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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.
The Henderson Chamber of Commerce has hired Natalie Buckel as director of Leadership Henderson, a nonprofit organization under the Henderson Chamber Foundation. As director, Buckel will oversee Leadership Henderson as well as Biddin’ for Bottles, the organization’s annual fundraiser, and the Elite Alumni program.
Buckel, owner of I Want My 2 Dollars LLC, owned and operated a multi-unit Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwich franchise, growing the company from one store to three in two years and employing more than 80 people in Henderson. Her success awarded her two consecutive Economic Redevelopment awards from the City of Henderson.
Katie Camblin recently joined Block 16 Hospitality, a locally developed hospitality group that launched in 2006, managing a restaurant portfolio on the Las Vegas Strip. In her current role as director of public relations and marketing, she oversees strategic communications, marketing activations and campaign development for six Las Vegas-based restaurants and three out-of-market venues. Camblin earned her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the State University of New York at Fredonia and then moved to Las Vegas to pursue a career in the field.
The Henderson Chamber of Commerce announced Amber Stidham as the business organization’s director of government affairs. In her role, Stidham will oversee and develop the organization’s legislative programming as well as its Issues Mobilization Political Action Committee. Stidham will be tasked with enhancing the organization’s legislative footprint alongside growing its candidate endorsement program through IMPAC. Stidham brings 15 years of combined communications, outreach, public relations and government affairs experience. A Henderson native, Stidham earned her bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in political science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Henderson, Nevada-based Imagine Communications has named Melissa Biernacinski director of public relations/reputation manager and Tiffannie Bond public relations coordinator/company photographer. Both are native Nevadans and University of Nevada, Las Vegas, graduates.
With the agency since 2005, Biernacinski’s experience includes local and national story pitching and coordination for print, TV, radio and online; award nominations; crisis communication; press conference coordination and legislative support. She is also Imagine’s resident editor. She was inducted in 2014 into the Women’s Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Hall of Fame.
Bond has been with Imagine for six years, joining the firm after an 11-year career in journalism. As the company photographer, she has traveled across the country, compiling more than 10,000 photos for clients as well as writing articles that have appeared in industry publications nationwide. Bond was inducted into the Women’s Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Hall of Fame in 2012.
Aliza McCracken has written “Spirit of Joy: A Creative Devotional” published by Grace Publishing Group. Written as a keepsake edition and coffee table book, McCracken has created a vibrant design using poetic quotes. She is an artist working in original paintings, drawings, graphics and prints, and has published other inspirational art and poetry books.
Tracey Lee is the vice president of design for Touchstone Living. In this role, Lee brings over 35 years of professional experience in construction, design and space planning, specializing in residential design in the Las Vegas Valley. Homes by Touchstone Living carry Lee’s creative perspective and knowledge of Southern Nevada’s unique lifestyle and landscape, with her work on a broad range of projects spanning entry-level production homes to high-end luxury and custom homes.
The National Association for Catering and Events held its annual awards and installation dinner. Kathy Dyke from By Dzign created its Vintage Vegas experience and Palace Station served a classic menu. Las Vegas Woman magazine’s Kay Kolbo, chair of community outreach, continues to serve the community in her role. NACE members represent a broad range of professionals from a variety of disciplines including wedding and event planners, caterers and hoteliers, event professionals and educational institutions.
Sari Dennis is a board certified health and wellness counselor, PCRM Certified Food for Life Cooking Instructor and author. As the founder of My Wellness Counts, Dennis offers a personalized wellness program, guiding women to prioritize their health by connecting sound nutrition with positive lifestyle choices. She is currently collaborating with Whole Foods Market for a six-month tour and tasting series.
Laura Fucci, chief information officer and director of technology at the city of Henderson, has been named president of the Society for Information Management Las Vegas. As president of this nonprofit community organization, Fucci is responsible for leading the organization in its efforts to shape the future of the IT industry through supporting education of future IT leaders as well as policies and legislation that stimulate innovation, economic development, healthy competition and IT job creation.
