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Executive Director, Nevada State Board of Nursing
Catherine (Cathy) Dinauer, MSN RN, FRE, BC-NE, is the Executive Director of the Nevada State Board of Nursing. In her role, she has overall responsibility for the regulatory agency’s daily operations, which licenses/certifies approximately 65,000 RNs, LPNs, CNAs, and APRNs in Nevada. Before her role as executive director, Ms. Dinauer was the Chief Nursing Officer at a 200-bed facility in Nevada. She has over 40 years of experience as a registered nurse in education, emergency nursing, and leadership. She is a Fellow of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Institute of Regulatory Excellence, a Graduate of the Advisory Board Academy Fellowship, and was the 2017 recipient of the Northern Nevada Nurse of Achievement in Nursing Leadership.
Professor, Truckee Meadows Community College
Fred Lokken is dean of WebCollege and a tenured professor of political science at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno. He served as chair of the Nevada Distance Education Directors Group for seven years and has been a board member of the Instructional Technology Council (ITC)—an affiliated council of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) since 2003. He also served as chair-elect, chair and past-chair of the ITC. Lokken also currently serves as chair of the Coalition of Affiliated Councils (COAC) of the AACC. He has been a member of the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) National Academic Integrity Task force for the past two years. He received a B.S. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, a master’s in political science from Washington State University, and completed coursework in political science toward a doctorate from the University of British Columbia.
Former Chancellor, Nevada System of Higher Education
Melody Rose is the former chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education. During a 25-year career in higher education, Melody Rose has been a leader as an academic faculty member and administrator, with a focus on improving student access and success in higher education in Oregon. Her leadership roles have included serving as the chancellor of the Oregon University System, Portland State University’s vice provost for academic programs and instruction and dean of undergraduate studies, and chair of Portland State’s Division of Political Science. Prior to creating and running the consulting firm Rose Strategies, LLC, Dr. Rose most recently served as president of Marylhurst University from 2014 to 2019.