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Karie Hall, vice president and general manager of The Cromwell, recently received the 2015 Hotelier of the Year award by the Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association. The Cromwell is the first standalone boutique hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, where Hall directly oversees all operational areas including the casino, food and beverage program and security. Hall brings 14 years of hospitality experience with Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas Resorts to The Cromwell, including executive leadership roles at Caesars Palace, Harrah’s Las Vegas, The LINQ Hotel & Casino and Flamingo Las Vegas.
Jewish National Fund announced that Shawn Willis joined as the new Las Vegas director. Originally from Oakland County, Michigan, Willis moved to Southern Nevada in 2004 and is an active member of Congregation Ner Tamid, where she completed her conversion to Judaism and became a Bat Mitzvah. Her professional background includes over 25 years of experience in fundraising, public relations, marketing and strategic business development. She graduated from the University of Detroit, Mercy with a Bachelor of Science in business marketing.
Nathan Adelson Hospice, Southern Nevada’s largest nonprofit hospice, announced that Dr. Catrisha Cabanilla-Del Mundo has joined the hospice as a medical director following the completion of her Fellowship in the Nathan Adelson Hospice Osteopathic Hospice and Palliative Medicine Program in 2015. She is a member of the Nevada Osteopathic Medical Association, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, and American Osteopathic Association.
Nevada Ballet Theatre, the largest professional ballet company and dance Academy in the state, appointed Jeanne Frederick as director of development for her experience in fundraising, nonprofit development, event management, sales and administration. As director of development for Nevada Ballet Theatre, Frederick brings over a decade of nonprofit fundraising and event management experience to her post, where she will be responsible for all areas related to fundraising for the company including maintaining, building and cultivating individual, corporate and foundation support in addition to board member relations.
As a public relations professional, Neu has worked with top-tier clients in hospitality, food and beverage, and luxury real estate. She worked with local, regional and national journalists to secure placement for her clients. In addition to her work at Vox Solid Communications, Neu lends her time as committee member to The Shade Tree Las Vegas and Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.
This is Egeskov’s first position in public relations. After successfully completing two internships with the company, she was hired as an account coordinator to assist with research and media placement. She is currently a student at University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a major in graphic design and media and a minor in journalism.
Donna Marcou-Stafford, vice president of leisure sales for the Tropicana Las Vegas, is the winner of the 2015 Stars of the Industry Award for sales employee of the year. She demonstrated exceptional service to the hospitality industry, the Las Vegas community and Nevada. Marcou-Stafford is recognized as a highly successful industry sales professional.
Ana Gutierrez opened AG by Ana Gutierrez Wearable Art at Grand Bazaar Shops showcasing her Urban Jungle collection. A Costa Rican designer with European background, she incorporates her philosophy of environment preservation and social fairness in her collections and business practices. She has won numerous awards, and her collections have been showcased in New York, Paris and Londonis Fashion week. In 2009 her jewelry was included in the Oscar Nominee gifts bags.
Jeri Crawford, president and CEO of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, was named to the prestigious National Symphony Orchestra National Trustees, an important advisory board with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The NSO National Trustees are a coalition of arts supporters from around the country who act as a link between their home communities and the nationis center for the performing arts.
Nevada State Bank has named Erica Benson branch manager. She will oversee the branch staff, client services and banking operations. Benson will manage the Twain and Jones branch and has been with Nevada State Bank for more than 13 years, holding numerous positions in retail and small business.
The Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance has promoted Ariel Riley to investor services and events manager. Riley, a native Las Vegan, has been with the LVGEA since 2014. She earned an associates degree in psychology from the College of Southern Nevada and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Colorado Mesa University with a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications, media strategies and applications. She has extensive experience within the advertising, promotions and events industry.
Tana Shivers, director of public relations at Preferred Public Relations, handles strategic planning, media relations and communication efforts for a variety of clients in the business, hospitality, travel, entertainment and food & beverage industries. A native of Las Vegas, Shivers holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno and has over six years of PR agency experience.