Grand Canyon Development Partners, a Las Vegas-based construction and real estate development management company, has appointed April Chapman to the position of project manager. In her new role, Chapman will be responsible for analyzing and resolving field construction problems and is the project manager for the upcoming SLS Las Vegas conversion into the W Hotel. With over 10 years of project management and design engineering experience under her belt, Chapman’s experience in engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) spans over multiple areas, including construction, life science, energy and chemicals, and mining and metals.
The Howard Hughes Corporation announced the hiring of Monique Clements as marketing director for Downtown Summerlin. Clements will be responsible for leading all marketing efforts. She has more than six years of design and marketing experience. Clements graduated with a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco. In 2011, she was part of a team that won an ICSC Gold Award for Innovative Design and Development of a New Project.
The Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance welcomes Tara Mitchell as economic development manager. As economic development manager, Mitchell provides project management and analytical support to LVGEA’s economic development team, and serves as a liaison to public, private and nonprofit organizations for business attraction, creation, expansion and retention activities.
Palms Casino Resort has promoted Lindsay Feldman to senior public relations manager. In her new role, Feldman is responsible for planning and implementing PR strategies, coordinating press opportunities, including interviews and red carpet events, and acting as the onsite liaison with celebrity talent. Feldman joined the Palms team in 2013 and was previously an assistant account executive at Wicked Creative PR. She is a graduate of University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies.
Lauren Cahlan is the reigning Mrs. Nevada-America 2016. Since her crowning earlier this year, Cahlan has worked with many causes in our community including the Special Olympics, Ronald McDonald House, Best Buddies and The Shade Tree. She will go on to represent Nevada at the national Mrs. America pageant, held in Las Vegas at the Westgate Hotel on Aug. 27. Cahlan works as a public relations senior account executive at Wicked Creative.
Journalist and community activist Patricia Cunningham was honored with a Trailblazers-Peacekeepers Award at an annual event for African-American leaders in the community who have made significant contributions to the city. In addition to her journalism work across various forms of media, she has served as a volunteer on a number of community boards and committees, which include the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada State College and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
The Firm Public Relations & Marketing hired Alecia Westmorland as a public relations specialist. Westmorland joins The Firm with three years of public relations experience in industries ranging from health care to real estate and construction. Prior to beginning her career in PR, Westmorland was an award-winning general assignment reporter for the Coeur d’Alene Press. She holds a bachelor of science degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.
Christina Roush, with partner David Mason, is currently developing Cimarron Courtyard—a 160,000-square-foot medical/office condominium project next to San Martin Hospital on 10 acres. Together they are also renovating a 20,000-square-foot office/retail project in the 18b Arts District in downtown Las Vegas, and are about to begin construction on a 49-unit micro-housing residential project in the immediate area as well. Roush has been involved in the commercial real estate industry for over 25 years, working as a broker, investor and developer through her firm, HB Properties and previously at CBRE Inc.
Rachel Papka, director of health systems at Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging Centers, has been named chair of marketing and membership for the Society of Information Management Las Vegas. Papka is responsible for leading the team that conducts recruitment and marketing efforts for the nonprofit community organization and its events/fundraisers.
Mary G. Siero, president at Innovative IT LLC, has been named the cyber security committee chair for the Society of Information Management Las Vegas. SIM Las Vegas brings together senior-level IT leaders to share information and resources, helping members to do business better. As cyber security chair of this nonprofit community organization, Siero leads a team that discusses current security threats to the Las Vegas IT infrastructure and devises ways to make it stronger.
Nathan Adelson Hospice announced that Helen Vos has joined the nonprofit hospice as chief nursing officer. In this role, Vos will be responsible for the clinical operations of the hospice. Vos brings 30 years of senior executive nursing experience to her position.
She was elected president for the Nevada State Board of Nursing from 2005 to 2007 and also held a governor-appointed position on the Nevada State Board of Nursing from 2001 to 2004 and from 2004 to 2007. Vos is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and Nevada Organization of Nurse Leaders.
