Faculty & Staff

Incline Village/Reno Faculty

Beth Taliaferro Bouchard

  • Professor, Department Chair
  • B.A., Social Sciences, University of Arkansas
  • M.A., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Colorado.

Beth Bouchard has twenty-two years of experience in education as a public school classroom teacher, curriculum specialist, elementary school principal, and college and university instructor. Her last position was the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Florida Department of Education.   In addition to her administrative duties, Bouchard also teaches in the Teacher Education program.

Keli Brown

  • Assistant Academic Director, Reno/Tahoe Field Experience Coordinator, M.A.T. Academic Advisor Teacher Training
  • B.S., Early Childhood Education, University of Nevada, Reno
  • M.A., Educational Leadership, University of Nevada, Reno

Keli Brown has seventeen years of experience working with children and adults in educational environments including early childhood, experiential outdoor education, and private K-8 programs. Keli has extensive knowledge in Emilia Reggio, Montessori and Waldorf pedagogies and curriculums and has taught second through fifth grade using Waldorf methods. In addition to being an administrator, advisor, and instructor in the Teacher Education program, Keli is currently working on her PhD in Educational Leadership at the University of Nevada, Reno.


Tanya D. Caron,Ph.D.

  • Adjunct Professor
  • B.A., Theater, UCLA
  • M.A., Education, United States International University
  • Ph.D., Literacy Studies, University of Nevada, Reno.

Tanya Caron joined the adjunct teaching staff in 2009, bringing with her a wealth of experience as an elementary mainstream classroom teacher, Reading Specialist, and English as a Second Language Specialist. Tanya is the founder and Principal Consultant for TESoLutions, a firm providing school improvement planning and teacher development focused on meeting the needs of English language learners.

Mavis Leathley, Ph.D.

  • Adjunct Professor
  • B.S., Education and Speech Communication, University of Nevada, Reno
  • M.Ed., Admininstration and Speech, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Ph.D., University of La Verne

Diverse and ambitious, Mavis went on to earn a Norwegian Degree from the University of Oslo in 1982, a TESOL Endorsement in 1992, and her Administration Credential in 1994.  In 2006, Mavis finisher her Ph.D. from the University of La Verne California. From 1991 to 1999, Mavis was an ESL Program Coordinator and an ESL/Foreign Language Specialist.  In 1998 Mavis obtained her first principalship and is currently the principal at Desert Heights Elementary School.  Mavis joined the SNC Adjunct Faculty in the Spring term of 2006, bringing with her 17 years of educational experience and wisdom to the classroom. In addition to classroom teaching and principalship, Mavis has lended her time to being a Washoe County School District Social Studies Curriculum Textbook Member (2001-2007), Tengo un Sueno Pre School Board Member (1997-2001), and a Bilingual Task Force Member (1995-1998).  Mavis has also been a member of the National Association of School Administrators (2001-Present) and the Washoe County Administration Association (1994-2001).

Marsha Kobre Anderson, Ph.D.

  • Adjunct Professor
  • B.A., Dramatic Arts, Douglass College, the women’s college of Rutgers University
  • M.A.T., English Education, Trenton State College, now The College of New Jersey
  • Ph.D., Higher Education Administration, University of Denver

Dr. Anderson has taught nearly 40 years at almost every level of education. She taught in grades 7-12 in Pennsylvania and Colorado before moving into teaching remedial courses to adult students in colleges, universities, and adult high schools. Dr. Anderson was assistant dean in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University from 1987-1992 and moved to Las Vegas in 1992 to be a grant writer for Clark County School District. In 1990, she started an academic editing and grant-writing business, The Document Doctor, and that continues to be her full-time endeavor.

Laureen V. Andrews

  • Adjunct Professor, Online
  • B.S., Education University of Nevada, Reno
  • M.A., School Counseling, University of Phoenix, Gifted and Talented Endorsement

Upon retiring from her elementary and gifted and talented teaching positions with Washoe County School District, Laureen joined SNC as a supervisor of student teachers. She has been a Board member of the WCSD Gifted and Talented Advisory Council since its inception, and a member of the National and California Gifted and Talented Associations.

