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.

Jesse Oakley III

December 7, 2015
Jesse Oakley III, ’99 BS Civil Engineering, is a supervisor II associate engineer for the Nevada Department of Transportation. He is a published author, having pennedGreetings Happy People: The Positive Words and Wisdom Through the Eyes of Mr. I-I-I. He served as the 2012-13 District 33 governor for Toastmasters International, serving clubs in Southern Nevada and central California. This summer, he and his wife, Dana, served as host district co-chairs of the 2015 Toastmasters International Convention, which took place at Caesars Palace. They have been married since July 1, 2012.

Angie Staples Abdelmonem

December 7, 2015
Angie Staples Abdelmonem, ’99 BA Anthropology, is completing her doctoral degree in anthropology at Arizona State University (ASU) with a research specialization in sexual violence, social movements, non-governmental organizations, transnational feminism, and Egypt and the Middle East. Her dissertation explores the cultural politics of grassroots activism to combat public sexual violence in Egypt. She is a faculty associate with ASU’s global technology and development program. She also is part of a British Academy-funded project exploring media, public sexual violence, and respectability. She is married and has three children. She divides her time between North Las Vegas, Arizona, and Egypt.

Anne Alama Carpenter

December 7, 2015
Anne Alama Carpenter, ’98 Master of Public Administration, is a captain with the Nevada Highway Patrol, responsible for the commercial, rural, and urban day shift operations. In March she receive the Public Safety Award from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Safety Communications Award from the Strategic Highway Safety Plan/Zero Fatalities for the “It Can Wait for 28” Distracted Driving Program.

Michael Berk

December 7, 2015
Michael Berk, ’98 BS Hotel Administration, recently became director of catering for JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek. He will lead the team of catering and event managers. He has spent the majority of his career with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, most recently serving as the director of catering at the Four Seasons Denver. He also has worked at Four Seasons Jackson Hole (Wyoming) and Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas.

Catherine Mazzeo

December 7, 2015
Catherine Mazzeo, ’97 BA Psychology, ’02 JD, will be the 2016 president of the Clark County Bar Association.

Cindy Kern

December 7, 2015
Cindy Kern, ’97 BS Education, ’07 Master of Education, ’13 PhD Secondary Education, has been named a visiting assistant professor of education and director of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science and Teaching at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. The center is a network of scientists, engineers, and educators collaborating to advance the art of science, technology, engineering, and math education from kindergarten to the university level. She previously was an assistant professor at the University of New Haven in Connecticut. Previously, she taught at Green Valley High School for 16 years and served as an adjunct science professor at UNLV. She and her husband, Jason, have a son, Khorbin.

Michael Higdon

December 7, 2015
Michael Higdon, ’97 MA Communication Studies, ’01 JD, is an associate professor of law and the director of legal writing at the University of Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville. He teaches constitutional law, family law, legal writing, and sexuality, gender and the law.

Sondra Cosgrove

December 7, 2015
Sondra Cosgrove, ’96 BA History, ’04 PhD History, is a professor and former Faculty Senate chair at the College of Southern Nevada. President of the League of Women Voters of the Las Vegas Valley, she also serves as first vice president of the League of Women Voters of Nevada.

Dawn Nation Ward

December 7, 2015
Dawn Nation Ward, ’95 BA Theatre Arts, is the only full-tine paralegal instructor for the online paralegal program at Cerro Coso Community College. Previously, she practiced law in Ohio. She lives in Ridgecrest, California.

Karmen Smith

December 7, 2015
Karmen Smith, ’95 Master of Social Work, has been a child and family intervention specialist with Clark County Family Services for 20 years. She also is the founder of NSITEFUL, a spiritual enlightenment company that uses social media to spread the wisdom of the universe that “you are the one” to change your life and the world. A spiritual teacher and an ordained minister, she has written a book, The ‘I AM’ Solution: Five Practices to Ignite Your Inner Hero, which will be published later this year. She lives in Henderson.

Darrell Husband

December 7, 2015
Darrell Husband, ’95 BS Business Administration, is an attorney in the Phoenix office of Quarles & Brady. He is in the real estate practice group. Among those he represents are financial institutions, local and regional banks, private lenders, and private equity funds. He received his law degree at Pepperdine University.

Robert Cortez

December 7, 2015
Robert Cortez, ’95 Bachelor of Music, teaches instrumental music at Mexico Senior High School in Mexico, Missouri. Previously, he spent 10 years as a band director with the Clark County School District. He was inducted in to the Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity in 2013 and serves on the board of the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education. A fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus, he enjoys traveling with student groups and with his family. He and his wife, Mikelle, have three children, Alex, Ryan, and Nic.