Meet the Retail Association Team

"Looking out for business. Looking out for you."

The Team

Mary Lau


Mary Lau , president and chief executive officer of the Retail Association of Nevada has been with the Association since 1983, when she served as secretary/treasurer and in 1987 took over the helm. Prior to that Ms. Lau was the controller for a North Lake Tahoe Casino.

Ms. Lau is a graduate of Sierra Nevada College, in Incline Village, Nevada.



Elizabeth MacMenamin


Elizabeth MacMenamin has been with the Retail Association of Nevada since 1999 and is Vice President of Government Affairs. Prior to this she was Manager of Carencro Physical Clinic in Louisiana.

Ms. MacMenamin graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Southwest Louisiana and later returned to obtain an Associates degree in Paralegal Studies. She moved to Nevada in 1999 and became involved in the political process through being employed at the Retail Association of Nevada.



Lea Tauchen


Lea Tauchen serves as the vice president of administration and government affairs for the Retail Association of Nevada (RAN).  She has led the association's government affairs activities for the grocery and general merchandise sectors of the membership since January 2005.  Prior to that, she was a district manager for General Motors Corporation in the San Francisco/Hawaii market.

Lea earned her Masters of Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno.  Her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration is also from the University of Nevada, Reno, where she majored in Logistics Management and minored in Computer Information Systems.  She has also received IOM recognition through the Institute for Organization Management, a professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce known as the standard for association and chamber training.  Lea is currently pursuing a Human Resources Management Certificate through the University of Nevada, Reno’s Extended Studies program.


Bryan Wachter


Bryan Wachter, Director of Public and Government Affairs, joined the RAN team in January of 2007. Bryan manages RAN's Southern Nevada office while following taxation, transportation, and workers' compensation issues for the Association.



Piper Brown


Piper Brown is currently the director of finance and administration for the Retail Association of Nevada (RAN). She has been with RAN since May 2010. Prior to moving to Nevada, Piper was an office manager for a lobbying firm in Sacramento, California for 11 years. She attended American River College in Sacramento studying business management. Piper is an active volunteer in her community and children's education.