Jeffrey A. Silver – Chair
Jeffrey A. Silver began his career as a Certified Public Accountant, but following law school he worked as a prosecutor with the Clark County District Attorney. He became a Chief Deputy in charge of the Consumer Fraud and White Collar Crimes Division. Thereafter, Mr. Silver was appointed as the resident Board Member supervising the Las Vegas office of the Nevada Gaming Control Board during the State’s tumultuous period of cleansing the gaming industry of its organized crime influence. Following State service, he held top leadership positions at various resort hotels including the Landmark Hotel & Casino, Riviera Hotel & Casino and Caesars Palace. Mr. Silver has published journal articles, spoken at conferences, testified before the Nevada Legislature and U.S. Congressional sub-committees and qualified as an expert witness on gaming law matters, in state and federal courts. He is consistently honored as one of Nevada’s pre-eminent gaming law practitioners by Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, and Mountain States Super-Lawyers. A long-time Nevadan, he is involved in community and business affairs. Mr. Silver is a former Chairman of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, former Secretary-Treasurer of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and a former President of the International Association of Gaming Advisors. He is a founding member of the Las Vegas FBI Citizen’s Academy Alumni Association and is currently the Board Chair of the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement (“Mob Museum”). Mr. Silver practices gaming and administrative law as Of Counsel with Dickinson Wright, PLLC
James F. (Jim) Germain – Vice Chair
Jim Germain is a tourism consultant who was born in Las Vegas and is a member of a pioneer Las Vegas family. Germain joined USA Hosts, Ltd., Las Vegas, in 1982 and served as Director of Sales, Vice President of Sales, Executive Vice President and was CEO for eleven years. As Senior Corporate Officer, he supervised 13 offices in eight states (three offices in Nevada). Prior employment included working in sales for the Flamingo Hilton Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas Hilton Hotel and Casino, and as Director of Sales for the Sahara Hotel and Casino. Germain also was a Hospitality Management Instructor at UNLV, Las Vegas. He serves on several professional and tourism-based boards.
Nancy B. Rapoport – Secretary
Nancy B. Rapoport is the Garman Turner Gordon Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and an Affiliate Professor of Business Law and Ethics in the Lee Business School at UNLV. After receiving her B.A., summa cum laude, from Rice University in 1982 and her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1985, she clerked for the Honorable Joseph T. Sneed III on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and then practiced law (primarily bankruptcy law) with Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco from 1986-1991. She started her academic career at The* Ohio State University College of Law in 1991, and she moved from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor with tenure in 1995 to Associate Dean for Student Affairs (1996) and Professor (1998) (just as she left Ohio State to become Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Nebraska College of Law). She served as Dean of the University of Nebraska College of Law from 1998-2000. She then served as Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center from July 2000-May 2006 and as Professor of Law from June 2006-June 2007, when she left to join the faculty at Boyd. She served as Interim Dean of Boyd from 2012-2013, as Senior Advisor to the President of UNLV from 2014-2015, as Acting Executive Vice President & Provost from 2015-2016, as Acting Senior Vice President for Finance and Business (for July and August 2017), and as Special Counsel to the President from May 2016-June 2018.
Her specialties are bankruptcy ethics, ethics in governance, law firm behavior, and the depiction of lawyers in popular culture. Among her published works are CORPORATE SCANDALS AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS 3D (Nancy B. Rapoport and Jeffery D. Van Niel, eds. West Academic 2018), which addresses the question of why we never seem to learn from prior corporate scandals, LAW SCHOOL SURVIVAL MANUAL: FROM LSAT TO BAR EXAM, co-authored with Jeffrey D. Van Niel (Aspen Publishers 2010), and LAW FIRM JOB SURVIVAL MANUAL: FROM FIRST INTERVIEW TO PARTNERSHIP, also co-authored with Jeffrey D. Van Niel (Wolters Kluwer 2014). She is admitted to the bars of the states of California, Ohio, Nebraska, Texas, and Nevada and of the United States Supreme Court. In 2001, she was elected to membership in the American Law Institute, and in 2002, she received a Distinguished Alumna Award from Rice University. In 2017, she was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi (Chapter 100). She is the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement (the Mob Museum). She is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. In 2009, the Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel presented her with the Public Service Counsel Award at the 4th Annual Counsel of the Year Awards. In 2017, she received the Commercial Law League of America’s Lawrence P. King Award for Excellence in Bankruptcy, and in 2018, she was one of the recipients of the NAACP Legacy Builder Awards (Las Vegas Branch #1111). She has served as the fee examiner or as chair of the fee review committee in such large chapter 11 cases as Toys R Us, Caesars, Station Casinos, Pilgrim’s Pride, and Mirant.
