2018-2020 EXECUTIVE BOARD
PRESIDENT: Emma Dickinson
PRESIDENT-ELECT: Tracee Guenther
SECRETARY: Stephanie Patton
TREASURER: Danielle Shaw
DIRECTOR AT LARGE: Paige Beckwith
DIRECTOR FROM A MAJORITY/MINORITY: David Nomicos
CONGRATULATIONS to the new board, and thank you to everyone who voted!
President-Elect (Vice President)
The President-Elect assist the President as needed and assumes presidential role after 2 years.
Tracee Guenther (running unopposed)
I am pleased to announce my nomination for the position of President-Elect of the Nevada Association of School Psychologists. It has been nearly two years since taking the seat of the Secretary. During this time I have learned so much about advocacy for school psychologists. Specifically, I have focused many of my efforts as the Chair of the Shortages committee. As school psychologists across the nation continue to face the overwhelming demands of the students, families, teachers and administrators that we serve, it is essential that we continue to educate the multitude of statewide stakeholders who can directly impact current shortage issues in Nevada. With that, I have set a course of action, with the assistance of my fellow board members and other interested school psychologists, to ensure that all people living in the state of Nevada know who we are, what we do and how the critical shortage issues impact the community. As the President-Elect of NVASP I intend to continue with these efforts. I will continue to fight for changes in the law to ensure that school psychologists have a name and definition, that appropriate ratios aligned with NASP standards are set in place and that school psychologists will be evaluated by a licensed school psychologist in districts serving over 100,000 students. As well, I will continue to pursue various avenues to ensure that school districts across the state of Nevada offer competitive salary packages to reduce shortages and increase retention of school psychologists through one’s retirement. I will continue to work towards accomplishing the other goals set by the NVASP board, through the guidance of NASP, to support our members who passionately serve the students, families, teachers and administrators across the state.
The Secretary keeps record of monthly and annual meeting minutes.
Stephanie Patton (running unopposed)
I have greatly enjoyed working with NVASP as appointed Communication Director (formerly Social Director) for the last two years, and I would love the opportunity to be involved as an Executive Board Member. We have worked hard to increase awareness of what school psychologists do and to gain support of community stakeholders in Nevada. I am eager to see NVASP continue to grow and succeed for years to come.
The treasurer serves as chief financial officer and, keeping and maintaining records and accounts of the Association’s properties and transactions.
I'm finishing up my seventh year as a school psychologist and third year in the Clark County School District. I'm originally from Kentucky and am grateful for the opportunities being a school psychologist in Nevada has provided me. It's impressive how NVASP continues to successfully advocate for the interest and needs of all school psychologists. I would love to be more involved in the organization to help further the advocacy efforts and expand our reach.
With approximately 15 years of experience as a practicing school psychologist in Nevada, I am excited to be nominated for position of Treasurer of the Nevada Association of School Psychologists (NVASP).
A little bit about me: In 2003, I received my Education Specialist degree in School Psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, quickly obtaining my Nationally Certified School Psychologist credential thereafter. I currently work full-time for the Clark County School District (CCSD) where I provide a range of psychological and educational services. In addition to traditional duties, my department has charged me with various leadership roles over the years including supervising nearly a dozen graduate level interns and practicum students, mentoring first-year school psychologists as well as new to district staff, providing district-wide and site-based professional learning opportunities, leading complex cases arising from litigation, and serving as a core member of the Other Licensed Personnel Legislative Committee to advise the state on a relevant evaluation system for school psychologists (i.e., NASP Practice Model). In addition to my role in CCSD, I also provide after-hours contractual psychological services to a local K-12 charter school where I offer extensive legal consultation and procedural guidance.
In both my professional and personal lives, I strive to be action-oriented, passionate, and collaborative. Ethically, I hold myself and those around me to a high standard. Taken together, these attributes will allow me to immediately contribute to the betterment of state-wide association goals.
Given my career has exclusively been in Nevada, I am keenly aware of the current conditions impacting us. As an organization, we have all witnessed the tremendous gains NVASP has made over the last several years and I would love to support ongoing efforts in promoting school psychologists and the children we serve. To me, furthering NASP and NVASP’s initiatives in any capacity is extending advocacy efforts to better meet the needs of all students.
Thank you for your consideration for the position of NVASP Treasurer.
The Director at Large acts as Board representative for the interests of the members in regions not represented by the Board.
I have been a school psychologist in Lyon County for 6 years. I am proud to be a native Nevadan. I grew up in my hometown of Las Vegas and was a school teacher in Clark County for 5 years. I have received degrees at both UNLV and UNR. I am currently a resident of Lyon County and I have an appreciation of both the rural and urban districts of our dynamic state.
I would love to be a liaison and help facilitate communication. My undergraduate degree is in Communication Studies. I am excited about what we can collectively do as a professional group if we work together and pool our experience and talents. I would like to help continue NVASP’s efforts to unify school psychologists throughout the state.
I'm finishing up my seventh year as a school psychologist and third year in the Clark County School District. I'm originally from Kentucky and am grateful for the opportunities being a school psychologist in Nevada has provided me. It's impressive how NVASP continues to successfully advocate for the interest and needs of all school psychologists. I would love to be more involved in the organization to help further the advocacy efforts and expand the our reach.
David Nomicos (running unopposed)
I am a Nationally Certified School Psychologist trained at California State University, Fresno with an Ed.S. in School Psychology. I have enjoyed learning and growing in the field of school psychology for the past five years, two of them in the Northern Nevada area. I am interested in representing my fellow school psychologists as an NVASP Director from a Majority/Minority area. If elected to this position, I promise to listen to the concerns and celebrations of my fellow professionals in our region, keep you informed of the actions of our NVASP governing body, and advocate for your priorities at the state level.