BOARD OF MUSEUMS AND HISTORY
The Board of Museums and History is established by state law (NRS 381.002) to support the activities of the Division of Museums and History (DM&H) and the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). With respect to the SHPO the Board may develop, review and approve policy for matters relating to the State Historic Preservation Plan, nominations to the National Register of Historic Places and the State Register of Historic places including determination of eligibility for each property nominated. With respect to the functions of the DM&H, the Board shall develop, review and make policy for investments, budgets, expenditures and general control of the Divisions’ private and endowed trust funds.
The Board consists of eleven members appointed by the Governor; six members of the general public who are knowledgeable about museums; one member who is qualified in history; one member who is qualified in prehistoric archeology; one member who is qualified in historic archeology; one member who is qualified in architectural history; and one member who is qualified as an architect.
The Board meets quarterly, generally alternating between northern and southern Nevada venues.
The Board of Museums and History is funded from revenue collected in the private trust funds accrued from the sale of merchandise, memberships and donations. The Board of Museums and History does not receive any funds from the State General Fund.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Robert Stoldal became interested in news and information at a very early age. He credits his grandfather, Walter Andersen, who, in the 1940s and ’50s, took him to see newsreels instead of cartoons at a downtown movie theater every Saturday morning. As a pre-teenager, Stoldal started a neighborhood newspaper. Then in 1957, his father went to work for the Atomic Energy Commission in Nevada and moved their family to Las Vegas. His mother went to work for the Las Vegas Police Department.
His first paying media job was sweeping the floors in the pressroom of the Las Vegas Review Journal. He has worked as a radio announcer, news director, sports and weatherman, reporter and anchor. He became KLAS-TV news director in 1968, the year industrialist Howard Hughes purchased the station. Stoldal has been a television news director for nearly 50 years. United Press International honored his KLAS as Best Newscast in America. He led the fight in southern Nevada to allow television cameras in courtrooms, broadcast the first criminal trial in Nevada and, in 2002, produced the first live coverage of pleadings before the Nevada Supreme Court in Carson City.
He expanded a news operation at a newly acquired CBS affiliate in Nashville, Tennessee and he helped begin 24-hour regional all-news cable channels in Virginia, Tennessee and Las Vegas. Stoldal launched Las Vegas ONE, a 24-hour local news television operation.
Retiring in 2007, he shifted attention to Nevada and Las Vegas history through writing and support of organizations focused on preservation of Nevada heritage. By 2009, he was executive vice president of news for Sunbelt Communication. He expanded Channel 3’s daily news program by three and a half hours. Responsible for the news operations at Sunbelt’s broadcast outlets in Las Vegas, Reno and Elko, he directly oversaw the news operations of Channel 3 until 2014. In July of 2015, Stoldal joined the news operation of KNPR, public radio for Nevada, serving southern and eastern Nevada.
A graduate of Las Vegas High School, Stoldal was the student librarian and wrote for the school newspaper. At the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, he was the editor of the student newspaper. He attended Notre Dame, and Belmont University.
He was first appointed to the Board of Museums and History in 1986. He is on the City of Las Vegas Centennial Commission, vice chair and charter board member of Preserve Nevada and on the board of the Las Vegas Springs Preserve. Stoldal is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, Radio and Television News Directors Association and Nevada Freedom of Information Coalition. A veteran of community service, he has chaired many Las Vegas area boards.
Bryan Allison is a lifelong Nevadan who grew up in Carson City and has lived in Southern Nevada since 1993. He spent much of his career overseeing a wide range of digital and traditional marketing initiatives. He served 20 years with the Greenspun organization in Las Vegas and Henderson, primarily at Vegas.com, where he was chief operating officer, chief marketing officer and held a number of other positions. Mr. Allison also oversaw the Greenspun Media Group, its print publications and media websites. He managed the successful launch of the Vegas.com web platform.
Mr. Allison attended the University of Nevada, Reno. He started his career with newspapers, including the Daily Sparks Tribune, the Moscow-Pullman Daily News serving Idaho and Washington, and the Las Vegas Sun.
Dr. Alicia Barber is a historian and author specializing in the study of Nevada and the American West, urban studies, public history, and historic preservation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Stanford University, a Master of Arts in American Studies from the University of Utah, and a doctorate in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.