She has also appeared in the Academy Award®-nominated movie, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (Magnolia Pictures 2005) (as herself). Although the movie garnered her a listing in www.imdb.com, she still hasn’t been able to join the Screen Actors Guild. In her spare time, she competes, pro-am, in American Rhythm and American Smooth ballroom dancing with her teacher, Sergei Shapoval. In 2014, she won the national U.S. Open Pro/Am Rising Star American Smooth Competition B Division, and in 2017, she came in 2nd in the “C” Open to the World Pro/Am American Style 9-Dance Championship. The most interesting thing about her is that she is married to a former Marine Scout-Sniper.
Edward A. Koijane – Acting Treasurer
Edward A. Koijane is a licensed certified public accountant in Nevada, California and Oregon, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a member of those state’s Societies of CPAs. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Pepperdine University. Koijane has spent almost three decades in public accounting providing tax and accounting services to large, multi-national businesses. For over 10 years now Koijane has been the Las Vegas office tax managing partner at Ernst and Young.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chelle Adams is the Chief Financial Officer for The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas where she has full oversight of the company’s day-to-day external and internal accounting and reporting functions, including planning, implementing, managing and controlling all financial-related activities of the company and driving process improvement across the organization. With more than 20 years of finance, internal audit and process improvement experience with a Big 4 public accounting firm and the largest accounting/consulting firm in St. Louis, she has broad industry experience across gaming, hotel, restaurant, retail and manufacturing. She remains active in her civic and personal life. She is currently on the Executive Committee for SafeNest, Nevada’s largest and most comprehensive charity devoted solely to domestic violence issues. She also serves as an Advisory Board Member for The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Gaming Audit Group, a Financial Advisory Board Member for UNLV and an Executive Committee Member for the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Campaign. Recognized for her professional and personal accomplishments, she was awarded one of St. Louis’ Most Influential Minority Business Leaders (2008) and St. Louis’ 40 Under 40 Leaders (2012), both by the St. Louis Business Journal. She received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting at Truman State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Audry J. Batiste
Audry “JB” Batiste is a retired Air Force officer and served his country honorably over a 20-year military career. And through his selfless endeavors, he continues to serve and volunteer with several organizations throughout Las Vegas, and he is a role model and mentor to young children in underserved areas. Today, JB is an entrepreneur with over 15 year’s experience in financial and tax services, and now works with affluent clients as a Certified Financial Planner professional with Redrock Wealth Management.
Honorable Richard H. Bryan
A native Nevadan, former U.S. Senator Richard Bryan began his legal career in 1964 as a Deputy District Attorney in Clark County. In 1966, he was named Clark County’s first Public Defender. He served in the Nevada State Assembly from 1968-72 and in the State Senate from 1972-78. The Former prosecutor won his first statewide election as Nevada’s Attorney general where he played a major role in successfully defending Nevada’s gaming regulatory structure in federal courts. In 1982, he was elected to the first of two terms as governor. In 1988 he was elected to the first of two terms in the U. S. Senate. He is a director of the Fennemore Craig law firm and his practice focuses on government relations at the federal, state and local levels, particularly in the area of public land use issues. He serves on many area boards including the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement (the Mob Museum), Centennial Commission, Chairman of Preserve Nevada, Great Basin National Park and is a director emeritus of The Vegas Chamber, formerly The Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Paul Camacho is the Vice President of Casino Compliance for San Manuel Casino. Paul previously served as the Special Agent in Charge for the Las Vegas Field Office of Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (IRS CI) directing investigations of all IRS CI special agents in Utah and Nevada. Over the course of his career in IRS CI, Paul has overseen sophisticated investigations involving drug trade organizations, embezzlement, large scale fraud schemes, money laundering, offshore abusive schemes, prostitution, public corruption, tax evasion and terrorist financing. Paul received the highest honor given to IRS CI employees, the Elmer Lincoln Irey Distinguished Service Award. Paul’s research into America’s battle of organized crime and corruption ultimately led to the discovery of significant historical documents and artifacts that are now on display at The Mob Museum.
Krista J. Darnold is passionate about the arts & culture, education and the wellbeing of others. As a community-wide ambassador, she has established strong roots representing numerous organizations tied to her passions.
In addition to the Mob Museum’s board, Krista also serves on the Vegas Chamber’s Leadership Las Vegas Council and The Smith Center for the Performing Arts President’s Advisory Council.