Brittany CulbertsonCulbertsonBrittany-cr

  • Adjunct Professor
  • M.Ed. Administration and Educational Leadership, Sierra Nevada College
  • M.A., Teaching, Sierra Nevada College
  • B.A., Communications, University of Nevada, Reno

Brittany joined Sierra Nevada College as an adjunct professor and academic advisor after completing her teacher licensure and MAT from Sierra Nevada. After completing her M.A. in Teaching, Brittany continued her education with SNC by completing her M.Ed. in Administration and Educational Leadership in 2012. Currently, Brittany is teaching Math in the Washoe County School District, while serving as a member of a 21st Century Learning Academy which will increase technology in the classroom.

Charlotte Curtis, Ph.D.

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Ed.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • M.A., Educational Leadership, St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California
  • B.S., University of Texas

Dr. Charlotte Curtis is an adjunct professor with Sierra Nevada College. She has been associated with the college since 2008 as student teacher supervision, MAT adjunct professor and is currently a thesis supervisor. She is concurrently associated with the Nevada Department of Education providing leadership to state and federal programs for the past eighteen years. She has worked as the Nevada GEAR UP State Director for the past eleven years, and currently serves on the Nevada ACT State Council, College Readiness Task Force, College Access Challenge Grant Advisory Commission and National Council for Community and Education Partnerships Advisory Commission. Initiatives she has participated in include the National Governor’s Association Honor Grant High Schools, Nevada Public Education Foundation, Nevada’s School to Careers, Goals 2000, Improving America’s Schools Act and ESEA Title I School Improvement.

Sally D’Ault

  • Adjunct Professor
  • B.SC. Social Work, University of Nevada, Reno
  • MAEd., Elementary Education, University of Phoenix, Reno
  • MAEd., Administration and Supervision, University of Phoenix, Reno

Sally D’Ault has been a teacher with WCSD for 10 years.  She has taught Kindergarden – 4th Grade and has tutored children in 4 – 6th grade.  She holds a BSc from UNR in Social Work, a MAEd in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix and a MAEd in Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix.  She currently teaches First Grade at Dodson Elementary School in Reno.  When not teaching she enjoys spending time with her young family and traveling.

Whitney Hansen

  • Adjunct Professor
  • MAT, Sierra Nevada College

Amy Hope

  • Adjunct Professor

Kensy Hutt

  • Adjunct Professor
  • B.A., Communication, Texas A&M University
  • M.J., Journalism, University of North Texas

Nancy Kelly

  • Adjunct Professor
  • B.S., Education, University of Nevada, Reno
  • M.Ed., Lesley College

Nancy joined SNC as an adjunct faculty member in the fall of 2009. She received her ESL endorsement from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2008. Nancy taught 29 years for the Washoe County School District. She retired and became an independent educational consultant. She is presently working at a variety of schools in the district as an instructional coach and teacher leader. She is currently working for Pearson as a professional developer and traveling all over the United States. Nancy is a member of the International Reading Association, and is on the editing board for the Reading Teacher. She is also a member of ASCD.

Michael Lauletta

  • Adjunct Professor

Michael is in his 44th year in professional education.He has served in the capacity of secondary teacher and college adjunct professor, student teacher supervisor for student teachers, as a secondary counselor, and as a principal at elementary, middle and high school levels. He also was a district director of K-12 programs.

Deanna LeMay

  • Adjunct Professor

Kari Michael

  • Adjunct Professor

Elizabeth (Betts) Markle, Ph.D.

  • Adjunct Professor
  • B.A., Management, National Louis University
  • M.A., Library Information Sciences, Dominican University, River Forest, IL
  • Ph.D., Education Leadership, Colorado State University

Dr. Markle has served as Library Director at three different institutions over the past 20 years. After 12 years at DeVry University, both in the Chicago area and Atlanta, she worked for Argosy University in Atlanta for four years before moving to Incline Village as Library Director at Sierra Nevada College. Her teaching experience includes teaching at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate level, including online classes. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors for SCELC (Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium). Here at SNC, Dr. Markle teaches Business Research for the Business Department and Education Research classes for the Teacher Education Department.

Justine Minczeski

  • Adjunct Professor
  • M.A., University of Colorado

Susan Moulden-Horton, Ph.D.

