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Simon’s the Shops at Crystals announced Monique Clements as the new director of marketing for the luxury retail center. Clements is familiar with the Shops at Crystals as she held the title of marketing manager from 2011 to 2015. In this new role, Clements will lead overall marketing strategies such as event programming, social media, guest services, public relations and advertising. Additionally, she will manage various business functions encompassing tourism, revenue generation, marketing budgets, and tenant and partner relationships.
Norway native Jannicke Ramso launched Tiny Little Pads, a high-end, full-service interior design firm for children, headquartered in downtown Las Vegas. Ramso spent almost a decade with an award-winning interior design firm in Las Vegas fulfilling the dreams of casinos and resorts before launching Tiny Little Pads. Each room created by Tiny Little Pads echoes Ramso’s belief that comfort, functionality and style can go together. She also plans children’s parties.
Grand Canyon Development Partners, a Las Vegas-based construction and real estate development and construction management company, has promoted Nicole Williams to project manager of tenant services. In her new position, Williams will be overseeing the tenant services division that assists retail and food and beverage operators in the design, permitting, licensing and build-out of their retail space. Williams holds a business degree and minor in marketing from Höhere Handelsschule in Dortmund, Germany.
The Ferraro Group, a public relations and public affairs firm, recently hired Lauren Silverstein as a senior account executive. In her new position, Silverstein’s responsibilities will include overseeing public relations activities, creating strategic public relations plans, and developing and overseeing social media and community outreach campaigns. She will be working with such clients as DC Building Group, Fisher & Phillips LLP, the governor’s Office of Economic Development, NAIOP and the Simmons Group.
Jilliene Jaeger recently joined the Meadows School as a publications coordinator. She is a TMS alumna of the class of 2009 and is enthusiastic to be back at her alma mater in her new role. Projects Jaeger will oversee for TMS are the school newsletter, the honor roll of donors and organizing printed publications. Jaeger holds a bachelor of arts in history from Boston College and a master of arts in museum studies from the University of Kansas.
Caitlin Kelly is the guest services manager at Lee Canyon, where she heads the resort’s youth and school groups, as well as plans VIP snow cabana parties. After the resort received a substantial increase in the number of wedding inquiries over the past two years, she has been instrumental in positioning Lee Canyon as a mountain wedding venue. She booked her first wedding in August 2014, and since has more than doubled the number of weddings at the resort.
LVWTA winners photo from left: Laura Fucci, accepting for Chelsea Phillips, High Tech Woman Rising Star; Kimberly Miles, High Tech Woman Community Service; Linda L. Montgomery, High Tech Woman of the Year; Debbie Banko, High Tech Woman Entrepreneur, and Heather Wilde, High Tech Woman Mentor (who was unable to attend).
The Las Vegas Community Tech Fund, HiTech Vegas LLC and WomenAdvancing presented the third annual Las Vegas Women in Technology Awards 2016 to recognize the achievements of leading women in technology fields working in Southern Nevada.
The Ferraro Group, a public relations and public affairs firm with offices in Las Vegas, Reno, Carson City and Phoenix, has promoted Latoya Bembry to the position of director of public relations. In her new position, Bembry oversees all aspects of public relations for the company, including PR strategy plans, client relations, social media strategies and community outreach for clients. Bembry has been a member of The Ferraro Group team for more than 13 years, where she started her public relations career as an assistant public relations specialist. Her current and past client portfolio spans a wide range of industries, including health care, law, education, development, environmental, nonprofit, food and beverage, retail and hospitality.
Rosie Abrams has joined the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group and Worldwide as the director of brand communications. Abrams is responsible for all marketing, advertising and public relations efforts for the celebrity chef’s restaurant locations throughout the world including locations in the U.S., Singapore, Bahrain and Dubai.
Easter Seals Nevada, a nonprofit organization providing services for individuals with disabilities and other challenges, announced the addition of three new members to its board of directors: Kimberly J. Trueba, John V. Anderson and Michael Sullivan. Trueba is co-owner and partner with HTK Hospitality Advisors LLC and previously served for nearly 20 years as managing principal and co-founder of TAL Studio. Her background includes managing resort and themed entertainment projects at Disney Development Company and Walt Disney Imagineering. She has also served as a leader in working with international hospitality clients, such as Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Wynn Resorts.
