tammy shawTammy Shaw, President and CEO of Las Vegas Woman Magazine, was honored as one of the Young Professional Leadership finalists for the 9th annual ATHENA International Awards held by the Women’s Chamber of Commerce during its 10th annual Community Partner Appreciation gala held at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. Leadership sponsor MGM Resorts International enables the chamber to offer programs, resources and education programs for women. The chamber was able to present its first scholarships with a donation from the MGM Foundation.

jewel starJewel Star, realtor, has joined Synergy Sotheby’s Int’l Realty. She specializes in luxury home sales and property investments. An expert in purchasing and selling real estate as a multi-million producer, Star is also an award-winning author currently working on two books, “The 7 Magic Steps to Buying a Home” and “The 7 Magic Steps to Selling Your House,” due to be released later this year.

april kempCIM Marketing Partners, a full-service marketing and public relations firm specializing in strategic marketing and planning has announced the addition of April Kemp to their team. Kemp is an experienced marketing and public relations professional, with years of experience in many facets of legal marketing, including corporate identity development and branding, brochure and collateral development, special events planning and management and social media. She is a recent transplant from the Washington, D.C. area.

melanie shaferMelanie Shafer has joined Quillin Advertising, Public Relations and Social Media as public relations account executive. Prior to joining Quillin, Shafer worked at Caesars Entertainment where she handled entertainment and nightlife for the nine properties and worked for nearly three years at Kirvin Doak Communications, where she served as assistant account executive on a variety of accounts. Born and raised in Las Vegas, Shafer holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing Management from The University of Nevada, Reno.

marilyn zimmermanMarilyn Zimmerman manages Las Vegas Laser and Lipo, a cosmetic surgery practice where she also works as a certified laser technician and medical skin care specialist. Zimmerman performs many of the noninvasive treatments on state-of-the-art equipment (some of which are only available in Nevada) as well as educates patients and doctors. Some of the procedures include noninvasive laser and light-based skin rejuvenation treatments; laser hair removal; various chemical peels and micro-dermabrasion treatments.

marlene richterMarlene Richter is executive director of The Shade Tree Shelter for women, children and their pets. As a licensed social worker, she has worked with persons and families in crisis for over 18 years and four years ago joined The Shade Tree. A national speaker and trainer on the topic of identifying and serving victims of human trafficking Richter is a committee member of The Southern Nevada Human Trafficking Task Force and recently joined the Advisory Committee for Ethics in the Marketplace.

manita rawatManita Rawat, an intellectual property attorney, has joined the board of directors for the local chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and will serve on the development committee. This committee does community outreach for sponsorship/donation opportunities for the Foundation, and Rawat’s responsibility will be to help the organization get support and donations to fund the wishes that come in from area children. Rawat has landed numerous accounts with Fortune 500 companies for her firm, Armstrong Teasdale.

kari stephensKari Stephens is an Of Counsel attorney with Jeffrey Burr, Ltd., and practices primarily in the areas of probate and trust administration. Stephens was appointed president of the Clark County Bar Association. She has been actively involved in the New Lawyer’s Committee and the Community Service Committee. She was among the founders of the Memorial Service for Nevada lawyers who passed away in the preceding year. Stephens will also serve as the spokesperson for the CCBA and liaison between the CCBA and other professional organizations and events.

anne calarcoAnne Calarco is president and has been named managing partner of Level Property Management, which offers full-service management for homeowners associations. Calarco is a certified manager of community associations, association management specialist and professional community association manager. She is a member of the Community Associations Institute’s national large-scale manager committee and locally, she co-chairs the education committee for the CAI-Nevada chapter. She is also a board member for Nevada’s National Association of Community Managers chapter.

marisela altamiranoAfter working years in the corporate world, Marisela Altamirano has opened Amari Boutique. Altamirano’s research and knowledge about up-and-coming designers and on-the-verge trends will include selections from European and Australian designers such as Boulee, Blaque Label and Rubber Ducky. Altamirano’s vision is for successful businesswomen to wear the outfits found in her boutique from meetings in the boardroom to mojitos during happy hour.

