Charly Kayle, co-host of the “Mike, Jim & Charly” morning show on 96.3 FM KKLZ, has been named to the board of directors of The Poppy Foundation of Las Vegas, a 501(c)(3) charity that cares for abandoned, abused & chronically ill animals, housed at Bonanza Cat Hospital, at W. Lake Mead & N. Buffalo, Las Vegas. Kayle has a lifelong passion for animals, in the past sharing her home with ferrets, lop-eared rabbits and a prairie dog. She and her significant other, Gus Stone, are currently parents to a shelter-adopted German shepherd puppy and four rescue cats. In fact, Marco the Man Cat has been known to predict sporting events on the air on KKLZ, with 100 percent accuracy in correctly guessing the winners of the past four Super Bowl games!

Donna Marcou-Stafford has been hired as vice president of leisure sales for Tropicana Las Vegas. Marcou-Stafford is responsible for the overall production of leisure sales in domestic, international, travel agent, consortia and OTA/Internet markets. She also works on promoting the brand, food and beverage and entertainment for Tropicana Las Vegas. Marcou-Stafford has held memberships with several professional organizations.

With a career spanning nearly two decades and featuring properties such as Bellagio, Venetian, Lake Las Vegas and BOA Steakhouse, Andrea Eppolito Weddings and Events will begin full-time operations in the fall of 2011. Touted as the “Romance Guru,” Eppolito’s work on exclusive weddings, engagements and events has been featured in the nationally-distributed Engagement 101 Magazine. As a columnist for Las Vegas Bride, she spotlights all that the city has to offer in Strip Chic.

Debra Baez is managing partner in Baez Design, a marketing, branding and graphic design studio that provides creative solutions and communication services. She is a consultant, trainer, creative writer, editor and project manager who volunteers to educate and mentor students, business owners and corporations. Baez has won community leadership awards; served on a board for Governor Kenney Guinn; was a vice president on the IABC/Las Vegas board; and was a sub-committee member for the Nevada Development Authority.

Berna Rhodes-Ford, an attorney with more than 19 years in-house and firm experience, opened Rhodes-Ford & Associates at 701 N. Green Valley Parkway, Suite 200. The firm represents business clients in the following areas: business disputes; corporate law; employment law; healthcare law and outside general counsel services. Rhodes-Ford is a past president of National Association of Women Business Owners; named a Woman to Watch by In Business Las Vegas (Vegas Inc.); Legal Elite by Nevada Business Magazine; and Leader Under 40 by Nevada Business Magazine.

Anita Mann is the producer of the adult revue, FANTASY at Luxor. Now in its 11th successful year on the Las Vegas Strip, FANTASY has been featured on “Good Day L.A.,” and Oxygen Network’s “The Bad Girls Club.” Mann has been honored by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences as one of America’s top five contemporary choreographers. She is also the recipient of six Emmy nominations and two Emmys. Her choreography credits include “The Academy Awards,” “The Golden Globe Awards,” “Academy of Country Music Awards,” and many more shows.

Danielle Duffey is the owner of Silvermoon Graphic Design. Along with operating her business, Duffey has created and speaks about a Life List which she started in 2005 after watching an episode of Ellen. She was inspired and created a list which is always changing since Duffey lives her list. One of the items on her list was to complete a marathon. Duffey has completed 15 half marathons and 2 full marathons. Duffey also listed finding her soul mate (which she has) and get married. Another item on her list is a river rafting trip which she plans to complete in August. Duffey tells women (and men) that staying focused on her list has created a much richer and fulfilling life.

Nancy Dimaio is the director of spa and fitness for The Spa at Ravella, located at Las Vegas’ newest resort, Ravella at Lake Las Vegas. Dimaio works to incorporate botanical essences from several Mediterranean regions. As director of spa and fitness, Dimaio oversees all aspects of Ravella’s health and well-being complex and serves as a key member of Ravella’s strategic team. In her spare time, Dimaio is a member of the advisory council for the Build On Hope Foundation.

Lady “J” Huston & The Fireballs starring Lady “J” Huston is currently playing at a number of venues around Las Vegas. Huston is an entertainer, vocalist, trumpeter and recording artist who first toured with Albert King, and has appeared with B.B. King and Etta James. Huston received the BMA music awards (2009, 2010), appeared in “America’s Got Talent” finale, and is an advocate for raising awareness with her musical ministry for lupus and fibromyalgia.

Jacqueline Thornhill, a certified financial planner professional working in Las Vegas for the last 18 years, has opened The WealthCare Center. She is a certified divorce financial analyst, helping divorced couples with the financial impact of their money decisions on their futures as single parents. She is a certified sales trainer and personal development coach trained by the Anthony Robbins Companies and has conducted 1:1 coaching sessions and weekend workshops. She is as an active member of local charitable organizations such as the Rotary Club and the Andre Agassi Grand Slam for Children annual event.

Hannah Brook was named acting executive director for The Rape Crisis Center, where she will manage the center’s numerous community outreach, volunteer and prevention programs, along with her current fundraising duties. She has been active in the Las Vegas community for many years; Brook is a graduate of Leadership Henderson, class of 2011, the PR chairperson for Guns & Hoses, and a volunteer with PAYBAC. She is currently attending the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Citizens Academy.