  • Adjunct Professor
  • B.A., Physical Education, California State University, Chico
  • M.A., Physical Education, Indiana University
  • Ed.S., University of Nevada, Reno
  • Ph.D., Education Leadership, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Dr. Sue Moulden-Horton has taught Physical Education in grades K-12 for 7 years in Nevada before becoming a school administrator in a small rural district in Nevada. After 5 years of middle and elementary administration, Dr. Moulden-Horton has been working for the Nevada Department of Education as the statewide School Improvement Grant (SIG) Coordinator. Most recently, she is teaching both online and on campus Health Education classes for Sierra Nevada College.

Kirsten A. Odegard

  • Assistant Professor and Practicum Coordinator
  • B.A. California Lutheran University
  • M.A. San Diego State University

Kirsten Odegard has 36 years of experience in education as an elementary, middle and high school teacher in public and private schools, university and junior college instructor and most recently as a professional development trainer. She teaches in the Teacher Education program and coordinates practicum experiences for pre-service teachers.

Lisa Pitches

  • Adjunct Professor
  • M.Ed. Grand Canyon University

Katie Rossi

  • Adjunct Professor

Rod Smith

  • Adjunct Professor

Phil Sorenson

  • Adjunct Professor

Sheryl Watson

  • Adjunct Professor

Toby Wiedenmayer

  • Adjunct Professor
  • B.A., Art, Humanities, and English, Washington College
  • M.A.T., Sierra Nevada College

Toby moved to Reno, Nevada after coaching softball and field hockey at Randolph-Macon College in 2003. She completed her Teacher’s Certification at Sierra Nevada College in 2004 with a focus on secondary art and English. She began teaching at Rainshadow Community Charter High School in Reno, Nevada during her student teaching internship and has remained. Toby continued her education at University of Nevada, Reno, adding a Special Education Endorsement to her Teacher’s License. She is currently the Dean of Academics and Special Education Case Manager at Rainshadow Community Charter High School. Toby joined the Sierra Nevada College faculty as an adjunct in the Teachers Education Program in the summer of 2011.


Faculty & Staff – Las Vegas


Beth Taliaferro Bouchard

  • Professor, Department Chair
  • B.A., Social Sciences, University of Arkansas
  • M.A., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Colorado.

Beth Bouchard has twenty-two years of experience in education as a public school classroom teacher, curriculum specialist, elementary school principal, and college and university instructor. Her last position was the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Florida Department of Education.   In addition to her administrative duties, Bouchard also teaches in the Teacher Education program.

Jeanne Klockow, Ph.D.

  • Professor, M.Ed. Program Director
  • B.A., Governors State University
  • M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, Governors State University
  • Ph.D., Instructional and Curricular Studies, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Dr. Jeanne A. Klockow, is currently serving as the Director for the Master in Education degree in Advanced Teaching and Leadership (M.Ed.) Program. Dr. Klockow created and developed the M.Ed. program, with a primary focus on advocacy and teachers as agents for change through active leadership. The primary purpose of the M.Ed. program is to encourage professionals to become leaders in their respective professional fields. Dr. Klockow also serves as a Professor in the Department of Teacher Education, where she teaches classes in leadership and educational theory. Prior to coming to SNC, Dr. Klockow served in other educational capacities including the Director for the Center for Teaching & Learning-Assessment and also Curriculum Developer for large environmental agencies.

Maria Meyerson, Ph.D.

  • Professor, Graduate Research Coordinator
  • B.S., Education, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • M.S., Education, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Ph.D., Literacy Education, State University of New York at Buffalo

Maria joined the SNC Adjunct Faculty in 2007, bringing more than 20 years of experience in higher education to the classroom.  Currently, Maria has been appointed Director of Graduate Research of Teacher Education at SNC.


Angela Geiger

  • Adjunct Professor

Trudy Abell

  • Adjunct Professor, Professional Project Director

Gretchen Alden

  • Adjunct Professor

Jacquie AllenJacqueline Allen

  • Adjunct Professor
  • B.A., Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A., Communicative Disorders, California State University, Northridge
  • M.A., Educational administration, California State University, Los Angeles
  • Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Nova Southeastern University

Dr. Jacqueline Allen has thirty-five years of experience in education as a public school special education classroom teacher, special school assistant principal, area instructional coordinator, and area special education director.  She currently works for the Clark County School District as a Special Education Director, in addition to providing post-secondary instruction in special education.

