The Washoe County Board of Equalization is comprised of five members appointed by the Washoe County Commission (NRS 361.340). This Board is charged with hearing appeals filed by property owners who do not agree with the value placed on their property for tax purposes by the County Assessor (NAC 361.624). The County Board hearings are held from late-January through February of each year.
Philip Horan - Chair
I graduated from St. Elizabeth's High School in Oakland, CA. After graduation I signed with the San Francisco Giants and played for three years in their minor league baseball system. Subsequently I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley.
I had a long career as an elected Union Labor Representative in the Bay Area. My main responsibilities were to represent members in grievance hearings, arbitrations, and contract negotiations.
Upon retiring in 2004 I moved to Reno and was elected as a board member of the Rancho San Rafael Home Owners Association on which I currently serve. I was appointed to the Washoe County Board of Equalization in 2008.
Eugenia graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a Doctor of Philosophy, Economics and a Master of Business Administration degrees. She is the President of Ekay Economic Consultants, an economic consulting company based in Reno. Eugenia's areas of practice include financial, fiscal and economic impact analyses, economic damages, economic analysis, and market and feasibility studies.
Eugenia is a nationally certified valuation analyst (CVA), certified in management accounting (CMA) and master analyst in financial forensics (MAFF), specializing in Financial Litigation. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Nevada Women's Fund and an active member of the Salute to Women of Achievement Luncheon Steering Committee. She is a past Charter member and Public Relations Chair of the Rotary Club of Reno Midtown. Eugenia is also a member of the Washoe County Organizational Effectiveness Committee (OEC) and is an alumna of the Leadership Reno Sparks program.
Eugenia was appointed to the Alternate position for the Board of Equalization in 2014. In November 2015, she was appointed to a four-year term on the Board of Equalization until June 30, 2019.
Barbara "Bobbi" Lazzarone
Mr. Covert holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from California State College at Long Beach and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He served in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1969. He is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants and holds a Certified Management Accountant certificate. He spent most of his career in the Aerospace and Automotive industries and was on the management team that started Porsche Cars North America here in Reno. He recently retired from the University of Phoenix.
Mr. Covert has served as a board member and Vice Chairman of the South Truckee Meadows General Improvement District and member and Chairman of the Washoe County Organizational Effectiveness Committee. He was appointed to the Washoe County Board of Equalization in 2007 and served two full terms. Mr. Covert recently accepted appointment to the Board of Equalization as an alternate member.