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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.

Mar. 7, 2018
Aaron S. Manfredi
Aaron S. Manfredi, '05 BA Criminal Justice, '14 Master of Public Administration, is the founder/executive director of Asperger's Training, Employment & Life Skills. He's placed 163 adults with autism and other high-functioning disabilities into competitive employment. He is a former Clark County juvenile probation officer and Clark County School District middle school teacher/varsity football coach. The Desert Storm veteran also is a community advocate for at-risk youth, homeless youth, autism, and homeless veterans. He is running for the office of Clark County public administrator. His hobbies include adult softball, cooking, traveling, advocating, and attending UNLV sports games. He is the father of one adult son, Bailey Manfredi.  

Feb. 27, 2018
Chynna Greene
Chynna Greene, '14 BA Journalism and Media Studies, is a reporter and anchor at the CBS affiliate Local 8 News WLVT in Knoxville, Tennessee. She was awarded an Emmy and an Associated Press award for her roll in reporting during the Gatlinburg wildfires that took place in November 2016 in East Tennessee.

Feb. 14, 2018
Brad Weiss
Brad Weiss, '00 MA Communication Studies, who uses the name Brad Carson for professional purposes, was selected as one of the Top 20 Mid-Market Program Directors in America by a panel of media executives assembled by Barrett Sports Media. Carson's station, 92.9 FM ESPN/WMFS-Memphis, was selected as a Top 20 Mid-Market Sports Radio Station in America by that same panel. From 1998 through 2000, he was an on-air DJ for Mix 94.1 in Las Vegas using the name "Brad Kelly" and has been on air in Illinois; Atlantic City, New Jersey; and Memphis, Tennessee. He currently voicetracks radio shows in Indianapolis and Madison, Wisconsin, for Entercom-Radio. He and and his wife, Stacy, live in Germantown, Tennessee, with their son, Jake.

Feb. 12, 2018
Michael Plinski
Michael J. Plinski, '95 BS and ‘98 MS Engineering - Mechanical Engineering, is the facility representative for the U.S. Department of Energy at the National Critical Experiments Research Center located in the Device Assembly Facility, Nevada National Security Site (NNSS). One of the projects that he oversees is Kilopower Reactor Using Stirling Technology (KRUSTY). This NASA project is a near-term technology effort to develop preliminary concepts and technologies that could be used for an affordable fission nuclear power system to enable long-duration stays on planetary surfaces. Also, he volunteers as assistant leader for the two Shadow Ridge High School Air Force Junior ROTC CyberPatriot teams in their cyber security competitions. The teams completed this season at Platinum level in the state round. They were first- and second-place for service teams in Nevada. President of the College of Engineering Alumni Board, he lives in North Las Vegas.  

Feb. 9, 2018
Angel Salinas Cantú
Angel Salinas Cantú, '15 BS Hotel Administration, is the author of The Divorce Era. He says he reveals in the book the secrets that no man in his right mind would dare to tell his partner, nor his closest friends. His intention is to explain how men think and why men act the way they do so that with this precious information women know how to face the most common challenges in marriage to avoid the new norm — divorce. The book is available from Amazon. Apart from cultivating intellectually at UNLV, he says he used "Sin City" for his own social experiment. Having worked at some of the best and most famous clubs and restaurants, he studied men from around the world and observed how they behaved when they thought nobody was watching.  

Feb. 2, 2018
George Molnar
George Molnar, '12 MS Crisis and Emergency Management, has relocated to Washington, D.C., to lead the PBS WARN Project, which provides public alert and warning and emergency communications support through public television.

Feb. 1, 2018
Shari Netzel
Shari Netzel, '89 BSBA - Marketing, has been named director of development and alumni relations for the UNR School of Medicine. She will support the school through efforts to generate private philanthropic support for the institution. She will lead major and annual gift campaigns, donor relations, foundation and corporate relations, and planned giving as well as assist with major donor-related events. She also will oversee scholarship support programs and cultivate opportunities to keep alumni engaged and connected to their alma mater. Netzel brings more than 20 years of higher education and health care development experience to the medical school. She is involved in professional organizations, including serving as past board president for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, where she was named "Fundraising Professional of the Year" in 2015; serving as a board member of the Planned Giving Roundtable of Northern Nevada; and being a member of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy. Her community involvement has included supporting the Children's Miracle Network, the Nevada Women's Fund, and the Spanish Spring High School Athletics Booster Club.  

Jan. 24, 2018
Sarita Cabrera
Sarah "Sarita" Cabrera, '81 BA Communication Studies, is vice president/managing broker of Watson Realty Corp.'s Longwood office in the North Orlando area of Florida. This is the fifth brokerage that Sarita has managed or owned in the past 15 years. Prior to launching her successful real estate career, she co-owned a CRM company in Tampa, Florida, and also worked for more than 13 years in communications and marketing for Bloomberg BNA (formerly known as the Bureau of National Affairs) in Washington, D.C. She says her degree and coursework at UNLV in communications, public relations, business, marketing, and market research have been instrumental in her success. Her interests include traveling nationally and internationally, attending performing arts programs, and taking classes and seminars. She and her college student son, Ian Lage, live in Oviedo.

