The TMCC Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who serve as ambassadors for TMCC, forge partnerships with individuals, businesses and organizations and provide advice and counsel to the College's President and Executive Director of the Foundation.
Mindy Lokshin, MD, MSPH, Chair
Dr. Lokshin is a former family physician with over 30 years of experience in medicine and education advocacy. She received her BA from Johns Hopkins University, her MD from the University of Arizona and her MSPH from the University of Missouri. She left her private practice in family medicine to raise her two sons and has since been very active in the Reno community, serving on the boards of the Reno Philharmonic, the Gifted and Talented Advisory Council to WCSD, and the Education Alliance. She was a founding member for the GT Parent Connection, Alliance for Philharmonic Youth and Parent Leaders for Education. Dr. Lokshin is now also serving as the founding chair of the Parkinson Support Center of Northern Nevada.
Yanus Nelson, Vice Chair
Yanus Nelson is a senior vice president for Wells Fargo & Company and serves as the Nevada Northern region bank president. In this role, he leads a team of more than 500 branch team members, ensuring they have the necessary knowledge and training to provide high-quality service and financial advice to customers in the region. He has also been actively involved in his prior communities serving as vice president of the School District 51 Foundation Board and on the Western Colorado March of Dimes Board. Nelson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Colorado Christian University and a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from Pepperdine University.
Matt Thornton, Treasurer
Matt Thornton is a Regional Manager for U.S. Bank Wealth Management. He has worked in financial services since 2005 and has been employed with U.S. Bank since 2015. In his time at U.S. Bank, he has achieved their highest honor of Legends of Possible in 2017 and 2019. He is a past community college student and graduate of Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management. Matt and his wife Amanda are the proud parents of three children, with two currently enrolled at TMCC High School. As an active member of Reno South Rotary and current board member of the Community Health Alliance, Matt participates in many projects that serve the overall Northern Nevada community.
Jesse Murray, Immediate Past Chair
Jesse Murray is the Vice President of Gas Delivery for NV Energy, overseeing all gas distribution operations for 166,000 natural gas customers in the Reno/Sparks metropolitan area. Jesse has been with NV Energy since 2008. Prior to gas operations, Jesse was responsible for overseeing all of the renewable energy programs offered to NV Energy’s customers throughout Nevada, including private rooftop solar programs. In addition to renewable energy, he has a background in thermal electric generation. Along with serving on the TMCC Foundation Board, Jesse has served on the UNR Chemical and Materials Engineering Advisory Board, and is active in Junior Achievement and coaches Little League baseball. Jesse 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.
Fred is President of Altmann Builders, a custom home building company that is a leader in the sustainable Green building in northern Nevada. In 1985, Fred put his teaching duties on hold and moved from Los Gatos, CA to become the first full-time custom home builder in the newly developed Caughlin Ranch in western Reno. By the mid-90s, Fred had solidified his status in the custom home industry and began branching into the production home business, spending the next twenty years developing some of northern Nevada's most recognizable neighborhoods. Altmann Builders has received awards including, Builder of the year by the Builders Association of Northern Nevada several times, Green Home of the year, and custom home of the year. Fred has been involved with education and philanthropy for many years, including being a founding member of the K-12 Education Foundation and serving on the board of the Education Alliance along with other organizations. Fred graduated from Utah State University with a History and Political Science degree, and master’s degree in History. He continued his graduate studies at UC Berkeley and the University of Santa Clara. Fred and his wife of 51 years, Jill, have two children Nicole and Peter.
Gigi Chisel is a Reno native and received both a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a Master's in Public Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno. Gigi also received the CCIM designation, conferred upon professionals in the commercial real estate field after completion of advanced coursework. CCIM designees are recognized as leading experts in commercial real estate. In addition to her membership in the Northern Nevada Chapter of CCIM, Gigi served for many years on the board of directors for CREW of Northern Nevada. CREW Network is dedicated to transforming the commercial real estate industry by advancing women globally. Employed by the Lewis Group of Companies for over 30 years, in her capacity as Vice President, Gigi oversees various aspects of the company’s commercial development activities. Gigi is the company’s representative for the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN). She lives in southwest Reno with her husband Robert.
Ryan Costella is the Vice President of Strategy & Organizational Development at Click Bond, Inc., a privately held, family-owned business headquartered in Carson City, NV, that designs and manufactures advanced fastening and assembly solutions for aircraft, ships, satellites, space vehicles, and other high-performance platforms. He has been with the company since 2009. Prior to his tenure at Click Bond, Ryan worked as a special assistant in the United States Senate. He holds a Master of Philosophy degree in Modern Chinese Studies from the University of Cambridge and Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Political Science from Villanova University.
Jeff Frame, AIA, NCARB
Jeff Frame is the owner and founder of Frame Architecture, Inc. Jeff is responsible for the company's sales, marketing, and branding efforts. As a designer he strives to personalize every project around the client's uniqueness, and he feels that architecture becomes an extension of a company's corporate brand while being environmentally responsive. Recent projects have included the Reno Public Market (formerly Shopper's Square) Reno Rodeo Master Plan and Frame Architecture's own office which will break ground in 2023. Jeff likes to give back to the Reno community by participating in multiple fundraisers each year, such as The Children’s Cabinet, The Reno Rodeo Foundation, and the Reno Philharmonic to name a few. He has garnered great relationships within the community.
Dan Lofrese moved to Reno from Rye, New York in June 2015. He has been working for GAMCO Asset Management since 1998 and spent the first 17 years coordinating the efforts of their Reno, NV and Palm Beach, FL offices. Dan was then asked to "move west young man" and now calls Reno home. He is a member of the College of Liberal Arts Advisory Board at the University of Nevada, Reno and belongs to the Rotary Club of Reno. Dan graduated from Fordham University and is currently pursuing an Executive MBA at UNR.
Katy Simon Holland, M.A.
Katy Simon Holland currently serves as the senior strategic advisor for the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN). In this role, she advances the PreK-12 education system’s success in supporting regional and statewide workforce goals for 21st century learning. Prior to this position, she served in local government for more than 25 years, most recently as the Washoe County Manager for 15 years. In 2016, she was elected to the Washoe County School District Board and served as board president for two years in 2018 and 2019. Additionally, Katy serves as President of Simon and Associates where she provides training and consulting for state and local governments, corporations, and non-profits both nationally and internationally. She has chaired or served as a board member for more than 15 non-profits in the community.