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Michelle Maloney is celebrating her fourth year with New Image Advanced Laser Skin Center. She has been practicing medical aesthetics in the Las Vegas Valley for 14 years and is certified in over 20 procedures and product lines. After working as a regional trainer in a nationwide medical spa, Maloney has brought her expertise to New Image. She educates, guides and helps clients select the treatment best for their needs.

Stephanie Spatar owns and operates Naturals by Stephanie featuring nail services including spa manicures and pedicures. She combines beauty esthetics with health care and treats those with diabetes, ingrown toenails, arthritis and fungus. Spatar also partners with health care providers and can refer if more medical attention is needed affecting nails, hands and feet.


For the first time in almost four decades, Safe Nest will be under new leadership as Estelle Murphy, long-standing executive director of the nonprofit organization retired. Nonprofit executive Liz Ortenburger is now its executive director. A highly qualified leader, Ortenburger most recently was the Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada. Serving approximately 50,000 people annually, Safe Nest is the primary provider of domestic violence services in Southern Nevada, is the only agency with access for 24/7 Emergency Temporary Protection Orders and has the largest, most comprehensive program for the entire state.

Olive Crest, a national nonprofit dedicated to safeguarding children’s lives, has named Myesha Wilson executive director for the Las Vegas region. A Nevada local, Wilson received both her undergraduate degree in psychology and her Master’s Degree in special education with an emphasis in emotional disturbances from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Previously, she worked as a social worker and psychiatric caseworker for the state of Nevada. Wilson also founded and operated Liberty Behavioral Consultants to serve youth and families in the Las Vegas area.

Mary Beth Sewald is the president and CEO of the Nevada Broadcasters Association. The association’s role is to improve and preserve an environment that best enhances the ability of every Nevada television and radio station to be financially strong and remain free from governmental control of programming. Sewald is a private pilot and serves on several boards, including the Nevada Military Support Alliance, the Reno Air Races, City National Bank Advisory Board and the Nevada Broadcasters Foundation Board of Directors.

Bianca Alenik is the social media director and assists in her family-owned restaurant The Pasta Shop Ristoranté and Art Gallery. She graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in political science. As one of the owners, Alenik works in marketing, menu formatting, delivery, catering and other responsibilities.

Delen Goldberg is public information officer for the city of North Las Vegas. Prior to joining the City, Goldberg was an award-winning journalist for over a decade, most recently with Greenspun Media Group as editor of “The Sunday.” She previously worked in journalism and marketing in New York and California.

Becky Solomon, along with her husband and another business partner, recently opened WingTime, a new concept specializing in chicken wings and fingers tossed in a selection of sauces. With a background of owning many successful food franchises, Solomon does all of the marketing and participates in a number of expos and other events. She has also taught and worked in the Clark County School District and currently teaches preschool.

Glen Alex, BCTMB, LMT, KTP, was recently honored with the United States Tennis Association Nevada award for 2017 Tournament of the Year for the Davis Kup of Las Vegas, the sixth annual signature fundraiser for G. Alex Foundation. She also is the author of “Living in Total Health.” The goals of the G.Alex Foundation include providing information and access to health care.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas announced Stephanie Capellas is now Vice President of Public Relations. A veteran of the Las Vegas hospitality industry, Capellas brings a decade of communication and marketing prowess to the resort. She most recently served as director of global public relations at Hakkasan Group. Capellas was a Senior Publicist at Cirque du Soleil where she managed all public relations efforts and initiatives for three of eight Resident Show Division productions.

Master barber Saleemah Abare has become the first female barber instructor in the state of Nevada. Even though she enjoyed the artistry of the barber going with her brothers, Abare first attended college to pursue a career in nursing. In her second year, Abare decided to follow her passion and attend barber school. Her next goal is to open her own school in Nevada.

The United States Tennis Association announced that Sophie Henderson was named to the second annual USTA Junior Leadership Team, which recognizes America’s finest junior tennis players who exhibit leadership, sportsmanship and character on and off the court. Henderson has been ranked among the Top 150 girls 18-and-under in the USTA national standings and in the Top 5 of the USTA Intermountain Section. Playing for Palo Verde High School, she’s a three-time doubles state champion (2013-15). She has been awarded the $10,000 USTA scholarship.

Dr. Jill Oliver is a board-certified M.D. who specializes in weight loss and wellness. As the owner of Glimpse Medical, she provides individual customized treatments for every patient to maximize his or her weight loss and wellness potential. She is also the owner and member of two Orangetheory Fitness studios and became involved with Orangetheory after seeing her patients transform their lives using the innovative heart rate monitoring and interval training.

Leslie Parraguirre, founder of Las Vegas-based interior design firm Colours Inc., announced that Colours completed the interior design of the newest Distill location in the Northwest part of the Las Vegas Valley. It embodies a warm yet contemporary atmosphere. At 4,150 square feet, the new location also incorporates local artistry, including hand-blown glass light fixtures created by a local artist. Additionally, “street art graphics” are emphasized on two walls, bringing a hybrid of artistic talent to the new tavern, now opened.

