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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.

Apr. 13, 2018
Brittany Young
Brittany Birnbaum Young, '14 JD, is an attorney with Craig P. Kenny & Associates.

Apr. 13, 2018
Evangelin Lee
Evangelin "Evie" Lee, '06 JD, joined the Aerospace Corporation in April. She focuses on government contracts, real estate, and construction law. Previously, she was deputy general counsel at an international humanitarian organization. She also gained experience as a litigator for a construction and government contracts law firm and handled a broad range of contract matters. A member of the state bars of Nevada, Maryland, Michigan, and the District of Columbia, she earned her bachelor's degree at the University of Michigan. She lives in Santa Monica, California.

Apr. 13, 2018
Montgomery Paek
Montgomery Paek, '99 BA Criminal Justice, '06 JD, an attorney in the Las Vegas office of Littler Mendelson, the world’s largest employment and labor law firm representing management, has been elevated to shareholder. He represents and advises employers and management on a wide variety of employment matters, including class actions, minimum wage and overtime, trade secrets and non-competes, discrimination and harassment, and executive contract disputes. He is married to Mia Paek, '07 MS Accounting, a CPA and auditor with Nevada Gaming Control. They have one daughter, Miranda.

Apr. 13, 2018
Michael Reed
Michael Reed, '15 JD, works for Watton Law Group, a consumer bankruptcy firm, as debtor's counsel. He lives in Layton, Utah.

Apr. 12, 2018
P. Owen Benito
P. Owen Benito, '12 JD, is an intellectual property attorney who is a California candidate for the U.S. Senate. Surfing is his hobby. He lives in Pacifica. 

Apr. 12, 2018
Aaron MacDonald
Aaron MacDonald, '07 BA Political Science, '11 JD, is a lawyer at the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. Soccer, fly fishing, snowboarding, traveling, and cooking are his hobbies.

Apr. 12, 2018
Michael Gobaud
Michael S. Gobaud, '10 BA Philosophy, '14 JD, started Gobaud Law, a personal injury law firm, in 2017. His hobbies include power lifting, dance, drums, atheist activism, and comedy.    

Apr. 12, 2018
Lee Gorlin
Lee H. Gorlin, '15 JD, began working for McCormick, Barstow, Shepard, Wayte & Carruth as an associate attorney late last year.

Apr. 12, 2018
Melissa Corral
Melissa Corral, '07 BSBA International Business, '14 JD,  began working as an immigration attorney at the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada in April.      

Apr. 12, 2018
Melissa Polsenberg Chytry
Melissa Polsenberg Chytry, '14 JD, is an associate attorney at Hurtik Law & Associates. She and her husband, Stephan Chytry, '02 BA Communication Studies, welcomed a baby girl in July 2017. The family lives in Henderson.

Apr. 9, 2018
Thomas Stewart
Thomas W. Stewart, ' 11 BA Political Science, '13 Master of Public Administration, '16 JD, is an associate at the law firm of Marquis Aurbach Coffing. He previously served as a law clerk to Nevada Supreme Court Justice Mark Gibbons.    

Apr. 9, 2018
Sonya Boun
Sonya Parrish Boun, '04 JD, is "of counsel" at Jackson Lewis. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. 

Apr. 2, 2018
Katy Crow
Katy Mills Crow, '86 BSBA - Accounting and Finance, recently was hired by the city of Edgerton, Kansas, as its development services director. Her department oversees planning and zoning efforts, economic development, building code enforcement, and animal control. Edgerton is the home to Logistics Park Kansas City, a 1,700-acre distribution and warehouse development served by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway's intermodal facility. During the last three years Edgerton has experienced more than $1 billion in development activities and the community continues to grow. She and her husband, Todd Crow, '86 BSBA - Accounting, and '89 MBA, live in Olathe.

Mar. 30, 2018
James Freeman
James Patrick Freeman, '17 Master of Special Education, is a teacher at J.D. Smith Middle School. The Henderson resident says poker is his hobby.        

Mar. 29, 2018
Graham Linck
Graham Linck, '08 Doctor of Physical Therapy, was named the Gold Winner for Best Physical Therapist in the Las Vegas Review Journal's 2017 "Best of Las Vegas" publication. Linck, who has worked in traditional physical therapy settings, now is part of an integrated practice  — Advanced Spine and Posture — with chiropractors and other medical professionals, which allows him to treat patients more holistically. He has coauthored textbook chapters and earned specialty certifications. He, wife Miriam "Mimi" Capistrano Linck, '07 MEd, and daughter Lilu will be welcoming baby Lani Aurora this spring.

