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Oct. 22, 2021

UNLV Alumni Association Elects New President and Board of Directors


University of Nevada Las Vegas Alumni Association (UNLVAA) is proud to announce the installation of Stacey Purcell as President. Purcell, a seasoned sales and hospitality professional, brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership experience to the position. Currently, Purcell serves as a sales executive with Caesars Entertainment, providing training and coaching to a diverse group of sales managers.


“We know Stacey will provide valuable insight and direction for our organization. Our board of directors is comprised of southern Nevada leaders who volunteer their time and we would not be able to do the work we do without their guidance and support,” said Blake Douglas, Interim Associate Vice President and Interim Executive Director of UNLV Alumni Association.


Purcell attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she earned a degree in hotel administration from the William F. Harrah College of Hospitality. Positions held throughout her career include various management roles throughout her twenty-eight years with Caesars Entertainment. Purcell has consistently been a top producer in revenue, a contributor towards continuous improvement, and a driver of the sales culture for Caesars Entertainment. In 2018, she earned the highly coveted seat in the distinguished Emperor’s Club, an award that goes to the top producer for the sales organization based on the highest percentage to goal for the year.


“It is an honor to take the helm of UNLV’s Alumni Association,” said Purcell. I look forward to engaging and connecting alumni with the many expanded services that the organization provides. I became a board member because I believe in the mission of the association, the university’s goals and initiatives and for the opportunity to make positive impacts in the lives of current students.”

In addition, Stacey is a member of the Advisory Board of the Las Vegas Hospitality Association and recently served on the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism Advisory Board of Directors.

The UNLV Alumni Association board is comprised of the following officers and directors:

  • President - Stacey Purcell '90
  • Vice President - Gabrielle Angle '10
  • Secretary - Kathy Dyke '94
  • Treasurer - David Navarro '12 '13
  • Immediate Past President - Mark Wiley '01
  • D.J. Allen ‘96 ‘02
  • Deanna Burgess ‘97
  • Chase Bush '15 '16
  • Alex Culley '15
  • Carol Ferranti '07
  • William Horne ‘99 ‘01
  • Michael Klein ‘08
  • Russ Kost '83
  • Beau McDougall '15
  • Paul Moradkhan ‘03
  • Leslie Mujica ‘09
  • Rob Nickels ‘90
  • Jenn Oshiro Rivers ‘05 ‘08
  • Russ Park ‘09
  • Alyx Peterson '18
  • Mike Plinski ‘95 ‘98
  • Francesca Resch '12
  • Landon Shores '13
  • Dave Swallow ‘94 ‘04
  • Stacy Swim ‘98
  • Izack Tenorio ‘15 ‘17

The UNLV Alumni Association was established in 1964 as a not-for-profit organization to promote and enhance alumni engagement on campus. With an alumni base more than 121,000 strong, the Alumni Association offers a variety of services and opportunities in support of alumni and their families. UNLV alumni are encouraged to support the values of higher learning through advocacy, involvement, and giving. To date, the association has contributed more than $8 million to the university in student scholarships, endowments, and major capital improvements such as the Alumni Amphitheater, Alumni Grove, Alumni Park, Coach Tarkanian Statue, and the $2.7 million Richard Tam Alumni Center.