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.
Marybel Batjer is a nationally recognized transformative change leader. As Secretary of the California Government Operations Agency (CalGovOps), she has delivered innovative approaches to modernizing statewide services in the areas of procurement, real estate, information technology, and human resources. In 2013, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. appointed Batjer to serve as the first-ever Secretary of the newly formed agency as part of a comprehensive overhaul of state government. Brown also appointed Batjer to serve as the Chair of the California Complete Count Committee (Census 2020). Most recently, Governor Gavin Newsom named Batjer as Chair of the California Department of Motor Vehicles Reinvention Strike Team to lead a comprehensive modernization and reinvention of the department. Batjer’s policy expertise positioned her as advisor to high-level leaders in both the public and private sectors. She has advised C-suite leaders within the world’s largest gaming-entertainment company. She held senior leadership posts in the executive branches of two state governments, as well as key advisory roles in two US presidential administrations and at the Pentagon. Batjer received her bachelor’s degree from Mills College in California and studied international public policy at the graduate level at Johns Hopkins University. She also studied national and international security at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Kathleen Conaboy is the Senior Vice President of Museum Advancement at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. Previously, she was a lobbyist with McDonald Carano Wilson with over three decades of experience in external affairs, specializing in communications and government relations. She developed and executed advocacy strategies on the federal and state levels and served as liaison with state economic development agencies and city planning agencies on major public educational and clinical capital projects. Prior to joining McDonald Carano Wilson in 2006, 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 extensive experience in USAID-funded international development projects in medical education. From 1999 to 2006, she coordinated reform projects in the Central Asian Republics (CAR), including the formation of the CAR Council of Rectors, an association of the region’s leading medical educators. She also had extensive collaboration with Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Health in the development of a national reform strategy for health professions education. 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. Ms. Conaboy serves on the boards of the Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern Nevada and the Children’s Cabinet Foundation.
Dr. Michael D. Daubs
Dr. Michael D. Daubs is an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in spinal injury, deformity and reconstructive surgery. He is professor and chief of the orthopaedic surgery division at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. Before joining the School of Medicine, Dr. Daubs was assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Utah and more recently at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Daubs received his medical degree from the School of Medicine at the University of Nevada, Reno and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Daubs is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.
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.
Jill Derby, Ph.D.
Dr. Jill Derby began her career as a cultural anthropologist with a specialty focus on Middle Eastern cultures, but early on she turned her focus to higher education policy, serving eighteen years on the Nevada Board of Regents. As Board Chair she helped guide a rapidly expanding higher education system and led the effort to establish Nevada State College, providing expanded access to Nevada students seeking careers in teaching, and nursing, In 1999, Dr. Derby became an academic governance expert working nationally and internationally with higher education governing boards to enhance their performance and address the changing needs of higher education in the 21st century. In 2011 Dr. Derby received a U.S. Senate appointment to serve on the prestigious National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, which oversees the U.S. accreditation process, and advises the U.S. Secretary of Education on higher education policy. In 2012 she was appointed to the Board of the American University of Iraq, in Sulaimani, Kurdistan and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board.
Tom Gallagher has served as the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, chief administrative officer and general counsel of another such company, chief executive of a private holding company for a well-known entertainment entrepreneur, and as a senior partner in one of the world‘s premier law firms. In his 35-year career as a businessman and lawyer, he has been a trusted adviser to domestic and foreign government bodies and international investors, as well as to elected officials at federal and state levels. Mr. Gallagher founded and currently serves as head of a private real estate development and management firm in Las Vegas. In 2004, Mr. Gallagher was nominated by the Democrats of Nevada‘s 3rd Congressional District to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. Mr. Gallagher received his JD degree with honors from Harvard Law School and graduated magna cum laude from the College of the Holy Cross.
Daniel W. Hamilton, Ph.D.
Dr. Daniel W. Hamilton is the fourth dean of the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law. 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. Dean 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. Dean 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.
Carol C. Harter, Ph.D.
Dr. Carol C. Harter retired as the head of the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute (BMI) (2006-2014). During her tenure, she helped BMI grow into the chief outlet for literary arts programming in southern Nevada and secured over $10 million in gifts and pledges for BMI’s programs and activities. Dr. Harter was UNLV’s seventh and longest-serving president (1995-2006), overseeing the creation of more than 100 new degree programs and five new professional schools. She was instrumental in raising more than $550 million for the university, quadrupling the institution’s external research funding, and initiating the construction of seventeen new buildings. Prior to her arrival at UNLV, she served as president of SUNY Geneseo for six years and spent almost nineteen years at Ohio University, where she was a faculty member, ombudsman, and served in two vice presidential roles. Dr. Harter holds a Ph.D. in literature from SUNY Binghamton and has co-authored books about John Irving and E.L. Doctorow.
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.
Kenneth G. Ladd
Kenneth G. Ladd served as executive vice president and head of commercial banking for U.S. Bank until December 2012. A Nevada resident since 1982, Mr. Ladd has more than 35 years banking experience, with more than 27 years at U.S. Bank. He has built an extensive background in commercial lending, credit administration, gaming finance, branch management and bank operations. Mr. Ladd has been an active participant in the Las Vegas community. He has held director’s positions with agencies such as United Way Services, Inc., Sunrise Children’s Foundation and Nevada Development Authority. He is past Chairman of the Desert Research Institute Foundation, the Nevada Development Authority and the United Way. A 1983 graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School, Mr. Ladd earned his MBA from the University of Utah and his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Weber State University. He has also participated in several specialized programs in financial management.
