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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.

May. 22, 2017
Sun-Jung Choi
Sun-Jung Choi, '04 BS Hotel Administration, '08 MBA, is a compliance/audit investigator for the Nevada Securities Division. She also earned a degree in Asian History at Korea University.  A chartered financial analyst and a chartered alternative investment analyst, she is the author of a book, An Insider's Guide to Smart Investing. She describes herself as a crazy art lover who paints with oils every Sunday. She also enjoys attending performances at UNLV's Judy Bayley Theatre.  

May. 19, 2017
Greg Dorchak
Greg Dorchak, '88 Film Studies, has a film production company called Class Clown Pictures, which has just released its first feature film, Kopy Kings, a workplace comedy. His acting credits can be found on imdb.com. He earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in digital media from the International Academy of Design and Technology in 2012. He is married to Carmen Zayas, '88 BA Communication Studies. After graduation Carmen worked as a journalist for several publications in Arizona and New York. She earned a master's degree in organizational leadership & ethics from St. Edwards University. After moving to Texas she embarked on a career in human resources, earning her senior professional in human resources certification. Carmen has been a vice president of human resources in two large organizations, as well as running her own human resources consulting business. She now is a senior human resources professional at a tech firm in Austin, Texas. Besides working as a producer on her husband's indie film productions, she is also a local activist passionate about politics, feminist issues, and reproductive rights. The couple, who met at UNLV and have been married 31 years, live in Austin.      

May. 13, 2017
Jonathan Marshall
Jonathan Marshall, '98 BS Business Administration - Management,  recently launched his own medical billing service, RPM Billing, for doctors and hospitals nationwide. He says his purpose in creating the company was to provide the best billing service anywhere, using the foundations of excellent service, quality results and reporting, innovative use of data to optimize results, and efficient work to keep costs low. He lives in Reno.

May. 11, 2017
Nancy Flagg
Nancy Forni Flagg, '79 BA Elementary Education, '92 MA English, has remained active in the local community since retiring in fall 2013 from a long career at UNLV. She currently teaches Facebook and Twitter classes to AARP members and also volunteers with food deliveries and teaches basic computer classes to clients of HopeLink of Southern Nevada. She continues to operate her copy-editing and proofreading business, Finishing Touches Project Management, and finds her work with master's and doctoral students especially gratifying. Her stepdaughter, Emily Flagg Hoff, '00 BSE Civil Engineering, resides in Aurora, Colorado, with her husband, Matthew, and son, Sawyer. She is a project manager at Jacobs Engineering.            

May. 9, 2017
Debbie Howarth
Debbie Howarth, '03, Master of Hospitality Administration, graduated from Boston University's School of Education in May with a doctoral degree in curriculum and teaching: educational media & technology.  She completed additional work in Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and computer-assisted language learning. Her dissertation is  "An Analysis of Pathway Programs and Social Integration in the Retention of International Chinese College Students: A Case Study Approach." She lives in Plainville, Massachusetts.

May. 3, 2017
Kristi Dickinson
Kristi Dickinson, '05 MS Hotel Administration,  recently has become a WELL Accredited Professional. WELL APs are an exclusive group of individuals with demonstrated expertise and knowledge of human health and wellness in the built environment, and the WELL Building Standard. She lives in Solana Beach, California

May. 2, 2017
Ralph Piccirilli
Ralph Piccirilli, '04 BS Hotel Administration, has been promoted to table games manager and transferred to Sam's Town Hotel & Casino. He lives in North Las Vegas.        

Apr. 27, 2017
Larry Strate
Larry Strate, '76 MBA, UNLV emeritus associate professor of business, has written a book, High Lights, Low Lights, and Red Lights (Stoneydale Press), a glimpse into the Red Light District of Hamilton, Montana, during the heyday of Marcus Daly in the 1890s.  He presented a paper at the 43rd annual Montana History Conference and participated at the 2016 Montana Book Festival. 

