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Did you get a promotion, add a family member, or find a new calling? Share your latest news with your fellow alumni. We print Class Notes in UNLV Magazine and list them in the online alumni directory.

Oct. 19, 2018
Glenn Alai
Glenn S. Alai, '02 BA Communication Studies, has been appointed president of the board of directors for Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN). He has been a producer and manager for Penn & Teller since 1995.

Oct. 18, 2018
Julie Gorriz
Julie Gorriz, '06 BA English, has been working for more than a year at the Bakery Gallery in Yerington. She lives in Smith.

Oct. 18, 2018
James Shaw
James Shaw, '80 BS Hotel Administration, is studying the Russian language at a school in Odessa, Ukraine.  He said the he is not sure what he will do with his new knowledge as he nears retirement age, but that he is addicted to learning. He credits UNLV with giving him a great base to build from. The resident of Williamsville, New York, plans to return to the United States in December.  

Oct. 15, 2018
Brittany Walker
Brittany Walker, '09 BA Political Science, recently was appointed by President Donald Trump to serve in his administration, working with the assistant secretary for administration in the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C. A lawyer, she graduated from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2013. 

Oct. 15, 2018
Tom van Betten
Tom van Betten, '91 BSBA - Finance, has been hired by Matter Real Estate Group, a San Diego-based real estate development company as vice president of development. Van Betten, who has more than 25 years of experience in the industry, previously was the executive director of tenant representation at Cushman & Wakefield. During his time there, he received numerous awards and accolades and was continually a top-10 producer. Before that, he worked as the vice president/ONCOR manager for Burnham Real Estate and as senior vice president for Colliers International, Las Vegas. While there he represented high-profile building owners in both leasing and investment sales. He serves on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County and holds a California real estate broker license.     

Oct. 8, 2018
James Southard
James Southard, '85 BSBA - Marketing, retired after more than three decades in hotel management. Just prior to retirement, he served six years as executive vice president of hotel operations with the Nugget Resort in Sparks. Previously, he held executive director of hotel operations positions at the Las Vegas Hilton and MGM's Excalibur and had worked in hotel management at Caesars Tahoe. He and his wife have moved to Reno where they enjoy all that Tahoe and Northern Nevada have to offer.    

Oct. 5, 2018
Lindsey Taylor
Lindsey Taylor, '18 BS Biological Sciences, is a crime scene analyst with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Married for 13 years, she has two children, Sam and Sloane. The family lives in Henderson. 

Oct. 5, 2018
Brent Howard
Brent Howard, '78 BSBA - Accounting, operates BHI Bookkeeping, Payroll and Income Tax, a company he founded in 1978. His two adult daughters, Cassidy and Chrystal, work with him. He has run for political office five times and says he now is cured of politics. Music had been his interest for many years, but now his primary interest is marketing and working to solve the challenges of small businesses in Clark County. He also is interested in studying holistic and integrative medicine. His hobbies include two-step and line dancing. He and his wife, Lisa, have been married seven years.

Sep. 11, 2018
Courtney Wood
Courtney Wood, '15 BS Hotel Administration, is a premium service coordinator with the Raiders and the new Las Vegas Stadium. She is part of the team that is developing the relationships for Personal Seat License Club members who will have the best seats in the stadium and be entitled to exclusive benefits. She personally manages more than 500 accounts and says she is excited to be part of reshaping the Las Vegas skyline. Her activities include spending time outdoors, tending her herb garden, hiking, and trying new restaurants. 

Aug. 23, 2018
Sarah Bussmann
Sarah Beeman Bussmann, '14 Master of Health Care Administration, is vice president of clinical program integration for P3 Health Partners. She is active with the School of Community Health Sciences Alumni Chapter and recently participated in its service event at Three Square Food Bank. Working in partnership with the Nevada Public Health Association, the group networked while completing more than 600 boxes of food for senior citizens.         