Ginger ArrutiGinger Arruti

  • Adjunct Professor, Online

Ginger Arruti is currently an online instructor for the Master in Education degree in Advanced Teaching and Leadership (M.Ed.) Ginger Arruti is one of the instructors for TLDR503 Practical Advocacy.  In addition to working for Sierra Nevada College, she also teaches French and Spanish for the Clark County School District. Ginger Arruti earned her Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish at the University of New Mexico.  Later Ginger Arruti earned her Masters in Education from Sierra Nevada College.

Marsha Anderson, Ph.D.

  • Adjunct Professor, Thesis Chair

Robert Barnes

  • Adjunct Professor

Allison F. Berman

  • Adjunct Professor
  • B.S., Education, University of Arizona
  • M.S., Counseling, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Furthering her education, Allison received her endorsement certification in Gifted Education from Sierra Nevada College.  In addition, Allison has obtained endorsements in School Administration and Educational Media. Allison has been a classroom teacher, an adult educational administrator for TUSD in Tucson Arizona, a multicultural trainer for CCSD, a Religious School Director in Summerlin Nevada, a presenter for Gifted and Special Education Conferences for CCSD, and is the co-author of “Teaching with Dignity.”  Currently, Allison is the GATE Program Facilitator for the Northwest Region, an Itinerant Specialist for the CCSD Highly Gifted Program.

Kandace Birdsall-Harden

  • Adjunct Professor
  • B.A., Applied Arts and Sciences, San Diego State University
  • M.Ed., Instructional and Curricular Studies, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Advanced Studies Certification in Gifted and Talented Education, Sierra Nevada College.

In 2005 and 2006, Kandace received the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers Award.  Currently, Kandace is a Literacy Specialist at Clarence Piggott Elementary School.

Bernadine Brunson, Ph.D.

  • Adjunct Professor, Thesis Chair

Sandra Carmody

  • Adjunct Professor

Nancy K. CauleyNancy Cauley

  • Adjunct Professor
  • B.S. and M.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology University of Nevada Reno
  • Ed.S. Educational Leadership University of Nevada Reno

Nancy Cauley has 22 years of experience in public education as a Speech Pathologist, Asst. Principal, and Principal at an elementary school in Lake Tahoe. She is an adjunct instructor for the MAT and MEd programs.

Sallie Chaffin

  • Adjunct Professor
  • B.S., Southern Utah State University
  • M.Ed., University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Sallie brings more than 33 years of teaching experience to the classroom.  In addition, she supervises student teachers and works for the Professional Development Department at CCDS as an Alternate Route to Certification as a project facilitator and teacher mentor.

Maria Chairez, Ed.D.

  • Thesis Chair

Deanna R. Davis

  • Adjunct Professor
  • B.S., Business Management, San Diego State University
  • M.A., Higher Education Administration, New York University
  • Ph.D., Workforce Education and Organizational Leadership, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

In addition Dr. Davis’s position at SNC, she also serves as the Director for Academic Enrichment at the UNLV Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach (CAEO). She administers four federally funded TRiO projects (three Student Support Services, and McNair Scholars Program).

Dr. Davis has been an educator for more than 15 years. Her previous positions include serving as an elementary school teacher and counselor for San Francisco Unified School District.

Dr. Davis has made numerous presentations on educational issues on the state, regional, and national levels. Her professional affiliations include the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and TRIO Training Faculty. Dr. Davis also serves as a part-time instructor in the College of Urban Affairs at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Brenda Daw, Ph.D.

  • Adjunct Professor
  • PhD, University of Las Vegas, Nevada

Heather Day, Ph.D.

  • Thesis Chair

Miah Daughtery

  • Adjunct Professor

Sheri DeMottSheri Demott

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, California Southern University
  • M.A. in Special Education (emphasis on School Psychology & School Administration), University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • B.A., South Florida University
  • Certified School Administration K-12
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Nevada and Utah

Sheri has been in the educational field for 40 years as a school psychologist, a special education teacher, an adjunct professor and a member of the Clark County School District Threat Assessment Team.

She is currently enjoying living in the mountains of Utah with her two Cavalier King Charles pups, and looks forward to continuing her experience with Sierra Nevada College.

Lisa Doptis

  • Adjunct Professor

Mike A. Foster

  • Adjunct Professor
  • B.S., Physical Education, Northern Arizona University.
  • M.S., Northern Arizona University.

In addition, Mike received his Administrative Certification in 1981 from the same University. In 1997, Mike received the NAU Centennial Year of Education Distinguished Alumni Award.