Krista has been a longstanding leadership member of both United Way of Southern Nevada’s Women United and the Junior League of Las Vegas. She is also a graduate of Leadership Las Vegas, Class of 2005 where she met her husband, Rick, a gaming executive and native Las Vegan. Shortly after they wed, they both graduated from the LVMPD Citizen’s Police Academy.
Prior to arriving in Las Vegas, she held sales and marketing positions with companies such as ESPN, AT&T and One America. Krista moved to Las Vegas in 2002 to join an international design firm as director of business development. She has served as the director of corporate partnerships at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts and vice president of member engagement and partnerships with the Vegas Chamber. She also led fundraising and community outreach efforts surrounding the 2016 Final Presidential Debate in collaboration with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Most recently, she held the position of industry relations senior director for the LVCVA having represented the organization as the liaison to external industry organizations. Additionally, she led collaborations between internal divisions and external business partners to support the goals of the LVCVA.
Krista has been recognized by community leaders as a champion for others, for her passion and enthusiasm in meaningful work with purposeful connections. She now spends a good part of her time with the helpers and healers of the Las Vegas community. She leads the Jameson Fellowship program in partnership with the Moonridge Group and founder, Gard Jameson.
Raised in Wichita, Kansas, Krista holds a degree from the University of Kansas.
Brandon Doll currently serves as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development for the Raiders. In this role, Brandon is responsible for the development, communication, and performance of all strategic objectives and for driving organizational change by forging new partnerships, identifying growth opportunities, and championing business model innovation across the organization. Brandon has been with the Raiders since 2013 and relocated to Las Vegas in 2018 with his wife, Brie, to support the Raiders transition to Las Vegas in 2020. Prior to working in professional sports, Brandon served as a Naval officer for seven years, completing tours aboard the USS Boxer (LHD-4) and with Commander, Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and making deployments to Australia, South America, and the Persian Gulf. Brandon holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the United States Naval Academy (2005) and a Master of Business Administration from the University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business (2014). In the Southern Nevada community, Brandon serves as a member of the Las Vegas Bowl Committee and regularly volunteers for initiatives supporting the mission of the Raiders Foundation.
Rob Dondero is executive vice president, R&R Partners, in charge of oversight of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority account for the agency. He manages a fully integrated team that’s charged with filling 144,000 hotel rooms 365 days per year. His portfolio includes UFC, Ford, Bud Light, Major League Baseball, the NHL and more. This experience also makes him a leader in R&R’s business development efforts. He has also developed, negotiated and promoted such special events as the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Launch Party; NBA All-Star Game; Latin GRAMMY Awards; Billboard Music Awards; Academy of Country Music Awards; Las Vegas Bowl; NASCAR Champions Week; Miss Universe/Miss America/Miss USA; and the internationally renowned gourmet food and wine event, Vegas Uncork’d. A great example of the results that he delivers was the launch of the Professional Bull Riders’ Championship Tour, which propelled bull riding into the mainstream of professional sports, established a fiercely loyal fan base and increased sponsorship revenues by 700 percent with such blue-chip brands as Ford, Wrangler, Bud Light and Coca-Cola.
Jerry Epstein is founder, president and CEO of Engaged Nation, an innovative company that delivers online loyalty reward platforms and business enhancement programs for the gaming industry. Prior to founding Engaged Nation, Epstein spent 25 years working with companies in strategic positioning, brand development and marketing communications as one of the leading authorities in the public relations industry. He served as president and chief operating officer for Zeno, a boutique agency that specialized in research-driven marketing communications campaigns for its clients. Epstein also spent 17 years with Fleishman-Hillard International, Inc., serving as regional president and a member of the operating committee.
As a principal at Lucchesi, Galati Architects, Galati focuses on forward-thinking, strategic solutions that result in organizational and operational excellence. Galati has received numerous honors throughout his career, including the AIA “Nevada Service Award,” the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce “Community Achievement Award for Business” and the American Planning Association “DeBoer Excellence in Planning Award” for his outstanding service on the City of Las Vegas Planning Commission. Galati’s current community work includes membership in the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee and the Urban Land Institutes’ Executive Committee. Galati authored Admit it! 21 things you already know but apparently have forgotten regarding client service in 2005, A Man in Transition, Reflections on Relationships, Leadership, and Life in 2007 and Business From the Heart in 2010. He also coaches soccer at The Meadows School and serves on the board of the Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club.
