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Monika Haczkiewicz is the first dancer from Las Vegas to pass to the finals in Young America Grand Prix, the world’s largest international student dance competition open to dance students 8 to 19 years old. She performed a contemporary piece and a variation from Don Quixote for her classical. Haczkiewicz was one of 17 finalists chosen from around the world and is one of nine representing the United States. Haczkiewicz performed a variation from Giselle at The Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. After the performance, Haczkiewicz received multiple offers. She spent time at Royal Winnipeg Ballet over the summer and was asked to join to study to become a principal dancer.
Temple Sinai of Las Vegas announced that Heather Klein is the new Cantorial Soloist. Klein is a classically trained singer who performs opera, Yiddish classical song, theater and folk music, as well as other styles. For the past decade, she has performed across the U.S., Canada and Europe as a soloist and as part of various musical groups and opera companies. Klein, who grew up in Las Vegas, has her bachelor’s and master’s degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
KPS3 Marketing, a full-service marketing and digital communications firm, has named Katie Coleman Vice President of Accounts. She joined the KPS3 crew in 2012 as an account director, bringing more than a decade of experience in writing, strategy, planning, account and project management, public relations, advertising, events and digital marketing. Coleman now leads the agency’s account management team. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Body Heat Hot Pilates & Yoga named longtime yogi longtime yogi Ceci Sanchez general manager. A practicing yogi for 15 years, her goal as the general manager for Body Heat is to share this lifestyle with as many people as possible. Sanchez grew up in Colorado and has lived in Las Vegas for 13 years. A mother of two boys, Sanchez enjoys all types of physical fitness activities and making jewelry for her friends and family.
Jessica Peralta RN, BSN, is the owner of FIT4MOM Las Vegas, a holistic approach to motherhood, helping moms by offering support and ongoing education all while inspiring their children to emulate their moms and make fitness a fun and important part of their lives. The program also provides moms with the opportunity to meet other mothers, engage in playgroups with their babies and form lasting friendships. Peralta worked as a critical care nurse and clinical professor before having her daughter and changing careers.
The Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce selected Andrea Dixon as Chamber Employee of the Quarter. Dixon is a Member Engagement Liaison. She answers members’ questions, teaches and assists members to fully utilize benefits available to them, reminds them about upcoming events, helps them to recognize opportunities to connect with other members and works in the community. Dixon has been with the chamber over eight years.
American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada hosted its 13th annual Celebration of Civil Liberties event to celebrate the Nevada chapter’s achievements. Former United States Congresswoman Shelley Berkeley was presented the 2015 Emilie Wanderer Civil Libertarian of the Year award. Berkley was the first woman to serve in Nevada’s First Congressional District, which she held for seven terms. Berkley now serves as CEO and Senior Provost for Touro University’s Nevada and California campuses. The ACLU of Nevada’s Emilie Wanderer Civil Libertarian of the Year award is given to individuals who have significantly contributed to the protection and advancement of civil liberties in Nevada. It is named in honor of Emilie Wanderer, one of Las Vegas’ first female attorneys and a long-time civil rights advocate.
Native Las Vegan Lisa Escobar, owner of Lisa Escobar Design, is an interior decorator and stylist who has completed a wide range of projects in an impressive amount of time. Over the past three years she has consulted and managed high-end residential and commercial spaces involving custom furnishings, new home designs, on the Las Vegas Strip condo transformations and restaurant construction.
At Lisa Escobar Design, Austrie Messer leads the design assistant team and is also the project coordinator for Encore Upholstery and Design. Messer graduated this past spring with a degree in interior design from Brigham Young University Idaho campus.
Ronna Timpa, founder of Workplace ESL Solutions, was recently awarded the 2015 Microenterprise Business of the Year by the Small Business Administration. She also just delivered a powerful TEDx Talk at the Fremont East Tedx Event entitled “Exclusion is an Invisible Disease.” Workplace ESL Solutions has recently added clients in Illinois and Florida, making the company bi-coastal. Timpa is also on the founding council of Women in Lodging.
Cirque du Soleil performers Bill May and Christina Jones won as the first world champions of a mixed synchronized swimming event. The “O” performers took home two gold medals after competing in the first-ever mixed duet at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia. “O” is performed at Bellagio Resort & Casino.
Project 150 has appointed Meli Pulido (left) and Harper Ko (not pictured) to its board of directors. Pulido served as executive director of Project 150 for two years. Ko joined the Project 150 advisory board in early 2015, prior to her being appointed to the board of directors. As executive director of Project 150 for two years, Pulido was responsible for helping the organization grow from serving 12 to 38 Nevada schools, in addition to establishing key community partnerships with the City of Las Vegas, Zappos and Cirque du Soleil.
Chelsea Davis is a laser technician and master esthetician with Surgical Dermatology & Laser Center, where she performs laser dermatology treatments such as chemical peels, skin tag removal, facial rejuvenation treatments, tattoo removal and acne scar treatments. Davis received training through the National Institute of Medical Aesthetics and is NCEA certified. She is also a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery.
Patti Stewart, Pearl Director with Damsel in Defense, obtained a new self-defense instructor certification from Defend University. She can teach Girls on Guard, Defending our Girls and Defense against Weapons programs. Steward is looking forward to bringing the self-defense programs to Las Vegas and help teach more women to be safe wherever they are in the community.
