Emerge Nevada Officers

Board Officers (Click name to see full bio)

Marla Turner, President

A graduate of the Class of 2011, Marla came onto the Board as a member at-large in 2012. She is a native of Las Vegas and the founder and publisher of The Blue Nevadan, the only comprehensive website for all things Democratic in the State of Nevada. Re-elected in March 2015, Marla is currently serving her third term as Secretary of the Nevada State Democratic Party. Marla is also the chair of Emerge Nevada's Alumnae Pipeline Project. 

Annette Magnus, Vice-President 

A graduate of Emerge Nevada's very first class (2007), Annette is a graduate of UNLV and a well-known progressive activist. Annette served as the Public Relations director for Planned Parenthood of Southern Nevada before leaving to become Executive Director of Battle Born Progress. She is the current Chair of Emerge's Curriculum Committee.  

Daela Gibson, Treasurer 

One of the longest serving members of our organization, Daela currently chairs the Stonewall Democrats of Northern Nevada and is the former Vice-Chair of the Nevada State Democratic Party. She has been on our Board since 2010 and is also an Emerge graduate of the Class of 2007. She is the Chair of the Recruitment and Applicant Committee. 

Vikki Courtney, Secretary

One of the longest serving members of our organization, Daela currently chairs the Stonewall Democrats of Northern Nevada and is the former Vice-Chair of the Nevada State Democratic Party. She has been on our Board since 2010 and is also an Emerge graduate of the Class of 2007. She is the Chair of the Recruitment and Applicant Committee. 

Board Officers

An educator with the Clark County School District since 1979, Vikki is the current President of the Clark County Education Association, a non-profit organization formed to provide a cohesive network of support to nearly 12,000 educators in Clark County.

Prior to becoming President, Vikki served as V ice-President and chaired the Government Relations committee. Vikki was also the Negotiations Chair where she pressed for strong contracts while defending and fighting attacks on working conditions and benefits.

Vikki obtained her Bachelor of Arts (BA degree in liberal arts and sciences from San Jose State University. She holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Vikki is a graduate of the Emerge Nevada Class of 2012 and came onto our Board in 2014.

Vicki is a member of the Curriculum Committee and resides in Las Vegas.  

One of the longest serving members of our organization, Daela currently chairs the Stonewall Democrats of Northern Nevada and is the former Vice-Chair of the Nevada State Democratic Party. She has been on our Board since 2010 and is also an Emerge graduate of the Class of 2007.

Annette is 2007 graduate of our program. A native Nevadan, Magnus graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2007 with a degree in political science. She worked the 2005 and 2007 Nevada legislative sessions as an intern and then executive assistant to now Congresswoman Dina Titus.

In 2008, Annette became the Public Affairs Manager for Planned Parenthood of Southern Nevada where she worked on political issues, media, and managed the volunteer department for Southern Nevada.

She joined the Board of Emerge Nevada in 2013 and became an officer in Annette is the Executive Director of Battle Born Progress, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating, empowering, and engaging Nevadans on how to build a state where everyone has a fair opportunity to succeed. Additionally, she serves as the co-chair of the Nevada Women's Lobby. She is a proven leader in our community with deep roots and a great understanding of Nevada's progressive landscape.

Annette is a regular trainer in our classrooms and the current chair of our Curriculum Committee. She is a lover of antiques, baking, and crafts, and lives in Las Vegas with her husband and dogs. 


Marla is a native of Las Vegas who studied at the University of New Mexico and University of Nevada, Las Vegas. During her 25-year career in health care, Marla was the Director of Oncology Services for a large, acute-care hospital before becoming a clinical research consultant specializing in oncology care.

In 2008, she co-founded Nations for Change, an international non-profit organization that provided free or low-cost training and mentoring in community organizing. She established the first grants program in Nevada for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Additionally, Marla is a former member of the Clark County Business Development Advisory Council and long-time volunteer for Aid for AIDS of Nevada.

Marla has consulted for a variety of political candidates. She is in her third term as the Secretary of the Nevada State Democratic Party and active in numerous other Democratic organizations. She is the the founder and publisher of The Blue Nevadan, a website for all things Democrat in the State of Nevada. 

Marla is a graduate of Emerge Nevada’s Class of 2011, Marla came on the Emerge Nevada Board in 2012 and became president in 2014. Marla is a music lover and professional pianist. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and two dogs. 

Board Members

Patricia was born and raised in Los Angeles. She moved to Reno, Nevada in 1992 with her husband Don, who she has been married to for more than 30 years. She retired from AT&T after 31 years.

During her professional career, she was chief steward and executive officer with Communications Workers of America for 25 years where her focus was on policy, contracts and negotiations.

Social justice and rights for others is one of her passions. She is the President of the Reno/Sparks branch of the NAACP. Prior to that, she served as second vice-president. She is also the secretary of Democratic Women of Washoe County.

