Staff Profiles

Thoran Towler, Chief Executive Officer

Thoran Towler, former State of Nevada Labor Commissioner, became Chief Executive Officer of Nevada Association of Employers in August 2016. Thoran possesses extensive knowledge and experience in wage and hour rules, employment law and labor issues.

Thoran was the Labor Commissioner for the State of Nevada from 2011 to 2014 where he administered and enforced Nevada’s wage and hour laws, set and enforced the state’s minimum and prevailing wage, investigated complaints related to the non-payment of wages and violations of Nevada labor law, and oversaw and licensed private employment agencies and apprentice programs. Thoran served as general counsel for the Nevada Association of Realtors and worked as a labor and employment attorney at the law firm of Allison MacKenzie, Ltd prior to joining NAE.  Thoran was admitted to practice law in the State of Nevada in 2006. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Technology from Walla Walla University and he earned his law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington.


Rob Parker, Director of Human Resource Services

Rob Parker joined the Nevada Association of Employers in 1997. Prior to joining NAE, Rob held the position of Regional Human Resources Director for an international distribution firm, and Vice President of Human Resources for a major financial institution. He brings 30 years of HR generalist experience to NAE, in both southern and northern Nevada.

Rob is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in Human Resource Management.


Audra Parton, Member Services Coordinator

Audra Parton joined the Nevada Association of Employers in December 2016. Prior to joining NAE, Audra worked in legal and regulatory compliance for a nationwide workers’ compensation insurance carrier and served as the Deputy Labor Commissioner for the State of Nevada from 2013 to 2014. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience regarding regulatory compliance to NAE.

Audra earned her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada, Reno and her law degree from California Western School of Law in San Diego, California.


Amy Matthews, Human Resources/Business Development

Amy Matthews joined the Nevada Association of Employers in June 2017, with a focus on Southern Nevada. Amy brings a unique perspective to our members, having been a private sector executive level HR employee as well as operating as an independent HR consultant.

She is a native Las Vegan with 20 years of experience in Human Resources, Operations, Training and Compliance, and is certified in Human Resources Management and Employment Law.


Ashley Staab, Member Liaison

Ashley Staab joined the Nevada Association of Employers in late October 2017. Before joining NAE, Ashley worked in the staffing industry and worked in retail management.

She worked in almost every aspect of the staffing industry, from recruitment to being the HR Representative for a local Northern Nevada franchise. Her areas of expertise are Unemployment and I-9 compliance.