Class Notes

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.

Benjamin Montoya

March 10, 2020
Benjamin C. Montoya, '00 BA and '04 MA History, will publish a book, Risking Immeasurable Harm: The Diplomacy of Immigration Restriction in U.S.-Mexico Relations, 1924 to 1932, this spring with the University of Nebraska Press. He earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2015. He studies U.S.-Mexican relations. He also has published several articles and book reviews, and has served as a co-editor of and contributor to Beyond 1917: American Legacies of the Great War, which was published by Oxford University Press in 2017. He is an assistant professor of history at Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas, where he lives with his wife and two children.

Sean Thornberry

March 9, 2020
Sean Thornberry, '15 BS Hospitality Management — Professional Golf Management, has been named to the board of directors for the Asian Golf Industry Federation. He lives in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Roman Felix

March 6, 2020
Roman Felix, '00 BS Health Education - Community, '02 MPA, is the founder and director of CUS, a diagnostic imaging group that is celebrating 20 years of excellence in diagnostic sonography. He also serves as a volunteer ambassador to the credentials promoting division of the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography. A U. S. Air Force veteran, he enjoys serene runs, reading, and winter travel.        

Victoria Lindemann

March 5, 2020
Victoria Norby Lindemann, '90 BA Theatre Arts, is an English teacher at Advanced Technologies Academy, a magnet high school. She also is pursing a PhD with a literacy emphasis from UNLV's College of Education.        

Jiajia Waters

March 5, 2020
Jiajia Waters, '13 PhD Math, moved to Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2015 to begin a second postdoctoral position within Theoretical Division in group T-3, the famous group where computational fluid dynamics (CFD) was invented. In 2018, she was promoted to to staff scientist, a permanent position, also in T-3. She is married to Tim Waters, '09 MS Math, '12 MS Physics, and '17 PhD Physics, who currently is a postdoc in astrophysics at UNLV. The couple met in graduate school in the math department while in graduate school. They married in 2012 and now have a daughter, 3, and a son, 2.                       

James Park

November 20, 2019
James Park, '13 BS Biology and '19 Master of Public Health, is an environmental health specialist. He is married to Ashley Burgess Park, '10  BS Chemistry.

Gail Joan Nicole Baker Clark

November 20, 2019
Gail Baker Clark, '01 BSBA - International Business, is an outreach dental hygienist with Smile America Partners and also is an insurance agent with Symmetry Financial Group. The mother of a son and a daughter, she is pursuing a law degree at California School of Law. Her hobbies include reading, cooking, gardening, working out, exploring nature, promoting eco-friendly causes, singing, and dancing. The family lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  

Jimmy Durbin

October 21, 2019
Jimmy Durbin, '91 BS Hotel Administration, is the father of James J Durbin II, '18 BSBA - Finance. Jimmy lives in Henderson.  

Rikki Tanenbaum

October 4, 2019
Rikki Tanenbaum, ’06 Master of Hotel Administration, has been appointed to the newly created Executive Leadership Cabinet of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. She is chief marketing officer (CMO) of the San Manuel Casino, the tribe's primary economic venture. The new board will support the tribe in its governmental and commercial endeavors. Tanenbaum oversee marketing and the office of public affairs across the organization. For the past year, she has led revenue generation functions including strategic marketing, casino marketing, brand marketing, and entertainment as CMO of the casino, which is located in Highland, California. Prior to joining San Manuel, she held leadership roles at some of the largest commercial and tribal gaming organizations in the country.

Peter Arceo

October 4, 2019
Peter Arceo, '96 BS Hotel Administration, has been appointed to the newly created Executive Leadership Cabinet of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. He is the general manager of the San Manuel Casino, the tribe's primary economic venture. The new board will support the tribe in its governmental and commercial endeavors.  A casino and hospitality executive with more than 24 years of experience, Arceo assumed his current role in March. He first joined the management team at the casino located in Highland, California, in 2015, as chief marketing officer. Under his leadership, San Manuel launched its player development program, established a database marketing department, and took the property’s "All Thrill’ campaign to the next level.  

Curtis Robinson

September 24, 2019
Curtis Robinson, '08 BS Earth Science, is head swim coach for Inconnu swim team. He lives in Fort St. John, British Columbia, Canada.

Drew Heaps

September 23, 2019
Drew Heaps, '94 BS Hotel Administration, '10 MBA , has more than 25 years in leadership roles in the hospitality industry with skills in creating strategies that deliver profitability for owners and investors. He is proficient in all aspects of hotel operations including sales & marketing, team governance, multi-unit leadership, talent development, and capital-projects management. He also has expertise in franchise operations support and partnering with owners/hotel teams in creating tactics that deliver positive return on investment. He lives in South Jordan, Utah.