James Wells, CPA,  President

Jim retired from the State of Nevada in 2018 and has over 30 years of experience in state and local government.  He was appointed Director of Finance and Budget Director by Governor Brian Sandoval in 2015.  Prior to that appointment, he served as the Director of Administration and the Executive Officer of the Public Employees’ Benefits Program (PEBP).  He also served as the Deputy Superintendent for Administration and Finance for the Nevada Department of Education, the Chief Financial Officer for PEBP and the Chief Deputy State Controller.

Jim received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Nevada.

In addition to his work with the NSPPS, Jim sits on the Carson City Audit Committee and the Carson City Board of Equalization.  He also owns JRW Consulting providing financial management and operations assistance to various state agencies.

Maurice White, Vice-President

Retired from the Douglas County School District after 27 years of service. After Maurice retired he served as a department manager for various businesses. Maurice has been active in local non-profit organizations, including Carson City Pop Warner, Carson City Youth Sports Association, Ormsby Sportsman’s Association, Veterans Guest House Endowment Fund, and Carson City Airport Authority.

Didi Cheney, Secretary

Didi is a local business woman who has owned Valley Staffing Solutions for over 20 years. She is a graduate of the University Of San Diego School Of Law, Boston University and the Sorbonne in Paris. In addition to her commitment as Secretary for the Nevada State Prison Preservation Society, she volunteers as Recording Secretary for Soroptimist International of Carson City and as President of Preceptor Alpha Epsilon.

Ernie Mayhorn, Treasurer

Ernie Mayhorn, EA, is the owner of Capital Tax Solutions LLC, in downtown Carson City since 2003. Ernie also sits on the Carson City Audit Commission. He is married to Leslie and they have four dachshunds that run their home.

Terry Hubert, Membership Chair

Retired Associate Warden, Nevada Department of Corrections, with 25 years of experience. Terry is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He has additional experience as an Instructor at the Western Nevada College, and as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Nevada, Criminal Justice Department. Additionally, Terry has extensive experience working with incarcerated veterans, and offender reintegration programs.

Leroy Perks, Membership Co-Chair

Lee is owner and operator of L.A. Perks Petroleum Specialists, Construction and Fuel Services. This family business was established in 1974 with 2 employees specializing in plumbing and heating; today it is a company with 50 employees specializing in mechanical systems with a strong emphasis on petroleum products. Lee has extensive experience working with, and serving non-profits and professional organizations.

Mike Budge

Mike was the 38th Warden of the Nevada State Prison.  He was hired as a Correctional Officer Trainee in 1981,  He advanced through every security rank in the Department of Corrections, including Associate Warden of Operations at NSP.  He has also worked at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center, and was the Supervisor of the Stewart Conservation Camp for 11 years. As Warden at NSP Mike initiated the “Pups up for Parole Program” that has gained national attention.  He retired from the Department in 2006.

Mike is an Army veteran having served in in the 3rd Armored Calvary, honorably discharging as a Sergeant.  He has worked for Goldman Sachs, and sold real estate.  He also attended L.A. State College.  Upon his retirement and move to Oregon he became  a volunteer for the Senior Companion Program for 5 years,  volunteered for 3 years at the Oregon Coast Aquarium as an interpreter.

Wes Mattice, Collections

Wes began a 30 year career with the Department of Prisons/Corrections at Nevada State Prison September of 1985 at the age of 21.  The first 12 plus years of his career he worked at Nevada State Prison and promoted through the ranks to Lieutenant.  Wes retired December of 2014 as a long time Associate Warden of Operation/Programs.
Wes is an Air Force Veteran, having served in both Active Duty and Reno Air National Guard during Desert Storm, honorably discharging at the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Wes’ knowledge of NSP & the Department of Corrections rooted in his family as the son of longtime NSP Warden John Ignacio
Ryan Livermore, Marketing

Ryan is currently a PGA Professional, working for Silver Oak Golf Course. Ryan graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a degree in Hospitality Management and Professional Golf Management. Ryan was born and raised in Carson City, NV. Ryan has always had close ties with the community, his Grandfather Pete Livermore who was a former business owner, City Supervisor, and lastly Assemblyman.  During Pete’s terms, he helped with initial legislation to help begin the Nevada State Prison Preservation Society. Ryan is excited to be with NSPPS.

Brian Hutchins, Legal Counsel

Brian is retired from the Nevada Attorney General’s Office after 27 years of service. The last 15 years were as Chief Deputy and Chief Counsel to the Nevada Department of Transportation. Brian was previously Chief Deputy for the Criminal Justice Division and Counsel to the Nevada Department of Prisons. Brian is presently an attorney and consultant in private practice since 2005, working in such areas as real property and land use, mining and environmental, government relations, and construction and business planning. He has extensive experience working with non-profits.

Glen Whorton, Newsletter, Website, History

Began his career as an Officer Trainee in the Department of Prisons and retired after 32 years of service. Last position was Director of the Department. Glen has additional experience as an Army Aviator, Community College Instructor, Ombudsman for the Nevada Attorney General, and Hearing Representative for the Nevada Parole Board.