DRI Foundation Leadership

The essence of the DRI Foundation is found in its leaders, those willing to dedicate their time and effort to the advancement of DRI. A 30-member volunteer Board of Trustees works with DRI's President to focus on private funding opportunities to increase DRI’s strength and broaden its reach throughout Nevada, across the Nation, and around the World.


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    Charles Creigh, Jr., DRI Foundation Chair
    Charles T. Creigh, Jr., Chair
     Principal, NewMarket Advisors, (Las Vegas)
  • Soraya Tabibi Aguirre, Treasurer
    Partner, Holland and Hart (Carson City, NV)
  • Holger Liepmann, Secretary
    Retired - Executive Vice President of Nutritional Products, Abbott Laboratories (Incline Village, NV)


  • Dr. Kristen Averyt
    DRI President
  • Michael Benjamin
  • CEO and President of Pioneer Crossing (Reno)
  • Linda Brinkley, Ph.D.
    Former Vice President and Dean, UNR (Incline Village, NV)
  • Mark F. Bruce, ESQ.
    Principal, Bruce Law Group (Reno)
  • Gayle Crowell
    Consultant, Warburg Pincus LLC (Reno, NV)
  • Theodore Dake
    Senior Vice President, US Trust Bank of America Private Wealth Management (Las Vegas)
  • Richard Ditton
    Founder and EVP, Incredible Technologies, Inc. (NV)
  • Pat Egan
    SVP of Customer Operations at NV Energy (Las Vegas)
  • John J. Entsminger
    General Manager, Las Vegas Valley Water District and Southern Nevada Water Authority, (Las Vegas, NV)
  • Dr. W. Michael Fagen
    Venture Capitalist (Reno)
  • Robert B. Gagosian, Ph.D.
    President Emeritus, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, (Woods Hole, MA)
  • Thomas E. Gallagher
    President, Hawk Ridge Estate, LLC (Las Vegas)
  • C. Joseph Guild III
    Attorney (Reno)
  • Leonard Lafrance
    Co-Founder, Century Analysis, Inc., (Incline Village, NV)
  • Michael Lynch
    Manager, Eco Electrical Systems, LLC (Reno, NV)
  • Lauralyn McCarthy
    Executive, Gaming Industry (Las Vegas, NV)
  • Michael Prescott
    SVP and General Counsel, IGT North American Gaming and Interactive (Las Vegas, NV)
  • Tina Quigley
    General Manager, RTC Southern Nevada (Las Vegas, NV)
  • Ian Rogoff
    General Partner, Sierra Nevada Partners, (Incline Village, NV)
  • Stephanie Tyler
    President, AT&T Nevada (Reno, NV)
  • Roger A. Wittenberg
    Founder, Boulder Bay (Incline Village, NV)
  • John R. Worthington
    Retired - Senior Vice President, MCI Corporation (Reno)
  • Missy Young
    Executive Vice President of Colocation, Switch (Las Vegas)
  • Elise Zoli
    Partner, Goodwin Law Energy Practice (Boston, MA)

Emeritus Trustees

  • Dr. Arthur Anderson
     Retired, IBM (Prescott, AZ)
  • Hal Furman
     Chairman and Managing Director, The Furman Group, Inc. (Washington, D.C.)
  • Sandy Miller
     Former First Lady of the State of Nevada and educational leader (Henderson)
  • Robert L. Noland
     Retired (Carson City)
  • Howard Wahl
     Retired, Bechtel Group, Inc. (Napa, CA)

Foundation Fellows

DRI Foundation Fellows serve with the Board of Trustees of the DRI Foundation and act as advisors and ambassadors to the Board in order to increase DRI’s and the DRI Foundation’s strength and broaden its reach throughout Nevada, across the Nation, and around the World. The Foundation Fellow helps, as requested, with special projects, to support the mission of the Desert Research Institute. Foundation Fellows are invited, but not required, to participate in yearly special events, attend Board meetings and Board committee meetings, and have access to all communication provided to the Board.

  • Dr. Nazir Ansari
    Emeritus Professor of Management, UNR, Reno, NV
  • Marybel Batjer
    Secretary of the California Government Operations Agency, State of California, Sacramento, CA
  • Joseph W. Brown
    President, Fennemore Craig Jones Vargas, Las Vegas, NV
  • Dr. Kenneth W. Ciriacks
    Retired, VP of Technology, Chevron, Tucson, AZ
  • Jens Peter Clausen
    Vice President Gigafactory, Tesla Motors
  • Dr. Farouk El-Baz
    Director, Center for Remote Sensing, Boston University, Boston, MA
  • Lou Emmert
    Retired, Vice President and General Manager for Sprint of Nevada, The Villages, FL
  • Fred D. Gibson, Jr.
    Retired Chairman, President and CEO of American Pacific Corp., Las Vegas, NV
  • Dr. Charles R. Goldman
    Adjunct Professor, Desert Research Institute Division of Hydrologic Sciences, Reno, NV
  • Walter M. Higgins, III
    President & CEO, Ascendant Group Ltd., Bermuda
  • Bruce James
    President & CEO, Nevada New-Tech, Inc., Incline Village, NV
  • Brian J. Kennedy
    President & CEO, Argonaut Gold, LLC, Reno, NV
  • Howard “Hal” Lenox
    Jr.,Director of Government Affairs - Western Region, General Motors, Reno, NV
  • Keith L. Lee
    Principal, The Public Affairs Group, Reno, NV
  • Robert E. Lewis
    President, Lewis Operating Corporation, Las Vegas, NV
  • Dr. D. Warner North
    President & Principal Scientist, NorthWorks, Inc. San Francisco, CA
  • Michael A. Saltman
    Managing General Partner & President, The Vista Group, Las Vegas, NV
  • Thomas J. Schoeman
    Retired, President, JMA Architecture Studios, Las Vegas, NV
  • Robb Smith
    CEO Chrysallia Inc., Reno, NV
  • Amy Vernetti
    Partner, True, San Francisco, CA
  • Troy E. Wade, II
    Chairman, Nevada Alliance for Defense, Energy & Business, Las Vegas, NV
  • Steven Weber, Ph.D.
    Vice President & Client Service Manager, MWH America's Inc., Las Vegas, NV
  • Tom Willison, Ph.D.
    Retired Chairman, McKinley Capital Management, Henderson, NV