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Dina Remata, award-winning interior designer and owner of Interior Design Concepts, has been a Las Vegas resident since 1970 and devotes her time to Southern Nevada Children First, a nonprofit organization created to provide a healthy living environment for homeless pregnant teenage girls and their babies. Remata is an honorary member of the national Interior Design Society and created the foundation for the interior design classes taught at the College of Southern Nevada and University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Melissa Bordinhao and Tasha Jordan are the founders and owners of iBlowdry, the only blowout salon in Las Vegas open until midnight. During its grand opening, it was announced that iBlowdry would enter into a long-term partnership with Dress for Success Southern Nevada, a nonprofit agency providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools. iBlowdry’s partnership consists of stylists donating services such as shampoo, style and applying makeup before a job interview.
Monica Jackson, morning anchor for FOX5 News: Live in Las Vegas and one of the co-hosts of FOX5’s “MORE” show, was recently selected by the Southern Nevada Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners as Communications and Public Relations Honoree during the 15th Annual Women of Distinction Awards. Jackson is also a member of the Nevada Broadcast Hall of Fame and is active with many charities including Opportunity Village, Salvation Army, Positively Kids and Operation Showers (helping expecting military moms with deployed spouses).
Heather Marianna has created the Beauty Kitchen Internet series, which show how to create spa wraps and beauty products for the face and body from items found in the kitchen while demonstrating how to save money and still look fabulous on a budget. She is also an actress and is currently appearing in “Lay The Favorite,” “My Mothers Curse,” “Cody Diablo Project,” “Now You See Me” and “Dirty Dealing,” all scheduled for release later in the year.
Shawn Lane is the owner and founder of Cheyenne Marketing, specializing in event management, public relations and creating partnerships between the industries of entertainment and corporate business. Currently, Cheyenne Marketing is working with 17 major motion picture studios. Cheyenne Marketing has received certifications from Woman’s Business Enterprise, National Women Business Owners Corporation and Women in Film and was named the Small Business Administration’s 2009 Small Business of the Year.
Community Associations Institute’s Nevada Chapter, a trade organization representing homeowners associations, community managers and industry partners statewide, has announced that Christina Snow has been promoted to communications manager and that a new hire, Frances Skeirik, has been named administrative assistant. Prior to her promotion, Snow served as the chapter’s administrative assistant for four years. Her new position, focusing on membership growth and promotional efforts, was created to help enhance and expand the chapter’s interests in the community.
Assuming the role of administrative assistant, Skeirik is training to take reservations for luncheons and seminars, and will handle day-to-day administrative tasks. In addition to her position with CAI, Skeirik plans to attend the University of Nevada, Las Vegas this fall as a double major in engineering and psychology.
The Weiland Group Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Spa has hired Nichole Nash as a skin care specialist. Nash is a licensed cosmetologist with extensive training and practice in medical aesthetics and will be performing face and body skin care treatments for The Weiland Group’s clients. Nash attended Midwest College of Cosmetology and completed a course in Medical Esthetics at True University in Chicago.
Liz Werner co-owns Antiques at the Market (open for 12 years) and Furniture Market (open for five years) with husband Robert Werner. Antiques at the Market offers small business owners the opportunity to start their own antiques business by leasing out space. Furniture Market’s showroom provides designer pieces that are customizable to the customer’s tastes. Werner is a native Las Vegan; graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and mother of two.
Denise Collins is a wedding vendor partner specialist for 1-800-Registry, a wedding planning and honeymoon registry company headquartered in Las Vegas. Collins has event planning experience with JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Spa and Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce. Current vendors include Canyon Gate Country Club, JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Spa, MGM’s Forever Grand Wedding Chapel and Tuxedo Junction. She is a native of Louisiana and graduated from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
Laurie Johnson, CPA, a shareholder with Johnson Jacobson Wilcox CPAs, was inducted into the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame. She is the second woman to be inducted, has won multiple awards in the local and state amateur golf arena, has been a board member for the Nevada State Women’s Golf Association, and has captained the South Silver Cup team four times. She is also involved in various charities. Johnson has been working in the accounting field since 1979.
Representatives from the accounting firm of Johnson Jacobson Wilcox CPAs presented a check for $5,000 to Kit Carson Preparatory Academy of Creative Arts and Technology after the school was selected to participate in its seventh annual Patriotic Art Contest. Students of Kit Carson artistically depicted why they are proud to live in America and a basket of art supplies was presented to the winner, Chiana Fields.
