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 on the website.

Dmetri Culkar

November 18, 2021
Dmetri Culkar, ’15 BSBA Finance, recently joined the Minneapolis law firm of Maslon LLC as an associate attorney in the Corporate & Securities Group. He earned his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School. He and his wife live in Las Vegas.

Justin LeMay

October 25, 2021
Justin LeMay, '19 BS Nursing, is a cardiovascular ICU nurse.

Enrique Mazon Jr.

October 24, 2021
Enrique Mazon Jr., '11 BS Public Administration and '14 MPA, is a foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service. He currently is serving as the deputy director of the Agricultural Trade Office in Toky

Keith Strausbaugh and Anthony Guidubaldi

October 22, 2021
Keith Strausbaugh, '10 BA Engish, 13 MFA - Film Studies, and Anthony Guidubaldi, '10 BA English and '15 MA Writing for Dramatic Media, recently wrote, produced, directed, edited, and sold a Christopher Guest-style mockumentary about marathon runners to Gravitas Ventures. Marathon, which was made under the banner of Hot Tub Mimosas, features Kimia Behpoornia (from NBC sitcom Abby’s) and Las Vegas comedic stars from Cirque du Soleil, Absinthe, Second City, and Blue Man Group. the film was released over the summer on video-on-demand platforms such as Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Vudu, and YouTube.

Kathy Ewoldt

October 1, 2021
  Kathy Ewoldt, ’11 Master of Education, ’19 Ph.D. Special Education, became an assistant professor of special education at University of Texas, San Antonio, after completing her doctoral studies at UNLV. This year, she received the Council for Learning Disabilities 2021 Outstanding Researcher Award for her 2018 dissertation, "Reverse Engineering an Expository Paragraph for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities and English Learners." To promote and recognize research, the Council for Learning Disabilities annually presents this award for an outstanding manuscript-length paper on learning disabilities based on a doctoral dissertation completed within the last five years.  

Deanne Moyle-Hicks

October 1, 2021
  Deanne Moyle-Hicks, ’93 BS Education, was named 2022 Nevada Teacher of the Year by Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak and State Superintendent of Instruction Jhone Ebert. She is currently a fourth-grade teacher from Natchez Elementary School, located on the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation, after having taught every K-6 grade level, serving as a literacy coach and coaching high school volleyball. She is also a National Board Certified Teacher in Literacy: Reading-Language Arts and served as a 2020-21 Teach Plus Nevada Senior Policy Fellow.  

Lori Shehane

September 30, 2021
Lori Tierney Shehane, ’93 BS Nursing, has been happily practicing nursing for 41years. She lives in Monmouth, Oregon.

Zhuo Wang

September 26, 2021
Zhuo Wang, '04 MS Hotel Administration, is a director of finance at Expedia Group. He is the recipient of multiple company awards since starting in 2009 as a senior analyst of business intelligence. He welcomed his twin children in 2018. The family lives in Seattle, and this summer has been filled with discovering a different local playground or park each week.

Pj Perez

September 24, 2021
Pj Perez, '07 BA Journalism and Media Studies, recently completed his first feature-length film, the documentary Parkway of Broken Dreams, premiering Oct. 13 in Las Vegas, and coming to streaming platforms later this year and public television stations in spring 2022. He and his spouse Sara Gorgon, ’16 MBA, recently purchased a home in Anaheim, Calif., with a view of the nightly Disneyland fireworks.

Gloria Ayala

September 21, 2021
Gloria (Leija) Ayala, ’93 BA Education, has worked as an educator with the Clark County School District for 27 years, during which time she earned her master’s degree from the University of Phoenix in 2004.  

Mark S. Bacon

September 20, 2021
Mark S. Bacon, ’93 MA Communication Studies, released his fourth theme park murder mystery book, Dark Ride Deception, in September. Based in part on real-life tech and imagination, this story of corporate espionage, kidnapping, and murder takes place in Nostalgia City, a sprawling Arizona theme park that re-creates a small town from the 1970s. Recently, the first book in the series, Death in Nostalgia City, was recommended for book clubs by the American Library Association. After graduating from UNLV, Bacon taught journalism writing at UNLV for a number of years. Most recently, he was a correspondent for the San Francisco Chronicle. As a reporter, copywriter, and author, Bacon has written for TV, radio, newspapers, online and print magazines, and books.  

Andrew Thomas Reyes

September 16, 2021
  Andrew Thomas Reyes, ’08 BA Criminal Justice, ‘11 MA Criminal Justice, recently relocated from Pittsburgh, Penn., to his new assignment in Charleston, West Virginia, as the Federal immigration benefits officer covering the entire state of West Virginia. His hobbies include road trips, aviation, and travel as well as visiting museums and universities. He just completed 1,500 featured posts travel map documenting his travels between 2012-22, having traveled to every state in the U.S. along with stops in Guam and the South Pacific. In addition to colleges football events, nature, and hiking, he enjoys attending auto races and visiting local coffee shops, restaurants, and cafes.