Governing Board Bios

Governing Board Membership

Beyer_webCasey Beyer – Chair
Governor of California Appointee
101 Oakdale Drive
Aptos, CA 95003
Phone: (310) 944-1503
Board Committees: Board Governance, Environmental Improvement Program, Operations, Public Outreach


Casey Beyer Bio

Chair, TRPA California Governor Appointee

  • Sr. Advisor to the President & CEO of Silicon Valley Leadership Group as Senior Advisor to the President.
  • President of Strategic Business Development for The Cielo Group, a start-up solar company based in southern California.
  • Former California as Chief Assistant Secretary of State; Chief of Staff and Senior Staff Director for California Congressman and Senator Tom Campbell; Legislative director to Congressman Ed Zschau and public policy advocacy expert.
  • 30 year veteran of public, private and non-profit sector experience in federal, state and local public policy development working in Nevada, California and Washington DC focusing on policy engagement and public-private partnerships.

I am a native Nevadan, born and raised in Reno/Lake Tahoe region. My mother, Betty Browne Beyer was the Northern Nevada director for US Senator Howard W. Cannon from the mid 1960s until her passing in 1978.   She worked on the first memorandum of understanding in the late 1960s that eventually lead to the creation of the TRPA. Serving on the Board is full circle for me and my opportunity to serve all stakeholders for the Lake Tahoe Basin – a passion and lifelong goal.

I am a consensus builder by trade where my public service career has focused on building bridges between diverse groups of people. I look to find common ground on policy issues whether it is protecting the natural beauty of the Monterey Bay, creating bicycle transit plans in southern California and now promoting and protecting Lake Tahoe.  As a native Nevadan and a California Governor Appointee, I bring a unique perspective to the board where I can reach across the aisle or state line to seek advice and unite our mutual interest about the Lake’s environment while enhancing the economic vitality of the Lake.

The adoption of 2012 Regional Plan Update is a milestone event for the Lake. For the first time in decades, public policy debate is focused on the future of Lake Tahoe and not painted by the discontent of the past. As one board member my vision is about producing common goals with input from all stakeholders of the Lake. We have many challenges ahead in eliminating Evasive Species from the Lake’s clear water, protecting the shore zone, eliminating development on sensitive lands and placing it in more appropriate concentrated town centers; eliminating the flow of small particles from reaching the Lake and creating a sustainable environmental with an economic future.  We can conquer these challenges by working together that produce the environmental gains on the ground instead of spending our time and resources in constant litigation battles. That is my vision for Lake Tahoe.


Lawrence_web photoJames Lawrence – Vice Chair
Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Representative
901 S. Stewart Street, Ste. 1003
Carson City, NV 89701-5246
Phone: (775) 684-2726
Fax:  (775) 684-2715
Board Committees: Environmental Improvement Program, Regional Plan Implementation Committee, Catastrophic Wildfire



James Lawrence Bio

Vice Chair, Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Representative


Aldean_webShelly Aldean 
Carson City Representative
504 West 5th Street
Carson City, NV 89703
Phone: (775) 885-8282
Fax: (775) 885-9764
Board Committees: Board Governance, Legal, Local Government, Regional Plan Implementation


Shelly Aldean Bio

Carson City Representative

I am serving on the TRPA Governing Board because of my support for a bi-state solution to the challenges facing Lake Tahoe. During my tenure on the Board I have used a common sense/consensus building approach to solving problems and have advocated for solutions that protect the Lake while respecting private property rights and the needs of the local economy. I visualize TRPA continuing to lead the effort to promote a new kind of environmentalism – one that is inclusive of diverse interests but dedicated to finding solutions through moderation, sound science and good stewardship.

About Ms. Aldean:

  • Born in Berkeley and raised in Piedmont, CA
  • Graduated with a BA from the University of California, Davis in 1979
  • President of the Glenbrook Company – 1998 to present
  • Vice-President/Corporate Broker of Eden Managements
  • Recipient of the Soroptimist International of Carson City’s Women of Distinction Award, the Sam Walton Business Leader Award, the Chamber of Commerce Community Spirit Award and Rotary International’s Paul Harris Fellow Award.
  • Past President of the Carson City Chamber of Commerce
  • Member of the Carson City Board of Supervisors – 2003 to 2013
  • Carson City’s Appointee to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency since 2003
  • President of the Capital City Circles Initiative since 2008
  • Spouse – Jay
  • Son – Skyler


Berkbigler_webMarsha Berkbigler
Washoe County Commissioner, District 1
2090 Allen Street
Reno, NV 89509
Phone: (775) 843-0150
Board Committees: Local Government, Public Outreach



Marsha Berkbigler Bio

Washoe County Commissioner, District 1

Marsha was elected to the Washoe County Commission from District 1 in 2012.  This is her first time running for election after many years as a regulatory and government relations advocate for business, education, non-profit groups, and government.  Marsha believes serving as a Washoe County Commissioner, allows her to use her many years of experience working with governments to benefit the community.

As the representative from District 1, Marsha has the privilege of serving on the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.  Serving on TRPA allows Marsha to work with other interested groups to preserve Northern Nevada’s most beautiful asset, Lake Tahoe.

