McKinley Property Management announced that Barbara Kirk is the new community manager of Las Palmas Apartments, one of the oldest complexes in Las Vegas with a history of being home to entertainers and artists (past and present) including the Rat Pack. Kirk is a member of the legislative committee for the past seven years of Nevada State Apartment Association and won the A.C.E. award achieving customer excellence in 2000 and 2001. She will be responsible for marketing and developing outreach for the property.
Amy Finchem is founder and director of COLAB Las Vegas, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and celebrating architecture and design. Finchem officially launched COLAB with a grand opening exhibit event earlier this year showcasing American Institute of Architect 2010 and 2011 built and unbuilt design award projects. Earlier this year, Finchem was appointed to serve a three-year term as a member of the City of Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency Citizen Advisory Committee.
Rita Vaswani has joined Nevada State Bank as vice president/professional banking relationship manager and will focus her expertise on serving medical, legal and CPA professionals. Vaswani currently serves as vice president of the nonprofit FirstMed and Wellness and as vice chairman of the Board of Governors for Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center. She is also the president/chairman of the Las Vegas India Chamber of Commerce and serves on the advisory board of the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Nevada.
June Beland is the founder, president and CEO of the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Nevada, the first Women’s Chamber in Nevada history, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. Beland’s entertainment background extends 59 years, and her second career, publishing, has continued for 30 years. Beland belongs to several organizations including The Children’s Miracle Network Telethon, the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, the American Cancer Society and currently serves on the board of advisors for Variety, The Children’s Charity of Southern Nevada.
Chef Alessandra Madeira is the Chef de Cuisine at Bratalian Neapolitan Cantina working with her sister Chef Carla Pellegrino. Madeira began as a garde manager at Baldoria restaurant, owned by the same family that owns Rao’s restaurant and worked her way up to executive chef. She received culinary skills and training in a variety of culinary events and cooking shows with appearances on television programs such as “The Today Show.”
Michell Wolf began Artistic Lash Group Academy of Lash Art after seeing a growing number of clients come in with improperly applied lash extensions. She consulted with a dermatologist and ophthalmologist to discuss the growing challenges in the lash industry and created two curriculums, one for certified eyelash extensionists and one for beginners with no experience. Artistic Lash offers single strand eyelash extension training all across the country.
Erin McCleskey rejoins the SK+G PR team as public relations account supervisor. McCleskey was most recently with R&R Partners as a senior public relations account executive where she worked on the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority team. McCleskey has more than eight years of public relations experience, specializing in the travel and leisure industry including hotels, food and beverage, and entertainment
Las Vegas native Chef Dominique Solomon, creator of Incredible Chef Productions and whose celebrity client list includes Khloe Kardashian, Lamar Odom, Charlie Sheen and Alicia Keys, has created ICP Kids program to provide children and teens access to programs, resources and tools to help them be healthy. ICP will be partnering with nationally recognized, evidence-based programs that are comprehensive and seek to create real change within the community.
Mary Vail MADD award
Public Relations Professional Mary B. Vail, OSG was presented the 2012 Make A Difference Day Award for her annual food drive as part of the nationwide charity event. Vail’s project was one of 13 volunteer initiatives recognized at the awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. earlier this year where Kevin Bacon (actor, musician and founder of served as the event’s keynote speaker. She has hosted the food drive for the past 13 years at Smith’s Food & Drug to benefit the Las Vegas Salvation Army Food Bank.
Overcoming a lifelong battle with pain to attain her dream of becoming a published writer, Trish Lamoree has spent the last five years publishing more than a dozen books in a variety of genres including children’s books such as “Where Wishes Come True,” (published under her maiden name) and her adult paranormal romance “Painting the Roses Red,” the first of five books in her PSI Consulting series. Lamoree also creates the cover artwork on her books.
The Ferraro Group, a Nevada public relations and public affairs firm, recently hired Candice Cockrell for the position of assistant account executive. Her responsibilities include public relations activities, research, client relations, writing and media relations. Cockrell graduated in May 2012 from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. During college, she was director of account services for UNLV’s student public relations agency, Rebelation Media, as well as project manager for the 2012 National Student Advertising Competition.
