State Board of Education Members 2014

Elaine Wynn

Governor Appointment:
1/12/2015 to 1/1/2017

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

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).

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.

Freeman Holbrook

Assembly Appointment:
1/12/2015 to 1/1/2017

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
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
1/12/2015 to 1/1/2016     

Teriwaselected toDouglasCountySchoolBoard(DCSB)inNovemberof2004andre-electedin Novemberof 2008andNovemberof2012.Sheservedas DCSBPresidentin2008and2010.Terireceived theNevadaSchoolBoardAssociationVeteranSchoolBoardMemberoftheYearAwardin2010.Shewas recognizedbyUNRasaCertified PublicOfficial in2011.TeriwasappointedastheRuralSchoolBoard TrusteeRepresentativetotheNVParentalInvolvement andFamily EngagementCouncilin2012.

TeriwashiredbytheCityofSouthLakeTahoe,Cain1984.  SheservedastheDirectorof Planning,PublicServicesandCommunityDevelopment.  Teriretiredin2009.

TerireceivedanM.A. in ArchitectureandUrbanPlanningfromUCLA.Shealsohasa B.A. inPolitical ScienceandaB.S.inSocialEnvironmentalSciencefromUniversityofCalifornia,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.

Kevin Melcher

Board of Regents Appointment:
1/12/2015 to 1/1/2016

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.

Anthony Martinez

Student Representative Appointment:
7/1/2015 to 5/31/2016 

Anthony Martinez is the Student Body President of Desert Oasis High School and a recipient of a Human Rights Campaign award at the 2015 HRC Gala. Anthonly has been involved with Speech and Debate, National Honors Society, Desert Oasis Student Council, Track and Field, Cross Country, Amasongrace project and the Gay Straight Alliance.

Anthony started advocating for student involvement and acceptance since his sophomore year in high school. He has competed nationally at the speech and debate level, taking 32nd in the nation in World Schools Debate in Texas of 2015. Anthony has spoken in local middle and high schools about acceptance and tolerance.

Anthony hopes to motivate young teens and individuals to get involved in local and state educational policy.

Mark Newburn

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.