Kevin Graziano, Ed.D.

  • Thesis Chair

Bob Gerye

  • Adjunct Professor
  • B.A.,  English and Theater, Washburn University.
  • M.A., University of Kansas

In addition, Bob became a Certified Breaking Ranks Trainer for the National Association of Secondary School Principals in 1990. Among his numerous achievements, Bob founded two high schools in the Las Vegas area: Las Vegas Academy and Spring Valley High School.  In addition, in September of 2006, Bob received Congressional Recognition for his contributions to education in Las Vegas.

Ritzie GratrixRitzie Gratrix

  • Adjunct Professor
  • BCBA Respecialization, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • M.Ed., Special Education with Emphasis in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • B.S., Special Education General Studies, University of Nevada Las Vegas

Ritzie Gratrix has worked with people with Autism Spectrum Disorder for over 10 years. She began her career as home program tutor. She has earned her Bachelor’s Degree and Masters of Education degree to continue to work with the students with autism in a public school setting. She has received training in other various areas such as has received supplemental training in the areas of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children (TEACCH) and Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). Ritzie is currently teaching as a Special Education Teacher in a Secondary Autism Program.

Darren Hall

  • Adjunct Professor

LaDonna Henderson

  • Adjunct Professor
  • M.Ed., Nova Southwestern University

LaDonna Henderson is an Assistant Principal with the Clark County School District (CCSD)with over 15 years experience teaching special education students. Her educational philosophy is that we must teach each and every student to succeed.

Heather HonigHeather Honig

  • Adjunct Professor, TESL.

Heather Honig began teaching at Sierra Nevada in spring, 2009.  She graduated from Grand Canyon University with a MA in Curriculum and Instruction in Technology.   Prior to receiving her MA, Ms. Honig earned a BA in Education with a TESL minor.   In her 13 years of teaching, she has taught elementary and middle school in both California and Nevada.   Each of these experiences has allowed her to teach many diverse language learners. Ms. Honig is currently teaching middle school science courses in Las Vegas.

Caprice Houstonhouston

  • Adjunct Professor, M.Ed. Administration Coordinator Assistant
  • B.A. in Secondary Education, UNLV
  • M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, UNLV
  • National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescents English Language Arts

A native of Las Vegas, Nevada, Caprice taught for 13 years in the Clark County School District as a secondary English teacher in both middle school and high school. She worked at National University and the College of Southern Nevada for 7 years as faculty and administrator before coming to Sierra Nevada College.

Amanda Kappel

  • Adjunct Professor
  • B.S., Special Education, Western Illinois University
  • M.Ed., Special Education, Nevada State College
  • ESL Endorsement, Nevada State College

While in Chicago she taught in a self contained cross categorical classroom (all subjects) as well as math in a self contained emotional/behavioral classroom.  After moving to Las Vegas she was a Self Contained Autism teacher and is now currently a Special Education Instructional Facilitator.

Cynthia KimballKimballCynthia-cr

  • Adjunct Professor
  • B.A., English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, American Intercontinental University
  • ABD Curriculum and Instruction, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Cynthia Kimball is a hope-based consultant, curriculum builder, facilitator, and leader. Some of Cynthia’s teaching and research interests include: hope-based action and leadership, leadership love, leadership forgiveness, and person and relationship-centered care. Prior to graduate school, she worked as a technical college administrator, technical college business and management training faculty, patient educator and advocate, and columnist.

Her favorite quote is from Colonel Arthur J. Athens, USMC, (Ret.), Director of the U.S. Naval Academy’s Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership: “I believe if you ask any extraordinary leader ‘what does leadership and love have to do with it’, they would tell you everything.”

Matthew Keener

  • Adjunct Professor
  • B.S. Elementary Education, Slippery Rock University, PA
  • M.S. Education: Elementary Reading and Math, Walden University
  • M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction: Technology, Grand Canyon University

Matthew Keener currently teachers TESL 563: Methods & Materials – Non-Native English Speaking.  Matthew has a Masters degree from Walden University in elementary reading and math as well as a Masters degree from Grand Canyon University in Instructional Technology.  He is early childhood certified and teaching English as a second language endorsed.  He currently teaches second grade in an urban school in Las Vegas, NV.

krasch,delilah-crDelilah Krasch

  • Adjunct Professor
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • M.S., Elementary Education, Nova Southeastern University
  • M.Ed., Special Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Ph.D., Special Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Delilah Krasch is an adjunct faculty member for the online M.Ed. program. Dr. Krasch is also a project facilitator for the Early Childhood Department of Clark County School District and is an autism and early childhood special education content specialist for the New Teacher Center and the e-Mentoring for Student Success program. She has also served as a part-time instructor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and taught third grade, second grade, and self-contained autism classes.