Apr. 5, 2017
Gregory Hall
Gregory Hall, '82 BS Education in Secondary Education, retired in 2011 after 24 years as an FBI special agent. Returning to Southern Nevada, he became active in volunteer work with military veterans. In early 2017, he appeared in an episode of the Travel Channel television show, Expedition Unknown, about the infamous airline skyjacker known as "DB Cooper." The episode was inspired by an article he researched and published in 2016 in which he advances a compelling new theory of how the unsolved hijacking was done. This marked his second time appearing as a researcher on a television show. In 2004, he appeared as a Word War II military historian on the History Channel documentary Rescue at Dawn; The Los Banos Raid. He traveled with the film crew for location shooting in the Philippines. His research for the documentary also led to the publication of a novel, Not Forgotten, depicting the same event. He is a U.S. Army veteran, having served near the end of the Vietnam War. He was a paratrooper in the infantry, trained and qualified as a door gunner on Huey helicopters, and attained the noncommissioned offer rank of sergeant. After that he attended UNLV on the GI Bill. After graduating, he entered the U.S. Air Force and obtained an officer's commission as a second lieutenant. He served in the security police (now known as security forces) career field before joining the FBI. His hobbies include traveling, motorcycle riding, restoring old cars, camping/hiking, volunteer work, reading, writing, historical research, seeing new places, and meeting new people. He lives in Boulder City.

Mar. 29, 2017
Corrin Sullivan
Corrin Sullivan, '05 BA Political Science, is director of curriculum for the UNLV School of Medicine. In her job she serves as liaison with many different departments, bringing together information and lesson plans to make sure the school is meeting all its program objectives. She said it is an incredible, almost magical process to be opening a medical school from scratch. She previously worked for the University of Washington School of Medicine.  

Mar. 7, 2017
Randall Cunningham
Randall Cunningham, '04 BS Recreation & Leisure Studies, in 2016 became the first player in UNLV history to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. The former UNLV All-American punter and quarterback was inducted during a ceremony in December. To be eligible for the ballot, players must have been named First Team All-America by a major/national selector as recognized and utilized by the NCAA for their consensus All-America teams, played their last year of intercollegiate football at least 10 years prior, played within the last 50 years, and cannot be currently playing professional football. Of the 5.12 million individuals who have played college football since the first recognized game in 1869, only 963 players and 209 coaches have been immortalized in the Hall (two ten-thousandths of one percent — .0002). While an offensive force on the field, Cunningham earned All-America honors primarily as a punter. He is the only Rebel to post three punts of 70 yards or longer. He set 18 individual school records and finished his collegiate career by leading the Rebels to their first-ever bowl-game appearance — a 30-13 victory over Toledo in the 1984 California Bowl. Inducted into the UNLV Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997, he remains the only UNLV football player to have his jersey, No. 12, retired. The first quarterback selected in the 1985 NFL Draft when he went No. 37 overall to the Philadelphia Eagles, Cunningham went on to turn in a hall-of-fame-level professional career. A four-time Pro Bowl invitee, he was a three-time winner of the Bert Bell Award, which annually goes to the league's top player, and was named the 1998 NFL Offensive Player of the Year while with the Minnesota Vikings.      

Mar. 7, 2017
Quincy Branch
Quincy Branch, '00 BS Business Administration - Management, president & CEO of Branch Benefits Consultants, has been appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance (FACI). FACI is a committee composed of various state government officials, insurance professionals, and consumer advocates that advises the Federal Insurance Office. He is a second-generation insurance professional who started his insurance career in college working for his father’s agency. He is a member of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America where he previously served as chair of the organization's National Young Agents Committee. In 2013, he was honored by Vegas, Inc. as one of Las Vegas’s 40 under 40. He also was selected as one of Employee Benefits Advisors’ 10 Rising Stars in 2013 and Insurance Business America’s Hot 100 for 2015. He and his wife, Tamika, have two children.

