Trustee Directory

DRI RESEARCH FOUNDATION – BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Officers ● Trustees ● Fellows ● Emertius


OFFICERS

TINA QUIGLEY, CHAIR OF THE BOARD
CEO
Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada

THOMAS E. GALLAGHER, VICE CHAIR OF THE BOARD
Investor & Advisor

HOLGER LIEPMANN, SECRETARY/TREASURER
Retired – Executive Vice President of Nutritional Products
Abbott Laboratories

ROGER A. WITTENBERG, CHAIR EMERITUS
President & CEO
Boulder Bay


TRUSTEES

SORAYA TABIBI AGUIRRE
Shareholder
Aguirre Riley, P.C.

LINDA BRINKLEY, Ph.D.
Former VP & Dean
University of Nevada, Reno

CHARLES T. CREIGH
Principal
NewMarket Advisors

GAYLE CROWELL
Consultant, Technology, Media & Telecommunications Group
Warburg Pincus LLC

RICHARD DITTON
Founder and EVP
Incredible Technologies, Inc.

JOHN ENTSMINGER
General Manager
Las Vegas Valley Water District & Southern Nevada Water Authority

DR. W. MICHAEL FAGEN
Venture Capitalist

DR. LAUREN FLETCHER
Founder & Former CEO
BioCarbon Engineering

ROBERT GAGOSIAN, Ph.D.
President Emeritus
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

JANET LOWE
Managing Partner and Founder
LTI, LLC

MICHAEL LYNCH
Manager
Eco Electrical Systems, LLC

SRIKANT REGANTI, ESQ.

IAN ROGOFF
Co-Founder and General Partner
Sierra Nevada Partners

JAVIER SAENZ
Vice President
Marketing Evolution

MISSY YOUNG
Chief Information Officer
SWITCH

DR. ORY ZIK
Former VP of Analytics
Lux Research, Inc.

ELISE ZOLI
Partner
Jones Day


FELLOWS

DR. NAZIR ANSARI
Emeritus Professor of Management
University of Nevada, Reno

JOSEPH W. BROWN, Esq.
Counsel
Kolesar Leatham Attorneys at Law

MARK F. BRUCE, ESQ.
Principal
Bruce Law Group

DR. KENNETH W. CIRIACKS
Retired, VP of Technology
Chevron

DR. FAROUK EL-BAZ
Director, Center for Remote Sensing
Boston University
Former NV Medalist

LOU EMMERT
Retired, VP & GM
Sprint Nevada

DR. CHARLES R. GOLDMAN
Adjunct Professor
Desert Research Institute
Former NV Medalist

C. JOSEPH GUILD III
Attorney

WALTER M. HIGGINS III
President & CEO
Ascendant Group Ltd.

BRUCE JAMES
President & CEO
NV New-Tech, Inc.

BRIAN J. KENNEDY
President & CEO
Argonaut Gold, LLC

KEITH L. LEE
Principal
The Public Affairs Group

HOWARD “HAL” LENOX
Jr. Director of Gov. Affairs, Western Region
General Motors

ROBERT E. LEWIS
President
Lewis Operating Corporation

DR. D. WARNER NORTH
President & Principal Scientist
NorthWorks, Inc.

MICHAEL A. SALTMAN
Managing General Partner & President
The Vista Group, LV

THOMAS J. SCHOEMAN
Retired, President
JMA Architecture Studios

ROBB SMITH
CEO & Co-Founder
Integral+Life

AMY VERNETTI
Director of Leadership Recruiting
Moonshots at Google Inc.

TROY E. WADE II
Chairman
Nevada Alliance for Defense, Energy & Business

STEVEN WEBER, Ph.D.
VP & Client Service Manager
HWH America’s Inc.

TOM WILLISON, Ph.D.
Retired Chairman
McKinley Capital Management


EMERITUS

DR. ARTHUR ANDERSON

MICHAEL BENJAMIN
CEO & President
Pioneer Crossing

HAL FURMAN
Co-Founder and Chairman
The Furman Group, Inc.

SANDY MILLER
Former First Lady of Nevada

ROBERT NOLAND

HOWARD WAHL

GivingTuesday 2018

Giving Tuesday 2018 email Photo

GivingTuesday 2018 may be over, but there's still plenty of time to support science this holiday season!

