Randy Gayler

Randy Gayler, '87 BA Computer Science, just published his second novel, The Neon God. The novel is a riveting story of AI gone awry. "With a degree in computer science, what else could I write about?" He says.

Becky Bosshart

Becky Bosshart, '14 MFA Creative Writing, helped implement a $10,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund to help children with special educational needs displaced from Russia’s war in Ukraine. Earlier this year, the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs invited U.S. citizen alumni of all U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs to apply for grants of up to $10,000 as part of the Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund funding opportunity. Exchange program alumni from across the U.S. submitted proposals for public service projects.Bosshart heads grant management and advocacy/outreach for the project. She is a member of Alliance for Ukraine Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and the Fulbright U.S. Alumni Association (Romania 2015-16). While volunteering at Chernivtsi National University as part of the UNLV Master’s International program, Bosshart was evacuated along with more than 200 other U.S. Peace Corps volunteers when Russia first invaded Ukraine in 2014. Before moving cross country to work in Washington, D.C., she taught business writing and composition/rhetoric at UNLV. While a master's student at UNLV, she was awarded a U.S. Fulbright grant to Romania, where she completed a project to develop a series of contemporary American literature workbooks to teach English communication skills.

Kenneth W. Fong

Kenneth W. Fong, '78 BSBA Management, was recently selected in Marquis Who's Who in America. Fong was a general partner and manager of Fong and Associates, which had owned and managed several Las Vegas shopping centers and offices. He is a certified property manager emeritus. He holds an MBA from San Francisco State University. During his property management career, Fong was awarded the 2001 Business Person of the Year by the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce, and was awarded the 2002 Certified Property Manager of the Year by the Las Vegas Chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management. He had served as president of the Las Vegas West Rotary Club during 2000-2001, and president of the Las Vegas Chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management in 2004. In his earlier career, Fong had worked at Bank of America as an assistant vice president and trust real estate officer. Fong has also taught part time as an adjunct instructor in finance and real estate at UNLV and the College of Southern Nevada. He is an avid smooth jazz fan of KUNV 91.5 Jazz and More. He also enjoys daily workouts at the gym.

Brett Hughett

Brett Hughett, '03 B.S. Hotel Administration, founded Carbon Valley Solar and joined the Solar Energy Partners network of independent specialists to service primarily northern Colorado homeowners with transitioning to solar. This career transition has allowed him to combine his passions for hospitality, real estate, entrepreneurship, and serving others, while helping homeowners realize the amazing benefits and abundant savings associated with going solar. Although based in Colorado, Hughett is happy to help UNLV alumni in any state learn more about whether solar makes sense for them and their home.

Thomas Cook

Thomas Cook, '85 BS Hotel Administration, lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is the first vice president of investments at Stifel Nicolaus. He's proud of his grandchildren, who refer to him as "Guppie."

Lisa Story

Lisa Griffith Story, ’84 BA Communication Studies, co-authored with Carl Laurin the book, Pardon Me, Father, the mostly-true story about a con man turned holy man who used his military skills, Cold War experiences, and Catholic altar boy memories to mine for diamonds (legally) in Sierra Leone in the 1980s and smuggle them out (illegally) dressed as a priest. The authors were brought together by an adventurous man, Walt Reca, who was Story’s uncle and Laurin’s Michigan Parachute Team buddy. Pardon Me, Father is available on Amazon.com in eBook and paperback and BarnesandNoble.com in paperback.

Bonnie Taylor

Bonnie Taylor, '03 BA Criminal Justice and '06 MA Public Administration, works at Talent Resources, a leading full-service marketing, and creative strategy agency. The company has named Taylor partner and chief communications and strategy officer in recognition of her outstanding achievements. A former TR client on the agency side for Dunkin’, Taylor joined Talent Resources in 2020 and created the agency’s highly successful communications team, which comprises industry veterans in key locations across the country. Taylor is responsible for bringing in high-profile clients such as The Athlete’s Foot, Jordan’s Skinny Mixes, Ohza, and was instrumental in the Ben Affleck and Dunkin’ collaboration. In her new role, Taylor will continue to lead the development and execution of communications and strategic initiatives across Talent Resources’ diverse portfolio of clients including the UK expansion. Her extensive experience in public relations and marketing has been an invaluable asset in growing all divisions while elevating Talent Resources’ overall profile. Taylor currently resides outside of Boston with her husband and two sons.

Jason B. Cooper

Jason B. Cooper, '97 MA Anthropology, is a professional archaeologist working with the Washington State Department of Transportation. He is the cultural resources lead for WSDOT's Northwest Region based in Seattle. He was recently re-elected as president of the Association for Washington Archaeology, a non-profit organization committed to the protection of archaeological and historic resources in the state of Washington. Cooper recently co-authored an archaeological monograph, Hunters of the Mid-Holocene Forest: Old Cordilleran Cultural Sites at Granite Falls, Washington, that examined the archaeological evidence recovered from two precontact sites that were being impacted by highway construction. He is married to wife, Karin, and is father of Marlene, 21, and Caleb, 18, and lives in Seattle.  

Lisa Levy

Lisa Levy, '00 BA Interdisciplinary Studies and '04 MA Special Education, has spent 20 years as a special education teacher at two local high schools. She's worked in the Clark County School District for over 35 years. Levy loves traveling and watching NASCAR.

Maria Donnalin Maliwat

Maria Donnalin Maliwat, '98 Hospitality, is proud to announce her son, Brandon Bugay, '22 BS Nursing, passed his NCLEX exam and is joining his siblings to be a registered nurse.

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.