Founder of the historical consulting firm Stories in Place LLC, Dr. Barber implements public history projects ranging from community oral histories and online exhibits to outdoor place-based installations. She is the editor and co-founder of Reno Historical, a smart phone app and website dedicated to Reno’s history (www.renohistorical.org). She taught for a decade in the departments of core humanities and history at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she directed the University of Nevada Oral History Program from 2009-2013.
Chair of the City of Reno’s Historical Resources Commission, Dr. Barber also serves on the board of directors of Preserve Nevada. Her publications include “Reno’s Big Gamble: Image and Reputation in the Biggest Little City,” the co-edited oral history volume, “We Were All Athletes: Women’s Athletics and Title IX at the University of Nevada,” and numerous chapters and articles for both scholarly and popular publications. Recipient of the 2014 Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, she blogs about history and place at www.aliciambarber.com.
Sarah Cowie is an archeologist specializing in industrial and historical-period archeology of the American West. She teaches in the University of Nevada, Reno, Department of Anthropology. Before teaching, she worked in cultural resource management for 12 years throughout the United States. She earned her Master of Science in industrial archeology from Michigan Technological University, and has a doctorate in anthropology from University of Arizona.Her research and teach
ing interests include the archeology of working communities such as mining towns, social theories of power relations, and collaborative archeology with American Indian communities. Her first book is titled “The Plurality of Power: An Archaeology of Industrial Capitalism.” She is collaborating with American Indian stakeholders in publishing an edited book on the archeology and preservation of Stewart Indian School in Carson City, Nevada.
Renee Diamond was first named to the Nevada State Board of Museums and History in 1984, appointed by Governor Richard Bryan and reappointed by governors Bob Miller, Kenny Guinn, Jim Gibbons and Brian Sandoval. Elected to the Nevada State Assembly, she served from on the Judiciary, Health and Welfare, Natural Resources and Mining, and Elections committees. She also served on Interim Committees for Reapportionment and Teenage Pregnancy.
Diamond is former administrator for the Nevada Division of Manufactured Housing, where she fought for fair housing and supervised complaint resolution, landlord tenant issues and industry regulation. She managed the Carson City and Las Vegas offices creating and administering four state budgets. She also developed legislation to administer the agency and industry.
As district director for Congressman James H. Bilbray, Diamond managed two state offices, casework, congressional investigation and constituent response. She was liaison to community groups and organized public hearings.
She was also field manager for the 1980 Census for the United States Department of Commerce. Her private sector experience includes serving as community relations director for Grandy’s Food Chain.
Diamond’s leadership experience includes service on the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline as chair and vice chair. She was on the Council of State Governments, serving on its Western Legislative Committee on Economic Development and International Trade and was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to the National Women’s Committee. She was named Clark County Humanitarian Mother of the Year, and National Association of Social Workers’ Outstanding Public Citizen, among her many accolades. Diamond is a charter board member of the University Library Society, a founder of the Nevada Women’s Fund and board member of the Sisterhood of Congregation Ner Tamid.
Pete Dubé studied architecture at the University of Arizona with an emphasis on sustainability and preservation. After graduation he relocated to Northern Nevada and has spent his entire career specializing in historic architecture and public works construction throughout the state and region.
Mr. Dubé has served as the architect board member on the Nevada Board of Museums and History since May 2008 and chairs the museum store committee. Mr. Dubé is an advocate for Nevada’s architectural history and has the deepest admiration for the talented and hardworking professionals within the Division of Museums and History who work tirelessly to deliver outstanding exhibits and programs to Nevadans throughout the great state.
Doris Dwyer is professor emerita of history and recently retired from Western Nevada College after a 35- year career of teaching history and humanities. She was the recipient of the Governor’s Humanities Award, the Regents’ Teaching Award and numerous other teaching honors. She earned her doctorate in American History from Miami University of Ohio and a Master of Arts and bachelor’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University. She is a former member of the Churchill County Library Board, University of Nevada Press Board, the editorial board of the Nevada Historical Society Quarterly and Nevada Humanities.
Dr. Dwyer has a strong interest in Nevada museums and is a long-time member of the Churchill County Museum and the Nevada State Museum in Carson City. She has performed hundreds of Chautauqua portrayals throughout the United States and is a governor’s appointee to the Nevada Board of Museums and History since 2012. She formerly served on the Museums and History Board in the 1990s and is also a board member of the Churchill County Museum.
