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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.

Oct. 18, 2017
Stephanie Miranda-Dumas
Stephanie Miranda-Dumas, '11 BSBA-Accounting, was promoted to senior accounting specialist at VTM Group, a consulting firm providing management services for not-for-profit organizations, primarily in the tech industry. Earlier this year, she received the Most Valuable Professional award, which is chosen by the directors from all VTM departments. Her hobbies include live music, card games, backpacking, hiking, kayaking, and everything the Pacific Northwest has to offer. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Oct. 18, 2017
Nicole Musolino
Nicole Musolino, '06 BA Journalism and Media Studies, is a public relations assistant at Henderson-based Imagine Communications. She had been a seasonal employee since 2013. Musolino, who earned a minor in film, has worked in a variety of jobs in television and radio since graduation. She also is an internationally certified health coach.

Oct. 18, 2017
Tara Ferro Eck
Tara Ferro Eck, '04 BS Secondary Education, is a full-time artist and entrepreneur. She is the founder of Hipster Gypsy Designs and a fashion consultant and stylist with LuLaRoe. Previously, she worked for the Clark County School District, teaching art and photography at Liberty High School for 10 years and serving as the art specialist at Rogers Elementary School for 3 years. Travel, concerts, art, fashion, and photography are her hobbies. She and her husband, Scott, have been married for nine years and have three rescue dogs. They live in Minneapolis.

Oct. 16, 2017
Cristina Hernandez
Cristina "Nina" Hernandez, '10 BA Political Science, recently was selected as a 2017-18 White House Fellow assigned to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. In 2015 she graduated from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government with a master of public administration degree. A U.S. Army veteran, she has served in the national security sector for more than 15 years. She served in Iraq and Afghanistan and has trained more than 500 military members and intelligence analysts to support missions all over the world. A recipient of the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, she also is a Gold Star family member, having lost her brother while he served in Afghanistan in 2009. She was a Next Generation National Security Leaders Fellow at the Center for a New American Security.

Sep. 7, 2017
Mark Bacon
Mark Bacon, '93 MA Communication Studies, is an author whose latest book, a mystery titled Desert Kill Switch, was published by Black Opal Books in September. Set against the backdrop of Nostalgia City, an Arizona retro theme park that recreates, in meticulous detail, an entire small town from the 1970s, the book features stressed-out ex-cop Lyle Deming. Some of the action takes place in Nevada. Bacon, who began his career as a newspaper reporter in Southern California covering crime and city beats, also is the author of Death in Nostalgia City. He and his wife, Anne, live in Reno with their golden retriever, Willow.  

Sep. 6, 2017
Ralph Hollingshead
Ralph Hollingshead, '78 MS Math, retired from JT3 in 2014 after more than 33 years as a software engineer and configuration manager. He and his wife, Joanna, moved to Kyiv, Ukraine, in March to serve a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While there, they are creating a community tree for the village of Ridkivtsi, Chernivtsi, Ukraine, where Joanna's father was born. They are combing Orthodox Church birth, marriage, and death records to build the tree, which will cover the years 1840 to 1935.

Sep. 6, 2017
Lorena Montenegro
Lorena Martinez Montenegro, '01 BSBA – Management Information Systems, works in the accounting field. She recently took up photography and spends time taking photos of her two daughters, Janessa Montenegro, a freshman majoring in biology at UNLV, and Jessenia Montenegro. She says the three of them enjoy the photo shoots and working as a team. She has been married for 20 years.   

Sep. 6, 2017
Mahika Chandrasena
Mahika Chandrasena, '96 BS Hotel Administration, is director of public relations for the Shangri La Hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Among her previous jobs have been serving as director of marketing communications at Galle Face Hotel, group manager of corporate communications for the Mount Lavinia Hotel Group, head of corporate communications in GMR Airports in the Maldives, team leader of public relations for the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, and as a public relations executive for SriLankan Airlines. Along the way she earned a master's degree in public administration. She received the Professional Woman of the Year Award in corporate communications for 2011-12. She finally has built her own home, which had been a dream. Travel, both domestic and international, is her hobby. She has one adult son, Daniel.