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GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that celebrates generosity, collaboration, and community on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, November 27th, 2018.

It’s a day to make a significant impact for the local organizations you believe in. For DRI, it’s one of the biggest days of the year for community members to come together and share their support of environmental research and the people behind the science, in Nevada and around the world.

How can you make a difference for DRI science on GivingTuesday?

Give: Please make a gift to support the DRI scientists working to improve the health and wellness of our communities and the natural systems we all depend on. Every dollar donated this year will go directly to the Innovation Research Program, which provides DRI faculty, students, and staff with the financial resources they need to pursue groundbreaking new projects. 

Thanks in part to GivingTuesday donors in 2017, $257,000 was just awarded to eight teams of DRI researchers through the IRP. These scientists are now examining some of our most pressing environmental problems, like the efficiency of solar energy production and the impact of microplastics in freshwater ecosystems like Lake Tahoe. Please give now--your donation will have a tremendous impact on science in your community!

Share: Tell people! This is a movement, and the more people who know about GivingTuesday, the bigger impact we can make on the future of environmental science. If you give, let your friends and family know. If you can’t give, share the information with people you know who may not have heard about it yet to encourage them to give! Sharing this day with others is what will make it the most impactful.

Celebrate: Stay connected with us on social media while we share stories of local scientists conducting innovative new research projects thanks to the support of donors like you. Tag us in posts using @DRIscience and #DiscoverDRI and share why you believe in supporting science. We’ll be celebrating along with you and our community of supporters.

 

Development of Real Time Snow Drought Tracking Tools for Large River Basins in the Western United States

Dan McEvoy, Ben Hatchett and Justin Chambers
Development of Real Time Snow Drought Tracking Tools for Large River Basins in the Western United States.

DRI Innovation Research Program

Watts Florida Trip Credit David Godwin

ADVANCING SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE, APPLYING SOLUTIONS.
The DRI Foundation created the Innovation Research Program (IRP) to increase the opportunities for DRI's faculty and technical staff to succeed in their research by financially supporting their very best ideas. This financial support enhances DRI's reputation as a world leader in critical environmental research and attracts talented scientists to the Institute. 

During this fiscal year (July 2018-June 2019), the DRI Foundation's goal is to raise $1 million, all of which will go directly to scientists as they carry on DRI’s legacy of bringing scientific knowledge to bear on society. With a gift to the IRP this year, you too can be part of the future of environmental research.

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2018 IRP SEED GRANT PROJECTS

In October 2018, the DRI Foundation announced the first round of seed grants awarded by the IRP. Thanks to the support of generous donors, $257,000 was awarded to eight teams of researchers that will be exploring innovative ideas related not only to human health and welfare but also to the well-being of the natural systems we depend on. The research teams will complete these projects over the course of the next year. 

IRP photo graphic

  1. Dan McEvoy, Ben Hatchett, & Justin Chambers are developing new tools to track snow drought throughout the western United States. 
  2. Eric Wilcox & Marco Giardano are designing novel sky-imaging tools to forecast fluctuations in solar power production based on cloud cover.
  3. Vera Samburova & Andrey Khlystov are creating new ways to analyze human breath in order to learn about exposure to pollutants.
  4. Hai Pham & Markus Berli are examining the relationship between wildfire and groundwater resources.
  5. Rishi Parashar & Nicole Sund are mapping the distribution of anti-cancer drugs through the bloodstream for the effective treatment of tumors.
  6. Yeongkwon Son & Andrey Khlystov are crafting tools to measure the harmful emissions of electronic cigarettes.
  7. Monica Arienzo, Zoe Harrold, & Meghan Collins are investigating the impact of microplastics on the aquatic ecosystems in Lake Tahoe.
  8. Vic Etyemezian & George Nikolich are building new instruments to simulate erosion of soils by wind.
  • Board of Trustees Meetings and Materials

    Prior Board of Trustee Meeting Minutes

    The documents below are an archive list of the DRI Foundation Trustees meetings and available for download in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. You will need the free Adobe Reader software to view and print them.

  • Executive Committee Meetings and Materials

    Prior Board of Trustee Meeting Minutes

    The documents below are an archive list of the DRI Foundation Trustees meetings and available for download in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. You will need the free Adobe Reader software to view and print them.

  • Forums

    Information on the DRI Foundation Forums can be found below.

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