BOARD OF DIRECTORS
FIRST Nevada was founded in 2005 and represents Nevada statewide.  Our all volunteer Board of Directors is comprised of engineers, educators, and business leaders who live and work in Nevada. 
 

 
GLORIA JEAN HOPPERT, P.E.

Jean Hoppert was a Technical Director at MasterfoodsUSA, before retiring in October 2003. Her experiences include 34 years in manufacturing and engineering with three different companies in seven different locations with extensive experience with new product startups. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master in Business Administration from Xavier in Cincinnati. Jean also holds Professional Engineer registration in Nevada, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Jean is a fellow of the Society of Women Engineers, and is the SWE Las Vegas Valley Section Outreach Chair. In 2005, Jean started FIRST NV to promote STEM programs in Las Vegas and Nevada and currently serves as the director. Her current volunteer work focuses on providing the FIRST and STEM programs for Nevada.


 STEPHEN PHILPOTT

A lifelong resident of Las Vegas, NV., who graduated from Valley High School in 1971, Steve was employed at Bearing Belt Chain Co. Inc. for 37 years until retiring as President in 2008. Currently owns S&S Philpott LLC., which is a consulting firm in the use of innovative technologies in distribution of products. Honorary Lifetime Member of the Power Transmission Distributors Association for his service on their board of directors and education foundation. Thirty year member of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, Henderson Chamber of Commerce, Nevada Development Authority and Henderson Development Authority. Currently serves on the Bond Oversight Committee of the Clark County School District, and the board of directors of Nevada STEM Coalition, a non-profit organization focused on promoting science and math with the youth of Nevada.  


 KIMBERLY WOMACK

Kimberly Womack is an Information Assurance Manager with the Department of Air Force in Las Vegas, NV. An alumnus of University of Nevada, Las Vegas, she holds a Master of Science in Computer Science with a focus in Information security. She is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), and Society of Women Engineers (SWE). She has been the on the board for FIRST NV Board of Directors as Treasurer for over 4 years. She previously held positions as Treasurer for local chapters of FEW (Federally Employed Women) and SWE (Society of Women Engineers). She focuses her time in STEM and other outreach in the community and has been active with FIRST for the over 8 years as either Judge or Judge Advisor at FLL, FTC, FRC or World Competitions. 


 DEE FREWERT, Ph.D.

Dee Frewert is passionate about technology innovation and social entrepreneurship in education. She is a strategic customer success executive at Oracle Corporation. Her community and education activities heavily leverages her field and implementation experience supporting Fortune 100 companies. Frewert received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, one of a few women who graduated from the Industrial Distribution Management program. Seeing a greater need to drive education excellence, she received her Master's degree in Education in Technology from Lesley University, and her Education doctorate in leadership, management and human resources at Drexel University. She actively supports youth in an array of educational programs and also chairs the Western Nevada College Computer-IT Advisory Board. It is no surprise that Dee Frewert's background in business and technology has translated to supporting her community through STEM educational programs. Passionate about giving back and bettering her community, her work with not-for-profit organizations has brought her noteworthy success. She has created sustainable programs such as A Cubed (A3), a youth STEM education program that earned her a national VOYA (ING) Unsung Heroes award, and partnered with UC Davis to establish the Youth Science Institute (YSI) program at TERC. She brought the international FIRST Robotics programs to northern Nevada to enable nearly a thousand local students to immerse themselves in an academic and competitive challenges each year. The Girl Scouts recognized her in the 2014 Triumphant Awards for her leadership in STEM. She is ardent about creating life-changing opportunities for youth and developing lasting partnerships with companies and organizations. An active member of the Society of Women Engineers, Partners for Community, Optimist International and the Experimental Aircraft Association, she has delivered numerous STEM programs involving K-12 robotics, aviation, aerospace, environmental science, and supported student leadership projects and student mentor programs at UNR and across northern Nevada. She was on Microsoft's International Women's Day 2015 Panel; and most recently, she received the 2016 Las Vegas FRC Volunteer of the Year Award.


BRUCE ROMEO

Bruce Romeo works in Government Service and is the Director, Communications Squadron for Detachment 3 Air Force Test Center. In 2004, he retired from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel after 20 years of dedicated service. His expertise includes over 30 years of Computer Engineering for the US Air Force including: developing satellites for the Strategic Defense Initiative, programmer analyst for a submarine-launched ballistic missile defense radar and Commanding a communications squadron. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Microprocessor Design from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a Master of Science degree in Artificial Intelligence from Boston University, and a Master of Science Degree in Military Operational Art and Science from US Air Force’s Air University. Bruce has been active in US FIRST since 2011 and is a senior member of a local Civil Air Patrol unit teaching robotics to the cadets.  


