Leslie Sims, MSPH, MD, FAAO, is a board-certified Ophthalmologist and the founder of The Sims Center LV for Eyelid and Facial Aesthetics. With more than 15 years of experience, she specializes in Oculoplastic. She completed her residency at the University Of South Florida School Of Medicine followed by fellowship training in Oculoplastic, Orbital and Reconstructive Surgery at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary and The Manhattan Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital.
Colliers International – Las Vegas announced the company has hired Angela Bates as an investment associate and promoted Delia Dominguez to senior associate.
Bates will be working with the company’s investment services team, which is responsible for investment strategy, acquisition and due diligence, ongoing investment management and disposition. Her focus will be on retail and triple-net investments.
In her new role, Dominguez will serve in both Colliers International’s office and healthcare services divisions, representing various local and national tenants. Her responsibilities will include property analysis and trend research in the Las Vegas real estate market, specializing in office and medical properties.
Florence Rogers has been promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer by the NVPR Board of Directors. Rogers is currently in her third year of being an elected Member-Director for National Public Radio, where she helps set policies and overall direction for the nearly 600 frequencies operated by 270-plus NPR member stations nationwide and 17 bureaus worldwide. She is also the Chair of Leadership Las Vegas, a program of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce.
The Firm Public Relations & Marketing hired Lauren Sasso as an assistant public relations specialist. Sasso joins The Firm with two years of public relations agency experience servicing entertainment, hospitality and corporate clients. Sasso moved to Las Vegas in 2012 from Arizona. Her work experience in Arizona included public relations positions with Martz Agency and Crosby Wright. She is a 2012 graduate of Arizona State University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in communications.
Rampart Casino has appointed Joanne Farwell as bingo manager for its new Bingo Room. Farwell will be responsible for all operation including safeguarding assets, hiring personnel, reviewing reports, growing and sustaining business, preparing budgets and customer service. Farwell previously assisted with the opening of bingo halls at Arizona Charlie’s Boulder and The Hotel Nevada & Gambling Hall. She’s also spent the last eight years as a bingo supervisor at South Point Hotel & Casino.
Author, photographer and publicist Mary Vail, 2012 honoree for Make A Difference Day, was selected as one of five finalists for the 2014 Make A Difference Day All-Star Award. While she didn’t win, Vail’s 15th annual food drive at a Smith’s supermarket collected more than 4,700 pounds of non-perishables for the Salvation Army food bank — enough to feed 235 families for a week with a total 27 tons collected the past 15 years. Vail led 20 volunteers in inviting shoppers to donate just one item.
The Salvation Army announced that Major Kelly Pontsler will be serving as the Clark County Coordinator for the organization. With 28 years of service in Africa, Europe and in the United States Western Territory, Major Pontsler comes to Las Vegas following a two year assignment as Marion-Polk Counties Coordinator and Kroc Center Administrator for The Salvation Army, based in Salem, Ore. The Major will be overseeing all of the programs for The Salvation Army in Southern Nevada.
Jamie Frost is an attorney at Marquis Aurbach Coffing. A Las Vegas native and graduate of Cimarron Memorial High School, Frost obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in government, sociology and anthropology from the University of Redlands. Frost earned her juris doctorate from the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV, where she graduated magna cum laude. In her spare time, Frost enjoys spending time with her husband, traveling, playing volleyball and taking Pilates classes.
Alexandra Walsh, M.D., MSPH is board certified in pediatric hematology oncology and is now seeing patients at the Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada. Dr. Walsh developed a passion for pediatrics during medical school and in addition to seeing patients being treated for all types of cancer and blood disorders, she is director of the Specialty Center’s Long Term Follow Up clinic addressing the specialized needs of childhood cancer survivors.
Another new physician to the Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada is Nik Abdul-Rashid, M.D. Dr. Rashid is active in clinical research and teaching. The board certified pediatric hematology and oncology physician is also an adjunct faculty member of Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine and University of Nevada School of Medicine. Dr. Rashid volunteers with Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation as an educational facilitator in providing lectures and workshops to the community.
XYIENCE, a leading sports nutrition company and maker of Xenergy, the official energy drink of the UFC, has promoted Aimee Wenske to brand and social media manager. Wenske is credited with conceptualizing retail and online promotions including social media content producing triple-digit growth and the brand’s first manufacturers’ couponing program, which yielded nearly 500,000 participants and a 37 percent redemption rate. She also orchestrated the XYIENCE Power to Win campaign, which recently debuted in Las Vegas, and works with athletes to reach fitness-minded adults.
As a world traveler and entrepreneur, 30 year-old Alexandra Lourdes wanted to explore beyond tourist attractions and seek out the city’s unknown hotspots that locals enjoy. With this in mind, Lourdes co-founded Unlokt: a website and mobile app that allows others to find these places. In addition to pursuing her Ph.D., Lourdes and her partner plan to launch Unlokt nationally in the coming months.
Radha Chanderraj was recently appointed as the director of estate planning, gaming and medical division for The Bogatz Law Group. Chanderraj, an attorney and a CPA with approximately 10 years of legal experience estate planning, business planning, elder law and gaming services will continue running her own practice, Chanderraj Law Offices. Chanderraj is involved in a number of community efforts including her membership on the community board of Dignity Health/St. Rose Dominican Hospital.
Evita Allen opened Blow N Go Hairbar as a blow-dry finishing salon (not offering any cuts or coloring services). Located in Village Square in the northwest (with 15 other women-owned businesses), Allen wanted to create a relaxing, pampering environment to cater to specific style needs using BlowPro products. Guests are offered complimentary beverages while being shampooed in shiatsu shampoo chairs. Blow N Go also offers braids, ponytails and on-the-go styling. Allen is a philanthropist, wife and mother of three.
Nathan Adelson Hospice today announced the appointment of Lynn Stange to the position of chief compliance officer. A former team member, Stange worked for Nathan Adelson in 2003 as director of staff development and regulatory compliance. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and a Master’s of Arts degree in organizational management. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, which is the Honor Society for Nursing, and has emerged as a key leader on regulatory compliance.
The Modern Contemporary Art Museum announced its first official museum employee. Melanie Coffee, an experienced and passionate activist for the arts, has assumed the role of project manager for The Modern. Coffee has held positions in several Las Vegas museums, including UNLV’s Marjorie Barrick Museum, The Neon Museum and Liberace Foundation, since moving to Las Vegas. In 2012, she graduated with distinction from the University of Leicester with a master’s degree in Museum Studies.
Akita McCulloch is a business services specialist at Goodwill of Southern Nevada marketing Goodwill’s job placement and training programs to local businesses. She has owned and operated several companies including her most recent, Bottoms Up Lingerie, which launched in December 2013. Shortly after moving to Las Vegas in 2008, McCulloch founded a social group for women who are new to the area and plans at least two events each month for the group.
The Solutions Foundation named Donna Ruthe president of the board of directors, filling the vacancy left by David Marlon. Ruthe is Broker/Owner of Today’s Realty, Inc., a Southern Nevada real estate company that represents the culmination of Ruthe’s leadership in the Southern Nevada real estate market since 1981. She dedicates her time to the State of Nevada Medical Examiner’s Board (Governor’s Appointee) and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board (Governor’s Appointee).
Snell & Wilmer announced that the Board of Governors of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers has named Nevada attorney Mandy Shavinsky a Fellow for admission to the Class of 2014. Shavinsky handles a wide array of complex real estate matters with an emphasis on commercial finance, loan workouts, real estate transactions and real estate development. She has provided advice to national, regional and local homebuilders and developers in connection with mixed-use projects and high-rise resort, condominium and condominium hotel developments.