Meet Current Cohort 18 EMBA Students

Our students and alumni hold a wide variety of positions. If you would like to speak to a student or graduate, send a request and we will connect you with one of our EMBA Ambassadors. Students in the 18th cohort are listed below.

Carl Adams – Quality Engineer, TIMET

Carl Adams

Carl Adams was born in Walnut Creek, California and was raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He is an alumus of Arizona State University, where he achieved a bachelor of science in Mathematics. Following his undergraduate, Carl worked in different areas including Hotel Management and Compliance Data Analyst.

Ready for a change, Carl decided to move to Las Vegas and attend UNLV to pursue an education in mechanical engineering. During his studies he acquired an entry level production engineer position at TIMET. After a promotion to engineer in the quality department, Carl decided to change his corporate path from the technical side to the managerial side finding himself in the EMBA program.

Carl’s daily responsibilities include the release of the titanium that is produced at TIMET, and monitors processes to uphold the quality of the material. Carl also leads numerous projects with a Six Sigma Green Belt certification. On days off Carl enjoys hiking, and lending out his hand.

Jennifer Alexander – Sales Representative, Liberty Mutual Insurance

Jennifer Alexander is a leading sales representative at Liberty Mutual Insurance in Las Vegas where she helps clients in the Western Region protect their assets and loved ones. Previous to her current position, she spent the majority of her career managing banking centers in the valley.

Growing up in a small Indiana town, Jennifer came to Las Vegas in 2005 on vacation and fell in love with the sunshine, mountains, and people of Las Vegas. Relocating later the same year, Jennifer made her home here and has since inspired most of her family to leave the harsh Indiana winters behind.

Jennifer earned dual bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies from UNLV in 2015. She is interested in combining her management experience, undergraduate degrees, and MBA to encourage corporations to form interdisciplinary strategy teams. The intention of these teams will be to bridge the gap between the “numbers” people and the “people” people, mitigating the unintended consequences of decision making based on incomplete data.

Outside of work and school, Jennifer is also passionate about serving the local community. She sits on committees for the Just One Project, a local non-profit that concentrates on assisting children and elderly residents of food insecure neighborhoods in Las Vegas. In her spare time, she also enjoys Sunday drives, football games, and traveling to tropical destinations.

Jaymes Bell – General Manager, Black Wolf Moving NV LLC

Jaymes Bell is the General Manager for Black Wolf Moving NV LLC. that operates and conducts business as Two Men and a Truck in Las Vegas. Two Men and a Truck is a franchised moving company, with franchises in 43 U.S. states, as well as the United Kingdom, Canada, and Ireland. The company is the largest franchised moving company in the United States with more than 340 locations.

Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Jaymes played team sports in high school and developed a skill for leading and fostering teamwork. After high school, Jaymes attended Auburn University on an Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Scholarship and studied Business Management and Military Science. After Auburn, he commissioned into the United States Army as an Infantry Second Lieutenant. During his service in the Army, Jaymes served as an Infantry Officer and an Adjutant General Officer in the 1st Calvary Division, the 4th Infantry Division, and the 82nd Military Police Brigade where he deployed to Afghanistan for two combat deployments. Jaymes was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Airborne Badge, and Air Assault Badge during seven years of honorable service.

Jaymes hopes to use the skills he learns from the Executive MBA program to grow his company’s revenue and profit, as well as improve the satisfaction of his employees and customers.

April Chandler – Strategic Planner, VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System

April Chandler is the Senior Planner for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Southern Nevada Healthcare System, serving the southern half of Nevada. April’s role includes program management, market assessment and analyses, data analytics, and working with Service-line and Executive Leadership on operational and tactical strategy for the organization. April started her VA career as the Interior Designer at VA Sierra Nevada Healthcare System, serving the northern half of Nevada, before moving into their deputy planner role.

April’s certifications include: Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers, mentoring and coaching, and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Before transitioning to federal service she earned the following credentials: National Council for Interior Design Qualification Certified, Leadership in Energy, and Environmental Design Accredited Professional.