Joanne Lucia, interior designer, recently opened Interiors By Designers Studio featuring fine furnishings, original art, accessories and interior design. Lucia’s career in interior design spans 40 years with projects in Nevada, California, Colorado, Michigan, Hawaii and Canada. She specializes in high-end design and has completed more than 275 projects with 80 percent of those projects for custom homes in the multi-million dollar range.
The Henderson Chamber of Commerce has named Lisa Chao as its new sales director. Chao brings her business expertise to her new position, having founded Las Vegas-based Me Promos (formerly Marketing Essentials) in 1998.A Las Vegas native, Chao graduated from University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a Bachelor of Arts in business administration and is a 2008 Leadership Henderson graduate.
Deborah Krause is an owner and the principal partner of Pinkberry Yogurt in Las Vegas, as well as heading the investment group that will open locations throughout Las Vegas. Its first location recently opened in MGM Resorts International’s CityCenter complex. Previously, Krause served as the chief operating officer of FDR Management, LLC dba PURE Management Group, a live entertainment management organization with more than $80 million in annual revenues and employing more than 1,000 union and nonunion employees.
Carolyn Crockett has joined the Nevada State Bank lending team as SBA manager. With more than 23 years of banking experience, her primary responsibilities include managing the bank’s Small Business Administration Lending Department as well as supporting the department’s sales initiatives. A southern Nevada resident since 1990, Crockett has a diverse background in commercial banking. Prior to joining Nevada State Bank, she served as senior loan officer for Service 1st Bank of Nevada.
Lexy Capp is the owner of the boutique agency Nannies & Housekeepers U.S.A. offering services of nannies, newborn care specialists, housekeepers, babysitters, hotel nannies, event childcare staff, house managers, eldercare professionals, personal chefs and pet sitters. The company was nationally voted 2011 Agency of the Year by the Association of Premier Nanny Agencies. Nannies & Housekeepers U.S.A. also gives back to several charities by donating babysitting hours and annual memberships.
L Marie, owner of L Marie’s Bare Elegance, has debut her own exclusive skin care line It’s All About Skin! As a licensed aesthetician, L Marie has developed products in her customized new line with active cosmeceuticals designed to give each client personalized care. L Marie’s other services include skin treatments, body hair removal and eyelash extensions. She has also incorporated the Encore infrared body wrap to her scope of practice.
Kathy Hussey is owner and president of Las Vegas Fruits and Nuts offering fresh products and all-occasion gift boxes; recently purchased the wholesale gourmet fudge and candy apple manufacturing company Sin City Confections. Hussey was the general manager of the WH Smith stores at the airport until purchasing Las Vegas Fruits and Nuts in 2004. Hussey is membership director and fundraising co-director for the Las Vegas Philharmonic Guild, and a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners and The Social Register of Las Vegas.
Award-winning pastry chef and cookbook author Megan Romano opened Chocolate and Spice Bakery offering an early morning menu including coffee and breakfast frittatas, such as her signature roasted vegetable and parmesan frittata and afternoon items such as salads and sandwiches along with other pastries and baked goods. Romano’s experience in the culinary world includes Aureole, Lespinasse and Charlie Trotter. Her cookbook, “It’s A Sweet Life,” takes a unique look at dessert as food.
Sharon Chayra, President of CHAYRACOM, an award-winning international medical marketing and PR firm, recently was one of 20 people worldwide awarded a short-term scholarship to Stanford School of Medicine for a conference on social media in delivering patient care. Chayra has also finished a documentary on infertility. She has served on number of boards as well as spokesperson for childhood injury prevention (SAFE KIDS), self-sufficiency for Native Americans (LV Indian Center) and blood donation (United Blood Services).
After years of extensive laser and medical aesthetics experience, aesthetic practitioner and educator Kimberly Hutchinson recently opened Skinfuzion offering services such as skin care and laser hair removal. Hutchinson began her career at Christine Valmy, a leading aesthetic school. After graduation, Hutchinson continued her post-graduate education at the International Dermal Institute. Hutchinson continued her training in laser technology and several other medical aesthetic treatments and received her certification from The National Laser Institute.
