Interested In Joining?

Email Director of Student and Community Engagement, Jenna Heath, jenna.heath@unlv.edu.

Meet our Industry Leader Advisory Council

The Industry Leader Advisory Council advises the UNLV College of Liberal Arts (COLA) Dean’s Office on career and professional development initiatives for undergraduate students. The Council collaborates to provide sustainable career education opportunities, as well as enhances the local Las Vegas hiring pipeline to promote students’ successful post-graduate careers.

Contact

Contact Jenna Heath, COLA Director of Student and Community Engagement, for more information about securing a seat on the council!

Email: Jenna.Heath@unlv.edu
Phone: 702-895-5838

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Jake Gallen

Undergraduate Degree: BS Kinesiology, ‘15
Current Career: Podcaster, Entrepreneur, Cryptocurrency Investor/Founder
Position in ILAC: Council Chair
Why You Got Involved: My mission is to shine the spotlight on the ever growing entrepreneur and tech scene in Las Vegas. The ILAC is a shining example of a committee that is pushing this movement forward.

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Johnny Dominguez

Undergraduate Degree: BA Political Science, ’13
Graduate Degree: M.Ed Higher Education, ‘18
Current Career: Chief Program Officer
Position in ILAC: Council Member
Why You Got Involved: ILAC has the opportunity to bring community leaders in the University space to have a deeper impact in both the College and student's degree choice. It also has the capacity to provide a good network of Iiberal arts alumni in Las Vegas.

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Josh Molina

Undergraduate Degree: BA Psychology, ‘10
Current Career: Entrepreneur
Position in ILAC: Council Member
Why You Got Involved: As a UNLV alum and longtime Las Vegas local, I want to create an impact in our community. I would love to share my knowledge and experience gained in owning businesses with students who have their own set of goals. It has become a personal challenge to learn how to become a better coach and guide, which is something I intend to cultivate while I am on this council.

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Shane Jasmine Young

Undergraduate Degree: BA Business Administration, ‘00
Graduate Degree: Juris Doctor, ‘04
Current Career: Founder, Owner, Counselor & Attorney at Law
Position in ILAC: Council Member
Why You Got Involved: I am deeply rooted in the Las Vegas community and love to be able to support and be involved in service.

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Dorian Stonebarger

Undergraduate Degree: BS Nutrition Sciences, ‘10
Graduate Degree: MA Urban Leadership, ‘18
Current Career: Chief Policy Advisor to Ward 1 Councilman, Brian Knudsen
Position in ILAC: Council Member
Why You Got Involved: I'm excited to share practical experiences with students through internships. I am also hoping to foster a sense of work ethic that goes far beyond any knowledge or skill learned in a classroom.

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Scott Donaghe

Undergraduate Degree: BA Communications, ‘01
Current Career: Commercial Real Estate Broker (Principal)
Position in ILAC: Council Member
Why You Got Involved: I’ve always enjoyed mentoring and teaching. I’m excited to engage with the next generation of business professionals and look forward to helping illuminate the right path for those still on the career hunt.

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Andrea Martinez

Undergraduate Degree: BA Psychology, '14
Graduate Degree: MA Urban Leadership, ‘18
Current Career: Project Manager
Position in ILAC: Council Member
Why You Got Involved: I was born and raised in this community and am excited to bring that connection to the ILAC. I hope to share my experiences with students to help them see the amazing things Las Vegas has to offer and how they can find their perfect fit to continue to move our city forward.

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Alma Spears

Undergraduate Degree: BA Sociology and BA Law & Society, '00
Graduate Degree: MS Marriage Family & Child Therapy, ‘10
Current Career: Senior VP of Family Services & Counseling
Position in ILAC: Council Member
Why You Got Involved: I love helping students get hands on experience that will help guide their career paths. Exposure to experience and being able to see people that look like you in fields that you are interested in pursuing is empowering and can inspire a new generation of social service advocates.

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Jacent Wamala

Jacent Wamala

Undergraduate Degree: BA Psychology, '13
Graduate Degree: MS Marriage & Family Therapy, ‘15
Current Career: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist & Money Mindset Coach
Position in ILAC: Council Member
Why You Got Involved: I attended UNLV and work with college-age individuals all the time that had a great college experience but lacked an element of translation into the marketplace. I want to help close that gap and share real world knowledge that will help students be successful at adulting.

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Lisa Szyc

Undergraduate Degree: BA Political Science, '06
Graduate Degree: Juris Doctor, ‘09
Current Career: Lawyer
Position in ILAC: Council Member
Why You Got Involved: I am very excited to work with students who are interested in the legal field and working in a law firm setting. I am passionate about philanthropy and helping others.

