Holland & Hart announced Connie Akridge has been appointed administrative partner for the firm’s Las Vegas office. As AP, Akridge will provide leadership to the office in areas including financial management, client services and attorney recruitment. Akridge is a partner with 30 years of experience providing counsel on a wide variety of litigation and regulatory/administrative matters to insurance and healthcare clients. She also represents clients in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies in managed care, insurance and reinsurance matters.

Dickinson Wright PLLC announced that Nevada Public Radio has honored Cynthia L. Alexander, member partner in the Las Vegas office, with the title of Director Emeritus of the Board of Directors. The resolution noted her strategic leadership through a changing media environment, continuous improvement initiatives and her contributions to the overall effectiveness of the board through her wisdom, humor and no-nonsense approach to problem solving. Alexander is a business litigator at Dickinson Wright. Her practice is concentrated on representation of financial institutions, business entities and its corporate officers and directors, and land owners and developers.

Amanda Skvorzov, along with her husband Mike, recently opened My Salon Suite as a career change and investment in the community. She has over 13 years of experience as a manicurist, giving her the expertise to manage and relate to other salon professionals who are members of her salon suite. The Skvorzovs renovated the 6,000-square-foot retail space and each suite includes chairs, cabinetry and everything. Each suite is painted and decorated individually as well.

The Las Vegas Business Academy, a nonprofit organization founded by Rino Armeni, welcomes Amy Lee as the new executive director of the LVBA to oversee the organization’s operations, including vetting new students, board members, fundraiser planning and the mentorship program. Lee brings over 10 years of marketing, advertising and public relations experience to her role as executive director. After graduating from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature as a member of Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society, Lee worked at VIRGIN Inc., Primm Valley Resort and Casino, Silverton Casino and most recently as the assistant director of partnership and marketing services at The Venetian | The Palazzo.

Angelica Palladino has been promoted to hotel manager at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas. She has been with the company since 1998 beginning at Four Seasons Hotel Berlin. She later held positions at Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas and Four Seasons Resort Vail. Most recently, she served as director of food and beverage at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.

Jobs for Nevada’s Graduates, a statewide high school dropout prevention and work preparation program, announced the appointment of Sandra Douglass Morgan to its Board of Directors. Morgan is the director of external affairs for Las Vegas and Southern Nevada for AT&T Nevada. A native of Las Vegas, Morgan most recently served as the city attorney and part of the executive management team for the city of North Las Vegas. Morgan received the Women in Business and Politics award from the Urban Chamber of Commerce in 2015 along with the Ladies of Distinction Award in 2013 from Olive Crest, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting abused and neglected children. She received the National Bar Association’s Nation’s Best Advocates 40 under 40 and Attorney of the Year by the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association in 2012.

Summerlin-based Borg Law Group, established by attorney Brooke Borg, has grown to a five-person team representing more than 700 clients. The company provides legal services to individuals and businesses in the areas of real estate, corporate law, estate planning and probate. Borg originally began as a one-woman firm in 2010.

Trosper Communications has announced that Bailey Farrell received a promotion from account coordinator to assistant account executive and Shayna Moreno recently joined as an account executive.

Farrell is responsible for account coordination, client relations and media relations. Farrell first joined the firm in April 2015 and works on public safety, business-to-business and nonprofit accounts.

Moreno will directly oversee and manage all public relations and communications efforts for public safety, business-to-business and nonprofit clients. Moreno joins the firm with over five years of extensive experience in food and beverage, consumer and nonprofit public relations.

Las Vegas Elks Helldorado Days announced that it has named veteran Las Vegas attorney Beverly Salhanick to chair Helldorado Days, its celebrated western-themed festival held annually. Beverly, the sole practitioner of Beverly Salhanick, Esquire, P.C. since 1996, is a member of the American Association for Justice and is the Nevada Liaison to the AAJ Women’s Caucus. She has served as a Trustee for the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Lodge #1468. In 2003, Nevada Trial Lawyers Association awarded her the Badger Award for distinguished service to the people of Nevada. Beverly was the first woman trustee for The Elks and will be the first woman to chair Helldorado Days.

