Nevada State Board of Education Members


Elaine Wynn, President
Governor Appointment
1/12/2017 to 1/1/2019

Elaine Wynn has established herself as a savvy business leader and influential philanthropist. She has served as Director of Wynn Resorts since 2000. She is co-chair of the Greater Las Vegas After-School All-Stars, as well as Chairman of Communities In Schools National and Communities In Schools of Nevada.

Wynn’s dedication to the community has garnered numerous awards and accolades, but she is most proud of the dedication of the Elaine Wynn Elementary School in 1991. Wynn’s strong support of the arts has led to her appointments to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Board of Trustees and the Library of Congress Trust Fund Board.In 2011 she established the Elaine Wynn Studio for Arts Education at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas.


Mark Newburn, Vice President
Elected District 4
1/2/2017 to 1/1/2021

Mark Newburn grew up in Las Vegas, graduating from Rancho High School and UNLV, where he was one of the first students in Computer Science. Founder of Vizics Inc., Mark has over 30 years of experience in the computer field and has worked with some of the top technology companies in America.

A longtime STEM education advocate, Mr. Newburn has served on several STEM related educational boards including the Northwest Career and Technical Academy Engineering Advisory Board and the UNLV Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering Advisory Board. Mark currently volunteers as chair of the UNLV Computer Science Department Industry Advisory Board.


Felicia Ortiz
Elected District 3
1/2/2017 to 1/1/2021

Felicia Ortiz was born and raised in Las Vegas, New Mexico. She attended New Mexico Highlands University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and a Masters in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School. Felicia moved to Nevada to pursue a career and worked in the private sector for several years before opening a small business. Felicia’s passion is to help others and give back to the community; she does this through her involvement in non-profit organizations. She currently serves as past-president of the Las Vegas Chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals for America, is a member of the Latino Network of Southern Nevada, the Latin Chamber of Commerce, and is active in organizations. She also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and other community organizations. Felicia hopes to continue to be a role model and inspiration for the younger generation and help the community to thrive by growing her business and giving back.



Kevin Melcher
Appointed District 2
9/20/19 – 1/1/2021 


Kevin Melcher grew up in Reno, Nevada and attended Reno High School (1974) and the University of Nevada, Reno - 1979, B.S. (Education) & 1981, M.S.

Kevin Melcher's career includes 28 years as an Elko County teacher and administrator. After teaching health and physical education at Elko Junior/Senior High School, Melcher was principal at Owyhee Combined Schools, Carlin Combined Schools and Northside Elementary School in Elko, and was in central office administration of the Elko County School District. The UNR Service Award recipient in 2007, he was on the University Alumni Council from 1989-94 and served on the Nevada State Board of Education, 2013-2015 and the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents from 2011-2016. He moved to Reno after retiring from the Board of Regents in December 2016. Kevin was a spring commencement speaker at UNR in 2018 and is currently the Vice Chairman for the Community Foundation of Western Nevada, Board of Trustees and is very involved with Rotary Club of Reno.

Kevin Melcher has been married to Ann Marie (Humphrey) Melcher since 1980 who is also from Reno, Nevada.


Robert Blakely
Elected District 1
1/2/2017 - 1/1/2021

Robert Blakely was born in Sioux Falls, Dakota. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology. He worked in operations and engineering positions in Nevada and Arizona for over 20 years. He started the copper mining business in Arizona. Robert then moved to Las Vegas, Nevada to work at the Nevada Test Site in the underground testing program. After two years, Robert was transferred to the Tonopah Test Range where he worked as part of a team that built an Air Force Base in the desert for five years. Robert went on to work for the Department of Energy as a Physical Scientist for four and a half hears and for Bechtel as a Project Administrator for six years. Robert was elected to the Board of Regents in 2008 as the representative for Clark County, District 2 and served from January 2009 to January 2015.


