Charlene's diverse background includes positions in higher education as well as private industry. For eight years, Charlene served as the fiscal officer for the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and spent over seven years with the public accounting firm Kafoury, Armstrong and Company. In her current position as director of the UNR Office of Sponsored Projects, she provides a good perspective regarding regulatory issues faced in the research environment and strives to maintain compliance while still offering the high quality service researchers expect.
Charlene has served on the Washoe County School District Audit Committee since 2004 as well as serving a four-year term on the Washoe County School District Other Postemployment Benefits Board. Charlene currently serves on the board for the Committee To Aid Abused Women (CAAW) and served as board treasurer for the Washoe County DUI Task Force from 1999 to 2003.