Theresa Fette is the chief executive oﬃcer and partner of Provident Trust Group, a trust and self-directed IRA custodian, specializing in alternative investments. She is nationally recognized for her expertise in domestic and international income and estate tax planning for the high net worth individuals including tax planning for the sale of an appreciated asset. She was recognized in 2012 as one of Fortune’s most powerful women entrepreneurs and is a leader in the Las Vegas’ Entrepreneur Organization chapter.
Madga Hirsch has been promoted to director of fund development at Goodwill of Southern Nevada. She brings more than 17 years of nonprofit experience in program development, accreditation, fundraising and donor relations. Her professional affiliations include the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Grant Professionals Association. Additionally, she has earned a Certified in Volunteer Administration credential and currently serves on the CVA Peer Assessment Committee.
Toby O’Brien has been hired as chief marketing officer for 777 Gaming Inc. She currently manages the marketing for Casuarina Casino at Westin Las Vegas and Carson Station Hotel Casino in Carson City. O’Brien frequently presents at national gaming marketing conferences and has published casino marketing articles in industry trade magazines including Native American Casino, Indian Country Today, IGWB, Casino Journal, Strictly Slots and Casino Player.
Crystal Petrello, MS RD LD, has teamed up with a group of personal trainers and behavior therapists to create ReNew Life – Las Vegas, guiding participants through a free weight loss program. She owns the dietary consulting firm Crystal Clear Wellness & Nutrition and co-authored “But I’m Hungry.” Petrello is the delegate for the Nevada affiliate for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, spokesperson for Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine for Las Vegas and the Nevada Dietetic Association and the delegate associate for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for Nevada.
Tiffany Andersen, medical aesthetician and holistic health practitioner, has launched Gavee Gold non-toxic skin care line with a portion of proceeds to benefit the breast cancer awareness program, “Send me on Vacation” in honor of her mother, Marsha Marie Leitner, who lost the fight in 1998. Andersen, who survived cancer as well as a car accident that nearly left her paralyzed, has released a biography, “Finding Faith” along with hosting a television series to raise awareness about health of the skin.
Cynthia Vespia is a Las Vegas native who has released her latest thriller, “Lucky Sevens” and will donate a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Colon Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai in honor of her father, Charles Vespia Jr., an entertainer on the Las Vegas Strip for 20 years who lost his battle in late 2012. She is also penning a new self-help/training manual on how to overcome grief through exercise and nutrition.
Helene Neville is a 53-year-old four-time cancer survivor, nurse, fitness coach, transcontinental runner, nationally known speaker and author of two books: “Nurses In Shape: The Right Dose!” and “One on the Run – 93 Days Across America.” In 2010, she ran from California to Florida and in 2013 from Vancouver to Mexico. From these journeys, she organized the 2013 National Nurses Health Institute Speaker Series and National Nurses Half Marathon and 5K Race in Las Vegas.
Sheri Goldstrom handles all the Goldstrom family ventures, museum, car collection, Nostalgia Street Rods and charitable efforts. At the beginning of the business, Goldstrom earned her commercial driver’s license and hauled debris and scrap from the Goldstrom Enterprises demolition of the Stardust, Dunes and Hacienda hotel and casinos. A picture on the wall of her office shows her standing next to an 18-wheel 1989 Peterbilt with a 13-speed transmission that she can operate.
Houldsworth Russo & Company recently promoted Jessica Sayles, CPA to principal. She has been with Houldsworth, Russo & Company since 2007 and previously was an audit manager. Sayles is a UNLV graduate with a Bachelor of Science in business administration with an accounting focus and a Master of Science in accountancy. She is a licensed accountant in Nevada.
Anita Mann, owner of Anita Mann Productions, is the producer, director and choreographer for “FANTASY” at the Luxor (celebrating 14 years) and has most recently produced and directed a show starring NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback Terry Bradshaw at The Mirage Hotel & Casino. She runs a company comprised of all women and has been honored by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences as one of America’s top five contemporary choreographers. She is the recipient of six Emmy nominations including one Emmy Award win.
Latoya Holman has opened the Blowout Dollhouse in The Market LV at Tivoli Village; influenced by Holman’s passion for cute tea shops and the regular need to straighten her curly hair. Holman’s professional background is in human resources, marketing and public relations, community outreach and national LGBT advocacy. As a national board member of the Human Rights Campaign and a leader for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Holman connected her creativity and business knowledge with her passion to care for others.
JuveRest LLC co-founder, Dr. Goesel Anson, a nationally recognized and top-ranked Las Vegas plastic surgeon who specializes in facial aesthetics, recently debuted her invention, JuveRest The Sleep Wrinkle Pillow, to national audiences on QVC. The uniquely shaped, patented pillow is designed to provide comfortable support while reducing facial compression during sleep which, over time, causes facial wrinkles. Dr. Anson spent more than five years developing JuveRest as an easy and logical addition to good skin care.
Dr. Nicole Dalessadro joins the newly formed Desert Institute of Specialty Care in Las Vegas. A podiatric surgeon recruited from the Philadelphia VA Medical Center, she specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of foot disorders. Her areas of expertise include foot and ankle, surgical procedures, diabetes, wound care and sports medicine. Desert Institute of Specialty Care plans to further expand its specialty services with the addition of general orthopedics and internal medicine specialists.
Cher Hale, program director for Influencer Academy, with a goal of teaching women how to make change through business savvy and communication, raised more than $3,300 for the nonprofit Hero School, which educates students and the homeless how to achieve their goals and transform their lives. What inspired Hale was a homeless man who approached her for money. Instead, she bought him lunch and listened to his story, which led her to raise awareness and money to help the homeless.
