Jesse Gutierrez

President of the Board

bio for Jesse

Arturo Garzon

Vice-President of the Board

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.

Courtney Forster


Wendy Mueller


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.

Niviam Lucas

Parent/ Board Member

Niviam Lucas is an enthusiastic mom of 4 children. Three of her children study at Mariposa Academy. She was born in Guatemala and graduated as an accountant in 1997. She studied Pedagogy for three years at the University of San Carlos in Guatemala. She has lived in Reno for almost 12 years, currently, she works at Saint Albert the Great Catholic Church and is an active student in the TMCC.

Niviam is part of the Board of Directors, representing the parents of Mariposa Academy and improving the bilingual education for all students.

Michael McKemy

Board Member

Juan Palacios, Jr.

Board Member

Rick Borba

Board Member

Philip Ramirez

Board Member