Nicole Lamboley is the Administrator of the Child Health Institute at Renown Health, a position she has held since February 2016. Previously she served as Chief Deputy Commissioner at the Nevada Division of Insurance. Prior to the Division of Insurance, Ms. Lamboley served eight years as Chief Deputy Secretary of State under Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller. For the past 27 years, she has worked in different capacities in the area of public and government affairs in both the public and private sectors, primarily in Nevada, but also in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. Her career also includes positions as campaign manager for former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, Legislative Affairs Manager for the City of Reno, Senior Regional Manager for the National Association of Manufacturers, Deputy Chief of Staff to former Nevada Governor Bob Miller, and Project Manager in the area of philanthropy for BTW Consultants, Inc. As Administrator of the Child Health Institute, Ms. Lamboley is responsible for developing the operational and strategic scope of the Institute and the execution of strategic initiatives across the institute, the health system and community to provide an innovative and sustainable model for improving the health and well-being for children and their families in our region. She also serves as a board member for the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, the Washoe K-12 Education Foundation and on the advisory council for Communities in Schools Western Nevada affiliate. Ms. Lamboley received her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a Master’s degree with an emphasis in social and public policy from Georgetown University.
Dana Lee is a 1988 graduate of Brown University with a B.A. in Art History. In 1993 she received a Master of Arts Management from The School of Public Policy & Management at Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University. While in graduate school, Ms. Lee worked for the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. She later returned to Manhattan as foundation manager for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Shortly thereafter, Ms. Lee became a consultant for Landor Associates. Her husband, Gregory, led her move to Las Vegas in 1997, where Ms. Lee worked in corporate advertising for Mirage Resorts, overseeing the branding and identity program for Bellagio Resort & Casino. Ms. Lee has served on the boards of The Meadows School, The Webb Schools of California, The Nevada Ballet Theatre, and The Las Vegas Art Museum. She is a founder, board member and past president of The Nevada Women’s Philanthropy, a pooled-fund large impact grant making organization that supports critical needs in Southern Nevada. Ms. Lee currently serves on the boards of Communities In Schools Nevada, The Nevada Women’s Philanthropy, and is a member of Teach for America Las Vegas Valley’s advisory board.
Erin McMullen 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 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 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 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 President and Chief Executive Officer of MundoFox affiliates KMCC-DT Las Vegas and KYVV-DT San Antonio. Prior to heading MundoFox, which has stations in Las Vegas and most recently San Antonio, Texas, 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 and sits on the board of United Way of Southern Nevada, the Nevada Broadcasters Association, and Nevada Succeeds, a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of business leaders committed to improving the state’s education system for workforce development and economic growth. He is 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 Entrepreneur Leaders Program.
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.
Stephanie Tyler, President of AT&T Nevada, is an accomplished external affairs executive with 30 years of multi-state experience in corporate management, government relations, communications, campaign management, and public service. Currently, Ms. Tyler is responsible for external affairs for AT&T Nevada including; state and local government relations, community affairs, and regulatory and legislative activities. She also oversees external affairs operations in Utah, Idaho, and Montana as well as supporting the External Affairs Western Region President in directing strategies for key initiatives in 16 Western states. Ms. Tyler is a former Nevada State Senator. She has also run several statewide and district campaigns in both Nevada and California. After spending six years lobbying the California Legislature, Ms. Tyler took a one-year leave of absence from AT&T at the request of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to serve as Political Director to his successful re-election campaign. A native Nevadan, Ms. Tyler spent the early years of her career in a variety of political jobs including serving as staff to U.S. Senator Paul Laxalt in his capitol and district offices, running political caucus organizations, and contract lobbying. She is an active member of numerous community boards and commissions in both Reno and Las Vegas. Ms. Tyler serves as Treasurer of Jobs for Nevada’s Graduates, Vice Chair of the Desert Research Institute Foundation Board of Trustees, and Secretary of the Girl Scouts of Sierra Nevada. Ms. Tyler is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, with a degree in political science. She maintains offices in Reno, Las Vegas, and Carson City.
David B. Walker
David B. Walker was born in Santa Monica, California, and joined the Nevada Museum of Art as executive director and CEO in 2007. In addition to establishing a vision and strategic plan, he launched the Museum’s internationally-recognized Center for Art + Environment; increased the operating budget, permanent art and archive collections, and institutional endowment; and has renovated and expanded the current Museum facility. Previously, he served 11 years as the Dean of Public Programs at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, where he created the School of Public Programs and provided the leadership for a new 100,000 square-foot South Campus. During this time, he co-founded The Design High School, a public charter school that employed design-based learning across the curriculum. He was founding partner of the Walker and Walker Gallery in Santa Monica, and worked five years as an associate with McBain, Rose Partners, an investment banking firm in Downtown Los Angeles that specialized in leveraged buyouts. He was publisher of Element – a widely distributed arts quarterly, and along with his wife, formed two original bands that inked deals with Warner Brothers Music and Chrysalis Music. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from Humboldt State University and did his graduate work at the Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Burning Man.
Renee Yackira is a licensed attorney in the state of Nevada and has spent much of her career serving as counsel, policy and political strategist in the public sector. She recently retired as Special Advisor to the Chancellor for the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE), having previously served as Vice Chancellor for NSHE. She has also held positions as Deputy Chief of Staff and General Counsel to former Governor Kenny Guinn, Chief Deputy Secretary of State for former Secretary of State Dean Heller, and Chief of Staff to the State Treasurer for former State Treasurer Kate Marshall. Ms. Yackira also has extensive private sector experience serving as Deputy General Counsel and Executive for Business Law for NV Energy, and practicing corporate law in California with the law firm Pillsbury Madison & Sutro (now known as Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman). Ms. Yackira received her law degree graduating summa cum laude from Santa Clara University School of Law. She also graduated magna cum laude from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. Ms. Yackira currently serves on the boards of Nevada Public Radio and Notes with a Purpose.