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 1/1/2020
 

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 1/1/2020

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. 
 

Robert Blakely

Elected District 1:
1/2/2017 - 1/1/2020


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.  

Beth Brown-Swanberg

Assembly Appointment:

1/02/2017 to 1/1/2019

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
1/2/2017 to 1/1/2019
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. 

Vacant
NASB Appointment
Dave Jensen

NASS Appointment
01/02/2017 to 01/01/2018

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.

Vacant
Board of Regents Appointment:
1/11/2016 to 1/01/2017
David Carter
Elected District 2
1/02/2017 to 1/01/2020
David Carter grew up in Southern California, moving frequently for his father’s employment, graduating from Orange Glen High, in Escondido, CA. After serving a church mission, he completed a BS Degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University. Working in private industry, he completed his MBA in Financial Management, from National University. An opportunity opened to move into education, and he accepted an accounting position at San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools in February 1987. Among districts served, he worked at Mono County Office of Education (Bridgeport, CA), where he and his wife fell in love with Carson City after frequent visits. Returning to Southern California, he eventually went to Capistrano Unified School District (53,000 students) in Orange County, serving as the Executive Director of Fiscal Services. After complications from minor surgery, he retired in July 2012.
Moving to Carson City immediately after retirement, he has been involved in education, testifying on education and other issues before the 2015 legislature and the local school board. He is also a teacher, volunteering to assist those interested in Family History in searching out their family tree. He and his wife have one son.

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.