Gathering Genius Leadership

Board of Directors

Advisory Committee

Host Committee


Dr. Stephen G. Wells, President

Dr. Wells has been the President of the Desert Research Institute (the state-wide research institution of Nevada System of Higher Education) since 1999, leading DRI through a period of growth in total revenues and national and international reputation. Currently, he is serving in the elected position of the President of the Geological Society of America, a national and international profession society with 20,000 members. Dr. Wells has residences in both Reno and Las Vegas.

Dr. Carol Lucey, Vice President

Carol A. Lucey was appointed president of Western Nevada Community College in 1999. She had previously served as an academic administrator at Jamestown Community College in New York state and then at the Alfred State College of Technology, a unit of the State University of New York. Her research experience included work as a postdoctoral fellow in the relativity group at the University of Pittsburgh in 1986-1987 and in the gravity group at Princeton University in 1979-1980. Her formal education includes a doctor of philosophy degree earned in theoretical high energy physics at Brown University in 1972; a Master of Arts degree earned in theoretical physics at SUNY Binghamton in 1968; and a Bachelor of Arts degree earned in physics and mathematics at Harpur College (SUNY) in 1965. She currently serves on the board of directors for the American Association of Colleges and Universities.

Ms. Jenny C. Frayer, Treasurer

Jenny possesses 30 years of administrative experience, primarily in educational and not for profit environments. She is the Special Assistant to the Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration at the Desert Research Institute with expertise in accounting, finance, leadership, budget and organizational and human resource management. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Nevada and holds an MBA from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Mrs. Beth Wells, M.A., Secretary

Ms. Beth Wells has a BA in English and an MA in secondary education and reading. She taught in grades 4-12 and community college for 20 years. She also has served as curriculum specialist, reading specialist, technical writer, educational consultant, and grant writer. Beth has served on numerous committees for curriculum design both in public school and community college. She is currently a technical writing and grants consultant. Beth is a community volunteer and serves on the board of the new Nevada Discovery Museum in Reno.

Dr. Paul E. Buck, Board Member

Dr. Buck is an archaeologist and educator. He has been involved in archaeological and anthropological projects in a wide variety of contexts in western North America and Egypt for more than 25 years. His research interests include human adaptation to arid environments of western North America, the transition from food collecting to food producing economies in the Southwestern U.S. and Egypt, the impact of technological change on prehistoric cultures, and applications of remote sensing and geoarchaeology to prehistory. In addition to his archaeological background, Buck is involved in a number of science education projects and other efforts to promote science inquiry in a variety of scientific fields, including archaeology. He is the Principal Investigator for the Desert Research Institute's Nevada Science Teacher Enhancement Project, a three-year program funded by the National Science Foundation's Teacher Enhancement Program (grant number ESI-9731285). He is the lead education consultant for DRI's IRCEB Project funded for 5 years by the NSF. He is also the Director of the Increasing Diversity in Nevada component of the UCCSN's most recent EPSCoR grant. IDIN aims to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups graduating from UCCSN campuses with degrees in science, math, engineering, and technology.

Mr. Bob Casaceli, Board Member

Robert J. Casaceli is a geologist by training and has some thirty-three years experience in the mining and mineral exploration industries, having worked in over fifty countries around the world. He is currently a mining industry consultant. Formerly, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Franc-Or Resources Corporation, a Toronto Stock Exchange company. He has also served as a director on the boards of three biotechnology companies involved with research in infectious diseases and immune system enhancement in the United States, Canada, and France.

Ms. Barbara "Bobbie" D. Heaton, Board Member

Bobbie received a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of California at Berkeley, and completed a partial program in the University of Denver's Masters in Taxation. She earned her CPA license in 1986.

Bobbie has extensive state and local tax experience, with 25 years specializing in sales tax and gross receipts tax for the entire United States and Canada. Bobbie’s career includes 10 years with Time Warner Cable, Deloitte & Touche, AT&T Broadband, and most recently International Game Technology.

Bobbie has been a member of and/or seminar speaker for organizations including Tax Executive Institute, Broadband Tax Institute, Institute for Professionals in Taxation, and the American Institute for Certified Public Accountants.

Mrs. Sandy Miller, Board Member

Sandy Miller was the First Lady of the State of Nevada from 1989 to 1999. She has been a tireless advocate for families and education through her leadership and vision. Mrs. Miller has served on various boards and commissions including the National Advisory Council for School–to–Work Opportunities and the White House Commission of Presidential Scholars. She was statewide chairperson for the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) from the National Science Foundation and was founder and chair of Nevada 2000, part of President Clinton’s nationwide support plan for educational reform. She has also served as a board member for the McCaw School of Mines; Sunrise Hospital, Las Vegas; and the Desert Research Institute. Some of the many programs she has initiated or provided leadership to include The Antarctica Classroom (in conjunction with Desert Research Institute, Nevada school districts, and local media to coordinate live interaction between students and scientists doing research in Antarctica); Baby Your Baby (providing quality prenatal care for all); state chair of Every Child by Two (a program ensuring immunizations for every two year old in Nevada); and member of the task force for design and implementation of Family Resource Centers that support services across state, county and city agencies for the health and benefit of children and their families. She is also founder of Family to Family Connections, a program to provide information and support for newborns and their families in the hospital after birth and New Baby Centers for classes and resources until the child’s first birthday.

