Tasha Schwikert is one of the first scholarship recipients of the Las Vegas Business Academy. Founded in 2011, Las Vegas Business Academy is a nonprofit organization devoted to providing scholarship funds for students pursuing a law degree or master’s degree in business or hospitality management at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Schwikert is a bronze medal winner for the U.S. Gymnastics team during 2000 Olympics and is currently pursuing a Juris Doctorate Degree and expected to graduate in May 2015.

Jolley Urga Woodbury & Little Attorneys at Law announced the appointment of Barbara Yamamoto as the firm’s office administrator. In her new position, Yamamoto will oversee daily operations and manage administrative staff. Yamamoto received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Secondary Education from Adrian College in Adrian, Mich. Yamamoto is active in the Las Vegas chapter of Association of Legal Administrators.

Lillian McMorris has been selected as the 2014 Person of the Year by the Black Music Association & Academy of America. McMorris was honored and recognized for her commitment to community at the BMA “Rock N Soul” awards recently held. McMorris is the host and executive producer of “The Lillian McMorris Show” and owner of Your Resource, a community resource developed to match needs, find solutions and distribute information.

Goodwill of Southern Nevada announced Terri Conway as chief culture officer, a new position for the nonprofit agency. Conway will oversee human resources systems that impact the culture of the organization such as performance management, organizational development, training, performance management, benefits and compensation. A strategic human resources executive, Conway brings extensive people and organizational development experience having held human resource executive roles since 2005, including Senior Vice President of Human Resources for SHFL Entertainment and Vice President of Human Resources for HAVI Logistics, North America.

Samantha Robbins, an alumna of the Class of 1997, is the director of advancement at The Meadows School, a PreK-12 independent college preparatory school. Her duties in the newly formed advancement office include directing all of the marketing, admissions and development efforts of the school. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass.

Susan Holecheck is the current town manager and public information officer of Pahrump. A resident of Nevada since 1991, Holecheck practiced law, served on the Mesquite City Council and was officially sworn in as the first woman mayor of Mesquite. Holecheck left office in 2011 and was approached to become Pahrump’s town manager in 2013.

Colliers International – Las Vegas, announced the company has hired Sandra Naseef and Natalie Hufford.
Naseef has joined the Naseef Investment Services Team and will be responsible for research, development, and communications for the team. Naseef brings almost 30 years of experience in commercial real estate. Naseef is an active member of ISCS and volunteers for the Clark County School District, providing bilingual translation services to students in need.

As administrative assistant, Hufford will assist the industrial team of Mike DeLew and Greg Pancirov with all administrative duties. She is also a recent graduate from College of Southern Nevada with an associate’s degree in deaf studies, American Sign Language. Hufford volunteers with Three Square, ASPCA, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Insurance agent Sarah Loy was named Associate Agent of the Year for the Pacific Intermountain Region at a recent Las Vegas meeting. Loy began working in the insurance industry at 18 years old after being sued for $100,000 after an auto accident. It was then that she realized that many people didn’t understand their insurance coverage and she wanted to be the resource that would help them understand their policy before a claim happened. As an agent with American National Insurance Company, Loy offers her clients a broad line of products and services but she sees her primary role as a teacher.

Quillin Advertising, Public Relations & Social Media has announced two new staff members.
Julia Gilmour will serve as social media strategist. A Las Vegas native, Gilmour returns from Missouri where she attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and obtained a bachelor of journalism degree with an emphasis in strategic communication. Her experience spans areas related to digital and social media marketing, having worked on multiple campaigns for national brands including Purina, Enterprise, Balance Bar and Universal Studios.

Marilyn Valenzuela joins the public relations team as coordinator. A recent graduate, Valenzuela attended the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Aid for AIDS of Nevada announced the appointment of Nikki Ferraro as the new Board of Trustees President for a two-year term after previously serving as vice president. After her grandmother was diagnosed with HIV, Ferraro began volunteering with AFAN over 12 years ago, and her involvement with the organization has grown at every opportunity. As vice president, Ferraro created the agency’s psycho-social wellness group for women of all ages called “Mothers, Sisters, Daughters.”

Sundance Helicopters has hired Pavy Mueller as assistant director of international and group sales. Mueller will be responsible for worldwide corporate and convention group sales with a focus on the Asian market. Mueller brings more than 20 years hospitality industry experience. She has a master’s degree in communications and is fluent in Mandarin, Bahasa Indonesia and English.

Michelle St. Angelo Langdon Flynn Communications, a public relations firm, announced the promotion of Michelle St. Angelo to the role of vice president. St. Angelo had served as the firm’s director of development for the previous three years. St. Angelo will oversee a variety of aspects of public relations for the company that lists such high profile accounts as The Venetian and Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, the Life is Beautiful Festival, AEG Live Las Vegas, Wolfgang Puck Restaurants, Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, Carrot Top, Stations Casinos, Human Nature and Rao’s Restaurant Group among others.

Five local students including Madison Santoli and Marjorie Valeria Matias Evora attended Bank of America’s Student Leadership Summit in Washington D.C., where they were introduced to aspects of civic, social and business leadership. The teens were chosen from among more than 100 local applicants to participate in the bank’s Student Leaders program. The program, now in its 10th year, also allows participants to gain hands-on work experience including paid internships at Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas. One of the selected leaders and the recent valedictorian of West Career and Technical Academy, Santoli, has aspirations to become a bioethicist and ultimately run for Congress.