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Nikkie Ellis

Nikkie Ellis

Undergraduate Degree: BS Business Administration and Business Management, '08
Current Career: Director of Community Engagement/Volunteer Services
Position in ILAC: Council Member
Why You Got Involved: Being a part of ILAC is a great opportunity to enhance our future leaders by mentoring and inspiring those who want to grow. I am excited to collaborate with like-minded individuals on how we can engage the community into growing our future leaders. This is the time for all of us to work together and add value to our next generation.

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Emily Sowers

Undergraduate Degree: BS Business Administration, '21
Graduate Degree: Pursuing a Master's in Business Administration
Current Career: Executive Director, Bill and Lillie Heinrich YMCA
Position in ILAC: Council Member
Why You Got Involved: As a Las Vegas native, I'm passionate about serving the community and making our city a better place to live and work. I'm excited about sharing the abundance of opportunity for graduates in the Non-Profit sector and helping students connect their knowledge from the classroom with the skills needed for success in the workplace.

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Guy Dawson

Undergraduate Degree: AA General Studies, '92
Current Career: Managing Member, Classy Communications PR & Advertising
Position in ILAC: Council Member
Why You Got Involved: I would like to be a part of the council because of the opportunity it gives me to contribute to other people's lives. I have greatly appreciated the relationship that our company has had with UNLV for many years and I know that serving at this level will be extremely rewarding.

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Fuilala Riley

Undergraduate Degree: BS Hotel Administration, '96
Current Career: CEO/President, HELP of Southern Nevada
Position in ILAC: Council Member
Why You Got Involved: One of the reasons I wanted to join is that I know I have made an impact on my community in my role as CEO of one of the larger non-profits here in Las Vegas. I am now at a point in my career that there's probably more behind me than ahead, and the more opportunities I can pass on knowledge to a younger generation, I'd like to do that.

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Ali Caliendo

Ali Caliendo

Undergraduate Degree: BA Psychology, '04
Graduate Degree: MA Organizational Systems Renewal, '09 & PhD Public Affairs, '19
Current Career: Executive Director
Position in ILAC: Council Member
Why You Got Involved: As a nonprofit founder working in child welfare, I had to draw on all my life, educational and professional experiences to find a path forward. Being involved in the community is a critical part of building the future I envision for vulnerable children and families, and I love working with students at all stages on their own journeys!

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Regis Whaley

Regis Whaley

Undergraduate Degree: BA Psychology, '10
Graduate Degree: Master of Public Health, '18
Current Career: Director of Advocacy & Research​​​​​​​
Position in ILAC: Council Member​​​​​​​
Why You Got Involved: Las Vegas always has been and always will be home for me, and I want to see my hometown and everyone in it doing well. ILAC provides me with an opportunity to do just that, by ensuring that our students are ready to work with our fantastic employers and that our employers are actively recruiting students and graduates within our community.

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Samantha Tori Lawson-Boffelli

Undergraduate Degree: BA of Nutrition Science, '20
Current Career: Program Director
Position in ILAC: Council Member
Why You Got Involved: As a UNLV alum who had a very non-traditional college experience, I hope to connect students to the community and resources needed in order to succeed. Our city has so many opportunities available and I hope to embolden students to take a risk, step out of their comfort zones and find a path that works for them.

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Karl Catarata

Undergraduate Degree: BA Political Science, pending
Current Career: Special Assistant, Communications & Outreach, Councilman Brian Knudsen, Ward 1
Position in ILAC: Student Representative
Why You Got Involved: I hope to provide insight and expertise to young people looking to get started in government and/or the non-profit community!

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Duaa Murtaza Khan

Undergraduate Degree: BA Political Science, pending
Current Career: Dean's Student Advisory Council Career & Professional Development Committee Chair, Liberal Arts Lead Peer Mentor
Position in ILAC: Student Representative
Why You Got Involved: Being involved in the liberal arts college has enriched my personal, intellectual, and professional development tremendously, and ILAC will help me continue to cultivate these characteristics.

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Jordan Moore

Jordan Moore

Undergraduate Degree: Hotel Administration' 14
Current Career: Management Analyst II
Position in ILAC: Council Member
Why You Got Involved: As I climb, I want to lift others as well. It is important to me to assist others in their life’s journey. The time spent in a university is one of the most vital times where educational, professional and personal journey’s all intersect. It would be my hope that I could assist other’s in their journey. This board will offer me to opportunity to fulfill my personal and professional mission.

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Negin Izadkhasti

Undergraduate Degree: BA Sociology, '21
Current Career: Talent Acquisition Specialist
Position in ILAC: Council Member
Why You Got Involved: By joining the Industry Leader Advisory Council, mine and my team's primary goal is to close the knowledge gap that is seen in so many college students looking for their next steps. We are passionate about creating a bridge post-graduation towards a fulfilling career.

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