Elsa Descamps, '19 BSBA - Marketing, has been a professional beach volleyball player since January. She lives in Sausheim, France.
Sandy Van, '02 BSBA - Finance, '07 JD, went into real estate and opened her own law office, Van Law Firm. She owns a number of other businesses related to Van Group Real Estate. She has won numerous awards, including awards from Top Realtor under 40 and awards ranking her law firm as among the top 10 in Las Vegas. A first-generation college student and a first-generation American whose family immigrated from Vietnam, she was part of the Honors College at UNLV.
Larry Strate, 76 MBA, UNLV emeritus associate professor of business, has written his third book, Vignettes of Montana's Bitterroot Valley, in which he explores a number of incidents, events, and portraits of several noted valley residents generally mentioned only fleetingly by valley historians. After retiring following 24 years at UNLV, he moved to Hamilton, Montana.
Vanessa Yeager Bucklin, '99 BSBA - Finance, recently published her first book, The Penultimate Step, a motivational memoir. A licensed agent and financial services professional, she founded her own insurance company, PCI Conrad, in 2013. Since then she has been a qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table, the premier financial services membership for advisors worldwide. She has received multiple awards and numerous committee appointments for her leadership in the industry. She received her chartered life underwriter (CLU) designation in 2018. She enjoys outdoor activities with her family and is an avid runner who has completed 11 marathons and three ultra marathons. She and her husband, John "Tyler" Bucklin, '01 BS Education, raise their three children, Claire, Nick, and Colette, in Conrad, Montana. They are busy with their careers and their farm where they raise wheat, barley, and hay.
Jeff Jacobs, '97 BSBA - Accounting, as president of LOGIC Commercial Real Estate will be responsible for directing and overseeing all operational activity, support services, and client interaction for all divisions of the company. Additionally, he will be leading the company's receivership services division where he will manage all aspects of the process: performing the transition into receivership, pursuing and recovering assets, preparing correspondence, setting and executing a business plan for each property, and reporting for the court and maintaining communication with attorneys and all parties related to the matter. A licensed certified public accountant, he brings more than 10 years of corporate accounting and finance experience to the receivership division. He began his career at Arthur Andersen. He was responsible for reviewing and auditing the financial statements and internal controls of several Fortune 500 companies. He recently served on the UNLV Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Scott Hafetz, '81 BS Hotel Administration, president of Hafetz and Associates, has been awarded ‘Executive of the Year’ in the 2020 NJ BIZ Business of the Year Awards. Armed with a tech-savvy, forward-thinking, hands-on and service-oriented philosophy, Hafetz has led the company in tremendous growth. He also has expanded the company’s footprint with offices now in New Jersey and Florida. Hafetz has received many awards and recognitions over the years for his proven excellence and industry knowledge. For more than 15 years, he has been awarded the Master Broker status for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. Under his leadership, Hafetz has won 10 consecutive NAHU Leading Producers Round Table Awards; five consecutive IATW Sponsor Awards; an AFP Southern Chapter Outstanding Corporation of the Year Award; a Gilda’s Club “Thank You” Award; Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey’s Small Group Sales and Retention Top 5 Recognition, and the SunLife MVP Award. Also passionate about giving back to the community, Hafetz offers free education seminars and services — presently via Zoom — to clients and also partners with local universities, charity organizations, and senior and community centers to ensure individuals approaching the Medicare age are educated on the plans and what may be the best fit for their needs. He began his career in customer service, with 16 years in the casino industry. He then began selling life insurance policies. After establishing enough knowledge and experience, Hafetz transitioned into employee benefits, founded Hafetz and Associates in 1997, and began working the company out of the trunk of his car. His hobbies include reading and traveling.
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Monica Marie Miller, '96 BSBA Management and '96 BA Psychology, is a property appraiser for the Clark County assessor's office.
James "Jimmy" Durbin, '91 BS Hotel Administration, is a therapist, licensed clinical social worker, and a licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor. In 2017, he earned a master of social work degree from Widener University. He lives in Henderson. He is the father of James Durbin, '18 BSBA - Finance.
Joel Antwi, '14 Master of Education, an associate in the litigation group at Goulston & Storrs in Boston, has been named to the National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40. The list recognizes Black attorneys from each state who are rising stars in their respective areas of the law. Antwi focuses his practice on disputes involving intellectual property, employment, real estate, and professional liability. He represents individuals, owners, trustees, and other fiduciaries, as well as a broad range of corporate entities. Before pursuing a legal career, Antwi was a high school teacher through Teach For America and interned for then-U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut.
Zhe Zhang, '19 BA Art, since graduation has been working on projects with the Lied Library creating a series of watercolor paintings for its 20th anniversary in January 2021. Now all five of my paintings depicting the library from different perspectives are on display at the library through 2021. To me, it is a great honor to show the beauty of my school with my skills. Happy anniversary, the Lied Library?
George J. Molnar, '12 MS Crisis and Emergency Management, is senior director of technology for radio station WTOP. He lives in College Park, Maryland.
Lance Patterson, '12 BS Hotel Administration, is a middle school teacher at Pinecrest Academy Sloan Canyon in Henderson. He has two children Lauren M Patterson and Liza S Patterson who are undergraduates at UNLV. Both are majoring in education.