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Executive Director, Nevada State Board of Nursing
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
In 2017, Chancellor Dr. Thom Reilly was appointed chief executive officer for the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) by its Board of Regents. He supervises eight NSHE presidents, ensures Board of Regents policies are implemented systemwide, and is system liaison with the governor, state legislators, and other public officials and community leaders. Prior to his NSHE tenure, he was director of the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University, where he also was a professor in the School of Public Affairs. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and professor emeritus at San Diego State University. He previously served five years as county manager for Clark County and was vice chancellor of the NSHE Health Sciences System.
Reilly has served as managing principal of The Reilly Group, a management consulting firm, and as former vice president of social responsibility at Caesars Entertainment, Inc. He has held senior administrative positions with the State of Nevada and was a director and professor for the School of Social Work at San Diego State University. Reilly has authored numerous works on public pay and benefits, governance, HIV, and child welfare.; a complete list of his publications and his detailed CV can be found at www.thomreillypublications.com. He received his master’s and doctorate of public administration from the University of Southern California, his master of social work at Arizona State University, and his bachelor in social work from the University of Memphis.
Senator, Nevada State Legislature
Assemblywoman, Nevada State Legislature
Assemblywoman, Nevada State Assembly
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