April graduated with distinction from UNR with a bachelor of science in Interior Design. She is currently enrolled in the VA Leadership Development Institute. She is also a member of the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development.

Nicole Curfman – Vice President, Bank Operations Division Manager, Zions Bancorporation

Nicole Curfman has lived in Las Vegas for over 30 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix, and during college embarked on her 20-year career in banking. Nicole began her career with Nevada State Bank where she became a branch manager successfully managing several different branches, increasing branch sales, and elevating audit scores. Her passion to embrace challenge, evaluate issues, and execute solutions is what led her to her current role in Enterprise Operations at a corporate level. Currently, Nicole is a Vice President, Bank Operations Division Manager at Zions Bancorporation, one of the nation’s premier financial services companies. She is responsible for the centralized operations team, which ensures compliance with internal and external regulatory agencies and laws governing financial institutions. This role has provided Nicole the autonomy to implement new processes throughout the entire Bancorporation, impacting 400+ bank branches and creating efficiencies and value for employees and customers.

A devoted mother and wife, Nicole enjoys spending time with her two sons and husband, hiking, camping, and traveling anywhere their RV can take them.

Biricik Eroglu – Senior Hotel Operations Manager, The Signature at MGM Grand

Biricik Eroglu

Biricik Eroglu was born in Holland and moved to the United States at the age of 15 in the hopes of pursuing a swimming career. Following her graduation with a bachelor’s degree in business, she made the move from Los Angeles to Las Vegas to start a career in retail. After moving to Las Vegas, she started working in guest and hospitality roles for large companies such as Express, Applebee’s and Aria Hotel Resort & Casino. After two years at Aria working as a Guest Service Representative, she joined the management team as an Assistant Front Desk Manager. Two years later she transitioned to Bellagio as a Hotel Operations Manager and is now in her eighth year with MGM Resorts International and serving as a Senior Hotel Operations Manager at The Signature at MGM Grand.

In her spare time, Biricik enjoys hanging out with her dog Big Mac, going out dancing, shopping, and her favorite activity is eating GREAT food. One bucket list item that she has completed is going on a hot air balloon ride, while another bucket list item left to complete is travel to Egypt and visit the Pyramids. She is very excited to join this cohort and embark on this new learning journey to improve on her business skills.

Brent Gardner – Senior General Manager, Fashion Show

Brent Gardner

Brent Gardner currently serves as the Senior General Manager at Fashion Show, a position he accepted in December of 2018. In his role, Brent is responsible for the daily operations of the center including leasing, maintenance, community relations, tenant relations, marketing, and the overall financial performance of the center. This requires daily interface with his team, tenants, and community partners to ensure Fashion Show delivers on the mission for creating an excellent experience and environment for their community, retailers, employees, customers, and shareholders. Brent has held this same role for sixteen other shopping centers in eleven different cities most notably, Orlando, Austin, Albuquerque, New Orleans, Memphis, and Los Angeles. Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Brent completed his undergraduate degree in Selling and Sales Management from Purdue University.

Brent enjoys his time outside of work with his wife, Christina, and their two dogs, Gracie and Minnie. He also enjoys activities such as traveling, entertaining with friends, and any adrenaline-inducing activities such as sky diving or scuba diving. Brent looks forward to the experiences the UNLV EMBA will offer, especially the lessons and experiences to be gained from interacting with his cohort, faculty, and alumni.

Justin Griggs – Technology Coordinator, UNLV Lee Business School

Justin Griggs

Justin Griggs is originally from Oakland, California. He relocated to Las Vegas for college and earned his bachelor’s degree from UNLV in business management. Justin began his career at UNLV as a student worker for the Office of Internet Technology and worked his way up to the Technology Coordinator for Lee Business School. In his current role, Justin manages all Lee Business School technology and provides support, guidance and expertise to all Lee faculty and staff.

In his free time Justin enjoys spending special moments with family, traveling, music production, and watching or playing sports. He is a devoted fan of the Oakland Raiders, Golden State Warriors, and Oakland A’s. For Justin, a day just does not feel complete unless he has spent some time working out at the gym.

