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Nevada State Bank has promoted Maria Montelongo to branch manager of its Craig and Jones branch. She will oversee branch staff, client services and banking operations. Montelongo brings more than 15 years of retail banking experience to her new role. She joined Nevada State Bank in 2009 as a professional banker. Through a series of promotions, she has held the positions of new accounts banker, financial services supervisor and branch customer service manager. Montelongo has completed the American Institute of Banking Supervisor Certificate program and is a recent graduate of the Nevada State Bank Management Trainee program.
Las Vegas-based DC Building Group recently hired industry veteran Lisa Page as accounting administrator. In her new role, Page’s responsibilities include assisting and implementing billings, organizing and verifying costs with contract terms, submitting voucher control documents, and assisting the controller in various financial reports. Page has more than 30 years of experience in the industry. She previously worked at Balfour Beatty Construction in San Diego, where she served as project accountant.
The Commercial Alliance Las Vegas announced its new officers and directors for 2017, with Jennifer Ott, CCIM, serving as president of the commercial real estate organization. Ott, a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is an executive vice president for retail sales and leasing at ROI Commercial Real Estate in Las Vegas. She previously served as president-elect and as a director of CALV. Her professional affiliations and designations include being a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM). She has held leadership positions with the Southern Nevada chapter of CCIM and was elected to its board of directors for 2017.
Kim Salinas serves as director of enterprise sales at Cox Business where she oversees a team of highly driven sales professionals focused on strategic vertical accounts. Her functional areas include hospitality, healthcare and government as well as third party sales agents. Salinas brings over 20 years of telecom sales experience to her role. She has multiple, nationally recognized President’s Club awards under her belt resulting from her team leadership abilities and sales acumen.
Jennifer Von Tobel, a member of one of the founding families of Las Vegas, is the founder and president of Kingmakers Consulting Group. This unique consulting group covers nearly every issue, problem or opportunity to assist businesses and individuals. She has over 25 years experience as a political consultant and over 16 years in business and nonprofit consulting. Von Tobel has also worked in health care in nursing and counseling.
Vicky Gomez owns and operates A New Beginning Transitional Homes, which offers low cost living with many services for the elderly, disabled and indigent residents at her homes. The business offers transportation services, support groups, medication storage and assists her residents with their daily pills and nutritious meals. Gomez has been serving others for over 16 years and is happy to give her residents a safe, comfortable and loving home.
At Capital One/Junior Achievement Finance Park, middle school students receive lessons in what it takes to budget for adult financial obligations. These responsibilities include monthly mortgage payments, car insurance costs, grocery bills, childcare fees and much more. Students in the Finance Park budget simulation program will encounter these and other real-life budgeting scenarios designed to increase awareness of not only the importance of financial literacy, but also academic achievement and responsibility. JA Finance Park includes hands-on activities taught in a 12-lesson classroom program, followed by a visit to Capital One/Junior Achievement Finance Park.
Long-time Las Vegas public relations executive Kelly Frey has opened The Publicity Lab, an integrated marketing and public relations consulting agency. The agency’s initial client list includes Live Nation Las Vegas, Aristocrat Technologies, Inc., The Bronx Wanderers and “Menopause the Musical.” Frey previously served as Director of Entertainment Public Relations & Social Media for Caesars Entertainment and has held publicity positions with Sandbox Entertainment in Nashville, and the Sundance, CineVegas and AFI Film Festivals.
Marriage Can Be Murder co-creator and star, Jayne Post, has co-authored “No Future Without,” a fictional book based on the real-life accidental death of her 16-year-old son, Paul P. San Agustin. While riding his bike near his home in Henderson in 2003, he was hit by another 16-year-old driver and died due to the accident. “No Future Without” weaves a harrowing tale of a mother’s worst nightmare. The reader is led through two parallel endings—one of forgiveness and grace and one of resentment and anger.
Alexia Hsin Chen of the architecture firm LGA was sworn in as an architect by the Nevada State Board of Architecture, Interior Design and Residential Design. Originally from Taiwan, Chen uses her fine arts background to influence her architectural work. She has been instrumental in the design, project management, proposal-writing and communications outreach for many complex projects. Now that she is licensed, Chen is LGA’s third on-staff architect. She is an ambassador presenter for the International Living Future Institute and an active member of the local chapters of International Code Council and Urban Land Institute. She has recently joined the Committee on the Environment with AIA Las Vegas.
Sarah A. Morris co-founded Morris Law Center and is a highly respected authority in the areas of real estate, estate planning, and probate and an expert in business law as well as personal injury law. She regularly appears in both State and Federal Court in Nevada, and on Facebook Live every Thursday at 4 p.m. where she provides free legal advice.
Lena Walther, Consul of Sweden to Nevada, is president of an anti-human trafficking foundation Awareness is Prevention. AIP has sponsored training and seminars for law enforcement and training to other organizations. Human trafficking is a growing problem and AIP works for it to be attacked on several levels. AIP’s current project is to sponsor a multi-age, multi-discipline talent and art contest for the youth offering scholarships and funds to winners in each category.
