Dorothy Nash Holmes is a native Nevadan, born in 1950 when her father, Bill Nash, was football coach at Stewart Indian School in Carson City. Her mother, Vicki Nash, a long-time news reporter and political writer, opened Nevada’s first woman-owned public relations firm in Reno in the 1950s.
A lawyer for more than 33 years, Dorothy was the 75th woman to be licensed to practice law in Nevada. She spent more than half of her career as a local, state and federal prosecutor. She began her career in the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office then returned there 14 years later as the elected District Attorney, serving from 1991-1994, the only woman ever to occupy that post. She also was an Assistant United States Attorney in San Francisco and Reno, investigating and prosecuting international narcotics traffickers. She prosecuted prison crimes, including death penalty homicide, for Nevada’s Attorney General. At Nevada’s Department of Corrections for seven years, Dorothy created and managed Nevada’s first Correctional Programs Division to organize, fund and operate treatment, rehabilitation and training programs for 13,000 inmates in Nevada’s 21 prisons, and served as its first Deputy Director. She personally wrote grants to fund programs for inmates.
Dorothy did civil litigation with San Francisco and Reno law firms, including Fahrendorf, Viloria, Oliphant & Oster, L.L.P. She also served as a Special Prosecutor for Nevada’s Judicial Discipline Commission. Dorothy has taught Master’s degree courses in law and homeland security at the University of Nevada, Reno and undergraduate courses in history, the Constitution, Social and Public Policy, and Business Law at University of Phoenix. Her husband, Mike, is a custom home designer & builder and also a Professor at Truckee Meadows Community College. Their son, Zachary, attends culinary school in California. Daughter, Victoria, and her husband, Jon, have two children, Jade and Quin, and live in the Truckee Meadows area.