Casey Kreck

July 23, 2014 — 

Casey Kreck has been hired as senior vice president, finance for Dermody Properties.

Kreck, who has more than a decade of experience in strategic financial analysis, planning and management, previously served as the Vice President of Finance for Gradient Resources, Inc., a geothermal development company.

Shawna DeGiovanni

July 22, 2014 — 

Shawna DeGiovanni has been hired as area manager of Northern Nevada Medical Group’s locations in Reno, Sparks, and rural Nevada and California.

DeGiovanni has 12 years experience in healthcare management.

She received her master’s degree in public health from San Jose State University and her master’s in business administration from the University of Phoenix.

Broadcasters Hall of Fame

July 22, 2014 — 

Northern Nevada broadcasters who will be inducted into the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame in August include Arnie Chapman and Kelly Buda of Sinclair Broadcasting, Chris Payne of Shamrock Communications-Reno, Diedra Ehlo of Lotus Broadcasting-Reno and KOZZ, Rudy Michaels of KLCA and Ariana Arevalo of Entravision.

Big Brothers Big Sisters board

July 22, 2014 — 

New 2014-2015 board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada are: Drew Ballingham, US Bank; Zenia Barkawi, Bank of America; Barbara Burgat, Bank of the West; John Kadlic, City of Reno; Shaun O’Harra, Dickson Realty; Mike Powell, Port of Subs; Dave Scaglione, UPS; Tom Vallas, Hoy Chissinger Kimmel, PC; and Rachel Yelley, United Construction.

Returning board members are: Megan Barker-Bowen, Harley-Davidson Financial Services, Inc.; Dr. Michael Bloch, Renown Institute for Heart & Vascular Health; Tim Erlach, secretary, Erlach Computer Consulting; Richard James, chair, retired, Microsoft Corp.; Robert Levy, Whittier Trust Company; Stephen Novacek, Holland & Hart LLC; Bob Stecker, treasurer, IGT; and Maureen Zupon, member at large.

Sharon Sperry

July 22, 2014 — 

Sharon Sperry has been named talent and organization director for Noble Studios.

Sperry previously owned and operated AlpenglowHR, a human resources consultancy in Incline Village. She also worked for Microsoft for more than seven years as well as PeopleSoft, Portal Software and PwC.

Sperry earned her bachelor’s degree in I/O psychology and business from the California State University, East Bay.

Vanitha Vangal

July 22, 2014 — 

Vanitha Vangal has been hired as an Application Specialist for Reno-based Prospect Education, LLC, which owns and operates Charter College campuses in Washington, California and Alaska.

Vangal, who has nearly ten years of software analytical and development experience, previously worked for the State of Nevada and Covansys India Ltd.

She earned her bachelor of engineering degree in computer science from Bharath Engineering College-Madras University in India.

Top Latino agents

July 22, 2014 — 

Nine real estate agents in the Reno-Sparks area have been recognized in the Top 250 Latino Real Estate Agent Report developed by the the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Profession,

The Reno-Sparks agents, and their ranking in the top 250, include Marshall Carrasco, Marshall Realty (2), Sarah

Carmona, Dreams Realty (12), Lolis Vazquez, Realty Corner (64), Gumer Alvarez, Coldwell Banker Select Real Estate (89), Juan Segura, Coldwell Banker Select Real Estate (96), Bobbi McKinnon, Keller Williams Group One Inc (129), Maricio Pierrott, Harcourts NV1 (149), Mary Avalos, Keller Williams Group One Inc (203) and Eduardo Carral, RE/MAX Professionals (249).

Ghassan Jabbour

July 22, 2014 — 

Ghassan Jabbour, director of the Renewable Energy Center at the University of Nevada, Reno, has been named chair of the science advisory board of Quantum Materials Corp. of San Marcos, Texas. The company develops dot semiconductor technology.

Par Tolles

July 21, 2014 — 

Par Tolles has been appointed president of Basin Street Properties, overseeing offices in Reno as well as regional offices in Sacramento, Petaluma, Calif., and Santa Rosa, Calif.

Tolles joined Basin Street in the spring of 2011 as COO and CFO, and has than 25 years experience in commercial real estate. He was also president of Dermody Properties and held leadership roles during a 15-year tenure with Trammell Crow Company, most notably as principal of the state of Nevada and managing director for CBRE Northern Nevada, then the parent company of TCC.

Matt White was appointed the company’s chief executive officer.

Bryan Wildman

July 21, 2014 — 

Bryan Wildman has been hired as office and ticket manager for the Reno Chamber Orchestra.

Wildman replaces Fifi Day, who retired at the end of June after 16 years with the orchestra.

Wildman most recently served as development director of the SPCA of Northern Nevada and as Artown Festival manager from 2006 to 2013.

He earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in theater and fine art from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Georgia State University.