April L. Key

  • Adjunct Professor
  • B.A, University of New Mexico
  • M.Ed., Special Education, University of New Mexico

She furthered her education even more at UNM and became an Education Specialist in 1999.  April has prior experience as both an elementary and secondary principal.  Currently, she is the Principal at Global Science Middle School.

Dorothy (Dottie) Kulesza, Ed.D.

  • Adjunct Professor

Dr. Dottie Kulesza is an assistant principal in an elementary school in Clark County School District. Dr. Kulesza received all of her degrees from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has been teaching a variety of courses for the past several years in Sierra Nevada College’s M.A.T. and M.Ed. programs, both face-to-face and online.

Dustin B. Mancl

  • Adjunct Professor
  • B.S., Elementary Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • M.Ed., Special Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
  • TESL Endorsement, Sierra Nevada College

Dustin is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children and the Council for Learning Disabilities.  In addition, Dustin received the 2006-2007 Outstanding Special Education Teacher Award from the National Association of Special Education Teachers in Washington D.C.  Currently, Dustin is the Intermediate SLD teacher at Paradise Professional Development School and an Inclusive Schools Project Trainer for the East Region’s Student Support Services Division.

Andrew Martinez, Ed.D.

  • Thesis Chair

Cheryl Mayfield

  • Adjunct Professor

Richard A. McEananey, Ed.D.

  • Adjunct Professor
  • B.A., Music Education, University of Arizona
  • M.M., University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Ed.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Northern Arizona University

Currently, Richard is the coordinator of Secondary Fine Arts for the Clark County School District in Las Vegas.

Maria Meyerson

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo

Janet Miner

  • Adjunct Professor
  • B.A., Education, Augustana College
  • M.S., Special Education, Western Illinois University

Janet is currently a Special Education Facilitator for CCDS at the Middle School Level. In addition, Janet serves on the CCSD committee for Inclusive School Practices and presents in-services district-wide on this topic.

Thomas Mullins, Ed.D.

  • Adjunct Professor, Thesis Chair

Tammy Muniz

  • Adjunct Professor
  • B.S., Secondary Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • M.Ed., Secondary Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • M.Ed., Literacy, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Tammy Muniz is currently teaching for Sierra Nevada College’s Master in Education degree in Advanced Teaching and Leadership Program. Ms. Muniz also teaches English at Foothill High School in Henderson, NV and has been educating students in the Clark County school district for seven years. In addition, she received an Advanced Studies Certificate in teacher leadership from the Clark County School District.

Jacob Murdock

  • Adjunct Professor
  • B.A., Political Science, Fort Lewis College
  • M.Ed., Higher Education Leadership, University of Arkansas

Jacob Murdock, is currently an Adjunct Faculty member in the Advanced Teaching and Leadership (M.Ed.) program. Jacob is also the Manager of the United Way of Southern Nevada Volunteer Center. Prior to teaching at SNC, Jacob taught in the Leadership & Civic Engagement Minor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Linda PatefieldLinda Patefield

  • Adjunct Professor

Linda Patefield, MSM is currently teaching the online ALDR 505 class.   Linda began teaching online for Sierra Nevada College in the summer of 2011.  She has over twenty years experience in Human Resources and currently works as a Human Resource Director at a college in Indiana.  Linda received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Robert Morris University; and a Masters of Science in Management from Argosy University.

Carmel Phelan

  • Adjunct Professor

Natalie Prasch

  • Adjunct Professor
  • B.A., Spanish, University of Minnesota
  • M.A., Education, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota

Natalie is currently an ELL Specialist at Canyon Springs High School.

Robert SolomonSolomonRobert

  • Adjunct Professor
  • M.A. in Educational Leadership, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Robert began his career in education as a classroom teacher over 16 years ago with the Clark County School District. He has been a teacher leader within the District’s training and assessment departments and expanded his teaching working with adults as an adjunct faculty member at the university level for several years, loving every minute. For the past 10 years he has beenan assistant principal and principal in Clark County.