With more than 20 years’ experience in the furniture industry as an interior designer, furniture buyer and showroom owner; Jill Thomson has opened Jill Thomson Design. She recently completed a full remodel of Wayne Newton’s former residence within 30 days using many local businesses. She was inspired by her father, designer Milton Homer and would attend furniture markets with her father, read Architectural Digest and developed her skills in the industry at a young age.
Melanie Bash brings more than 25 years of experience to her current position as events director at Easter Seals Nevada. Previously, Bash worked as the director of events and corporate sponsorships for Eleven Spa Vegas, director of events and conferences at The White House in Las Vegas. A graduate of California State University Northridge, Bash is also active in the International Special Events Society, the Convention Services Association, the American Marketing Association and the Las Vegas Hospitality Association.
Francie Stocking has been named chief executive officer for Western Risk Insurance. Stocking previously served in leadership roles at Western Risk for 12 years, most recently as chief operations officer. Stocking was named the Las Vegas Insurance Professional in 2008 and has two decades’ professional experience with expertise in underwriting and sales. She has earned the Certified Insurance Service Representative, Certified Professional Insurance Woman, Certified Apartment Supplier, Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist and Certified Insurance Counselor designations.
Longtime resident Kelley Thomas, owner of Kelley’s Kreations, designs Barbie, Ken and American girl doll clothes for gifts and other occasions. She started her business while making doll clothes for fun while recovering from a major illness. She also owns Sin City Pet Clothes, creating clothing for pets. Thomas does not allow her disability to prevent her from working numerous vendor fairs and events each year as well as maintaining the business online.
Patricia Lee, a Partner with Hutchison & Steffen, has become the first Nevada attorney to receive the American Bar Association’s national Pro Bono Publico Award for her demonstrated outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services for the poor and disadvantaged. Lee, one of three attorneys in the country to receive the award this year, was honored at the Pro Bono Publico Awards Assembly Luncheon during the ABA Annual Meeting. Lee forged a unique partnership to formally adopt an entire practice group (domestic violence), ensuring that all such cases would be handled completely and effectively. This marked the first time a law firm had ever adopted an entire Legal Aid practice group.
Mother and daughter team Jessica Poole and Renee Poole hold estate sales and own a 12,000-square-foot warehouse filled with estate liquidation items. The team has announced the opening of their auction house at their warehouse location. Renee Poole has been an estate liquidator for over 25 years known as Call Renee Estate Liquidation and Jessica Poole joined the business when they opened the estate liquidation warehouse known as Not Just Antiques.
Brenda Prinzavalli, nationally known speaker, author, organizing strategist, consultant and Vegas’ FOX5-TV organization editor has released her book, “31 Days to an Organized Life: Regain Your Sanity in Just One Month of Simple Actions.” As president of Balanced Organizing Solutions, a professional organizing service, she offers on-site and virtual consulting, upbeat presentations and corporate workshops that encourage audiences to transform their personal and professional lives through mastery of behaviors that lead to control of their actions and environment.
Nancy Momcilovic, Esq. is president of Firm Revenue Cycle Management Services, Inc., which works with hospital providers across the country. She received her dual undergraduate degrees in psychology and business administration from Marquette University and her Juris Doctor degree from the William S. Boyd School of Law. Momcilovic has more than 20 years of experience in receivable management for healthcare entities and has dedicated her career to assisting hospitals resolve challenging revenue cycle obstacles.
Amy French is a loan officer with Castle & Cooke Mortgage at the company’s newest branch office. French works on behalf of home buyers, optimizing their opportunities through collaboration with realtors. After five years of zigzagging across the United States and Canada as a corporate trainer, French established her own mortgage broker company before joining Castle & Cooke.
Las Vegas native Michelle Gott is a versatile, award-winning harpist active in the United States and Canada. When she was 13 years old, she performed for the opening week of the Bellagio with her mother, Caryn Wunderlich Gott. In December, Michelle Gott will return to perform in the Conservatory at the Bellagio. She is a graduate of Juilliard and has played with the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, on Broadway and at Lincoln Center.
Vegas PBS announced Shauna Lemieux has been named communications and brand manager for the station. In her new position, Lemieux will develop and implement strategic communication plans to support the mission and goals of Vegas PBS, oversee brand development and direct and manage all public relations, advertising, design and production activities. Lemieux graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and a Master of Arts degree. Lemieux is a member of the Association for Business Communication, Southwest U.S. Region.
The Ferraro Group, a statewide public relations and public affairs firm, recently announced the addition of award-winning, veteran journalist and communications professional Amanda Llewellyn as the firm’s newest account executive. In her new role, Llewellyn will be responsible for developing and overseeing public relations efforts for clients, creating marketing strategies, and handling media relations, social media coordination and community relations campaigns.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was recently held for the grand opening and expansion of Bodybuilding.com, an online sports nutrition store, into Southern Nevada. Bodybuilding.com executives presented a check for $2,500 for the annual Keeping Kids Fit 5K Race and 1 Mile Walk event hosted by Vegas PBS.
Claudia Balfe-Taylor is now offering her public relations consulting services to small businesses. Her experience includes branding, website development, event planning, social media management, copywriting, editing and strategic planning for public relations campaigns. She has also launched Hot Yoga Revitalized, which offers Yoga Alliance certified teacher trainings to individuals and hot yoga studios and Balfe-Taylor is currently planning trainings in Australia and Mexico as well as a yoga retreat in Panama.