Jan. 23, 2018
Bret Meich
Bret Meich,  '08 JD, has been promoted to counsel at Downey Brand as of Jan. 1. From his base in Downey Brand’s Reno office, he works in both Nevada and California, utilizing his business and government background to offer strategies and tactics that effectively resolve complex commercial and intellectual property disputes, and assists clients with governmental and regulatory matters. He earned his bachelor's degree at Georgetown University.

Dec. 19, 2017
Amanda Gordon
Amanda Hurst Gordon, '09 BA Sociology, '11 MA Criminal Justice, recently was hired as the board and volunteer relations coordinator in UNLV's ​office of alumni engagement & annual giving.

Dec. 18, 2017
Thomas Cahill
Thomas Cahill, '06 Master of Education - Special Education, is an intervention specialist at Tiffin Columbian High School in Tiffin, Ohio. Grandchildren, camping, farming, and golf are his hobbies. He lives in Galion.

Dec. 18, 2017
Melissa Burns
Melissa J. Burns, '02 BA Communication Studies, works as a cyber security engineer at CERT, a division of the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. In 2017, she earned a master's degree in information systems management from Carnegie Mellon. From 2010-13 she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Vanuatu. She lives in Pittsburgh.

Dec. 4, 2017
Scott Murray
Scott Murray, '97 MA Ethics & Policy Studies, has been promoted to senior vice president for strategic accounts at Babel Street, the leading open source collection and analysis company in the United States. He oversees all international and U.S. Air Force accounts. He lives in Loudon, Tennessee.

Dec. 4, 2017
Cheryl Schreiner
Cheryl Walker Schreiner,  '84 BS Hotel Administration, is regional vice president of HelmsBriscoe, a company she joined in 1999. Her extensive 30-year career in the hospitality industry includes experience with the Sheraton and Marriott Corporations.  A member of the North Florida chapter of Meeting Professionals International, she has held various board positions, including director of leadership, diversity and membership chair, and president in 2007 and 2008. As a member of the HelmsBriscoe leadership team, she mentors new associates with HelmsBriscoe, fostering a team of more than 30 associates in the Florida region. Schreiner, who has an MBA from Nova Southeastern University, has earned the HelmsBriscoe President’s Club Award consistently since 2002 and also has received master’s club status. In 2005, she was named as Top Producer for ResourceOne, HelmsBriscoe’s full-service meeting management firm, and in 2010 she was honored as the Top Cruise Producer. In 2015, she earned the certified meeting professional designation. In 2017, she completed her certified meeting manager designation. Married with two children, she owns a famous show dog, Jack, an English springer spaniel. Her hobbies include skiing, tennis, showing dogs, and traveling. The family lives in Jacksonville, Florida.        

Nov. 21, 2017
Abbi Silver
Abbi Silver, '86 BA Political Science, in January 2019 will become the sixth woman to serve on the Nevada Supreme Court. She is running unopposed in the November 2018 election, so automatically will be elected to the post. She recently was sworn in by Gov. Brian Sandoval as the first female chief judge of the Court of Appeals of Nevada. In 2015, Sandoval appointed her to the inaugural Court of Appeals of Nevada after recommendation by the Nevada Judicial Selection Committee. She recalls political science professors emeriti Dina Titus and Jerry Simich writing her recommendations for law school in 1986. Titus, D-Nev., now is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.            

Nov. 13, 2017
Natalie Bachiri
Natalie Lutz Bachiri, '92 BA English and BA Communication Studies, is an emotionally focused therapy (EFT) therapist. Her hobbies include reading, gardening, and researching mental and physical health. The mother of two lives in the small European country of Luxembourg.      

Nov. 9, 2017
Jennifer Oshiro
Jennifer Oshiro, '05 BS Hotel Administration, '08 Master of Education - Educational Leadership, was promoted to senior sales manager, groups for Cirque du Soleil, resident show division, and Blue Man Group Las Vegas. She leads the group sales team selling eight shows in Las Vegas including tickets, additional experiences, and off-site performances. She and Kurtis Rivers recently were married in Zion National Park. They met while working at Blue Man Group. The couple has been traveling (the Philippines, Taiwan, and Australia), trying new breweries, and attempting to garden. She also is giving back by volunteering for the Hospitality College with new student welcome calls and alumni events.

Nov. 9, 2017
Heather Brown
Heather Brown, '08 BA Political Science, co-founded a political consulting firm, Modern Action Strategies, in 2013. The company focuses on grassroots campaign consulting and scale-able event organizing. Most of its clients are scattered around Europe, which is why she now lives in Brussels, Belgium.

Oct. 24, 2017
Jack Werner
Jack Werner '72 BA Political Science, works in a variety of capacities. He is executive director of the Institute for Sustainable Power, an international standards development body where he recently developed the standard for U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) weatherization training program. He also is a senior fellow at the Climate Institute where he works on climate change programs, recently developing sustainability programs for small island development states (SIDS). Additionally, he serves as contract assessor for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for certification bodies seeking ANSI accreditation. He also works under contract as a coach for communities involved in DOE's community solar Sunshot program. Previously, he served as director of the DC Government Energy Office. He is married and lives in Washington, D.C.      

Oct. 23, 2017
Alice Berly
Alice Berly, '85 BS Finance, '87 MBA, is retired. She enjoys taking classes through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNLV. She says she spends so much time with her OLLI classes that she hasn't found time to return to other hobbies such as machine embroidery.