State Board of Education Members

Elaine Wynn

Governor Appointment:
1/12/2015 to 1/1/2017Elaine 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:
1/8/2013 to 1/4/2017

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

Appointed District 3:
2/23/2016 to 1/1/2017

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. 

Victor Wakefield

Elected District 1:
6/1/15 - 1/4/2017 

Victor Wakefield is currently the executive director of Teach For America (TFA)-Las Vegas Valley, where he leads the organization’s work to recruit, select, and train talented teachers to help provide educational opportunity for students in Las Vegas Valley. 

Victor began his career in education in 2007 as a language arts teacher at the West Gary Lighthouse Charter School in Gary, Indiana. After seeing the transformational potential of teachers, Victor joined Teach For America's recruitment team and led efforts to recruit exceptional and diverse leaders to teach in low income schools at Duke University and Princeton University, his alma mater. In 2011 he took his first ever trip to Nevada to interview for the Teach For America – Las Vegas Valley Executive Director job and led TFA’s regional efforts in Southern Nevada over the past four years. Since TFA began working in partnership with the Las Vegas community more than a decade ago, the number of TFA corps members and alumni has grown from 60 to more than 500 individuals working from every sector to level the playing field for students and families in low-income communities.

Beginning in Fall 2015, Victor will join Teach For America’s national team as Senior Vice President, Regional Operations and have a hand in ensuring that all Teach For America regions foster progress and momentum towards the mission of enlisting, developing, and mobilizing as many of our nation’s most promising future leaders as possible to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence. Victor (and Bandicoot - a 15 pound terrier mix) lives in downtown Las Vegas and is proud to call himself a Nevadan.

Beth Brown-Swanberg

Assembly Appointment:
11/07/2016 to 1/1/2017

Beth Brown-Swanberg has been a passionate educator in Washoe County School District for 28 years. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a Masters of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education. During her career she has taught both elementary and middle students, as well as mentoring in-service and preservice teachers. She has coauthored close reading lessons that were published on the Achieve the Core website. Currently, Beth teaches social studies at Depoali Middle School. A highlight of her career was receiving the Middle School Social Studies Teacher of the Year award for the 2015-2016 school year from the Northern Nevada Council for the Social Studies.

As a long time Nevadan, Beth grew up in Carson City and graduated from Carson High School and Western Nevada College. Currently, Beth and her family live in Reno. In her free time, Beth enjoys traveling to historic places of interest with her husband, Richard. She and her husband have three grown daughters. The oldest, Molly, graduated from Chico State with a degree in animal science. Camille attends University of Nevada majoring in biology, and Mary attends Cal Poly majoring in agricultural science education.

Tonia Holmes-Sutton

Senate Appointment
1/12/2015 to 1/1/2017
Dr. Tonia Holmes-Sutton is a National Board Certified (NBCT) educator with Clark County School District.  She has been serving early childhood students and families within the Las Vegas community through public and charter schools for over 15 years.  A passionate and committed educational advocate, Dr. Holmes-Sutton is a proponent of professional learning communities, and teaching and family partnerships; advocating for families to engage as full partners in their children's education to increase student learning and achievement in the classroom.  She has participated in professional staff development as a national consultant and presenter at district, state, and national conferences since 2007.  Tonia is the co-author of Parent and Family Engagement: The Missing Piece in Urban Education Reform, a policy brief for The Lincy Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  Her dissertation research entitled, Community Perspectives on Black Parent Engagement in West Las Vegas, Before and After Desegregation: A Case Study examines community perspectives concerning Black parent engagement in West Las Vegas before and after school desegregation efforts in Clark County.

Dr. Holmes-Sutton has been included in Cambridge Who's Who Among Executive and Professional Women in Teaching and Education and Who's Who Among American Teachers and Educators.  She earned her M.Ed. and Ed.D from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and her BA from Hawaii Loa College. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 

Teri Jamin

NASB Appointment
1/11/2016 to 1/1/2017

Teri was elected to Douglas County School Board (DCSB) in November of 2004 andre-elected in November of 2008 and November of 2012. She served as DCSB President in 2008 and 2010. Teri received the Nevada School Board Association Veteran School Board Member of the Year Award in 2010. She was recognized by UNR asCertified Public Official in 2011. Teri was appointed as the Rural School Board Trustee Representative to the NV Parental Involvement and Family Engagement Council in 2012.

Teri was hired by the City of South Lake Tahoe, Cain 1984.  She served as the Director of Planning, Public Services and Community Development.  Teri retired in 2009.