A respected legislative advocate at the federal, state and local level, Ms. Berkbigler understands that successful businesses and organizations must function in a regulated, compliance-driven and relationship-building environment.  She has led crucial phases of lobbying and public relations action plans, as well as represented companies in multi-state legislation involving multiple lines of business.

Consistently selected to lead complex negotiations, Ms. Berkbigler has presented a respected professional image, earning cooperation at all business and government levels and delivering superior results under pressure.  She has earned recognition for effective lobbying efforts and is known for her compelling public speaking and ability to clarify and resolve polarizing issues.

Ms. Berkbigler directed a major Nevada initiative, triumphing over powerful opposition to earn passage of landmark non-smoking legislation, and drove tax-equity measures that saved companies costly severance taxes.  More recently, for large communications firm, she introduced key legislation that saved the firm $5M.

Marsha has also worked from a pro-active stance, taking preventative measures to avoid expensive and legal processes.  In fact she negotiated compliance resolutions prior to litigation, saving a company $15M in legal costs and significantly reducing operating costs.

Marsha’s BA is in Business Management from California Coast University and a Paralegal Studies degree from Reno Business College, with additional studies in Political Science from Truckee Meadows College and the University of Nevada, Reno.  Marsha holds certificates in Beginning and Advanced Mediation and Conflict Resolution from UNR, Advanced Contract Negotiation from University of Denver, and Effective Negotiations from CDR.


Carlson_webTim Carlson
Presidential Appointee
P.O. Box 3686
Incline Village, NV 89450
Phone: (702) 876-7677
Board Committees: Environmental Improvement Program, Operations, Public Outreach


Tim Carlson Bio

Presidential Appointee


Carmel_webElizabeth Carmel
California Assembly Speaker Appointee
1329 Lincoln Avenue
Calistoga, CA 94515
Phone: (530) 582-1231
Board Committees: Operations, Catastrophic Wildfire



Elizabeth Carmel Bio

California Assembly Speaker Appointee

Elizabeth Carmel is a professional fine art photographer who owns and operates the Carmel Galleries in Truckee and Calistoga with her husband Olof Carmel. Elizabeth Graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 1987 with a degree in Environmental Science with an emphasis on land use planning. She has worked as a professional land use planner in the public sector for Sonoma and El Dorado counties. In 1994 she was hired as the Town Planner for the newly incorporated Town of Truckee. As the town planner in Truckee she helped formulate the Town’s new General Plan and Downtown Specific Plan. Elizabeth has also worked as a land use planning advisor for the Sierra Business Council, an organization based in Truckee that pioneers innovative approaches and solutions that foster community vitality, environmental quality, economic prosperity, and social fairness in the Sierra Nevada. Elizabeth has spent over 25 years exploring and photographing Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. She is the author of The Changing Range of Light, which discusses the impacts of climate change in the Sierra Nevada and Lake Tahoe.

Photography bio:


Cashman_webTimothy Cashman
Nevada At-Large Member
2300 W. Sahara Avenue, Suite 1110
Las Vegas, NV 89102
Phone: (702) 938-5115
Fax: (702) 938-5118
Board Committees: Board Governance, Catastrophic Wildfire, Environmental Improvement Program, Operations


Timothy Cashman Bio

Nevada At-Large Member

Las Vegas native Tim Cashman currently serves on the boards of the Tahoe Fund and the Nevada Taxpayers Association. Following graduation from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, he joined his family’s heavy equipment business in Reno, eventually managing operations in Reno and Elko before being named Vice-President of Cashman Equipment. He is co-owner of the Harley-Davidson dealerships in Southern Nevada and Utah.

In addition to his business endeavors, Tim has also served on the Nevada Department of Transportation’s Blue Ribbon Task Force, the Nevada Electric Energy Policy Committee and the State of Nevada Commission on Ethics. Since 2004 he has served as a trustee of the Keyser Foundation.

Tim enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, and is active in fishing, motorcycle riding and boating.


Cole, Hal_webHal Cole
City of South Lake Tahoe Council Member
P.O. Box 9242
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96158
Phone: (530) 318-1111
Board Committees: Local Government, Regional Plan Implementation



Hal Cole Bio

City of South Lake Tahoe Council Member


McDermid_webNancy McDermid
Douglas County Commissioner
P.O. Box 218
Minden, NV 89423
Phone: (775) 267-7968
Fax: (775) 782-6255
Board Committees: Board Governance, Catastrophic Wildfire, Environmental Improvement Program, Legal, Local Government


Nancy McDermid Bio

Douglas County Commissioner

Barbara Cegavske_Official Headshot
Barbara Cegavske
Nevada Secretary of State
101 No. Carson Street, Suite #3
Carson City, NV 89701-4786
Phone: 775-684-5708
Board Committees:


Barbara Cegavske Bio

Nevada Secretary of State

Bruce_resizeMark Bruce
Governor of Nevada Appointee
5975 Home Gardens Drive
Reno, NV 89502
Phone: (775)624-1000
Fax: (775) 624-1003
Board Committees: Operations, Regional Plan Implementation



