Roger is a longtime North Tahoe native, having lived in Tahoe City, CA for 56 years. He joined the family retail business, Porter’s Ski & Sport, shortly after graduating from UC Berkeley. He grew the business from a single retail store to a chain of four, which he ran for thirty years until selling in 2002. The business received many industry and local awards over that period. Roger currently owns & manages several north shore commercial buildings, including some of which house Porter’s stores.
Roger has served on several community & ski industry boards of directors, including the Tahoe City Public Utility District, the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, the Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation, the Placer County Economic Development Board, the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, Sports Specialists Limited, the Tahoe Fund, the Tahoe Forest Hospital District, and currently the Tahoe Prosperity Center.
Roger was named Citizen of the Year by the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association in 2002 and was an Olympic relay torch bearer prior to the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. He has been married to his wife, Vicki, for 37 years. They have two children, S. Victoria Kahn and Alexis Kahn. Roger is an avid skier, hiker and kayaker.
- Ed.D. in Institutional Management, Pepperdine University
- M.S. in School Administration, Pepperdine University
- M.S. in Business Administration, Marketing/Management, California State University, Long Beach
- B.A. in Economics, California State University, Long Beach
- MFA, Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
2013-14 Fullbright-Nehru Scholar Daniel Robert Kelly is a cross-discipline conceptual artist. He is active in multiple mediums, ranging from automated personas who roam the social spaces of the Internet to interactivity embedded in analog exploits of traditionally projected celluloid. His work often uses traditional animation, digital videography and photography encased in sculptural artifacts and installation.
He has exhibited in massive collaborative projects incorporating CGI for the Anchorage Museum and the Milwaukee Modern Art Museum. Currently, he teaches digital video production, interactive installation and darkroom photography.
- BS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University
- MS, Natural Resources, University of Michigan
Meghan teaches Environmental Engineering at Sierra Nevada College. A professional engineer by day, she works for the Nevada Tahoe Conservation District on a variety of restoration and stormwater treatment projects in the Tahoe Basin. Her primary areas of expertise and interest are stream restoration and low impact development. She enjoys teaching at SNC as a way to stay current in the fields of engineering and natural resources and to stay inspired by the inquisitive minds of students. In her spare time she enjoys skiing, whitewater, and mountain biking
- BA, University of Nevada, Reno
- MA, 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.
Mr. Kennedy is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the Harvard University Graduate School of Business.
He spend most of his career in the gold mining business. In his 35 year career he managed exploration, discovery, and development of gold projects/mines in the U.S., Chile, and Mexico. As CEO he led Meridian Gold Company through dramatic growth and ultimately sold the company to Yamana Gold in 2007, and retired for the first time.
Over the next six years, former employees of Meridian Gold and Brian created a new gold company, Argonaut Gold, and completed a successful IPO. Brian was Chairman through 2015.
For the past five years he has served on the Board of NV Energy, Argonaut Gold Inc., and Western Exploration, as well as a Trustee on the Community Foundation of Western Nevada and the Nevada Museum of Art.
Brian is married to Nancy J. Kennedy and they have two children and four grandchildren who live in California.
- BA, Baldwin-Wallace College
- MFA, Kent State University
Mary is currently interested in creating works on paper which includes combining collage, printmaking, drawing and painting. These works on paper are explorations of media, idea and repetition. Many of the images she uses are borrowed from familiar printed material such as science textbooks, children’s books and parenting manuals. Mary has participated in numerous shows nationally and regionally, most recently a solo exhibition at the McKinley Arts Center in Reno, NV. Her prints are in the collection of Kent State University, Iowa State University, and Zygote Press among others. She is an associate professor at Sierra Nevada College teaching drawing, painting, printmaking and design.
Representing Senate District 16
First elected to the Nevada State Senate in 2010, Ben Kieckhefer was re‐elected in 2014 to represent a district that covers southern Washoe County and the entirety of Carson City. Ben was elected into Senate Republican Caucus leadership following the 2012 elections, and in 2015 was chosen as the Senate’s Assistant Majority Leader and Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.
Prior to his election, Ben served the State of Nevada as communications director for Governor Jim Gibbons and public information officer for the Department of Health and Human Services. He is also a former journalist, having worked for the Reno Gazette‐Journal and the Associated Press covering government and politics.
The majority of Ben’s work in the Nevada Legislature focuses on budget and tax policy, healthcare, and education. His accomplishments include the creation of Nevada’s first need‐ based scholarship program for community college students, the development of alternate routes to licensure for Nevada teachers, the creation of a statutory sunset committee to review state government operations, and legislation cracking down on child sex offenders.
Outside of the Legislature, Ben works full‐time as the Director of Client Relations for the statewide Nevada law firm McDonald Carano Wilson LLP, and also serves on numerous charitable boards in northern Nevada.
Among Ben’s numerous honors, he was recognized as a 2011 winner of Reno‐Tahoe Young Professionals Network’s Twenty Under 40 awards, he was selected as a Fellow in the 2013 class of the Aspen Institute’s Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership, and he was recognized by the Builders Association of Northern Nevada as the 2015 Outstanding Public Official.
Ben completed his undergraduate studies at DePaul University in Chicago, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English. He also received a Master of Arts in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois – Springfield.
Despite Ben’s enthusiasm for public policy, his family remains his first priority. Ben and his wife April have two sets of boy‐girl twins: Aspen, Austin, Lucy, and Lincoln. In what little free time he can find, Ben likes to fish, ski, hunt, and cheer tirelessly for the Chicago Cubs.
Fiction, Poetry, Music
- Ph.D. in American Literature, University of California at Davis
Christian Kiefer’s first novel, The Infinite Tides (Bloomsbury) appeared on best of the year lists from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist and was given rave reviews in The Washington Post, Oprah.com, the San Francisco Chronicle, Brooklyn Rain, Library Journal, Huffington Post, and elsewhere. T.C. Boyle called the novel “smart, lyrical [and] deeply moving” and noted its “emotional complexity and pure aching beauty.” Pam Houston called it “the most emotionally and syntactically sophisticated debut I have ever seen.” His second novel, The Animals (Liveright / W.W. Norton) was a best book of the year from Amazon.com and was praised by Richard Ford, Janet Fitch, and many others. Porter Shreve, writing about the novel in the San Francisco Chronicle, noted that “the book is not just a galloping great read; it’s a violent, tender, terrifying, genuine work of art.”
Kiefer is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize for his short fiction, which has appeared in Santa Monica Review, Zyzzyva, Catamaran Literary Reader, and elsewhere. He writes and publishes poetry on a regular basis, and has a long second career in music, under the auspices of which he has collaborated with members of Smog, Sun Kil Moon, Wilco, Low, and The Band.
He teaches regularly at conferences including the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and the Catamaran Writing Conference, and has been a fellow at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Upcoming work includes the novella, One Day Soon Time Will Have No Place Left to Hide (Nouvella) and the novel, Kingdom of Wolves (Liveright / W.W. Norton).
He lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada northeast of Sacramento, California with his wife and sons.