Our Team

MGM Resorts Public Policy Institute UNLV

E. Lee Bernick

Professor, School of Public Policy & Leadership

E. Lee Bernick
Lee Bernick is a professor with expertise in state and local public policy, survey research, public budgeting, and legislative behavior. He has been published in a variety of professional journals including Public Administration Review, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Journal of Politics, and State and Local Government Review. Prior to coming to UNLV Bernick taught at Iowa State University...

Cassidy Bowman

Cassidy Bowman
Cassidy is a Ph.D. student in Public Affairs in the School of Public Policy and Leadership at UNLV. Her research interests include political and crisis communication methods. She has experience as senior communications specialist for government agencies at the local and state level, and leading community integration strategies for the City of Reno’s police department. She received her M.A in...

Katheryn Christine Brekken, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Professor, School of Public Policy & Leadership

Katheryn Christine Brekken
Katheryn Brekken is an assistant professor of research with the MGM Resorts Public Policy Institute at UNLV in the School of Public Policy and Leadership and Greenspun College of Urban Affairs. Her research focuses on public policy and intergovernmental relations, in particular: education, workforce development and socioeconomic mobility. She has over a decade of experience in public affairs....

Aaron Colletta

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Aaron is a Ph.D. student in Public Affairs in the School of Public Policy and Leadership at UNLV. His research interests include regional economic sustainability and the labor impacts from automation. Before returning to academics, Aaron spent eight years in the film industry where he worked in story development and commercial production. Aaron holds a B.A. in Cinematic Narrative and a Master’s...

Paula Cook, OTD, OTR/L

Paula Cook
Paula is working towards her Ph.D. in Public Affairs in the School of Public Policy and Leadership at UNLV. She is a licensed occupational therapist with clinical experience in acute pediatrics, pediatric oncology, and pediatric intensive care populations as well as school systems and community-based organizations. Her research interests include regulations, training, and advocacy related to...

Wanda Gispert

Vice President of Talent & Workforce Development, MGM Resorts International

Wanda Gispert
Wanda Gispert is the Vice President of Talent & Workforce Development for MGM Resorts International providing overall organizational insight, analysis, and strategic workforce development to effectively support the business needs of Las Vegas, eight regional resorts, and MGM Japan. Since joining MGM in 2016, she successfully opened MGM Springfield, a beautiful 950 million dollar investment in...

Chris Stream

Director, School of Public Policy & Leadership

Chris Stream
Christopher Stream is director of the School of Public Policy and Leadership at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He conducts research on issues of local government and public policy. His research has appeared in a variety of journals, including Public Administration Review, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Political Research Quarterly, International Journal of...

Robert R. Ulmer, Ph.D.

Dean, Greenspun College of Urban Affairs

Robert R. Ulmer
Robert R. Ulmer is dean of the UNLV Greenspun College of Urban Affairs. The college is designed to engage a unique collection of interdisciplinary students, faculty, and staff to develop original solutions for producing effective urban communities. Ulmer’s work on organizational/community renewal informs and predicts why some cities in today’s headlines have struggled to prepare for terrorism...