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.

Erica Scott

April 30, 2019
Erica Boutte Scott, '11 JD, switched to a nonprofit law firm three years ago and represents children in abuse and neglect cases. She and her husband, Brinnon Scott, '10 JD, met while attending the Boyd School of Law. They recently welcomed their fourth child. The family lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Karlee Phelps

April 30, 2019
Karlee Phelps, '11 JD, and her husband, Matt, welcomed baby Patrick into the family in September 2018. Patrick has two older siblings, Caroline, 5, and Arthur, 2.

Peter Arceo

March 26, 2019
Peter Arceo, '96 BS Hotel Administration, has been named general manager of the San Manuel Casino by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. He has worked at the casino since 2015, first as chief marketing officer and more recently as chief operating officer. The San Manuel Indian Reservation is located near Highland, California. He lives in Rancho Cucamonga.

Cecilia Heston

March 25, 2019
Cecilia Heston, '18 BA Journalism and Media Studies, began working as an associate producer at KVVU Fox5 following graduation. While at UNLV, she worked with UNLV-TV on productions and interned in Washington, D.C., with the senior deputy chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Previously, she worked at KSPS-PBS, TravelingMom, and WiredSafety where she had the opportunity to speak on Capitol Hill and participate in special projects with Disney, Google, and Microsoft at their respective headquarters. Shortly before graduating, she became the UNLV Alumni Association's youngest lifetime member. She lives in Henderson.

Jonathan Fountain

March 25, 2019
Jonathan Fountain, '98 BA Political Science, has been named a shareholder in the law firm of Howard & Howard. He concentrates his practice in intellectual property litigation, entertainment law, and commercial litigation. Based in Royal Oak, Michigan, the firm also has an office in Las Vegas.    

Jeremy Edwards

March 25, 2019
Jeremy Edwards, '09 Master of Education, is one of five Golden Apple recipients for 2019. Golden Apple recipients are recognized for making a difference in their communities through their commitment to educational excellence. A teacher at Belvidere High School in Illinois, he teaches accelerated biology and advanced placement biology. The surprise presentation was made to him in his classroom by Golden Apple Foundation board members and sponsors, his principal, superintendent, family, and media representatives. The award includes cash, a professional development stipend, and a laptop with software. He has been teaching for 15 years.  

Roxanne San Jose

March 22, 2019
Roxanne San Jose, '12 BA Political Science, published her second book, Time Travel, a young adult science fiction romance novel, in April. The book centers on Angelie Thompson, the inventor of a time machine. As she travels through time searching for her boyfriend, who accidentally has been transported back to 1970, she meets new characters and ends up changing the world. San Jose's hobbies include reading and watching movies.  

John Olarte

March 18, 2019
John Olarte, '95 BSBA - Accounting, is president and CEO of GPPS - Global Printing Packing Shipping, a company that manages and operates business centers at major Las Vegas hotels and resorts. He is involved with all aspects of the company's daily operations, including accounting, finance, and human resources. Since 2014 he has been a part-time adjunct faculty member in UNLV's Hospitality College, covering the areas of financial and managerial hospitality accounting. He also has taught at the University of Phoenix where he earned his MBA in 2014. Previously, he worked at KeyState Corporate Management and at the Mirage Hotel & Casino. An active member of the Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce, he has served on the boards of the American Heart Association, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and Community Health Charities of Nevada. Travel, business books, and movies are his hobbies.          

Jerry Tsai

March 18, 2019
Jerry Tsai, '10 Master of Education, is the co-founder of EmpowerBus. Founded in 2017, the company focuses on upward mobility for all by providing dignified, reliable, on-time transportation for residents in low or moderate income communities to work, education, and health care. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, the company serves central Ohio, but plans are being made to expand throughout the nation next year. 

Matthew Goode

March 18, 2019
Matthew Goode, '09 BS Education, is the senior recruitment coordinator at Southern Utah University. He earned a Master of Public Administration - Higher Education degree from Southern Utah.

Larissa Schultz

March 11, 2019
Larissa Schultz, '08 Master of Hospitality Administration, has been hired as AMPLIFY chief of staff for KAABOO Music Festivals — KAABOO Cayman, KAABOO Texas, and KAABOO Del Mar. She oversees staffing for the company's VIP program, which is widely regarded as a top VIP program for large events and festivals in North America. She lives in Los Angeles. 

Stephanie Till

March 10, 2019
Stephanie Till, '17 MA History, is a compliance specialist for White Advisors as well as founder and collection manager for the Marijuana Industry Research Archive. She says she is providing assistance with complex issues and safeguarding an emerging industry’s history. She lives in Henderson.