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.

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.

Dominic Militello

August 21, 2019
Dominic Militello, '89 BA Sociology, is the founder of Job Search, which assists senior executives, executives, former athletes, and artists through the job search process. He was part of the UNLV soccer program from 1987 to 1989 when the team won the Pacific Coast Conference Championship. The team also made the NCAA tournament both years he played. He went on to play professional soccer in the American Professional Soccer League and North American (Indoor) Soccer League. He played professionally with current UNLV men's soccer head coach Rich Ryerson. His hobbies include golf and travel. A resident of Sandy, Utah, he has been married 29 years and has five children and six grandkids.

Dave Cornoyer

August 21, 2019
Dave Cornoyer, '03 Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, was named forward planning manager for the Las Vegas Division of the Lennar Corporation in 2018. He oversees land use entitlements, site planning, and government relations for Lennar, which is the largest home builder by volume in both Southern Nevada and the United States.

Cheryl Lyons

August 21, 2019
Cheryl Sawyer Lyons, '93 BA Sociology, is the new director of student life disability services at Ohio State University. Previously, she spent 11 years as the university's director of residential life. In 1995, she earned a master's degree in college student personnel at Ohio's Miami University. She lives in Columbus.  

Doa Meade Ross

August 21, 2019
Doa Meade Ross, '98 BS Engineering - Civil Engineering, is director of infrastructure management for the Las Vegas Valley Water District (LVVWD) and the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA). Her department includes the planning & engineering services division, maintenance engineering division, asset management, and the startup team. Her department plans and reviews the expansion of the water infrastructure in support of the growth in Southern Nevada; assesses both LVVWD and SNWA infrastructure for preventative and predictive maintenance opportunities; supports facilities, operations and treatment by providing designs and contracts for infrastructure replacement or improvements; is actively involved in testing new innovation and technologies in the water industry; and provides plans, policies, and procedures for the control and performance for the systematic testing, startup, and initial operation of pumping stations, reservoirs, etc. She is a licensed professional engineer and has worked in the development and water industry for more than 21 years. Traveling, cooking,  special effects makeup for Halloween, building Halloween decorations, and all things related to Jeep Wranglers are her hobbies. She is happily married to her soulmate, Corey Ross, and loves being a stepmother to his two children, Addison and Adam.

Angela White

August 20, 2019
Angela White, '92 BS Education, '02 JD, is a federal agency attorney advisor. Previously she served as deputy public defender for Nye County and 13 years as a teacher in Nevada public schools. Painting is her hobby. She lives in Henderson.

Nathan Taylor

August 20, 2019
Nathan Taylor, '06 BA Political Science, has announced plans to run in 2020 to represent District 19 in the State Senate. District 19 includes parts of Clark, Nye, Lincoln, White Pine, Eureka, and Elko counties. In 2009, he formed Taylor Consulting Group, a land-use, zoning, licensing, and government affairs firm. During the past decade he has helped more than 1,000 small businesses obtain the licenses they needed to successfully operate.       

Jamie Bichelman

August 20, 2019
Jamie Evan Bichelman, '13 BA Psychology, left his job with Nevada state government in the spring to take a job at Harvard. He also is completing two master's degrees at Harvard, one in journalism and one in psychology. Additionally, he is working toward a business communication certificate and a marketing management certificate at Harvard. He, his fiance, and their rescue and foster animals, live in Framingham, Massachusetts.

Stacy Shavinsky

August 20, 2019
Stacy Shavinsky, '00 BA Education, taught for nine years before becoming a school counselor. A professor at Touro University, she has two sons in high school. The oldest, a senior, is looking at colleges.   

Meredith Gower

August 20, 2019
Meredith Evans Gower, '05 BA Psychology, is the mother of UNLV student Adrianna Gower, who is a pre-med student pursuing a bachelor's degree in biology.