Our WCSD Volunteer Services Community Advisory Board (VSCAB)

  • The Next Volunteer Services Advisory meeting will be announced as soon as this information is available. Please check back for the new date and time.

    The Washoe County School District Volunteer Services Community Advisory Board (VSCAB) generates ideas, advocates for the role of volunteering, and makes suggestions to the Volunteer Services Department.
    If you would like to contact the Volunteer Services Advisory Board please email labennett@washoeschools.net or call 775-348-0346


    WCSD Community Advisory Board Members

    Image of Dr. Richard Meier standing on stairs smiling

    Dr. Richard Meier: Dr. Richard Meier is a native Nevadan who graduated from UNR with honors, B.S. Biology; Pacific University, B.S. Psychology and Doctor of Optometry with Distinction. He established his practice in Reno in 1979. He is a Fellow in the College of Optometrist in Vision Depvelopment (FCOVD), former Western Regional Director and board member of the national organization. Dr. Meier is a Fellow candidate in Neuro-Optometric Academy (NORA). He is also a member of the Executives' Association of Reno, the American and Nevada Optometric Associations, and has been Young Optometrist of the Year for the Nevada Optometric Association. Dr. Meier offers continuing education courses for school districts in Nevada and California. He is a provider for Nevada Bureau of Services to the Blind and Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. He is active in biking, skiing and running; having run more than 44 marathons including 5 Boston Marathons. 

    Patti Bernard Patti Bernard: Patti is a former elementary and middle school science and history teacher in Douglas and Washoe County schools. She held the position of Assistant Principal at Sarah Winnemucca and Libbie Booth schools, and retired as Principal of Libbie Booth in 2004. She has served on the WCSD Superintendent's Advisory Committees, WCSD science and history curriculum committees, and the first Nevada State Standards History Committee. She is an advocate for volunteerism and is pleased to be a member of the Volunteer Services Community Advisory Board.
    Kathleen Noneman Kathleen Noneman: Kathleen is currently serving as a part time Family Court Master for the Second Judicial District Family Court in Reno, Nevada. She holds a JD from Nevada School of Law and is licensed to practice law in California and Nevada. She aso holds an MS in Business Management from Troy State University in Troy, Alabama, and a BA in Language Arts and Social Sciences from California State University at Chico. Prior to her becoming an attorney, she lived and taught in Europe. She also taught at various places in the U.S. including Reno where she taught ESL at Traner.
    Stephen Benna Stephen Benna: Stephen attended the University of Nevada Reno from 1970-1975 and received a B.S. in Managerial Science. He spent the majority of his career with C.B. Concrete Company; from 1975-2010. He was the General Manager of C.B. Concrete from 1987 through 2003. He was also the owner and General Manager of Capital City Concrete Company from 1984 through 2003. Steve has served on many boards including: Catholic Community Services, Comstock Bank, Sierra Nevada Concrete Association, and Associated General Contractors.

    Robin Mercer is a retired political fundraiser who has two children in the Washoe County School System.  

    Before starting in political campaigns, Robin graduated with a Master’s Degree in psychology from the University of York, England.  She worked in Washington DC in the office of Vice President Dan Quayle and US Senator Burns from Montana. 

    As a retired fundraiser, Robin enjoys helping non-profits with their fundraising needs.  She and her daughter founded the Willow Brook Foundation which introduces youth to cultural programs to promote interest in the arts.   

    Robin enjoys riding her horses, playing tennis and travel.  

    Karen McGee

    Karen McGee: Karen McGee is currently retired and is an Independent Consultant for Scholastic Classroom Libraries. She received her B.S. in Elementary and Physical Education from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1967. She received her M.A. in Reading from the University of Nevada in 1988. From 1989 through 2004, she served as Reading Coordinator for K-12. Prior to that, she was a kindergarten teacher at Elizabeth Lenz Elementary School.

    Cheri Hill
    Cheri S. Hill: President & CEO of Sage International, Inc., a leading provider of financial education, business development and wealth protection strategies. For over two decades, Cheri has taught thousands of business owners, investors, professionals and entrepreneurs how to properly structure their business and personal assets to safely grow, protect and leverage their hard-earned wealth. She is a national speaker, best-selling author, host of the weekly “Cheri Hill Radio Show” and a Certified NxLeveL Instructor for the Nevada Small Business Development Center. Cheri is very active within the Northern Nevada entrepreneurial community currently serving on the following boards: Entrepreneurship Nevada; Entrepreneurs Assembly; the Alliance for Nevada Nonprofits; and Nevadaworks. She is a master connector and is recognized as one of the founding members of the Reno/Tahoe Chapter of eWomenNetwork.
    Mariah Evans   Mariah Evans: Mariah Evans is Professor of Sociology, Coordinator of the Applied Statistics Program, Faculty Member in the Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Social Psychology, and Faculty Member of the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of Nevada. She is a prolific author of over 50 books and substantial articles. A highlight of her extensive research on learning is a 20-year study that has robustly documented the importance of books and reading for academic success, especially for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Another highlight is analysis of experiments to enhance academic performance and health of teens by shifting high school start-times to mid-morning. She is a local and national speaker and a warm proponent of volunteer programs supporting education. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Education Alliance and on its Data Profile committee.

     Stu Alderman: From building surfboards, designing industrial machinery and creating intricate business oriented software; Stu has always sought out problems in fairly diverse areas. After graduating from San Diego State University, he joined Graftek, (Division of Exxon) to help design and put into production the world’s first graphite composite bicycle. Working with companies having products as diverse as food processing equipment to aerospace manufacturing, he eventually went to work for IGT and was the Task Force leader for implementing the company’s first electronic manufacturing control system. Stu leveraged his IT experience into to landing a sales position at Unisys (Burroughs) and eventually becoming a senior Custom Services consultant. In 1994, Stu left Unisys to start his own software development company, servicing areas as diverse as banking, hospital specialty systems, payroll and academic research. In 2001 Stu formed a partnership with a local physician to initially pursue various areas of epidemiological research and eventually create the webOSCAR software product for managing worker health and safety related issues in hazardous material environments. Stu is currently retired, but still does occasional consulting and participation in specialty applications when he isn’t hiking or travelling to interesting places.

    Nathan DuPree   Nathan DuPree: Nathan DuPree is currently apart of the local clergy community and he is the executive director for the Reno Police Department’s 360 Blueprint program which is a collaboration of the local police agency RPD, the Washoe County School District and local community churches, businesses and higher learning institutions. Nathan grew up in Vance South Carolina and graduated from Wooster High School in Reno in 1989. Nathan was a local High School football talent at Wooster High School and went on to Bakersfield College to play junior college football and from Bakersfield to San Jose State University to cap his football career. Nathan worked 13 years with the Washoe County Juvenile services where he developed a passion for working with youth. Currently, Nathan serve on several boards and he participates in several high functioning community endeavors.
    Nathan sits on the chief of police faith based initiative board. Nathan also sits on the Reno Sparks Gospel Mission board which serves our community in several different ways including serving woman and children who are homeless, families that need food and clothes, and offers a 13 month drug rehabilitating residential program. Nathan also sits on the Sierra Nevada Teen Ranch board which is an organization building a ranch on 30 acres of land for kids who need separation from home life and urban life to ranch life. This program uses the ranch style setting as therapy in restoring kids to their normal settings in life. Nathan is apart of the AACCONN group of Northern Nevada, which is the African American Clergy Council of Northern Nevada who strategically advocates in areas of education, crime reduction and economic development.
    Nathan has been married to Denise for over 18 years. They have four adult children and several grandchildren.
     Christina Christiana Frank: A Reno native, Christina Frank has created KidScape Production's at the New York City Police Department / At-Risk Youth Division in 1999.  She has attended Julliard in New York City as well as Yale School of Drama in Connecticut.  She has extensive coaching with Uta Hagen for over two years and continues practicing her craft even when not performing!  Ms. Frank's focus is on reaching out to students on a national basis through KidScape Productions.  KidScape Productions meets Common Core State Standards in Language Arts and cross-curricular literacy by developing students' speaking, listening, and presenting skills; students also improve their body language and eye contact and other foundational skills.  Ms. Frank's passion is rooted in her commitment to sharing KidScape Productions and its effects on individual students by helping them discover and develop strategies for lifelong success.
    Image of Lorna Whaley   Lorna Whaley: 5th generation school teacher in Nevada and native of Reno.
    Graduated from Reno High School and received a BA and MA in education.
    Prior to retiring she taught at Dodson and Smithridge Elementary.
    She has worked with children for over 48 years.
    Currently she oversees children 18 months thru 11 years of age, their teachers and leaders in such programs as scouting for the boys 8-11 and the afterschool activities for girls 8-11 as well as their Sunday, religious instruction.
    She has been in charge organizing teenagers and adults in community service events.
    Supported VISTA in recruitment.
    Lorna enjoys playing the piano, gardening, handiwork: crocheting/embroidering, stain glass, and camping. She married a Reno native and they have 1 daughter. Uniquely, their family of three were all born in St. Mary’s hospital.
    A photo of Marlene Lockard   Marlene Lockard: Principal, The Lockard Group
    Ms. Lockard has over 30 years of government and private sector leadership experience having served as Nevada’s first female Chief of Staff under then Governor and former U.S. Senator Richard Bryan; Vice President for a global software company; and as Nevada’s CIO for the Department of Information Technology. 
    On behalf of the State of Nevada, Ms. Lockard was instrumental in successfully negotiating a multi-million dollar land exchange resulting in saving 3,726 acres of the Galena Forest land located just below the Mt. Rose Summit.
    During her tenure as Nevada CIO, Ms. Lockard negotiated numerous technology partnerships between the public and private sectors and was recognized by the Center for Digital Government and the Progress & Freedom Foundation as a leader in using innovative technologies to better serve its citizens, ranking Nevada in the top 10 states for technology management at that time. Notably, Lockard led the initiative in negotiating a shared resource fiber optic agreement resulting in a communications package saving the state $5.8 million per year and assisting rural Nevada in their Economic Development expansion efforts.
    Lockard's background in public policy, technology and government process led her to form her own consulting firm in 2003, The Lockard Group. Ms. Lockard has represented numerous clients on behalf of their government affairs and issue advocacy needs.
    Lockard has a long involvement in community activity, currently serving as Vice Chair for the Committee to Aid Abused Women (CAAW), legislative advocate for the Nevada Women’s Lobby, founding member of the Nevada Coalition for Women’s Equity, past Chair for the Nevada Women’s Fund, former member of the College of Engineering Advisory Board for UNR, and frequent co-host for Nevada Newsmakers, a current affairs news program and podcast.