Co-Chairs: Shani Coleman & Dr. Kanani Espinoza / Staff Liaison: Blake Douglas

The purpose of the Association’s Advocacy Committee (“Committee”) is to bring a diverse group of UNLV alumni and friends together in a unified front to advance the University’s interests in local, state, and federal governments and maintain a network of advocates. The Committee will provide:

  • guidance for the Association’s advocacy efforts at the local, state, and federal levels,
  • policy recommendations for those advocacy efforts to the Association’s Board of Directors (“Board”),
  • information and leadership to individuals who volunteer to advocate for UNLV as Rebel Advocates (“Advocates”) regionally, throughout Nevada, and the United States; and,
  • information to key decision-makers to generate awareness about issues impacting UNLV and higher education.

This committee will meet a minimum of four times per year.

Board Development

Chair: Stacey Purcell | Staff Liaison: Blake Douglas

The Board Development Committee is charged with nominating new directors and officers for election to the Alumni Association Board of Directors. The members of this committee regularly review and evaluate the involvement of the current directors of the board and recommend members for reappointment. The committee also reviews the qualifications of potential board members and recommends individuals to join as new directors. The committee will oversee governance, leadership development, strategic planning, and diversity. This committee will meet a minimum of four times a year.

Chapters and Clubs

Chair: Jennifer Oyadomani /Staff Liaison: Kimberly McGrath

The Chapters and Clubs Committee will prepare policies and make recommendations to the board concerning chapter and club development, recognition, operation, and termination including chapter member qualifications and requirements. This committee will meet a minimum of four times a year.


Chair: Gabrielle Angle / Staff Liaison: Blake Douglas

The Executive Committee was established to supervise and manage the operations and affairs of the UNLV Alumni Association. Except to the extent limited by a resolution of the Board of Directors, the board delegates to the Executive Committee all of the power of the board whenever the board is not in session. This committee will meet a minimum of four times a year.


Chair: Dave Swallow | Staff Liaison: Blake Douglas

The Finance Committee works with auditors, accountants, and the UNLV Foundation to ensure that the financial goals and objectives of the Alumni Association are met. The Committee will present an overall operating budget to the board and monitor financial progress throughout the year, set long-range financial goals and strategies, oversee the investment portfolio, also, create and grow affinity partnerships. This committee will work closely with staff to evaluate the needs for sponsorships, track progress, and oversee benefits provided to sponsors. The committee will monitor the scholarship funds and make recommendations on award amounts. This Committee will meet a minimum of four times a year.

Lifetime Member Ad Hoc Committee

Chair: David Navarro / Staff Liaison: Renee Rivera Ghelfi

The Lifetime Member Ad Hoc Committee is charged with developing ways to honor and recognize the Lifetime Members of the UNLV Alumni Association.  The Ad Hoc Committee will identify valuable and exclusive benefits, opportunities, and experiences for Lifetime Members and determine how to permanently recognize and honor them at the Richard Tam Alumni Center.

Philanthropy Committee

Chair: Beau McDougall | Staff Liaison: Missy Arendash

The Philanthropy Committee encourages and leads active participation through the gifts of time, talent and treasure for the alumni association and for the colleges and units across the UNLV campus. It will provide direction and advice to the Alumni Board and staff on connecting fellow alumni with the "why" to be involved annually in order to build a stronger culture of philanthropy. The Committee will utilize metrics to evaluate undergraduate alumni engagement and philanthropic participation and make recommendations to the Alumni Board and staff about the strategic purpose for outreach and engaging events. Additionally, the committee will actively work with the Division of Philanthropy & Alumni Engagement to appropriately and creatively thank those alumni who give of their time, talent and treasure.