Minden Town Board
Five elected non-partisan advisory Board Members govern the Town. They are elected through the general election process, voted in by Minden Residents. All Board Members must be Minden Residents and are in charge of reviewing and acting on the plans, proposals, and opinions that come before the Board. They also perform ceremonial duties for Town events and represent the local residents and businesses in various governmental discussions and negotiations. Board Members are limited to twelve years of service; prior to the implementation of these mandatory term limits, the Town’s active Board Members made up the longest standing Board, governing the Town together from 1986 to 2008.
Matt Bernard — Chairman
Matt is a lifelong Douglas County resident who was raised in the town of Minden. He has been married to his wife, Carol, for 24 years. They have two children; a son, Brandon, and a daughter, Nicole, both of whom are attending the University of Nevada,Reno. Matt has been working in the engineering and surveying fields since his graduation from Douglas High School in 1979. He is currently a licensed Professional Land Surveyor and a Water Rights Surveyor in the State of Nevada. When not spending his free time with his family, Matt can be found wandering the mountains of Nevada with his dogs.
Roxanne Stangle — Vice Chairman
A third generation Carson Valley Native, Roxanne has lived in the Town of Minden for 35 years, and owned her home here for 33 years. She is the mother of two children and one grandchild.
Roxanne has been involved in numerous activities for the Town, including the development of the Esmeralda Farmer’s Market, 24 years putting on the Spring Arts and Craft Fair, 26 years with the Fall Arts and Craft Fair, and 20 years with the Christmas Lighting and Craft Fair. Along with other business people in Minden, she has developed a plan and raised funds to put in the clock and small park at the end of Esmeralda Avenue and Highway 395, and has worked hard with the Town Board on the sidewalk project in Old Town Minden. She has served on the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce and Marketing Council for 15 years, and was an active member of Soroptimist International of Carson Valley for 15 years, as well as numerous other committees and functions.
Roxanne cares about Minden and has been involved with Minden for many years and has made a commitment to the people of Minden to listen and serve the residents of Minden.
Charles is a 50+ year resident of the Carson Valley, with the last 20+ residing in the Town of Minden. After completing twelve years of education in our community, he graduated from Douglas High School in 1970. Charles earned his Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Nevada – Reno before embarking on a teaching career that took him to Australia for two years. He returned home and became an instructor of math and science at Carson Valley Middle School for six years. After earning a Masters Degree in Public School Administration, Charles began a 17 year career as a principal of Gardnerville Elementary School, Carson Valley Middle School, Pau Wa Lu Middle School, and retired as the principal of Douglas High School.
Charles is happily married to his wife Jill and enjoys four grown children and their families. Their three new granddaughters are keeping them entertained and young at heart. They reside in Mackland and love being part of the Town of Minden. They are blessed with wonderful neighbors and friends who also call this town their home.
John StephansJohn Stephans has been a Town of Minden resident since 1985 and a Douglas County resident since 1973. John has a BS in Accounting and Economics. He was employed at Bently Nevada Corporation / G.E. in the finance department for 30 years before retiring in 2005.
John is married with two children and two grandchildren. He taught Project Business at CVMS with the Junior Achievement program, and coached boys high school soccer at Douglas High. John was a First Lieutenant U.S. Army Viet Nam Infantry Platoon Leader / Company Commander. John and his wife like to ski, golf and visit their children and grandchildren.
Steve Thaler has been a resident of Douglas County for over 30 years and a resident of Minden for the past 20 years. Steve’s wife, JoAnn, is a Carson Valley native and has been a Minden resident for over 50 years. Together they have three children and two grandchildren. Jeff, their oldest, works for the State Gaming Control Board as a background Investigator. Jeff’s wife, Sara, is a hair stylist at Studio Vogue in Gardnerville. They have two children: Kolton who is 4 ½ and Karly who is 2 months. Melody, the middle child, lives in Minden and works for the St Gall Catholic Church as a Pre School Teachers Aide. Sean, their youngest, is a Deputy with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
Steve grew up in Moraga, California and attended college in Sacramento. In 1976, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After serving four years, he was honorably discharged as a Sergeant. Steve moved to Nevada to start his career in Law Enforcement and worked the next ten years for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. Steve then spent the next five years working for the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office as their Special Investigator. Steve left the DA’s office in 1995 to manage the China Spring Youth Camp. He has since retired as the Director of Juvenile Camp Services after 16 years and 30 years with Douglas County.
In his spare time, Steve likes to spend time with family, restore old cars, work in his greenhouse, sail and give much time to St. Gall Catholic Church and their Knights of Columbus.