Catherine M. O’Mara, JD
Catherine O’Mara has been named Executive Director of the Nevada State Medical Association as of October 2015. Catherine brings with her a strong legal background and nearly ten years of experience in public policy and government relations.
Prior to joining NSMA, Catherine spent four years as an associate attorney at Snell & Wilmer law firm specializing in government relations and business litigation. In that capacity, Catherine represented business, and non-profit clients in front of administrative and regulatory bodies, at the legislature, and in various judicial tribunals.
Catherine attended Loyola Marymount University (B.A.) and George Washington University (M.A.). While in Washington D.C., Catherine worked in the Congressional offices of Representative Jim Gibbons and Senator John Ensign handling a variety of legislation affecting Nevadans. In 2007, Catherine lobbied the Nevada legislature on behalf of the Ferraro Group, and in 2008, Catherine was a legal extern for the Honorable Brian Sandoval in the United States District Court of Nevada.
Catherine earned her law degree from University of California, Hastings college of the law, where she distinguished herself as a member of the trial team. In 2010, Catherine was selected by her classmates to give the commencement address.
Catherine is a proud native Nevadan and active member of her community. She was a graduate of the 2014 Leadership Reno Sparks program with the Chamber of Commerce and serves on the boards for the Community Health Alliance, Girls on the Run- Sierras, and Bishop Manogue Catholic High School Alumni Association. Catherine enjoys traveling, attending live music and other performances, and spending time with her parents, 8 siblings, and 16 nieces and nephews.
Sarah Watkins joined the NSMA team as Office Manager in July of 2016. Sarah supports the Association through daily oversight of the office operations, membership database, and works with the Executive Director, Board, and other Association members to ensure the smooth operation of an innovative organization to include enhancing membership value within NSMA.
Sarah is a Reno native and graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management. Upon graduation, she worked in retail management and then transitioned to the engineering firm, Lumos & Associates, Inc. where she worked as the Office Manager.
Sarah is involved in the Reno Tahoe Young Professionals Network. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors in the Sierras and rooting for her beloved Giants, 49ers, and Wolf Pack with her husband.