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.

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.

Eric Lum

March 8, 2019
Eric Lum, '09 BS Biology, is a Realtor and works in the financial sector providing financial education. He said he originally was going to go into the medical field because it is what his family expected, but that after some soul searching discovered he was drawn toward business and finance. He said the journey has not been an easy one, but has been worthwhile. He said he enjoys playing games and sports, going on adventures, and spending time with family and friends. He and his wife enjoy singing and are writing a fictional story together.  

Tony Letendre

March 8, 2019
Tony Letendre, '98 BS Hotel Administration, is assistant general manager at Dove Canyon Golf Club. He also serves as Southern California PGA section president. Golf, and saltwater fish tanks are his hobbies. The father of one son, he is engaged. He lives in Santa Ana, California.  

Tracy Skenandore

March 7, 2019
Tracy Moody Skenandore, '00 BA Communications, has been named director of corporate communications and public affairs for Kirvin Doak Communications. She has more than 20 years of public relations, marketing, and corporate communications experience in Southern Nevada and spent more than eight years as manager of corporate communications and public relations for Republic Services. Most recently, she directed the communications effort for the successful Coalition to Defeat Question 3. She is an inductee in the Women’s Chamber of Commerce Women’s Hall of Fame, recipient of the InBusiness Las Vegas Top 40 Under 40 Young Leaders Award and the Las Vegas Business Press Rising Stars of Business Award. She is married to Michael Skenandore, '96 BA Communications.    

James O'Brien

March 7, 2019
James P. O'Brien, '93 Master of Public Administration and '05 PhD Environmental Science, retired from Clark County office of emergency management in 2010. He previously worked as a training officer for Clark County Fire Department and spent 12 years as a National Park ranger.

Tibor Janos Molnar

March 7, 2019
Tibor Janos Molnar, '97 BSBA - Accounting, is the administration/finance officer at UNHCR in Homs City, Syria. In 2008, he earned an MBA - Finance from an institution in Budapest, Hungary.  

Larry Strate

March 7, 2019
Larry Strate, '76 MBA, is the author of From Battlefields to Beet Fields. His second book, which was published in the fall, provides a glimpse into the prisoner-of-war camps in Montana's Bitterroot Valley during World War II. It explores in detail the little-known story of using prisoners of war in those camps to harvest the sugar beet crops. An emeritus associate professor of business, he retired from UNLV after 24 years. In 2015 he relocated to Hamilton, Montana.

Kassandra Moore

March 7, 2019
Kassandra Moore, '18 BA Psychology, is a coach at UNLV Career Services. She also is pursuing a master's degree in higher education. She presented "Professional Development COLA 100L" at the 2019 UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo. In 2018, she presented "Networking 101" at the UNLV Student Affairs Conference.