Board Members and Staff

Board Members

Brent C. Eckersley, Esq.

Brent C. Eckersley, Esq., is currently serving his second term with the EMRB Board and was named Board Chair in July 2017, succeeding Philip Larson.  Mr. Eckersley is a Las Vegas attorney with the law firm of Levine, Garfinkel & Eckersley specializing in a wide array of business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, and securities offerings. Mr. Eckersley was admitted to the State Bar of Nevada in 1999. He and his wife Jennifer have been married for 22 years and are the parents of five children.

Sandra Masters

Sandra Masters is currently serving her third term and was named Vice-Chair in July 2017, succeeding Brent Eckersley, who became Board Chair.  Ms. Masters, a businesswoman with more than 30 years of experience in real estate and entrepreneur ventures, also is licensed to sell health and life insurance policies. Active in various political organizations, she also serves the state and the Reno community on various boards, including the Desert Research Institute. Sandy, as she is known, has an MBA from Walsingham University and a B.A. from Burdett College.  

Philip E. Larson

Philip E. Larson is currently serving his second term. Mr. Larson was formerly Board Chair until July 2017. Previous to that he also served as the Board’s Vice-Chair. Before retiring from full-time employment, Mr. Larson worked in the Information Technology field for nearly 40 years including 26 years with the IT Department of Sonoma County, CA and retired as their Technical Services Manager. He and his wife Linda have been married for 15 years, reside in Minden, NV and are the parents of three children and four grandchildren.

Cam Walker
Cam Walker was appointed to the Board in October 2017.  Mr. Walker recently served two four-year terms on the Boulder City Council.  He also has extensive experience serving on other boards including the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, the Clark County Debt Management Commission and the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition.  Mr. Walker holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University and a Master's degree in public administration from UNLV.  His professional experience includes past employment with the Las Vegas Valley Water District, Clark County and several private sector employers.
Gary E. Cottino
Gary Cottino was appointed to the Board in October 2017.  Mr. Cottino has 31 years of Human Resource and Administration experience as a generalist, employee and labor relations specialist, trainer, and in-house HR consultant in multi-union, multi-location, multi-state, corporate, division, and front-line business environments.


Bruce K. Snyder

Bruce Snyder has served as EMRB Commissioner since November 2013. Prior to this appointment Mr. Snyder, an attorney, had been the General Counsel of a local public sector labor union for more than a dozen years. He is a graduate of the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, where he ranked third in his class. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Snyder was an office manager for a wastewater utility in Illinois for almost two decades, where he was in charge of the human resources, information technologies, finance, purchasing, and other office functions and served as the agency’s liaison with its various outside counsel. Mr. Snyder is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Urban Affairs and later received his MBA.

Marisu Romualdez Abellar
Marisu was appointed the EMRB's Executive Assistant/Board Secretary in December 2014.  Before her appointment to the EMRB, Marisu was the Legal Secretary for the Nevada Real Estate Division, bringing with her over 20 years of experience as a Legal Secretary/Assistant working for various firms in Los Angeles, Honolulu, and Las Vegas. She attended the University of the Philippines, College of Manila where she majored in History, and received her paralegal certificate from the Attorney Assistant Program at the UCLA School of Law Extension in Los Angeles, California.

Deputy Attorney General

Donald J. Bordelove