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.

Matt Engle

March 10, 2019
Matt Engle, '91 BSBA - Management, this year began working with the Insurance Office of America as a commercial insurance broker to build his own practice. He specializes in insurance programs in the construction, hospitality, non-profit, technology, and emerging cannabis industries. He recently finished terms as board chair for both the Las Vegas Natural History Museum and the Henderson Chamber's IMPAC Board. His hobbies include making wine and hiking. He recently celebrated 25 years of marriage and has two children, Tabitha Engle, '17 BS Entertainment Engineering Design, and Madison Engle, a UNLV junior majoring in psychology who is a member of the Honors College and captain of the Scarlet Dance Line.

Alba Arango

March 10, 2019
Alba Arango, '91 BS Secondary Education, '94 BA History, '97 MA History, is the author of the Decoders series as well as the JJ Bennett: Junior Spy series. She is a retired high school teacher turned full-time author. Her newest book, The Miner's Gold, was released Feb. 1. It is the sixth book in the Decoders series and is aimed at children ages 8-11. She loves coffee and chocolate — particularly together. Her hobbies include traveling, shopping, cooking, and eating.

Brent Denison

March 8, 2019
Brent Denison, '04 MFA - Theatre Arts, relocated from the West Coast back to his hometown area in Florida. He recently was promoted to senior manager, customer service and training for The Straz Center, the fourth largest performing arts center in the nation. He also is facilitator of the center's Guest Experience Council. His hobby is having fun at Florida's Busch Gardens and the Disney parks. He lives in Riverview.

Brianna Zambrano

March 8, 2019
Brianna Vargas Zambrano, '14 BA Journalism and Media Studies, is married to Alex Zambrano, '15 BS Business Administration. Their son, AC, is turning 1 in April. The family lives in North Las Vegas. 

Ross Bennett

March 8, 2019
Ross Bennett, '15 BA Communication Studies, is a global account manager for the Microsoft Account Team within Cisco Systems. He is part of a team of seven account managers at Cisco who are responsible for advising Microsoft on their investment with Cisco Systems within Microsoft's business processes on a global scale. He lives in Seattle.

Steve Gordon

March 8, 2019
Steve Gordon, '77 BS Hotel Administration, has been named program director of the television-radio department of Park School, Ithaca College. He was promoted to associate professor in 2015. After graduating from UNLV he worked as director of marketing for Del Web Hotels. He also worked for Viacom Productions as executive vice president. In 2008 he earned a master's degree from Ithaca College. Skiing, swimming, running, and camping are among his hobbies. He and his wife, Jaime Wolffe, have three grown children.   

Karen Prescia Dowling

March 8, 2019
Karen Prescia Lastra Dowling, '87 MBA, is CEO and owner of Dowling Consulting Services, which has offices in Mokena and St. Charles, Illinois. In 2017, she and her husband, Ronald Dowling, co-authored the book A Guide to Getting Your House in Order, an owner's manual to help provide a foundation for a successful retirement. Topics include Social Security strategies, asset organization, investment solutions and legacy planning. The firm has a comprehensive focus on wealth accumulation, preservation, and income planning. The couple hosts seminars to educate the community regarding many subjects, including Medicaid strategies and aid & attendance for veterans. She is a certified estate planners and certified Medicaid planner as well as an investment advisor for her registered investment advisory firm, Chancellor Financial Services. She enjoys traveling and going to concerts, sporting events, and movies. She is the mother of Chancellor Joseph Lastra, '16 Master of Education - Higher Education. She lives in Frankfort.    

Yolanda Lonnie Jones

March 8, 2019
Yolanda Lonnie Tuttle Jones, '07 BS in Hotel Administration, works for Disney Vacation Club as a vacation advisor. She was selected as a leader-among-leaders for the Side-By Side Trainer Team, Online Communications Flight Team, and Membership Magic Team, assisting with Disney Vacation Club member events at Walt Disney World Resort. In 2011 she earned a master of tourism administration degree from George Washington University. Photography, cooking, and visiting Disney are her hobbies. She married Robert M. Jones Jr in 2015. The couple lives in Auburndale, Florida, where hey have purchased their first home.

Don Boone

March 8, 2019
Don Boone, '77 BS Hotel Administration, is the father of Paul Boone, '11 BS Hotel Administration, '14 Master of Hospitality Administration. He lives in Fort Worth, Texas.

Karen Siefman Chester

March 8, 2019
Karen Siefman Chester, '06 Master of Education, is retired from her jobs as a teacher and as an adjunct professor at the College of Southern Nevada. Crafts, card making, reading, and being a soccer mom are her hobbies. She has three children, Lance, Sarah, and David Chester, '17 BA Art, and one grandson, Leland.    

Samuel Schumach

March 8, 2019
Samuel Schumach, '12 BA Political Science, is a manager for Deloitte Consulting. He earned a master's degree in global security studies from Johns Hopkins University. Flying, photography, and hiking are among his hobbies. He lives in Washington, D.C.

A. Jordan Fischette

March 8, 2019
A. Jordan Fischette, '10 BS Hotel Administration, has published his first book, To: The Ambitious, From: The Experienced: 26 Letters on Leadership, which was a best selling leadership book on Amazon. He serves as director of education for the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and CEO of the Andrew Reid Consultancy. In 2015 he earned a master's degree in organizational management - human services from Nebraska's Chadron State College.