Desiree Van Leer was recently hired as the marketing manager of Olympia Companies. Van Leer provides strategic planning, oversees budgets and assists with the development and execution of special events such as realtor programs for Skye Canyon and Southern Highlands master-planned communities. Van Leer brings over 10 years of experience in the homebuilding industry in marketing and sales.

Nevada Donor Network has announced the promotion of Kelli Little to community services supervisor. In her new role, Little is responsible for creating and maintaining a strategic plan and annual budget, providing support for the community services team, identifying professional development opportunities for staff and leading the team toward the successful execution of organization mission and goals. Little holds a Bachelor of Science in community health education from Western Oregon University. She is a member of the Public Health Association and was chosen as the 2015 Nevada Donor Network Employee of the Year.

Jennifer Bradley has opened JB Public Relations with over twelve years in both media and community relations. Bradley has had clients such as Vegas PBS, Nevada State College, Lion Habitat Ranch, Kitchen Table, and Cowabunga Bay. Formerly Executive Director for Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada, and Lili Claire Foundation of Nevada, Bradley stays involved with nonprofits and serves on the board for both the American Cancer Society and Sunrise Children’s Foundation. Bradley has received the honor of the In Business Humanitarian of the Year Angel Award (2009) and the Spirit of the Year award by Make a Wish in 2003.

From left: GiVe member Cyndy Mahoney, two students from Clark High School, Clark High School teacher Luane Wagner and Henderson GiVe Founder Leslie DeVore

Henderson GiVe, a giving circle started in 2007 by a dozen friends who wanted to give back to the community in an impactful way, recently presented Luanne Wagner, the We R Community coordinator from Clark High School, with the organization’s Golden Give to recognize all she does to inspire and assist her students. They have donated $50,000 throughout the Las Vegas Valley to dozens of people, organizations and causes. Henderson GiVe’s mission is to inspire, educate and encourage women to take an active role in the community by pooling their charitable gifts to improve the lives of Henderson residents in a grassroots way.

Three Square, Southern Nevada’s only food bank, has promoted Andrea Martinez to programs manager and Kate McLaughlin logistics manager. Martinez joined the Three Square programs team in September 2014. McLaughlin started with Three Square as a volunteer in 2010, then accepted a part-time position as a research associate in 2011 and was promoted to a program coordinator in 2013.

Carole Fisher, president and chief executive officer of Nathan Adelson Hospice, announced that Karen Rubel has been promoted to the position of chief operating officer at the state’s largest nonprofit hospice. Prior to this promotion, Rubel had served as vice president of development for the Nathan Adelson Hospice Foundation since 2007. In her new role, her responsibilities will include clinical operations of the hospice and, ultimately, managing the operational aspects of the organizational goals.

Virginia Toalepai serves as the president and owner of World Wide Safety, a full service health and safety service company based in Las Vegas. Toalepai founded the company in 2013 and has grown her business in a male dominated industry to include 20 employees. During the day-to-day operations, Toalepai works closely with local general contractors and a number of specialty trade subcontractors in the development of safety training programs and practical hazard controls.

Houldsworth, Russo & Company has promoted Jessica Sayles, CPA, to managing principal and Lynn Myers, CPA, to principal.

Sayles has served as a principal for HRC since 2013. As a respected business expert, Sayles provides nonprofit management guidance and performs both profit and nonprofit audits and tax returns. Sayles uses her experience and knowledge working with small to medium sized businesses to advise clients with an in-depth understanding of their accounting functions. Sayles is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Science in accountancy. She is a licensed accountant in Nevada.

Myers was hired as tax director in 2015. A CPA of more than twenty years, Myers is licensed in both California and Nevada. She previously worked as a sole proprietor with her own firm in Henderson for 11 years. Before that, the California native spent ten years with a large regional firm in the Los Angeles area working in both tax and audit practices. Myers advises high net worth clients as well as guides smaller businesses owners through all areas of business operations and compliance.

In partnership with the American Cancer Society, Haydee Docasar RejuVAnation MD now serves as drop-off center for the Cancer Resource Center serving Las Vegas and Henderson benefiting cancer patients and survivors. Dr. Docasar also plans to contribute to the “Look Good, Feel Better” program by hosting sessions at her practice with dates/times to be announced. The “Look Good, Feel Better” program is a community-based, free program that helps teach female cancer patients beauty tips to look better and feel good about how they look during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Volunteer beauty professionals lead small groups of patients through a practical, hands-on two-hour workshop in a comfortable setting where women can learn about makeup, skin care, nail care and ways to deal with hair loss such as with wigs, turbans, and scarves.

