Board Members

Kacey Thomas

Board Chairperson

Email: kacey.thomas@pinecrestnv.org

Ellen Herring

Kacey Thomas is originally from Southern California, but has been proud to call Southern Nevada her home since 1996. She and her husband, Matt have been happily married for 20 years. She has been blessed with two amazing children. Her family is very active and loves spending time outdoors, hanging out by the pool, and in general just having a fabulous time living life to the fullest! Her passion for life and her community is contagious! She thoroughly enjoys meeting new people and helping others.

Professionally, Kacey Thomas is in the insurance and financial services industry and is the proud owner of an independent American National Insurance Agency for the past 16 years. Together with her husband, they also own an environmental consulting firm (ECOS, Inc.), specializing in water and wastewater management.

Kacey Thomas loves Pinecrest Academy of Nevada and has been actively involved with the school since before its inception. It was her pleasure to serve as the former Co-President and founding member of the inaugural Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). Kacey was nominated and received the award for Nevada Charter School 2014 Parent of the Year. As a Board Member for Pinecrest, her goal is to ensure Pinecrest Academy of Nevada is the premier educational opportunity for our kids. She plans on accomplishing this goal by providing leadership and guidance; in support of the school’s mission to provide a safe and nurturing educational environment that maximizes student achievement, responsibility, respect, and lifelong success.

Travis Keys

Board Vice-Chairperson

Email: travis.keys@pinecrestnv.org

Travis Keys

Travis Keys is President of Revenue Media Group, a business marketing and consulting firm. In this role, he consults with businesses across the country on modernizing their marketing programs growing accelerating their growth. Prior to founding Revenue Media Group, he worked for 6 years as Publisher at Greenspun Media Group, overseeing various magazines and newspapers.

He has been serving on the board of Pinecrest Academy since before the opening of the first campus at Horizon. He joined the board with the belief that as parents and community members, we have a personal responsibility to improve the education in our state.

Travis and his wife Kim have five children, with two attending Pinecrest Horizon and one attending Pinecrest Cadence.

Kevin Smoot

Board Secretary

Email: kevin.smoot@pinecrestnv.org

Kevin Smoot

Kevin moved to Las Vegas in the fall of 2001 to coach baseball with Jim Schlossnagle at UNLV. During his time as an assistant coach for the Rebels he helped lead the team to two Mountain West Conference Championships and two NCAA tournament appearances. He has mentored many youth baseball players in the community as part of the Nevada Wildcats. Since 2004 he has taught high school physical education and health classes earning his Masters of Education from UNLV in 2007.

Kevin grew up in Indianapolis, IN and Midland, MI. He earned his undergraduate degree in Sports Study and Journalism at Central Michigan University. He is married to Leiana Oswald and they have four wonderful children. When not in the classroom, or working with the other members of the Pinecrest board to ensure students are performing at the highest level on all academic measures, he loves being active with his family and can usually be found on a sports field.

Craig Seiden

Board Member

Email: craig.seiden@pinecrestnv.org

Craig Seiden

Craig Seiden serves as Vice President for Finance and Administration for Touro University Western Division which encompasses Touro University Nevada (Nevada’s largest medical school) located in Henderson, Nevada and Touro University California located in Vallejo, California.

Prior to joining Touro University, he served as Chief Business Officer for the University of Nevada School of Medicine between 2002-2007 overseeing the medical practices in Las Vegas and Reno. Seiden worked for five years as an auditor at the firm Conway, Stuart, and Woodbury and six years in the hotel industry for Hilton Hotels Corporation where he held the positions of Assistant Director of Operations and Assistant Hotel Manager for the Flamingo Hilton Las Vegas.

Seiden earned his bachelor’s degree in hotel administration from UNLV and an associate’s degree in food and beverage management from Johnson and Wales University, Providence, Rhode Island. He also completed master’s level accounting courses at UNLV as a prerequisite for the uniform C.P.A. examination. Seiden is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.

He and his wife Jennifer reside in Henderson where they raise their three children, two of which attend Pinecrest Inspirada. Craig is originally from New Jersey but has proudly called Nevada home since 1990.

Randall Walker

Board Member

Email: randall.walker@pinecrestnv.org

Randall Walker

Randall H. Walker was appointed director of aviation for Clark County in May 1997, and is responsible for the oversight of McCarran International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the world. Walker directs operations and expansion projects for the Clark County Department of Aviation, which includes McCarran and four general aviation airports.

Prior to his appointment as director of aviation, Walker was assistant county manager for Clark County, Nevada, from 1996 to 1997. As assistant county manager, he oversaw 12 county departments and provided fiscal oversight for District Court, Justice Court, and all of Clark County's elected officials. In 1995, Walker served as director of the county's Department of Finance.

Walker first served the Clark County Department of Aviation in November 1990, when he accepted the position of deputy director. In this role, Walker was directly involved in the airport's implementation of the Passenger Facility Charge program. McCarran was among the first airports in the nation to have its PFC application approved by the FAA.

After earning his bachelor's in accounting (Magna Cum Laude) from Brigham Young University in 1977, Walker held a variety of budget and management positions. He was an analyst in the Clark County Manager's office in 1979 and the business manager for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in 1980. Walker served as deputy city manager for the City of Las Vegas for six years prior to rejoining the county at the airport in 1990. During this time, Walker represented the City of Las Vegas in the Nevada State Legislature.

Walker was born in Boulder City and grew up in Henderson where he and his wife, Terry, raised their six children. He is proud to be a native Nevadan and is an active leader in the community.

Jeff Cahill

Email: jeff.cahill@pinecrestnv.org

Jeff Cahill

Mr. Cahill graduated from Basic High School in 1992. After graduating, Mr. Cahill went on to get a degree in Business Administration from California Lutheran University and has since earned a Masters in Education from UNLV. Mr. Cahill is currently a teacher at Basic High School as well as the head football coach as well.

Marni Watkins

Board Treasure

Email: marni.watkins@pinecrestnv.org

Marni Watkins

Marni Watkins is a mom of two wonderful girls; one of which is a Pinecrest St. Rose elementary student.

In addition to being a mom and a wife to a wonder father and husband, Marni Watkins is an in-house attorney with Fidelity National Law Group handling litigation involving title and real property disputes. She litigates and manages lawsuits all over the State of Nevada and in all varieties and levels of courts from State Court to Federal.

Marni Watkins is originally from New Jersey and lived there until she attended college at the University of Vermont. After earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont, Marni lived in New York City and worked in advertising as an Account Executive handling a variety of high-profile accounts, including Sprint and Marriot. In 2001, Marni left New York City and moved across country to California where she attended law school at California Western School of Law. After graduation from law school, Marni moved to Las Vegas, Nevada and worked as an Associate Attorney at Alverson, Taylor, Mortensen and Sanders where she met her husband Justin Watkins.

Marni Watkins’ husband, Justin is a native Nevadan, born in Las Vegas. The Watkins family has been dedicated to advancing education in Nevada for decades and hopes to continue doing so as an active and enthusiastic Board Member for Pinecrest Academy of Nevada.