Debi Kinney is the Western Regional Director, North America, for Clean the World. She is responsible for the establishment and growth of the Western region through sales and partner relations activities, and she oversees the Recycling Operations Center. Kinney concurrently serves as inaugural President of the Green Meeting Industry Council Las Vegas Chapter. She believes that the message of sustainability in the hospitality industry is an important one, especially in Las Vegas.
Cami M. Perkins, an associate with the law firm Hutchison & Steffan, has been named lead for the transactional department. Perkins is a native of Southern Nevada and was a 2004 William S. Boyd School of Law graduate. In law school, she was the recipient of the James E. Rogers Scholastic Achievement Award and graduated summa cum laude from the school. Perkins has a background in corporate and real estate transactions, business and commercial litigation and bankruptcy.
After joining the law firm of Hutchison & Steffen in 2007, Christina M. Alexander has been named a partner with the Firm. Alexander practices in medical malpractice and has served as counsel for medical providers in defense of claims of malpractice. She has also served as a litigation attorney in other fields, including law, accounting, government and other business entities.
Dr. Lynn Kowalski is co-founder of the Nevada Surgery and Cancer Care, a practice that brings together a group of sub-specialty physicians caring for patients with complex gynecologic problems and gynecologic cancers, disorders of the colon and rectum and fecal incontinence. She is the only gynecologic oncologist in Las Vegas performing robotic surgery, which allows surgeons to perform complex procedures through very small keyhole incisions. She is currently writing her first book, entitled “Not Your Mother’s Hysterectomy,” which is scheduled for publication later this year.
Four students have been awarded a scholarship from The Epicurean Charitable Foundation of Las Vegas that will pay for their entire bachelor’s degree. The recipients are Noah Shakespeare (not pictured), Ajaha Johnson, Karen Nava and Alexandria Von Mohr. Johnson will pursue a degree in Hotel Administration at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. A Valley High School senior, Johnson is involved in the school’s magnet program for the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism. Johnson plays on the school’s varsity volleyball and basketball teams and serves as Captain for varsity track.
A graduate with a 4.0 GPA from Northwest Career & Technical Academy, Von Mohr plans to pursue a degree in Hotel Administration at UNLV. Von Mohr also volunteers her time at Darnell Elementary School, a homeless shelter, beach and park beautification activities, and a variety of hospitality program events. Von Mohr is involved in honor courses and is a member of DECA and the Spanish club.
Nava also plans to pursue a degree in Hotel Administration at UNLV. Nava volunteers her time at Berkley Elementary School and the Education Hero Awards Dinner. As a senior from Valley High School, she is involved in the school’s magnet program for Academy of Hospitality and Tourism. Nava runs on the varsity track team, serves as President of Hospitality and Tourism Council and is a member of the creative writing club.
Sheila Conway, Ph.D. serves as managing partner of Urban Environmental Research. Conway is responsible for managing and growing the woman-owned firm, which provides strategic planning and performance measurement; transportation, socio-economic and environmental impact assessment for private and public entities. Dr. Conway also manages the State of Nevada’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Program, Silver Shield on behalf of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. She developed an international award winning technology that provides a “Common Operating Picture” for all critical infrastructure and key resources within the State of Nevada.
Mary Arnold-Ronish, is the CEO of Tattoo Vanish and Professional Permanent Cosmetics providing tattoo removal, scar needling and permanent cosmetics. A registered nurse, Arnold decided to apply her years of experience as a nurse in the cosmetics industry to open her permanent cosmetics and tattoo removal business. Tattoo Vanish uses all natural safe products and is less painful than laser tattoo removal.
On Memorial Day, Prestige Senior Living at Mira Loma held a ceremony to honor resident Janet Lewis. Her husband, Capt. Merrill Raymond Lewis, was shot down over Hanoi during the Vietnam conflict in 1966 and was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart. Janet Lewis waited faithfully for him until his remains were returned in 1989. During the ceremony, Tamara Lewis Kolstad, their daughter, presented her father’s Purple Heart ribbon to her mother.
Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse hired Ricci Shiplett as sales and marketing manager. Shiplett will focus on new business development and coordination for all group and hospitality events. She is a member of several industry and hospital organizations, including: National Association of Catering Executives, Convention Services Association, Destination Services Association, Las Vegas Hospitality Association, National Concierge Association and Las Vegas Territory Association. Shiplett is a UNLV graduate and longtime Las Vegas resident.
Samira Tu’Ala (aka Alisa McAffee) is founder and executive producer of the Las Vegas Bellydance Intensive and Festival. The International four-day event to be held in September is the largest belly dance event in Nevada. Tu’Ala started her belly dance life at the age of 17 while pursuing other careers including a stint in the Peace Corps. While a co-owner of a dance studio in Las Vegas, she developed monthly and annual events for the belly dance community.