Mar. 7, 2017
Becky Bosshart
Becky Bosshart, '14 MFA Creative Writing, joined the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in January at its Washington, D.C., headquarters. She is the writer/editor in the office of communications & public liaison, overseeing the Resource Guide for Small Business and the SBA’s promotional materials. She worked as a journalist in her home state of Nevada for about eight years, which included three years as the business reporter at the Nevada Appeal, and in the community news and online departments of the Las Vegas Sun. While a student at UNLV, she was awarded a U.S. Fulbright grant to Romania, where she completed a project to develop a series of contemporary American literature workbooks to teach English communication skills. She presented on this project, “The Global, Creative ETA: Energizing Higher-Ed English Teaching,” at the 39th annual Fulbright Conference at George Washington University in November. These workbooks incorporate communicative activities and group work for The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, and The Great Gatsby. The workbooks started as her service project while she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine as part of the master’s international writing program at UNLV.

Mar. 3, 2017
Jessica Morel
Jessica Morel, '11 MM Music, has been named assistant conductor of the Winston-Salem Symphony in North Carolina. Previously, she was a visiting assistant professor and director of orchestra activities at the University of Evansville in Indiana and conductor for the Lollipops Concert Series with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. A 2014 International Conductors Workshop and Competition winner, she also has served as assistant conductor for the 2015 Hot Springs Music Festival, assistant conductor for the Lewisville Lake Symphony Orchestra, apprentice conductor with the Plano and Irving Symphony orchestras, and opera conductor at Texas Woman's University.

Mar. 2, 2017
Craig Billings
Craig Billings, '97 BS Business Administration - Accounting, recently was appointed chief financial officer of Wynn Resorts. As a longtime gaming industry executive, he has specialized in digital innovation, mergers and acquisitions, and capital structure management. He has held leadership positions at Aristocrat Leisure, including chief digital officer and managing director of strategy and business development, and at International Game Technology. He also was an executive in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs, where he served numerous clients in the gaming industry. A certified public accountant, he began his career in the audit practice of Deloitte & Touche. He serves as a director of NYX Gaming Group.

Feb. 28, 2017
Chelsea Milko
Chelsea Milko, '09 BA Political Science and BS Kinesiology, recently joined the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the U.S. government's international media agency, as a public affairs specialist. Previously, she worked in public relations at two other federal agencies. She holds an MPA from Rutgers University and served in Peace Corps Uganda from 2010-13. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington, D.C. She lives in Washington.

Feb. 21, 2017
Megan Batara
Megan Batara, '10 BS Secondary Education, is director of site administration at Nevada State High School. Previously, she served as educational advising coordinator at the school and as a science teacher at both Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy and Coral Academy of Science Las Vegas. She earned a master of science degree in school leadership from Nova Southeastern University. A native of Hawaii, her hobbies include spending quality time with friends and family, traveling, and going to concerts and shows. She lives in Henderson.

Feb. 21, 2017
Christian Dane Terry
Christian Dane Terry, '12 BS Gaming Management, '16 BS Business Administration - Finance, works at Wynn Resorts as a floor supervisor. He also works in commercial real estate for Virtus Commercial, handling leasing and investment sales. He has started his own company and will be flipping houses under the entity name Terry Holdings. Currently he has a couple of projects in escrow. He says that despite its illiquidity and rather high risk profile, he loves real estate. His hobbies include golf, trading in the markets, and watching baseball. The Royals are his hometown team and still his favorite. He also enjoys trying new restaurants, attending Elite Yelp events, and networking with other Yelpers.

Feb. 19, 2017
Ashley Farkas
Ashley Farkas, '15 Executive MBA, has been promoted to executive director of public relations at MGM Resorts International. Her hobbies include working as a yoga instructor. She lives in Henderson.

Feb. 17, 2017
Tamara Day
Tamara Prouty Day, '13 BA Psychology, works as a judicial assistant to two juvenile judges in St. George Utah. She graduated from UNLV after pursuing her degree over a period of many years as a single mother. A native Californian, she lived 17 years in Las Vegas and enjoyed life at UNLV. She says she misses Las Vegas and looks forward to moving back one day. She is proud to be a UNLV alum. Happily married with two children and eight grandchildren, she loves to hike, travel and read.