Maticia “Tisha” Sudah is a licensed aesthetician at SkinFuzion with nearly two decades of experience in the skin care field as an aesthetician and makeup artist. She is also an eyelash extension artist and eyelash extension trainer that has been practicing eyelash extensions since 2006. Recently Sudah competed in national makeup competitions consistently placing in the top three in all of her competitions against hundreds of other global makeup artists with a specialty in bridal makeup.
Arlene BordinhĂŁo co-owns B Sweet Candy Boutique inside The Market LV at Tivoli Village with husband Victor BordinhĂŁo. B Sweet Candy Boutique offers bulk candy, sugar-free, and nostalgic sweets and they create made-to-order hand spun cotton candy on premises. They also design candy buffets for weddings, birthdays and other events. BordinhĂŁo is a native Las Vegan; a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and a proud mother of a son, Sebastian.
Vero Strategies, a comprehensive communications company specializing in public relations, has been honored by Business Leader (is an organization including pubs and radio so it was the org that honored her) as one of the 2012 Top 300 Small Businesses of the West. Vero Strategies Founder and President Veronica Meter accepted the award in Las Vegas. Previously, Meter was the vice president of government affairs for the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, director of public relations for the U.S. Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C. and broadcast news journalist at 8 News Now.
Dena Tecson is the regional manager of Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza where she oversees the daily operations of five Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza restaurants in Las Vegas. While attending college, Tecson worked as a server at Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza. After leaving university, Tecson moved into restaurant management where she showcased her talents for hospitality and leadership. Tecson is married with one son.

Women’s Chamber Small Business Awards winners
Front row from left: Deborah Williams, WPS LLC; Karen Scherer, A Flamingo Glass; Nancy Marcellus-AFLAC
Back row from left: Jamie Hsu, PerForma Element 7; Napoleon McCallum, Urban Chamber; Donna Miller, Flying ICU, and Rita Ravin, DĂ©colletage
The Women’s Chamber of Commerce recently held its Women’s Chamber Small Business Awards ceremony during its 10th anniversary luncheon. The Women’s Chamber promotes more than 470 members while reaching out to the 37,600 women entrepreneurs; 9,700 women in executive/management positions and female residents who make up 58 percent of the state’s population.

Courtney Murphy, president and supervising manager at Community Management Group, recently earned the Professional Community Association Manager certification, the highest professional recognition available nationwide to managers who specialize in community association management. To earn the PCAM certification, the manager must complete the Community Associations Institute Professional Development course and have five years of association management experience. Applicants also must complete a case study where they attend a two-day class to learn about an association.
Dr. Heidi Shelton has joined Summerlin Chiropractic Associates. Dr. Shelton received her undergraduate education at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, studying radiological sciences. After undergoing extensive treatment for Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone and connective tissue cancer, Dr. Shelton continued her studies at Texas Chiropractic College. She was on the Dean’s List and graduated at the top of her class. Since surviving cancer, Dr. Shelton promotes disease prevention and wellness through conservative chiropractic care.
Carrie Bonabian, a longtime resident, has partnered with Las Vegas native and professional dancer Eva Brammer to open The Z Spot, a 5,000-square-foot-studio promoting dance and staying active with Zumba. Bonabian, a former stay-at-home mom, found her inspiration and passion for dance in one of Brammer’s dance classes and was motivated to open the business with Brammer to share her experiences with others.
Dress for Success Southern Nevada, the local affiliate of the international nonprofit that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women, has announced Shelli Ryan as its new chairman of the board. Ryan takes over as chairman from Paige Candee, founder of the local affiliate and its first chairman of the board. She previously served as an inaugural board member overseeing the group’s public relations and marketing committee. She is also CEO of Ad Hoc Communication Resources, a business-to-business marketing strategy and services firm based in Henderson, Nev.
Renee Poole and her daughter, Jessica Poole, are celebrating seven years in business in the downtown Las Vegas arts district with Not Just Antiques, an estate liquidation warehouse. Renee Poole has 25 years of experience in estate liquidation. Jessica Poole is a first generation American and a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Jessica Poole is now learning about the antique business and general business knowledge from her mother.