Patricia is a graduate of the Emerge Nevada Class of 2013 and became a member of the Emerge Nevada board in 2014. She has four children and three grandchildren. Patricia owns a fitness and nutrition small business and is a certified zumba instructor.

Dorie has been a resident of Sparks, Nevada for the past twenty-six
years and prior to that, lived in Truckee, California for ten years raising a family of
five children with her husband, Bud.  Dorie spent ten years going to night
school to obtain her B.A. in Business Administration from California State
University, Fullerton, California.  She worked forty years in the escrow, title
and lending industry before retiring in 2009.

Kate is an attorney with a long and distinguished career. After finishing high school, she attended California State University, San Francisco, later transferring to the University of California, Berkeley, which reviewed Kate’s SAT scores and offered her academic and financial grants and scholarships to attend.  She earned her way through college, working at the university library. 

Following graduation from UC Berkeley, Kate joined the Peace Corps, teaching English and Commerce in the rural outback of Kenya.  Successful in her first teaching experience, the Peace Corps recruited Kate to establish the teaching curriculum for the Peace Corps program for Secondary School English in Kenya.

After returning from East Africa, Kate was accepted and graduated with a juris doctorate degree from the Boalt Hall School of Law, UC Berkeley, spending her summers interning with law firms, most notably United States Senator Paul Laxalt’s law firm, Laxalt, Washington, Perito & Debuc, in Washington, DC.

Kate later applied and was accepted to the United States Department of Justice’s Honors program.  Kate was assigned to the Department of Justice’s San Francisco field office, building and prosecuting cases involving criminal antitrust litigation, and later transferred to the Washington DC office.

In 1994, she received the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division’s Outstanding Contribution Award, and in 1997 she received public acknowledgement for her work in the Antitrust Division from then United States Assistant Attorney General of Antitrust Joel Klein.

In 1997, Nevada Attorney General Frankie Sue Del Papa asked Kate to move to Nevada to create Nevada’s Antitrust Unit.  As Senior Deputy Attorney General and the creator of Nevada’s Antitrust Unit, Kate successfully streamlined and modernized Nevada’s antitrust statutes, facilitating greater access for all Nevadans.  She also fostered the expansion of Nevada’s “Toys for Tots” program into rural Nevada.

In 2000, Kate became in-house counsel for ATG Inc., a private telecommunications firm serving small and medium size businesses in Northern Nevada. In 2001, she was chosen by ATG to be an honoree in the Nevada Women’s Fund, Women of Achievement event.

Before making the decision to run for elected office, Kate ran her own successful law practice, specializing in consumer protection, telecommunications law, and competitive market analysis. She was first elected State Treasurer in 2006 and re-elected to second term in 2010. She originally ran on a platform she called the “Marshall Plan,” which included seven main points she would emphasize during her tenure.  The basic tenets were simple: Improve and implement programs that save taxpayer dollars; reduce spending by becoming more efficient; and identify innovative methods for increasing economic development in our state.  By the conclusion of her first term, six of these covenants had been met, with the seventh being achieved with the creation of the state’s first private equity investment fund during the 2011 Legislative Session.

During her terms in office she was also focused on increasing financial literacy across the State. Using a three-prong approach, she began providing financial education materials to Nevada K-12 schools; hosting Nevada Women’s Money conferences, which in two years have been attended by more than 1,500 women from across the State; and creating a financial fitness website for use by parents, teachers, and students. For her efforts in this area, Kate received the 2013 “Organization of the Year – Government” award from the Institute for Financial Literacy. 

Kate and her husband, Dr. Elliott Parker, a Professor of Economics at the University of Nevada, Reno, live in Reno with Kate’s daughters, Anna and Molly. She and her husband are regular co-contributors to various media outlets. Kate chairs Emerge's Board Governance Committee. 

Arlene obtained her Bachelor of Arts in English from UNLV. While a student at UNLV, she was very active in the student community, primarily advocating for immigrant rights.  Through her activism, she decided to go to law school at Nova Southeastern University in Florida. During that time, she also studied abroad in Malta. After obtaining a Juris Doctor from the Shepard Broad Law Center, Nova Southeastern University, Arlene studied abroad in Spain, Mexico, India, Hungary and England. She then returned to Las Vegas.

She was previously a staff member of the Inter-American Center for Human Rights. Earlier, Arlene was a staff member of European Roma Rights Centre in Budapest, Hungary where she researched the discriminatory treatment of Roma in Europe.  Later, she was a staff attorney with the Legal aid Center of Southern Nevada where she focused on immigration and domestic violence cases.

Today she has her own law practice specializing in representation in immigration, including family-based petitions, asylum, fiancé visas, adjustments of status, special immigrant juvenile visas and deportation defense. She is fluent in both English and Spanish. 

Arlene is a graduate of the Emerge Class of 2014 and a member of the Alumnae Pipeline Committee. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband. 

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