- BS, University of Phoenix
Rachelle Pellissier brings extensive leadership and management experience as an Executive Director, CEO, and Vice President for a number of non-profit organizations, including the Workforce Housing Association of Truckee Tahoe and the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce. Most recently, she served for six years as the Executive Director of ReStart, Inc. which provided mental health and homeless services in the Reno area; while at ReStart she developed a sustainable income stream for operations to supplement grant-based programmatic funds.
Rachelle then managed the successful merger of ReStart’s programs with those of the Volunteers of America, Northern California and Northern Nevada, and served for three years as the VP for the Northern Nevada Region of Volunteers of American, the merged entity, and oversaw a staff of seventy. Earlier in her career she was the Operations Manager for Truckee River Associates, a large commercial real estate firm. Rachelle is completing her MA in Public Administration at the University of Phoenix.
- B.A. in English Literature, Occidental College
- M.S. in Government and Business Administration, George Washington University
- Ph.D. in Administration and Policy Analysis in Higher Education, Stanford University
Vance brings more than 35 years of higher education advancement leadership experience to his role as founder and principal of Vance Peterson & Associates, LLC. He was President of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the international association of educational institutions which serves 70,000 advancement professionals representing more than 3,600 institutions in 76 countries. He also served as President of Sierra Nevada College from 1996 to 2000 and is well familiar with the college’s history and many past donors and members of the Board of Trustees.
Vance’s past experience in college and university advancement include the following leadership roles: Vice President for University Advancement and President of the CSUN Foundation at California State University, Northridge, which raised over $70 million and increased foundation assets 32% to over $100 million during his tenure; Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Occidental College, where he directed the successful $72 million “Compass for A New Century” campaign; and, Director of Campaign Operations and Associate Provost for Development at UCLA during its first comprehensive fundraising campaign which brought in over $375 million in new philanthropic support.
- SB, Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- MS, Computer Science, Stanford University
- PhD, Computer Science, Stanford University
Pollack has been with SNC since 2001 and has taught at the City College of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, and the University of British Columbia. His special interests include programming languages, graphics, compilers, theory of computing, and entertainment technology. Pollack sits on the ACM SIGGRAPH Education Curriculum Committee which has developed a knowledge base for Computer Graphics.
Pollack’s interests also include downhill skiing, hiking, sailing and reading (especially science fiction). He is a past member of the National Ski Patrol (40 years); patrolling most frequently at Donner Ski Ranch.
The link to the Computer Science website is: http://snow.sierranevada.edu/~csci/
Robert Preger’s career spans over 25 years in the Software Industry. After graduating with a BSEE from Carnegie Tech in 1962, Bob held a number of positions in the formative years of the Software Industry and eventually became part of the original management team at Oracle in 1980. Bob retired from a sales and marketing position shortly after Oracle’s successful IPO in 1986. As an independent investor, he has been instrumental in the development of several small companies in Northern California. Bob has supported a number of initiatives at Carnegie Mellon University, including an Architectural CAD Lab, The Intelligent Workplace Facility, and most recently, the Entertainment Technology Center. Bob’s support of the Intelligent Workplace Facility resulted in the facility being named for him.
Bob and his wife Eleanor have resided in Incline Village since 1987 and have served on the Board of SNC for over 10 years. In 2000, Bob and his wife provided the lead funding for establishing a Computer Science Major at Sierra Nevada College, and chaired the Computer Science Advisory Board at the college.
Mr. Prim co-founded the San Francisco law firm of Howard & Prim in 1958 and was a partner until 1983. He was also one of the original founders of Hambrecht & Quist. He has served as chairman of the board of the San Francisco Ballet and the Bob Hope Performing Arts Center (McCallum Theater) in Palm Desert, Calif. He was also a member of the board of directors of Menlo College and the Vintage Club (both in Calif.). He is active in venture capital and LBOs and remains the chief executive officer and owner of Prim & Associates.
Mr. Prim holds a bachelor of arts degree from the Naval Officer’s V-12 Program, Iowa State; a bachelor of science degree in law and accounting from the University of Washington, and a doctor of laws degree from the University of Washington.