Nevada Association of School Boards
Dr. Dotty Merrill
NASB Executive Director
Dr. Dotty Merrill joined the Nevada Association of School Boards as executive director in October 2006, bringing more than 35 years experience with national, state, and local educational issues affecting both K-12 schools and higher education. Merrill provides executive leadership for the Association, which represents and serves the 107 elected and appointed members of the governing boards of all seventeen Nevada school districts. Before becoming executive director of NASB, Merrill served as superintendent of Public Policy, Accountability and Assessment with the Washoe County School District. Merrill has extensive experience with charter schools, assessment to improve classroom instruction, accountability, state and federal requirements, and molding collaborative and cooperative relationships among educational communities. Before becoming a district-level administrator, Merrill taught high school English for fifteen years and served for ten years as a high school administrator. She holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno, a Master of Arts in English from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
Contract Business Manager
Tom Ciesynski was appointed by the NASB Board of Directors and Executive Committee to serve as the Association’s Business Manager beginning January 1 2018. Tom comes to NASB with a wealth of experience in local government finance, especially working with the Washoe County School District. He served as the WCSD Chief Financial Officer from August 2013, retiring at the end of 2017. Prior to that he served as Chief Accountant from June 1994 to March 2013. He has worked in the public sector as Assistant Controller at Sparks Family Hospital and as Senior Accountant at Ernst & Young. Tom is a Certified Public Accountant having passed all four parts of the exam in 1986. He represents NASB as a member of the Committee on Local Government Finance. Tom is an active jogger, hiker, golfer and fitness-related fanatic.
Freelance Graphic Designer
Susan began working with the Nevada Association of School Boards in late summer 2007, assisting the Association in creating and designing the NASB website. Ms. Pittman received her certificate in Commercial Art & Graphic Design in 1993 from Platt College in Oklahoma. She then continued her education at Oklahoma City Community College and Oklahoma State University Technical Institute furthing her knowledge in Desktop Publishing and Multimedia design.
Ms. Pitman’s varied career started in Oklahoma as a Production Artist working for the Journal Records Publishing Company. She was based in the Public Relations office for the department of defense at Tinker Air Force Base. There she learned AP standards in Journalism and large print formatting. After that, she moved to Dallas, Texas, where she was the Publication Designer for Baylor University’s College of Dentistry. At Baylor, Ms. Pittman worked closely with the department heads in designing a variety of publications for the school as well as assisting staff on website designs and graphics.
She currently serves various clients in Reno and the surrounding area as well as in Texas and Oklahoma as a freelance graphic artist. She continues to produce numerous publications from college catalogs to medical publications.
Gloria Palmer began working with the Nevada Association of School Boards in April 2018. Prior to that, she worked for several decades with the Washoe County School District in various positions ranging from Assistant Superintendent's administrative assistant to Chief Financial Officer's administrative assistant.
Gloria serves NASB as an administrative assistant, working part-time with the Executive Director on a range of projects and activities that support increasing the effectiveness of Nevada school board members. Her repertoire of skills includes unique organizational strategies and archival knowledge of public education in Nevada.
Dr. Dotty Merrill
NASB Executive Director
The Nevada Association of School Boards is a full-qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit Nevada corporation.