Conlin Helvey - Client Service Manager, Caldera Wealth Management Group / Retirement Dept, LPL Financial Inc.

Conlin Helvey

Originally from Concord, California, and raised by a family of pilots, Conlin Helvey and his family moved to Southern Nevada in 1996. He served for the United States Marine Corps specializing in Global Logistics traveling multiple times around the world before age 21. He received the Presidential Unit Citation and other personal recognition and service medals. After completing his service, he became a local community publisher with Best Version Media, vice president of his Toastmasters club High Noon Lectern, as well as other various community organizations. He furthered his education through UNLV achieving a bachelor of science in Finance while being awarded with Certificates of Special Congressional Recognition and Commendation, as well as a Letter of Commendation from the Governor.

Conlin is currently the Client Service Manager for the Retirement Department at Caldera Wealth Management Group. He serves to assist the demands of the retirement program, including working with staff, partners, and vendors to provide a superior offering for the firm’s clients. Also, as part of the Group Association Retirement program, his role has been serving plan sponsors, researching, scheduling, meeting efficiency goals, and creating standard operating procedures. At Caldera Wealth, he has learned how the partners solve employers’ benefits challenges and how clients are benefiting from wealth management strategies, financial planning, debt management, investment management, asset protection, risk mitigation, and retirement income solutions.

Always striving to challenge himself through growth, Conlin can’t wait to see the next several levels in which he can achieve both personally and professionally, local or international, with the tools the Executive MBA Program provides.

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Courtney Lee - Attorney

Courtney Lee

Courtney Lee has been licensed to practice law for 20 years. Courtney’s practice included hospital litigation, medical malpractice defense, complex construction defect litigation, and common-interest community law. Courtney obtained her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Michigan. She attended the University of Maryland School of Law where she obtained her Doctorate of Jurisprudence, with a concentration in health care law.

Courtney is looking forward to transitioning into health care administration after obtaining her Master's of Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Courtney enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 wonderful children, traveling, and golfing.

Elizabeth Lopez – Management Analyst II, City of Las Vegas Economic & Urban Development

Elizabeth Lopez

Elizabeth is an aspiring and growing leader in her organization at the City of Las Vegas’ Economic & Urban Development Department. Building community to improve lives is not only an organizational goal, but a passion of hers. Her duties as Management Analyst II include co-managing a complex financing tool provided by a federal program, New Market Tax Credit, with commercial development and a focus on economic growth. This program services highly distressed areas and provides well needed goods and services, which provide community impact. In addition, Elizabeth has facilitated land assemblage, began a “boots on the ground” initiative providing her colleagues with statistical and aggregated data to assist in making decisions on identifying key development opportunities with the collaboration of public and private partnerships.

In the past, she has managed a $30M budget providing analytical and statistical information for the Strategic Business Plan and initiating Capital Improvement Projects for her department. Her background of five years in the hospitality industry at various MGM properties has given her the analytical and financial capacity to make informed decisions and gain overall perspective for pro formas, ad hoc reports, and financial reporting for trends.

In addition, her 13 years of residential real estate has given her the expertise needed to provide exceptional customer service in coaching her customers through purchasing one of the largest investments of their lives. She has experience managing this complex process from beginning to end helping her customers achieve a part of the American Dream.

Elizabeth attended UNLV and received her bachelor of science in Business Administration - Finance. She looks to this Executive MBA program to grow and expand her knowledge in areas relevant to societal and economic needs for her community and city as an emerging leader.

In her spare time Elizabeth is very adventurous and philanthropic. She loves traveling, being challenged in obstacle races, hiking, the arts, staying fit, volunteering for Project 150 and Officer Down. She loves to give back to her community and help underprivileged youth through the Youth Council Scholarship Committee to make a positive difference. Elizabeth is always open to trying new activities such as playing tennis, yoga, and pilates. Above all, she loves spending time with her family and being an aunt to her niece and nephews.

