Pasted Graphic Chad Mickey, President
Chad Mickey moved to Las Vegas in 2010 from Wichita, KS where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Wichita State University. After graduating, Mr. Mickey worked for USD 259 for 4 years at Brooks Technology and Arts Magnet Middle School and assisted at East High School. He has presented at KASTA workshops, trained student teachers and mentored music education students. Mr Mickey was a guest conductor for the East High School performance at the 2010 Midwest Clinic.

Since arriving in Vegas, Mr. Mickey has been an active member of the string community. He has served as the lower strings coach for the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra. Mr. Mickey has been a member of NVASTA since 2010 and has always volunteered his time to Cello Day. In 2011, he was selected to serve as the chairperson for Cello Day.

In addition to teaching, Mr. Mickey is a cellist in the Henderson Symphony. He also plays bass in different groups - rock, rock-a-billy and jazz. He currently teaches orchestra at Arbor View High School which is thriving and growing under his direction.

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Eric Maine has been a resident of Nevada since he began working for the Clark County School District in 2012. He completed his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University in Music Education with a minor in Music History, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He earned his master’s degree in Educational Leadership in 2015. He has teaching experience at both the middle and high school levels. His orchestras have consistently received superior ratings at festivals in Nevada, California, and Florida. Eric currently teaches at Ed W. Clark High School, where he is the co-director of orchestras. He directs three of the six major ensembles at Clark High School, and will be conducting at The Midwest Clinic this December. He also currently serves as the Southern NMEA All-State Orchestra Chair, where he oversees the student audition process, conductor selection, and the overall operation of the Orchestra. Eric is excited for the opportunity to lead the ASTA organization. He prides himself on his abilities to listen and communicate. Music education is his passion and ultimately he wishes to grow and become a positive force for Nevada music educators, parents, and students alike.

Jessica Williams, Business Manager

Pasted GraphicDebra Yavitz, Secretary
Debra Yavitz received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2014. After receiving her degree, she began her music teaching career at Robison Middle School where she currently resides as the orchestra director. Along with teaching in her school, Debra also coaches the upper string sections in Concert Strings for the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra. Aside from teaching, Debra also loves to play her Violin in the Henderson Symphony Orchestra, where she is currently a member of the first violin section. Ms. Yavitz is excited to grow as an educator by being a part of Nevada ASTA.

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Ryan D. Watson is currently the director of the Coronado High School orchestra program in Henderson and has been teaching in the Clark County School District for nine years. He previously taught at Del Sol High School. He earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Arizona in his native town of Tucson where he studied viola performance with violist Hong-Mei Xiao and orchestral conducting with Dr. Carl Hancock. Mr. Watson teaches private viola and violin lessons, coaches and adjudicates extensively in the Las Vegas area.

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Kenny Baker, Past President

Ed Richards, Member-at-Large