Reno Rodeo Foundation Welcomes New Board of Trustees

RENO, Nev. — The Reno Rodeo Foundation has announced the 2020-2021 Board of Trustees who will assist the 501(c)3 Nevada nonprofit in its mission to build and leverage community partnerships to fund scholarships and support children with extraordinary needs in 14 Northern Nevada counties by strategically allocating financial resources to have the highest impact possible.

The 2020-2021 Reno Rodeo Foundation Board is as follows:


· President Scott Peterson, Truckee Meadows Electric
· Vice President Debby Herman, Nevada State Bank
· Treasurer Jeff Turnipseed, retired Structural Engineer
· Secretary Linda Bissett, NV Energy


· John Breternitz, retired Construction Executive
· Katie Coombs, Total Home Experience
· Craig Downie, 2021 Reno Rodeo Association President
· Dr. Larry Frugoli DMD, Caughlin Crossing Dentistry
· Josh Iveson, Washoe County Sheriff Department
· Thaaron Kalt CPA, Casey Neilon
· Honorable Ron Parraguirre, Nevada Supreme Court Justice
· Laura Rader, Truckee Meadows Water Authority
· Honorable Jack Schroeder, Senior Judge
· Brad Sidener, Reno Sport & Spine
· Sharon Smith, retired Account Executive
· Mike Torvinen, 2019 Reno Rodeo Association President
· Howard Weiss, Silver State Wire & Cable
· Greg Lightning Williams, Lightning Auctions
· Clara Andriola, MBA, Reno Rodeo Foundation Executive Director

Since being incorporated as the charitable arm of the Reno Rodeo 34 years ago, the Reno Rodeo Foundation has distributed over $7 million throughout 14 Nevada counties. It is best known for the annual Denim Drive, returning Nov. 9 through Dec. 31, 2020, which collects monetary and clothing donations to help clothe neglected, abused and abandoned children in Northern Nevada. Monetary donations also help the foundation purchase new books and teddy bears for Reading Rooms, dedicated spaces that provide comfort for Denim Drive children required to attend family court proceedings as well as educational scholarship for foster youth. For more information on the foundation, visit

About the Reno Rodeo Foundation
The Reno Rodeo Foundation was incorporated in 1986 and is a Nevada based registered 501(c)3 nonprofit. In addition to the annual Denim Drive that helps clothe neglected and abused foster children 365 days a year, the organization provides educational scholarships to eligible Northern Nevada high school graduates including supporting foster youth education, funds a Reno Rodeo Wish for a child, provides funding to purchase new books to comfort Denim Drive children who are required family court proceedings, and builds community partnerships and serves as the anchor for large capital projects to improve the lives of children. Like Reno Rodeo Foundation on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or for more information, please visit