Tamara Hudson
Assembly Appointment

Tamara Hudson has nine years of experience in education with the Clark County School District. She continues to advocate for education, students, teachers, and families while seated on the Nevada State Education Association (NSEA) board. She holds a master's degree in Educational Leadership with the emphasis of Special Education from Nevada State College. She is currently seeking her National Board Certification for Professional Teaching. Tamara is currently teaching and mentoring special education students along with being a liaison for various district committees, facilitating various National Board Certification Teaching programs, and improving her school community through before and after school activities for students and parents. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


Katherine Dockweiler
Senate Appointment
3/18/19 to 3/30/21

Dr. Katherine A. Dockweiler is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and policy researcher committed to the improvement of education systems. She is a practicing school psychologist and recently served on former Governor Sandoval’s Statewide School Safety Task Force. She also serves as Co-Chair of the National Association of School Psychologists Communications Committee and as the Director of Government and Professional Relations for the Nevada Association of School Psychologists. Dr. Dockweiler developed the Layers of Analysis Framework, a methodological tool for deconstructing policy text in education at the text, policy, and societal levels to determine micro- and macro- implications. As an educational leader and author, she serves as a Founder and Program Director for the Nevada National Board Professional Learning Institute; as a Founder of the school safety and student well-being model Healthy Minds, Safe Schools; and as an author of the educational textbooks for secondary and elementary levels Multi-Tiered Systems of Support: The Definitive Guide to Effective Implementation and Quality Control (Routledge, 2019, 2020). Dr. Dockweiler is also a former President of the UNLV College of Education Alumni Association and serves on the PTA Board at her children’s school.


Dawn Etcheverry Miller
NASB Appointment
2/6/2018 to 1/1/2020

Dawn Etcheverry Miller has been working as a music educator since 1994. During her years with the Washoe County School District she has become a strong advocate for children, teachers, families and education. Dawn's advocacy work continues today as a board member on the Washoe Education Association (WEA) and Nevada State Education Association (NSEA). Dawn is currently serving on the Nevada Association School Boards (NASB) representing Storey County where she is in her first term as a trustee. Dawn will become the President of the Nevada PTA in May and looks forward to continuing as a strong voice for public education.

Wayne Workman
NASS Appointment
01/01/2020 to 06/30/2021

Wayne Workman was born in Seattle, Washington and grew up in the small town of Stockton, Utah. He graduated from Tooele High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in physical health education and athletic training from Utah State University in 1998. He later earned his Master’s degree in administration and leadership from the University of Phoenix in 2006. His 22 year career in education includes 8 years as a health and sports medicine teacher, 2 years as an assistant principal, 3 years as a principal, 1 year as the Human Resources Director, and 3 years as the Deputy Superintendent. He is currently in his sixth year as Superintendent for the Lyon County School District.

He’s been married to his beautiful wife, Jenni for 26 years, and they are the proud parents of 4 children (Oakley-21, Kobey-19, Kirsten-16, and Raquel-14), all of whom currently attend or graduated from schools in the Lyon County School District. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing basketball, golfing, and serving the students and families of Lyon County.


Cathy McAdoo
Board of Regents Appointment
1/02/2018 to 1/01/2020

Regent Cathy McAdoo was elected to serve on the Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education in the 2016 election as the representative for District 8.

Regent Cathy McAdoo was born in Oklahoma and reared in Kansas, eventually moving to Nevada with her husband Kent who had accepted a graduate research study with the University of Nevada, Reno. While living in the outback of rural Nevada for 13 months, trailing a band of sheep for Kent’s research project, the couple found rural Nevada irresistible and has called it home ever since. They have chosen to live in Elko where Regent McAdoo most recently served as the founding Executive Director of Pace Coalition, a nonprofit organization who mission included education students in Elko, Eureka and White Pine counties about healthy life choices. This position afforded her 14 years of board experience at PACE and the opportunity to serve on other boards.

Through her career pathway, volunteer activities, love for people and her commitment to healthy communities, education remains at the core of what she does and who she is.


Alex Gallegos
Student Representative Appointment
6/1/2020 to 5/31/2021

Alex Gallegos is a high school senior attending Eldorado High School. He is involved in the Student Organization of Latinos, Track & Field, and will serve as his school’s Student Body President for the 2020-2021 school year. He has also been a part of Superintendent Jara’s Student Advisory Committee and Eldorado’s School Organizational Team. Alex is honored to not only represent his school, but the entire student population of Nevada. He believes that advocating for students also means advocating for the teachers in those students’ lives.