A native Nevadan, First Lady Kathleen Sandoval grew 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, Long Beach. 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. 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.

The first lady currently serves as director of the Family and Youth Intervention (FYI) Program at the Children’s Cabinet in Reno. In this role, she works closely with children and youth to reduce school truancy; evaluate mental health issues; support homeless, runaway and abused children; and prevent family violence.

As first lady, Mrs. Sandoval works to advance awareness of children’s mental health issues. She is a member of the 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 and her husband, Governor Brian Sandoval, have been married since 1990. They have three children: James, Maddy and Marisa.