Laurel Hill, '15 BS Hotel Administration, is part of Marriott International's Voyage leadership development program. She is based at the Irvine Marriott in California. While she initially asked to be part of Voyage's sales program, she switched to housekeeping because the program was seeking someone who was fluent in Spanish and had experience in that area. She had gained experience in housekeeping while at UNLV when she participated in MGM Resorts International's hospitality internship program at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. In her current job she is involved with an innovative next-generation housekeeping system and in-room recycling program. Next-generation housekeeping expedites the rooms to the housekeepers based on priority, using ITouches rather than old-school clipboards. She said that allows for enhanced communication with special requests, better guest service, and higher departmental productivity. The in-room recycling program is a gage for the company to see how the guests feel about recycling. She lives in Irvine.
Ann Occhi, ’76 AA Nursing, ’79 BS Nursing, ’92 MS Nursing, works as a supervisor for school nurses. She earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Phoenix. She was a foster parent for eight medically fragile children and adopted five children. Her hobbies are biking, camping, and being part of a women’s dragon boat team. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Mike Essig, ’93 BS Hospitality Administration, ’05 MS Hospitality Administration, has been promoted to senior director of information technology for the Choctaw Nation’s newly created Commerce Division. He oversees IT for 21 casinos, 13 travel plazas, and a new grocery store enterprise. He lives in Durant, Oklahoma.
Tiffannie Bond, '98 BA Communication Studies, works as the public relations coordinator and company photographer at Imagine Communications. She also is the director of the Winchester Star Catchers Dance Program for Clark County Parks and Recreation.