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John Bentham - Board Chairperson

John is the cofounder and President/CEO of Ivory Star Productions, a full service theatrical and community event production company based in Las Vegas, Nevada. The company produces long-standing and award-winning Las Vegas hits including Marriage Can Be Murder, Broadway’s Defending the Caveman and Laughternoon, Starring Adam London. In addition to shows on the strip and downtown, Ivory Star produces Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which has become an annual holiday tradition for tens of thousands. Past productions John has been involved with include: The Lion King Las Vegas, David Copperfield, Forbidden Vegas, Gordie Brown at the Golden Nugget and Country Superstars Tribute. In addition, John has facilitate performances and productions of international super stars including The Eagles’ Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh, Huey Lewis and the News, Earth, Wind and Fire and Bill Gaither Vocal Band/Homecoming Tour.

He has received “The Mickey” from Disney Theatrical for his work with The Lion King Las Vegas as well as the Distinguished Alumni Award from his college. John and his wife, Shannon, were a finalist in the Distinguished Small Business Awards, “Don’t Forget to Share” by Nevada Business Magazine.

John received a dual degree in Business Administration with honors as well as Communication Arts with a minor in Psychology/Sociology from Austin College in Sherman, Texas.

John and his wife Shannon have been married for nearly 15 years and have five children. He enjoys skiing, hiking and camping with his family.

John Bentham

Sarah McClellan - Board Vice Chairperson

Sarah grew up in Logan, Utah, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Family & Human Development from Utah State University. After having her first child, Sarah stopped working outside of the home, and became a stay-at-home mom. She spent numerous hours volunteering in her kids classrooms, and was “room mom” nearly every year. After 15 years at home, Sarah decided to go back to work. She is currently a Special Education Resource Teacher at a local elementary school, and is also pursuing her Master’s Degree in Special Education.

Sarah is married to her favorite person, Eric, and they have three children, Megan, Jackson & Sadie. All three of her children have attended Somerset schools since the first one opened in Nevada in 2011. Sarah enjoys reading, riding her bike, traveling with her family, singing loudly in the car, and eating out. Sarah loves Somerset and truly believes in their vision of providing equitable, high-quality education for all students.

Gary McClain - Board Secretary

A Las Vegas native, Gary earned his degree in business management from the College of Southern Nevada. Gary currently serves as the Community Manager for a large Master Planned Community of 11,900 homes. He currently holds his Community Association Manager Certification from the State of Nevada and is recognized as both a Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA) and an Association Management Specialist (AMS). Before joining the Community Association Industry, he was a construction superintendent overseeing multiple heavy equipment crews.

Gary and his wife Cheryl have been married for 11 years and have three children, two that attend Somerset Academy. Cheryl is a dedicated volunteer at Somerset, serving on the PTO Board for three years and a PTO member for the past six years. In his personal time, Gary enjoys coaching soccer, watching his kids play soccer, rooting for the Denver Broncos, and spending time outdoors with his family.

Gary McClain

Travis Mizer - Treasurer

Travis is currently the Director of Risk Management for Bellagio and Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino.  Travis is responsible for overseeing the Risk Management programs for both properties, ensuring the resorts are in compliance with safety legislation and industry practices.  He also acts as a liaison to legal counsel and insurance providers to prevent asset loss.  Prior to joining MGM Resorts International, Travis worked within the insurance field the past 13 years starting out as an entry level claims adjuster working his way up to a Regional Claims Manager.

Travis is a 2002 graduate of Walsh University in Canton Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Marketing.  He is married to his wonderful wife Meghan who is a stay at home mother and frequent volunteer at Somerset Academy.  Travis enjoys coaching baseball with his son Trae who is a student at Somerset.  Travis also coaches his Daughter’s (Quincie) 3 year old soccer team.

Will Harty - Board Member

Will is currently the Financial Planning and Analysis Manager for Brady Linen LLC. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management. He holds numerous professional designations including the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and the Certified Treasury Professional designation.

Will and his wife Susana have been married for over 10 years. They have six children, three of whom attend Somerset Academy. Will enjoys playing sports, reading, and spending time with the family.

Cody Noble - Board Member

Cody is a partner at the law firm of McDonald Carano Wilson, LLP and focuses his legal practice on federal and state tax planning, corporate law, business transactions, trust administration, estate planning and the law of tax-exempt organizations. Cody earned a Master of Laws in Taxation (LL.M.) degree at the University of Florida, Levin College of Law and a Juris Doctor degree from Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Prior to his legal studies, Cody earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Southern Utah University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Mr. Noble has also served as intern for the Utah Supreme Court.

Cody has been married for 14 years and has five children, four of whom attend Somerset Academy. Cody enjoys cycling, golf, soccer and spending time with his family.

LeNora Bredsguard - Board Member

LeNora comes to the Somerset family with over 20 years of experience in the field of education. Her informal career began as volunteer with the First Step, Early Childhood program where she conducted parent informational classes, then as an active member of the Wengert Elementary School Family Auxiliary (PTO), and later serving as President. She formerly began her career as a Special Education teacher, Kindergarten Teacher, Literacy Specialist, and Project Facilitator for K-12 Literacy Curriculum and Professional Development Department. LeNora is currently an elementary school administrator with the Clark County School District.

LeNora received her Associate of Arts degree from Dixie College in St. George Utah, a dual Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Special Education, and two Master’s degrees from UNLV in Curriculum and Instruction and Urban Leadership. She also received certifications from Nevada State College, Touro University and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

She has four children, two of which served in the United States Military, one that served a fulltime mission in the Texas Lubbock Mission and one child that taught her the importance of laughter, kindness, and supporting children with special needs. Her hobbies include spending time with her adorable grandson, hiking, camping, reading, and traveling with friends and family.

LeNora Bredsguard