John H. O. LaGatta
*06/10/1934 – 12/04/2015 

John H.O. LaGatta was an active member of the community; he served on the board of Mariposa Academy. John had such an inquisitive mind that continually searched for answers to problems, and he remained focused until he had resolution. He was a tireless advocate for education.

John was capable of bringing extraordinary people together. Mariposa Families were invited into his home for the Annual Crawdad LaGatta fundraiser, where families were able to enjoy fishing for crawfish in the river as well as participating in various family games and best of all to enjoy the exquisite meal provided.  We at Mariposa Academy would like to thank you for opening the doors to your home and for always being an advocate for our children’s education.

Your dedication and service has become a beacon to the         Mariposa Academic Community.

Courtney G. Foster, Esq.


Shareholder Gunderson Law Firm

(775) 829-1222

Wendy Mueller

CPA Treasurer 

(775) 772-9860

Ms. Mueller is a principal and co-founder of USDR Investment Management. She serves as the firm’s Chief Financial Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, and Investment Committee member. Ms. Mueller’s accounting experience commenced with Coopers & Lybrand, now PriceWaterhouseCoopers, in their Business Assurance practice (1993-1998) where she became an audit manager. Ms. Mueller then joined Acquisition Company of America to pursue M&A in water and wastewater companies. Ms. Mueller subsequently founded Mueller & Company in Incline Village in 2004, a local accountancy practice to provide taxation and attestation work for primarily high net worth individuals and their businesses. Ms. Mueller is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Nevada and the State of Texas. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Nevada Society of CPA’s, and the American Bankruptcy Institute. Ms. Mueller is an emeritus board member of Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation, where she previously held positions on the grants committee and audit committee. Ms. Mueller received her B.S. in Accounting and Business Administration, from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1993.

Juan Palacios, Jr. 

Licensed Teacher

(775) 842-9445

Brooke Santina Keast

Board Member

(775) 742-8588

As a PR professional for the State of Nevada, Brooke Keast brings writing and public relation skills to the Mariposa Dual Language Academy Board. In her previous job, Keast served Washoe County for 14 years as a deputy sheriff and worked closely with Nevada Hispanic Services where she met Jesse Gutierrez and was introduced to Mariposa. She is also an author whose first novel about an older mom who becomes a cop and works in jail, Dishrags to Dirtbags, was placed on the Reno Gazette Journal's 150 best books about Nevada. Keast, a wife and mother to 2 grown children, earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Speech Communications from the University of Nevada, Reno and is currently working on a sequel. 

Arturo Garzon

Board Member

(775) 560-4556

Arturo Garzon has worked for 15 years as the Community Outreach and Regional Representative for two Congressional offices, U.S. Senator John Ensign and currently with U.S. Congressman Mark Amodei.  
His responsibilities include a wide array of Federal issues concerning immigration, the State Department and Bureau of Prisons.  Arturo serves as the voice in the Hispanic community for Congressman Amodei.
Arturo has served on the Adelante Awards Committee as well as the Hispanic Leadership Summit Committee.  He was a mentor for ALTOS, the Alliance of Latinos Toward Opportunity and Success.  Arturo is a regular guest speaker in Washoe County schools as part of the Parent Involvement Program. 
 A member of Immaculate Conception Church and passionate about soccer, Arturo is married to Juana and has two children, Brian and Kassandra.

Parent, Board Member

(775) 219-4543    

Edith Jaime-Hernandez born in Tepic Nayarit, México February 1st 1972. Has lived in Reno, Nevada since 1979. Edith is the oldest of 6 children.

Edith graduated from Earl Wooster High in 1990. Attended Truckee Meadows Community College.

Worked at Circus Circus Casino for 16 years. Worked for Laub & Laub law firm for 1 year. Worked for the City of Reno as a police recruit for 6 months. Currently working at the Department of Motor Vehicles for the State of Nevada for 12 years.

Edith is married with husband Cesar Hernandez 11 years. Has a nine year old, who is currently in 4th grade and has attended Mariposa Academy since the age of six.

Mariposa Academy Governance Board

Michael McKemy  

(775) 303-3771                               

Jesee Gutierrez, M.S.  H.S.A.

Board President 


(775) 232-7925

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