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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.

Sep. 6, 2017
Carmella Bugay
Carmella Gabrielle Bugay, '17 BS Health Care Administration, is taking classes at Nevada State and plans to pursue a career in nursing. She is the daughter of Maria Donnalin Bugay Maliwat, '98 BS Hotel Administration, and the sister of Anthony Emmanuel Bugay, a freshman nursing major at UNLV. 

Sep. 6, 2017
Helay Rahimi
Helay Rahimi, '12 MS Management Information Systems, sits on the Sacramento Network Leadership Council of Women in Technology International, serving as the social media director and supporting establishing strategic alliance partnerships. She is a Microsoft and Cisco-certified professional who works as a consulting professional at KPMG. She has several years of diverse technical and business experience serving Fortune 100 client engagements with focus in technology enablement, and data and analytics services. She is multilingual. She has been an active member of KPMG Network of Women and is passionate about technology and encouraging women to embrace challenging and rewarding roles in the technology industry. She is active in philanthropy activities and advocates promoting literacy and giving back to community. She lives in San Jose, California.

Sep. 5, 2017
Michael Wendlberger
Michael Wendlberger, '07 JD, has returned to Las Vegas to take a position at the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada as a staff attorney representing citizens facing guardianship.

Sep. 5, 2017
Christina Hooshmand
Christina Hooshmand, '07 BS Education, '11 Master of Education, is a special education teacher who recently moved to San Diego after living in Las Vegas for 26 years. Her hobbies are visiting Disneyland every chance she gets and exploring all that San Diego and California have to offer. 

Sep. 5, 2017
Brian Slipock
Brian Slipock, '92 BS Hotel Administration, and his wife, Robin Harris Slipock, '93 BS Hotel Administration, took over ownership of 7 Sinful Subs on Maryland Parkway in June. They say they like having a restaurant across from UNLV because it allows them to give back to the university. In addition to 7 Sinful Subs, they still own Jacksons Bar and Grill on Flamingo and Jones as well as a hair salon called Mad About Hair, which also is at Flamingo and Jones. Their daughter, Dina, recently went away to college, leaving them empty nesters

Sep. 5, 2017
Irene M. Wandtke
Irene Sereno Wandtke, '04 BSBA - Accounting, was promoted to shareholder of Gerety & Associates, CPAs in June. Participating in craft shows is one of her hobbies. She and her husband, Richard Wandtke, '89  BSBA - Marketing, love visiting Disneyland.   

Sep. 1, 2017
Aaron Morales
Aaron Morales, '06 BS Kinesiology, is the owner of both Lifetime Fitness Solutions and Golden Years Rehabilitation. He lives in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

Sep. 1, 2017
Brandon Bouier
Brandon Bouier, '09 BA Computer Science, is a software engineer on assignment at the Pentagon working with the Defense Digital Service. He has applied his collective STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) expertise to various government agencies across the nation and around the world, analyzing, standardizing, and simplifying technical processes. Hobbies include traveling, reading, and teaching. He lives in Seattle.

Sep. 1, 2017
Randy Hatada
Randy Hatada, '03 BSBA - Marketing, is broker/owner of Xpand Realty as well as a partner in both Island Sushi & Grill and Zenshin Asian Restaurant. He is married to Teri Jaye Takahata Hatada, '08 MBA.      

Sep. 1, 2017
David Morris
David Morris, '17 BS Engineering, is on active duty as a U.S. Air Force officer. He works as a space operator with early warning radar on the precision acquisition vehicle entry phased array warning system (PAVE PAWS) at Cape Cod Air Station, Massachusetts. The Rancho High School graduate is a licensed pilot and a New York Yankees fan who enjoys golfing and snow skiing.    

Sep. 1, 2017
Iris Hattersley
Iris Hattersley, '12 BA English, attended graduate-level summer school literature courses at the University of Oxford, Exeter College, in July. She celebrated her 75th birthday while there. She hopes to complete her master's degree in English at UNLV in December. She previously has worked as a deputy U.S. marshal, a special agent for the Department of Defense, and a special investigator. Her hobbies include reading, walking, traveling with her husband, and spending time with friends. She lives in Henderson.

Sep. 1, 2017
Vontoba Terry
Vontoba Terry, '09 MA Economics, is president and chief financial officer of UI Global Brands, which includes Urban Hydration, a bath and haircare brand that donates a portion of all sales to a charity providing drinking water to third world countries. He also is the author of an inspirational novel, Operation C: The Gift. He and his wife, Psyche Terry, '09 MBA, live in Frisco, Texas.

Sep. 1, 2017
Heather Killmeyer
Heather Baldwin Killmeyer, '01 Master of Music, was one of two oboists selected to perform at the International Fellowship of Conductors, Composers, and Collaborators at Indiana University of Pennsylvania last June. She was awarded an honorary faculty induction into the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honors Society. The assistant professor of double reeds at East Tennessee State University, she also is the oboist, creator, and artistic director of the experimental music ensemble Dada Cabaret. She lives in Johnson City.

Aug. 30, 2017
John Holcombe
John Holcombe, '98 BSBA - Finance, has been a private wealth advisor for more than 19 years, helping individuals, families, and businesses achieve their financial goals. This includes guidance on asset management, investment planning, insurance planning, tax planning, retirement planning, estate planning, educational savings planning, and intergenerational wealth transfer planning. He works at Every Season Wealth Management. An alumni member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, he owns a puggle named Marley. His hobbies include traveling, golfing, skydiving, fixing things, and anything related to the beach.  

Aug. 30, 2017
Debra Lehr
Debra Duston Lehr, '97 Hospitality Administration, is the new executive director for Main Street Gardnerville, the longest running Main Street program in Nevada.

Aug. 30, 2017
Katy Crow
Katy Mills Crow, '86 BSBA - Accounting, recently was promoted to the position of city clerk for the city of Lenexa, Kansas, after completing her master of public administration degree at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. She says that while she enjoys living in Kansas, she misses Rebel basketball games and that living in Jayhawk country is hard. She and her husband,Todd Crow, '86 BSBA - Accounting,  '89 MBA, have one son, Dylan.

Aug. 30, 2017
Thomas Cahill
Thomas Cahill,  '06 Master of Education - Special Education, is beginning his sixth year as an intervention specialist and math lab instructor for Tiffin Columbian High School in Tiffin, Ohio.  He and his wife, Linda, have two grown children, Nate Cahill and Melissa Stiffler, as well as two lovely grandchildren. Hobbies include playing with the grandchildren, camping, and golfing. He lives in Galion.

Aug. 30, 2017
Stephanie Gouveia
Stephanie Bixler Gouveia, '13 MS Marriage and Family Therapy, is the specialty courts specialist for Las Vegas Justice Court's court education program and is coordinating the Veterans Treatment Court. She received her marriage and family therapist license in February and began her licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor internship in June. She and her husband, Zachery, welcomed their first child, daughter Zoey Dean Kaipolani Gouveia, on Feb. 22.    

Aug. 30, 2017
Ronald L. Smith
Ronald L. Smith, '98 MA Ethics & Policy Studies, is vice president for African Operations for Frontier Markets Partners. A retired career officer with the U.S. Navy, he is experienced in government relations, operations, and international management, including state, justice, and defense departments; foreign governments; and non-governmental organizations. His two sons, Ron Jr. and Mark, are naval officers, while his daughter, Amy Cullinan, is a nurse. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Aug. 29, 2017
Richard Jones
Richard Jones, '89 BA English, is the bestselling author of the Vatican Knights series. The books soon will become a TV series from Amber Entertainment on which he will serve as co-producer.