Kema Ogden is co-founder and president of The Ogden Foundation, established in 2008 with a mission is to help under-privileged and low income families through education, medical services, health and wellness programs. She was recently appointed executive director for Community Outreach Medical Center, which provides high quality comprehensive healthcare, intensive case management and collaborative outreach to medically under-served populations in Southern Nevada. Additionally, she is also a very successful entrepreneur, owning several businesses.

Town Square Las Vegas has appointed Lisa Hamilton as marketing coordinator for the 1.2 million-square-foot shopping center on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip. In this capacity, Hamilton will assist the marketing director with the coordination and execution of events and oversee the center’s social media channels. Prior to joining Town Square, Hamilton was an account executive at RDG Advertising where she managed various client activities and collaborated on advertising campaigns and new business pitches. She began her career at WickedCreative. Hamilton holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Melissa Bordinhao has opened a second location of iBlowdry in Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino. The salon offers shampoo, style, cuts, color and makeup and is located in a beautiful setting outside of the main resort with floor to ceiling windows for perfect lighting.

Integrated public relations firm one7 communications has appointed Carrie Giverson as company vice president, promoted Nicole Bullis to the position of senior account executive and promoted Camile Tanner to account executive within her first year with the agency.

Giverson has been with one7 communications since 2013 and previously served as senior account director. In her new position, she manages several flagship accounts, as well as provides strategic direction and guidance for the account teams, oversees staff and select company operations, manages team workflow and develops targeted marketing and public relations strategies.

In her new role, Bullis manages public relations and marketing strategies, creating and building client relations, and developing social media campaigns. Bullis has been with one7 for one year and has placed clients in Wine Enthusiast, Forbes, Beer Advocate and on Food Network.

Interning in 2015 while acquiring her degree in integrated marketing communications at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Tanner worked her way up to lead accounts including ALEX AND ANI, STK, Elysian Communities, COLOR Salon and celebrity colorist Michael Boychuck, among others. Tanner continues to lead PR plan development, strategic marketing and creative solution efforts.

Kelly Simonson, President of Medicaid, UnitedHealthcare of Nevada presented a $50,000 donation on behalf of Qualcomm Life and UnitedHealthcare to Andy Bischel, President and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada, and Shing Yu, Account Strategy & Development Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, at the Lied Memorial Clubhouse. The donation is the culmination of a fundraiser that was held during CES 2017. UnitedHealthcare and Qualcomm gave away 500 activity trackers to CES attendees, encouraging participants to each walk 10,000 steps on Jan. 7, for a combined total goal of 5 million steps.

Lucy Klinkhammer has joined Nevada HAND as vice president of resource development overseeing community relations, fundraising and communications for the nonprofit corporation that provides affordable housing solutions and services for low-income individuals. She previously held executive positions at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, The Lincy Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and UNLV Foundation and leadership positions with the local Association of Fundraising Professionals chapter. A UNLV graduate, she is active in the UNLV Alumni Association.

Las Vegas native Stephanie Stallworth is the director of public and community relations at Cox Communications-Las Vegas. Among peers and community leaders she has earned a reputation as a leader, trusted advisor and innovator. She has received dozens of awards and industry acknowledgements for her acumen in public relations. One of her career passions is managing the company’s philanthropic initiatives including Cox Charities, which serves women and children among others. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Leadership Las Vegas graduate is one of the most senior board members at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum and serves as a trustee at Nevada Ballet Theatre. She is also a charter member of the Women’s Employee Resource Group at Cox Las Vegas and helps provide a collective voice for women in technology.

Melissa Blynn is the executive director of Create a Change Now, a nonprofit organization. With her background in nutrition and physical fitness, she knows the importance of choosing a healthy lifestyle at a young age and implementing a balance between fitness and nutrition. With her knowledge, leadership and passion she leads Create a Change Now’s mission to have positive impact on the health of the next generation in Southern Nevada.