Fisher Phillips LLP announced that Allison Kheel has been hired as an associate attorney with the firm. Kheel’s practice focuses on all forms of traditional labor law, including union election campaigns and grievance arbitrations. She also represents private and public entities in a variety of discrimination and harassment matters. Previously, Kheel was an associate at Littler Mendelson, P.C. in Chicago. She earned her law degree from the Ohio State University College of Law, where she graduated cum laude and served as associate editor of the Ohio State Law Journal.
Las Vegas native Patricia Kaytia is the founder of Fruits & Roots Organic Cold Pressed Juice Bar + Wellness Kitchen. With over 16 years of food and beverage experience, Kaytia created an organic fast-food option for adults and kids that provides powerful nutritional benefits, creating the country’s very first organic cold-pressed juice bar and wellness kitchen with a drive-through. Real, nutritious food made an organic impact on the health and growth of her twins, teen boys and husband.
Denise Darnell has launched Darnell Dance Works. She offers classes in ballet, contemporary, lyrical jazz, hip-hop, urban jam, African burn, power yoga, restorative yoga and deep stretch. She also offers private training and choreography workshops. All levels of students receive individual attention. Her approach is to bring dance to the community for the community. Darnell also offers special events benefiting charities and collaborates with other venues to offer dance classes. An experienced choreographer, she works with children and adults.
Erika Rabura, a Las Vegas elementary school teacher through the Teach for America program, recently won the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to teach English and conduct research in Tunja, Boyaca, Colombia. The Fulbright Scholarship is highly competitive, with only about 1,800 people in the United States being awarded each year.
Brooke Malone joined the staff of United Way of Southern Nevada as a resource development officer. In this role she fosters strategic relationships with community partners and businesses, to coordinate workplace-giving fundraisers. In addition to her position at United Way, Malone is an active member of Vegas Young Professionals and Young Nonprofit Professionals Network.
Dr. Sharon Gorman opened up Critter Care Animal Hospital with two veterinarians on staff. Critter Care Animal Hospital offers a resort for dogs and cats, including indoor/outdoor kennels, play yard, suites with televisions, and orthopedic beds along with treats and toys. Critter Care Animal Hospital also houses over 10 dogs at any given time from rescues including, Animal Help Alliance and Animal Network, while finding them permanent homes.
The PENTA Building Group has promoted Jennifer Leaders to human resources manager. Leaders has rapidly advanced within PENTA since she started with the company over 10 years ago, holding multiple positions within the accounting and human resources departments. In her new role, she will oversee the human resources department and professional development of team members.
Fawnia Mondey has opened her second Pole Fitness Studio location inside City Athletic Club. She will also be holding the fifth annual Pole Expo Las Vegas (Sept. 7-11) at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino with seminars, workshops, performances and special guests, including a 70-year-old dancer from Italia’s Got Talent. The expo is also supporting Three Square with financial donations to the nonprofit organization.
To honor her many years of support for veterans and continued commitment, the Nevada Veterans and Military Families organization honored former U.S. Congresswoman Shelley Berkley with its inaugural Abbinett Award, which is named after Jonathan Abbinett, the founder of the local organization, who was a fierce advocate for veterans and military families in Southern Nevada. The award in his honor will be given out to the Nevada elected official or former official who serves the veteran community.
Monaco Growth Forums, an exclusive, invitation-only conference highlighting growth companies seeking capital and/or greater exposure, will be hosted by Andreea Porcelli, managing director at US Capital Partners. The event will focus on health care, technology, biotechnology, social media and biomedical sectors. The forum will highlight the immune-oncology sector and feature speakers from medicine and capital markets.
Kristen Gallagher is recognized for her work in business litigation and also works in employment and labor law. This is her first year on the Super Lawyers list, after spending two years on the Rising Stars list.
Pat Lundvall is the chair of the firm’s employment and labor law practice group, and has vast experience in every phase of commercial litigation. She is a partner with McDonald Carano and has been on the Super Lawyers list for 10 years.
Amanda C. Yen made her first appearance on the Super Lawyers list, highlighting her work in business litigation.
Amanda Perach was named to the Mountain States Rising Stars list.
