NCL Board of Directors

Justin Watkins, NCL Board Chair

Justin Watkins is an AV Preeminent rated litigator and the Managing Partner of Battle Born Injury Lawyers.  

Justin received his civil engineering degree from Oregon State University and his law degree from the University of San Diego.

Justin has been named as one of the top 150 lawyers in southern Nevada each year from 2009 through 2018 by Nevada Business Journal, SuperLawyers Rising Start from 2010-2013, and a Mountain States SuperLawyer each year from 2014 through 2019. Justin has received a perfect 10.0 rating with Avvo, and its 2014 Client Choice Award for personal injury practice.

Mr. Watkins is highly sought after for his lectures and presentations related to his law practice and his political experiences. His lectures and supporting materials are used by national organizations, such as the National Business Institute and National Association of Residential Property Managers, as well as the State Bar of Nevada.

Mr. Watkins has been appointed by the Nevada Supreme Court as a mediator and arbitrator for Clark County’s Court Annexed Arbitration Program and has been appointed by Clark County Justice Court to serve as a Small Claims Referee. His pro bono service includes his participation as a mediator and arbitrator for the State Bar of Nevada’s Fee Dispute Committee.  

In 2016, Justin was elected to the Nevada Assembly from District 35, and served on committees for Judiciary, Natural Resources, and Transportation.

A Nevada-native, Justin is an avid outdoorsman, having grown up hiking, hunting, fishing, camping, and recreating throughout Nevada and the West. He serves as Chairman of the Board for the Nevada Conservation League.

Lance Kirk, NCL EF Board Chair

Lance Kirk is a third generation native Nevadan and resident of Las Vegas since 1990. He joined LGA Architecture in 1995 after graduating from UNLV’s School of Architecture program. Lance is currently a Principal and partner with LGA.

Soon after graduating with his Master of Architecture degree in 2001, Lance founded the AIA Las Vegas Committee on the Environment (COTE) and served as the founding Chairmen. This experience lead him to participate with a small group of grassroots activists, which aided Lance in co-founding the Nevada Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council where he served as the founding President. At this time, Lance is a board member and immediate Past President of AIA Las Vegas, President of AIA Nevada, and the Board Chairman for the Nevada Conservation League Education Fund. 

He has always had a passion for sustainable and environmental design and believes holistic systems are key to sustaining the built environment and designing better buildings. Currently, his focus is in developing affordable, community-based, sustainable buildings and projects that focus on net-zero energy, water and carbon in Southern Nevada.

Hazel Wong, NCL Board Member

Hazel Wong is a tenacious advocate for conservation. Under her tenure as Director of Global Conservation Campaigns, The Nature Conservancy has generated over $60 billion in public funding through ballot measures at the state and local levels for natural resources protection. Her boundless energy, ability to motivate voters to support conservation efforts, and talent for making conceptual ideas tangible has gained her respect and admiration from internal colleagues and partner organizations who benefit from her efforts.

Hazel has spent the last 18 years leveraging her knowledge of communication, and the political and policy process to promote The Nature Conservancy’s legislative agenda in support of its mission to protect the lands and waters on which all life depends. She has used this experience in public opinion research, strategic message development, and political campaign tactics to create a groundswell of public support for conservation funding and policy initiatives. Her team has an 88 percent winning rate at the ballot box because of their ability to translate and analyze both qualitative and quantitative data to determine the viability of their campaigns.  

Before joining The Nature Conservancy, Hazel had a long and distinguished career in both politics and the broadcast media. She coordinated candidate campaigns for the Nevada State Democratic Party. She was also an assignment editor, producer, and announcer on local TV and radio.

In addition to Hazel’s professional responsibilities, she is an annual guest lecturer at Yale University in conservation financing, and she has chaired several philanthropic and social organizations and committees.

Hazel’s educational background includes a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from California State University, Fullerton.

Born in Seychelles, a group of islands off the East Coast of Africa, Hazel has been at the forefront of researching how to engage communities of color in conservation and has been an advocate on diversifying the conservation community.