Alicia Rowan is the general manager for the newly opened Killer Shrimp Restaurant located in Town Square. Rowan brings 15 years’ experience in fine dining, having recently served as the general manager and wine buyer for Comme «a. Rowan has worked for acclaimed Chef Joachim Splichal as general manager and wine buyer at Pinot Brasserie. She has vast knowledge of wines, which she has studied in Oregon, Sonoma and Germany.
Nevada Department of Veteran Services Director Kat Miller has named Linda Gelinger administrator for the Nevada State Veterans Home in Boulder City. In addition to having worked in the private sector and now for the state, she also serves on the Board of Examiners for Long Term Care Administrators that oversees licensing and continuing education. Gelinger was initially appointed to BELTCA by former Governor Jim Gibbons and reappointed by Governor Brian Sandoval. Her father, brother (who died in combat), husband and cousin are all veterans, and her mother was a Gold Star Mother.
Shauna Lemieux is the Communications and Brand Manager for Vegas PBS. She also serves on the board for Olive Crest and is a member of the Association for Business Communication, Southwest U.S. Region. American Marketing Association of Las Vegas and Public Relations Society of America, Las Vegas Valley Chapter. Lemieux develops strategic communication plans to support the mission and goals of Vegas PBS, oversee brand development, and direct and manage all advertising, design and production activities. Lemieux graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism with a minor in English rhetoric from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. She also received a Master of Arts degree in rhetoric, composition and professional communication from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.
Ama Brobbey, M.D., is the chief medical officer for HealthCare Partners Medical Group. Dr. Brobbey leads overall strategies for the quality and improvement of HealthCare Partners Medical Group’s clinical outcomes. She also oversees the education, performance, recruitment and retention of the organization’s physicians in Nevada.
Jessica Rabbo has launched her new studio CORE. Rabbo is a master instructor trained by the Pilates company Balanced Body. Her background includes expertise in rehabilitative Pilates for sports injuries, pre- and post-natal, athletes and dancers. Whole-body equipment workouts incorporate Pilates, strength training and cardio. She also specializes in clients with neuromuscular diseases such as stroke, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s.
All Las Vegas area Matt Smith Physical Therapy locations officially become ATI Physical Therapy after a year-long transition following the former’s acquisition. Since 2000, Matt Smith Physical Therapy has provided the Southern Nevada community with physical therapy care, and Matt Smith will continue in the role of regional vice president of development for ATI with the staff continuing in their positions. The ATI Foundation selected its second Las Vegas recipient, Lola Pettus, a 3-year-old with hydrocephalus and cerebral palsy. Since November, the ATI Foundation raised money through donations from employees, patients and community members to help Lola’s family purchase a motorized wheelchair to assist her as she attends school. A check was presented during the ribbon cutting with the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Sabrina Chapman is a realtor with Luxury Estates International, representing both sellers and buyers. She is regularly featured in the media as a real estate expert, including Las Vegas Review-Journal and KNPR News 88.9 as well as a weekly radio show on NBC Sports 920 AM on what’s hot on the market for celebrity athlete homes.
Tami Belt, a Las Vegas native and founder of Blue Cube Marketing Solutions, published “Poetic Justice: Lessons of love, life & relationships” through Balboa Press, a publishing arm of Hay House, Inc. Belt’s goal with her book of poetry is to inspire everyone to express themselves, no matter the medium. Jennifer Main, a Las Vegas native and artist, designed the cover.
Nicole Ward is multi-family regional manager at Virtus Residential, a multi-family property management and brokerage company based in Las Vegas. Virtus Residential is the newest division of Virtus Companies, a commercial real estate company handling property management, tenant services, landlord services and investment sales in local, regional and national markets. Ward brings more than a decade of experience in new property development and renovation to Virtus Residential and will oversee a mix of multi-family and micro-living residences in Downtown Las Vegas.
