising three daughters.
Daniel W. Hamilton, Ph.D.
Dr. Daniel W. Hamilton served as the fourth dean of the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law until June 2021. He assumed the deanship in July 2013 and joined the Boyd School of Law faculty as the Richard J. Morgan Professor of Law. He joined UNLV from the University of Illinois College of Law where he was the Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Professor of Law and History. Dr. Hamilton received his Ph.D. in American legal history in 2003 from Harvard University. He received his J.D. from George Washington University and his B.A. from Oberlin College. Dr. Hamilton researches and writes primarily on American property ideology and the legal and constitutional issues raised by the Civil War. He has written numerous articles and reviews on American legal history, including works in Civil War History, the Chicago-Kent Law Review, the Journal of Supreme Court History, the Journal of American History, the Journal of Southern History, the Journal of Interdisciplinary History, the Journal of National Security Law, and the Law and History Review. His book, The Limits of Sovereignty: Property Confiscation in the Union and the Confederacy During the Civil War, was published by the University of Chicago Press.
Chris L. Heavey, Ph.D.
Dr. Chris L. Heavey is the executive vice president and provost at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). In this role, he serves as the university’s chief academic officer and works closely with the president in overseeing academic, administrative, and budgetary policies and priorities for the campus. As a professor of psychology, he conducts research to improve understanding of the inner experience and its relationship to mental health. He is one of the nation’s leading scholars in the thoughts and feelings that make up the consciousness of people as they go about their everyday lives. Dr. Heavey has been at UNLV for more than 29 years, during which time he has been recognized for his award-winning work. He has also held several leadership and administrative positions over his career, including Senior Vice Provost, Dean, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Director of General Education, Associate Dean, and President of the Nevada State Psychology Board. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. He also holds a master’s degree from UCLA and a bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Cruz.
Pat Hickey is a fourth-generation native Nevadan from a pioneer family in Lake Tahoe. Besides being a successful businessman, he has worked as a journalist and editor for various Nevada news outlets covering the Legislature and Nevada politics. He was elected to the Nevada Legislature in 1997. Mr. Hickey subsequently was elected by his peers as Assembly Minority Leader, where he championed educational reforms, greater accountability, and increased education funding for Nevada schools. In the 2015 Legislative Session, Assemblyman Hickey chaired the Ways and Means Subcommittee on K-12 and Higher Education Funding. Upon his retirement from the Legislature, Governor Brian Sandoval appointed Pat to the Nevada State Board of Education, where served until January 2017. Mr. Hickey is currently finishing a book titled, What Notable Nevadans have to say about life and the beyond.
Paul Johnson has served as the Chief Financial Officer for the White Pine County School District since March 1997 and has had the privilege of serving on a number of Nevada fiscal panels and funding studies to evaluate the Nevada Plan funding formula for K-12 education and was involved in the development of the new Pupil-Centered Funding Plan (PCFP) formula. He currently serves as a member of the Commission on School Funding (formed pursuant to Senate Bill 543). Effective July 1, 2018, Mr. Johnson was appointed as the Nevada Association of School Boards representative to fill a vacated position on the Committee on Local Government Finance (CLGF). The Committee is responsible for policy decisions and fiscal administration topics in Nevada Revised Statute Chapters 350 and 354 as well as to advise the Department of Taxation on matters of local government fiscal administration. Mr. Johnson graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from UNLV and later received his M.A. in Management and Leadership. In September 2002, he was appointed to the White Pine County Commission by Governor Kenny Guinn and served the remaining term through 2004. During this period, he served as the Vice Chair and Chairman of the County Commission and served on several advisory committees. He is actively involved in civic organizations, local government affairs, economic development and youth athletics.