B&P Advertising, Media and Public Relations recently added new employees to its creative, production and account services teams.
Raquel Van Nice has joined the creative staff as a graphic designer. Most recently with Virgen Advertising and prior to that, SK+G, Van Nice is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and earned a master of fine arts degree in art direction for advertising from Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Kelly Schnippel has joined as an account coordinator. Schnippel is a 2015 graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno, graduating with a major in communications and a minor in general business. She also volunteers at Opportunity Village.
Haley Johnston has been hired as B&P’s assistant traffic manager.
ATI Physical Therapy has announced Kim Forbes and Miriam Michelberger are now directors of business development.
Forbes was with Matt Smith Physical Therapy for 13 years before joining forces with ATI. She has a bachelor of science degree in management from Regis University, Denver, and is a certified ergonomic specialist. She is an ATI business development director and a member of the growth and development team for the West region. She also serves as secretary and treasurer for the Latin Chamber Community Foundation.
Michelberger worked with Matt Smith Physical Therapy for 10 years before it became ATI Physical Therapy. She has a master’s degree in business administration as well as management, and is certified in marketing, human resources, organizational development and international business. Michelberger is also a member for the growth and development team for the West region for ATI.
Sara Gorgon has joined the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, as director of communications for Lee Business School. An M.B.A. graduate of the school, Gorgon’s role includes managing internal and external communications that promote faculty, staff and student achievements. Previously she worked with Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts International, on behalf of Las Vegas as part of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority team at R&R Partners, and, most recently, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.
Coral Academy of Science Las Vegas, the award-winning STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) school recently placed at the MathCounts Competition Series at the regional level. As a result of their scores, all 10 members of the team will compete at the state level. This year’s MathCounts team included seventh-grade students Dominick Jonah, Spencer Rhodes and Joshua Tran, as well as eighth-grade students Annabelle Chu, Renato Fajardo, Grace Gu, Chad Josim, Mia Lorenzo, Brock Patchin and Dylan Phung.
Leslie Parraguirre, founder of Las Vegas-based interior design firm Colours Inc., announced that ClubCorp has retained Colours for a remodeling project at Canyon Gate Country Club in Las Vegas. Colours is the first local firm to be retained for design purposes at the clubhouse.
Nicole Taylor Sharp, serial entrepreneur, local radio show personality and networking maven opened Lev Social, a strategic marketing and business consulting agency in January 2016. She specializes in helping businesses with establishing an online presence, as well as communicating consistently and effectively to expand and leverage circles of influence.
Jenn Hunter is one of five owners of the newly opened Atomic Style Lounge, a retro-themed beauty salon and store in downtown Las Vegas. The main focus is a full-service style lounge for men and women, from vintage looks to contemporary cuts. She worked as a finance director in fashion in New York City when she decided to partner with the other owners to open the business in Las Vegas and make the move.
Ana Orsini was promoted to public relations coordinator at The Meadows School from Middle School registrar. Orsini graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in multidisciplinary studies and holds a certification in elementary education K-6 from the state of West Virginia. As PR coordinator, her main focus will be coordinating external and internal communications, branding and social media efforts of the school. She is also working in conjunction with the advancement team on marketing of the school as well as managing the 2016-17 TMS events calendar.
Traficant is now the point person on accounts including Skye Canyon and Momentum Indoor Climbing. She is also a part of the Lee Canyon and The Meadows School account team. Traficant graduated from University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with a bachelor of science in sport and fitness management. She is a certified exercise physiologist by the American College of Sports Medicine and has developed corporate health and fitness programs aimed at decreasing health care costs for companies.
Salguero will be the public relations point person for Forté’s Las Vegas-based clients including Lee Canyon and The Meadows School. She will spearhead social media campaigns for clients including Skye Canyon and Beyond Vegas. She earned her bachelor of arts in broadcast journalism with a minor in radio-TV-film from California State University, Fullerton.
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