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Clark County Senatorial
District No. 8
Director of Development, WestCare
Born: 1951; Faribault, Minnesota.
Educated: Mayo High School, Rochester, Minnesota; Clark County Community College, Las Vegas.
Children: Adam, Bret.
Hobbies/Special Interests: Family trips, skiing, needlework, art, photography, baking, cooking.
Legislative Service: Nevada Assembly, 1997-2001; Nevada Senate, 2003—two special and four regular sessions; Assistant Minority Whip, 1997; Assistant Minority Floor Leader, 1999-2001. Member: Assembly Committees on Education, Transportation, and Ways and Means, 1997-2001; Interim Finance Committee, 1997-2002; State Planning Commission for the Construction, Design, Maintenance, and Repair of School Facilities, 1997-1998; American Legislative Exchange Council, 1997-1998; Member, Council of State Governments, 1996-present; Host Committee Member, National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), 1997-1998. Commissioner, Education Commission of the States; Vice Chair, Education Commission of the States, 2000-2001; Co-Chair, Education, Labor, and Job Training Committee, NCSL, 1997-present; Committee to Consult with the Director, 1999-2002; Subcommittee to Encourage Businesses and Corporations to Organize and Conduct Business in Nevada, 1999-2000.
Affiliations: President, Parent Teacher Association (PTA), and board member, R. Guild Gray Elementary School, 1988-1993; Member, Executive Board, former Las Vegas PTA Area Council, 1989-1992; Puppeteer, Kids on the Block; President, Parents Active for Vision Education (PAVE), 1990-present; President, 1993-1994, and Member, 1992-1996, Cashman Middle School Parent Advisory Council; Chairperson, District F Parent Advisory Committee, five years; Chair, Nevada Education Legislative Grassroots Committee, 1993; State Liaison, Nevada State Parent Coalition; former Sunday School Teacher and member, Trinity United Methodist Church of Las Vegas. Clark County School District (CCSD): Member, Year Round Study Committee, Public Concern Policy Subcommittee, Strategic Planning 2000 Committee, Testing and Evaluation Committee, Special Education Committee, Parent Hall of Fame Committee; Chair, Use of Chemicals in Schools Committee; and Co-Chair, Least Restrictive Environment Committee. Member, Clark High School Area Neighborhood Improvement Program; Member, Special Education Early Childhood Licensure Task Force, State of Nevada, 1993-1994; Member, Special Education Licensure Task Force, State of Nevada, 1994-1995; Member, Inclusion Task Force, State of Nevada, 1995-1996; Member, Bonanza High School Parent Advisory Council, 1995-2000; Legislative Representative, Bonanza High School, 1996; Parent Mentor, CCSD (Friends of Special Education, Educators Institute), 1995-2000; Vice President, Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder, 1996; Child Advocate, Nevada Legislature, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995; Junior League of Las Vegas; Member, Southwest Area Command’s Community Leadership Team; Board Member, Las Vegas Performing Arts, Inc.; Board Member, CLASS! Publication; Secretary/Treasurer, Women in Government.
Personal and Professional Achievements: Parent Hall of Fame, CCSD, 1996; SGAC Leadership Institute Graduate, 1997; “Crystal Apple” Award, Clark County School District, 1999; President, Council of State Governments (CSG)—Western Legislative Academy Leadership Class, 2000-2001; Graduate, CSGs Henry Toll Fellowship, 2002; Graduate, Leadership Las Vegas, 2002.
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