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Chef Lucky Thai specializes in preparing authentic, fresh and healthy Thai food and offers services include catering, cooking classes, meal plans and working as a personal chef. Achievements include being a recipient of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Customer Service Excellence Award. In the community she supports charity organizations and schools by donating food and personal chef services to benefactors such as the Asian American and Pacific Islander Democratic Caucus, Elite Dance Academy, Goolsby Elementary School and EMG Cares Foundation.
The Meadows School has named longtime faculty member Shana Marek as director of Lower School. Marek joined the Meadows family as a faculty member when the school first opened in 1984 and brings decades of teaching experience to her new position. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree from The University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
The Shade Tree Shelter, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women, children and their pets affected by domestic violence and crisis, has hired Suzey Sligh Van Ness as director of development. In her new position, Van Ness will be responsible for developing fundraising programs for the organization, managing overall development efforts to raise monetary funds, overseeing grant applications and proposals and promoting annual giving opportunities to support overall shelter needs.
Patti Gerace is the director of marketing for Walker Furniture. Her responsibilities include budget planning and special event promotions like Home for the Holidays plus the company’s placement and production of all media. Gerace also handles Best Mattress and the Walker Clearance Centers under the Walker umbrella and tracks all expenditures for these companies. Gerace has over 35 years of advertising experience in Las Vegas, spending 10 years in the hotel industry and the remainder working for local advertising agencies. She served as president for the Las Vegas Advertising Federation from 2002-2004 and volunteers for several nonprofit organizations.
The College of Southern Nevada announced that Juanita LeFlore Chrysanthou is its new vice president for student affairs. She comes to CSN from the Lone Star College System, where she served as vice chancellor of student success. She also has experience with the Nevada System of Higher Education, serving as vice president for student services at Truckee Meadows Community College. Chrysanthou brings over 25 years of experience in higher education administration to her duties at CSN.
Jasmine Pedroso, M.D., has successfully completed an extensive minimally invasive surgical training program in Women’s Health. She decided to make Las Vegas her home and accepted a position with WellHealth Medical Group. Dr. Pedroso is a skilled surgeon as well as a highly sought-after Ob-Gyn. She will be practicing in the WellHealth Women’s Specialty Care centers in Henderson and the southwest area.
For the fifth consecutive year, Holland & Hart LLP has received Gold Standard Certification from the Women in Law Empowerment Forum. WILEF Gold Standard certification recognizes leadership roles achieved by equity women partners, rather than the policies or practices of the firm or the overall number or percentage of women in the partnership. Only 44 firms in the country met this year’s qualifying criteria, and Holland & Hart is one of only eight firms that met all six of the qualifying criteria. Constance Akridge is a partner and for over 25 years has provided counsel on a variety of litigation and regulatory/administrative matters to insurance and health care clients.
Julia Lopez, along with Jacob Gallegos, Shahab Zargari and Kevin Sanders, launched Higher Ground, a creative agency built on 40 years of industry experience in the fields of advertising, marketing, film, photography, visual brand development and project management. Dedicated to socially conscious advertising that highlights meaningful brand stories, Higher Ground donates 1 percent of all revenue to a client-chosen charity.
South Point Hotel’s Costa Del Sur Spa and Salon has promoted Jody Corpuz to director of spa and salon operations to oversee all spa, salon, retail and fitness offerings. Corpuz joined the Costa Del Sur Spa and Salon as a spa receptionist in July 2006. Through exceptional work and determination, Corpuz was quickly promoted to assistant spa director. Corpuz will oversee the spa and salon staff while hiring and training new members, communicating with hotel executives to execute goals, as well as creating menu of services and amenities for guests.
Lokelani Higa joined The Ferraro Group as a PR assistant account executive. She will be assisting in the Las Vegas office with public relations, media communications, social media, content creation and events. Originally from Florida, Higa has a general Associate of Arts degree from College of Southern Nevada and is working toward a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and media studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Mike Mixer, executive managing director of Colliers International–Las Vegas, announced the company has hired Courtney Goffstein as marketing project manager. In her role, Goffstein 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 Arts in advertising from Pepperdine University and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Phoenix.
Jessica Stewart, middle/upper School Librarian and Technology Integrationist at The Meadows School, recently coordinated a program with Homeland Security that brought Special Agent Albert Giangregorio to campus to speak with parents and students about the importance of Internet safety. Stewart is dedicated to teaching students how to use technology responsibly in the digital world.
Professionals in Philanthropy announced Marlyn Buckley as a project specialist and Ellen Lloyd as the grant writer. Buckley will be responsible for client service, nonprofit project management and coordination and serving as the first point of contact for PiP clients and the community at large. Lloyd has over a decade of experience managing and driving revenue for non-profit organizations.
Beth Schwartz has joined Elevation Publishing as editor-in-chief of “Elevate Nevada” magazine, a newly launched medicinal cannabis advocacy publication covering the Silver State. Serving in dual roles, Schwartz was also appointed director of public relations for Fine The Agency, leading the boutique advertising agency’s PR endeavors. Schwartz was formerly editor-in-chief of “Luxury Las Vegas” magazine for the last 11 years, winning numerous Nevada Press Association awards during her tenure.
Sundance Helicopters, the longest-running helicopter tour operator in Las Vegas, has hired Heather Daines Harlan as human resources business partner. Her duties will include compensation and benefits, training and development, employee relations and recruitment and selection of future Sundance Helicopters employees. Harlan brings over 11 years of human resources experience, having previously worked at BOS Solutions.
Bank of Nevada’s Vinetta De La Cruz was recently promoted to senior vice president regional manager and now oversees the branch on Lake Mead Boulevard. She has over 17 years’ experience in the banking industry and prior to her promotion worked in Bank of Nevada’s branch at Durango Drive and Flamingo Road.
