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.

Larry Lyon

August 28, 2020
Larry Lyon, '71 BA Psychology, has worked in various mental health positions for many years since earning his master's degree in experimental psychology and a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Washington State University. For the past six years he has worked at the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System. His previous jobs included 19 years in private practice in The Dalles, Oregon. He recently saw a long-held dream realized with the publication of a book, 1930: Manhattan to Managua, North America's First Transnational Automobile Trip, originally written by his uncle, Arthur Lyon, who with his younger brother; Joe Lyon, Jr., drove their 1930 Ford Model A Roadster from New York to Managua all under their own power. Larry Lyon wrote the introduction, while award-winning Nevada author Sally Denton wrote the conclusion. Denton compared it with travel writings by Charles Lindbergh, Jack Kerouac, and John Steinbeck. His main hobby is music. He lives in Boulder City.

Perry Todd

August 28, 2020
Perry Keith Todd, '84 BS Hotel Administration, is a table games supervisor and pit supervisor in dice at the California Hotel and Casino. He has worked in gaming for more than 35 years and spent five years working in food and beverage. For the last 21 years he has been a member of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and has worked on films and television. He recently wrote a script, The Diplomat, which is the life story of Angelo Bertolotti, the late father of the late Brittney Murphy. Bertolotti was the cowriter. He reads scripts and plays. He also collects movie posters, signed photos of movie stars, and anything related to Hollywood. He has studied acting. He enjoys eating in gourmet restaurants and has a collection of restaurant menus. Foreign travel, greyhound racing, and handicapping greyhound and horse racing are among his hobbies. He has been married to Jennifer Truong for 21 years and has a three step-children and three grandchildren. One of his daughters-in-law is a graduate of UNLV's School of Nursing.    

Evangelin Lee

August 28, 2020
Evangelin Lee, '06 JD, has joined McKinsey & Company's legal department as associate general counsel. She is the lead attorney for the firm on aerospace and defense matters. She lives in Santa Monica, California.

Diane Karagienakos

August 28, 2020
Diane Karagienakos, '86 BSBA - Marketing, earned a master of arts degree with distinction in anthrozoölogy, the multidisciplinary study of human-animal relations, from England's University of Exeter in 2019. She recently led an online discussion, "Animals under a Human Pandemic: The Effects of COVID-19," at that university. She is seeking opportunities that draw upon my her experience in marketing, background in film, and education in/passion for animal rights and the natural world to design and implement strategies for organizations to become more responsible global citizens. She volunteers as an animal assisted therapy team with her pup, Picard, visiting a variety of vulnerable populations, such as people in hospice, psychiatric wards, and subacute wards, as well as community centers and children's literacy programs. Recently, she has combined her certifications as a  human-animal intervention specialist and pet loss grief recovery specialist and, along with Picard, formed a companion animal loss meeting in Sacramento, California, for people who have suffered the loss of a companion animal, either recent or in the past. Vegan Greek cooking is her hobby. She lives in San Francisco.

Brad Weiss

August 27, 2020
Brad Weiss, '00 MA Communication Studies, who uses the name Brad Carson for professional purposes, was voted as the No. 1 mid market program director in America for 2019, according to Barrett Sports Media's annual poll. He lives in Memphis, Tennessee.

Marissa Nichols

August 27, 2020
Marissa Nichols, '08 BS Human Services Counseling, '10 Master of Education Counselor Education, '10 PhD Higher Education Leadership, one of the emerging leaders in the landscape of intercollegiate student-athlete development, was named the first associate athletics director of the newly formed Cameron Institute at UC Berkeley in September 2019. The Cameron Institute, a comprehensive model to support student-athlete development, was made possible through a $12.5 million gift from C. Bryan Cameron and is based upon three pillars — leadership and personal development, career development, and community engagement. A former NCAA Woman of the Year finalist and first-team All-American softball player at UNLV, she had spent the past two years at Boston University where she was the institution's first director of leadership & career development and oversaw the inaugural Bloom Family Leadership Initiative, which focused on the holistic development of student-athletes. She lives in Oakland, California.  

Jasmine Crighton

August 27, 2020
Jasmine Crighton, '06 MA Journalism and Media Studies, is an assistant teaching professor in the School of Media & Communication at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Ohio. She started at BGSU in Fall 2019 after teaching for seven years at Western Illinois University in the Broadcasting & Journalism Department. She is a two-time winner of the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System’s Outstanding Advisor Award for College Television and recently has been recognized as a Distinguished Broadcast Adviser by the College Media Association. She also was named a “Noteworthy Journalism Educator” in 2019 by Crain’s NewsPro magazine.

Mathew Harter

March 30, 2020
Mathew Harter, '88 BSBA - Management, is a judge in the Family Division of Nevada's 8th Judicial District Court. First elected in 2008, he was re-elected in 2014 and ran unopposed in 2020. He began his third term in January. The native Nevadan says he continues to use the skills he learned from his undergraduate degree to actively manage his caseload. He and his wife, Brandie, have eight children and five grandchildren. They live in Logandale. 

Benjamin Montoya

March 10, 2020
Benjamin C. Montoya, '00 BA and '04 MA History, will publish a book, Risking Immeasurable Harm: The Diplomacy of Immigration Restriction in U.S.-Mexico Relations, 1924 to 1932, this spring with the University of Nebraska Press. He earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2015. He studies U.S.-Mexican relations. He also has published several articles and book reviews, and has served as a co-editor of and contributor to Beyond 1917: American Legacies of the Great War, which was published by Oxford University Press in 2017. He is an assistant professor of history at Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas, where he lives with his wife and two children.

Sean Thornberry

March 9, 2020
Sean Thornberry, '15 BS Hospitality Management — Professional Golf Management, has been named to the board of directors for the Asian Golf Industry Federation. He lives in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Roman Felix

March 6, 2020
Roman Felix, '00 BS Health Education - Community, '02 MPA, is the founder and director of CUS, a diagnostic imaging group that is celebrating 20 years of excellence in diagnostic sonography. He also serves as a volunteer ambassador to the credentials promoting division of the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography. A U. S. Air Force veteran, he enjoys serene runs, reading, and winter travel.        

Victoria Lindemann

March 5, 2020
Victoria Norby Lindemann, '90 BA Theatre Arts, is an English teacher at Advanced Technologies Academy, a magnet high school. She also is pursing a PhD with a literacy emphasis from UNLV's College of Education.