kelly mccarthyVegas PBS announced that Kelly McCarthy has been appointed director of development, individual gifts and philanthropy for the station. McCarthy is responsible for securing individual gifts to meet the station’s Annual Fund goal and coordinating and executing quarterly telemarketing, direct mail and on air fundraising campaigns. McCarthy has served as associate director for foundations and corporate relations for Prep for Prep and held executive positions with Girl Scout Council of Greater New York, Inc. and The Educational Alliance, Inc.

michele rothsteinBalloons With A Twist, owned by Michele Rothstein, was named a Best of 2012 winner in Las Vegas Party and Event Planning on Kudzu. More than 5 million businesses competed across 30 categories and winners were awarded based on the highest number of votes received on kudzu.com. Balloons With a Twist was voted as the 2010 Nickelodeon’s Parents’ Picks Award for Best Party Entertainer in Las Vegas and 2011 Best Family Entertainers from Vegas Family Events.
Canyon Ranch SpaClub at The Venetian and The Palazzo has promoted three employees—Laura Horvath, Shawn Granito and Coco Kennedy.

laura horvathLaura Horvath was promoted to Spa Director. Horvath began her career with Canyon Ranch SpaClub in 1999 as a fitness instructor and exercise physiologist. During her tenure, her responsibilities elevated with positions as fitness lead and wellness manager and eventually, associate spa director.

shawn granitoShawn Granito was promoted to associate spa director. Granito began with Canyon Ranch SpaClub in 1999 and has steadily taken on new responsibilities during her employment with the company in positions including lead massage therapist, massage manager and spa treatment director.

coco kennedyCoco Kennedy was promoted to director of operations. Kennedy first worked at Canyon Ranch Tucson in 1984 as fitness instructor and during the next seven years she was promoted to assistant fitness director then associate fitness director. In 2012, Kennedy began at Canyon Ranch SpaClub as healthy feet manager.

Valerie MillerValerie Miller received the Michael Graham Entrepreneurial Spirit award recently when the Nevada District office of the U.S. Small Business Administration selected its small business award honorees for 2012. Miller is a small-business writer, reporter and journalist. Miller covers Las Vegas trials for Bloomberg News and previously wrote for the Las Vegas Business Press, which later merged with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and its business section.

2012 CAI AWARDEES From left: Diana England, A Home for Spot; Barbara Pinocchio, Moms on The Run; Kim Amato, Baby’s Bounty; Michael Swecker, Homeless Helpers; Arnold Stalk, Ph.D., Veterans Village; Marcus Mitchell, Stomach Cancer Relief Network and Pay It Forward

The “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Measures” awards event was held during the monthly luncheon of Community Associations Institute, Nevada Chapter in 2012. This was the inaugural year for the annual awards program and those honored included Kim Amato of Baby’s Bounty which provides clothing and essential gear and Diana England of A Home for Spot, which works for the adoption of dogs who are on the list to be put down at the animal shelters along with Arnold Stalk, Ph.D.; Michael Swecker; Marcus Mitchell; and Barbara Pinocchio of Northern Nevada.

sabrina chapmanSK+G welcomes Sabrina Chapman as public relations account executive with more than three years of public relations, marketing and business experience. Previously, she worked as a freelance agent in New York City working with Samsung and Catherine Malandrino. Most recently, Chapman was a spirit and cocktail writer for Las Vegas Weekly, Las Vegas Magazine and Diamond Cake Magazine. She has extensive experience in the fashion and lifestyle industries, marketing and promotions, and media relations.

robyn mathisNevada Public Radio hired Robyn Mathis and Carol Skerlich as Underwriting Account Executives. In their roles of underwriting account executives, Mathis and Skerlich will secure media buys for locally produced broadcast programming, online media, print publications and special events.

Mathis comes to Nevada Public Radio after working with Greenspun Media Group for two years. She graduated from University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a degree in hotel management.

