A native Nevadan, Mrs. Sandoval has dedicated her career to improving the lives of others. Mrs. Sandoval’s career has included work as a speech language pathologist with a focus on traumatic brain surgery and as a rehabilitation program director for extended career facilities.
Today, an important part of Mrs. Sandoval’s life centers on her work as a program director with the Children’s Cabinet in Reno. As the FYI (Family and Youth Intervention) Program Director at the Children’s Cabinet, Mrs. Sandoval works closely with children and youth to reduce school truancy, evaluate mental health issues, support homeless, runaway and abused children and prevent family violence.
Mrs. Sandoval has been married to Governor Brian Sandoval since 1990. They have three children: James, Maddy, and Marisa. Mrs. Sandoval grew up in Reno and graduated from Wooster High School.
As First Lady, Mrs. Sandoval will work to advance awareness of children’s mental health issues. She is currently a member of Advisory Board for Nevada Child Seekers in Las Vegas and was formerly a member of the State Marriage and Family Therapy Board and the advisory board for National Safe Place. She is a frequent speaker at national programs and conferences.
The First Lady obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Cal State Long Beach in speech pathology and audiology and psychology. She also holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Nevada, Reno and completed her thesis on the whole language approach for speech language pathology.