Jackie Hwang

Jackie Hwang, '03 Communication Studies, is on the radio every afternoon from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. on HOT 97.5. She's been on-air for the past 20 years.

Chase Palliser

Chase Palliser, '22 BA Anthropology and BA Art History, is living in Rome, Italy, obtaining a master's degree in art history. Palliser plans to study in Rome for two years and then hopefully transition to a job there.

Yvette Michelle Tippetts

Yvette Michelle Tippetts, '01 BS in Secondary Education Social Studies and '03 MS in Educational Administration, has been with the Clark County School District since August of 2001 as a teacher, counselor, dean of students, assistant principal, elementary school principal, and in her current role as the proud principal of Silvestri JHS. She has mentored many aspiring administrators and has a passion for education and the community of Las Vegas.  Yvette is married to Jimmy Tippetts who also works in CCSD. Both Yvette and Jimmy were born and raised in Las Vegas. They have five children. Yvette loves to attend UNLV athletic events and show support for UNLV. She loves baseball and watching her boys play ball. She is passionate about traveling and experiencing other cultures and trying different foods.

Galit Ventura-Rozen

Galit Ventura-Rozen, '95 BS Business Management, is the broker/owner of Commercial Professionals, Inc.; the co-founder of Everyday Woman TV; owner of J&G Sellers; a professional speaker; and author.

Christopher Pratt

Christopher Pratt, '98 BS Recreation and Leisure Service Management, has been dislocated, but like many people since the pandemic after being furloughed from his catering and sales job. Pratt was fortunate enough to have such experiences as being Will Smith's personal bartender at his non-alcoholic 50th birthday during his jump at the Grand Canyon. Right now he's switching back to the education career path and looking forward to returning to Nevada. Pratt enjoys anything that has to do with the outdoors and water, including relaxation time and playing ball with my dog.

Karla Larreynaga

Karla Larreynaga, '16 BS Public Administration, is a social worker.

Beau McDougall

Beau McDougall, '15 BS Public Administration, was born and raised in Las Vegas and has been serving Las Vegas as a firefighter/paramedic for the last decade. He is also a small business owner focused in the real estate industry. When he’s not selling homes or fighting fires, he dedicates his time to his alma mater. McDougall has recently accepted a position on the UNLV Alumni Association Board of Directors. This will be his first year serving on the board, and he’s already hit the ground running. The Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV is currently operating the largest COVID-19 testing site in the state of Nevada. The site serves over 500 patients a day; working in congruent with 85 staff and volunteers: students, nurses, doctors, National Guard and Metro Police. McDougall saw this as an opportunity to bring together his resources and make a difference! Early week of May, he coordinated with local organizations to provide five days of food and beverages to be delivered to the School of Medicine's testing site. He brought together various real estate organizations, wealth management companies, and even the Firefighters Union to all sponsor a day. McDougall's own mortgage company, Next Home People First, provided In-N-Out burgers and Mora’s Ice Cream for all the workers!

Robert Smale

Robert Smale, '95 BA History and BA Spanish, attended the University of Texas for his Ph.D. and now is associate professor and chair of the history department at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He will be returning to UNLV on April 13 to give a lecture in Latin American Studies at the University Forum lecture series. While at UNLV, Smale was on the swim team all four years while achieving a 3.987 GPA. 

Tom Prout

Tom Prout, '09 BS Business Administration, is an ag and commercial lender with Bremer Bank in Grand Forks North Dakota. He is a father of three (Payton, 10; Norah, 8; Sam, 5. His wife Sarah is the VP of Marketing and Communications for the University of North Dakota Alumni Association & Foundation. They currently reside in Grand Forks, N.D. Throughout his life, Prout always held an interest in art. It wasn’t until the pandemic that he discovered the therapeutic element art can genuinely provide. Finding inspiration in the beauty around him, particularly skyscapes, with their unique palette and form is something distinctly seen throughout his work. Oil, watercolor, and pencil sketch are his preferred mediums. Recently, Prout had a piece selected for the Plains Art Museum Spring Art Gala art auction in Fargo, N.D.  Prout enjoys the outdoors, hunting, cycling (gravel and road), sports, and painting.

Jim Mikula

Jim Mikula, '78 BS Hotel Administration, is launching his first urban day use resort near Plano, Tex., next year and looking to hire as many UNLV graduates as they can!

Don Dunn

Don Dunn, '68 BS in Education, is a retired Idaho chief state appraiser for the Bureau of Land Management. Dunn graduated with a BS from Nevada Southern University prior to attending UNLV.

Heather Vague

Heather Vague, '09 BA Art, is in the Department of the Army Civilian, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade. She is an amateur middle distance triathlete, artist, and enjoys hiking. Vague is currently living in Germany.