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.

Steve Gordon

March 8, 2019
Steve Gordon, '77 BS Hotel Administration, has been named program director of the television-radio department of Park School, Ithaca College. He was promoted to associate professor in 2015. After graduating from UNLV he worked as director of marketing for Del Web Hotels. He also worked for Viacom Productions as executive vice president. In 2008 he earned a master's degree from Ithaca College. Skiing, swimming, running, and camping are among his hobbies. He and his wife, Jaime Wolffe, have three grown children.   

Karen Prescia Dowling

March 8, 2019
Karen Prescia Lastra Dowling, '87 MBA, is CEO and owner of Dowling Consulting Services, which has offices in Mokena and St. Charles, Illinois. In 2017, she and her husband, Ronald Dowling, co-authored the book A Guide to Getting Your House in Order, an owner's manual to help provide a foundation for a successful retirement. Topics include Social Security strategies, asset organization, investment solutions and legacy planning. The firm has a comprehensive focus on wealth accumulation, preservation, and income planning. The couple hosts seminars to educate the community regarding many subjects, including Medicaid strategies and aid & attendance for veterans. She is a certified estate planners and certified Medicaid planner as well as an investment advisor for her registered investment advisory firm, Chancellor Financial Services. She enjoys traveling and going to concerts, sporting events, and movies. She is the mother of Chancellor Joseph Lastra, '16 Master of Education - Higher Education. She lives in Frankfort.    

Yolanda Lonnie Jones

March 8, 2019
Yolanda Lonnie Tuttle Jones, '07 BS in Hotel Administration, works for Disney Vacation Club as a vacation advisor. She was selected as a leader-among-leaders for the Side-By Side Trainer Team, Online Communications Flight Team, and Membership Magic Team, assisting with Disney Vacation Club member events at Walt Disney World Resort. In 2011 she earned a master of tourism administration degree from George Washington University. Photography, cooking, and visiting Disney are her hobbies. She married Robert M. Jones Jr in 2015. The couple lives in Auburndale, Florida, where hey have purchased their first home.

Don Boone

March 8, 2019
Don Boone, '77 BS Hotel Administration, is the father of Paul Boone, '11 BS Hotel Administration, '14 Master of Hospitality Administration. He lives in Fort Worth, Texas.

Karen Siefman Chester

March 8, 2019
Karen Siefman Chester, '06 Master of Education, is retired from her jobs as a teacher and as an adjunct professor at the College of Southern Nevada. Crafts, card making, reading, and being a soccer mom are her hobbies. She has three children, Lance, Sarah, and David Chester, '17 BA Art, and one grandson, Leland.    

Samuel Schumach

March 8, 2019
Samuel Schumach, '12 BA Political Science, is a manager for Deloitte Consulting. He earned a master's degree in global security studies from Johns Hopkins University. Flying, photography, and hiking are among his hobbies. He lives in Washington, D.C.

A. Jordan Fischette

March 8, 2019
A. Jordan Fischette, '10 BS Hotel Administration, has published his first book, To: The Ambitious, From: The Experienced: 26 Letters on Leadership, which was a best selling leadership book on Amazon. He serves as director of education for the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and CEO of the Andrew Reid Consultancy. In 2015 he earned a master's degree in organizational management - human services from Nebraska's Chadron State College.

Eric Lum

March 8, 2019
Eric Lum, '09 BS Biology, is a Realtor and works in the financial sector providing financial education. He said he originally was going to go into the medical field because it is what his family expected, but that after some soul searching discovered he was drawn toward business and finance. He said the journey has not been an easy one, but has been worthwhile. He said he enjoys playing games and sports, going on adventures, and spending time with family and friends. He and his wife enjoy singing and are writing a fictional story together.  

Tony Letendre

March 8, 2019
Tony Letendre, '98 BS Hotel Administration, is assistant general manager at Dove Canyon Golf Club. He also serves as Southern California PGA section president. Golf, and saltwater fish tanks are his hobbies. The father of one son, he is engaged. He lives in Santa Ana, California.  

Tracy Skenandore

March 7, 2019
Tracy Moody Skenandore, '00 BA Communications, has been named director of corporate communications and public affairs for Kirvin Doak Communications. She has more than 20 years of public relations, marketing, and corporate communications experience in Southern Nevada and spent more than eight years as manager of corporate communications and public relations for Republic Services. Most recently, she directed the communications effort for the successful Coalition to Defeat Question 3. She is an inductee in the Women’s Chamber of Commerce Women’s Hall of Fame, recipient of the InBusiness Las Vegas Top 40 Under 40 Young Leaders Award and the Las Vegas Business Press Rising Stars of Business Award. She is married to Michael Skenandore, '96 BA Communications.    

James O'Brien

March 7, 2019
James P. O'Brien, '93 Master of Public Administration and '05 PhD Environmental Science, retired from Clark County office of emergency management in 2010. He previously worked as a training officer for Clark County Fire Department and spent 12 years as a National Park ranger.

Tibor Janos Molnar

March 7, 2019
Tibor Janos Molnar, '97 BSBA - Accounting, is the administration/finance officer at UNHCR in Homs City, Syria. In 2008, he earned an MBA - Finance from an institution in Budapest, Hungary.