The Nevada Open Government Coalition Board of Directors has 17 members.
Patrick File is Assistant Professor of Media Law at the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno. He teaches and conducts research on media law, the First Amendment, and journalism history. He has worked on Nevada legislative efforts related to the Nevada Public Records Act and, in 2017, securing a “New Voices” law that clarified the rights of Nevada student journalists. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota’s Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication and a B.A. in Journalism and History from Simpson College, in Iowa.
Maggie McLetchie is a founding partner at McLetchie Law. Maggie has a long history of fighting for justice and is no stranger to standing up to powerful adversaries. Whether she is representing reporters, civil rights plaintiffs, or businesses, she is a passionate and creative advocate.
Wesley Juhl serves as the president of the Society of Professional Journalists Las Vegas, which seeks to foster a community for Southern Nevada journalists and to advocate on their behalf. Wesley is a native Las Vegan who enjoys comic books, poetry, and spending time with family and friends.
Robin Reedy is the Executive Director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Nv. She has worked in state government in the Office of the State Treasurer, as Deputy Director handling budgets and legislation in the Department of Business and Industry, and as Chief of Staff for a Nevada Governor. She is the Past Chairman of the National Association of State Treasurer’s State Debt Management Association and Past President to the Nevada Government Financial Officers Association. She is a graduate of the California State University, Chico obtaining a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and Accounting.
Sondra Cosgrove is a thirty-four-year Las Vegas resident and the President of the League of Women Voters of Nevada. She received a Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with areas of specialization in the U.S. West, Native American History, and Latin America. Currently, Sondra is a full-time history professor at the College of Southern Nevada and is actively involved in a wide range of college and community service.
Richard Karpel is executive director of the Nevada Press Association and president of Karpel Public Affairs, an association management company based in Carson City. KPA also manages the Nevada Press Foundation, the Public Notice Resource Center and American Court and Commercial Newspapers. Karpel previously served as executive director of the American Society of News Editors, Association of Alternative Newsweeklies and Yoga Alliance. He has a business degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and a J.D. from the Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Daniel Honchariw currently serves as the director of legislative affairs for the Nevada Policy Research Institute, a free-market think tank which prioritizes transparency and accountability in state government. Daniel has publicly advocated for numerous pieces of legislation—often appearing before the Nevada Legislature and/or in the media by doing so—to increase the degree to which Nevadans can access public information as governed by Nevada’s Public Records Act (NRS 239). Additionally, he is leading efforts to reform Nevada’s laws so as to allow for public access to the government-union negotiations process, which is currently exempt from Nevada’s Open Meetings Law (NRS 241). Daniel’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University (’09) and, subsequently, a Masters in Public Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills (’14).
Tod Story has called the Silver State home since 1984 — long enough by Las Vegas standards to be considered a native Nevadan. His connections to the people and politics of Nevada run deep: He is an alumnus of UNLV and has worked for elected officials and with many political and community organizations. As executive director of the ACLU of Nevada, Story contributed to meaningful policy changes in LGBTQ rights, criminal justice reform, voting rights, police use of force, immigrants’ rights, public education, and more. He lives in Henderson with his husband and their three rescued beagles.
Stephen Bates is an associate professor at the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Previously he was literary editor of the Wilson Quarterly in Washington, DC. He is the author of An Aristocracy of Critics: Luce, Hutchins, Niebuhr, and the Committee That Redefined Freedom of the Press, forthcoming from Yale University Press. He holds an A.B. and a J.D. from Harvard University.
Vanessa Vancour is a former TV anchor with a passion for bilingual storytelling and community engagement. Vanessa is passionate about equity, inclusion and thoughtful diversity initiatives. In her current role as Director of Community Relations at Community Health Alliance, Vancour is responsible for internal and external communications, community engagement, as well as nurturing and developing community partnerships.
Roxann McCoy serves as president of NAACP Las Vegas.
Kenneth Retzl, Ph.D. is the Director of Education Policy for the Guinn Center. Dr. Retzl has a passion for ensuring the Nevada educational system fulfills its promise to every student to provide an educational experience that prepares them for the future. Prior to joining the Clark County School District, Dr. Retzl worked for two accounting firms as a Certified Public Accountant in Madison, Wisconsin. During this time, his primary focus was non-profit organizations (including Head Start agencies), community colleges, and local governments (including a number of school districts). He has published several peer-reviewed articles on topics of governance, transparency, and partisan politics. Dr. Retzl was born in Iowa and received his B.A. from Clarke University in Iowa, and his Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Marla McDade Williams
Marla McDade Willams is the Senior Director for Northern Nevada with Strategies 360.
She brings more than 25 years of government and policy experience to S360. She maintains a network of strong relationships across interest groups, carries a deep understanding of policy development and analysis, and has the ability to navigate complex levels of government bureaucracy.
Brian Duggan is the Executive Editor at the Reno Gazette Journal. Brian is an award-winning newsroom leader with more than a decade of experience covering Northern Nevada as a journalist. Prior to becoming the executive editor of the Reno Gazette Journal, he served as the RGJ's investigations editor and oversaw projects that uncovered questionable tactics in the real estate industry, the highest water users during the last drought and an alarming spike of inmate deaths in the jail.
Michelle Rindels is a reporter with The Nevada Independent. Michelle spent six years at The Associated Press before coming to The Nevada Independent. She alternated between Carson City and Las Vegas to cover the Legislature, campaigns, and Nevada and Utah breaking news for national and international audiences.
Holly Welborn is the policy director for the ACLU of Nevada. She is an attorney and Nevada native. She completed her undergraduate degree in Political Science at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) and worked on several local, state and national political campaigns. Ms. Welborn’s political and policy experience was further enhanced when she worked as a Legislative Aide to the Nevada Minority Leader during the 2007 legislative session. Most recently, she worked for Bristlecone Family Resources addiction treatment agency. This experience fostered her deep sense of commitment to serving the addiction recovery and re-entry populations. During law school, she won multiple academic awards for achievement in Constitutional Law.
Rachel Crosby is an investigative reporter with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, where in the last five years she has also covered breaking news, police, courts, criminal justice issues and the Las Vegas mass shooting. A graduate of the University of Florida, she is a recipient of the Nevada Press Association's Journalist of Merit and Outstanding Journalist awards.