Shanice Stevens, ’10 BA Journalism & Media Studies, has been promoted to education director for Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada. Stevens also volunteers with multiple organizations such as the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Las Vegas Alumnae Chapter; Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy, and Southwest Las Vegas Chapter of Kiwanis International. She also serves as a Nevada Promise Scholarship mentor for the College of Southern Nevada and COLA Connections volunteer mentor with the UNLV College of Liberal Arts. When not working or volunteering, Stevens enjoys traveling, mentoring youth, community service, and spending time with family and friends. The Las Vegas native earned her graduate degree in organizational leadership from National University and resides in Henderson.
Mark J. Leonardo
Mark Leonardo, ’82 BSBA Business Administration, has been an attorney for 36 years in the Los Angeles area with Kuzyk Law in Lancaster, California. He recently won a personal injury case where the jury awarded $15.5 million to his client, who had been severely injured in a single vehicle automobile accident as a passenger where the driver was intoxicated. The driver had previously been convicted of drunk driving but blamed the plaintiff for getting into his vehicle.
Samuel Schumach, ’12 BA Political Science, is a member of the Federal Senior Executive Service as a politically appointed Deputy Director of the Office of External Affairs and Communications at the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). In this role, he manages communications and Legislative affairs offices for NCUA. His hobbies include flying, gastronomy, and hiking. He resides in Washington, D.C.
Anthony Guidubaldi and Keith Strausbaugh
Under the banner of Hot Tub Mimosas, Anthony Guidubaldi, ’10 BA English, ’15 MA Writing for Dramatic Media, and Keith Strausbaugh, ’13 MFA Screenwriting, recently wrote, produced, directed, edited, and sold Marathon, a Christopher Guest-style mockumentary about runners, to Gravitas Ventures. The film features Kimia Behpoornia (from NBC sitcom Abby’s) and Las Vegas comedic stars from Cirque du Soleil, Absinthe, Second City, and Blue Man Group. Marathon was released in July 2021 on VOD platforms such as Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Vudu, and YouTube.
Keith Strausbaugh, '13 MFA Screenwriting, working under the banner of Hot Tub Mimosas, along with Anthony Guidubaldi recently wrote, produced, directed, edited, and sold a Christopher Guest-style mockumentary about marathon runners to Gravitas Ventures. The film features Kimia Behpoornia (from NBC sitcom, Abby’s) and Las Vegas comedic stars from Cirque du Soleil, Absinthe, Second City, and Blue Man Group. Marathon is slated for release on VOD platforms such as Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Vudu, and YouTube.
Jacob and Lauren Lanning and Michael and Christina Schlazer
UNLV alumni and longtime friends Jacob Lanning, ’00 BA Communications, ’05 MBA Finance, and his wife Lauren Lanning, ’09 MBA Marketing, and Michael Schlazer, ‘15 MBA, and Christina Schlazer, ’12 MS Health Physics, ’16 MBA Marketing, opened The NOW Massage Henderson in February 2021 in Henderson. The Lannings and the Schlazers were drawn to the idea that self care is a necessity and not a luxury, as well as the holistic business approach of The NOW. The group plans to open more locations in the Las Vegas Valley.
Jessica Carroll Russell, '03 BS Education and '08 Master of Education, is the Ready To Learn coordinator at Vegas PBS. She won two Pacific Southwest Emmy Awards for her work as producer and writer on two original Vegas PBS children's programs, The Vegas PBS KIDS Writers Contest Presented by Janice Allen and Vegas PBS STEAM Camp. Hiking and kayaking are her hobbies.
Nick Tipping, ’03 Master Music Jazz Studies, received the 2021 Best Jazz Artist in the New Zealand Music Awards for his work with his band, The Jac. The band, which has been together for 10 years, has toured New Zealand and Australia and has appeared at the Jarasum Jazz Festival in South Korea. Currently living in his hometown of Wellington, New Zealand, Tipping also plays in the Wellington Mingus Ensemble, Rodger Fox Big Band, and periodically as a bassist with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Wellington. Additionally, he is a presenter on Radio New Zealand. In 2016, he earned his Ph.D. in jazz studies/ethnomusicology from New Zealand School of Music.
Elliot Dubin, '99 BS Hotel Administration, and his wife, Arti Barnes, welcomed the birth of their daughter, Dhara Lael Dubin, on April 13. She was born at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital at 1:04 a.m. The family lives in Orange, Connecticut.
Dolores Mason, '96 BS Education, works for Warren County Schools in Bowling Green, Kentucky. She has one adult son. Her hobbies include gardening, restoring, reading, visiting family, and being outside enjoying the greenery. She live in Morgantown.
Regina Mitchell, '18 BA Psychology, conducts a Zoom cooking class, teaching others with vision loss what she learned in her own kitchen in what she describes as “descriptive cooking." She was on the fast track in the culinary world as a classically trained chef who had worked with notable chefs, including Emeril Lagasse and Julia Child. Later she provided team-building culinary experiences for Fortune 500 companies as a corporate executive chef and eventually landed a top position in Las Vegas with MGM Properties, providing personalized-services to elite hotel guests. Her life took a detour when she was diagnosed with bilateral panuveitis, a condition which affects the lens, retina, and optic nerve. She paused to contend with the challenges of vision loss and to earn her UNLV degree, which had an emphasis on neuroscience. More recently, she returned to cooking. She serves as an advisor to Hadley, a Illinois-based nonprofit that serves those with vision loss by providing practical help at no cost. She participates in Hadley’s "What’s Cooking?" discussion group series and is helping with the creation of a new Braille series.