NPRI Staff

Sharon J. Rossie

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.

Read Sharon Rossie's published work here.

Victor Joecks
Executive Vice President

Victor Joecks is executive vice president at the Nevada Policy Research Institute and oversees the execution of NPRI's strategic plan and policy initiatives. He joined the Institute in 2009 and previously served as its communication director. Under his leadership, NPRI obtained record amounts of state and national media coverage.

Victor holds bachelor's degrees in history and math from Hillsdale College, where he graduated with honors. Prior to joining NPRI, he worked in communications at the Evergreen Freedom Foundation in Washington state. Victor currently serves as a Staff Sergeant in the Army National Guard and graduated as the Distinguished Honor Graduate from both the Defense Information School and Warrior Leader Course.

Read Victor Joecks' published work here

Steven Miller
Senior Vice President, Nevada Journal Managing Editor

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

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.

Read Steven Miller's published work here.

Joseph Becker
Chief Legal Officer, CJCL Director

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 Andrews
Executive Assistant

Patricia has lived in Las Vegas for more than 50 years. She graduated from Las Vegas High School in 1973 and has been married to her high school sweetheart for 31 years. Patricia is the proud mother of two children, Erin and Kyle. She has worked as an executive assistant for 30 years, starting with a real estate office in 1978.

Anna Buchner
Paralegal, CJCL Administrator

Anna Buchner is the paralegal and office administrator at NPRI's Center for Justice and Constitutional Litigation (CJCL) and has been with CJCL since November 2012.

Anna has two associate degrees from Truckee Meadows Community College Paralegal/Law and the other in banking and finance.

Anna was born in Reno and grew up in Sparks, attending local schools. She is proud to say she is a third-generation Nevadan.

Robert Fellner
Transparency Manager

Robert Fellner is the transparency manager 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 
Researcher and Citizen Engagement Coordinator

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.

Kyle Hanlin
Senior Development Officer

Kyle Hanlin is the senior development officer at NPRI, where he works to invite joyful investment in NPRI’s many projects advancing individual liberty and limited, accountable government.

Kyle earned a B.A. in Political Science and minor in Economics from North Carolina State University, while also working on a 2008 presidential campaign.

Prior to joining NPRI in September 2013, he coordinated hundreds of volunteers while working on a 2012 presidential campaign in North Carolina, and he helped to identify and procure over $4 million dollars in grants while working for Beacon Consulting.