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.

James Durbin

March 30, 2021
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

March 29, 2021
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

March 29, 2021
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 Molnar

January 26, 2021
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

January 25, 2021
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.

Rachel Klem

January 25, 2021
Rachel Klem, '98 Bachelor of Music - Education, is in her 15th year at The School at Columbia University (TSC), a K-8 Independent School in Manhattan. In 2016, she completed an M.Ed in Urban School Leadership at Teachers College Columbia University. Her thesis focused on reimagining education in juvenile detention centers in major urban areas. At present, she is happily working with families, faculty, and staff in grades 3-5 at her school as a division director. She lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Kurt Hildebrand

January 25, 2021
Kurt Hildebrand, '88 BA Communication Studies, in October received the Nevada Association of School Boards award for print reporting. He is the editor of the Gardnerville Record-Courier. The last working journalist covering Douglas County, he reported on his first Douglas County School Board meeting in September 1989. In 1994, Hildebrand was named Nevada Outstanding Journalist and has been editor of the Record-Courier since May 2004. While at UNLV he served as editor of the student newspaper. A U.S. Navy veteran, he makes his home in Genoa with artist Jennifer Hollister.    

Jim O'Brien

January 24, 2021
Jim O'Brien, '93 MPA Public Administration, '05 PhD  Environmental Science, is retired from his job as emergency management director for Clark County.

Ahiddibah Tsinnie

October 28, 2020
Ahiddibah Tsinnie, '00 BA English, is the author of the recently published book Yes, I Took My Meds, a raw, intimate dive into finding peace amongst the chaos. Dive into Tsinnie's world of family, culture, and motherhood while navigating her way through the ins and outs of bipolar disorder. Her story is one of courage and learning from mistakes. She lives in North Las Vegas.    

Diane DIerks

October 28, 2020
Diane Shearer Dierks, '95 BA Communication Studies, is the author of a new novel, Back to Life. In the book, protagonist Kate Mulligan is given a chance to relive her life. After a fatal accident, she is told she can have a do-over and begin again as a child, only this time with the wisdom she learned the first time around. Intrigued and convinced she can remedy a lifetime of mistakes, Kate opts to go back to 1976, the year her 9-year-old brother drowned. Dierks, who also is the author of another novel and two non-fiction books, donated some of the royalties from this latest book to Atlanta-area food banks. She lives in Dacula, Georgia.    

Tamia Dow

October 28, 2020
Tamia Dow, '87 BA Criminal Justice, is a filmmaker who creates socially conscious films addressing community issues such as veterans, homelessness, mental illness, domestic violence, sex trafficking, and child cyber stalking. Her award-winning sex trafficking awareness drama  “Why Should I Care ? “ has been screened at film festivals and for private groups. She also is a writer, director, and producer as well as a best-selling author and a professional development trainer. While at UNLV she served in the Army ROTC and the Nevada National Guard. After graduation she served as a military police officer in the Army. Now, she is a director on the board of the UNLV Alumni Veterans Club. From 1989 until her retirement in 2012, she was an officer in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Her last assignment was as a domestic violence detective.  

C. Dean Milne

October 28, 2020
C. Dean Milne, '81 BS Biology, has practiced internal medicine in the Las Vegas Valley for 32 years. He is associate dean for clinical studies and professor of medicine at Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine and also clinical faculty at Roseman University School of Health Science. He also is founder and director of medical education for Valley Hospital Medical Center's graduate medical education program. He oversees the program's 84 residents in the following fields: internal medicine, family medicine, neurology, orthopedic surgery, gastroenterology, and pulmonary critical care. He was appointed by Nevada Govs. Bob Miller, Jim Gibbons, and Brian Sandoval to the Nevada State Board of Osteopathic Medicine. He and his wife, Donna Grimaldi Milne, '98 Undergraduate Certificate in Radiology,  have three children, all of whom also are UNLV alums, Erica Milne-Gold, '00 BSBA - Finance, Michael Milne, '05 BSBA - Finance, and Natalie Milne-Burns, '06 BA Psychology. They have nine grandchildren. Dean enjoys attending Golden Knights games and traveling all over the world with his wife. The couple lives in Henderson.