Sep. 6, 2017
Michael Newman
Michael Newman, '86 MA English, teaches English at Desert Rose Adult High School. Previously, he taught freshman composition at UNLV for 17 years, worked as a dealer and boss in the gaming business for 40 years, was a member of the Culinary Union and the Laborer's Union, worked as a substitute teacher in the Clark County School District, and taught English at CSN. He also is a freelance writer and the author of Vegas: An Imploded Life, a memoir about growing up in Las Vegas from the time of the atomic explosions until the hotel casino implosions. He and his wife, Paula, have been married 45 years and have two adult children. Hobbies include swimming; watching classic movies, including film noir and Westerns; and reading. He particularly likes the post-Word War II British "angry young men" writers.

Sep. 6, 2017
Albert Pahang
Albert "Berto" Pahang, '13 BSBA - Finance, after more than two years in upper retail management, has switched gears and become a Realtor. A broker-salesperson for the VanZant Group of Simply Vegas Real Estate, he specializes in residential real estate. His spouse is Ryan Golub, '11 BS Hotel Administration.

Sep. 6, 2017
Christian Terry
Christian "Dane" Terry, '12 BS Gaming Management, '16 BSBA - Finance, is working in commercial real estate as a sales agent for Virtus Commercial. A large part of his job is working with clients to help find them the perfect spot to open their businesses. He represent tenants, landlords, buyers, and sellers. Golf, real estate, and stock trading are among his hobbies.

Sep. 6, 2017
Carmen Buck
Carmen Bull Buck, '79 AA Nursing, '86 BS Nursing, '96 MSN Nursing, earned a post-master's certificate as a family nurse practitioner in 2000 from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Today she is a portrait, lifestyle, and humanitarian photographer capturing love, light, and compassion in every situation. During her 40-year nursing career, she worked with thousands of people seeking meaning and connection during challenging times. Healing and connection through storytelling and photography are her passions. Her latest book, Just See Me — Sacred Stories from the Other Side of Dementia, will be released next year. She is an international speaker and author teaching both live events and webinars on the topics of spirituality and photography. She creates legacies for people of all ages in the Austin, Texas, area and beyond. Her hobbies include hiking, traveling, and playing with her four dogs. She lives in Round Rock.      

Sep. 6, 2017
Vickie Wilson
Vickie Wilson, '01 BA Sociology, '10 Master of Education, is CEO of Vegas Valley Food Tours,  a top-rated culinary tour of downtown Las Vegas. She says she considers herself a culinary pioneer of sorts. Just when many people had given up on downtown, she launched her business in 2013. She also is the first woman to lead groups of strangers though the streets of downtown, introducing them to the delicious food available in many "Mom & Pop" establishments. A TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence recipient for the past three years, the company also has been voted one of the best tours in Las Vegas by AAA, Hopper Blog, Thrillist, and Expertise. Her hobbies include eating and traveling.      

Sep. 6, 2017
Mary Ann Gutierrez
Mary Ann Gutierrez, '91 BA Communication Studies, has joined Zonin USA as California key account manager. Previously, she worked in trade hospitality and wine education in California's Napa Valley, gained valuable experience in distributor sales working for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits in New Mexico and Nevada, and worked as a sommelier at Le Bernardin in New York. She lives in Forestville, California.

Sep. 6, 2017
Lisa Levine
Lisa Levine, '14 BA Political Science, '17 Master of Public Administration, has worked in Nevada politics for 10 years for her member of Congress on both the campaign and government sides. Her political and federal experiences are complimented by her college degrees. Outside of work, she advocates for animal welfare, education, and women’s issues. She serves on the Clark County Animal Advisory Board and the Women’s Research Institute of Nevada Advisory Board. Her hobbies include playing tennis, gardening, and traveling. She and her boyfriend, Andrew, have two treasured shelter pets, Lacey and Samara.

Sep. 6, 2017
Jared Mintz
Jared Mintz, '02 BS Hotel Administration, recently accepted the role of director of group sales for Rosewood Miramar Beach Montecito in Santa Barbara, California. The property is scheduled to open in the summer of 2018. He is working remotely from Las Vegas.

Sep. 6, 2017
Victoria Donnelly
Victoria Wilson Donnelly, '70 BS Education, is a retired early childhood educator who taught in Vermont and Maryland. She recently relocated from Northern Virginia to California to be near her children and grandchildren. Her husband, Thomas Donnelly, '70 BS Hotel Administration, passed away in 2007. She lives in Laguna Woods.

Sep. 6, 2017
Elliot Dubin
Elliot Dubin, '99 BS Hotel Administration, has been promoted to senior lecturer in the hospitality and tourism management program at the University of North Texas, effective this academic year. In 2012 he earned a law degree at Northern Illinois University. He lives in Dallas.    

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.