Skerlich most recently worked at the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce in marketing and advertising and prior to that worked for Greenspun Media Group for nine years in sales.

patty kelleyThe Nevada Association of Realtors installed its new officers for 2013 led by 2013 NVAR President Patty Kelley. Kelley owns and operates Kelley and Associates Real Estate with her husband, Keith. She has been a Realtor in California and Nevada for more than 34 years. Her accomplishments include serving as 2008 president of the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors, president-elect and as a director for NVAR and as a director for the National Association of Realtors.

sarah johnsonMandalay Bay Resort and Casino announced director of food and beverage Sarah Johnson recently earned the title of certified cicerone, which designates an expertise in selecting, acquiring and serving a wide range of beers. Johnson is the only female cicerone in the state of Nevada. To gain this title, Johnson successfully completed a two-hour short-answer essay on the style, history and process of brewing beer followed by an hour-long blind tasting exam correctly identifying styles and flavors. She is now one of only 525 certified cicerones in the world.

lindsay williamsCenturyLink, Inc. announced Lindsay Williams was hired as one of two market development managers for the company’s Nevada market. In this role, Williams is charged with identifying growth opportunities for CenturyLink through local consumer and business sales channels as well as community investment, sponsorships and partnerships. She will also help guide the company’s local marketing efforts, work on local marketing campaign implementation and will be responsible for media relations in Nevada.

connie malinDr. Connie L. Malin is the chief educational officer of Innovations International Charter School of Nevada as well as co-founder with Dr. LeAnn Putney. She has incorporated martial arts as a part of the curriculum and was inducted into the Masters Hall of Fame recognizing Excellence in Martials Arts. Dr. Malin has presented on literacy skills, teaching techniques, accelerated schools practices and on inclusive education practices. She has co-authored a chapter in a book with Dr. Putney concerning the use of qualitative research practices and experiences.

debi raffiThe Henderson Chamber of Commerce has named Debi Raffi membership relations personnel and Nancy Aquino administrative assistant for the Henderson Business Resource Center.

In her new position, Raffi is responsible for the organization’s communications and publications, organizing events, membership benefits and political advocacy. She brings 24 years of management experience and 10 years of marketing/communications experience to the organization. Prior to her work with the Henderson Chamber, Raffi worked for the American Institute of Architects—Nevada and Las Vegas chapters as communications director and associate publisher of Architecture Las Vegas Magazine.

nancy aquinoNancy Aquino brings 30 years of experience in the hospitality and tourism industry, where she assists budding Henderson businesses in opening their doors and remaining successful. A Henderson native, Aquino graduated from Basic High School and has since worked as a manager with Vegas Startime, an administrative assistant with the Las Vegas Tourist Bureau and Call Center and director with i4vegas.

veronica mabeLGA has announced that Veronica Mabe has been elected president of the Las Vegas chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services. Mabe is a longtime resident with 25 years of experience in architecture, engineering, banking and government contracting. She will continue in her role as community liaison for LGA, working with the firm’s marketing team to strategize and develop relationships and will serve on LGA’s project team as a project manager and liaison between the firm’s clients, in-house and consulting teams and the community at large.

dr jeannie khavkinDr. Jeannie Khavkin is a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon, certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery. Her practice, Khavkin Facial Plastic Surgery, specializes in surgical and nonsurgical procedures for the face and neck with emphasis on natural-looking results. She is a board member of Smiles for Survivors Foundation, a local nonprofit that provides oral rehabilitation to breast cancer survivors and donates time to Helping Hands Surgical Care.

julie pazinaJulie Pazina is Director of Sales at Edlen Electrical Exhibition Services overseeing sales in the Las Vegas market, regionally and nationally as well as serving as President of the Las Vegas Hospitality Association. For the International Association of Exhibitions and Events, she has served as a national committee chair, graduated from the Krakoff Leadership Institute and been named 2011 Young Professional of the Year.