Shannon R. Wilson is an associate with Hutchison & Steffen’s litigation department, practicing primarily in family law, insurance defense and commercial litigation. Administrative law is another area in which Shannon practices as part of the firm’s Healthcare Professionals Advocacy Group. Since joining Hutchison & Steffen, she has worked closely with Hutchison & Steffen partner, L. Kristopher Rath, defending Nevada professionals against complaints lodged with the various state licensing boards and guiding them through the licensing process.

Brooke Harless is the director of marketing for Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel. In her role, she is responsible for advertising, direct mail, promotions, player’s club and player development. She graduated from University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a degree in marketing and a minor in economics. Harless began her career with Station Casinos over six years ago working her way up form lifeguard to spa attendant to pool manager and over into marketing where she started as a coordinator before advancing to a marketing manager, corporate database manager and her current role as marketing director.

Candace Maddin is the co-founder and president of Create A Change Now, a Las Vegas-based nonprofit that fights childhood obesity by planting edible gardens in local at-risk schools. The organization then enlists the finest Las Vegas chefs to visit the schools, teach the benefits of healthy eating to the students and encourage a hands-on approach in the kitchen.

Nevada Title Company recently announced Dawn Massaro to the position of vice president of residential sales and marketing. In her new position, Massaro oversees the firm’s property information center, manages and creates customized marketing tools, supervises advancements in extended access and off-site transaction tools and directs the company’s offerings of continuing education courses for licensed real estate agents, as well as provides strategic planning for open houses and relocation materials for clients.

SK+G welcomes Sabrina LoPiccolo as public relations account executive. LoPiccolo joins SK+G with more than six years of experience, most recently from Allegiant Travel Company where she served as manager, public relations and promotions. She has extensive experience in the travel and leisure industries, crisis communication, media relations, promotion and sponsorships, as well as community relations activities.

Rebecca Thomas is a local film producer and director. After having her short “Nobody Knows You, Nobody Gives a Damn” in the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, she spent two years pursuing her masters in film directing at Columbia University in New York City. This August, Thomas will begin to film her first feature movie, set mainly in Las Vegas and parts of Southern Utah. The film, titled “Electrick Children,” is centered on a young girl who lives in a polygamist colony in Southern Utah. Upon discovering a forbidden cassette tape, the girl decides to run away and finds herself in Las Vegas. The film deals with femininity and how to take your life into your own hands as a female. Thomas intends to show the real side of Las Vegas, not just the glitz and glamour of the strip.

MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Executive Director Tina Kunzer-Murphy was recently honored as ESPN 1100 AM/98.9 FM’s 2011 Sportsperson of the Year. Born and raised in Las Vegas, Kunzer-Murphy has been a fixture in the Southern Nevada sports community for four decades. Kunzer-Murphy has held positions at the University of Pacific and director of corporate sales and marketing for the Las Vegas 51s and Thunder professional franchises. Under her leadership, the last two Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowls have had two consecutive sellouts, record-high TV ratings and team payouts and the inclusion of the champion of the Mountain West Conference.

Laura Rubeli is the owner of Laura Rubeli Image Consulting, working with clients to create a stylish wardrobe for both personal and professional success. Rubeli trained and received her certification in New York City through the Sterling Style Academy. She is a member of the Association of Image Consultants International. Rubeli works with several nonprofit organizations that provide clothing to disadvantaged women. She has appeared on Lifetime’s “The Balancing Act” and KTNV Channel 13’s “The Morning Blend.” Her tips and expertise have been featured in Las Vegas Woman magazine.

Tompkins & Peters CPAs, P.C. has announced the addition of Nina J. Gallagher, CPA, MST. Gallagher is proficient in the areas of federal, estate and state income taxation. With more than 30 years of public accounting experience and tax preparation, Gallagher’s in-depth knowledge allows her to provide services such as preparation, compliance, and planning to business entities and high wealth individuals. Gallagher is the President Elect of the Nevada Society of CPAs and a member of the Board of Directors.

Laury Bakie, along with her husband John, has released their latest book, “The World of Las Vegas Dining.” The couple moved to Las Vegas two years ago and ate 750 meals at various local restaurants along with conducting interviews and photo shoots, networking and researching. Chefs featured in the book include Emeril, Bobby Flay, Mario Batali, Michael Mina, Todd English, José Andrés,Tom Colicchio, Joël Robuchon, Thomas Keller, Charlie Palmer, Nobu, Paul Bartolotta and Alain Ducasse.

Nevada Public Radio announced the hiring of Lisa Kelly and Brittany Ives as development associates. In their positions, Kelly and Ives are responsible for assisting with all fundraising activities and supporting donor and membership services. Prior to joining Nevada Public Radio, these two women gained experience in diverse industries and developed key skills for their new positions at Nevada Public Radio. Kelly served as marketing project manager for Card Player Media and (an online sweepstakes poker site). Ives was an assistant manager at Laser Quest where she oversaw the marketing, customer relations and training/coaching of staff.

Carla Pellegrino recently opened Bacio by Carla Pellegrino in the Tropicana Las Vegas, a trattoria specializing in authentic Italian cuisine. Pellegrino was born in Rio de Janeiro to a Portuguese father and an Italian mother and by the age of 10, she was cooking for her family and helping run her mother’s catering business, which educated her in the preparation of traditional Brazilian, Italian and Portuguese cuisine. Pellegrino attended the French Culinary Institute in New York City and graduated with honors. She has been featured on the “Today Show”, “The Early Show” and “Throwdown with Bobby Flay.”


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