The 8th Annual Women’s Hall of Fame Pioneer Awards honored Rita Vaswani, vice president professional banking relationship manager for Nevada State Bank, with the 2013 Women’s Hall of Fame Pioneer Award. Vaswani is actively involved in the community serving as a board member or volunteer for several nonprofit organizations.

Since 2000, Kitt Langvad has been manager of the race & sports book at Arizona Charlie’s Decatur, one of the few women to hold the position in Las Vegas. This year, Langvad celebrated her 25-year anniversary at Arizona Charlie’s Decatur. For the past five years, Langvad has also worked with the school district on their weekend food program which delivers a nutritious meal to children in low income families.

Christine Evans was named director of security for Arizona Charlie’s Boulder. Evans, a Las Vegas resident for 33 years, is also a certified defensive tactics instructor, management of aggressive behavior instructor, and American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED instructor. In addition to overseeing security of the property, she is also responsible for training new officers and instituting new safety programs. In her free time, Evans is involved in tournament softball games.

Jessica Zimmerman is the new junior account executive at public relations firm, Red 7 Communications. She has a background in media working at the local FOX station as a video editor, assignment desk editor and field producer. She also interned for the local CBS affiliate. Zimmerman will be assisting in day-to-day operations with current accounts, managing social media for the team and will soon manage her own accounts for Red 7.

Western Risk Insurance, which serves Nevada, Arizona, California and Utah, has named Susan Bauman President. Bauman has served in leadership roles at Western Risk for 11 years, most recently as vice president. Bauman, CISR, CPIW, CAS, CIC is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and has two decades’ professional experience with expertise in marketing and sales. She is currently working on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Certification through the National Association of Health Underwriters.

Heather Cook is a licensed broker for Housing Angels, which recently opened a Las Vegas office. Cook and her husband, Housing Angels Founder Dave Dziedzic, launched Housing Angels in 2010 in Phoenix. The company works by pairing “angel” investors with struggling homeowners. The investors purchase an underwater home in a short sale, allowing the original homeowners to remain in the house as tenants with the option to purchase the home back in two to four years.

Chelsey Garcia of Kim Radocy’s fourth grade class at Lowman Elementary School was selected as the winner of the annual Johnson Jacobson Wilcox CPAs’ 2013 Art Contest showcasing why the student is proud to live in America. Johnson Jacobson Wilcox CPAs awarded the school $5,000 and Garcia received a basket of art supplies. Her artwork was also featured on the CPA firm’s Fourth of July card.

Ronna Timpa, founder of Workplace ESL Solutions, has been installed as the English in occupational settings representative for The International Association for Teaching ESL, a world-wide organization with more than 12,000 members. Her role will include fielding questions regarding workplace English as a second language from TESOL members internationally. Timpa will be responsible for knowing all the leading curricula and best practices for the workplace ESL field.

Melanie Mackert, curator for Artistic Lifestyles contemporary fine art gallery, is celebrating her anniversary with the Las Vegas gallery and has recently helped to launch its second gallery in San Diego. A former broadcaster, Mackert manages the gallery, its online presence and is responsible for the events and receptions held at the gallery. She also promotes its artists with showings of their artwork in restaurants and other places of business.

ERA by Ciara in Summerlin’s Market LV celebrated its first anniversary as a business offering makeup application, makeovers and products. Ciara Contreras, founder of ERA by Ciara, studied at Aveda Institute Las Vegas and received a Bachelor of Arts in business management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She gives back to her community through various charitable organizations including the Take Back the Night, Safe Nest, American Heart Association and Spina Bifida Association.

Stephanie Saccucci has been with Sambalatte for more than a year as the manager and administrative assistant to the owner. She enjoys managing the coffee spot and working with dedicated people who are passionate about what they do every day. Prior to her career at Sambalatte, Saccucci was a high school youth director at Valley Bible Fellowship. She continues to devote her time volunteering and mentoring the high school students from VBF and is currently enrolled at College of Southern Nevada studying music.

The Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance announced the appointment of Karey Juencke to the position of economic development coordinator. As economic development coordinator, Juencke serves as a liaison to public, private and nonprofit organizations for business attraction, creation, expansion, and retention activities. She also provides project management and analytical support by conducting research and development for activities and operations involving economic development, redevelopment, land development and business development.

Vegas PBS has announced that former Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada Vice President of Development, Patricia Falvey, has been named the station’s new Director of Development—Corporate Support and Philanthropy. In her new position, Falvey is responsible for leading the sponsorship team in developing corporate and institutional support for Vegas PBS. Previously, Falvey served in the United States Air Force and Air Force Reserves for more than 25 years where she rose through the ranks to serve as a regional vice commander, directing operational activities for military forces in Europe and Turkey.

Elizabeth Hunterton will continue to serve as the executive director of the Epicurean Charitable Foundation. She was motivated by the opportunity to work with an organization that combined some of her greatest passions in life: education, scholarship, mentoring and charitable giving. Hunterton oversees all of the organization’s operations, while working collaboratively with the executive committee and board of directors. She remains actively involved in the Las Vegas community and continues advocacy for children who have been abandoned, abused or neglected.

Robyn R. Manzini has been elected as incoming president and currently serves as vice president of volunteer relations of the board of directors for Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada. Manzini is a Lifetime Member of Girl Scouts of the USA and a recipient of the GSUSA Thanks Badge and First Class Award. Manzini also serves on Girl Scouts’ Finance, Investment, Property and Fundraising Committees. Manzini is a mother of a local Girl Scout and continues to mentor the original troop her daughter, Sabina, started in as a Daisy.

A long-time Las Vegan, Jesika Towbin-Mansour balances her duties as Towbin Automotive’s director of operations and Towbin Motorcars’ co-owner with philanthropic work and being a new mother. Towbin-Mansour oversees every aspect of Towbin Motorcars, from buying and selling exotic motorcars and working closely with high-end clientele, to overseeing marketing and advertising. Towbin-Mansour gained experience alongside her father, Daniel, which would lead her to a career in the automotive industry. Towbin-Mansour is also an ambassador for Three Square Food Bank.

Epicurean Charitable Foundation of Las Vegas has selected four Clark County high school students as scholarship recipients for their 2013 class. This year’s class, with a combined average GPA of 4.19, includes Andrea Rocca-Capano, Aily Rodriguez, Daniela Sanchez and Qin Zhou.

Andrea Rocca-Capano has a 3.8 GPA from Valley High School and plans to pursue a degree in hotel management at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Currently, she serves as vice president of the school’s magnet program for Academy of Hospitality and Tourism Council and recently received first place in Hospitality Service Team Decision Making at the Nevada DECA state competition. Rocca-Capano is also a member of the varsity swimming and flag football teams and is the school’s German Club Ambassador.

Aily Rodriguez, a senior at Valley High School, serves as vice president of the Robotics Club, treasurer of the German Club and a mentor coordinator in the school’s magnet program for Academy of Hospitality and Tourism Council. Rodriguez competes in both track and pole vaulting while displaying her talents at state-wide events on the Sky Pure Pole Vaulting Club. She was named the school’s student of the month in May and holds a 4.06 GPA. Rodriguez plans to pursue a degree in Hotel Management at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Daniela Sanchez attends Valley High School and will pursue a degree in Hotel Management at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Along with an impressive 4.66 GPA, she serves as the Nevada DECA state president and is the student representative to the Nevada State Board of Education. On a local level, she is both the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism Council council president and the student body president and was named Valley High School student of the month for student activities in 2009. Sanchez is a two-time recipient of the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association academic award in leadership, has been a National Honor Society member since 2010 and recently gained hands-on industry experience as a business development intern at VEGAS.com.

Qin Zhou attends Durango High School, holds a 4.3 GPA and will pursue a degree in hotel management at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. A native of southwest China, she is bilingual in Mandarin and English and also participates in the Spanish club at school. She recently completed five AP courses and earned a perfect attendance record from January 2011 to January 2012.

