State Board of Education Members 2014

Elaine Wynn
President

Governor Appointment:
1/8/2013 to 1/5/2015
kjohansen@doe.nv.gov

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.

Allison Serafin
Vice President

Elected District 3:
1/8/2013 to 1/4/2017
a.serafin@me.com

Allison Serafin is the Director of Corporate Citizenship at Cash America SuperPawn and serves as Vice President of the Nevada State Board of Education.   Allison recently joined SuperPawn after serving for three years as a consultant to the Clark County School District.  Allison began her career as a Teach For America corps member, teaching middle school English in Houston, Texas. She moved to Las Vegas in 2008 to serve as the Executive Director of Teach For America - Las Vegas Valley. 

Allison served the State of Nevada as a member of the Governor's Blue Ribbon Task Force on Education Reform and worked with members of the Department of Education on Nevada's 2010 Race to the Top application. She also served on the Superintendent's Blue Ribbon Task Force on Empowerment and the Superintendent's Technical Advisory Panel for the Nevada Growth Model.  

She was honored in 2009 by In Business Las Vegas as one of the city's "Top 40 Under 40 Professionals" and in January 2013 as one of Vegas Seven's "Most Intriguing People in 2013." Allison is also a proud 2009 Leadership Las Vegas graduate.

She earned her undergraduate degree in political science at Texas Christian University (TCU) and a master's of science in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA).  

 

Dave Cook

Elected District 2:
1/8/2013 to 1/4/2017
ProfDaveCook@hotmail.com

I'm registered as a Democrat.

When I was growing up, I attended parochial Catholic schools for 12 years. I graduated from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas in 1968.

Proudly, I am a fourth generation Nevadan. I have lived in Carson City for more than thirty years now.
I have two beautiful daughters who were raised and educated in Carson City.

I am now a retired emeritus awarded college professor of business and economics from Western Nevada College, where I taught for almost thirty years.

I'm currently a Nevada licensed high school math teacher and I specialize in working with at-risk and special education math students at a Nevada state chartered high school.

Also, I currently serve on the "Post-Secondary Education Commission", as an appointee of the Governor, which licenses and regulates private post-secondary vocational schools in Nevada.
More information about me at:
http://www.davecook4kids.com/  

Alexis Gonzales-Black

Elected: District 1:
1/8/2013 to 1/4/2017
agonzalesblack@doe.nv.gov

Alexis attended James Madison University in Virginia where she received a B.S. in Biology and went on to teach high school science at Southern High School in Durham, North Carolina. After leaving the classroom she joined the educational non-profit Teach For America where she worked in many capacities, including as a college recruiter in the Mountain West which brought her to Las Vegas.  Alexis now works at Zappos.com as the college recruiter on their recruitment team.  Alexis lives downtown with her husband, Victor Wakefield.

Freeman Holbrook

Assembly Appointment:
1/8/2013 to 1/5/2015
fholbrook@washoeschools.net

Freeman Holbrook is a native Nevadan.  Married to his wife Kimberly, they have two daughters; Emma and Sicily, and two sons; Cashel and Gaege.  The family’s home is in South Reno, where currently Mr. Holbrook is a history teacher at Depoali Middle School and coaches football at Damonte Ranch High School.

Mr. Holbrook has been a teacher since 2010 and a football coach since 2002. In 2012, Mr. Holbrook was the recipient of the prestigious honor of receiving the $5,000.00 Action Plan Scholarship from Sierra Nevada College.  Mr. Holbrook was awarded this honor in light of his Site-Based Spending Action Plan designed for the State of Nevada.

Tonia Holmes-Sutton

Senate Appointment
3/25/2014 to 1/5/2015
TFHolmes@interact.net
 
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
1/13/2014 to 1/6/2014
booklover83153@aol.com     

Teri was elected to Douglas County School Board (DCSB) in November of 2004 and re-elected in November of 2008 and November of2012. 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 as a Certified 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, Ca in 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 a B.S. in Social Environmental Science from University of California, Riverside.

Kevin Melcher

Board of Regents Appointment:
1/12/2014 to 1/6/2015
Kevin_melcher@nshe.nevada.edu

Kevin Melcher is a native Nevadan and graduated from Reno High School in 1974. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1979 and earned his Masters degree in 1981.

Kevin retired in 2008 from the Elko County School District after serving his last 22 years as a school and district level administrator. He is married to Reno native Ann Marie (Humphrey) Melcher and they have resided in Elko since their marriage in 1980.

Kevin Melcher was elected to a six year term on the Board of Regents for the Nevada System of Higher Education in 2010.

Kaylyn Taylor

Student Representative Appointment:
6/6/2014 to 5/31/2015
Kaylyn.taylor@cox.net

Kaylyn Taylor is the Senior Class President of Palo Verde High School and a representative on the Clark County Student Advisory Committee for the Board of Trustees.  She has been involved with the National Junior Honor Society, Palo Verde Student Council, Best Buddies, Thespian Club and Choose the Right Club.

Kaylyn started playing the violin at the age of three and has loved the cultural arts ever since.  Her most recent endeavors include singing in Signature Productions’ of Les Miserable, playing violin in Zion’s Youth Symphony & Chorus, and acting as ‘Juliet’ in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Kaylyn hopes to encourage others to become involved in local and state educational policy.

Mark Newburn

Elected District 4:
1/8/2013 to 1/4/2017
mark@vizics.com

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.

Jeff Zander

NASS Appointment:
1/13/2014 to 1/6/2015
jzander@ecsdnv.net

I am a native Nevadan, born in Elko.  I attended school in Elko graduating from Elko High School in 1978.  I attended Boise State University and graduated in 1983 with a BBA in Accounting.   I was employed with Kafoury Armstrong & Co. CPA’s from June 1983 to January 1987.  I left my position at Kafoury to go to work for State of Nevada as an accountant at the NYTC (Nevada Youth Training Center) from January of 1987 through March of 1988.  In April of 1988 I accepted a job as the Business Manager for the Elko County School District, being promoted to the Comptroller position in 2001, to an Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Facilities position in 2007, and Superintendent in January 2010.  I am married with two sons.