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 on the website.

Homa Woodrum

August 25, 2019
Homa Sayyar Woodrum, '03 BSBA - International Business, '07 JD, began working this summer as a deputy attorney general representing the Division of Health Care Financing and Policy within the Department of Health and Human Services. She is married to Adam Woodrum, '06 JD. The couple lives in Carson City. 

Gregory Smith

August 25, 2019
Gregory M. Smith, '86 BA and '98 MA Criminal Justice, retired in 2018 after 25 years of combined public service at the Nevada attorney general's office where he was chief of investigations and chief of staff and at the Clark County district attorney’s office where he was assistant director. In September 2018, he founded Capricorn Consulting where he specializes in active shooter response training in the workplace, internal investigations, investigations training, and policy creation. He is the father of Mark G. Smith, '16  BA Criminal Justice.

Kathia Pereira

August 25, 2019
Kathia Quiros Pereira, '03 JD, practices immigration law as part of the Pereira Law Group. She maintains an online social media presence designed to educate people about immigration law.

Henry Wallis Jr.

August 25, 2019
Henry M Wallis, Jr., '90 BS Hotel Administration, has a car dealership on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi not far from his hometown of New Orleans. He says the dealership is the perfect way of easing into retirement after a career in the restaurant business. Immediately after graduation he began work at Bennigan's in New Orleans. After 10 years with the company, he went to work for Landry's Seafood House. By the time he left five years later, he was the East Coast regional manager. Next up was the Bonefish Grill and where he was the managing partner of a restaurant in Orlando. Deciding to open his own restaurant, he established the Crescent City Cafe in New Orleans, eventually selling it to chef Paul Prudhomme. He says his UNLV education was exceptional and that it prepared him well for his career. In 2015, he married Bonney Jarreau Wallis. Between them they have three children. His primary hobby is throwing boomerangs. He has a collection from all over the world and often can be found at the beach chasing after his sticks. He also enjoys attending New Orleans Saints games. He lives in Diamondhead, Mississippi.

Michael Dosenbach

August 25, 2019
Michael Dosenbach, '94 BS Computer Science, is director of cloud & connectivity with Mercedes-Benz Research & Development. He hired and runs a 100-developer office in Seattle focused on building a cloud-based infrastructure for connected car functionality, autonomous driving, and big data use cases, along with customer-facing features that run on that platform. He has been married 17 years and has three children, ages 13, 12, and 10. Reading, playing ice hockey, and shuttling kids between practices and games are his hobbies. The family lives in Renton.  

David Morris

August 22, 2019
David Morris, '17 BS Engineering - Civil Engineering, is an active duty U.S. Air Force space operations officer stationed at Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He recently was promoted to first lieutenant. His job entails utilizing a $123 million radar system to defend the East Coast of the United States and Canada from nuclear attack. He plans to transition to the U.S. Navy to become a pilot. Aviation, classic cars, and traveling are his hobbies. He lives in Sandwich.

Whitney Cole

August 22, 2019
Whitney S. Cole, '18 BA Communication Studies, is a site coordinator for the nonprofit Communities In Schools. She is pursuing a master's degree in strategic communication at National University with a goal of becoming a professor of rhetoric one day. Writing, camping and listening to music are her hobbies.    

Leo Poggione

August 21, 2019
Leo Poggione, '92 BSBA - Marketing, is president of Craftsman Homes Manufactured Housing and also is a general contractor. His hobbies include flying his Cessna 182T, golfing, fishing, boating, and traveling the world. He and his wife have two children, Taylor Poggione, a junior majoring in English at UNLV, and MaKayla Poggione, a freshman at Schreiner University in Texas. The family lives in Reno.

John Barnes

August 21, 2019
John C. Barnes, '94 Master of Science Kinesiology, is an associate professor of sports administration at the University of New Mexico. His book, Same Players, Different Game: An Examination of Commercial College Athletics, will be available through UNM Press in January.

Dominic Militello

August 21, 2019
Dominic Militello, '89 BA Sociology, is the founder of Job Search Gurus.com, which assists senior executives, executives, former athletes, and artists through the job search process. He was part of the UNLV soccer program from 1987 to 1989 when the team won the Pacific Coast Conference Championship. The team also made the NCAA tournament both years he played. He went on to play professional soccer in the American Professional Soccer League and North American (Indoor) Soccer League. He played professionally with current UNLV men's soccer head coach Rich Ryerson. His hobbies include golf and travel. A resident of Sandy, Utah, he has been married 29 years and has five children and six grandkids.

Dave Cornoyer

August 21, 2019
Dave Cornoyer, '03 Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, was named forward planning manager for the Las Vegas Division of the Lennar Corporation in 2018. He oversees land use entitlements, site planning, and government relations for Lennar, which is the largest home builder by volume in both Southern Nevada and the United States.

Cheryl Lyons

August 21, 2019
Cheryl Sawyer Lyons, '93 BA Sociology, is the new director of student life disability services at Ohio State University. Previously, she spent 11 years as the university's director of residential life. In 1995, she earned a master's degree in college student personnel at Ohio's Miami University. She lives in Columbus.