Jane Armstrong, a Realtor with Signature Realty, has been elected president of Architectural and Decorative Arts Society Las Vegas. ADAS-LV is the oldest Las Vegas group dedicated to the creative fields that is not driven by occupation. ADAS-LV is a diverse organization made up of architects, designers in all fields and artists in all areas of work. Armstrong has worked for almost 20 years as a Realtor and has placed in the top 3 percent of all real estate agents in the National Association of Realtors.
Cyndy Robbins is the content director at Vegas PBS and has been working in this field for over 20 years. Robbins started as the Director of Programming and, during her time at Vegas PBS, she has overseen several departments, including master control, traffic, programming, communications and membership.
The 10th annual Senoras of Excellence and Senores of Distinction ceremony honored six individuals that have excelled in their professions and corporations that have contributed to the enrichment of the community. Honored Senoras were Angelica Quiroz-Maralason, employed by the Las Vegas Valley Water District in public relations for the Springs Preserve; Tina Quigley, general manager of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada and Nancy Houssels, co-founder of the Nevada Ballet Theatre and a founder of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Lisa Bybee-Ferrell is Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Success Coach overseeing LisaListen, a division of JessTalk Speaking & Coaching Firm. Her primary focus is on helping women improve the quality of their lives in a global way while mastering the art of relationships. Bybee-Ferrell has sharpened her coaching and sales training experience for more than 76,430 hours and recently received the 2015 Women of Distinction Award in the Professional Services category.
Melynda Montano is a new mortgage loan processor. In this capacity, Montano will mediate between members, real estate brokers and loan officers to ensure proper and timely processing of all mortgage loan paperwork.
Diane Gandy was recently appointed president of the Nevada Hotel and Lodging Association. Her responsibilities include organizational leadership and industry strategic partnerships. She is the 2015 recipient of the NAWBO Women of Distinction award in the Gaming, Hospitality and Convention Services category. Gandy successfully launched the Nevada chapter of Women in Lodging in partnership with the American Hotel and Lodging Association and leads the executive council. She also manages the annual statewide Stars of the Industry Hospitality awards gala scheduled for Oct.14 at the Vdara Hotel and Spa.
The Anti-Defamation League has named Jolie Brislin as Nevada regional director. She has served for seven years as Nevada Director of Development for the ADL, which works to stop the defamation of Jews and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Before joining the ADL, Brislin was with the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas. She received her Bachelor of Arts in political science, with a minor in business from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Christine Nolan (second from left) was part of the team that took first place in the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition, a statewide contest that encourages college and university students to use their ingenuity to create tomorrow’s businesses. MovéoMedics took first place for SmartOrtho Detect, a shoe insole system designed to detect the earliest stages of diabetic complications that can lead to open foot wounds and amputation in the most severe cases. The company is a collaboration among University of Nevada, Las Vegas allied health sciences professor Janet Dufek, engineering associate dean Mohamed Trabia and UNLV students John Landrith, James Lutz, Erin Schroeder and Peter Puglisi.
Beauty Kitchen by Heather Marianna (left) has teamed up with TV reality star Farrah Abraham to release a seasonal limited edition “Mommy and Me” spa kit designed to enhance the bath time bonding experience between mother and child. The kit, created exclusively by the TV reality star and inspired by daughter Sophia, will be released quarterly and will feature five to seven travel-size seasonally scented spa goodies for both mom and little one.
Jen Kong is one of the founders as well as event coordinator and business manager of Korabo, a Taiko performance group and school. She embraces the Japanese culture by learning the language and customs. She also builds drums and equipment, teaches classes and coaches a high school Taiko group. Taiko is an amazing Japanese art form that can be compared to the form and beauty of martial arts with a musical aspect to it. When Kong is not concentrating on Korabo, she works at the Suncoast Hotel and Casino.
New member services representatives will assist members with opening new accounts and financial transactions made at the branch. New staff includes Aubrey Swanson, Brittney Roper, Jessica Spurlin, Lori Egan and Sherie Rodriguez.
The Las Vegas Chapter of the National Association for Catering and Events was awarded NACE Chapter of the Year during its gala. NACE is the oldest and largest catering association encompassing all aspects of the catering industry. NACE offers educational programs, professional certification, chapter initiatives, networking opportunities, recognition and awards programs, a job bank and community service.
Taryna Wallace, a single mother with four children, was given the chance for a new start with the help of Habitat for Humanity and Wells Fargo. After 300 hours of sweat, hard work and dedication, Wallace cut the red ribbon to her first home that she would own. Wallace’s family is the 104th recipient of a home from Habitat for Humanity, and the owner of the seventh home that Wells Fargo has sponsored. Habitat for Humanity’s mission is to eradicate poverty housing and has partnered with Wells Fargo for several projects.
Joelle Jenson is president of The Gypsy Mobile Minister, a one-stop shop for weddings. She is a minister with a CDL commercial drivers license and her vehicle is used as a limousine. Jenson will pick up clients, drive them anywhere in Southern Nevada, marry them, and bring them back to their destination. Jenson has worked as a singer, actress, Cher impersonator, magician’s assistant, musician and songwriter before creating her new business.