The stationery and gift boutique business, Alligator Soup, family owned and operated by Helen Edell and Sharon Carelli, recently celebrated 30 years in business. The store prides itself on having the largest selection of custom invitations, announcements, and stationery in Nevada with two locations, one in northwestern Las Vegas and the other in Green Valley.

davida simsDavida Sims is director of development and communications for Adelson Educational Campus. Sims’ duties include raising money for the school’s scholarship program to provide funds for students in need and Sims is also involved with Clark County’s Truancy Diversion Program. She volunteers her time on a regular basis to help decrease absenteeism in Clark County School District Middle Schools. The program is designed to help support students as they work to improve attendance and grades.

Ali RoesenerGatski Commercial Real Estate Services named Ali Roesener investment sales and leasing associate working with the Bracken/Anderson team. Her duties will include leasing and sales of commercial properties for investment in Las Vegas. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with an honors degree and a degree in real estate. Before joining Gatski Commercial, Roesener served as the director of Southern Nevada Capital Corporation evaluating investments, managing loans and handling real estate distributions.

Jessica CarrollVegas PBS announced today that Jessica Carroll has been appointed ready to learn coordinator for the television station. Carroll is responsible for all ready to learn outreach programs and activities, including the coordination of family workshops focusing on literacy, health, and mathematics in public and private schools and in the community. Carroll has been a member of the Vegas PBS team for more than 12 years, beginning her career as an intern in the station’s production department.

Cindy AguilarCindy Aguilar is a breast cancer survivor who cares for her stepson, Edgar, living with muscular dystrophy. After receiving whole-person, patient-centered breast cancer treatment at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Aguilar resumed her passion for cake decorating and now is a cake decorator at Smith’s Grocery. She is actively involved with Muscular Dystrophy Association and Canine Assistants.

Vanessa ManiagoVanessa Maniago is the vice president of branding and marketing with duties overseeing all advertising and public relations campaign efforts, brand management and all internal and external communications for the United Way of Southern Nevada. Maniago has more than 15 years of experience in advertising, consumer research, marketing and strategic planning, with her passion being in behavior change public health campaigns.

Olya BanchikDr. Olya Banchik established Smiles for Survivors Foundation, a nonprofi t organization created to support breast cancer patients and survivors. Smiles for Survivors raises awareness of the potential oral side effects of cancer treatment, provides preventative and restorative dental treatment for breast cancer patients and survivors. The fi rst organization to address this issue, Dr. Banchik was inspired to start the nonprofi t after her mother, mother-in-law and close friend were diagnosed with breast cancer.

gina robinson billupsGina Robison-Billups is the founder and CEO of The National Association For Moms In Business, the nation’s leading association representing the 15 million entrepreneurial, executive and CEO moms with an outreach to 500,000 women. In addition, Robison-Billups is the managing editor for Moms In Business magazine.

Robison-Billups serves as the voice of business owners who are also mothers and has been recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Las Vegas’ History, as the Home-Based Business Advocate for the state of Nevada from the Small Business Administration, and she was named as a national finalist for The Women’s Congress 2008 Champion for Women Awards.

Robison-Billups has also previously served as the co-chair of the National Healthcare Committee for Women Impacting Public Policy. Most recently, Robison-Billups became a federal appointee to the National Women’s Business Council and serves as an advisor to the President of the United States, Congress and the Small Business Administration on issues concerning women’s business ownership.

Media-saavy, Robison-Billups has been quoted in publications such as Detroit Free Press, iVillage, Las Vegas Woman Magazine, U.S. News and World Report and USA Today. She has also co-authored in The Accomplishment Journal for Working Moms, The Accomplishment Journal for Women Entrepreneurs and The Accomplishment Journal for Women in Sales—the daily planning systems designed for executive women to be more effective, accomplish more in less time and create a sense of balance.

Robison-Billups has been requested to speak on several occasions about moms in business and micro-business issues, the highlight being at the Women’s Summit with First Lady, Michelle Obama.

Robison-Billups is a popular speaker who is widely recognized as fun, engaging, inspirational and capable of covering a wide variety of topics of greatest concern to business owners, marketing professionals and women.