She has been a Nevada resident since 1980 and resides in Fallon.
Daniel Markoff earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law. He entered private practice and was appointed assistant federal public defender, and later federal public defender for Nevada by the U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit. Returning to private practice, he handled cases at all levels of state and federal courts, including winning a challenge to the constitutionality of a Nevada mandatory death penalty law before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mr. Markoff has several passions in life, including wife Ditty, to whom he has been married for 30 years. He first met her on the ranch near Tucson in the early 1960s, when she rode her horse to his home. Another is flying, acquired from his father, who was also a pilot. The third is sharing his 1875 Baldwin locomotive Eureka that he restored between 1986 and 1991. The locomotive has run throughout the West for events, and through the Colorado and New Mexico Rocky Mountains each summer for 20 years. Eureka brings history to life for people who had no idea how beautiful locomotives were when they ran through the Nevada wilderness. Other interests include reading history, rifle and trap shooting, and helping to preserve Nevada’s history.
Bob Ostrovsky joined The Ferraro Group as principal in August 2012. Since 1981, Mr. Ostrovsky has worked in the Nevada Legislature as a lobbyist representing the Nevada Resort Association, Employers Insurance, City of Las Vegas, Cox Communications, The Hertz Corporation, 3M Products and many others.
Mr. Ostrovsky holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology and archaeology from the California State University at San Francisco and a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies.
Mr. Ostrovsky held various human resources management positions at MGM and Bally’s Casino and Resorts. He was the corporate vice president of human resources for Bally’s Grand, Inc. In this role, he managed all human resources and labor relations matters for Bally’s Reno and Las Vegas. He also served as vice president of human resources for MGM Grand, Inc., and handled all governmental affairs for the corporation from 1973 to 1986.
Mr. Ostrovsky serves as a trustee for IATSE Training, Disability and Pension Trusts. He is chairman of the Nevada Commission for Cultural Affairs, member of the State Board of Museums and History since 1998, and serves as chairman of the Nevada Cultural Affairs Foundation. He was a member of the Department of Industrial Relations Advisory Board from 1981 through 1998 and 2009 through 2012 and its chairman from 1989 through 1999 and 2009 through 2012. The board oversees workers’ compensation, safety and industrial insurance regulation. Mr. Ostrovsky is a also past president of the United Way of Northern Nevada, the Las Vegas Chapter of the American Society of Training and Development, and the Nevada Self-Insured Employers Association.
Seth Schorr is chief executive officer of Fifth Street Gaming and chairman of Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino. Schorr is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a major in Chinese Studies. He was recognized by VEGAS Inc. as a member of the elite “40 Under 40,” and “The Vegas Dozen.”
Schorr serves on the boards of the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, Nevada Restaurant Association, Jewish Federation of Las Vegas, Advisory Board of The Smith Center for Performing Arts, One Night for One Drop and was appointed by Governor Brian Sandoval to the Nevada State Board of Museums and History. He is an executive board member and treasurer of the Downtown Las Vegas Alliance and a member of Young Presidents Organization.
Since 1991, Schorr served as an integral member of the Wynn Resorts team, developing the international marketing department in Macau, the interactive gaming division and The Wynn Collection of Fine Art. He also worked at Bellagio Resort and Casino, The Mirage and Treasure Island hotels and casinos, and the Golden Nugget, Laughlin.
Schorr and partner Jeffrey Fine own and operate Fifth Street Gaming and its affiliate, Lucky Silver Management, including three casinos in North Las Vegas. The principals of Fifth Street Gaming also control, through affiliates, the LEV Restaurant Group, a food and beverage operation with more than 35 restaurants in the Las Vegas area.
Tony Timmons serves as the assistant vice president of Nevada Regional Banking Communications for Wells Fargo Bank, one of the nation’s largest consumer and commercial banks. In his role, he strategically directs media relations, executive communications and team member internal communications for the state of Nevada.
He is very involved in the community, serving on the President’s Council for Nevada State College as well as on the Department of Marketing Advisory Board at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In his spare time, he is a volunteer for the State of Nevada Historic Preservation Office and is the head of the Cultural Resources committee for the Friends of Red Rock Canyon.
Timmons earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a concentration in marketing, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Missouri State University.