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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.

Nov. 29, 2016
David Engler
David Engler, '02 BA Theatre Arts, has been promoted to operations manager of Hampton Inn and Suites, Research Park in Huntsville, Alabama. He says that when his entire staff persists in asking who he roots for — Alabama or Auburn, he always replies that he roots for the UNLV Rebels. He lives in Harvest.

Nov. 15, 2016
Anthony Guy Patricia
Anthony Guy Patricia, '04 BA, '08 MA, '14 PhD English, is an instructor of English at Concord University in Athens, West Virginia. He recently delivered a talk at UNLV, "Gender Trouble in Michael Hoffman's A Midsummer Night's Dream," that was sponsored by UNLV's English department. 

Nov. 12, 2016
JC Sibley and Sara Costanza Sibley
JC Sibley, '07 BS Kinesiology, and Sara Costanza Sibley, '06 BA Journalism & Media Studies, were married Sept. 24 in Los Cabos, Mexico, with their closest family and friends present. He was a member of the UNLV baseball team in 2005. She was a member of the UNLV cheerleading squad from 2002-06. They met while attending UNLV in 2005. She works for Southern Hills Hospital in the physician relations department. He is the wellness director at Tim Soder Physical Therapy. They live in Las Vegas.

Nov. 7, 2016
Holly Balmer
Holly Balmer, '13 Master of Public Administration, serves as chief of staff to the dean of the The City College of New York School of Medicine, which is part of the City University of New York system. She lives in the Bronx.

Nov. 4, 2016
Leo Poggione
Leo Poggione, '92 BS in Business Administration, was awarded the Manufactured Housing Institute's (MHI) Chairman's Award during the MHI annual meeting in California in September. The award is the trade group's highest honor. The president of Craftsman Homes in Reno, Poggione was recognized for his outstanding achievements, dedication, and service to the industry. During the early 2000s when traditional street retailers were struggling and closing doors all over the country, he was busy pushing the envelope of the retail sales center business model, learning how to utilize low-income housing tax credits, bidding on workforce housing projects, transporting homes on barges for projects in Alaska, purchasing homes for rental properties, and providing customer services that in good times a retailer would normally subcontract out to others. He also volunteered his time to serve in leadership positions at MHI and his state association. He is an MHI board member, has held leadership positions on the National Retailers Council, and has served on numerous MHI committees and task forces addressing some of the industry’s most challenging issues. Craftsman Homes is Nevada’s leading manufactured housing dealer and has won multiple awards for customer service and overall satisfaction. Poggione lives in Reno.

Oct. 31, 2016
John Santana
John Santana, '95 BA Communication Studies, is a reference and circulation librarian at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, New York. He will be teaching History of Rock Music during the 2017-18 academic year. He live in Albany.

Oct. 20, 2016
Jackie Hwang
Jackie Hwang, '04 BA Communication Studies, is Jucee Liu on HOT 97.5 KVEG. Southern Nevadans can listen to her on the air from 3 to 7 p.m. She has been with the radio station since 2003. She says her 2-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter keep her busy. Photography and dance are her hobbies.

Oct. 17, 2016
Rhiannon Gladney
Rhiannon Gladney, '16 BA Economics, started a dog entertainment company, You Lucky Puppy, immediately after graduating. Now, You Lucky Puppy is hosting dog events all over Southern Nevada. She says she is planning to take local dog entertainment to a new level by opening Las Vegas' first Dog Cafe. Once the company is more firmly established, she plans to return to UNLV to pursue an MBA. She says her hobby is dogs, dogs, and more dogs. 

Oct. 17, 2016
Jacob D. Montoya
Jacob Montoya, '08 BS Hotel Administration - Hospitality Management, previously worked at Gila River Casinos in Chandler, Arizona, but now has moved back home to Santa Ana Pueblo in New Mexico. He is the environmental services manager at Santa Ana Star Casino.

Sep. 30, 2016
Heather Torgersen
Heather McGowan Torgersen, '09 MA Political Science, has joined UNLV's College of Liberal Arts as director of development. She has more than a dozen years of development experience. She began her career working on political campaigns and later transitioned into development work with nonprofits, spending nearly a decade in development with the American Cancer Society. While there, she worked in event planning and fundraising, led a national training team for development, and secured major gifts while managing a team of fundraisers. She is married to Andrew Torgersen, '08 BS Marketing. They live in Henderson  

Sep. 28, 2016
Ashkan Mahdavi
Ashkan Mahdavi, '16 DMD and MBA, is pursuing further studies in the field of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics at the Georgia School of Orthodontics (GSO). He is one of 18 licensed dentists selected from a diverse group of applicants to enroll in the new residency program at GSO. The program will educate dentists to be proficient in the clinical specialty of orthodontics while providing affordable care to the underserved population. GSO was granted initial accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation in August and has begun efforts to provide the underserved population in Georgia with access to affordable orthodontic care by serving patients for approximately half the cost of private practice orthodontic care. His hobbies include watching the L.A. Clippers and other shows as well as hanging out with friends and family. He lives in Atlanta.

