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Laura Lau

September 18, 2014 — 

Laura Lau has been promoted to Northern Nevada mortgage and marketing specialist for the Nevada Rural Housing Authority.

Lau previously served as management assistant for the Home at Last programs in the Northern Nevada office. Lau has spent the past five years as a licensed real estate agent in the Carson City/Dayton area and more than 16 years working for Carson City and Douglas County reviewing residential plans for new construction and remodeling projects.

She studied business administration at Western Nevada College and received her plans examiner certification from the International Code Council of Reno. She has also completed the Douglas County Leadership Program.

Ron Radil

September 18, 2014 — 

Ron Radil, executive director of the Western Nevada Development District in Carson City, was elected to the 2014-2015 board of directors of the National Association of Development Organizations.

Randy Buffington

September 17, 2014 — 

Randy Buffington, president and chief executive officer of Allied Nevada Gold Corp. of South Meadows, has been appointed to the board of directors of Rye Patch Gold Corp. of Vancouver as an independent director.

Buffington, who has more than 28 years experience in the mining industry, is currently president and CEO of Allied Nevada. He also worked as senior vice president of operations for Coeur d’Alene Mines Corp. and served in management roles for Barrick Gold Corp., including managing director of the Lumwana copper mine in Zambia; general manager of the Goldstrike mine; and general manager of the Ruby Hill and Bald Mountain mines in Nevada. Buffington also worked at Placer Dome Inc.’s Bald Mountain mine, and Cominco American Inc.’s Buckhorn Mine.

He earned a master’s degree in civil engineering.

Samantha Reveley

September 17, 2014 — 

Samantha Reveley has rejoined Dickson Realty to lead its’ new Downtown Reno office.

Reveley who has more than 11 years experience in real estate, first joined Dickson Realty as an agent in 2003 before being named sales manager for The Montage in Downtown Reno in 2011. Reveley is also the co-owner of West St. Wine Bar.

She was named “Realtor of the Year” by Reno News and Review in 2010 and 2011.

Reveley earned her bachelor’s of science degree in business administration from New Mexico State University.

Brenda Allen

September 16, 2014 — 

Brenda Allen has joined the Reno office of RE/MAX Realty Affiliates as an agent.

Allen has been a licensed real estate agent since 1994.

Greg Fine

September 16, 2014 — 

Greg Fine has been hired as marketing director of TravelNevada, the state’s tourism division.

Fine, who has 22 years experience in marketing in the Reno-Tahoe region, previously owned and operated Ding Marketing Communications Inc. in Reno. He also served as publicist for Harrah’s Casino Resort and the Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitor Authority (RSCVA). He worked as copywriter for the Art Associates Advertising & Design, and the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner.

Fine earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism with an emphasis on advertising from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Jonathan Snyder

September 16, 2014 — 

Jonathan Snyder has been named executive chef of The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe.

Snyder began his career working in the kitchen of his family’s restaurant in South Lake Tahoe. He also opened the Prime Steakhouse at The Bellagio in Las Vegas alongside French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

Snyder worked for PURE Management Group’s restaurant division as its assistant corporate chef and a role in executive level on the design and development of Rare 120 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. Snyder left Las Vegas for San Diego, where he worked as executive sous chef at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. He returned to Las Vegas to work with House of Blues Las Vegas as chef at the Foundation Room in Mandalay Bay.

Snyder graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y.

Mitch Case, Derek Moore

September 16, 2014 — 

Mitch Case and Derek Moore have joined the AAA South Virginia Street branch as insurance sales agents.

Case has more than five years experience in property, casualty and life insurance.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2001.

Moore has more than 15 years experience in the insurance, automotive, transportation, and construction industries.