Carolyn Goodman (Ex-Officio), Mayor
Carolyn G. Goodman, elected to her third term in 2019 with 83.5% of the vote, became the mayor of Las Vegas in 2011, succeeding her husband, then current mayor, Oscar B. Goodman. Carolyn Goodman is well known in the Las Vegas community for founding The Meadows School, Nevada’s first nonprofit, nonsectarian, independent, coeducational, college preparatory school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grades. Recognized nationally by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the National Association of Independent Schools in 2006 with the Seymour Preston Trustee Award for Leadership, Carolyn Goodman has devoted much of her life to volunteerism in Las Vegas. In 1989, the University of Nevada recognized her with the prestigious “Distinguished Nevadan” award and in 2006 bestowed upon her an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree (PhD). In 2009, she was named a Sarah D. Barder Fellow in The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth and an Alumna of the Year in Education at UNLV. Carolyn Goodman holds national leadership roles as a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and also serves on the board of directors of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
Oscar B. Goodman
Known for his trademark, no-nonsense tell-it-like-it-is style, Oscar B. Goodman, the 19th mayor of Las Vegas, served for 12 years before swearing in his wife, Carolyn G. Goodman, as mayor in 2011. Passionate about downtown revitalization, Oscar Goodman is the primary visionary of The Mob Museum. As former chairman of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Oscar Goodman worked feverishly to promote Las Vegas as one of the most exciting destinations in the world. This self-proclaimed “happiest mayor in the universe,” Oscar Goodman is one of the nation’s best criminal defense attorneys and was named one of the “15 Best Trial Lawyers in America” by the National Law Journal. He spent more than 35 years defending some of the most notorious alleged Mob figures, including Meyer Lansky, Frank Rosenthal, Anthony Spilotro and others. In 1995, he appeared as himself in the movie, “Casino.” Oscar Goodman has been honored with the Public Leadership in the Arts Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Leadership Award for Public Service from the International Economic Development Council.
Michael Green, Ph.D., is a noted historian and associate professor in UNLV’s Department of History. He holds bachelors and master’s degrees from UNLV and obtained his Ph.D. in history from Columbia University. Green is the author of nine books about the history of Las Vegas and Nevada as well as broader topics in American history. His books on the Civil War era include Freedom, Union, and Power: Lincoln and His Party during the Civil War and Lincoln and the Election of 1860. His works on Nevada include Las Vegas: A Centennial History with Eugene Moehring; Nevada: A Journey of Discovery, a middle school textbook; and the oral history, A Liberal Conscience: Ralph Denton, Nevadan. His college-level textbook, Nevada: A History of the Silver State, is near publication and he is writing a history of the Great Basin in the twentieth century. Green is also active in writing and speaking in the community. For Nevada Humanities and KNPR, he writes “Nevada Yesterdays,” which is narrated by another board member, Senator Richard Bryan.
Peter Guzman currently serves as the President of the Latin Chamber of Commerce NV, the premier advocate for the Hispanic business, cultural and educational community in Nevada. He is also an accomplished small business owner, real estate investor, and developer who has been a Las Vegas resident for 50 years. His work in real estate has been recognized nationally by major real estate organizations, and he was recognized as the top producer for his company from 2002-2008 with over $650 million in sales. Mr. Guzman has also been recognized by government leaders for his ideas on affordable housing and creative ways to increase minority home ownership. Mr. Guzman is committed to youth mentorship and inspiring young people to follow their passion and has supported youth through scholarships he has funded. He and his wife of 30 years, Mercy, live in Las Vegas with their two children, Jovani and Tatiana.
Christopher L. Kaempfer
Christopher L. Kaempfer is a senior partner of Kaempfer Crowell Renshaw Gronauer & Fiorentino and founder of the firm’s preeminent land use and governmental relations department. Over the years, Kaempfer’s practice has been devoted to the areas of land use and zoning law, administrative law, government affairs, construction law and sports law. Kaempfer has achieved an AV rating by Martindale Hubbell and has been named to Best Lawyers in America, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in Real Estate and Zoning & Land Use Law, Nevada Legal Elite and Mountain States Super Lawyer. Kaempfer coached high school softball at The Meadows for 12 years, winning a state championship. For his efforts, The Meadows’ softball field bears his name. Since 1985, he has been actively involved with the Las Vegas Aviators and its predecessors, the Las Vegas 51s and Las Vegas Stars. Kaempfer is also very active in Major League Baseball’s Baseball Assistance Team (BAT), an organization whose purpose is to provide financial and medical aid to former members of the baseball family. He is a benefactor member of the Baseball Hall of Fame and is also a proud supporter of UNLV Baseball, MLBPAA, and the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).