Sep. 24, 2016
Glenn Plantone
Glenn Plantone, '83 BS Hotel Administration, is owner and broker of VIP Realty Group. He also is the founder and owner of Tony Bolony's Italian Market. He lists work, travel, food, and real estate as being among his hobbies. He and his wife, Evelyn, have three sons, Tony, 25; Ed, 24; Vince, 16; and Giovani, 13. The family lives in Las Vegas.

Sep. 20, 2016
Deron Shields
Deron Shields, '84 BS Hotel Administration, is a senior manager at an international bio technology company. Previously, he spent 25 years in hospitality management. His hobbies include coaching soccer, playing golf, and traveling internationally. Married with five grown children, he lives in South San Francisco, California.

Sep. 14, 2016
John Gregory Green
John Gregory Green, '08 PhD Civil Engineering, is a senior project manager - rail with Mott MacDonald in its Chicago office, and also serves as a commissioner on the Village of Plainfield Planning Commission. Additionally, he is treasurer of the Illinois section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He and his wife, Margaux, welcomed their daughter, Margaret Louisa, on Feb. 16, 2016. She joined older brothers John Jr., Joseph, and Matthew. The family lives in Plainfield.

Sep. 2, 2016
Sabrina Orque
Sabrina Orque, '01 BS Hotel Administration, started a human resources consulting firm for small to midsize businesses in 2013. She lives in Henderson.  

Sep. 2, 2016
Andy Bomberger
R. Andy Bomberger, '14 BS Hospitality Management, is catering sales manager for the Whitney Peak Hotel in downtown Reno. His hobbies include skiing, snowboarding, biking, beaching, traveling, learning, and eating. He said he loves his family, partner, and dogs. He lives in Reno.  

Sep. 1, 2016
Robin Slipock
Robin Harris Slipock, '93 BS Hotel Administration, owns Jackson's Bar and Grill with husband, Brian Slipock, '92 BS Hotel Administration. Her hobbies include travel, food, and collecting turtles. The couple has a daughter, Dina, who is a senior in high school.  1

Aug. 26, 2016
Alexia Hsin Chen
Alexia Hsin Chen, '13 Master of Architecture, was sworn in in August as a registered architect with the Nevada State Board of Architecture, Interior Design and Residential Design. She is a designer with architectural firm LGA where she has been instrumental in the design, project management, proposal-writing, and communications outreach for many complex projects. She is an ambassador presenter for the International Living Future Institute and an active member of the local chapters of the International Code Council and Urban Land Institute. She recently joined the Committee of the Environment with AIA Las Vegas. For her graduate professional project at UNLV, she led a multidisciplinary team of more than 60 students to design and build a net-zero solar-powered home, for which the team eventually won second place at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013. The project, coined Desert Sol, is on permanent display at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve.

Aug. 22, 2016
Brian Benitz
Brian Benitz, '11 BS Hotel Management - Meetings and Special Events Management, is director of sales and marketing for OB Sports Golf Management, representing 16 golf courses. He has been with the company for five years and says he plan on retiring with them. His hobbies include golf (a 10 handicap), disc golf, running half marathons, and skateboarding. The owner of a Brittany spaniel, he lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Aug. 20, 2016
David Nightingale
David Nightingale, '80 BS Hotel Administration, has been general manager of the Peninsula Golf & Country Club in San Mateo, California, since 2005. Among his previous jobs have been serving as general manager of the St. Francis Yacht Club, as general manager of the Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club, and as lakeside manager of the Olympic Club. He said he considers himself lucky to be able to have a great career and stay in the San Francisco Bay Area where her and his wife, Melissa, grew up. Family, golf, and travel are his hobbies. He and Melissa have three adult children, Jonathan, Brooke, and Derek Nightingale, '14  BS Hotel Administration. Derek is a sales manager for Marriott in San Francisco. David and his wife are moving to empty-nester status, but have six chickens and a goldendoodle named Madison to keep them busy. They live in San Mateo.