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Jun. 18, 2018
Tobias Moon
Tobias P. Moon, '96 BA Philosophy, now is a partner in the Dallas office of the Husch Blackwell law firm. Moon, who earned his law degree at Brooklyn Law School, joins the firm’s financial services and capital markets group and banking and finance practice. He advises banks, credit unions, fintech, marketplace/online lenders, and automobile lenders on federal/state compliance issues in addition to product development and transactional matters. He also regularly counsels financial institutions and consumer finance companies on mortgage lending and servicing issues. Moon assists a variety of companies with obtaining licenses and regulatory approvals in connection with complex acquisitions, mergers, and asset transfers. He also responds to regulatory audits and investigations conducted by federal and state regulators.  A thought leader and noted speaker, Moon also served in leadership positions with major U.S. banks for more than eight years where he gained practical legal experience and led compliance and risk management teams.

Jun. 15, 2018
Ryan Brunty
Ryan Brunty, '09 BA Journalism and Media Studies, is a Las Vegas-based visual artist whose work has been featured in print, television, and in various forms such as murals, toys, and public speaking engagements. He founded Depressed Monsters in 2012 after the passing of his grandfather ignited a self-portrait that came to be known as Yerman. Murals of Yerman, the main character of Depressed Monsters, can be found throughout Las Vegas and has been featured in popular television shows such as America's Next Top Model. Depressed Monsters is a lifestyle brand that was the first of its kind to donate a portion of proceeds to top mental health agencies to fight the stigma around the conversation of mental illness. He has shared his story with such organizations as Clinton Foundation, Jed Foundation, The Moth, and Peacelove. Depressed Monsters has raised thousands of dollars for mental health agencies. The company's clothing can be found online. His hobbies include drawing, graphic designing, painting, drumming, video games, and public speaking.

Jun. 15, 2018
Amanda Litt
Amanda Litt, '08 BA Communication Studies, is an attorney. A 2011 graduate of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, she and her father became partners and opened Litt Law Firm in 2013. She handles a variety of cases including family law, personal injury, elder abuse and neglect, business formation, contract matters, and landlord/tenant disputes. Also in 2013 she and a partner started the Children’s Literacy Project in Las Vegas. The non-profit organization chooses different lower-income schools each year and focuses on making sure each child gets a book at their particular reading level. The successful charity has grown each year. In 2015 she was nominated as a top attorney in the United States by the Global Directory of Who’s Who. She sits on the business board of the Las Vegas-based startup, Urban Seed, a company that will feed the world with its amazing new science and technology behind food production. Her hobbies include running, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Jun. 13, 2018
Danielle Crouch
Danielle Crouch, '07 BS Kinesiology, along with her partner, Allan Katz, recently opened Jammyland Cocktail Bar and Reggae Kitchen in the downtown Las Vegas Arts District. They offer nontraditional late-night dining and have a strong focus on cocktails that use all fresh ingredients. Housed in an old auto garage, Jammyland has big patios boasting curated murals and fire pits, and soon will have a stage for live performances as well as a smoking patio that will feature a thoughtful cigar selection. Reggae cuts from all over the world are played. The Napa, California, native says that hospitality is in her bones. After working on the Strip for years, she moved to New York to help a friend open a cocktail bar. There she met Katz. They ran a cocktail bar in California before opening Jammyland. She lists wining, dining, hiking, driving, and exploring as her hobbies.

Jun. 12, 2018
Jim Luce
Jim Luce,  '80 BS Hotel Administration, has retired after a diverse career, including 21 years with Marriott as regional vice president of sales and marketing, four years with AmerisourceBergen as executive vice president of retail sales and strategic accounts, and 11 years as executive vice president of sales and marketing with Amneal Pharmaceuticals. Now he plans to expand his pursuit of skiing, mountain biking, ultimate disc, racquetball, travel, and photography. He also intends to pass the level three sommelier certification. Additionally, he plans to serve on some boards of directors and do a limited amount of consulting. He and his wife, who celebrated their 30th anniversary this year, have three grown children. The couple lives in Newport Beach, California.

Jun. 8, 2018
Stephanie Sibley
Stephanie Sibley, '06 BA Psychology, is with Realty Executives Southern Nevada Properties. She says she balances her time between her family, her business, and her charitable activities. She is an active philanthropist in the Las Vegas community. In 2008, she and her ex-husband founded the Sibley Family Foundation, a 501(c)(3) foundation that supports many charities both locally and nationally. In 2011, she was inducted into the Cleveland Clinic 1921 Society for generous donations to support research for Alzheimer’s and many other neurological diseases. She also received an award from the Clark County Pro Bono Project for her support in seeing that all people, especially the needy, have access to attorneys who graciously volunteer their time to help those in need. She has served on the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth Board and has chaired the Keep Memory Alive dinner committee for the past three years in support of the annual Power of Love Gala for the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. She also joined the board of Keep Memory Alive in 2015.  Most recently, she was appointed to the advisory board for Nevadans for Background Checks. Her career includes 10 years as COO of Nevada Legal News. In 2009, she founded Nevada Legal Support Services, a legal support and licensed process serving company which has grown to one of the largest process serving companies in the state, having completed more than 500,000 serves since its formation. She is a work out fanatic and hiker who also likes to meditate, do hot yoga, and travel. The parent of three children, she lives in Henderson.  