Kristen Guerreva has been with Double Helix Wine & Whiskey Lounge, Town Square since it opened in 2011 and contributes to the growing success of the locally-operated business. She enjoys the quick pace of the job and meeting new people, as well as expanding and sharing her wine and whiskey knowledge with others. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration from California State University, Long Beach, she expresses her artistic side by drawing her personal masterpieces on the chalkboard that sits outside of Double Helix. One of Guerreva’s goals is to continue her family’s business and give back to the community by running a board and care home for senior citizens.
Kellie Vander Veur is a local McDonald’s owner/operator in Southern Nevada. She entered through the registered applicant program. Prior to her McDonald’s career, she was a social worker in Salt Lake City and San Diego working with at-risk teens, specifically teen parents. Vander Veur has been on the board of the Ronald McDonald House since 2012. Vander Veur is a graduate of the University of Utah with a Masters of Social Work degree and received the Belle S. Spafford award.
Bernadette Roxas and Genevieve Gomez are both senior marketing directors for World Financial Group. Previously, Roxas worked in management in the banking and retail industries. Gomez is a singer and worked as a manager in a jewelry store and home health care. Owned by Transamerica, World Financial Group works with families about investment, insurance and various other financial products to save and earn money.
Milton has served as senior vice president of marketing communications and events at Nevada State Bank since 2012, managing and producing annually over 85 events, tradeshows, event sponsorships and charitable community functions. Milton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing.
Johnson, audit and assurance partner in consulting and accounting firm Johnson Advisors, has a strong skill set in creating a collaborative team environment within the firm, with clients and in various organizations through cultivating relationships among diverse individuals. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from UNLV.
Emma Kelly is the owner and designer of Desert Daisy Jewelry. She started her career as a physicist, obtaining her M.B.A. while working in the fashion retail industry, and finally combining all her skills to create her jewelry line. Her multi-channel business was started in 2014, built on a love of raw crystals and a passion for design.
The USTA Foundation, the national charitable foundation of the United States Tennis Association, has announced that Sarra Yetka has been awarded a $10,000 college educational scholarship. The foundation granted 49 high school students nationwide a variety of college scholarships this spring, totaling $408,000. Yetka recently graduated from Odyssey Charter High School and is a part of the Marty Hennessey Foundation.
Leather Couture by Jessica Galindo opened in Downtown Summerlin, debuting the next generation in leather goods, handbags and accessories with made-to-order, handcrafted leather wares by artist, designer and Las Vegas native, Jessica Galindo. The boutique will feature a curated collection of its statement leather handbags, bold accessories and original gifts. The store will offer custom-painted zip clutches, personalized leather flasks, eccentric cuffs, rings and neckwear, and will include a leatherwork station for made-to-order leather creations.
Savannah Close-Ige recently joined Crossfit Culmination and is currently the only female coach on the team. With over two years of Crossfit experience and L1/L2 certifications, she is constantly working with the box’s athletes, both men and women, to help them reach their individual fitness goals.
Dr. Orna Fisher has joined Illuminate – Face & Body Bar as chief wellness officer. Dr. Fisher, a double board-certified plastic surgeon with practices in Las Vegas and California’s Silicon Valley, will be responsible for development of programs that support Illuminate’s clients in maintenance of their long-term aesthetic and wellness goals. Dr. Fisher graduated from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles, completed her residency in general surgery at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and completed specialized training in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.
Georgie Porsborg co-founded Unser Communications, a public relations and social media marketing agency. While Porsborg is primarily responsible for the development and execution of data driven social media marketing campaigns for a variety of startup companies throughout the Las Vegas valley, she is also acting chief happiness officer at Unser Communications, a position developed to inspire employee engagement and assure each client’s experience with the agency is a positive one.
Project 150, the nonprofit charity that helps homeless, displaced and disadvantaged high school students, has added Maria Marinch to the board. Marinch, executive director of community relations at the College of Southern Nevada, also has been a longtime supporter of Project 150 and brings a wealth of experience to the board, particularly in promoting diversity, multi-cultural affairs and public relations. Additionally, she is a successful entrepreneur.
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With over 30 years in the hospitality and entertainment industry, Renee Hale founded Vegas Entertainment, Creative Concepts and Always Creative. She recently opened Creative Life Celebrations, an alternative to memorial services. Hale is a two-time recipient of the Governor’s Tourism Appreciation Award and has been named in “Who’s Who” and “Southern Nevada’s Most Distinguished Women” and a finalist in ‘09 for “Women of Distinction Awards.” Hale is an accomplished performer at many Las Vegas strip properties earning a nomination as Lounge Star of the Year as well as representing Las Vegas while performing on tour for the Las Vegas Visitors and Convention Authority. Most recently, Hale performed at the Smith Center for The Performing Arts. Having survived cancer thirteen years ago, Hale now offers support and direction to other cancer patients as well as performing for seniors and planning events for community fundraising.