As a current elementary school principal, he savors the time he has with children and the opportunities to work with talented educators. He has also have been supporting SNC Administrative Interns as their SNC Administrative Internship Supervisor,which provides him with additional opportunities to fulfill his passion to coach and mentor other educators as future administrators.

Stephanie StaubStephanie Staub

  • Adjunct Professor
  • B.A., Communication Disorders, SUNY New Paltz, New York
  • M.S., Special Education and Elementary Education, Hofstra University, New York
  • M.S., School Administration and Supervision, The College of New Rochelle, New York

Stephanie Staub has 15 years of experience in education as a public special education teacher . She began her teaching experience in New York City Public Schools and continued teaching middle school Special Education in Freeport New York. Stephanie is currently teaching high school with the Clark County School District. In addition, to teaching, Stephanie is also an instructional coach for the RTI committee at her high school.

Jeffrey B. Schroer

  • Adjunct Professor
  • B.S., West Virginia University
  • M.Ed., University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Currently, he is the Department Chair and Student Council Advisor at Monaco Middle School.

Brooke Stratton

  • Adjunct Professor

John Sullivan

  • Adjunct Faculty
  • M.S., Nova Southeastern University

Francie Summers

  • Adjunct Professor

Darlene Russell, Ed.D.

  • Professional Project Director

Bonnie TownsendBonnie Townsend

  • Adjunct Professor

Bonnie Townsend, Ed.D, is currently teaching the online TLDR 601 class. Bonnie began teaching for Sierra Nevada College in the fall of 2011. Her teaching career spans forty years, and includes working as an elementary teacher, special education teacher, special education administrator and school site administrator, and part-time professor. Bonnie is currently Principal at Ira J. Earl Elementary School, in the Clark County School District. Bonnie received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, a Masters in Ed. in Special Education, and a Masters in Ed. in Elementary School Administration from East Central University, Ada, OK. She earned her doctorate degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in Curriculum and Instruction.

Julie Tumpney

  • Adjunct Professor
  • B.S., Elementary Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • B.A., Psychology, California State University, Long Beach
  • M.S., Elementary Reading and Literacy, Walden University
  • National Board Certification in Early and Middle childhood/Literacy: Reading-Language Arts

Ms. Tumpney currently teaches TESL 565: Teaching Language Arts – listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Ms. Tumpney has a Masters degree from Walden University in elementary reading and literacy, and has completed 32 graduate credits above the master’s degree level. Her endorsements include teaching English as a second language, elementary literacy specialist, and computer applications. She currently teaches at an urban elementary school near downtown Las Vegas, Nevada.

Colleen Vlacancich

  • Adjunct Professor
  • B.S., State University of New York at Oswego
  • M.A., Library Science, Stonybrook University,

Colleen has earned over 60 post graduate credits from various institutions. Colleen joined the SNC Adjunct Faculty in 2006, bringing over 14 years of education and experience to the classroom.  She taught at a private school in New York her first year of teaching and at Farmingdale School District in New York for the next 7 years. Moving to Las Vegas, Collen was employed by CCSD for 6 years and is currently the GATE Specialist and Facilitator of the Highly Gifted Program.

Patti Wamsley

  • Adjunct Professor
  • B.S. in Education, Central Michigan University
  • M.A.T. in Administration, Sierra Nevada College

Patti Wamsley serves as a Performance Zone Instructional Coach, Project Facilitator for the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada. She has attended the University of California Los Angeles, University of California Riverside, Western Michigan University, and Central Michigan University graduate schools, where she studied brain research for language acquisition and literacy development.

David Westendorf

  • Adjunct Professor
  • B.A., Elementary Education, University of Northern Iowa
  • M.Ed., Educational Leadership, Texas Woman’s University

David is currently the principal at David M. Cox Elementary School.

Karen Williams

  • Adjunct Professor
  • M.Ed., Trinity Washington University

Ms. Williams has spent the majority of her career working in the Maryland. Hre experience includes teaching abroad, classroom and school administration with an emphasis in Special Education, and education policy. She is currently an educator with the Clark County School District, Las Vegas, NV.


Joyce Flynn

  • Enrollment Services

John Keith

  • Administrative Assistant, M.Ed. Program

Aaron Honig

  • Administrative Assistant