First Lady Kathleen Sandoval is a proud native Nevadan, having grown up in Reno and graduated from Wooster High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and speech pathology and audiology from California State University, Long Beach. She also holds a master’s degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, where she completed her thesis on the whole-language approach for speech language pathology. Mrs. Sandoval has worked as a speech language pathologist focusing on traumatic brain injury, and as a rehabilitation program director for extended care facilities.
Mrs. Sandoval has dedicated her career to improving the lives of others. As Director of Operations at the Children’s Cabinet in Reno, the largest non-profit organization in Northern Nevada, Mrs. Sandoval concentrates her efforts on reducing school truancy, evaluating mental health issues, supporting homeless, runaway and abused children, and on preventing family violence. As a youth advocate, she has been instrumental in implementing juvenile detention alternatives in Washoe County.
As Nevada’s first lady, Mrs. Sandoval is a champion of literacy, early childhood education, children’s mental health, food security for children and families and women’s health initiatives. She chairs the Governor’s Council on Food Security and annually hosts a Children’s Mental Health Summit. Mrs. Sandoval serves as a reading ambassador for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, as well as the Honorary Chair for the State of Nevada’s “Read for the Record.” In addition, Mrs. Sandoval is the Honorary Chair and spokeswoman for the Nevada Health Center’s Mammovan, which provides healthcare support for underserved women. Mrs. Sandoval is a proud recipient of both the Women in Leadership Award and the Health Care Hero award.
The First Lady is privileged to have the many responsibilities with which the people of Nevada have entrusted her. The job she considers most important however, is her job as a wife and a mother, and she considers her family her number one priority. The Governor and Mrs. Sandoval were married in 1990 and have three children aged 9, 17, and 18.