McDonald’s served as the sole sponsor of the Hispanic Baccalaureate at the Thomas and Mack Center during a recent large-scale graduation event for Hispanic students across Southern Nevada that attracted several thousand attendees. Keynote speaker Patricia Navarro-Issel is a local businesswoman who was raised in a family facing financial hardship and worked her way up at McDonald’s from a crew member to become the owner of several restaurants. Luz Diaz-Ontiveros, a Sunrise Mountain High School student, received a scholarship from the Ronald McDonald House Charities program. Diaz-Ontiveros was one of approximately 39 local Hispanic students who received RMHC scholarships. McDonald’s will award over $300,000 in scholarship funds to Southern Nevada students this year.
Monica Hatley-Carr, author and illustrator of the children’s book “I Love the Color Pink!: The Adventures of Laci Macasey,” will be one of the featured illustrators at the Orange County Children’s Book Festival in Costa Mesa, California. She is also a substitute teacher in Las Vegas and has toured as a speaker in the south and southwest.
Kate Patay, a faculty member at The International School of Hospitality, has won national recognition from the Convention Industry Council, the largest association for the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry in the country. The CIC recently announced its 2015 Pacesetter Award recipients, including Patay, who is the executive director of sales and marketing for Creative Coverings, a national linen rental and sales company.
Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health has hired Dr. Carrie M. Hersh for the Cleveland Clinic Mellen Program for Multiple Sclerosis at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Las Vegas. Dr. Hersh completed her training in adult neurology and neuroimmunology at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus. In addition to patient care, she will specialize in a type of MS research that compares the effectiveness of medications based on the actual experiences of patients. Dr. Hersh will join Dr. Hua as the only fellowship-trained MS specialists in the state of Nevada.
The Southern Nevada Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners held their 17th annual Women of Distinction awards ceremony. Jeri Crawford, president and CEO of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, received the award for the Arts/Entertainment/Media category, recognizing her achievements and dedication to championing women in business. An annual program, NAWBO’s Women of Distinction highlights women whose excellence and dedication set them apart in their field and inspire success.
Brooke Luna is a Las Vegas Business Academy scholarship recipient and currently attending William S. Boyd School of Law. While obtaining her bachelor’s degree in finance as a full-time student at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, she also held a full-time job. During her studies at UNLV, Luna served as the chief administrator of the Rebel Investment Group led by Professor Michael Sullivan. During this role, she was assisted with investing funds in the current stock market. Being a part of the Las Vegas Business Academy, she has received mentorship from several business leaders around the Las Vegas Valley.
The Meadows School announced that TMS alumna and Stanford University senior Megan Alexander is one of three recipients of the 2015 Kirsten Frohnmayer Research Prize in Human Biology. The annual award is given to three Stanford human biology majors in their junior year who exhibit academic excellence, altruism and the potential to make a difference in society through research. In 2014, Alexander received Stanford University’s Roland Longevity Fellowship through the Haas Center for Public Service for designing and implementing a physical activity initiative to complement The Health Trust’s successful Meals on Wheels program.
Annette Carro, partner with Stewart Archibald & Barney CPAs, has been appointed to the Audit Oversight Committee for the city of Las Vegas. The Audit Oversight Committee is comprised of three CPAs and two members of the City Council. Her term will run through August 2016. Carro has been a partner with Stewart Archibald & Barney CPAs since 2007. She specializes in providing assurance and business advisory services. She is licensed to practice as a CPA in the State of Nevada and is a Certified Fraud Inspector. She is also a member of the Nevada Society of CPAs, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the American Institute of CPAs, the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the American Society of Women Accountants.
The BIBO Awards (Beauty In / Beauty Out) recently honored 12 women for their leadership and role model successes. Honorees included Calanit Atia (event entrepreneur), Marlene Richter (Executive director, Shade Tree), Beli Andaluz (entrepreneur), Lo’Rece Mebane (social worker), Hydeia Broadbent (AIDS activist), Dr. Daliah Wachs (family doctor and radio personality), Dr. Sandiee Peters (holistic healer) and Erica Korbel (student). Not shown: Lavetta Schneider (Mrs. Nevada 2014 and anti-bullying advocate), Christy Stevens (Hearts Alive Animal Shelter), Shelley Berkley (former US House Representative) and Senator Patricia Farley (Nevada Senator).
The Sturges family, including parents Peter and Debbie and daughters Cianna and Izobel, has published “Las Vegas … Are We There Yet?” to share suggestions for a fun and memorable family vacation with insider tips, maps, checklists and souvenir pages in the informational and keepsake book. The authors have received recognition from local officials and a letter from First Lady Michelle Obama for their accomplishment.
Veronica Joels, who attends The Meadows School, has won over 90 national junior golf titles and is being courted by over 25 Division I colleges. Joels started golfing at the age of 9, and by the age of 13 she had won 81 junior golf titles and received her first recruitment letter from Stanford. In 2013 she won the U.S. Kids Teen World Championships in her division and was averaging 240 yards off the tee. Joels boasts an impressive +1 handicap and has won 94 golf tournaments to date.
Caitlin Parker is the public relations coordinator for The Meadows School and a New England native. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in American studies while also pursuing additional studies in journalism. As a PR coordinator, she focuses on coordinating external and internal communications, branding, marketing and social media efforts. She also monitors the school’s information management system while additionally taking time to help students across the campus.
Clark County Credit Union announced new member services representatives who will assist members with opening new accounts and financial transactions made at the branch. New hires include Lekia Smith and LeeAnn Driesen. Mariselle Alcaraz was hired as a new assistant commercial loan officer. In this capacity, Alcaraz will assist lenders with credit report requests, process consumer and commercial loan closings, and work with title companies on documentation and transactions.
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