Alli Webb recently opened Drybar in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. A founder and professional hair stylist, she began a side business called Straight-at-Home in 2008, which provided in-home blowouts, strictly on a referral basis. Before becoming a full-time mom to Grant and Kit, Webb had a career in public relations working with clients such as Faith Hill, Paul McCartney and Keith Urban. “The Drybar Guide to Good Hair for All,” authored by Webb, will be published in October 2016 by Abrams Publishing.
Jesi Hilts, hairstylist and color expert for Jesi Hilts Hair at Body Spa West and Body Spa Green Valley, is vice president of online education for Neuma Beauty, a vegan, sustainable, cruelty-free, PETA-approved line of hair-care products that offer a complete and transparent ingredient deck. She is also artistic director of hair and makeup for the annual stop-human-trafficking benefit fundraiser Cultivating Beauty. The lead makeup artist for the Neuma Cosmo Prof show, Hilts is also partnering with Brandy Neugabauer Quinto for hair and makeup event services.
Nevada State Bank announced that Megan Comfort has been promoted to SBA/small business manager for Southern Nevada. Comfort will oversee statewide SBA lending, as well as the small-business team in Southern Nevada. Comfort joined Nevada State Bank in 2005. Active in the business community, Comfort is a member of the Risk Management Association Las Vegas Chapter and is a graduate of Leadership Nevada, a Latin Chamber of Commerce program. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in accounting at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Krystal Coffman, DNP, ACNP-BC, was named the 2016 Winged Heart Award nursing recipient by the Clark County Medical Society. Coffman is a nurse practitioner at Spring Valley Hospital where she assesses critically ill neuroscience patients to aid neurologists with patients’ direction of care. She was honored for her expertise of neurological guidelines, her work in creating and implementing educational opportunities for the Valley Health System hospitals to teach health care providers as well as the public about stroke and neurological issues, and her work as chair of the Stroke Committee and the Valley Health System Donor Council.
Jenna Consiglio, president and designer of JAECI, has opened JAECI Interactive Boutique in downtown Las Vegas. Featuring the JAECI signature jewelry for men and women, as well as additional lifestyle brands, the boutique also offers a café-style lounge complete with free Wi-Fi for sharing boutique experiences, a question wall where guests can interact anonymously with other visitors, and an interactive station designed to allow shoppers to discover their inner spirit animal and shop accordingly.
Grand Canyon Development Partners, a Las Vegas-based construction and real estate development and construction management company, has hired Leigh Ann Monk to serve as a project coordinator. Monk will be responsible for managing the delivery of small to large critical construction documents and organizing all project activities. Monk earned her Bachelor of Arts degree as a double major in marketing and management from Southeastern Louisiana University. She has received certifications with OSHA 30 and construction document technician from the Construction Specifications Institute.
The law firm of Hutchison & Steffen announced 11 of its attorneys were named to the 2016 Mountain States Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list, including Patricia Lee, who has been recognized for her work in general litigation. Ava M. Schaefer was named to the Mountain States Rising Stars list. To be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less.
The inaugural Heroes With Heart dinner was held with NurseCore Home Health honoring Julie Pagano, RN, and Carmen Torres, LPN, both as Nurse of the Year.
As a resource nurse for the western half of the United States, Pagano travels to other locations to audit and ensure their compliance with federal and state regulations.
Torres loves being a nurse and compassionately caring for others and feels it is her calling in life. She has been a nurse for 16 years and she has worked for NurseCore for 14 years.
Stacey Laricchia recently opened the second location of The Birthday Suit—the waxing salon she owns with her husband, Jason. Laricchia is active in the local community and credits her love of Las Vegas and her talented staff with the company’s success. Overseeing each aspect of the new location, Laricchia helped with the design and layout of the new space to best suit the needs of her customers, including an on-site children’s lounge since so many of her clients are mothers.
From left: Molly Maria, Meghan Bailey and Kathryn Andrews
The Healthcare Horizons Scholarship was presented by Meghan Bailey, director of marketing at WellHealth Quality Care to Molly Marias and Kathryn Andrews at the Public Education Foundation Scholarship Luncheon held at the Venetian. The Healthcare Horizons Scholarship is awarded by WellHealth Quality Care to two graduating Clark County School District seniors who will be studying medicine in college. The scholarship also allows for the two recipients to have a paid eight-week summer internship with WellHealth.
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