 PAM GARFIELD   

Pam Garfield holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas and is an active member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Her professional expertise is in the design of pressure vessels and the transportation of hazardous materials. Currently, Pam is the Managing Director of PBG Associates LLC, an engineering design and services firm. She has been active with STEM outreach, special education programs, and FIRST for 11 years, serving in a variety of capacities including coach, mentor, and judge at FLL, FTC, and FRC events. She currently serves as the operational partner for FLL programs in Nevada. 


  CALUM PEARSON

Calum is currently the Vice President of the Resident Show Division of Cirque du Soleil, where he is responsible for the operations of 9 multi-million dollar permanent theatre shows across the US. This is the second Vice Presidency Calum has undertaken for Cirque du Soleil, previously being at the helm for their Technical Show Support division. Calum served as Company Manager for KÀ, and was responsible for managing the day to day operations of Cirque du Soleil’s fourth permanent show in Las Vegas. With more than 300 cast and crew members from 18 different countries and a production cost of $200 million. Calum had his hands full when he joined KÀ in November 2004 just as the first public performances started and the creation process was still in an intense period. With over 25 years of operations and management experience in the entertainment industry, Calum brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership skills to Cirque du Soleil. Prior to joining Cirque du Soleil, Calum spent 16 years touring with well known music productions including Bon Jovi and Van Halen, and family acts such as Disney on Ice. He progressed his responsibilities over the years from Lead Rigger, to Technical Director and Company Manager. Calum, a native of England, and his wife Cory, have two young sons and live in Las Vegas. 


  JOHN FOUNTAIN 

John Fountain is the VP/Director of Technology for Hospitality Network at Las Vegas, Nev.-based Cox Business / Hospitality Network (CB/HN), the business-to-business division of Cox Communications serving business and commercial customers in Southern Nevada, as well as over 110,000 hotel rooms in the resort-gaming-hospitality business vertical across the U.S. In his current position, Fountain oversees the provisioning of advanced video, voice and data services on digital, analog, IP and Wi-Fi platforms to hotel guest rooms, back office and public areas. He has responsibility for 24 employees and manages large-scale annual project budgets. Fountain’s recent projects as lead include the Las Vegas Convention Center, Cashman Center, City Center in Las Vegas, Caesars Palace and soon to open T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for which he was a core member of the contract winning team. He is also heavily involved in the deployment of a Distributive Antenna System at the Las Vegas Convention Center. His career background outside of Cox includes 12 years of software development for embedded and application-level systems, project management for government contractors and management of IP networks. From 1984-1987, Fountain served as an adjunct computer science instructor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Fountain is listed in the 2006 Top 100 Most Influential People in Cable by CableWorld magazine. He is a past chair of the Visitor’s Board of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) and served on advisory boards in the departments of MIS and Computer Sciences at UNLV. Fountain received the UNLV Distinguished Speaker Award (2006) and was recognized as the UNLV College of Engineering Alumni of the Year (2011). He has been a member of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) since 2000 and president of the Las Vegas-based Red Rock Chapter of SCTE for two terms (2009 and 2010).


 KATE TIMMERS 

Kate graduated from Indiana University with a BS in Business and minor in Psychology. Relocating to Denver, CO after school, she began her career in marketing for Stanley Black & Decker. Over the next 15 years she held various roles including Territory Manager in sales, Field Training Coordinator for the woodworking product line and most recently the Service Operations Manager for the factory owned service center here in Las Vegas. Recognized for her leadership and mentoring skills, Kate served on several operational and marketing committees and is a two-time recipient of the Eagle Award, one of the corporation’s most distinguished awards. This summer Kate left SB&D and became the Operations Manager for her family’s business allowing her more time for volunteer work and travel. 


 KEVIN GERAGHTY

Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. His professional expertise is in power generation. Currently, Kevin is the Senior Vice President of Energy Supply for NV Energy in Las Vegas. Kevin is a recognized leader in energy matters including our nation’s transition to renewable energy. He has authored articles on a variety of energy topics and is a frequent speaker on energy issues. Kevin is active in education and STEM in our community. He is currently a board member for the Las Vegas Natural History Museum and is active with the Las Vegas Science and Technology Festival including teaching students about energy. He first volunteered for FIRST competitions in 2016. Kevin and his wife moved to Las Vegas in 2008 and raised their four children.