Kim Sakren, wedding dance choreographer, pioneered the art and science of the First Dance as a signature highlight of the modern day wedding both locally and nationally. She has now opened her studio, A Perfect Wedding Dance, in a commercial space to offer this personalized choreography business as well as social dancing. She teaches simple and classic to out-of-the-dance-box choreography as well as social dances. Sakren’s work has appeared on wedding shows on NBC and TLC. Her students have included a bride in a wheelchair, a blind man, a 7-foot man, a pirate-themed couple, a former casino CEO, a former state Attorney General and local celebrities including: KLAS TV-8 weatherman Tedd Florendo and former UNLV Rebels Coach Lon Kruger.
The multi award-winning Sin City Comedy & Burlesque, now in its eighth consecutive year on the Las Vegas Strip, announced new changes to its format, production team and cast to be anchored by the veteran comedian Lisa Landry. She will also be featured in an upcoming episode of the A&E channel reality series “Little Funny” about an 11-year-old comic from executive producer Ellen Degeneres. Landry has appeared on CBS’ “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” ABC’s “Comics Unleashed” and “Stand Up In Stilettos” on The TV Guide Network
The Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors announced the results of its annual election of officers and board members including Vice President Janet Carpenter and directors Amber DeLillo, Chantel Tilley and Julie Youngblood (not shown). GLVAR was founded in 1947 and provides its nearly 13,000 local members with education, training and political representation. The local representative of the National Association of Realtors, GLVAR is the largest professional organization in Southern Nevada.
Patients affected by sickle cell disease have had few recent breakthroughs in treating the life-long condition, which can lead to severe complications, pain and disability. To assist in addressing this need in our state, the Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada has created the Sickle Cell Treatment Center of Nevada. Under the direction of Nik Abdul Rashid, M.D., patients will receive high quality medical treatment adhering to national treatment guidelines, aimed at improving the health and quality of life of individuals with the disease. Dr. Rashid will also guide patients in the introduction of innovative therapies, as well as any applicable clinical trials.
The Howard Hughes Corporation announced the appointment of Halee Harczynski as the marketing director of Downtown Summerlin, the 106-acre premier fashion, dining and entertainment destination located in the heart of the Summerlin master-planned community. Harczynski will be responsible for all marketing and tenant relations for the destination and its more than 125 stores and restaurants. Harczynski received her Bachelor of Science degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She also earned an Associates degree in Applied Science in fashion merchandising management.
Nevada State Bank has named Sally Strem branch manager. She will oversee the branch staff, client services and banking operations. A longtime Nevada State Bank colleague, Strem has taken over the branch manager role at the Russell and Fort Apache branch. She has been with Nevada State Bank for more than 16 years and in banking for over 35 years. She previously served as branch manager of The Lakes branch. Strem began her banking career in 1981 as a teller in Chicago and has held various positions, including district manager, market manager and branch manager. An active member of the Las Vegas community, Strem is involved in Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada and the American Diabetes Association.
Dr. Niki Bates joined Vegas PBS as the director of educational media services. In her new role, Bates will provide supervision, marketing and innovative leadership for the station’s children’s educational television outreach, plus unique services that have been developed to assist Nevada’s public, private, charter and home schools, such as a media library for families with special needs, early learning parent engagement workshops, English language learning resources, teacher training and online classroom materials, K-12 programs and initiatives.
Olivia Sirota is the Lower School Music Specialist at The Meadows School, teaching kindergarten through fifth grade. She has Bachelor of Music in music education, with a concentration in classical voice from UNLV. She is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Educators and the American Orff Schulwerk Association. She has performed with the Las Vegas Master Singers, the Las Vegas Philharmonic and starred in UNLV’s productions of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortiléges.
As corporate banking manager, Guindy will be based out of its headquarters focusing on the needs of existing and new corporate clients. She will continue to oversee Bank of Nevada’s successful Juris Program, providing customized banking and financial services to law firms and attorneys.
Cruz joined Bank of Nevada as a commercial loan officer with the bank’s Durango location. Cruz has spent the past decade assisting clients throughout Southern Nevada, utilizing her passion for the banking industry to help clients meet their financial goals. She holds a master’s degree in accounting and a Bachelor of Science degree in business accounting and finance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She attended UNLV’s Honors College and graduated summa cum laude.
The Board of the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange, Nevada’s public health insurance marketplace, has appointed Heather Korbulic as Executive Director. Korbulic joined the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange as the Chief Operations Officer after eight years with Aging and Disability Services Division where she was the State of Nevada’s Long Term Care Ombudsman. Her background includes the interpretation and application of State and Federal regulations, legislative testimony and advocacy, project management, research and data analysis, budget administration, complaint resolutions, quality assurance development and strategic planning. Korbulic has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Oregon and is a Certified Public Manager.
Elizabeth Borngesser, Houldsworth, Russo & Company senior accountant, was awarded her Nevada CPA license. Borngesser joined HRC in January 2014. She was previously a certified public accountant in Michigan and is an Oakland University graduate with a Bachelor of Science in accounting.