Renee Green, NCL Board Member

Renee Green has been practicing law in the Las Vegas community for nearly ten years and is an attorney at Kravitz Schnitzer Johnson Watson & Zeppenfeld, Chtd. where she represents corporations and individuals in commercial litigation and premise liability matters.   Ms. Green received her Bachelors of Science from the University of Florida, graduating cum laude, and subsequently received her Juris Doctorate from the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  With her grandparents being born and raised in Las Vegas, her roots in Nevada run deep.  Ms. Green’s commitment is to bring awareness of the impact of climate change to communities that may be unaware that these effects affect them most.

Deonna Contine, NCL Board Member

Deonne Contine is the Executive Director of Washoe Legal Services (WLS). WLS is a non profit civil legal aid firm that has provided legal services to vulnerable populations in Northern Nevada since 1965.

Prior to joining WLS, Deonne served in the cabinets of two Nevada Governors including her appointment by Governor Sandoval as Executive Director of the Department of Taxation. She was appointed in the Sisolak administration as Director of the Department of Administration where she oversaw several internal state agencies including HR, IT, Purchasing, and Public Works. She also served as the Chair of the Board of PEBP, the state health plan.

From 2007-2012, Deonne was an attorney in the Nevada Attorney General’s office where she represented her state agency clients in administrative and judicial proceedings throughout Nevada. During that time, she was successful on three cases that resulted in published opinions by the Nevada Supreme Court.

After graduating from law school, Deonne completed a judicial clerkship in the 8th Judicial District Court in Las Vegas.

Deonne was born and raised in Las Vegas but now enjoys the mountains and lakes of Northern Nevada. She is a first-generation college graduate, having obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Juris Doctorate from the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV.

Megan Jones, NCL and NCL EF Board Member

Megan Jones, a born and raised Nevadan, has been a campaign operative in her home state for over 20 years working alongside former Majority Leader Harry Reid since his 1998 re-election efforts and subsequent 2004 and 2010 races. She has served in various capacities for campaigns up and down the ballot from the 2012 Obama re-elect efforts to senior advisor for successful statewide ballot measures on gun safety and clean energy.

Jones has been an integral part of building the Nevada State Democratic Party infrastructure, working on the team that elected the first Latina US Senator in 2016, as well as advising the independent expenditure table in the 2018 election that resulted in electing the first Democratic Governor in over 20 years. From message development and fundraising to political and grassroots organizing, Jones has developed expertise in all aspects of running successful campaigns and issue-based advocacy work. Committed to the values of the West, she counts as some of her most meaningful work, the management of a coalition to advocate for the successful creation of two national monuments in Nevada.

Jones ran 10 assembly races in the 2016 election, re-taking the Democratic majority in the state legislature and setting the groundwork for both the election of Nevada’s first African American Speaker and subsequently, the first female majority legislature in the country. She has worked with Kamala Harris, Everytown for Gun Safety, NextGen, Western Conservation Foundation, Energy Foundation, the Pew Environmental Trust. She is active in the Las Vegas community and served as a founding board member for Emerge Nevada Chapter and currently serves on the board of the Nevada Conservation League, KNPR, the Las Vegas Springs Preserve, and Second Chance. Her favorite title is mom to two amazing kids and wife to Clark County Commissioner, Justin Jones.

Deidre Radford, NCL and NCL EF Board Member

Ms. Radford started her career in Nevada’s solar power industry in 2005 after volunteering for the local chapter of the American Solar Energy Society, Solar NV, organizing events to raise awareness about solar power in Nevada. She subsequently took a position with Nevada’s largest solar power contractor, under the tutelage of Chris Brooks, where she worked in Project Management until 2018.

A member of the Cherokee Nation, Ms. Radford originally hails from rural Oklahoma hill country where she developed a deep love, respect, and connection with the natural world & wildlife.

Before starting her career in solar, Ms. Radford was a singer/songwriter with Billboard Top Ten billing. Recently, she co-wrote a musical political parody with music industry veteran, Missy Parker, and performs for various Nevada fundraisers & political events.

Barbara Hartzell, NCL EF Board Member

Born, raised and based out of Las Vegas, NV, Barbara attended Haskell Indian Nations University — a historical Native American college, in Lawrence, Kansas — and later received her Certificate in Labor Studies from the Harvard Trade Union Program in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Barbara brings a strong and diverse background in environmental and economic justice, organizational management, campaigns, labor relations and advocacy.