Dr. Trudy Larson
Dr. Trudy Larson was born in Reno, a third generation Nevadan. She found her way back to Reno after living and going to school in California to establish her medical practice in Pediatrics/Infectious Disease. She started her career as an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. She had a productive career in education, service and research where her focus was HIV/AIDS and immunizations. She attained the status of professor, department chair and associate dean in the SOM over her 27-year career at the school. During her time at the SOM, she had an active practice seeing HIV/AIDS patients at HOPES, was the medical director of the immunization program at the Washoe County Health Department, was a member/leader in numerous public and private organizations and contributed to the state in various volunteer positions. In 2011, she was appointed as Professor and Director of the School of Community Health Sciences at UNR. Upon recognition of the school as an independent college in 2017, she became the founding Dean of the School of Community Health Sciences at UNR and led the school through accreditation to become a School of Public Health in June of 2021. She continued her role as medical director for the Washoe County Health Department’s Immunization program through the early phases of the COVID pandemic. Dr. Larson is past chair and chair elect of the Nevada Donor Network Board, is a board member at Northern Nevada HOPES, currently serves on the Governor’s Medical Advisory Team for COVID-19 and was appointed in June 2021 to the State Board of Health. She was awarded the UNR Outreach Faculty award in June in honor of her contributions to UNR and to the state. Dr. Larson received her medical degree from the University of California, Irvine. She completed a Pediatric residency at the University of California Davis Medical Center followed by a fellowship in pediatric infectious disease at UCLA and was at the University from 1984 until her retirement in July 2021.
Erin McMullen Midby is Director of Governmental Affairs at Boyd Gaming Corporation. As an attorney specializing in government affairs, Ms. McMullen brings a strong political background and several years of experience to Boyd Gaming. Prior to joining Boyd Gaming, she served as Director of Government and Public Affairs at R&R Partners. Previously, Ms. McMullen Midby served as an associate attorney with the government affairs group of Snell & Wilmer, where she specialized in governmental affairs, political lobbying, and administrative and regulatory law for clients in the insurance, health care, energy, banking, and taxation arenas. She has lobbied full time at the Nevada legislature since 2005, in 6 regular sessions and 8 special sessions. Ms. McMullen Midby is a fifth-generation Nevadan who earned her B.S. in linguistics from Georgetown University, and her J.D. from California Western School of Law. She is a member of the State Bar of Nevada and the American Bar Association, and an appointed member of the Henderson Community Development Block Grant Committee. Ms. McMullen Midby currently serves as the President of the Board of Nevada Advocates for Planned Parenthood Affiliates (NAPPA). She also volunteers her time to Three Square Food Bank, Communities in Schools, and Nevada Humanities.
Chris Roman is a telecommunications, media, and investment consultant. Previously, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of MundoFox affiliates KMCC-DT Las Vegas and KYVV-DT San Antonio. Prior to heading MundoFox, Mr. Roman held senior leadership positions at Entravision, most recently as the Senior Vice President of Integrated Marketing Solutions. Mr. Roman is an active member of the Nevada community. He previously sat on the board of United Way of Southern Nevada, the Nevada Broadcasters Association, and Nevada Succeeds. He was also an Advisory Board member of UNLV’s Greenspun College of Urban Affairs. In 2017, Mr. Roman was selected to participate in the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative (SLEI) Program.
Phil Satre is the Chair of the Guinn Center Board of Directors. He is also Chairman of the Board of Wynn Resorts, Ltd., the owner and operator of Wynn Las Vegas and Encore, Wynn Macau, Wynn Palace, Cotai, and Encore Boston Harbor in Everett, Mass. From 1980 to 2004 he served in various capacities at Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc., including President and CEO (1984-2003) and Chairman (1997-2004). Phil has served on the boards of Nordstrom, Inc. (2006-2019); International Game Technology (2009-2018); NV Energy (2005-2013); Rite Aid Corporation (2005-2011) and Tabcorp Holdings Ltd.-Australia (2000-2007). Phil served on the Stanford Board of Trustees from 2005 to 2010. In the not-for-profit sector he has served as a Trustee since 2002 (Chairman 2009-2011) of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans LA; serves on the Stanford Alumni Association Board; is a Trustee of the National Automobile Museum — The Harrah Collection, in Reno, NV; and was a co-founder and Board Chair (2013-2018) of the Guinn Center.