Jamie Lee Metz, owner of Skin Fitness, has opened Dermaplane Diva. A certified paramedical, laser and master aesthetician, she specializes in advanced anti-aging skin treatments. She has over 25 years of aesthetic experience with products and treatments and earned her post-graduate certifications through the International Dermal Institute, Image Skin Care RX and Cutera Laser under the direction of highly skilled physicians.
Barbara Koich is sales director at Vegas Ink and Toner and is responsible for generating new customer leads and maintaining relationships with current customers. The company started as a franchise in 2007, and owner Larry Goldstein changed it to an independent business in 2015. The company offers over 10,000 new and compatible ink and toner cartridges. Koich has over 20 years’ experience in business development and earned an MBA in marketing from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York.
Heidi Joan Hanusa, LMFT, MA (licensed in Nevada and New York), is a therapist with Faith Ind and Family Counseling working with children, women and families who have been through trauma and/or drug and alcohol addiction. She also works with crisis management and individual therapy as well as runs groups for anger management, relapse prevention, life skills, trauma and grief. Hanusa worked as a preschool teacher in California and as a teacher in New York for BOCES schools (special education).
Imagine Communications has hired Sheri Long as an account manager. Long comes from a background in casino marketing. More recently, as the vice president of marketing for the Palms Casino Resort, she was accountable for planning and implementing all aspects of the property’s marketing program, including slot club and hotel promotions. Previously, she worked at Harrah’s Las Vegas and Casino as the director of marketing and at Palace Station Hotel and Casino as the vice president of marketing.
Jennifer Bradley has joined MassMedia as media relations director as well as continues with clients Vegas PBS, Nevada State College, Carla Pellegrino, Sunrise Children’s Foundation, and Cowabunga Bay. Bradley is on the board for American Cancer Society-Great West, and she is involved with charitable events for Make-A-Wish, After School All Stars, St. Jude’s Ranch, Las Vegas Natural History Museum and Nevada PTA. She was awarded for 40 Under 40, Humanitarian of the Year for Vegas Inc. and Spirit of the Year award from Make-A-Wish.
Dr. Arthur Cambeiro, founder of SurgiSpa Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, announced Stacy Lewis is the new aesthetician and laser technician. Lewis brings over four years of medical spa industry experience and specializes in laser and micro-needling treatments, CoolSculpting (a non-surgical liposuction alternative), laser hair removal, facials, chemical peels and skin tightening techniques. Her charitable efforts include the Monroe Bank & Trust program Employees Now Linked In Service Together, and participating in the Red Cross Relay for Life.
Michelle Beck has been promoted to director of development at Three Square Food Bank. Beck previously served for over three years as a development officer. Prior to joining the Three Square team, she was vice president of business development and client relations at Bank of George and also Community Bank of Nevada.
Coral Academy of Science Las Vegas announced Candyce Farthing is the new chief academic officer. She is responsible for overseeing and improving the educational growth of the school as well as providing leadership, vision and strategic direction for the academic life of CASLV. Her position is instrumental to overseeing the expansion of CASLV into new areas of Southern Nevada.
Alicia Knighton is senior manager of marketing and client solutions at Cox Media, the cable television advertising sales division of Cox Communications. In her role, Knighton supports local and national sales teams with market research and custom advertising solutions. She oversees a team of seven responsible for cable, digital and mobile sales solutions, as well as video production. Knighton has over 15 years of sales experience in the television industry including as research director, media director and program manager. A dual master’s degree recipient in business and organizational management, she received a Marketing Leader Torch Award in 2013 acknowledging the support and achievement of local sales goals.
The Greater Las Vegas Association of REALTORS presented its annual awards this week to some of its leading members, including 2014 President Heidi Kasama, who was named REALTOR of the Year. Other GLVAR award winners for 2015 included Rosa Herwick, honored with the Jack Woodcock Professionalism Award, and Lillian Spencer, awarded the Frank Sala/Marv Rubin Award recognizing long-term commitment to grassroots political action and to protecting private property rights.
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