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.

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.

Kathia Quiros Pereira

August 25, 2019
Kathia Quiros Pereira, '03 JD, teaches immigration law in social media.

Henry Wallis Jr.

August 25, 2019
Henry M Wallis, Jr., '90 BS Hotel Administration, has a car dealership on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi not far from his hometown of New Orleans. He says the dealership is the perfect way of easing into retirement after a career in the restaurant business. Immediately after graduation he began work at Bennigan's in New Orleans. After 10 years with the company, he went to work for Landry's Seafood House. By the time he left five years later, he was the East Coast regional manager. Next up was the Bonefish Grill and where he was the managing partner of a restaurant in Orlando. Deciding to open his own restaurant, he established the Crescent City Cafe in New Orleans, eventually selling it to chef Paul Prudhomme. He says his UNLV education was exceptional and that it prepared him well for his career. In 2015, he married Bonney Jarreau Wallis. Between them they have three children. His primary hobby is throwing boomerangs. He has a collection from all over the world and often can be found at the beach chasing after his sticks. He also enjoys attending New Orleans Saints games. He lives in Diamondhead, Mississippi.

Michael Dosenbach

August 25, 2019
Michael Dosenbach, '94 BS Computer Science, is director of cloud & connectivity with Mercedes-Benz Research & Development. He hired and runs a 100-developer office in Seattle focused on building a cloud-based infrastructure for connected car functionality, autonomous driving, and big data use cases, along with customer-facing features that run on that platform. He has been married 17 years and has three children, ages 13, 12, and 10. Reading, playing ice hockey, and shuttling kids between practices and games are his hobbies. The family lives in Renton.  

David Morris

August 22, 2019
David Morris, '17 BS Engineering - Civil Engineering, is an active duty U.S. Air Force space operations officer stationed at Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He recently was promoted to first lieutenant. His job entails utilizing a $123 million radar system to defend the East Coast of the United States and Canada from nuclear attack. He plans to transition to the U.S. Navy to become a pilot. Aviation, classic cars, and traveling are his hobbies. He lives in Sandwich.

Whitney Cole

August 22, 2019
Whitney S. Cole, '18 BA Communication Studies, is a site coordinator for the nonprofit Communities In Schools. She is pursuing a master's degree in strategic communication at National University with a goal of becoming a professor of rhetoric one day. Writing, camping and listening to music are her hobbies.    

Leo Poggione

August 21, 2019
Leo Poggione, '92 BSBA - Marketing, is president of Craftsman Homes Manufactured Housing and also is a general contractor. His hobbies include flying his Cessna 182T, golfing, fishing, boating, and traveling the world. He and his wife have two children, Taylor Poggione, a junior majoring in English at UNLV, and MaKayla Poggione, a freshman at Schreiner University in Texas. The family lives in Reno.

John Barnes

August 21, 2019
John C. Barnes, '94 Master of Science Kinesiology, is an associate professor of sports administration at the University of New Mexico. His book, Same Players, Different Game: An Examination of Commercial College Athletics, will be available through UNM Press in January.