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.

Adrian Huerta

August 27, 2019
Adrian H. Huerta, '07 BS Human Services Counseling, has begun a tenure-track faculty position at the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. He studies boys and men of color, college access and equity, and gang youth. He lives in El Monte.

Mary Vail

August 27, 2019
Mary Vail, '13 MBA, recently completed a nine-month international goodwill assignment with Bankers Without Borders, a Grameen Foundation initiative that harnesses the skills and services of the world’s brightest minds and institutions to accelerate the progress of social entrepreneurs dedicated to connecting the poor to their potential. Vail's volunteer assignment was to work with EcoZoom, a social enterprise based in Kenya. EcoZoom manufactures and distributes improved cookstoves and portable solar lights; two products that are valuable in improving the lives of those who need them, as well as reducing deforestation and carbon dioxide outputs. She was selected for the role of corporate marketer and storyteller to help the business expand globally more quickly by helping create and communicate a comprehensive understanding of progress and impact to investors, end-users, and the wider general public. She says the insight she acquired when she traveled to South Africa in 2013 as part of a cohort during her UNLV studies helped to prepared her for the assignment, specifically with regard to how cultural influence plays a strategic role in international business. During the research trip she visited organizations that benefit from EcoZoom’s cookstoves. There were two major tea plantations Unilever and Finlays (Kenya is the third top tea producer in the world) and Cherry Children’s Educational Centre, a non-profit school in Kibera, Kenya’s largest slum. Her husband, David, accompanied her and assisted with the project.  

Jeff Deason

August 27, 2019
Jeff Deason, '99 BS Engineering - Civil Engineering, recently was hired by PulteGroup’s West Florida Division as vice president of land planning and development. He will play an integral role in land development and entitlements with multiple projects across the division’s geographic area and will be responsible for leading the division’s land development team. He also will be responsible for timely and accurate design and installation of land development improvements, HOA administration, and managing the division’s engineers, consultants, and attorneys. In his previous roles, including a prior stint with PulteGroup’s Del Webb brand in Las Vegas, he held similar responsibilities. Four years ago he moved to Tampa with Taylor Morrison to lead its land department and says he is excited to re-join PulteGroup.  

Maria Maliwat

August 27, 2019
Maria Donnalin Maliwat, '98 BS Hotel Administration, is the mother of Carmella Gabrielle Maliwat Bugay, '17 BS Healthcare Administration, Anthony Emmanuel Maliwat Bugay, a junior studying nursing, and Brandon James Maliwat Bugay, a freshman pre-nursing student. The family lives in Henderson.  

Aeriel Halstead

August 27, 2019
Aeriel Halstead, '15 BA Psychology, '15 BA Communication Studies, has been accepted into the doctoral program in clinical psychology at Brigham Young University. Her research will focus on preventative interventions for intimate partner violence. Teaching dance as a salsa instructor is her hobby.  

Josh Kao

August 26, 2019
Josh Kao, '18 BS Hotel Administration, manages his family's real estate investments and serves as a residential property manager. He is responsible for managing four high-rise condominium units and two single-family homes. His hobbies include practicing at the driving range, playing pickup basketball at UNLV, walking, or doing anything to stay active. Other hobbies include listening to music, specifically R&B and '80s/'90s rock, and following world news.  

Angela Brown

August 26, 2019
Angela Khristin Brown, '97 BS Education - Recreation & Leisure Studies, '10 BS Education - Workforce Education, has worked as an administrative assistant in the department of casino management at CSN since 1998. She is a self-published poet, activist, and scholar.  

Diane Morse

August 26, 2019
Diane Morse, '97 MS Engineering - Civil Engineering, retired after 23 years with the Federal Aviation Administration, five years with Clark County building department and the department of aviation, four years with CSX railroad, and two years with the Michigan department of transportation highway division. She and her husband, Bill, have been married for 33 years. Counted cross stitch is her hobby.

John Hawk

August 26, 2019
John Hawk, '98 Master of Education, '01 EdD Educational Leadership, is chief operations officer of Nevada State High School, a network of six charter schools that serves more than 900 11th and 12th grade students getting an early college experience. Previously, he was a math teacher/trainer. He enjoys serving the community, exercising, and playing golf. He and Wendi Hovey Hawk, '98 Master of Education, '02 EdD Educational Leadership, have been married 21 years. They have two children, Hailey and Andres. The family lives in Henderson.

Miles Boulton

August 26, 2019
Miles Boulton, '13 BA Psychology, is a senior academic advisor for the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering. He also is pursuing an MBA at UNLV and hopes to graduate in fall 2020. Hiking, running, and reading are his hobbies.

Homa Woodrum

August 25, 2019
Homa Sayyar Woodrum, '03 BSBA - International Business, '07 JD, began working this summer as a deputy attorney general representing the Division of Health Care Financing and Policy within the Department of Health and Human Services. She is married to Adam Woodrum, '06 JD. The couple lives in Carson City. 

Gregory Smith

August 25, 2019
Gregory M. Smith, '86 BA and '98 MA Criminal Justice, retired in 2018 after 25 years of combined public service at the Nevada attorney general's office where he was chief of investigations and chief of staff and at the Clark County district attorney’s office where he was assistant director. In September 2018, he founded Capricorn Consulting where he specializes in active shooter response training in the workplace, internal investigations, investigations training, and policy creation. He is the father of Mark G. Smith, '16  BA Criminal Justice.