Karen Martin - Special Agent, Clark County Business License Department

Karen Martin

Originally from Texas, Karen Martin was raised in Las Vegas, and is a UNLV undergraduate alumna. Following her undergrad, she lived in Virginia and California for several years before returning to Las Vegas. After working in the public sector, she transitioned to the pharmaceutical industry in sales with Johnson & Johnson until the 2009 recession that led to the pharmaceutical industry downsizing. After Johnson & Johnson, Karen remained in medical sales for a time, before she returned to the public sector and worked as an Agent with the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Currently, Karen is with the Liquor and Gaming Division as a Special Agent with the Clark County Business License Department where she conducts financial suitability investigations. In 2018, the Business License Department brought in over $937 million in gross receipts.

In Karen’s personal time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, dining, going to the movies, and working out. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer through National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Her perfect day is being at home on a rainy day, watching a good movie while having charcuterie and wine.

Catherine Prato, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE – Nursing Professional

Catherine Prato

Dr. Catherine Prato-Lefkowitz PhD, MSN, RN, CNE earned her bachelor of arts degree in Psychology and Nursing at UNLV in 2001. Upon graduating from the UNLV BSN Program, she was invited back by a faculty member to teach a Fundamentals Laboratory course to first semester nursing students where she found her passion for teaching. Dr. Prato-Lefkowitz then pursued a Master of Nursing in Education to learn the principals and theory of teaching, as well as pursuing a Family Nurse Practitioner Degree to expand her nursing assessment and diagnostic skills. After graduating with dual Masters of Nursing Degrees, she then went on to complete her terminal degree with a PhD in Nursing Education from UNLV.

Dr. Prato-Lefkowitz has a passion for psychiatric nursing and has worked most of her career in the mental and correctional health care systems. She continues to work bedside, a few days a month, to keep her skills current. She also has many years of experience in the classroom teaching nursing students. She has taught both onsite and online courses at UNLV, National University, Walden University, and Touro University.

Until recently, Dr. Prato-Lefkowitz was the Director of Nursing Education for the Nevada State Board of Nursing. In this role, she was responsible for overseeing: Certified Nursing Assistant and Nursing Programs in Nevada, Continuing Education programs and licensing in Nevada, Chair of the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Committee, Chair of the Education Advisory Committee (EAC), and Editor for the Nevada State Board of Nursing Newsletter.

Currently, Dr. Prato is working with the University of Nevada Las Vegas on the $900,000 WINN Grant to help specialize nursing skill sets in Nevada. She is collaborating with high schools to bring nursing degree programs into high schools to allow Nevada high school students the opportunity to increase their skill sets to meet Nevada needs.

Dr. Prato-Lefkowitz serves as the Vice Chair on the Nevada Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Board. She is also an elected Director for the Nevada Nurses Association (NNA). She regularly attends nursing program pinning and graduation ceremonies, provides educational workshops, and gives keynote presentations to inspire graduating nursing students to be the best health care team member that they can be for Nevada residents!

William D. Price – Hospitality Professional/Partner JMWP Property Holdings

William D. Price

Originally from Los Angeles, California, William is a first generation American son of a Salvadoran immigrant mother and his African-American father. William attended UNLV on a debate team scholarship. As an undergrad, William served as a Resident Assistant in on-campus housing, Student Orientation Leader, founder and president of the UNLV chapter of the Delta Chi Fraternity, and Student Body President.

William received his bachelor of arts in Communication Studies from UNLV before attending law school at the William S. Boyd School of Law, where he founded the Sports and Entertainment Law Association and received his license as a certified sports agent with the National Football League. After law school, William decided on a career as a hospitality leader where he's spent the past 15 years running restaurants and hotels.

William has worked for Hilton Hotels, The Beverly Hills Hotel, Wolfgang Puck, and the University of Southern California in their respective hospitality programs. He has also added the additional hat of running his family's real estate practice out of Los Angeles. Recently married, he enjoys travel, concerts, movies, musicals, and ramen. He is excited about the EMBA program as an opportunity to grow as a leader and valued member of the Las Vegas community.