 ALAN HALL

After graduating from Harvard University in 1989, Alan Hall founded Jameson Media Group, Inc., a Hollywood-based national creative agency and production company.  Jameson Media (named in honor of Alan’s father, James) specializes in branded entertainment across all media platforms, working with all the major TV networks and A-List talent including LeBron James and Cal Ripken, Jr.  When Alan isn’t working, he enjoys life in Reno, NV with his eleven-year-old son. Alan volunteers his time as a coach to his son’s sports teams, as an FLL coach, as a member of the WCSD Gifted & Talented Advisory Coucil, and as a Board member of the local Harvard Club.  This is Alan’s third year coaching two FLL teams in Reno.  All three years Alan’s FLL teams have qualified for the Regional competition at UNR.  For the past two years, one of Alan’s teams has received First Place honors in Robot Design at the FLL Qualifiers.  In the 2017 Regional competition, one of Alan’s teams received 1st Place in Robot Performance (the “Robot Game”) and the other received 1st Place in the Project.  Alan is passionate about all that FLL teaches kids and the amazing opportunities in team building FLL offers them. 


DR. PAUL R. DIXON

For the past 28 years, Dr. Dixon performed research and has been a technical manager in a variety of energy, non-proliferation and environmental programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory. During his career at Los Alamos, some of Dr. Dixon’s key research efforts have included the development of atom-level chemical separation techniques for Pu, Tc, Np, U and I from organic and inorganic materials, natural analog studies for nuclear wastes disposal and non-proliferation research for the IAEA. Dr. Dixon was the natural science technical manager on the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste disposal project from 1997 to 2009. He is currently a senior program manager in the Civilian Nuclear Program Office at Los Alamos National Laboratory where leads the Advanced Simulation Capability for Environmental Management Program for US Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management, serves as on the advisory team to the Department of Energy’s Environmental Management Technology Development Office on the robotics and test bed developmental activities, is a core member of the Environmental Management National Laboratory Network, oversees the LANL work supporting the Hanford tanks disposition and closure and is the science advisor to the Israeli Atomic Energy Commission on nuclear waste disposal. Dr. Dixon is a member of the American Chemical Society and American Nuclear Society, and he currently serves as the chairman of Clark County Nevada Wildlife Advisory Board. Dr. Dixon has been involved in FIRST FRC robotics for 11 years as a judge for the Las Vegas and Orlando Regional events, and he currently serves as the Judge Advisor Las Vegas Regional. Dr. Dixon holds a Bachelors of Arts degrees in geology and chemistry from Albion College, and both a masters and doctorate degree in geochemistry from Yale University.


 COLLEEN DUNN

Colleen Dunn joined Best Buy in February 2013 as Chief Information Officer. Colleen, an established leader in Information Technology, has been integral to Best Buy’s turnaround program, Renew Blue. She has a strong track record of solving complex business, organizational and technological challenges; reducing operating costs; and implementing innovative solutions that deliver sustained business growth. Her expertise in working with a leading bricks-and-clicks retailer has led to her success with the turnaround as well as driving future success for Best Buy. Colleen Dunn joined Best Buy after 11 years in senior executive roles at Williams-Sonoma, a premier specialty retailer offering home furnishings and gourmet cookware in the United States. She was instrumental in establishing the company’s multi-channel IT systems as a key competitive advantage and a point of differentiation for the business. She led in-house website development for six brands, implementation of retail store systems, customer marketing and supply chain systems, including research and development of mobile technologies in stores. Previous to her tenure with Williams-Sonoma, Colleen was Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc., where, among other duties, she led all aspects of the Information Technology department including applications development, data center operations, and telecommunications and provided worldwide technology leadership to other operating divisions of Dole Food Company. She also held positions at Blue Diamond Growers and served in the United States Marine Corps in a variety of technical roles.


 MISSY YOUNG

Missy Young is the Chief Information Officer at Switch. She relocated to Las Vegas from Huntington Beach to join the company in 2005. As a partner at Switch, she is responsible for all sales and engineering with respect to potential clients, including solution architecture and contract negotiations. Her expertise is centered on helping clients understand the Switch data center technology ecosystem. She leads a phenomenal team of sales engineers and will gladly tell you that she has the best job in the world. Prior to becoming a partner at Switch, Missy was the director of VoIP services for Mpower Communications. Her portfolio of experience also includes senior sales engineering positions at ICG Communications, InteleNet Data Centers, and FirstWorld Communications. Missy is Cisco, Microsoft, and Novell certified, and got her start in the tech field, back in the dot-com days of the mid-90s, as a network engineer. She serves on the Foundation Board of Opportunity Village, the Kenny Guinn Center for Policy Research Board, the Desert Research Institute Foundation Board, and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.