DRI Foundation

About the DRI Foundation

Established in 1982, the DRI Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that is led by a committed and passionate Board of Trustees that helps raise funds to strengthen and promote DRI’s scientific research and impact.

With a $43 million endowment, the DRI Foundation raises awareness, establishes partnerships, and secures funding to support and advance the mission of DRI.

DRI’s impactful science and inspiring solutions support a diverse economy, provide science-based educational opportunities, and inform policymakers, business leaders, and community members on important environmental topics. Make a gift today to support the DRI Foundation. 

Chair – MICHAEL BENJAMIN
CEO, Palomino Farms LLC

Co-Vice Chair – KRISTIN MCMILLAN PORTER
Senior Advisor, Porter Group LLC

Co-Vice Chair & Secretary – NORA JAMES
Professional Book Editor

Treasurer – ROBERT MCCART
Owner, RKM Management
Finance/Audit Committee Chair

RICHARD DITTON
Founder and EVP, Incredible Technologies, Inc.

JOHN J. ENTSMINGER
GM, Las Vegas Valley Water District & Southern Nevada Water Authority

LINDA FAISS
Founder and President, Faiss Foley Warren Public Relations and Public Affairs (ret.)

MARK FOREE
GM, Truckee Meadows Water Authority

ROBERT GAGOSIAN, PH.D.
President Emeritus, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and Consortium for Ocean Leadership
Faculty Engagement Committee Co-Chair

LISA GALLAGHER
Chief Financial Officer and Co-Founder, Praedicat, Inc.

STEVE HILL
CEO, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

JAMES KING
Chief Financial Officer and Principal, R&R Partners
Chairman, R&R Foundation

STEPHANIE KRUSE
Founder, KPS3 Marketing
Communications and Marketing Committee Chair

STARLA LACY
Vice President, Environmental, Safety, and Land Resources, NV Energy

JANET LOWE
Marketing and M&A Consultant
President, Desert Research Corporation

MIKE PeQUEEN
Managing Director & Partner, Hightower Las Vegas

TERRY SHIREY
President and CEO, Nevada State Bank

RONALD SMITH, M.D., Ph.D.
Internal Medicine, Private Practice

KAREN WAYLAND, Ph.D.
CEO, The Gridwise Alliance and Principal, kW Energy Strategies, LLC

DR. NAZIR ANSARI
Emeritus Professor of Management, UNR

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

MARK F. BRUCE, ESQ., Principal
Bruce Law Group

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

CHUCK CREIGH
Principal/Broker, New Market Commercial Real Estate Advisors

GAYLE CROWELL
Board Director, Strategic Business Advisor

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

LOU EMMERT
Retired, VP & GM for Sprint Nevada

DR. LAUREN FLETCHER
Founder, BetaEarth Global

DR. CHARLES R. GOLDMAN
Adjunct Professor, DRI DHS & Former NV Medalist

C. JOSEPH GUILD III
Attorney

WALTER M. HIGGINS III
Retired Chairman and CEO, Sierra Pacific Resources (now NV Energy)

HON. BRUCE R. JAMES
Director, United States Government Publishing Office, Ret.

BRIAN J. KENNEDY
Retired Chairman & Founder, Meridian Gold

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

MICHAEL LYNCH
Manager, Eco Electrical Systems, LLC

FAFIE MOORE
Executive Vice President, Southern Nevada ERA Brokers

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

TINA QUIGLEY, PAST CHAIR
CEO, Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA)

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

THOMAS J. SCHOEMAN
Retired, Pres., 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 Mgr., HWH America’s Inc.

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

MISSY YOUNG
Executive VP of Colocation, SWITCH

*Denotes deceased DRI Foundation Fellow

DR. ARTHUR ANDERSON*

HAL FURMAN
CEO & President, The Furman Group

THOMAS E. GALLAGHER*
Adjunct Professor – Ethics, University of Nevada Las Vegas

SANDY MILLER
Former First Lady of Nevada

ROBERT NOLAND

HOWARD WAHL

*Denotes deceased DRI Foundation Emeritus Trustee Member

Meeting Materials

June 30, 2022 – Faculty Engagement Committee

June 20, 2022 – Marketing/Communications Committee

June 9, 2022 – Executive Committee

May 12, 2022 – Foundation Board of Trustees

The Nevada Open Meeting Law (OML) was enacted to ensure that the actions and deliberations of public bodies be conducted openly. In compliance with the Nevada OML, the DRI Foundation here provides the meeting agendas and subsequent supporting materials for its meetings.

For previous DRI Foundation meeting materials, or if you have questions regarding DRI Foundation meetings or materials, please contact us.

CONTACT

foundationinfo@dri.edu
(775) 673-7226

 

MAILING ADDRESS

2215 Raggio Parkway
Reno, NV 89512

LAS VEGAS OFFICE ADDRESS

755 East Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89119