Aug. 15, 2018
Erika Tanenbaum
Erika "Rikki" Tanenbaum, '06 Master of Hotel Administration, recently began work for San Manuel Casino in Highland, California, as its chief marketing officer. Her job involves helping transform the casino by driving growth, utilizing customer-focused relationship marketing, and implementing best-in-class technology investments. Previously, she led top marketing teams for several companies, including MGM Resorts International, Walker Digital Gaming, Caesars Entertainment, and Landry's Golden Nugget Casinos.

Aug. 15, 2018
Peter Arceo
Peter Arceo, '96 BS Hotel Administration, recently was promoted to chief operating officer of San Manuel Casino in Highland, California. He joined the casino as chief marketing officer in 2015. In his new role, he will support the day-to-day management of the casino, develop talent, and enhance the overall brand experience for employees and guests. Previously, he was vice president/chief marketing officer for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community's Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Aug. 15, 2018
John Santana
John Santana, '95 BA Communication Studies, saw his debut novel novel, Bastards of Young, released in May by Black Opal Books. In it, Nick Karenka is lost in Sin City. His band’s singer has navy SEAL aspirations, his dad’s marrying a young stripper, and why does his girlfriend’s family make such a big deal about eating with your elbows on the table? Nick holds LA as some sort of utopia, until a chance encounter with a kilt-wearing, hearse-driving, drum-playing college freshman named Gremlin starts to bring out who Nick really is. They begin to explore the world beyond the desert island that is Las Vegas until they finally realize that their future isn’t in Southern California, but with a bunch of lumberjack-dressing misfits in the Pacific Northwest. Santana lives in Nassau, New York.

Aug. 15, 2018
Herb Santos
Herb Santos, '85 BA Sociology, has been selected as the 2018 Trial Lawyer of the Year. A 1991 graduate of the McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific, he lives in Reno.

Aug. 8, 2018
Angela Brown
Angela K. Brown, '97 BS Education - Recreation & Leisure Studies, '10 BS Education - Workforce Education, works as a specialist coordinator assistant in the department of casino management at CSN. She is a spoken word poet whose hobbies include writing.

Aug. 8, 2018
Edward Bobbett
Edward Bobbett, '10 MS Hotel Administration, is enjoying his second year in Boston after being promoted to assistant director of rooms at the Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor. He also is a captain in the U.S. Air Force Reserve at Westover Air Reserve Base. He lives in Revere.

Aug. 8, 2018
Melissa Waite
Melissa Waite, '03 BA Psychology, '07 JD and '07 MBA, has joined the Las Vegas office of Dickson Wright. Her practice focuses on licensing, compliance, business transactions, and real estate transactions. It extends to business and private licensing, including those clients from the liquor, gaming, auto dealership, and transportation industries. Most recently, she has become involved with licensing and compliance for medical and retail marijuana establishments in Nevada, and emerging legal issues related to marijuana businesses. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Nevada, the National Cannabis Bar Association, the Clark County Bar Association, and the Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys. She also is a member of the Alumni Leadership Circle and the Dean’s Council of the William S. Boyd School of Law.  

Aug. 8, 2018
Linda Darling
Linda Manley Darling, '06 BS Education, is a stock market investor. For the last three years she has been traveling across the United States and Canada. Her hobbies include attending the theater and Tri-City Americans Hockey games. She lives in Kennewick, Washington.   

Aug. 8, 2018
Dennis Gradillas
Dennis R. Gradillas, '91 BS Hotel Administration, is vice president of operations for HumanGood, a not-for-profit organization that provides housing, health care, and supportive services to older adults. He and his wife, Tami, and three young children relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2015. He spends his spare time competing in Ironman 70.2 events or cycling through the area. He also coaches fast pitch softball for 8 and 9 year-old girls and assists with other youth sports when possible. The family lives in Brentwood.     

Aug. 8, 2018
Christian "Dane" Terry
Christian "Dane" Terry, '12 BS Gaming Management, '16 BSBA - Finance, works for a commercial real estate firm with a focus on retail properties. He represents buyers/sellers, landlords and tenants. His hobbies are golf, real estate, and baseball. He also enjoys trading in the markets, primarily equities and derivatives.

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