Bank of Nevada announced that Rachelle Crupi is promoted to President, Bank of Nevada. Crupi is an accomplished banker with over 30 years of experience. She joined Bank of Nevada in 2003 as a Regional President and early in her tenure opened the bank’s location at Hualapai Way and Charleston Boulevard. Over time, her responsibilities expanded to include all the branches in Bank of Nevada’s western region. In her new role, Crupi will oversee branch production and business development, evaluate budgetary and strategic plans and represent the bank in its engagement with the local community.

Shannon McBeath is one of three partners to open The Ride, a premium indoor cycling studio. For over 20 years, McBeath has been an avid hiker, mountain biker, tennis player, road cyclist and participated in three triathlons. Originally from Dallas, McBeath attended Southern Methodist University before transferring to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in hotel administration. She served on the Foundation Board of Directors for Opportunity and opened and operated the Las Vegas chapter of Shoes That Fit, an organization that provides new shoes to children in need.

Lucy Stewart has been named Leadership Board Chair for the Las Vegas Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, announced by Catharine Rinehart, the Foundation’s Development Director for Southern Nevada. Stewart brings a lifetime of public service and volunteerism to the Arthritis Foundation. In Southern Nevada, there are nearly 500,000 adults and 2,000 children living with the pain and disability of arthritis. Nationally, there are more than 50 million adults and children suffering with arthritis.

NAIOP Southern Nevada, the commercial real estate development association, announced its 2017 board of directors and officers. All officers serve a one-year term. NAIOP Southern Nevada is a chapter of NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, and it comprises more than 420 members serving the local Southern Nevada market. NAIOP is the leading organization for developers, owners and related professionals in office, industrial, retail and mixed-use real estate. The 2017 officers are President, Jay Heller, Heller Companies; President Elect, Jeff Foster, Prologis; Secretary, Jennifer Levine, Cushman & Wakefield Commerce; Treasurer, Rod Martin, Majestic Realty Co. and Past President, Mike Shohet, Jones Lang LaSalle. The 2017 directors include Jody Walker Belsick, Kimley-Horn and Associates; Julie Cleaver, The Howard Hughes Corporation and Jennifer Turchin, Coda Group, Inc.
Affinity Gaming has appointed Stana Subaric as the new senior vice president, human resources and Erin Barnett as the new vice president and deputy general counsel.

With over 13 years of experience, Subaric will oversee the gaming company’s HR functions for Affinity’s 3,400 employees at its 11 casinos located in Nevada, Colorado, Missouri and Iowa.

Barnett will assume responsibilities over all legal and contractual duties over Affinity’s 11 casinos located in Nevada, Colorado, Missouri and Iowa.

Las Vegas-based DC Building Group has brought on additional female staff members as the general contracting business continues to grow in Southern Nevada. Among them are Sabrina Lee, who serves as project engineer. In this role, she performs various functions including the administration of subcontracts, monitoring and documenting job site safety and accident prevention, processing requests for information, coordination of material and equipment procurement, review and coordination of shop drawings and submittals, participation in team project meetings, administration of subcontractor change orders for additional work, as-built drawings, and assisting in project quality control and closeout.

In addition, Jennifer Hall has been hired to facilitate the company’s marketing and brand management. In this position, Hall is responsible for coordinating preconstruction, marketing and branding projects for DC Building Group. She also will assist with lead acquisitions, graphic design, photography, events, media, promotions and communications functions for the company.

The Public Relations Society of America Las Vegas Valley Chapter, serving Southern Nevada for 41 years, announced its 2017 board of directors and officers. BRAINTRUST Managing Partner Kurt Ouchida has returned for a second term as chapter president. Mandi Kane, APR, director of media relations at MassMedia Corporate Communications, is serving as president-elect. Vice President of Communication is Cara Stewart, Bean, Bear & Rue Inc.; Vice President of Membership is Missy Mirich, PRSA-LVVC; Vice President of Programs is Victoria Pomo, one7 communications; Assembly Delegate is Cheryl Persinger Gowan, APR Cadence (not pictured) and Past-President is Melody J. Crickman, Touro University Nevada.

Pomo recently graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a degree in journalism and media studies with a focus in integrated marketing communications and a minor in communications. She is the newest member of one7 communications integrated public relations and marketing firm. In her position of account coordinator, she supports the team coordinating campaigns, planning events and implementing marketing strategies.

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