Janice Marie Wilson has authored three books: “The Goodness Experience,” “Athena, Leadership Skills for the New Millennium,” and “The Gift from the Goddess.” Wilson is a speaker and personal advisor, and produced the Las Vegas-based radio show, “The Gift of the Goddess.” She is also the general manager of ECCOCI Boca Park, a high-fashion designer clothing store where she produces a number of in-store and community events.

Janeen Hinden has continued the dreams of her late husband, Michael Hinden, by bringing Dinner in the Sky, the first open-air aerial dining and entertainment experience to Las Vegas. Dinner in the Sky will offer an open-air dining experience for up to 44 guests at 180 feet off the ground. Hinden serves as a board member of the Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation and the Michael Hinden Medical Clinic in Liberia, named for her late husband.

The estate planning law firm of Jeffrey Burr has announced Angie Dwinell as their new director of operations and marketing and Sandy Simpson will assume a new position as marketing coordinator, in addition to her continued role as family services representative for the Elder Law Division.
Dwinell brings 10 years of legal administration experience. She has been a member of the Association of Legal Administrators since 2006 and currently serves as the Las Vegas Chapter’s President.

Along with her duties for the estate planning law firm of Jeffrey Burr, Simpson is involved with and serves as a committee member for Nathan Adelson Hospice, Aging Services Directors Organization and the Alzheimer’s Association, where she spoke at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s event alongside a panel, including Mayor Goodman.

BoardSource has announced that Stacey Wedding has been named a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer. Wedding is now certified to offer governance training among nonprofit organizations in the western region of the United States using BoardSource-approved curriculum in the following areas: roles and responsibilities of nonprofit boards, board-staff partnership, board structure, board’s role in fundraising, the board-building cycle and board performance assessment.

Clark County Credit Union has promoted Terri Kight to mortgage loan officer in the home loan division and Jill Hart to mortgage loan processor.
Kight’s first experience with CCCU was as a member and now has been an employee for 10 years. Prior to her promotion, Kight was a financial services representative in the consumer lending department.

Hart will be processing loans for the real estate department. With 25 years of banking experience, Hart is celebrating her 17th year with CCCU where she began as a teller.

Owners (and mother/daughter) Cindy Nickerson and Laurie Nickerson of Dewey Street, a place for arts and crafts in Las Vegas, hosted an event to benefit young adults from The Gay and Lesbian Center of Southern Nevada. The crafting lesson, which included quilling and decoupage, used product donated by The Shutter Store, also a Las Vegas-based business. The event was designed as a creative outlet for expression.

Brittney Cobb, executive secretary at Suncoast Hotel and Casino and owner of Fit for the Crown, was inducted into the Women’s Hall of Fame by the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Nevada. Since 2009, Cobb has played a key role in leading and guiding young ladies and women through pageantry. In addition to pageants, Cobb is active in several volunteer and charitable efforts in Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas Natural History Museum has named Heather Valera to its board of directors. Currently the marketing director for Galleria at Sunset, Valera’s experience in marketing and partnership building will help the museum attract new visitors and expand its reach within the local community. As a board member, Valera will help the organization to meet its mission of inspiring the public to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the natural world, the sciences and themselves through educational exhibits and programs.

Founder Charissa Davidovici has expanded Sugar Factory to five locations on the Las Vegas Strip, one in New York City and in the Bahrain in the Middle East. A graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Davidovici has made Sugar Factory a philanthropic part of the Las Vegas community through its support of the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation, The Shade Tree, Lied Animal Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada, Keep Memory Alive and Toys for Tots.

Project 150, a local nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless, displaced and disadvantaged students at 15 high schools in Southern Nevada, has named Kayli Barker student spokeswoman. Barker, a 15-year-old student and NASCAR racing phenomenon, will help raise awareness about Project 150. Barker began her racing career at the age of 8 and in 2012 became the youngest female to win a NASCAR Whelen All American Series Race.

Sonja and Ursula Bettendorf are a mother and daughter team and owners of Tipsy Totes, a company that designs unique wine and spirit totes. Sonja Bettendorf serves as president and her daughter Ursula Bettendorf serves as creative director. A member of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, Ursula Bettendorf likes ceramics, traveling and a glass of wine in her free time. Sonja Bettendorf is also an active member of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce.

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