Lee Business School Honors Departmental Alumni of the Year

Apr. 10, 2015

The UNLV Lee Business School honored seven outstanding graduates April 9 as Departmental Alumni of the Year. The honorees were chosen by their academic departments for bringing acclaim to the Lee Business School and their professional success and community involvement.

The honorees are:


Kim Wallin, CPA (’78), owner, D.K. Wallin Ltd.

Wallin has been recognized as one of the most influential accountants in the country. She was the first CPA to be elected Nevada State Controller in 2006 and the first Certified Management Accountant to ever hold the office.


Stefanie R. Ramirez, Ph.D. (’07), assistant professor of economics, University of Idaho

Ramirez earned a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 2014 and began her academic career at Idaho last fall. Her research focuses on the payday lending industry.


Michael Mixer (‘89), executive managing director, Colliers International Hotels

Mixer co-founded Colliers International Las Vegas office, the leading full-service commercial real estate firm in Southern Nevada.

Management, Entrepreneurship and Technology

Timothy Telliard (’82), managing director, Adrenaline Athletic Training

Telliard helped expand his family's Telco Food Products company before selling it to Best Brands in 2006. Today his athletic training company helps young athletes with strength, conditioning and nutrition for optimal performance in team sports.

Marketing and International Business

Molly Hamrick (’90), president/COO, Coldwell Banker Premier Realty

Hamrick is one of the leading women in real estate nationally. Her firm, Coldwell Banker Premier Realty, is one of the highest-ranked Coldwell Banker companies in the country.

Executive MBA

Anita M. Romero (’08), senior vice president/staff operations and technology, Southwest Gas Corp.

Romero has won numerous awards in the gas management industry and serves as chair of the Board of Three Square Food Bank.


Gina Bongiovi (’01, ’07), owner, Bongiovi Law Firm

Bongiovi was one of the first UNLV students to earn the dual JD/MBA degree. She has started several nonprofits in Southern Nevada including Dress for Success, Vegas Shepherd Rescue and Working K9 Rescue.

“This was an opportunity to say thank you to these outstanding graduates for representing the business school so well and to recognize their service and achievement in the community,” said Laurie Johnson, assistant director of development and alumni relations in the Lee Business School.  

“We have such a strong, active alumni base, and this group represents the best among them.”

The honorees met with students and faculty in the Lee Business School before attending an awards reception in the Blasco Event Wing of the UNLV Foundations Building.

To view event photos, please visit the Lee Business School Facebook page.