Mary Alice Nielson is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in American Studies, with a minor in Business Administration. She worked for the Cox Communications operations in Las Vegas since 1988 and has performed various roles, including VP of Marketing and Sales, VP of Advertising Sales, VP of Business Development, and VP of Engineering and Technology. Her most recent role was as Vice President and General Manager of Hospitality Network, a subsidiary of Cox Communications.
MaryAlice retired from Cox in December 2003, to raise her three small children, ages 3, 6, and 8. She remains active in the community as a board member for I Have a Dream and Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada.