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Tony Alamo, M.D., Chairman

Born and raised in Nevada, Dr. Tony Alamo currently serves as Chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission. He was originally appointed to the Commission in May 2008, and was reappointed by Governor Sandoval in 2012. When announcing Dr. Alamo’s appointment as Chair in July 2014, Governor Sandoval stated, "Tony's background and experience chairing several state commissions will ensure a smooth transition to the Gaming Commission and its effective regulation of the gaming industry."

From 2001 – 2007, Dr. Alamo served on the Nevada State Athletic Commission as a member and later as its chair, making him the first person in Nevada history to chair both the Athletic Commission and the Gaming Commission. He also served as a licensed ringside physician, and was the Chairman of the Athletic Commission’s Medical Advisory Board in 2000.

He earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and his medical degree from the University of Southern California School of Medicine. After completing his residency at Los Angeles County-USC General and Huntington Hospitals, Dr. Alamo returned to Las Vegas and founded the Alamo Medical Clinic in 1994. More than twenty years later, he continues to own and operate the primary care clinic, located in the City of Henderson, which is now a multi-physician group.

Dr. Alamo is an Organizer and Director of the Bank of George, which is a community Bank chartered by the FDIC in 2007. He served as Chief of Staff at Sunrise Hospital and Children’s Medical Center from 2002 – 2004, as well as Chief of Staff at San Martin St. Rose Hospital from 2006 – 2009.

With specialized training in Tactical Trauma/Medicine, Dr. Alamo has volunteered as a Tactical Physician for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD)-SWAT Bureau for over 14 years. In April 2006, following a hostage barricade situation, he was the first civilian awarded the “Medal of Unit Valor” for “Valorous Conduct”. Previously, the LVMPD had awarded the prestigious honor only to commissioned police officers.
An accomplished pilot, Dr. Alamo holds a Commercial Pilot Multi-Engine Instrument Rating. He lives in the City of Henderson with his family.


John T. Moran, Jr.

John T. Moran, Jr. is currently a member of the Nevada Gaming Commission.  He was originally appointed to the Commission in 2004 by Governor Kenny Guinn.  He was subsequently reappointed by Governor Jim Gibbons and Governor Brian Sandoval.  

Prior to his tenure on the Nevada Gaming Commission, Moran also previously served on both the Colorado River Commission as well as the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners.  Governor Bob Miller appointed Moran to the Colorado River Commission in 1989.  During his time on the Commission, Moran served as both member and Chairman.  In 2000, Moran was appointed to the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners by Governor Guinn and served as a member and Chairman until 2004.

Moran comes from a long-standing Nevada family affiliated with law enforcement.  He is the son of the late Clark County Sheriff John Moran, Sr.  Moran served with the Clark County Sheriff’s department as a deputy sheriff beginning in 1969.  He is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  In 2002, Moran was appointed by the Nevada Supreme Court as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Nevada Law Foundation, for which he was also the Chairman.  He also was a founding board member of WestCare Foundation at its early beginnings in Nevada.

Moran has been a member of the American Bar Association, the Clark County Bar Association, the National Trial Lawyers Association, and the International Association of Gaming Regulators.  He was enrolled to practice law before the State Gaming Control Board and Nevada Gaming Commission in 1976.  He has also, in the past, served as an appointee to the City of Las Vegas Beautification Committee and Civil Service Board of Trustees.  Moran is a former member of the Nevada State Bar Fee Dispute Committee, a former Lawyer Representative to the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for the State of Nevada and a former member of the Justice Court Selection Panel.  He is licensed to practice law in Nevada and before the United States Federal Court and the United States Court of Appeals.

Moran graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1971.  He is a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity.  He earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola University School of Law, in Los Angeles.  He was admitted to practice law in Nevada in 1975.  He is the founding senior member of the Moran Law Firm. 


Randolph Townsend

Randolph Townsend currently serves as a member of the Nevada Gaming Commission.  Prior to his tenure on the Commission, Mr. Townsend served more than 28 years in the Nevada Senate, where he held chair-level roles in committees and activities focused on child care, commerce, labor and taxation.  He also was a member of committees focused on government affairs, energy/infrastructure/transportation, utility oversight, and production and use of energy, among other legislative councils.

Mr. Townsend has served on the joint standing Committee on Health Care and the Senate Committee on Human Resources.  Townsend secured significant funding for the state’s mental health services and to improve insurance coverage for people with severe mental illness.  In 2002, President George W. Bush appointed Townsend to the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health.  He also chaired the Nevada Subcomittee to Study Mental Health Issues.  In 2003, he introduced a bill creating the Nevada Mental Health Plan Implementation Commission and was elected its chairman.

In business, Townsend spent 10 years with the public relations firm DRGM, where he worked with world-class gaming establishments and national banking clients.  He was a general manager at Lexus of Reno for six years and was a founding member of Commercial Bank of Nevada.  In addition, he has taught at the University of Nevada, Reno as an adjunct faculty member.

Mr. Townsend attended San Francisco State University and holds a bachelor’s and Master of Education degrees from the University of Nevada, Reno.


Patricia Mulroy

A leader in the international water community for more than 25 years, Pat Mulroy serves as the Senior Fellow for Climate Adaptation and Environmental Policy at University of Nevada—Las Vegas’ Brookings Mountain West, a joint research and policy development center created by Nevada’s largest institute of higher education and the internationally renowned Brookings Institution. She also holds a faculty position at the Desert Research Institute, where she serves as the Maki Distinguished Faculty Associate. Mulroy is also a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program.

Between 1989 and early 2014, Pat Mulroy served as General Manager of the Las Vegas Valley Water District, a municipal purveyor serving more than 350,000 accounts, and the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA), the regional agency responsible for acquiring, treating and delivering water to two million Southern Nevadans and 40 million annual visitors. Mulroy was a principal architect of the SNWA, helping to guide Southern Nevada through an unprecedented period of growth and one of the worst droughts in the history of the Colorado River.

Previously, as general manager of one of the country’s most progressive water agencies, Mulroy was exceptionally active in regional and national water issues, a passion she brings to her current roles. During her long tenure, she negotiated numerous agreements with neighboring Colorado River Basin States and the country of Mexico. Her reach in the water community extends far beyond the desert Southwest. She currently serves as a member emeritus of the Water Research Foundation Board of Trustees. She previously was on the board of the National Water Resources Association and was a member of the American Water Works Association. Additionally, she was the original chairperson of the Western Urban Water Coalition, is immediate past president of the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, and has served on the Colorado River Water Users Association’s board of directors.

At UNLV’s Brookings Mountain West and DRI, Mulroy’s focus is on helping communities in water-stressed areas throughout both the American Southwest and the world develop strategies to address increased water resource volatility and identify solutions that balance the needs of all stakeholders. In her faculty role at DRI, Mulroy also will explore the role of technology in optimizing the use of water resources.

A resident of Southern Nevada for more than three decades, Mulroy is equally active in the community. She currently serves on the board of the Keep Memory Alive Foundation, and she has served on the Nevada Public Radio Board of Directors. Mulroy also is actively involved with the Diocese of Las Vegas and has served on the Board of Regents of Bishop Gorman High School. Her honors include National Jewish Medical and Research Center’s Humanitarian Award, the University and Community College System of Nevada Board of Regents' Distinguished Nevadan Award, and the Education Hero Award from the Public Education Foundation.


Michonne Ascuaga

A native Nevadan, Michonne Ascuaga was appointed to the Commission in April of 2015 by Governor Brian Sandoval.

Ascuaga worked for nearly three decades at John Ascuaga’s Nugget, an iconic Northern Nevada hotel/casino founded by her father in 1955 as a 60-seat coffee shop and expanded over the years into one of the area’s largest resorts. Ascuaga served as CEO for 16 years until the sale of the Nugget in December of 2013. During her tenure, she either participated in or oversaw several expansions and renovations, including the construction of two hotel towers, a 110,000-square-foot convention center, and more than one casino floor expansion. Inspired by her father’s “hands-on” management style, Ascuaga and her brother, Stephen, created a culture of hospitality unique in the world of corporate gaming.

Currently, Ascuaga chairs the Washoe K-12 Education Foundation, a private non-profit, which raises funds for the Washoe County School District. She also serves on the boards of the Northern Nevada Medical Center and the Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Over the years, Ascuaga was a member of the Santa Clara University Board of Regents, as well as the U.S. Bank of Nevada and University of Nevada, Reno Foundation boards of directors.

Ascuaga earned her undergraduate degree in mathematics from Santa Clara University and a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University. She also attended the London School of Economics and the Sorbonne University in Paris.

Ascuaga and her husband, Dr. Kevin Linkus, have a son, Jonathan, and a daughter, Rosie. They reside in Reno.


Last updated: 5/26/2015 9:47:01 AM