Aaron Roberts – Director of Accounting and Systems, DTP Companies

Aaron Roberts

Aaron Roberts is currently the Director of Accounting and Systems for DTP Companies (formerly Downtown Project), which is dedicated to helping revitalize downtown Las Vegas through investments in small businesses, tech startups, real estate and development, arts, culture, and education. He is responsible for leading all aspects of corporate accounting and systems management for over a hundred businesses and properties at DTP.

Prior to starting with DTP in 2012, Aaron worked for three years at Zappos in the accounting department. He began as an intern while attending UNLV and pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Accounting. At Zappos he led several financial projects, utilized SQL, and created custom reports for numerous departments. He also oversaw the accounting internship program and helped to develop and train other UNLV Accounting students.

As a native of Las Vegas, Aaron is excited to be involved in helping to restore the old Vegas he grew up in. Outside of work he loves spending time with family and friends, working on cars, and going to standup comedy shows.

Carli L. Sansone Esq. – Attorney, Pecos Law Group

Carli L. Sansone

Carli Sansone is an attorney at Pecos Law Group in Henderson. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UNLV and her Juris Doctorate from the William S. Boyd School of Law. Prior to joining Pecos Law Group, Carli served as law clerk to the Honorable Vincent Ochoa, Judge in the Eighth Judicial District Court, Family Division, where she worked on a wide variety of cases.

Carli grew up in Dana Point, California, where she played various sports. In her free time, Carli enjoys weight training, traveling, eating, scuba diving, and spending time with her husband, two young daughters, and Great Danes.

Greta Seidman – Director of Communications and Marketing, Nevada HAND

Greta Seidman

Greta Seidman directs Nevada HAND’s communications, marketing, and public affairs efforts. Greta joined Nevada HAND, the state’s largest provider of affordable rental homes and supportive services for low income individuals and families, in June 2018 after spending more than seven years at the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, leading the organization’s marketing, events, and brand strategy efforts. At the Metro Chamber, she also served as publisher of the Business Voice magazine and showrunner of Preview Las Vegas from 2016-2018. She has more than 14 years of experience in marketing and communications.

Greta holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from UNLV. She is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Las Vegas and was named one of VegasInc.’s “40 Under 40” in 2018. She currently serves on the Leadership Las Vegas Council.

In her spare time, Greta enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, cooking, and reading.

David Shultis – Owner/Partner, Las Vegas IT Consulting, LLC

David Shultis

Originally from California, David Shultis was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. He graduated with a bachelor of science in International Business from UNLV. Upon graduating David started a career in information technology. Working with several companies in the technology field, including phone systems, David found that he had a passion for IT and he continued his professional education by obtaining certifications in this field. For the next 20 years, David worked in the IT field in many capacities, including IT Director.

David’s love of business and entrepreneurship inspired him to start and run a privately-owned IT consulting firm that has now been in business for over 6 years. Within three years, David formed a new entity with a partner and is enjoying his growing business. As his business continues to flourish, David desired to further his education and management skills by joining the UNLV EMBA program.

David enjoys traveling with his family, cooking, and continuing his education in information technologies.

Susanne Shultis – Owner/Partner of Las Vegas IT Consulting, LLC & Office Manager, Yamagata Enterprises

Susanne Shultis

Originally from Germany, Susanne Shultis graduated with a bachelor of arts in German from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. However, upon graduating Susanne found herself in Las Vegas, Nevada and began her career in business almost immediately. Working her way through bookkeeping and payroll to HR Director for the owner of 15 local businesses, Susanne enjoyed continuing corporate education and on the job training. For the next 23 years Susanne worked for privately owned businesses in Las Vegas and gained experience in positions such as human resources, office and personnel management, bookkeeping and finance, and senior project management.

Additionally, her love and knowledge of business and entrepreneurship inspired her and her husband to start and run a privately owned IT consulting firm that has now been in business for over six years. Susanne has always hoped to continue her education, therefore, joining the UNLV EMBA program with her husband is meeting a goal for both of them.