Richard Gamble Pugh, Board Member

Mr. Pugh began a new career as a medical historian in 1990. He published two books before joining the Great Basin History of Medicine Program (GBHMP) as a Medical Historian at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He has served on the Adjunct Clinical Staff from 2004-2008 and as a member of the GBHMP, he published three additional books on Nevada medical and veterinary history. Mr. Pugh also served two years volunteering in the Americorps Vista Program as a grant writer and newsletter publisher for Washoe County School District and University of Nevada, Reno. He has served as Director of Physician Relations at Washoe Medical Center (now known as Renown Regional Medical Center) and was Executive director of the Nevada State Medical Association for many years. On the east coast, Mr. Pugh worked for the South Carolina Medical Association and served as executive director for the Coastal Carolina Tuberculosis and Health Association. Mr. Pugh is a strong community volunteer, serving as chair of the Washoe County Debt Management Commission, co founder and president of the Health Access Washoe County (HAWC), president of Kiwanis Club of Reno, and member of the Guest Editorial Board for the Reno Gazette-Journal from 2005 to the present.

Dr. Dick Simmonds, Board Member

Dr. Simmonds joined the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) as the System’s Institutional Veterinarian in 1988 after a distinguished career in the U.S. Air Force. Over six years of his military career were spent with NASA where he managed the Animal Testing components of the Lunar Quarantine Program and a joint space biology program with the Soviet Union. The last 11 years of his military service were spent at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD where he was the Director of Instructional and Research Support and Associate Professor of Physiology and Surgery. In October 2006, Dick retired from NSHE and was awarded Emeritus rank. He continues to teach at the University of Nevada, Reno in both the Medical School’s Physiology Course and in several courses in the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural Resources. Professionally, Dick has been active in local and national veterinary and animal science associations and has served as the National President of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (twice), President of the Nevada Veterinary Medical Association, and is currently a member of the Nevada Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. Dick has been actively involved in science fairs since 1965 and has directed regional fairs in Alaska and California and has been a judge at the Intel ISEF on three occasions.

Ms. Jane Tors, Board Member

Jane Tors serves as special assistant to the president for media relations for the University of Nevada, Reno. She has 25 years of public relations experience and is accredited in public relations (APR) by the national Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

Jane joined the University in March 2005 after spending just over a year as public relations director for an advertising and public relations agency in Reno. Prior to that, she spent ten years with Washoe Health System and Washoe Medical Center.

Jane received her degree in journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno, and was named one of University’s Ten Outstanding Senior Women. She is a former board member and president of the Sierra Nevada Chapter of PRSA, and also served as a board member of PRSA’s North Pacific District. The Sierra Nevada Chapter of PRSA awarded her the Mark Curtis Award, honoring the chapter member of the year, in 2001, and named her to the chapter’s Hall of Fame in 2005. She has served on the University’s Reynolds School of Journalism Advisory Council and the Nevada Women’s Fund Board of Directors, and has contributed her energy and expertise to many other organizations.

Mr. Bill Wells, M.A., Board Member

Bill Wells received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and his M.S.E in System Engineering from University of Pennsylvania. He is currently Director of Research and Development at International Game Technology (IGT) in Reno, Nevada. In his 30 years at IGT he has participated in the design, development, product management and standardization for Gaming, equipment and systems. In his current position of Director R&D, he is responsible for concept and IP development for future Gaming products, focusing on emerging technologies and solutions. His special interests are in the areas of human-computer interaction research and applications. When he’s not working at IGT Labs, you will find him on the ski slopes, scuba diving or flying hot-air balloons.

Mr. Donald L. Bailey, Fair Director/Ex Officio Board Member

Mr. Bailey was State Printer for the State of Nevada for 30 years having been appointed by 5 different governors. Don is the founding father for the National Government Publishing Association and has served as the President three times and has hosted the annual conference 4 times. Don has been with the Boy Scouts for 42 years and has served as an Executive Council Board Member for the Nevada Area Council for the past 35 years. Don has received the Boy Scouts Silver Beard and James West Awards. He is Chairman of the Board for the St. Mary’s Art Center and has been a Trustee for 5 years. Don is also very active with the Great Reno Balloon Races and is currently a Board Member. Don’s activities also reach into other states as he is an Executive Board Member for the Tahoe Rim Trail and has served on their Advisory Board for 10 years.