Patty Peters is “Chief Wine Wench” and co-owner of Grape Expectations, the Nevada School of Winemaking. She is also the co-owner of the Vegas Valley Winery due to open in the fall. Peters works alongside Mike Schoenbachler, winemaker and co-owner; K.J. Howe, “the Professor of yeastology” and Chad Evans, “The Production Guy.” Grape Expectations provides the opportunity to handcraft wines from grapes sourced out of California, Chile and South Africa. Winemakers attend crushing/destemming, pressing, racking and bottling sessions, culminating in 20 cases/240 bottles of their own handcrafted wine.

Galit Ventura-Rozen is a women empowerment and business mentor and professional speaker. She is also president of Women of Global Change and a long-time organizer of multiple events at The Shade Tree. Ventura-Rozen works with women to take their business to the next level or share their stories as speakers.


The Architectural & Decorative Arts Society (ADAS) is a nonprofit professional organization committed to the creative, business and community development of the architectural and design industry. This includes architecture, interior design, fine arts, building, development, manufacturing sales, marketing, distribution, production, purchasing, management, operations, communications, legal services, accounting and education related to hospitality, contract and residential design.
Board members include:

Standing from left: Margit Bown is a graphic designer, photographer, illustrator and marketing consultant. A German native, she moved to the United States and in 2015 to Las Vegas to continue to pursue her passion.

Beth Pope (Immediate Past President) retired in 2016 but remains active in the industry. She owned and operated ESP Designs specializing in residential interior design, color consulting and specialty painting.

Carolyn Muse Grant (Program Chair Person) has been in the interior design and home staging business for over 30 years. Her talents and abilities are displayed in homes across the country. She has also written about design for various publications.

Jane Armstrong (President) is a broker/salesperson with Signature Real Estate Group and has been a licensed Realtor for over 20 years. She combines her work with ADAS and active duty military and veterans as a member of the Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals.

Seated: Missie Price (Secretary), is a designer who owns and operates An Elegant Touch Interiors. She does home staging and design consulting and has been in the industry for over 25 years. She also helps women in recovery from addiction.

Susan Rowland (Membership Chair)

Not shown: Carla Dirk, CPA (Treasurer) and has held that office since the formation of ADAS. Dirk owns and operates Carla Dirk CPA, LLC and has been practicing in the area of taxation for businesses and individuals for over thirty years.

John Dunia is an outside sales rep for Venicio, Creative Edge and Custom Home Window and Door. He is also the author of “Shame on Me: Healing a Life of Shame Based Thinking.”

Kim Sonerholm is senior vice president of sales, account management and marketing for UnitedHealthcare in Nevada, Idaho and Utah. Previously, she served as vice president of key account sales/accounts. She started working for Sierra Health Services 23 years ago, prior to its merger with UnitedHealth Group. In her tenure at the company she has worked in several departments, including provider and network relations, customer service, and in an administrative capacity at the company’s medical clinics, Southwest Medical Associates.

Brittney Winters is a human resources consultant at Simmons Group and was the first in her family to graduate with a Master’s Degree of Science, specifically in industrial/organizational psychology. Recently, she has increased her clientele by developing relationships and supporting HR functions in various industries globally.

Jen Bell, a third generation Las Vegan, is the new Director of Player Development for the D Las Vegas. She works with the casino hosts and customers, connects players with their own host and works with VIP services. Bell is also involved with meetings with officers for her input and feedback. She will be instrumental with the future development of the property where the Las Vegas Club is located. Bell has worked in the gaming industry for over 15 years including the United States, Canada and First Nation.

Lisa McAnallen, hired as Vice President of Discovery Children’s Museum, is responsible for marketing, retail and earned income. McAnallen began her career in luxury retail before transitioning to Wynn Las Vegas in 2012 as community relations manager. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in fashion merchandising from Judson College. A Las Vegas native, McAnallen gives back by providing leadership to several organizations including Junior League, Leadership Las Vegas and Spread the Word Nevada.

Cindy Rodriguez is a Las Vegas native who worked her way up from intern to C.O.O. in the dental industry. She started as an intern for Dr. Steven Delisle at his first dental office at the age of 22 while going to school to become a dental assistant and working full time as a front desk clerk at the Golden Nugget. She was promoted to assisting with surgeries and then managing Dr. Delisle’s surgery center and five other offices.


Boyd Gaming promoted Mary Ann Burns, Vice President of Hotel Operations; Lori Nelson, Vice President of Financial Operations and Cassie Stratford, Vice President of Legal Affairs and Assistant General Counsel.

While attending the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Burns worked at the front desk of a Las Vegas Strip casino and then went on to become one of the first female hotel managers in Las Vegas. She has worked for Boyd Gaming for 29 years and was promoted after serving as the director of hotel operations for The Orleans Hotel and Casino.

Nelson is currently working to standardize the company’s Finance Shared Service Center to create a more efficient and effective business model in her new role.