Leadership Reno-Sparks graduates

September 16, 2014 — 

The 36 graduates of The Chamber’s 2014 Leadership Reno Sparks program were: Nicole Alberti, public health educator, Washoe County; Stephanie Allen, partner and lawyer, Kaempfer Crowell; Rebecca Allured, marketing and communications manager, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada; Kurt Althof, business development manager, Care Flight/REMSA; Darin Balaam, assistant sheriff, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office; Stuart Bennett, vice president/relationship manager, U.S. Bank; Mark Casey, vice president, Wood Rodgers; Kristi Eash, director of surgical services/pain Center, Northern Nevada Medical Center; Crystal Edwards, teacher, Reno High School, Washoe County School District; Robert Gaedtke, partner and vice president of creative and technical services, KPS3 Marketing; Joey Ganser, engineering operations manager, PK Electrical, Inc.; Linda Grace, program manager, Veterans Guest House; Tom Guinn, engineer manager, Lumos & Associates; Zach Hausauer, community development liaison, California Transplant Donor Network; Jennifer Henderson, manager 2 and customer support leader, Intuit; Joy Heuer, community and member information manager, The Chamber; Kristen Ivey, founder/executive director, Canine Rehabilitation Center and Sanctuary; Erin Jones, account manager in worker’s compensation, Hometown Health; Zack Kelley, commercial loan officer, First Independent Bank; Alex Kovacs, financial analyst, Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority; Lisa Lokenvitz, insurance agent, AAA Northern California, Nevada, Utah; Curtis McElwee, manager, plant and fuel & purchasing power, NV Energy; Oliver Miller III, police sargent, Reno Police Department; Tom Miller, director, Staffing and Recruiting Solutions, Applied Business Solutions; John Nichols, branch manager, United Federal Credit Union; Norma Noonan, treasury management officer, Nevada State Bank; Shaun O’Harra, manager and real estate agent, Dickson Realty; Catherine O’Mara, associate attorney, Snell and Wilmer; Kevin Orput, manager, Renown Call Center, Renown Health; Lisa Shaffer, community outreach coordinator, Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation; Robert Shetley, controller, Signature Landscapes; John Tennert, attorney, Lionel Sawyer & Collins; Heidi Thompson, account manager, Benefit Resource Group; Brandon Towne, vice president, Portfolio Risk Officer, Nevada State Bank; Marcelo Vazquez, associate dean of students, The University of Nevada, Reno; John Wynn, president, Youth Empowered to Succeed.

Heidi Parker

September 15, 2014 — 

Heidi Parker, executive director of Immunize Nevada, was one of five speakers featured in a national Immunization Action Coalition webinar event, “What’s New in 2014-2015 for Influenza Vaccination,” on Sept. 11.

Randall Long

September 15, 2014 — 

Randall Long, chief operating officer for Lumos & Associates, Inc., has been reappointed to a three-year term to the board of directors for the Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.

Chrisie Yabu

September 12, 2014 — 

Chrisie Yabu has been hired as senior account director for KPS3 Marketing.

Yabu previously worked at the Phelps Agency in Santa Monica, Calif., IGT and Atlantis Casino Resort Spa as well as other local marketing agencies.

She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s of arts degree in communication arts and sciences.

Steve Ristorcelli

September 12, 2014 — 

Steve Ristorcelli, principal geologist with Reno-based Mine Development Associates, has resigned as a director of Miranda Gold Corp. He has served as a non-executive independent director for 19 years.

Shawn Stoddard, Ph.D.

September 10, 2014 — 

Shawn Stoddard, Ph.D. and senior resource economist with Truckee Meadows Water Authority, has co-authored and published several technical papers on water utility planning.

Stoddard co-authored “Modeling Contaminant Spills in the Truckee River,” and was published in the Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management.

He also co-authored “Free to Choose: Promoting Conservation by Relaxing Outdoor Watering Restrictions,” and was published in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.

Stoddard also co-authored “Probabilistic Hazardous Materials Contamination Model for a Municipal Water Source,” which has been accepted for publication in the Journal of American Water Works Association, pending publication date.

Danny Podesta

September 10, 2014 — 

Danny Podesta has joined RE/MAX Professionals as a residential real estate broker/salesperson, along with his assistants.

Podesta has worked for RE/MAX since 1998 and earned the company’s Hall of Fame award.

He has been a licensed agent since 1985.

Podesta attended the University of Nevada, Reno.

Jason LaBrie

September 8, 2014 — 

Jason LaBrie has been hired as a client services representative for SWAG | Blue Moon, a company that specializes in printing, Web development and supplies of custom promotional items.

LaBrie has more than 11 years experience in the printing industry.

Beth Macmillan

September 8, 2014 — 

Beth Macmillan, executive director of Artown, was appointed to a two-year term as president of the Western Arts Alliance.

Macmillan has been a member of the WAA for 13 years and previously served as vice president.

KTMB officers

September 8, 2014 — 

Jennifer Fonda of Nevada State Bank was elected president of Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful.

Other elected officers of KTMB were: Steve Fine, Signature Landscapes, vice president; Rick Darby, City of Sparks, secretary; and Robert Ulrich, retired public attorney, treasurer.

Also elected to the KTMB board were: Traci Palmer, IGT; Heidi Rich, Whole Foods; Dian VanderWell, Academy Mortgage; and Steve Wolstenholme, Grand Sierra Resort.

Named to the KTMB advisory board were: Dean DeGidio, REI; Tina Doherty, Harrah’s Reno; Denise Evans, Washoe County; Jeff Man, City of Reno; Bodie Monroe, Wells Fargo; Dan Rockwell, Soil-Tech; and Drew Rolley, Jet Plumbing, Heating & Drain Services.

Stan Goodin

September 5, 2014 — 

Stan Goodin, a Reno-based agent with New York Life Insurance Company, has achieved the company’s top agent status in Nevada.

Beverly Ausmus Ramsey, Ph.D.

September 5, 2014 — 

Beverly Ausmus Ramsey, Ph.D. has been named executive director of Desert Research Institute’s Earth and Ecosystem Sciences Division.

Ramsey, who has more than 40 years experience in the environmental science and health industries, previously served as a vice president and principal analyst for Sonalysts, Inc. She also served in several capacities at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Ramsey currently serves as an adjunct professor at American Public University System in the STEM College, Environmental Sciences Programs. She has served as adjunct professor in the College of Health Studies, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Northern New Mexico, for several years.

Niki Preston

September 5, 2014 — 

Niki Preston has been hired as a sales executive with Alpine Insurance.

Preston has worked in the commercial insurance industry since 2006.

Timothy M. Janke

September 5, 2014 — 

Timothy M. Janke of Winnemucca has been named chief operation officer of Pershing Gold Corp., which is working to re-open the Relief Canyon Mine near Lovelock.

Janke previously was chief operating officer for AuEx Ventures Inc. He also has worked as general manager at the Marigold, Florida Canyon, Ruby Hill, and Pinson mines as well as special projects engineer at the Round Mountain Mine.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering from the Mackay School of Mines at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Christian Reviglio

September 4, 2014 — 

Christian Reviglio has been appointed accounting and auditing manager for The Bosma Group, an accounting firm.

Reviglio, who is the grandson of the late Jack Reviglio, founder of Western Nevada Supply Co., began his career selling plumbing supplies and sweeping floors at age 14.

Reviglio earned his bachelor’s of science degrees in accounting and business management from the University of Nevada, Reno. He is past president and current alumni treasurer of Alpha Tau Omega.

Michael Arciniega

September 4, 2014 — 

Michael Arciniega has been hired as a staff accountant in the Reno certified public accounting office of Kafoury, Armstrong & Co.

Arciniega previously worked as a payroll clerk for Manpower Temporary Services.

He received his bachelor of science in business administration with an emphasis in accounting and finance from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Woodburn and Wedge attorneys

September 4, 2014 — 

Gregg P. Barnard, Gordon H. DePaoli, Shawn B Meador, Don L. Ross and John F. Murtha, attorneys at the Reno law office of Woodburn and Wedge, were named to the 2015 edition of “The Best Lawyers in America.”

Murtha has been named to “The Best Lawyers in America” list for the past 20 years.

Parsons Behle & Latimer attorneys

September 3, 2014 — 

Jim B. Butler, Ross E. de Lipkau, Rew R. Goodenow and Michael R. Kealy, attorneys in the Reno law office of Parsons Behle & Latimer, were listed in the 2015 edition of “Super Lawyers in America.”

In addition, Kealy has been named the 2015 “Lawyer of the Year” in the litigation-real estate category.

Patty Chang

September 3, 2014 — 

Patty Chang has been promoted to vice president of E-Commerce for Greater Nevada Credit Union.

Chang, who has more than 20 years experience in banking, previously worked in various roles for GNCU, including risk management.

Danielle Squire

September 2, 2014 — 

Danielle Squire has been promoted to general manager of Roadshows, Inc., a Reno-based special events production company.

Squire, who joined the company in 2011, previously was executive assistant and office manager.

She attending the University of Evansville in Indiana before she moved to Reno. She is currently pursuing her communications degree.

Craig Boltman

September 2, 2014 — 

Craig Boltman, a RRA managing broker with RE/MAX Realty Affiliates, has earned his Home Marketing Specialist designation.

Robert LaChance, Sr.

August 29, 2014 — 

Robert LaChance, Sr., portfolio manager of Colliers International’s Real Estate Management Services in Reno, has obtained the Certified Shopping Center Management designation issued by the International Council of Shopping Centers.

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