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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.

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.      

Apr. 30, 2018
Audrey Beeson
Audrey J. Beeson, '04 BA Political Science, '07 JD, will graduate in May from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law with an LLM in alternative dispute resolution with a focus in mediation. She has been selected as a mediator for the statewide juvenile dependency mediation program. Previously, she was a mediator - outsource provider as well as a parenting coordinator - outsource provider for Nevada's Eighth Judicial District Court.

Apr. 30, 2018
Leon Symanski
Leon R. Symanski, '87 BSBA Management, '94 MPA, '01 JD, is an attorney with Craig P. Kenny & Associates. Golf, reading, music, horse racing, and basketball are his hobbies. He is married to Lisa Gentile Symanski, '87 BA Communication Studies. They have a daughter, Noelle.          

Apr. 27, 2018
Ann Goldes-Sheahan
Ann Goldes-Sheahan, '13 JD, is the equal justice coordinator for the State Bar of Montana. She is married to Brandon Sheahan, '13 DDM. The couple lives in Helena.

Apr. 26, 2018
David Schugar
David Schugar, '17 BA Philosophy, says philosophy, guitar, and golf are his hobbies. He is the father of Lauren Schugar, '02 BA Communication Studies.

Apr. 26, 2018
Michele Villagran
Michele Lucero Villagran, '01 BSBA International Business, will begin a new job this fall as an assistant professor in the School of Information at San Jose State University in California. Cultural diversity will be her focus. She lives in Alhambra.

Apr. 26, 2018
Jeanne Lambertsen
Jeanne Williams Lambertsen, '04 JD, is a family law associate attorney with Webster and Associates. Raising, training, and showing whippets is her hobby.

Apr. 17, 2018
David Klink
David Klink, '11 JD, is an attorney who is opening a second office location in Glendale, Arizona, focusing on plaintiff's personal injury law and health care licensing board representation for doctors and nurses. He and his wife have an 18-month-old daughter, Evie, and are expecting their second child in October. The family lives in Phoenix.

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