Stratford has worked for Boyd Gaming’s Legal Department for five years. Outside of work, she volunteers for the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. She also volunteers for her alma maters, William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Georgetown University, to mentor the next wave of lawyers and interview candidates for admission to the university.

Executive Portrait Flor Bernal
BACK BAR USA has announced the promotion of Flor Bernal to president and chief financial officer. In her new role, Bernal will continue to champion the company’s commitment to diversity, as well as manage a growing staff and work with clients, properties and suppliers. Bernal joined BACK BAR in 2011 as chief financial officer, playing a pivotal role in increasing service revenue. As a Hispanic female leading the company, Bernal demonstrates commitment to a diverse workplace.

As Vice President of Hospitality at Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino, Blaire Dela Cruz oversees hotel, sales, engineering and food & beverage operations. She helped open Lucky Dragon in 2016—the fifth resort pre-opening team on which Dela Cruz has served. Previously, she worked for the Las Vegas Sands Corporation as hotel manager at the Venetian/Palazzo and director of sales operations at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. She majored in business administration at the University of Hawaii.

The Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) of Southern Nevada recently awarded Esmeralda Mercado as a Hero with Heart at its annual gala, which honors emergency responders who go above and beyond in their level of compassion on scenes of tragedy. Mercado is a coroner investigator for the Clark County Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner. Mercado received several nominations by TIP volunteers who had worked directly with her on tragic scenes and observed her extreme care in dealing with the families of the recently deceased.

Aimmee Kodachian received an award as an Ambassador for Peace from the Universal Peace Federation, a global peace-building organization affiliated with the United Nations, during its leadership event. The Women’s Federation for World Peace, a United Nations-sanctioned organization nominated the war survivor, humanitarian, author, entrepreneur and broadcast figure. She founded AKExperts Academy, an online academy that transforms businesses and personal lives and she is the creator, director/producer of three online shows.

Ellen Schulhofer, shareholder of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, has been elected to the executive committee of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees. The Chamber’s nine-member committee oversees policy, budget and legislative matters and in other special areas as designated by the board of trustees. Schulhofer has served as a Chamber trustee since 2016.

Super Lawyers, the Thomson Reuters lawyer rating service, selected attorney Aviva Gordon, principal at Gordon Law LLC, as a Top-Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Las Vegas. Gordon has over 20 years of experience practicing business law in Southern Nevada. She has successfully argued before the Nevada Supreme Court and has several reported cases. The States Super Lawyers list comprises outstanding attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Nevada Donor Network announced the hiring of Christina Hernandez as community services coordinator. Her role encompasses NDN’s DMV program, event planning, high school education program, and media outreach. Hernandez earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and speech communications from the University of Nevada, Reno. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, Las Vegas Interactive Marketing Association, Kappa Alpha Theta and the University of Nevada’s Southern Nevada Alumni Chapter.

Piercy Bowler Taylor & Kern, a full-service accounting firm, announced that Audit Manager Angela Go, CPA, CISA has received her certificate of completion for the COBIT 5 Foundation Course. This certification complements her previous designations in accounting and information systems, and is the next step in her progression towards becoming an information systems audit and control professional.

Erin Ward was recently promoted to vice president of sales and events for Brooklyn Bowl. Responsible for new business development for Brooklyn Bowl, she also oversees management of the Las Vegas sales and events team. She was previously director of sales and events for Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas since its opening in 2014 and previously served as senior sales and marketing manager for Hard Rock Las Vegas.

Magda Ascencio was recently promoted to office and permit manager at Hirschi Masonry, LLC. Her daily operations include managing the office and facilities as well as overseeing the facility remodels, repairs and maintenance. Ascencio began as a permit technician in 2010 and acknowledges the growth opportunities within the company for her promotions over the years.

From left: Lydia Brown, Cosmo of Las Vegas 51s, Anne E. Myers and Jamie Poltrock
Chefs for Kids board members Lydia Brown, Rich Products Corporation, received the 2017 Associate Member of the Year award and Chef Jamie Poltrock, banquet chef at South Point Casino Hotel Spa, received the 2017 Chef of the Year award. They were both honored during the ACF Chefs Las Vegas Chapter Awards Celebration. Anne E Myers, a student at College of Southern Nevada and Chefs for Kids volunteer, is the 2017 Student Culinarian of the Year.

The 4th Annual Las Vegas Women in Technology Awards honors women making impressive contributions in the technology sector. The five award winners included:

High Tech Woman of the Year
Ruth Hedges
CEO and Founder of TheGCCWorld.com
Executive Producer of Global Crowdfunding Convention

High Tech Entrepreneur
Shannon Wilkinson
President and Co-founder of Axiom Cyber Solutions

High Tech Community Service
Sonia Petkewich
Founder and CEO of Taurean Consulting Group

High Tech Mentor
Penny Grandon
Senior Manager of MTC Operations at Cox Communications – Southwest Region

High Tech Rising Star
Heather Parks
CEO and Principal Consultant at Healliam Inc.

Aspirations in Computing Program awards was also presented by the National Center for Women & Information Technology to 12 young women interested in technology.

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