Mar. 29, 2018
Wendy Laugesen
Wendy Laugesen, '96 BS Hotel Administration, has been a corporate meeting planner for more than a decade. She says there is nothing quite like the intensity of building up to an event and then getting onsite to see it all come together. In 2008, she obtained her certified meeting professional (CMP) accreditation. In December she was named one of the senior professionals industry network (SPIN) 40 over 40 winners. In April she was recognized at the Smart Woman Summit in Chicago as one of its 100 Women Who Inspire Us. She was recognized in the industry leader category. She enjoys spending her free time volunteering, hanging with her two nephews, hiking/walking the nearby trails or beach, networking with industry peers, participating in book studies with her church small group, participating in game nights, gardening, and visiting the wine region in Temecula, California. She also enjoys traveling and is planning a trip to Fiji for the fall. She lives in San Diego.

Mar. 23, 2018
Angela Khristin Brown
Angela Khristin Brown, '97 BS Education - Recreation & Leisure Studies, '10 BS Education - Workforce Education, works as a laboratory assistant in the department of casino management at CSN. An accomplished poet, her latest book is Rap and Lyrical Poems. She says writing is her passion.

Mar. 23, 2018
Donald Contursi
Donald Contursi, '09 Business Administration, launched the trail-blazing Lip Smacking Foodie Tours in 2014 in Las Vegas. It has grown into Las Vegas’ highest-rated dining experience and garnered a slew of honors, including "Best Food/Beverage Tour Operations (Land)" from The World Food Travel Association 2018; "Best Tour," "Best Fine Dining," and "Best Brunch" by Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2017; "Best Tour" by Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2016; "Best Tour" by INVEGAS Magazine in 2015 and 2016; and "Best New Tour" by Thrillist in 2015; as well as inclusion in TripAdvisor’s “Top 3” tours in Las Vegas, and ranked #1 tour on Yelp. Contursi worked for more than a decade at the finest restaurants on the Strip, gaining knowledge he later would use to launch Lip Smacking. The company offers a variety of culinary tours on the Strip and downtown. Each tour offers an exceptional experience with stops at up to five of the city's most acclaimed restaurants. At each venue, attendees are treated as VIPs and are whisked immediately to their seats to enjoy a variety of signature dishes as chefs personally explain each one.  

Mar. 22, 2018
Marisa Rodriguez
Marisa Rodriguez, '04 BS Business Administration - International Business, '13 JD, recently was chosen as president-elect of the Latino Bar Association (LBA) for 2018. The LBA’s purposes are to advance the standing of Hispanics in the legal profession, to serve the public interest, to promote reform in the law, to facilitate the administration of justice, to preserve the high standards of professionalism among Hispanic attorneys, and to cooperate with other professional and community organizations in furthering these purposes. An associate in Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial's (WWHGD) nationally-recognized litigation group, Rodriguez represents corporations, including Fortune 500 companies and some of the largest insurance companies in the world. Her practice focuses on commercial litigation and high-exposure tort litigation, including catastrophic injury and wrongful death actions. She is the deputy regional XIV president of the Hispanic National Bar Association and is listed in Super Lawyers magazine and Nevada Business Magazine for her work in personal injury defense. Prior to joining WWHGD, she served as a judicial law clerk for the late Clark County District Judge Susan Scann.   

Mar. 22, 2018
Laura Harbison
Laura Hatcher Harbison, '90 BS Business Administration - Management, is the owner of Realty Executives Southern Nevada Properties.  Having worked for Realty Executives International as a broker/salesperson and branch manager of its Henderson/Anthem location since 1997, she acquired the Clark County franchise in 2017. With more than 6,500 career transactions, she is ranked in the top 1 percent of all real estate professionals nationwide, and has consistently been a top producer worldwide for the Realty Executives International Franchise System. She is happily married to John Harbison, with whom she has seven children and three dogs. Two of the children attend UNLV. Son Joshua Harbison is a senior majoring in communication studies, while daughter Kameron Harbison is a sophomore who has not yet declared a major.