Vegas PBS has announced the appointment of Annie Emprima-Martin as its new Veterans Coordinator, Tammy McMahan as its communications specialist, Catherine Francisco as Underwriter of Corporate Sponsorships and the appointment of Lori Lea as the new president of Southern Nevada Public Television.

A member of the station’s Workforce Training & Economic Development division, Emprima-Martin is responsible for working with individuals, educators, government entities, nonprofits and business and industry enterprises to connect veterans to educational services, military friendly employment opportunities, community resources, and grant-funded veteran specific programs. Emprima-Martin will also be assisting the station’s Stories of Service initiatives. Emprima-Martin is currently serving as a Staff Sergeant in the Nevada Army National Guard as the 17th Sustainment Brigade Support Operations Financial Management Advisor.

Francisco will be responsible for building support for diverse Vegas PBS television and outreach programs and special events. Francisco earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at San Francisco State University and an associate of arts degree in merchandise marketing at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in San Francisco. She also has a certification in Television and Radio Broadcasting from Ohlone College in Fremont, Calif.

Southern Nevada Public Television provides volunteer, financial, marketing and advocacy support for the television station. Lea has been a member of the board for more than seven years and previously served as Vice President and Secretary. Lea is founding Co-Chair of the Vegas PBS Women’s Engagement Council and a member of the Vegas PBS Charlotte Hill. Owner and publisher of her own company, AECIndustryPro.com LLC, Lea has more than 25 years of experience in the architecture, engineering and construction industries.

McMahan volunteers for the American Red Cross of Southern Nevada where she assists with social media and events. She also serves as a Las Vegas-Clark County Library District volunteer in support of their grant application efforts, and as a member of the Steering Committee of the Vegas Valley Book Festival.

Yasnai Rodriguez has joined the Nevada Health Care Association as administrative support, where she will provide assistance in all areas of administrative oversight, communication and scheduling for the association’s executives. Rodriguez is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she received her degree in law and criminology. A member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the UIC Honors College, she is currently pursuing her law degree at the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law.

Colliers International – Las Vegas, announced the company has hired Chelsy Cardin as marketing project manager. In her role, Cardin oversees all local marketing efforts for Colliers International. She is tasked with creating innovative marketing strategies for the brokerage firm, including increasing its social media presence, hosting local thought-leadership events and distributing ongoing updates and newsletters. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in visual communications from American Intercontinental University and a Master of Business Administration in marketing from the University of Phoenix.

Holly Walczak is the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort’s new human resources manager. She will oversee LVSSR’s employee recruiting, training, evaluation and development programs. She will also work closely with the executive team to identify and create new positions as the area moves forward with its expansion plan. A resident of Las Vegas since 2000, Walczak, a mother of five children, also coaches Little League softball and volunteers for the All-American Booster Club and Parent Teacher Association.

Amie Modglin, a coroner investigator with the Clark County Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner, was recently honored as a Hero with Heart by the Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) of Southern Nevada. Modglin’s professionalism, compassion and heart assisting a family during an unexpected death lead to her being nominated by a TIP volunteer and selected for the honor.

Kling Law Offices, a Las Vegas based estate planning, elder law, asset protection and business planning law firm, announced that Ann Mackey Kling has completed a Master of Laws degree in Elder Law from Stetson University College of Law. This advanced law degree will allow Kling to better serve those in the community needing elder law assistance. Elder law focuses on the care and protection of seniors, guardianships, long term care planning, Medicaid and special needs planning. Kling has been a licensed attorney for more than 20 years.

Michelle D. Alarie, a litigator based in Armstrong Teasdale’s Las Vegas office, was named to the board of directors of the William S. Boyd School of Law Society of Advocates. As a board member, she will be responsible for alumni outreach and organizing competitions hosted by the law school, including the just announced Gaming Law Moot Court Competition and the Judge Lloyd George Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition (the regional competition for the American Bankruptcy Institutes’ Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition).

Colliers International – Las Vegas announced Caitlin Lorreli has joined the Maretti Investment Team as administrative assistant. She obtained a Nevada real estate license in 2005 and began working in commercial real estate in 2008. Lorreli’s education includes being a Juris Doctorate Candidate at the Boyd School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a minor in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Tina Wichmann is the co-owner of BUNNYFiSH Studio. Her work is showcased through projects that include the new Inspire Theatre, Gold Spike, Hydrant Club and Sambalatte (Strip location). Wichmann holds a Master’s in Architecture from University of Nevada, Las Vegas and enjoys using her skills in Las Vegas. Wichmann gives back to the community through guest lectures and critiques at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Samantha Krerowicz, an MBA graduate from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and her mother Beth recently opened Bakeshop at 2550 Anthem Village Dr. In addition to baked from scratch gourmet cupcakes, cookies and tres leches, Bakeshop offers gluten free, no sugar added, low carb, high protein and pure sugar baked goods. Bakeshop will cater in addition to hosting parties and showers.

Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman and the Las Vegas City Council appointed Polly Weinstein, of Tower of Jewels and The Jeweler’s Daughter, to the 12-member board of the Las Vegas Arts Commission. The Arts Commission funds public art projects through the city’s one percent for the arts program and oversees the commissioning of all artwork located on city property. Weinstein is also spearheading a major makeover of their Rampart location where she will implement a series of social and community events as part of their new business strategy. Her father, Jack Weinstein is one of Vegas’ retail pioneers as well as active in the community.