Mark Bruce Bio

Governor of Nevada Appointee

Sue NovaselSue Novasel
El Dorado County Supervisor, District 5
924-B Emerald Bay Road
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Phone: (530) 573-7918 or (530) 621-6577
Board Committees:



Sue Novasel Bio

El Dorado County Supervisor, District 5

sevison_webLarry Sevison
Placer County Representative
5950 No. Lake Blvd.
Carnelian Bay, CA 96140
P.O. Box 108
Tahoe Vista, CA 96148
Phone: (530) 412-4200
Board Committees: Local Government, Operations, Regional Plan Implementation

Larry Sevison Bio

Placer County Representative


Shute_webE. Clement Shute Jr
Governor of California Appointee
333 Robin Drive
Corte Madera, CA 94925
Phone: (415) 552-7272
Fax: (415) 552-5816
Board Committees: Legal, Regional Plan Implementation


E. Clement Shute Jr Bio

Governor of California Appointee

Clem Shute was appointed to the Governing Board in April of 2011 by Governor Jerry Brown.  Clem was deeply involved in the successful adoption of the Regional Plan Update in December of 2012.  He served as Chair of the Regional Plan Update Committee and as a member of the Bi-State Consultation Group convened by California and Nevada to help with completion of the plan update.  Currently he is Chair of the Regional Plan Implementation Committee and Vice-Chair of the Legal Committee.   As an environmental lawyer, Clem has represented the State of California, the League to Save Lake Tahoe and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency on planning and regulatory issues involving Lake Tahoe.  Perhaps his most significant case is Tahoe-Sierra Preservation Council v. TRPA, a 2002 decision of the United States Supreme Court upholding TRPA’s moratorium on development of high hazard lands.  He was also involved in the litigation which led to the adoption of the 1987 Regional Plan.  Clem’s love of Lake Tahoe goes back to his childhood when he spent vacations at North Shore with his family.  His goals as a Governing Board member are twofold:  One is to support plans, policies and programs that will help in achieving and maintaining TRPA’s environmental thresholds.  For him, based on his role on the plan implementation committee, that involves working to ensure that Area Plans do as much as possible to ensure that environmental gain will be assured as these plans are implemented.  The other is to find common ground on contentious issues without sacrificing threshold gains.  It has been his experience that by working with interested parties,  solutions acceptable to all can be found.  Most of all Clem finds it an honor and challenge to have the opportunity to serve on the Governing Board.

Bill Yeates_webBill Yeates
California Senate Rules Committee Appointee
3308 El Camino Avenue, Suite 300-223
Sacramento, CA 95821
Phone: (916) 804-0924
Board Committees: Environmental Improvement Program & Public Outreach, Regional Plan Implementation, Legal


Bill Yeates Bio

California Senate Rules Committee Appointee

I arrived in California from Michigan in 1975 to attend law school at the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, CA.  As soon as I got settled one of the first places I wanted to see was Lake Tahoe.  I had spent my childhood summers visiting with my grandparents in Jackson, Wyoming.  My late mother’s summer home was on the JY Ranch; and, Phelps Lake on the JY at the base of Death Canyon in the Grand Tetons was one of her favorite memories.  During this period of time in my mother’s childhood my grandfather was working to expand the boundaries of Grand Teton National Park.  Because of this personal heritage, I have an affinity for crystal clear alpine lakes.  The Sierra’s Lake Tahoe was a natural draw.

After law school my career path directed me more toward California’s coast.  I became a staff counsel for the California Coastal Commission and was the Commission’s lobbyist from 1978 to 1984.  After I left the Commission I started a lobbying practice representing sport and commercial fishing groups, several environmental organizations, and a few businesses.  I drafted Proposition 117 –California Wildlife Protection Act of 1990 — an initiative measure that provided $800 million for the acquisition of wildlife habitat and protected mountain lions in California from trophy hunting.  After the voters approved Prop 117, I joined the Sacramento law firm of Remy and Thomas and focused my career on environmental law and land use litigation.  In 1994 I started my sole litigation practice, which later became Kenyon Yeates LLP.  My partner and I closed down our practice in October 2011.  Almost immediately thereafter, my parents’ health care needs became my focus.

In March 2013 I applied to the California Senate Rules Committee to be a Governing Board Member of TRPA, because I felt my personal environmental perspective; experience working for the California Coastal Commission; and, more recently, working with diverse interests groups during the passage of Senate Bill 375 (CA Sustainable Communities Program) was a nice fit.  I worked for the Coastal Commission during a particularly challenging time as the Commission was mandated to work with local coastal communities to prepare local coastal programs that when approved by the Commission returned land use authority within the coastal zone to the local agencies with Commission oversight.  This shared approach to protecting the public’s interest in California’s coast is similar to the area plan approval process within the recently adopted 2012 Regional Plan for Lake Tahoe.

I hope that I can contribute to the environmental sustainability of Lake Tahoe by approving area plans that when implemented achieve the environmental thresholds for protecting Lake Tahoe.  I also believe that TRPA can implement the 2012 Regional Plan in a way that provides for sustainable communities that meet the economic and social needs of the people that live and work in the Tahoe Basin.  It will be a challenge, but a challenge worth taking on.