Patty Miller, CPA, CIA, CISA
Retired in 2010 and relocated to Reno from the Bay Area with her husband, Gary. She had spent 14 years with Deloitte, serving as the lead risk services partner on some of the firm’s most significant technology and consumer business clients. She joined Deloitte following a telecommunications career where she held mid and senior management positions in financial management, billing, internal audit, process design, project and program management, and merger planning and integration. After moving to Reno, Patty served as an executive-in-residence at the University of Nevada in Reno and as the advisor to the College Republicans. She has supported the Washoe County Republican Party in numerous roles, including serving as the Treasurer, and is a member of the Central Committee.
Patty is the owner of PKMiller Risk Consulting, LLC, is a frequent speaker and has authored projects for The IIA Research Foundation and articles for the Internal Auditor magazine. Patty has served in numerous leadership roles with The IIA, including a term as chairman of the global board in 2008 – 2009, as a member of the executive committee for seven years, and as Chair of the Standards Board. She is a recipient of the William G. Bishop III Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the American Hall of Distinguished Audit Practitioners in 2013. She has served on the audit committee for a public school district and currently serves on the Board for a global professional organization.
I grew up in Waukegan Illinois. I earned my bachelors of music degree from Western Illinois University and my masters degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. In 1975 I moved to California where I taught elementary music in the public schools and played English Horn/oboe in the Sacramento Symphony Orchestra and the Modesto Symphony Orchestra. I have always been registered as a republican and in Modesto, CA I served many years on the County Central Committee as both a member and an alternate. I also was a member for many years of the Modesto Federated Republican Women. In December of 2020 my husband, Jim and I moved to Reno, Nevada. We had to get away from California with its hostile business climate, its far left-wing politics and its confiscatory state income taxes. We like Reno and I look forward to helping the members of Mt. Rose Republican Women thrive as an organization.
Dawn Detton grew up in Northern California. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from California State University - East Bay. She took a summer job at IBM that turned into a career of over thirty years. Dawn has experience in multiple components of the computer industry, with focus on custom software application development and delivery. Her specialty was turning around troubled projects. Dawn volunteers with SWE (Society of Women Engineers) and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) to encourage young people to be leaders and innovators in science and technology. Dawn moved to Nevada in 2002 when she and her husband could no longer take the politics and high prices in California. They decided Reno was a much better environment to raise their son. Dawn got involved with MRRW to keep it that way and since it is such a wonderful group of people! Dawn enjoys living where the high desert meets the forest with many places go on hikes with her dog as well as bicycle rides.
Born and raised in Iowa. I have two degrees from Iowa State University in Ames, IA, a BS in Modern Languages and an MS in Guidance and Counseling. While my husband Jack was finishing his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, I taught in the Ames School System. In 1971 Jack took an industry job with Tektronix in Beaverton, OR. We moved to Sparks in December of 2008, escaping from California. One of my pleasures is attending investment conferences and learning. I did some graphics work after the Macintosh computer came out in 1984. I had one of the first laser writers and freelanced for professional computer magazines doing schematics for articles. I also did promotional materials for conferences. I have followed national politics very closely for about 30 years, but I had never affiliated with a political party. In 2020, quite spontaneously and by chance, I found Mt. Rose Republican Women. It was love at first sight with the wonderful and welcoming people I met. It’s such a pleasure to spend time with people who share my values and have so many skills and talents. I really mean that. I have joined all the women’s groups, the men’s group, and the central committee. I was able to be a poll worker in the primary and plan to work in future elections. So, my life has become very full and enjoyable associating with Republicans. It is my pleasure to step into the role of Recording Secretary for MRRW.
Nikki’s was co-owner of a successful development & construction company, building and selling over 300 homes in CO & CA for 25 years. After the untimely passing of her husband, and horror of 9-11 she closed their construction business and became Assistant Mgr. of Tahoe Donners Architectural Standards, in Truckee and subsequently became Office Manager for Tahoe Mountain Real Estate, who were selling high-end properties such as Northstar Village and The Ritz Carlton. However, when Nikki assumed retirement age, she became a licensed real estate agent herself, in both CA & NV and discovered her true passion is helping people buy and sell real estate and especially in Reno and the surrounding areas. Married in 2007, to Ken Koeppe, who is a lovable and outspoken Republican who engaged her in all the Republican club activities and their events; she soon became involved and proud to be a Washoe County, Central Committee member. Nikki is a lifelong Republican, who has a perfect record of voting for Republicans, in every single election. When MRRW Founder, Sandy Masters asked Nikki to become President of the Mt Rose Republican Women, in 2020, she was reluctant because she was too busy, but Sandy had put together such an incredible group of talented and kind women… so Nikki could not say no, knowing she would have the backing to be successful with this team. Since becoming President some of the momentum has been lost due to the China Virus but our MRRW members have hung in there and supported our efforts every step of the way. Nikki is the grandmother of 3, and great grandmother of 6. Family is the most important thing in her life and she blessed to have two fantastic grown kids who support her in everything she does, so it is not surprising they are both MRRW members and Desiree is the 2nd VP. Nikki’s goal is to lead the club to better days ahead and make up for the time lost in 2020, with fun events that bring camaraderie and new members to help get Republican elected. She encourages members to become chairwomen because it is fun and rewarding.
I received my Master of Divinity from a two-year program with Golden Gate Interfaith Seminary, San Francisco, California, in 1999. In 2007 I became a registered minister with the State of Nevada in 2007 through Rose. Ministries. I am licensed to officiate funerals, memorials, and weddings but I have not been active in these activities. My primary work is the process of Prayer and Treatment for all those desiring spiritual illumination.
Came to Nevada by way of California and Massachusetts. Was born in Connecticut, January 6, 1936. Got a B.A. in Business Administration from Burdett College – and worked as a contract administrator for Sylvania for 8 years. My husband and I moved to California in 1962 when the company asked us to transfer to Mountain View. After a divorce, remarried Charles Masters and helped him start two computer companies in Silicon Valley. Had 7 children between us and in the startup years we were in need of funding, so I got my real estate license and sold 71 houses the first year and 80 the second year to support the family and get the companies going . Also, assisted our son-in-law in building 90 houses In San Jose and Cupertino and, as the realtor, sold them for the family. Was a member of the Sunnyvale Republican Women’s club and Vice President for four years. Worked on and donated to many campaigns while in California. Also, a member of Ming Quong (a foundation to help needy children). Was Vice President of Masters and Masters, LLC, and co-owner of Charsan Arabians – a ranch in Paso Robles, California. Went to Australia with some of our horses as well as many showings in Scottsdale, Arizona. Worked on Pete Wilson’s campaign in California. Was invited to a state dinner at the White House by Ronald Reagan. Was Executive Producer of film in Hollywood in 2000 with our daughter what was a producer. Came to Nevada in 1991 and joined Incline Village Republican Women. Also, for 12 years was on the board of Desert Research Institute in Reno. Started Mount Rose Republican Women in 2007 – have been President twice. Was appointed by the Governor of Nevada in 2009 to the Employee Management Relations Board and am Vice Chair at the present time. Got my master’s degree in business administration in 2014. Have retained my Real Estate license and obtained an insurance license in 2018. Am presently Chair of the Republican Women of Northern Nevada PAC – and Chair of the Communications Committee of MRRW. Have 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.