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.

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.  

Shane Jasmine Young

March 10, 2019
Shane Jasmine Young, '04 JD, opened her own law firm in 2017. Her practice focuses on estate planning, kids' protection planning (guardianship), business, and personal Injury. From 2015 to 2017 she was general counsel for Provident Trust Group. Before that she was an attorney at Ballard Spahr and at Snell & Wilmer. Since 2007 she has provide at least 100 hours of pro bono work each year. At one time she played semi-pro basketball and continues to play in a women's league. Other hobbies include yoga, fitness, and travel. She and her husband, who was her high school sweetheart, have five daughters — all of whom play basketball.

Niko Lanzi

March 10, 2019
Niko Lanzi, '15 BS Hotel Administration - Hospitality Management, opened and runs Basecamp Outdoor Gear, which rents and sells camping and backpacking gear.

Yadira Martinez

March 10, 2019
Yadira Martinez, '18 BS Healthcare Administration, and Grant Anderson, '18 BS Engineering - Mechanical Engineering, are a couple who met at UNLV and bonded through their shared dream of owning their own business. After planning her sister's baby shower, they discovered a market for baby shower games. They say that what they wanted for their first product was simple — funny games that catered to millennial parents, with Instagram-worthy designs. After countless hours of research they launched what they believe to be the perfect product for any baby shower, Babble Games. They say their baby shower game variety pack is just the first building block. A portion of their proceeds goes to charity.

Meg Hartley

March 10, 2019
Meghan Grunow Hartley, '06 BA Art, faced a near-death experience with a traumatic recovery in 2015. She said the severity of her symptoms forced her to find an income that was extremely flexible. She now is a busy freelance writer who is focusing on a cannabis niche. She writes for two cannabis public relations agencies as well as for two cannabis publications; Leafly and Civilized. She plans to spend next winter in Uruguay, covering the state of cannabis in the first country to legalize it. Before switching careers she spent more than a decade in marketing. Her hobbies include painting, working on a book, going to happy hours, and hanging out at the beach. She lives in San Pedro, California.

Nancy Olson

March 10, 2019
Nancy Olson, '01 BSBA - Finance, is an assistant U.S. attorney in the Appellate Division of the U.S. Attorney's officer for the District of Nevada.