- BA, Sierra Nevada College
- MBA, Golden State University
Ms. Nichols, who goes by the nickname “Ro,” comes to SNC Tahoe from Seattle. There she guided the evolution of several academic and non-profit institutions by planning and executing major fundraising and capital campaigns accompanying integrated marketing and public relations initiatives. Recent roles include Vice President of Institutional Advancement at St. Martin’s University, Director of Resource Development and Marketing at World Concern, and Director of External Relations at the Museum of Glass.
She has also held leadership positions at the University of Washington, Seattle Children’s Home, and Montana State University, among others.
Ms. Nichols’s diverse background includes passions for writing, cooking and travel. She spent 11 years living in Northern Italy, an experience that shaped her worldview. She is a published author of mysteries and thrillers, had a company that produced mystery weekends and dinners for paying clients, served as sous chef for Sur la Table cooking classes, and has even owned a corporate travel agency.
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BA, Political Science, University of California, Davis
MS, Advanced Business Management, Pace University
Doctor of Humane Letters, Sierra Nevada College.
Richard S. Normington (Rick) spent 30 years with Pacific Bell, AT&T, and Bell Laboratories in a wide variety of assignments in engineering, operations, sales and marketing, product development, corporate strategy, European business development, legal, and public-policy outreach. He is also a Certified Management Consultant, focusing principally on organizational effectiveness and process improvement. Rick joined the faculty of SNC as an adjunct in fall 2005 and accepted a full-time position in fall 2006. He has received several awards for teaching and academic service at multiple institutions, the Lael Berkstresser Award for Exceptional Executive Leadership in the private sector, was the NCET’s Faculty Advisor of the Year in 2011, and serves on the boards of several entrepreneurial and academic organizations.
- BFA, University of Colorado
- MFA, Claremont Graduate University
Sheri joined SNC in 1997. Before moving to Nevada, she lived in Colorado and taught ceramics and art courses at Aims Community College in Greeley for nine years. Her work has been featured in Ceramics Monthly magazine and Clay Times magazine, and has been included in national juried shows and local shows.Courses: Beginning Ceramics, Intermediate Ceramics, Advanced Ceramics, Glaze Technology, Advanced Studio, Raku, Handbuilding
- B.S., Secondary Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- M.Ed., Educational Leadership, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
I am currently serving as the Vice President of Strategic Operations and the Executive Leadership Resident at The Public Education Foundation. Prior to this, I have been a Life Science teacher, Science Department Chairperson, Dean of Students and Assistant Principal at several at-risk middle and high schools throughout the Vegas Valley.
I attended public K-12 schools in Missouri, New York, Minnesota, Colorado, and California. I have a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Biological Sciences and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, both from UNLV. In 2002, I was accepted into the CCSD/UNLV Principal Preparation Program cohort and received a master’s degree in Educational Leadership.
Richard Offerdahl began his first business, a paper route, in 1953 at age 10. He was granted a BSEE in 1965, and worked in the computer industry until 1981.
In 1981 he co-founded Zycad Corporation, serving as its President until 1986. Zycad’s 1984 IPO raised $30 million. While he was President of Zycad, sales rose to $25 million per year.
In 1987 he purchased majority interest in DigiBoard (which became DGII, Digi International), a maker of computer serial cards and ports for connecting peripherals to networks, and became its first outside Director. While Mr. Offerdahl was associated with DGII, sales rose from $3 million to $160 million per year.
Mr. Offerdahl helped start Harbor Medical in 1989. As Lead Director he merged Harbor with American Biosystems, which became Advanced Respiratory and was sold to Hillenbrand (HI) for $129M. He has also been a Director and/or investor in a variety of small companies, most of which failed or are not yet successful. His experience ranges from starting companies, financial management, and boards of directors, to building renovation and both residential and commercial construction.
He has been a donor to and friend of SNC since 1997, including Board membership (and briefly Chairman) during troubled times.
- B.S., Psychology, Roosevelt University of Chicago, Illinois
- M.A., Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Roosevelt University of Chicago, Illinois
- Ph.D. Candidate, Learning & Technology, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Marissa Owens’s research interests include: collaborative argumentation, social media, online learning, and science education. Her dissertation explores the impact social media has on collaborative argumentation in an online classroom setting. She has taught online courses both at the undergraduate and graduate level in Educational Psychology, Educational Assessment, and Educational Leadership.