Jun. 6, 2018
Shane Boehmer
Shane T. Boehmer, '01 BS Engineering - Civil Engineering, just finished a second year working for the Army Corp of Engineers. He spent December and January in Puerto Rico assisting in the hurricane restoration for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). During his time with the corp, he has provided input and direction that have led to improvements and changes in the inspection and structural design program. He recently returned from Afghanistan where he was part of a reach back program trip that provided structural inspections of existing buildings as well as design reviews for new construction on U.S. military bases there. He lives in Millington, Tennessee.

Jun. 6, 2018
D. Alfred McDonald
D. Alfred McDonald, '91 BA Criminal Justice, is celebrating 23 years as a successful criminal defense attorney. Recently, he became a judge pro tempore in Marana, Arizona Magistrate Court. He lives in Tucson.

Jun. 5, 2018
Steve Williamson
Steve Williamson, '14 BS Hotel Administration, is an event designer at By Dzign.         

Jun. 5, 2018
Timothy Gupton
Timothy Gupton, '97 BA Romance Languages, was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant for his research project "Language Innovation in Cibaeño Dominican Spanish" in the Dominican Republic in fall 2018. An associate professor of Spanish linguistics at the University of Georgia, he lives in Athens.

Jun. 4, 2018
Dawn Ward
Dawn Nation Ward, '99 BA Theatre Arts, sat for and passed the February 2018 California Bar Examination. She now is licensed to practice law in California, Ohio, and Illinois. She is entering her fourth year as a professor of paralegal studies at Cerro Coso Community College. She lives in Ridgecrest, California.

Jun. 4, 2018
Nancy Olson
Nancy Olson, '01 BSBA Finance, recently joined Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland, a boutique appellate law firm in Los Angeles.

May. 18, 2018
Lisa Segler
Lisa Segler, '11 Master of Public Health, married Kristofer Segler, '17 BS Electrical Engineering, in January. In March, she became director of senior hunger programs at Three Square Food Bank. She also is president-elect of the Nevada Public Health Association and will serve a three-year term. In 2017, she graduated from Las Vegas's premier leadership program, Leadership Las Vegas. She is pursuing a doctoral degree in public health at UNLV. Her hobbies include volunteering with the Junior League of Las Vegas, traveling with her husband, and taking their dog, Charlie, to the dog park. The couple lives in Henderson.  

May. 17, 2018
John Piro
John Piro, '05 BA Criminal Justice, '10 JD, recently celebrated his sixth year as a public defender, now serving as chief deputy public defender for Clark County. This summer he will graduate in the Leadership Las Vegas class of 2018. In April he completed his first triathlon and plans to compete again in October. He is married to Leslie Nino Piro, '06 BA Political Science, '09 JD.

May. 2, 2018
Aikaterine Vervilos
Aikaterine Vervilos, '01 JD,  works for Aetna as health law counsel supporting Medicaid and Medicare plans. She lives in Phoenix.

May. 1, 2018
Colin Seale
Colin Seale, '12 JD, is the founder and CEO of thinkLaw, a company that teaches critical thinking skills to students using legal cases. Fairy tales and nursery rhymes are used to teach students in kindergarten through second grades because there are many shades in children's literature. The company operates in 11 states, including Nevada, and has impacted more than 200,000 students since launching in 2015.   

May. 1, 2018
Alicia Kliner
Alicia Kliner, '11 JD, and her husband welcomed a son in 2017. The family lives in Arlington, Virginia.

May. 1, 2018
Amanda Stevens
Amanda Stevens, '02 BSBA Finance and BSBA International Business, '08 MBA, and '15 JD, recently started Battle Born Capital, which specializes in private lending secured by real estate, also known as trust deed investing. The company brokers high-quality, short-term real estate loans for its investors, secured by trust deeds on property in the Las Vegas Valley.

May. 1, 2018
Gabrielle Angle
Gabrielle Angle, '10 JD, has a new job as a compliance analyst with Scientific Games.    

May. 1, 2018
Bryan Moody
Bryan S. Moody, '08 BA History, joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 2016. He carries a diplomatic passport, is a contracting officer with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and was recently stationed in Nairobi, Kenya, to work out of the U.S. Embassy there. He is married to Katerina Madarkova Moody, '16 BA Psychology, who also carries a diplomatic passport. She is just a few classes away from completing a degree in neuroscience at King's College in London. The couple has two daughters, Scarlett, 5, and Caroline, 3. Bryan says they are a long way from Southern Nevada, but never will forget their Las Vegas roots.