After her diagnosis of pancreatic cancer and being treated at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Jeana Churchill testified before Congress to lobby for pancreatic cancer funding. Despite her diagnosis, Churchill continues to be a loving wife and devoted mother to four children. She is an independent insurance broker and active in the CASA program working with children in the foster care system and Child Focus that allows children in foster care to connect with separated siblings.
To recognize the 10-year anniversary of Las Vegas-based World Tea Expo, and the largest global B2B event for the tea industry, George and Kim Jage were presented with a special award during the expo. George Jage is the founder and director of World Tea Media, a division of F+W Media, and Kim Jage is the sales and marketing director of World Tea Media, the organizer of World Tea Expo, World Tea East, the North American Tea Championship and World Tea News.
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Las Vegas native Tami Belt founded Blue Cube Marketing Solutions in 2002 with a focus on community engagement and communication strategy. She also serves as the Public Relations Chair for Las Vegas Ride for Kids, a motorcycle road ride benefiting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and helps increase awareness for Project 150, a grassroots effort to help homeless and displaced high school students in Southern Nevada. Belt is a graduate of University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Nathan Adelson Hospice, the largest nonprofit hospice organization in Nevada, announced that Nora Luna would serve as its new Hispanic/Latino Program Manager. Luna brings to the position 15 years of experience in developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating community-based programs for diverse cultural communities. Prior to joining Nathan Adelson Hospice, Luna served as an assistant professor and school retention specialist at the University of Nevada, Reno, Cooperative Extension.
The Centers for Disease Control and the CDC Foundation has recognized Pam Beal, executive director
of the Southern Nevada Immunization and Health Coalition, as a Childhood Immunization Champion for 2012. Beal has directed initiatives that increased immunization rates including the Vaccines for Children program; Nevada Infant Immunization Week; convening a state and national Cocooning Summit to raise awareness about pertussis vaccinations; and creating a partnership with the Clark County School District to immunize children with the Tdap, or pertussis, vaccine.
The National Association of Women Business Owners Southern Nevada has recognized Caesars Entertainment Corporation’s vice president of consolidated financial operations, Cleo Whipple, as a role model for other women in the gaming, hospitality and convention services industry. Whipple was honored at the 15th annual Women of Distinction Awards hosted by NAWBO. Alongside her peers, she was identified as one of Southern Nevada’s women who demonstrate a commitment to advocacy for improving the opportunities and advancement of women.
Katie Indriolo has been named public relations coordinator at The Firm Public Relations & Marketing. Indriolo is responsible for assisting the strategic development and implementation of public relations programs for various clients within a variety of industries. Indriolo attended State University of New York at Fredonia where she earned her bachelor degree in public relations.
Imagine Communications, a Henderson-based marketing and communications firm, has named Diana Chege client relations manager. In her new position, she will manage client relationships and accounts for the firm. Chege previously worked part-time for the firm as client relations assistant. She holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising and public relations and an MBA.
Hui-Lim Ang is Founder and Executive Director of Colors of Lupus Nevada, the first of its kind in Nevada. Colors of Lupus is focused on raising awareness about the disease of lupus among medical professionals and the general public, addressing the immediate and urgent needs of lupus patients, helping enhance the quality of life for lupus patients and their families and provide a medical fund for uninsured lupus patients.
Imagine Communications, a full-service marketing and communications firm, has named Cynthia Carbajal art director. Carbajal is experienced in digital imaging, design layout, illustration and typography. Prior to joining the Imagine Marketing team, Carbajal served as a graphic designer for MGM Resorts International, where she designed collateral for 13 strip hotel and casinos. Carbajal has donated her time and talent to designing marketing materials for local nonprofits such as Be the Example.
Caroline Ciocca, Director of Community Relations for Cash America/SuperPawn recently participated in Jump For Scouting, sponsored by the Stratosphere Las Vegas Hotel & Casino and the Las Vegas Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, raising $1,750. Under Ciocca’s direction, SuperPawn has become a supporter of Three Square, Spread the Word Nevada, several Clark County School District schools, Rebel Reading Challenge with the UNLV Athletic Department, and Super Sizzling Scholarship Fund program in partnership with KTNV to benefit After-School All-Stars Las Vegas and Spread the Word Nevada.
New York native Melissa Weiner is the “mayor” of Kidville and oversees all facets of business operations, curriculum development and curriculum execution as well as company spokesperson. After earning her Master of Arts in early childhood education, Weiner worked at New York Kidville as a teacher and in 2011, relocated to Las Vegas to act as the early childhood development manager and then “mayor” at the Tivoli Village location.

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