Speaker Date Topic
Club Mtg: Dark (Memorial Day) May 30, 2016
No Meeting
Robert C. Enlow Jun 06, 2016
Education Savings Accounts: Vision for School Choice in Nevada
Education Savings Accounts: Vision for School Choice in Nevada

Robert C. Enlow is the President and CEO of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, the school choice legacy foundation of Milton and Rose D. Friedman. Robert has been an integral part of the Foundation since its founding in 1996, previously serving as fundraiser, projects coordinator, vice president, and executive director prior to being named president and CEO in 2009.

Under his leadership, the Foundation has become one of the nation’s most respected and successful advocates for school choice, working in dozens of states to advance its founders’ vision by disseminating research, sponsoring seminars, undertaking advertising campaigns, organizing community leaders, and providing grants.

Robert is the co-editor of “Liberty and Learning: Milton Friedman’s Voucher Idea at Fifty,” author of “Grading Vouchers: Ranking America’s School Choice Programs,” and co-author of “School Choice: A Reform that Works” and a chapter in “An Education Agenda: Let Parents Choose Their Children’s School.” His opinions have appeared in numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Arizona Republic, National Review, and USA Today.

Cynthia Albright Jun 13, 2016
Urban Form
Urban Form

Ms. Albright is a certified land planner and certified geographic information systems professional with outstanding experience in the areas of community and regional planning, urban design, entitlements for land development activities. Cynthia received her master's degree from UCLA, School of Architecture and Urban Planning. She manages large-scale multi-disciplinary projects that incorporate her knowledge of the area's environment, the political climate, and the community.

She recently authored a bike share feasibility study for the Truckee Meadows, managed the site development and entitlements for a 50MW solar project, oversees Stantec's various engineering services at the Apple Data Center Campus and is managing Stantec's basin-wide Transit Master Plan for Lake Tahoe.  The depth of her project experience is wide-reaching but she really enjoys specific projects that make a difference in a community. 

Cynthia serves on the City of Reno Charter Committee, Ward 2 Neighborhood Advisory Board, Urban Forestry Commission and has received awards from the Builders Association, the Nevada American Planning Association (APA) and the American Society of Civil Engineers for projects she has guided.  Cynthia is also a member of the APA Urban Design and Historic Preservation Division, New Urbanism Division, Transportation Planning Division, National Recreation & Park Association and Rotary Club of Reno.

Jesse Murray, NV Energy Jun 20, 2016
Renewable Energy Programs
Renewable Energy Programs

Jesse Murray was appointed as Director of Renewable Energy Programs for NV Energy in 2015.  He is responsible for overseeing NV Energy’s programs that help residential, commercial, public, and non-profit customers install distributed generation systems behind the meter.  A primary focus of these programs has been to incentivize customers to install “rooftop” solar photovoltaic systems under Nevada’s net-metering laws.

Murray has been with NV Energy since 2008. In addition to renewable energy, Murray also has a background in thermal generation. He has served as plant engineer, engineering manager, and maintenance manager at the Tracy and Fort Churchill natural gas generating stations for NV Energy in the Reno, Nevada area.  He also led the development of an asset management program for NV Energy’s natural gas generating fleet.  Murray’s technical focus has been on gas turbine based combined-cycle units.  He participated in the commissioning of an F-class 2x1 combined cycle resource at the Tracy Station in 2008, has served as outage manager for several maintenance outages, and has been heavily involved in negotiating and managing long-term service agreements for NV Energy.

Murray began his career as an intern with NV Energy subsidiary Sierra Pacific Power Company in 2000. His background gives Murray an understanding of not only the expanding renewable energy sector but also conventional power plants.

Before joining NV Energy, Murray worked for International Game Technology managing real estate transactions on commercial buildings and undeveloped land. He also has worked at Bechtel BWXT at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, where he managed chemically hazardous and radioactive waste for that facility.

Murray holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Nevada, Reno.  He is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Nevada. 


Mike Crowell- CEO Jun 27, 2016
Future of the National Championship Air Races
Future of the National Championship Air Races

Michael (Mike) Crowell serves as President and CEO of the Reno Air Racing Association, which hosts the National Championship Air Races in Reno.

In 2003, Crowell retired from Coca-Cola and returned to Reno. From 1982-1987, Crowell lived in Reno and served as executive vice-president/general manager of Shoeshone Coca-Cola Bottling Co., and as vice president/branch manager of Home Federal Savings Bank of Nevada.  Prior to retiring, Crowell served as president/director of Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia where he was responsible for ten bottling plants with 26 bottling lines and 142 sales centers. While there, Crowell was credited with numerous key accomplishments including a 45 percent growth in volume.

Throughout his established career at Coca-Cola, Crowell managed bottling facilities in the United States, Middle East and Asia and developed a strong reputation as a leader in sales and marketing and effective management of operational cost controls. Under his leadership, the Air Races has been able to turn around its financial position, turning a profit of over $100,000 last year after the initial budget projected a $600,000+ loss, securing the future of this event that has an economic impact in excess of $60 million for our community. 

Mandela Washington Fellows Jul 11, 2016
Young Leaders Initiative for Africa

The Northern Nevada International Center will present two brief presentations by two Mandela Washington Fellows.  The fellows are part of a group of 25 fellows (all of whom will be attending the luncheon as well) participating in President Obama’s Young Leaders Initiative for Africa.  The fellows are learning about entrepreneurship and leadership in an intensive six-week program at the University of Nevada.  The fellows hail from the following countries: Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Club President Craig Wesner and Club Members Jul 18, 2016
Club Assembly
Carina Black- Exec. Director- NNIC Jul 25, 2016
Refugee Resettlement Agency
Refugee Resettlement Agency

Carina will discuss the Northern Nevada International Center’s application to become a refugee resettlement agency, describe global displacement and how refugees arrive in the United States and in our city.  She will provide an overview of resettlement in the US and the vetting process, as well as what NNIC will need to make resettlement successful.

No Meeting Aug 01, 2016
Club 100th Anniversary Party
Kim Toulouse- NDOW Aug 08, 2016
Health of Wildlife in NV