- Sharon J. Rossie
- Steven Miller
Senior Vice President, Nevada Journal Managing Editor
- Joseph Becker
Chief Legal Officer, CJCL Director
- Patricia Andrews
- Robert Fellner
- Karen Gray
Citizen Outreach Director
- Megan Heryet
- Michael Schaus
- Jennifer Spoo
Paralegal, CJCL Administrator
Sharon Rossie is the president of the Nevada Policy Research Institute. She returned to the Institute in July 2015 after having previously served as president from 2006 to 2011. Under her leadership, NPRI grew from a staff of three to a staff of 12, and launched the Center for Justice and Constitutional Litigation, a public-interest law center that litigates against government to defend constitutional rights.
Sharon had previously served as NPRI's director of development before taking a three-year hiatus to open a 32-bed tanning salon. She has an extensive background in both business and nonprofit management.
Sharon was a successful administrator and fundraiser with the Boys & Girls Club, the American Cancer Society, the University of California, Irvine's College of Medicine and School of Humanities, as well as at a private elementary school. During her 14 years at the elementary school, she created an alumni association to engage the school’s graduates who were then returning to enroll their children. She has also served on several community boards in both Nevada and Arizona.
Raised and educated in Canada, Sharon became a proud citizen of the United States in 1973. She has two grown children, Charles and Christina.
Steven Miller is senior vice president at NPRI and has been full-time with the Institute since 1997. Steven also serves as managing editor for Nevada Journal, NPRI's news operation, which is online at nevadajournal.com.
Steven graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Philosophy from Claremont Men's College (now Claremont McKenna). Before joining NPRI, Steven worked as a news reporter in California and Nevada, and a political cartoonist in Nevada, Hawaii and North Carolina. For 10 years he ran a successful commercial illustration studio in New York City, then for five years worked at First Boston Credit Suisse in New York as a technical analyst. After returning to Nevada in 1991, Steven worked as an investigative reporter before joining NPRI.
Mr. Becker was born to U.S. Air Force parents stationed in France. He grew up in North Dakota and, in 1990, received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Science and Economics from Troy State University Europe, completing much of his undergraduate studies while serving in the U.S. Air Force in Madrid, Spain. He received a Master of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he studied extensively under Austrian School economists Dr. Murray Rothbard and Dr. Hans Hermann-Hoppe. In 1995, Mr. Becker received his Juris Doctor cum laude from Northern Illinois University College of Law. While at NIU College of Law, Mr. Becker was co-founder and President of the NIU chapter of the Federalist Society, was an editor on law review, and received the West Publishing Company award for Most Significant Contribution to Legal Scholarship for an article he published criticizing the artificial separation of so-called personal and economic liberties under the post-twentieth century courts.
Prior to joining the Center for Justice and Constitutional Litigation, Mr. Becker served as Chief Legal Counsel and Policy Director for the Ron Paul 2008 Presidential Campaign Committee from its inception and practiced constitutional law with Mountain States Legal Foundation from 2001 until 2007. Earlier, Mr. Becker was U.S. Congressman Ron Paul's Legislative Director and Deputy Chief of Staff from 1997 until 2001. He has also consulted and taught university-level classes in the areas of law, economics, and philosophy.
In addition to being admitted to practice law in Nevada, Mr. Becker has been a licensed attorney in Colorado since 1996 and is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He enjoys tennis, music and scholarship in the Austrian School of Economics.
Patricia has lived in Las Vegas for more than 60 years. She graduated from Las Vegas High School in 1973 and has been married to her high school sweetheart for 39 years. She is the proud mother of two children, Erin and Kyle. Patricia loves sports and the outdoors, and is very active in her church.
Robert Fellner is the director of transparency research at NPRI and joined the Institute in December 2013. Robert is currently working on the largest public records project in NPRI’s history.
Robert has lived in Las Vegas since 2005 when he moved to Nevada to become a professional poker player. Robert has had a remarkably successfully poker career including two top 10 World Series of Poker finishes and being ranked #1 in the world at 10/20 Pot-Limit Omaha cash games.
Additionally, his economic analysis on the minimum wage won first place in a 2011 George Mason University essay contest. He also independently organized a successful grassroots media and fundraising effort for a 2012 presidential candidate, before joining the campaign in an official capacity.
Karen Gray is a Researcher and Citizen Engagement Coordinator at NPRI and has been with the Institute since June 2008. Karen has an associate's degree in legal assistance from the Community College of Southern Nevada (now the College of Southern Nevada).
Prior to joining NPRI, Karen spent 17 years as a parent in the Clark County School District, serving on various district committees and parent groups. As an independent education advocate and paralegal, Karen assisted parents and attorneys in advocating for students with school district administration and the board of trustees and in special-education legal proceedings. As part of her efforts to promote open government, Karen regularly monitored the Clark County school board, lobbied for transparency legislation and pursued public-records litigation.
Megan Heryet is the Development Officer at NPRI and joined the Institute full time in October 2015.
A third generation Nevadan born and raised in Las Vegas, Megan attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo after high school. While at Cal Poly, she became interested in public policy and wrote a column for the school's newspaper, The Mustang Daily. Megan returned to Las Vegas in 2005 and became a licensed real estate agent and Realtor specializing in court-approved transactions. She established and cultivated a loyal professional client base including attorneys and administrators. She also attended University of Nevada, Las Vegas and earned a Bachelor's degree in University Studies and gerontology.
Megan is married and has two children.
Prior to joining NPRI, Michael worked in media as a national columnist, a political humorist and a conservative talk show host in Denver, Colorado. Active in both print and radio, he shared his insights and free-market economics perspective with large local and national audiences.
Michael became interested in economic theory earlier in life while employed in the financial sector. As the liaison between a local community bank and the Federal Reserve, he acquired an in-depth understanding of just how manipulative big government can be toward industry and enterprise. It was that experience with big-government intervention that initially led him into public-affairs commentary.
As communications director for NPRI, Michael brings that same level of dedication and enthusiasm to promoting NPRI’s policy solutions in support of limited and accountable government.
Jennifer Spoo is the Paralegal and Office Administrator at NPRI's Center for Justice and Constitutional Litigation (CJCL). Jennifer joined NPRI in May 2016.
Jennifer has worked as a paralegal in Reno, Nevada, for over 20 years, 14.5 of those years working for McDonald Carano Wilson, LLP. Jennifer has an Associate’s Degree in Legal Administration and is also nationally dual-certified as a paralegal and legal professional. Jennifer is the proud mother of two sons. She is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree through the University of Phoenix and expects to graduate next year.
Jennifer grew up in Nevada on a cattle/alfalfa ranch 30 miles north of Gerlach in Northern Nevada. She loves animals and is currently a 4-H Washoe County Dog Leader for Washoe County youth.