Steven Martinez is the Senior Vice President of Global Security for MGM Resorts. Mr. Martinez oversees all corporate security functions and works closely with property security teams to assist in the continued development of companywide best practices. From 1987 to 2013, Mr. Martinez enjoyed a distinguished career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), including a record of achievement in steering highly complex and sensitive global national security, cyber, and criminal investigations.Among a series of promotions throughout his FBI career, Mr. Martinez served as the Special Agent in Charge for the Las Vegas Field Office, as well as the Assistant Director in Charge in the Los Angeles Field Office. Mr. Martinez concluded his FBI career as the Executive Assistant Director for the Science and Technology Branch at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
John H. Mowbray
John Hammes Mowbray is a native Nevadan and has been practicing law in Southern Nevada for the past 31 years. Mowbray is the lead partner for Spencer Fane. Mowbray is a current member and past president of the State Bar of Nevada and has served in leadership positions on the boards of the Clark County Bar Association, the Boy Scouts of America, the Clark County Law Foundation and Nevada Law Foundation among others. He has received Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating and has been named to Mountain States Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America. He received the Lloyd D. George Professionalism Award, State Bar of Nevada, 2009.
Valerie A. Murzl
With more than 30 years of experience in the Human Resources profession, Valerie Murzl has received national recognition for her creation of a non-traditional platform of benefits, including 24/7 On-site Child Care, Foreclosure Assistance and a Citizenship Program, among others.
Edward J. (Ted) Quirk
Ted Quirk has remained Of Counsel to Greenberg Traurig following its acquisition of his firm, Quirk & Tratos. Ted specialized in Intellectual Property law, and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for 28 years. He has also been a principal in companies that have developed and built residential and commercial properties in Las Vegas, including Spanish Trail. Ted has been active in many non-profit organizations. He chaired the Boys and Girls Clubs of Las Vegas Board and created its Foundation. He was Chair of the UNLV Foundation during its capital campaign, and was a founder of the UNLV Research Foundation which he chaired for many years. Ted has received numerous civic honors, including an Honorary Doctorate degree and President’s Medal from UNLV, and the Distinguished Nevadan award from the NSHE Board of Regents.
Robert A. Stoldal
During a career that spans more than five decades, Robert Stoldal has served as a radio announcer, reporter, weatherman, sportscaster, news director, and vice president of news. As a journalist, Robert Stoldal has covered Las Vegas and the state of Nevada starting as Director of News for KLAS radio in 1965 and continues today. In 1967, he was hired as a reporter and anchor at KLAS-TV, Channel 8, in 1967. Stoldal was promoted to News Director in 1968, the same year industrialist Howard Hughes purchased KLAS-TV. In 1978, the station was sold to Landmark Communications. During his tenure as news director, United Press International honored KLAS as “Best Newscast in America.” In April 1998, he launched Las Vegas ONE, a 24-hour local news television operation and promoted to Vice President for KLAS overseeing all of its news operations.
Stoldal has produced several award winning documentaries including “Mob on the Run,” a detailed look at the history of organized crime in Las Vegas. In 2005, Stoldal was a recipient of a Peabody Award, as Executive Producer of “Crossfire: Water, Power & Politics” a documentary over water rights in Nevada. In the same year, he was also a recipient of an Edward R. Murrow Award for investigate journalism as a producer of series on “Voter Registration Fraud” in Las Vegas. Stoldal has also helped launch three 24-hour regional all-news cable channels in Virginia, Tennessee and Las Vegas.
After forty years in broadcast news, Stoldal retired in 2008. However, in 2009 Stoldal came out of retirement and was named Vice President of News for the Sunbelt Corporation at the request of station owner Jim Rogers to expand the number of daily newscasts. That expansion added five hours of local news to each day. In 2014 at the age of seventy-two, he retired. In 2017 Stoldal became Chairman of the board of The Nevada Independent a nonpartisan, nonprofit news and opinion website.
In addition, Stoldal currently serves on the boards of several community organizations including Nevada Public Radio’s Citizens Advisory Board, the Nevada State Museum and Historical Society, Las Vegas City Historical Preservation Commission, Preserve Nevada and Nevada Commission on Tourism, the National Atomic Testing Museum and the Nevada State Commission on Cultural Affairs and Historic Places. In 2020, Stoldal was the recipient of the “Distinguished Nevadan” award by the University Of Nevada Board Of Regents. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the cultural, and social advancement of Nevada and its people.
While at UNLV Stoldal was editor of The Yell, the student newspaper.