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Meet the Board

The RSCVA is governed by a 9-member board of directors representing a variety of business and community groups in Washoe County. The groups represented include: gaming, general business, and air service. The cities of Reno and Sparks and Incline Village are also represented as well as the Washoe County Commission.


Nat Carasali

Nat Carasali is a founding partner and secretary/treasurer of Peppermill Casinos Inc., which owns and operates the Peppermill Hotel Casino in Reno, Western Village in Sparks, the Peppermill Wendover Hotel, Rainbow Casino Wendover and the Rainbow Club in Henderson.

Nat is also a partner in Peppermill Inc. with Peppermill restaurants in Las Vegas. Nat grew up in Petaluma, California, graduated from San Jose State and also served in the United States Marine Corps. Nat has been a board member on the Reno Tahoe Airport Authority and Nevada Athletic Commission.


 Michael Hix

Mike Hix is a Senior Vice President with First Independent Bank, serving as Professional and Executive Banking Manager. Mr. Hix has more than 30 years of banking and lending experience, and has also served as a credit analyst, loan officer and branch administrator with other northern Nevada institutions. Hix has a Bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Nevada, Reno, and is a graduate of the National Commercial Lending School at the University of Oklahoma and the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington.

Mike is an active community member, serving on Secret Witness, The First Tee of Northern Nevada and the Chamber Boards. He dedicates his time to numerous other non-profit organizations and has been a youth soccer and youth basketball coach.

Mike has two daughters – a graduate of, and a junior currently attending, the University of Nevada, Reno.

John Farahi

John Farahi is Co-Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of publicly traded Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc. (NASDAQ, MCRI), and has served in those capacities since 1993.   He is licensed by the Nevada Gaming Commission and the Colorado Division of Gaming.  

John has served on numerous civic-related Boards and Commissions during his career.  He was appointed by Nevada Governor Richard Bryan to the Nevada Commission on Tourism.  John also was appointed by the Nevada Resort Association to the Board of the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors’ Authority, on which he served for a total of eight years.  Additionally, he served for eight years as a Trustee for the Washoe County Airport Authority, and also was a member of the V&T Railroad Development committee, supporting the historical reconstruction of the V&T Railroad from Carson City to Virginia City.  Mr. Farahi is also a partner in Farahi Investment Company, which engages in real estate transactions and development.  

Mr. Farahi holds a political science degree from the California State University at Hayward.

 Ed Lawson

Ed Lawson

Ed Lawson was elected to the City Council in November, 2010, and reelected in 2014. He was born in Sunnyside, WA, and grew up in Las Vegas, NV. He attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO.

Councilman Lawson worked for the Young Electric Sign Company (YESCO) for 15 years, holding positions in sales and management and served on the organization's government relations committee. He is active in the Sparks Rotary Club and volunteers time to the community. A champion of economic development, Councilman Lawson also plays a significant leadership role with the annual Kid's Free Fishing Day, which attracts more than 3,000 kids to the Sparks Marina. In 2014, he was recognized as the Public Official of the Year by the Builders Association of Northern Nevada.

Mr. Lawson and his wife Dianne have two sons who graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Bob Lucey

Bob Lucey

Commissioner Bob Lucey is the Washoe County Commissioner of District 2. Commissioner Lucey is known for his professional real estate and investments business. He is also the owner of an animal hospital and in the process of building another. He attended the University of Nevada, Reno and is a fifth generation Nevadan and a longtime resident of Washoe County.

Along with his wife and son, Commissioner Lucey loves skiing, camping, hunting, hiking and basically anything that involves the outdoors. When he isn’t working, his favorite place to enjoy some rest and relaxation is Lake Tahoe.

He said he will strive to bring the spirit and excitement of entrepreneurship to the County.
He hopes to be remembered as a humble and effective leader for the community.


Bill Wood

Bill Wood is the general manager of the Crystal Bay Casino in Lake Tahoe, where he’s overseen multiple levels of casino and hotel operations since 2003. Mr. Wood holds a State of Nevada-issued non-restricted gaming license, and has four decades of gaming and hospitality experience, from dealing and supervising table games to managing marketing and entertainment. Inspired by a summer trip, Mr. Wood moved to Lake Tahoe in 1976, and has worked in tourism and gaming ever since.

Amidst his storied career in gaming and tourism, Mr. Wood is most proud of his happy marriage and his two loving, accomplished daughters.

 Hillary Schieve

Hillary Schieve

Voters elected Hillary as Mayor in 2014. Hillary brings to the Council her entrepreneurial experience as an employer and local business owner, as well as her out-of-the-box thinking which helped her businesses prosper during the downturn in the economy. She wants to use her business knowledge to help eliminate bureaucratic red tape and spur job creation. Hillary’s other key issues are economic growth, public safety, regional cooperation, and senior services.

Hillary is the owner and operator of two clothing stores in the Midtown – a shop with recycled apparel for teenagers and a similar clothing store for business professionals.
Hillary was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. She attended Reno High School and Arizona State University. Hillary grew up figure skating. She competed nationally in pursuit of an Olympic dream, but was stricken with kidney failure. Her sister saved Hillary’s life by donating her kidney for a transplant operation. Hillary is a tremendous advocate for organ donations and lobbied nationwide to promote organ donor awareness. She founded the world’s largest online organ donor card program.

Hillary’s business success landed her the Reno Gazette-Journal’s 2011 “Entrepreneur of the Year" award. Hillary was also named by the Nevada Young Professional Network and the Gazette-Journal as a “Top Twenty under Forty” recipient for her business expertise and her community service endeavors. Hillary is also a two time recipient of the NV Energy Women of Achievement award.

Hillary is a founding member of the Midtown Merchants Association. She is also a board member of the Nevada Youth Empowerment Project for homeless teens.

 Rick Murdock

Rick Murdock

Rick Murdock is the Vice-President of Sales & Marketing at Eldorado Resorts downtown Reno properties. With over 35 years at the Eldorado, he has grown along with the company and is well versed in all aspects of tour and travel in Northern Nevada as well as the hospitality and gaming industry. Most recently, serving a full two terms with the Reno Tahoe Airport Authority and as Chair of his final year, Rick has become very passionate about air service to our region. He also resides on the boards of the Reno Tahoe Regional Air Service Committee (RASC) and the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) and is always eager to promote Reno-Tahoe.

Mr. Murdock is happily married to his wife, Thea, who is an ICU Nurse at Renown. They have three daughters who are thriving in high school, college and new, local business ownership.

 John Vinyard

John Vineyard

John Vineyard has 30 years of gaming experience in Northern Nevada. Currently the Vice President and Assistant General Manager of Harrah’s Reno, Mr. Vineyard began his career in the gaming industry at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe in 1987. Mr. Vineyard worked as the Casino Operations Manager at Bill’s Lake Tahoe for nine years before relocating to Harrah’s Reno as the Director of Gaming Operations.

Mr. Vineyard’s innovative ideas around department restructuring and consolidations earned him a Chairman’s Award for Leadership in 2014. Mr. Vineyard is a graduate of the University of Nevada Reno’s Executive Development Program.

When not working, Mr. Vineyard enjoys jet skiing, camping and other outdoor activities with his wife and daughter.





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