Susanne currently works as an office manager and directly for the President/CEO of a privately held, local investment firm. Not only is Susanne’s company supporting her in her desire for higher education, it promotes business and entrepreneurship in many different ways by investing in others.

Susanne enjoys traveling with her family, photography, writing, and searching out amazing cuisine.

Josh Spear – First Officer, Southwest Airlines and Independent Contractor, Draken International

Josh Spear

Josh Spear is a First Officer for Southwest Airlines as well as an independent contractor for Draken International, operator of the world’s largest fleet of privately owned tactical aircraft. Previously, Josh served as a pilot in the United States Air Force and retired as a lieutenant colonel after 20 years of dedicated and honorable service.

Josh grew up in a military family, and has lived in many locations, but considers Seattle, Washington home. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Economics at Central Washington University in 1998 and went on to earn his master’s degree in Aeronautical Science at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Seeking to add business acumen to his already robust leadership and aeronautical knowledge and experience, Josh has chosen to continue his education via UNLV’s Executive MBA program. Ideally, Josh would like to utilize the expertise gained from the EMBA program to enrich his career at Southwest Airlines with the goal of transitioning into a senior management position in the future.

Outside of work and school, Josh enjoys snowboarding, amusement parks, and traveling around the world.

Donna Stanfel – Retail Market Sales Manager, Nevada State Bank

Donna Stanfel

Donna Stanfel is Retail Market Sales Manager for Nevada State Bank. In this role she supports 16 retail branches with daily operations, coaching, and development and sales activities. She is driven by the growth and achievements of the colleagues she works with and the goals they assist their clients with each day. Donna has 16 years of banking experience that includes campaigns, product launches, consumer and business banking, and management. Growing up in the Las Vegas valley, she received her bachelor’s degree in Business Management from UNLV. She is committed to staying engaged in the needs of the community and expanding her impact through programs such as Las Vegas Leadership.

Additionally, Donna utilizes her knowledge of financial literacy to fuel her passion for giving back as the company coordinator for Nevada State Bank with Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada. In this capacity she coordinates over 800 volunteer hours annually and spearheads the annual fundraiser that brings 200 colleagues together for one cause.

In her spare time Donna enjoys running, spending time with friends, and most importantly making memories with her two boys, Logan and Connor.

Kristen Trbovich – Manager of Professional Services, EMS Software an Accruent Company

Kristen Trbovich

Born and raised in Denver, Kristen Trbovich is a recent addition to the Las Vegas area. She is a graduate of the University of Denver where she received her bachelor’s degree in English and was a proud member of the very first Division I golf team for the university. Her career has taken her through industries such as technical training, business operations, municipal government, and the very latest in software. No stranger to change, Kristen is navigating her team of professional services consultants through an acquisition and assimilation into a much larger organization. Day-to-day she oversees a team who implements software all over the world, positions services for new customers while maintaining her team’s budget, and guiding their strategic position in the organization.

Kristen still enjoys hitting the links now and then. She can often be found hiking, skiing, running or lifting – but if you don’t find her on the trail or at the gym, she’s probably cheering on her 15-year old daughter on the lacrosse or softball field, or listening to her 17-year old daughter play guitar and sing. Kristen also loves to travel and discover new places. She has a passion for learning and growing which brought her to the UNLV EMBA program.

David Velez – Account/Business Development Manager, H.D. Supply White Cap Construction Supply

David Velez

Originally from New York and raised in Arizona, David Velez now proudly calls Las Vegas home. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University, his career brought David to Nevada.

Working for H.D. Supply White Cap Construction Supply as an Account/Business Development Manager, he supplies material for several high prolife jobs such as Raiders Stadium, Las Vegas Ballpark and Resorts World, to name a few. David also sits on the board of directors for America’s Scholarship Konnection INC (ASK). ASK is a scholarship granting organization (SGO), which provides tuition scholarships for private K-12 education to help enable Americans to have the freedom of educational choice.

In his Spare time, David loves to travel. He also enjoys playing basketball and doing anything active outdoors. David favorite pastime is getting wind therapy by going out for a ride on his Harley.