Sara Lafrance co-founded and served as President of Century Analysis, Inc., a software manufacturer that provided integration solutions to large commercial, industrial, and healthcare enterprise from 1975 until its sale to New Era of Networks, Inc. (NEON) in 1998. Under her leadership, the company achieved a preeminent position in the enterprise application integration marketplace, with a product line and customer base that became a vital component of NEON’s growth strategy. She was a frequent speaker at many industry conferences, as well as academic and investment forums.
Since returning to Nevada, Sara he has been actively involved with the University of Nevada, Reno, serving on the Foundation Board of Trustees; the College of Engineering Advisor Board; the College of Liberal Arts Advisory Board, and the Nevada Research and Innovation Corporation. She was the Commencement speaker for the University of Nevada Colleges of Engineering and Science graduation ceremony in May 2015 and the keynote speaker for the College of Engineering Awards Banquet in May 2016. Sara was named Alumna of the Year in 2011 and received the University of Nevada President’s Medal in May 2019.
She has served on and chaired many local boards including KNPB Public Television; the Reno Philharmonic; Classical Tahoe, and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare.
An avid believer in the transforming power of higher education, Sara and her husband Leonard, established in 2006 Educational Pathways International (www.educationalpathwaysinternational.org), a charitable foundation that provides comprehensive university scholarships for gifted students of need in Ghana.
Sara holds a B.A. in English/Journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a M.A. in Organizational Change from Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY.