Gaye Stephens has been hired as the director of operations and business development focusing on marketing communications for MSM Concierge and New Image Advanced Laser Center. Stephens will serve as a primary source of information on standard operations procedures, marketing communications and client development. Previously, she provided practice and physician growth to over twelve centers at Lifestyle Lift and practice start-ups. She has also worked with GE Capital, AT&T Corporate and as an independent consultant supporting multiple practices within the valley and other cities. With 15 years of experience in management, Stephens has a Master of Business Administration as well as a master certification in human resources.
Susan G. Komen Nevada announced that Tanya Flanagan has been named as board president, succeeding Diane M. Allison. Flanagan, a three-time breast cancer survivor, is also a strong community supporter and advocate, volunteering numerous hours to speak publicly about breast cancer, educating and raising awareness about the disease. Flanagan also sits on the boards of the Urban Chamber of Commerce and the Las Vegas Urban League Community Action Agency and is active with the Theta Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the Las Vegas Chapter of The Girl Friends, Inc.
Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada announced the appointment of three officers to its Board of Trustees: Scott White, Julie Murray and Walter Spansel. One of the state’s oldest and largest nonprofit social service providers, Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada offers 20 diverse programs, helping over 100,000 people in the community. Murray is currently the CEO of Moonridge Group, which provides philanthropic guidance to nonprofits worldwide. As founding president and CEO of Three Square Food Bank, Murray was instrumental in making the nonprofit a national model for hunger relief activism.
Diana Tennyson Nielsen serves on the board of directors for the Las Vegas Showcase House, a nonprofit organization benefiting under-resourced youth of Clark County. The showcase house is the first of its kind to provide an educational project based mentorship program where students are mentored by industry design professionals, architects and trade partners. She is also on the DIFFA Las Vegas committee, Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids, participating in the annual fundraiser Picnic by Design. As principle of Tennyson Nielsen Group LLC, Showroom Services and Manufacturer Representation, Tennyson Nielsen has over 25 years in management. She is currently designer trade specialist for luxury furniture store, Furniture Market, developing its Designer Trade Program.
Andson was honored, by Mutual of America, as a 2016 Merit Finalist for the Community Partnership Award and received a check for $25,000. Each year Mutual of America selects 10 organizations, from a national pool of candidates, that have shown exemplary leadership by facilitating partnerships to build a cohesive community that serves as a model for collaborating with others. Andson was selected for their Piggy Bank project, providing students with weekly hands-on banking experiences. Starting from kindergarten, students at three Clark County Schools set savings goals and make weekly deposits at a “bank” that is set up at their school. The Silver State Schools Credit Union keeps those deposits in savings accounts. At the end of fifth grade, students have the option to convert their Piggy Bank savings account into a regular savings account or withdraw their funds.
Donna Marcou-Stafford is the new business development director for Travelzoo in Las Vegas, a global media commerce company. Prior to her current position, she was the vice president of leisure sales for the Tropicana Las Vegas for almost seven years and was responsible for the overall production of leisure sales in domestic, international, travel agent, consortia, business travel and OTA markets. She also works closely with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors’ Authority for travel industry events.
Gulten Dye has opened her new retail store, Gulten Dye Jewelry in Body Spa West. Dye features one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry and a new line of designer purses. A new interchangeable line she has designed is like legos for jewelry. All the earrings, necklaces and the bracelets are interchangeable and can be worn in infinite number of ways. Dye has been designing jewelry for years including for celebrities such as Celine Dion. She is now creating personalized jewelry to fit each individual style using her innovative patent pending design.
The creative team behind the fifth annual show “One Night for One Drop” as imagined by Cirque du Soleil included Krista Monson, director of creation. Monson oversaw the creative process bringing writers and directors Nicky and Laetitia Dewhurst’s concept and vision to life. She was writer and director for the inaugural “One Night for One Drop.” The production involves over 400 Cirque du Soleil artists, designers and technicians as well as special guests for a one time only performance benefiting One Drop, the foundation of Cirque du Soleil creator, Guy Laliberté.
Spencer Stewart, chancellor of WGU Nevada, announced that Frances Richards is a student faculty mentor for the online university. She helps guide students towards academic achievement and serves as a primary source of information about academic program operation and the policies and procedures of the university. With 15 years of experience in the industry, Richards has a doctorate and a Master of Business Administration as well as a Bachelor of Arts in speech with an emphasis in broadcasting and film.
Mary Vail has earned a Certificate of Social Sector Leadership from Philanthropy University. Powered by Berkeley-Hass, the university is an educational initiative focused on providing organizations and individuals the tools needed to maximize their impact on the world. Vail was a member of the inaugural class to participate in the academic program and completed the seven foundational courses to earn the certification. Following the program, a fellow classmate asked Vail to mentor him in launching a social initiative in Kenya focused on empowering vulnerable children and widows.
Ka’imilani Quipotla is an 18-year-old senior attending Bishop Gorman High School. The young entrepreneur sells recycled apparel online and the Wall Street Journal scouted her for a fashion column about young consumers in the online market for recycled apparel. Quipotla is active in community service including volunteering at Three Square. Quipotla plans to pursue international business at the University of Nevada, Reno after she graduates high school.
Heather Vale was named one of the Top 10 videographer finalists in the inaugural Las Vegas Wedding Video Awards. She has been working both in front of and behind the camera for over 20 years; while modeling she took up photography as a hobby, and after becoming a television show host and producer, she often hoisted the TV camera onto her shoulder. Vale focuses on telling a story through content and has now worked steadily in all media: TV, radio, print and online.
Colliers International Las Vegas has hired Alexia Crowley, CCIM, LEED GA as a senior associate in the Medical Office/Healthcare Properties division. Crowley began her commercial real estate career in 2000 as a marketing researcher for Restrepo Consulting Group where she collected information to formulate growth patterns and analyzed vacancy rates throughout the Las Vegas Valley. Crowley is President Elect of the Clark County Medical Society Alliance, and Chair of the 2017 Fashion Show committee. Additionally, she’s a member of Las Vegas HEALS and the Henderson Chamber of Commerce.
Pinot’s Palette co-owner Judy Alewel, along with her husband recently opened their third location at Town Square. The couple purchased the franchise and officially opened Pinot’s Pallet at The District at Green Valley Ranch with a second location at Boca Park. They decided to own the business to provide a fun activity for residents and tourists in Southern Nevada and the freedom to support charities and community causes.
Nancy King, CPA, has joined the Silverton team as the director of finance. She has worked in public accounting as a tax senior. King left public accounting to pursue a career in the gaming industry by accepting a position with Circus Circus Enterprises in Reno. Since Circus Circus was owned by MGM Resorts, she graduated from its diversity program as well as being one of 15 individuals who graduated from the first cohort finance leadership program. King obtained a Masters of Science in Taxation from Golden Gate University. Past affiliations include being a committee member for the Nevada Women’s Fund Investment Advisory committee, Galena High School PTO Finance committee, City of Reno Downtown Maintenance District committee and MGM Resorts Community Grants Council member.
Keith Ball has joined as vice president of hospitality. Ball joins Silverton Casino with over a decade of extensive knowledge and experience in the hospitality industry. As vice president of hospitality, Ball will oversee all food and beverage and certain other non-gaming operations of the hotel and casino. Prior to joining Silverton Casino, Ball served as vice president of food and beverage at Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino as well as the iconic Riviera Hotel and Casino. Ball began his career making his way through a number of managerial positions at multiple Four Seasons.
Silverton Casino Hotel names casino veteran Rob Kunkle president. He will oversee all property operations at Silverton Casino Hotel and is responsible for efficiently and effectively managing the hotel and casino so that the property is profitable and professionally operated at all times. Prior to joining the Silverton, Kunkle served as president and general manager at Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino. During his 20 years in the casino/resort industry, Kunkle served as president and general manager in the final years of the Riviera Hotel and Casino, vice president and general manager at Station Casinos, director of operations at Harrah’s Entertainment and general manager at Silverton Casino.
Kimiko Peterson is director of advertising, public relations and social media for Silverton Casino Hotel. Her responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of branding, advertising, public relations and social media. Peterson first joined Silverton Casino in November 2006 and immediately set the course for the property branding and positioning of Silverton Casino Hotel such as launching the new brand campaign, “Livin’ Lodge,” created top of mind awareness for the Las Vegas casino. After a brief time away, Peterson returned to Silverton Casino in June 2011.
Amanda Northrup is the director of human resources for Silverton Casino Hotel. As the top HR executive, she is responsible for creating an HR strategy of talent recruitment, retention, development and recognition that supports the overall business plan and strategic direction of the company. Since joining Silverton in September 2015,
Northrup has developed and executed creative initiatives to elevate the family culture that the small, privately held casino offers. She attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where earning a bachelors degree in communication studies and masters degree in operations management from Bellevue University in Omaha.
Amanda Schneider has opened Nosey Dogs, a private, confidential and discreet narcotic detection company for residential and commercial customers. Schneider created the business when she had to deal with the addiction of a close family member and was researching ways to help without criminal charges. Professionally trained canines are able to find drugs hidden in homes and businesses. Nosey Dogs is not affiliated with law enforcement but offers a service, which allows the owner(s) and/or family members to make decisions if narcotics are discovered.
In her new role as development director for the Southern Nevada Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, Catharine Rinehart brings a wealth of creative and organizational skills to the job of fundraising and education on behalf of the charity. She previously worked for the American Red Cross and began her professional career working in marketing and public relations for an architectural firm. Rinehart was responsible for the 2016 Jingle Bell Run and has already started working on the 2017 run.
Dr. Carli Snyder, a board certified clinical psychologist who specializes in young women’s health issues, has founded Girl Nation, a nonprofit organization, to provide girls a safe place to be empowered and have a voice. Girl Nation workshops are for second through eighth grade girls. Attendees learn to develop healthy relationships with other girls and become confident leaders. All workshops include discussion and activities centered on the organization’s pillars: Be Unique, Friendship, Mind & Body, Nutrition, Self Love, Acts of Kindness and Dance.
A four-term legislator, Ellen Spiegel is an assemblywoman for Assembly District 20, which includes portions of city of Henderson and Paradise Township. She is also the president of Strategems Consulting, a company specializing in workers’ compensation claims services, where she works with her husband, Bill. Spiegel is a board member for Easter Seals Nevada. She is national board secretary for the National Association of Jewish Legislators and an active alumna of Cornell University. She received the Urban Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Politics award in 2016.
The Hydrant Club, a canine social club and training academy located in downtown Las Vegas, celebrated its two-year anniversary event during national pet month. The Hydrant Club caters to the needs of an urban dog community and by helping owners be the best parents to their pups and teaching them how to understand and “speak dog.” Owner and operator Cathy Brooks, a former journalist, frequently pens blog posts and articles on topics such as animal nutrition, behavioral traits of dogs and how to best integrate dogs to city living. She also leads seminars and classes on canine linguistics teaching everything from behavioral modification to hands-on obedience training.
Las Vegas Hospitality Association, the oldest and largest hospitality association in Nevada, has appointed its 2017 Board of Directors. The 2017 Board of Directors includes Chairman of the Board, Jamie Gagon, National Sales Manager, Wynn Las Vegas and Encore; President, Michelle Sharples, Director of Sales, Base Entertainment; President-Elect, Shannon Trujillo, Regional Vice President of Hotel Sales, PSAV; Vice President of Memberships, Kathy Dyke, CPCE, Event Designer, By Dzign; Vice President of Meetings, Kristina Ghiloni, Account Executive, Hello Las Vegas!; Secretary, Jennifer Landaz-Chapman, Associate Director of Business Development, Hosts Las Vegas; Treasurer, Erin Ward, Director of Sales & Events, Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas and Parliamentarian; Mary Thomas, Owner, MKT Consultants. The Las Vegas Hospitality Association is a nonprofit state association made up of over 649 working professionals and 304 businesses in the hospitality industry.
Christina Padilla, a veteran and single mother of a 9-year-old daughter, owns and operates Street Freeze Ice Cream & Party Truck. She decided to combine donuts and ice cream and offer a product during the colder months. While having a background in high-end retail, Padilla took a chance by buying the trucks independently of any franchise or company. Padilla also gives back to the community including charities, schools and faith-based venues. She is able to spend time with her daughter while using the skills acquired from her time in the military and previous career as well as being self-taught. Her goal is to begin to franchise the business.
The Ferraro Group, a public relations and public affairs firm with offices in Las Vegas, Reno, Carson City and Phoenix, recently hired Krista Gilbertson as a senior account executive. In her new position, Gilbertson’s responsibilities will include overseeing public relations activities, creating strategic public relations plans, and developing and overseeing social media and community outreach campaigns. She will be working with clients such as WestCare, Western Elite, JAG Nevada and Dunkin’ Donuts.
Pinot’s Palette artist Larissa Sweetland-Levings is a creative interior designer and owns her own company, Sweetland Interiors. She works on furniture refurbishing, custom artwork, sewing, photography, theater and fashion. As a child, she sold her first painting when she was in the fifth grade at her school art festival and she has been hooked on creative endeavors ever since.
Nicole Munoz was recently hired by PR Plus as coordinator. A recent graduate from University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and media studies, Munoz’s duties include composing and distributing press releases, assisting account executives and management with all public relations activities, work special events and executing day-to-day PR activities for designated clients. Munoz plans to volunteer her time and services to local animal shelters and organizations later this year.
HELP of Southern Nevada received two awards from Workforce Connections including the 2016 Champion Award in the Organization Category and the 2016 Champion Award in the Individual Category, which was awarded to Denise Gee, chief executive workforce officer at the nonprofit. The Champion Award is awarded to those organizations or individuals who have clearly demonstrated their consistent outstanding skills, abilities and leadership contributions to the workforce development community.
Hutchison & Steffen announced that Shannon R. Wilson has become a partner. Wilson, a member of the firm since 2006, practices in the firm’s litigation department, focusing on family law, but also practicing commercial litigation and insurance defense in the firm’s Healthcare Professionals Advocacy Group. Wilson practices administrative law, defending professionals before their licensing boards and handling complaints involving Medicare/Medicaid billing and quality of care issues, private administrative proceeding under the hospital bylaws and HIPAA compliance programs. She currently serves on the Pro Bono Advisory Council of Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada and is the firm’s liaison with Legal Aid to coordinate pro bono matters and service hours amongst dozens of the firm’s attorneys.
Michelle Harrison is the director of marketing for Brady, which recently celebrated its 70th anniversary. Harrison is responsible for all activities related to planning and executing long-term strategic marketing plans, implementing cohesive brand standards generating awareness in emerging markets. She has over 15 years in marketing experience and was previously with International Market Centers/World Market Center as brand manager, Merchandise Mart Properties as director of marketing and Rampage Clothing as director of marketing.
Dona Fonte and her partner Nick Friel operate Kona Ice truck and partners with schools throughout the area to host Kona Days, which allow administrators to raise money for underfunded programs and initiatives. To date, Fonte and Friel have raised $3,500 for local schools, youth sports leagues and families in need. They presented a $2,300 check to J.W. Bonner Elementary School. The truck features tropical tunes and cups of flavored shaved ice.
Carole Fisher, president and chief executive officer of Nathan Adelson Hospice, announced that Rosamari McNulty has been promoted to the position of vice president for Employee and Volunteer Solutions at the state’s largest nonprofit hospice. McNulty has been with Nathan Adelson Hospice since 2009. Prior to her promotion, she was the senior director of Human Resources and Volunteer Services for the hospice. Her new role and responsibilities include implementing systems for employee growth and performance with specific focus on employee satisfaction and engagement, along with increasing the depth and breadth of volunteer participation in the organization.
Clark County Credit Union recently hired a familiar face: former credit union Controller Tina Rice has rejoined the management team. She will be responsible for creating efficiencies within the mortgage department, from maximizing software utilization to identifying breakdowns in processes and implementing improvements. Rice was previously with CCCU for 14 years. Since then she has added a degree to her resume and gained experience in the gaming, hospitality and technology industries.
Code Central is an after-school technology center where youth ages 6-16 learn the fundamentals of programming, app development and computer science. Combining self-paced, interactive programs with group projects, kids learn coding and develop critical thinking and problem solving skills in a socially interactive environment. Students learn to create their own websites, apps, video games and explore with robotics. With Code Central’s advanced sprints, students apply what they learn with collaborative group projects introduced by industry professionals, allowing the student to experience the current trends in technology.
Pinot’s Palette artist Melissa (Mel) Brown was born in Brooklyn, New York. Brown’s work has been featured by Rawartists of Las Vegas and in her site on Etsy. Her artistic work features acrylics, found object sculpture and repurposing, bright colors and Day of the Dead pieces, highlighting her fascination with sugar skull art.