Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board of Trustees consists of nine members appointed by the City of Reno, City of Sparks, Washoe County and the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority. Each Trustee brings a comprehensive history of community service to the board combined with a wide range of business expertise.

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Jessica Sferrazza, Chairwoman
Jessica Sferrazza is the founder of a state-wide company, JESSCONVLLC, where she serves as a consultant to various local businesses.  From 2000 to 2012, she served the community as a City of Reno Councilwoman, and is a past City Council liaison to the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority.  During Sferrazza's 12-year tenure on the City Council, she worked to revitalize downtown, helped to consolidate the regional animal shelter and initiated a neighborhood plan for the Midtown District.  Appointed by the City of Reno, Trustee since 2015.
Shaun Carey, Vice Chair
Shaun Carey served as the Sparks City Manager for 14 years and spent more than three decades in public service.  In 2016, Mr. Carey was instrumental in helping pass ballot measure WC1 and participated as a member of the citizen-led coalition and Chair of the Public Schools Overcrowding and Repair Needs Committee.  He holds a civil engineering degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, and is a retired licensed Professional Engineer in Nevada, California and Colorado.  Shaun was appointed to the Airport Authority Board of Trustees by the City of Sparks in April 2017.
Richard L. Jay, Secretary
Richard L. Jay has served more than 30 years in community leadership roles in the Reno/Tahoe area.  Currently working as First Vice President/Investment Officer for a major brokerage firm, RIchard brings a strong analytical perspective to the Airport Board.  He also serves on the City of Reno Financial Advisory Board, and is an active member of the Chamber of Commerce, Sparks Rotary, and the Reno Youth Sports Association.  In 2012, the Moana Sports Fields were renamed the RIchard L. Jay Fields by the City of Reno.  Appointed by the City of Reno, Trustee since 2017.
Jenifer Rose, Treasurer
Jenifer Rose is the CEO of It's My Community Store, a business to business office supply company that provides customers a way to give back to local charities.  Ms. Rose is also the host of Plush Life, a local television show featuring regional products and events.  As an entrepreneur for more than 15 years, Rose is committed to promoting northern Nevada and looking forward to contributing to the airport board.  Ms. Rose is a member of the Organizational Effectiveness Committee for Washoe County.  Appointed by the City of Reno, Trustee since 2015.
Nat Carasali
Nat Carasali is a Founding Partner of Peppermill Casinos, Inc. He has served on the Board of the Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority, the Nevada Athletic Commission and the Reno Citizens Advisory Board for Reno Redevelopment District II.  He served in the United States Marine Corps and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from San Jose State University. He was appointed to the Airport Authority Board of Trustees by the Washoe County Commission in July, 2013.
Carol Chaplin

Carol Chaplin has been in the hospitality and tourism industry in the Lake Tahoe area for over 35 years.  Since 2008, she has served as the President/CEO of the Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Douglas Visitors Authorities.  She is a director on the Regional Air Service Corporation (RASC) board and is co-chair of RASC’s Marketing Committee.  Chaplin is also currently serving on the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Main Street Management working group to provide final design recommendations for the U.S. 50 South Shore Community Revitalization Project.  Appointed by the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority, Trustee since 2017.

Daniel Farahi
Daniel Farahi is the Director of Development Services for Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc.  He is a member of the Airport’s Master Plan Working Group and was formerly a member of the Airport’s Community Outreach Committee.  Prior to rejoining Monarch in 2015, Farahi earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Columbia Business School and worked as a management consultant in the financial services sector. Appointed by the City of Reno, Trustee since 2017.
Lisa Gianoli
Lisa Gianoli owns a government relations consulting firm and represents local government on legislative issues.  She served for more than a decade as a Financial Analyst and Budget Manager for Washoe County, and during that time, participated in multiple committees while representing the County on fiscal issues at the Nevada Legislature.  Appointed by Washoe County, Trustee since 2015.
Art Sperber
Art Sperber is a Senior Project Manager with a Nevada Based Transportation Engineering Firm. With more than 30 years of Nevada consulting work experience, Sperber has a strong background in both air and surface transportation including: construction administration, quality assurance, contractor quality control, and civil materials testing. Sperber served as a Planning Commissioner on both the City of Sparks and the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency. Appointed by the City of Sparks, Trustee since 2017.
Marily Mora Reno Airport CEO Daren Griffin, A.A.E., President/CEO
Daren Griffin, is the new President/CEO for the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, and is responsible for leading and directing the Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO), and the Reno-Stead Airport (RTS), with an operating budget of $46 million. Formerly the Director of the PDXNext Program at the Port of Portland, Mr. Griffin became the CEO of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority on August 3, 2020, following a 4-month nationwide search. Griffin has also served as Interim Director of Business Properties, the Director of Operations and the General Aviation Manager for the Port of Portland, the State Airports Manager for the State of Oregon and the Director of Yuma International Airport in Arizona. Griffin holds a bachelor’s degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Arizona, served in the U.S. Army and is an Accredited Airport Executive (AAE).

 

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