Donald D. Snyder
Donald D. Snyder has been involved with UNLV for nearly 30 years as a volunteer or administrator. Prior to his term as acting UNLV president, he served as dean of the UNLV Harrah College of Hospitality and as the university’s executive dean for strategic development. He has been a leader in UNLV’s push to create the new School of Medicine, and he led the planning efforts for a new football stadium. Mr. Snyder played an integral role as chairman of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. He is also a former member and chair of the UNLV Foundation and chair of the university’s successful $537 million Invent the Future capital campaign. Mr. Snyder has served on the boards of more than 15 public and private companies, numerous local non-profits, and several legislative commissions. Following his graduation from college in 1969, Mr. Snyder began a successful banking career and later co-founded Bank of Nevada (originally called BankWest of Nevada). He served as President of Boyd Gaming from 1997-2005. Additionally, Mr. Snyder presently serves on the boards of the Guinn Center for Policy Priorities, The Smith Center (Chairman), Nathan Adelson Hospice (past Chairman), and the UNLV Foundation (past Chairman). Snyder also chairs at the Transportation Resource Advisory Committee. His past board service includes the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, Nevada Resort Association, American Gaming Association, United Way of Southern Nevada, Nevada Development Authority, and Council for a Better Nevada. Snyder is a cum laude graduate of the University of Wyoming (1969), with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Snyder and his wife, Dee, have been married for more than 46 years, and have three children and three grandchildren.
Rikki Tanenbaum is Chief Operating Officer for the native sovereign nation of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. She oversees development and construction, cultural and natural resources, marketing/communications, philanthropy, government relations and asset integration. She reports to the CEO and has served in this role since fall of 2020, when she was promoted from her previous position as Chief Marketing Officer for the Tribe, where she oversaw all marketing, communications and philanthropy. Prior to this role, Ms. Tanenbaum was recruited to Yaamava’ Resort & Casino, formerly San Manuel Casino, to prepare one of the most profitable casinos in the U.S. for a significant expansion. Previously, Ms. Tanenbaum served as CMO of Golden Nugget Casinos (a Landry’s subsidiary) for over three years. Before her tenure at Landry’s, Ms. Tanenbaum held marketing roles at Caesars Entertainment and Penn National Gaming in regional markets. Ms. Tanenbaum started her career with MGM Resorts International, holding a number of marketing and development roles in Las Vegas. Ms. Tanenbaum splits her time between Rancho Cucamonga, CA and Las Vegas, NV. Outside of work, Ms. Tanenbaum serves as the Chair of the Dean’s Global Advisory Board at UNLV’s College of Hospitality, and as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of The Animal Foundation. Ms. Tanenbaum received a B.A. in Political Science from University of Pennsylvania; a Masters of Hospitality Administration from UNLV; and an MBA from The Fuqua School at Duke University.
Rick Trachok is Senior Counsel with McDonald Carano, focusing his practice on international regulatory and gaming law. Mr. Trachok has an extensive background in gaming law, particularly from the international perspective. Mr. Trachok currently serves as Chairman of Compliance for the German gaming Group, Gauselmann AG, and has been responsible for obtaining gaming licenses for them in approximately 200 jurisdictions throughout the world. He is also Chairman of the Global Compliance and Governance Committee for the world’s largest gaming manufacturer and lottery company, International Game Technology (IGT). Mr. Trachok has been recognized by his peers and consistently is included in the annual Best Lawyers rankings for Gaming Law and was designated lawyer of the year for Administrative and Legislative Law in 2021. He served 15 years as an adjunct professor at UNR, teaching construction law in the graduate construction management program (1988-2003). He was also an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law from 2006 to 2013, teaching the Laws of International Trade. Mr. Trachok is currently a Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, teaching the Law of International Trade, Contracts for LLMs, Secured Transactions and Gaming Law. Mr. Trachok has served as the Chair of the Nevada Board of Bar Examiners since 2000 and has been a member of the board since 1991. He also was a member of the University of Nevada System Board of Regents, serving as its Vice-chair from 2013-2015 and its Chair from 2015-2017.