Teri received an M.A. in Architecture and Urban Planning from UCLA. She also has a B.A. in Political Science and B.S. in Social Environmental Science from University of California, Riverside.

Dave Jensen

NASS Appointment
08/13/2015 to 01/01/2017

Dr. David Jensen is currently the Superintendent of Schools for Humboldt County School District located in Winnemucca, Nevada. Prior to his current position as Superintendent, Dr. Jensen served as Assistant Superintendent, Associate Superintendent for Business and Support Services, Director of Federal Programs and as a School Psychologist. Dr. Jensen is an active member of the Association of School Business Officers (ASBO), American Association of School Administrators (AASA), District Administration Leadership Institute (DALI), the Nevada Association of School Administrators (NASA) and the Nevada Association of School Superintendents (NASS).

Dr. Jensen currently serves as the President of the Nevada Association of School Superintendents (NASS) and is the immediate Past President of the Winnemucca Rotary Club. Dr. Jensen has been recognized for his academic efforts having been named as the Central Office Administrator of the Year for the State of Nevada in 2010. He has presented at a number of national conferences on the subjects of Special Education Law and Response to Intervention (RTI). Dr. Jensen earned his BS in psychology, MS in educational psychology and specialist degrees from Brigham Young University. He then completed his administrative certification requirements culminating with an Educational Doctorate (Ed.D) from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Allison Stephens

Board of Regents Appointment:
1/11/2016 to 1/01/2017

Regent Allison Stephens was elected to the Board of Regents in 2012 from District 4 in Clark County. She currently serves as Chair of the Audit Committee. She is also a member of the Academic, Research and Student Affairs Committee, Community College Committee, Health Sciences System Committee and the ad hoc TMCC President Search Committee. In July 2013, she was appointed to the Subcommittee on Governance and Funding, part of the Nevada Legislature’s Interim Study Concerning the Governance Structure of and Funding Methods for Community Colleges.

Regent Stephens is a 20-year Las Vegan with many years of community involvement including service on the Clark County Desert Conservation Program Citizens Advisory Committee, the Nevada State Board of Occupational Therapy, the Board of Directors for the statewide non-profit EnergyFit Nevada, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and the Board of Directors for the statewide non-profit Better Education Today. In 2015, Governor Sandoval appointed Regent Stephens to serve a three-year term on the Nevada Commission for Women.

Professionally, Regent Stephens manages enrollment and strategy for a Chronic Condition Special Need Plan serving people with End-Stage Renal Disease. Prior to that, she worked as a national program manager for UnitedHealthcare.

In addition to her diploma with an emphasis in Legal Studies from the Advanced Technologies Academy, Regent Stephens holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration and a Master of Education in Health Promotion, both from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. During her junior year of college, she studied at the Universidad Andres Bello in Santiago, Chile, where she earned a certificate in Spanish.  Regent Stephens also completed a self-study certificate in Health Economics through the National Library of Medicine. Currently, Regent Stephens is enrolled at Rutgers University pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biomedical Informatics.

Pat Hickey

Appointment District 2
1/11/2016 to 1/01/2017
Pat Hickey served in two different decades and two different centuries in the Nevada Legislature [1996-98 and 2010-2016].  Both times, he served as a strong advocate for improving Nevada's education system. An original sponsor of Charter School legislation in 1997, he has been a consistent voice for the expansion of public school reforms like charter and magnet schools, and greater choices for Nevada families, including homeschooling. 

Former Assembly Minority Leader Hickey served on the 2013-2014 Interim Task Force on K-12 Public Education Funding that helped make recommendations to improve the "Nevada Plan" funding formula that had not been revised in 47 years. Pat chaired the Ways and Means Subcommittee on K-12/Higher Education Funding during the 2015 Legislative Session--which approved unprecedented changes to categorial and targeted spending in schools. 

Pat Hickey has a master's degree in Journalism from the University of Nevada. Reno and currently teaches at UNR in the Political Science Department. He and his family own and operate a construction-related business which has helped Pat understand the workforce and career readiness needs that the "New Nevada" is challenged with.

Samantha Molisee

Student Representative Appointment:
6/1/2016 to 5/31/2017

Samantha Molisee is a law major at the Canyon Springs Law and Leadership Preparatory Academy. She is part of the Nevada Association of Student Councils and is the senior class president at her school.  She will be graduating in 2017, on track to be valedictorian, and she has a desire to study political science and attend law school upon graduating.