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.

Amy McGehee

September 13, 2019
Amy Van Voris McGehee, '06 BA Psychology, has joined MendenFreiman as an associate. MendenFreiman is a business law and estate, trust, and tax planning law firm. She lives in Atlanta.    

Jay Knepp

September 11, 2019
Jay Knepp, '64 BS Accounting, recently self-published Sinatra-The Vegas Way, which he describes as a souvenir book. He began his accounting career working at Conway, Moe & Hibbs while a student at what then was Nevada Southern University. In 1967 he passed the CPA exam, working for Peat, Marwick, Mitchell. Later he went into private tax practice and for two years wrote a tax column that was printed in Gannett newspapers in 89 cities. He also wrote six tax advice/recordkeeping books for Sunset Magazine/Books. Additionally, he self-published three other books, one of which, Pilot's Taxlog, was in print for nearly 40 years. He and his wife, Dorothy, have been married more than 30 years and have three sons, Jay, Jeff, and Erik, nine grandsons, and one granddaughter. One of the sons, Erik Knepp, '02 BA Communication Studies, also is a UNLV alum. A 49ers and Golden State Warriors fan for more than 50 years, Knepp played organized basketball for 40 years at every level except the NBA. At age 79 he still could shoot very accurately and throw a pretty hard fastball to the grandkids. The couple lives in San Rafael, California.

Carolyn Cohen

September 10, 2019
Carolyn Kessler Cohen, '89 BSBA - Accounting, is a real estate developer/broker and a certified public accountant. She lives in Solana Beach, California.

Christian Dane Terry

September 9, 2019
Christian Dane Terry, '12 BS Gaming Management, '16 BSBA - Finance, recently has linked up with the commercial division of Berkshire Hathaway's Southwest office in Las Vegas. He focuses his efforts on helping commercial landlords add more value to their investments by filling vacancies, helping raise rents when and where free markets dictate, and also assisting them in achieving their goals by helping them defer their capital gains taxes through his 1031 exchange network. He is also a real estate investor with strategies including buy and hold as well as 1031 exchanges. He says he loves to trade the markets. His most recent trading strategies have been high-yielding real estate backed securities and triple-levered ETFs. He enjoys playing golf and backgammon and reading real estate literature.  

Tammie Carter-Jenson

September 9, 2019
Tammie Carter-Jenson, '87 BA Psychology, '08 Master of Education, was a social worker for 15 years and a cosmetologist for 25 years. Now she is a special education administrator. A Runnin' Rebel to the core, she is married with a blended family of four girls, two dogs, and a load of adventure. Crafting, sewing, crocheting, and making jewelry are her hobbies.

Heather Younger

August 30, 2019
Heather Younger, '93 BA Political Science, is a best-selling author, international TEDx speaker, podcast host, facilitator, and Forbes Coaches Council coach. Her experiences as a CEO, entrepreneur, manager, attorney, writer, coach, listener, speaker, collaborator and mother all lend themselves to a laser-focused clarity into what makes employees of organizations and companies — large and small — tick. She has facilitated more than 150 workshops. Her motivation and philosophy have reached more than 20,000 attendees at her speaking engagements on large and small stages. Her book The 7 Intuitive Laws of Employee Loyalty hit the Forbes must-read list and is a go-to source for HR professionals seeking insight into their organizations' dynamics. Her writing also can be found on her blog at She runs her own management consultancy. Eating chocolate, going to the movies, and hiking are her hobbies. She, her husband, and their four children live in Aurora, Colorado.  

Monette Cortez

August 29, 2019
Monette Cortez, '18 BA Sociology, is retired and volunteers at the Lou Ruvo Cleveland Clinic for Brain Health Center. She says she continues working on family history and is committed to learning how to fly the drone she received several years ago. She notes that both can be totally frustrating. Her daughter, Emily Strickler, is a UNLV student pursuing a master's degree in public health

Melinda Durfee

August 29, 2019
Melinda Wong Durfee, '93 BS Hotel Administration, recently changed positions and is the associate director of event services at University of Redlands, home to San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, California. The seminary recently joined with Redlands, expanding offerings both in the Bay Area and at Redlands' main campus in Southern California. She lives in Novato.  

Aaron Manfredi

August 29, 2019
Aaron S. Manfredi, '05 BA Criminal Justice, '14 Master of Public Administration, is  a nonprofit founder/executive board member and actively advocates on a variety of subjects, including human trafficking, autism, veterans, ex-felons, and at risk-youth. A former educator and law enforcement officer, he is the father of a 21-year-old son, Bailey. Mountain biking, acting, and volunteering are his hobbies.     

Tricia Brisendine

August 27, 2019
Tricia Roy Brisendine, '00 BSBA - Marketing, obtained her Montana real estate license in 2013 and her broker's license in 2018. Then she and a partner opened their own brokerage, Lifetime Montana Real Estate, in the Flathead Valley. She and her husband, Rob Brisendine, '00 Hotel Administration, have four children. Her hobbies include boating, camping, hiking, fishing, kayaking, snow skiing, running, traveling, and watching her children participate in all their sports. The family lives in Kalispell.

Angela Dows

August 27, 2019
Angela H. Dows, '06 JD, is the mother of two daughters, Josette Lee Jess, born last year, and Evette, born in 2012. Epee fencing and golf are her hobbies.

David Engler

August 27, 2019
David Engler, '02 BA Theatre Arts, recently took the position of assistant general manager at the Hyatt Place Jacksonville in Florida. This was a transfer from Huntsville, Alabama, within his management company, LBA Hospitality.