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.

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.  

Sarah Thornton

March 7, 2019
Sarah Thornton, '96 BA Communication Studies, was named 2018 Volunteer of the Year by the Clark County Bar Association for her exceptional service to the organization. She is president of the Las Vegas-based boutique public relations and marketing firm Sarah Thornton Public Relations, which was founded in 2007. When receiving the award she was praised for not only helping to plan activities and services for association members but also for recruiting attorneys to write articles for "Communiqué," to teach legal education seminars, to volunteer at Three Square, and to distribute blankets to the homeless at Project Homeless Connect. She has been a member of the association's Community Service Committee intermittently since 2008. She also currently serves on the board of directors for the Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) Las Vegas chapter and is an advisory board member for Cure For the Kids Foundation. She is a past chapter president and past regional board member of the International Association of Business Communicators’ (IABC) Las Vegas chapter, in addition to being a past president for IABC Colorado. She is also a past chapter president and assembly delegate for PRSA Las Vegas and a past board member for PRSA Colorado. From 2015 to 2017 she served on the board of directors for Kenzi’s Causes, formerly Dolls For Daughters, a non-profit in Colorado that serves children living in poverty.

Lori Cox

March 7, 2019
Lori Cox, '96 BSBA - Management Information Systems, has worked for the Las Vegas Review-Journal for 33 years and currently serves as IT manager. She is a season ticket holder for men's basketball and football and also attends Lady Rebels and UNLV baseball games. She is a Vegas Golden Knights fan who loves to travel, especially to Runnin' Rebel games. She has three children and one granddaughter who she describes as the light of her life. One son is Michael Cox, '14 BS BA - Management.

Kristina Swallow

March 7, 2019
Kristina Swallow, '04 MS Civil Engineering, recently was named department director of the Nevada Department of Transportation. The department's board of directors chose her upon the recommendation of Gov. Steve Sisolak. Swallow has nearly 25 years of experience working in the civil engineering industry and government. She most recently worked for the city of Las Vegas as a program manager in the department of public works.  As a practicing civil engineer, she has worked in a number of technical areas, including flood control, traffic impact analysis and mitigation, land development, public works, and transportation policy. Her roles have included being a small business owner, working as a consultant, working as a lobbyist in the Nevada Legislature, and working as a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate. She also is the past president of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

James Stanford

March 7, 2019
James Stanford, ’71 BFA Art, is an artist whose second book, Shimmering Zen, contains 150 images he has created during the last 20 years, including many of those drawn from neon signs significant to Las Vegas’ history. The 264-page, limited edition book was printed in Verona, Italy. After spending years photographing the city's neon signs and architecture, he began using his graphic arts skills to turn those images into mandalas, which he describes as visual works of art that take you into higher consciousness. He said his Zen Buddhism heavily influences his work. Some of his work published in the book also was on display last year at an art show at West Sahara Library.  

Pj Perez

March 6, 2019
Pj Perez, '07 BA Journalism & Media Studies, recently started a new position as digital media & marketing manager at Chapman University Fowler School of Law in Orange, California. He is finishing a feature-length documentary about the Maryland Parkway cultural scene in the 1990s called Parkway of Broken Dreams and is developing several television pilots. He is married to Sara Gorgon, '16  MBA. They live in Costa Mesa.