Danny DeLaRosa

July 21, 2014 — 

Danny DeLaRosa, market vice president for Nevada at United Federal Credit Union, is one of 24 finalists nationally in the CUES Top Credit Union Executive competition. He’s the only West Coast executive among the finalists. (To vote for him, go to

Mikalee Byerman

July 21, 2014 — 

Mikalee Byerman has been retained by the Estipona Group as director of audience engagement.

Byerman most recently had been a full-time freelance professional with her work published in national publications like Ladies’ Home Journal, Alaska Airlines Magazine, Southwest Spirit Magazine and the national Homes & Land publication. She is also a former managing editor of a Gannett-owned Custom Publishing Group and three magazines including

RENO Magazine and has more than two decades of experience in the communications industry.

Byerman earned a master’s degree in journalism from the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Antonia Polan, Camille Ruja

July 21, 2014 — 

Antonia Polan and Camille Ruja have been named Lady Bighorns dance team co-directors for the Reno Bighorns basketball club.

Polan, who is returning from the 2013-14 season, spent four seasons as a Gold Rush dancer for the San Francisco 49ers. She has also has danced with the California Ballet Academy, the Oakland Ballet, San Francisco’s ODC, Chico Dance Theater and HYPE Dance Studio. As a Gold Rush member, she represented the 49ers as a 2013 Pro Bowl Cheerleader.

Ruja previously was a Sacramento Kings dancer. While attending college at California State University, Chico, she danced for CSUC Expressions Dance Team, Hype Dance Studio’s Fusion College Jazz and took part in various hip-hop competition teams, as well as directed and choreographed for Chico Dance.

Ruja studied dance kinesiology at the CSUC.

Nick Abe

July 21, 2014 — 

Nick Abe has joined RE/MAX Realty Affiliates as part of the Mike Wood Team.

Abe earned his real estate license in 2014.

He earned his bachelor’s of science degree in secondary education and political science, with a minor in psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Brian Reeder

July 18, 2014 — 

Brian Reeder has been promoted to government affairs coordinator for the Nevada Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America.

Reeder previously was AGC’s public affairs associate for a year. He also served as a legislative intern in the 2013 session of the Nevada Legislature with JK Belz & Associates and AGC and was communications director/public affairs analyst for the American Small Business League from 2011 to 2013. Reeder also worked as news and traffic reporter for Newstalk 1350, KSRO in Santa Rosa, Calif.

He graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2010 with a bachelor’s of arts degree in journalism with a minor in political science.

Melissa Gillis

July 17, 2014 — 

Melissa Gillis has been named graphics and communications specialist for the Washoe County School District.

Gillis previously had been creative director and owner of Flowerpott Design Studio for 22 years. She also was co-owner and vice president of Registered Ink Printing Company for almost 12 years, She is also a member of the adjunct instructor pool for in the graphic communications department of TMCC.

Gillis completed a certificate of achievement in Web design at Truckee Meadows Community College in April, and earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in graphic design with honors with from Montana State University.

Sarah A. Chichester

July 17, 2014 — 

Sarah A. Chichester has been hired as an associate with Allison MacKenzie Law Firm.

Chichester completed her undergraduate degree in 2010 from Chapman University in Orange, Calif. She also attended Whittier Law School where she was a recipient of the Dean’s Merit Scholarship.

Melissa McIntee

July 17, 2014 — 

Melissa McIntee has been named manager of the Nevada State Bank branch in Lovelock.

She joined the bank in 2007 and previously held positions as financial services supervisor and branch customer service manager.

James R. Rothwell

July 17, 2014 — 

James R. Rothwell has been named to the board of directors of Reno-based EMC Metals Corp. He has served as chairman of the board of Shore Gold Inc. and Kensington Resources Ltd.

Erin Alpers

July 16, 2014 — 

Erin Alpers has joined the Craig Boltman team at RE/MAX Realty Affiliates as a licensed assistant.

Alpers began her career in real estate career in 1999, working for a local Realtor. She took ten years off to raise a family before returning to work to join Boltman’s team.

She earned a bachelor’s of science degree in business management from the University of Phoenix.

Alice Murray, Amy Thompson

July 16, 2014 — 

Alice Murray and Amy Thompson have joined Saint Mary’s Center for Cancer as nurse navigators.

Murray was hired as a gastrointestinal and thoracic nurse navigator.

She began working at Saint Mary’s Home Care in 2008 where she served chemotherapy patients. Murray also worked as a nursing assistant at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, Calif. and as a registered nurse at San Ramon Regional Medical Center in San Ramon, Calif.

She earned her bachelor’s of nursing degree from California State University, East Bay in Hayward, Calif.

Thompson was hired as a breast nurse navigator.

She is a Reno native and has more than ten years experience as a licensed massage therapist.

Thompson earned her associate’s of applied science in nursing from Truckee Meadows Community College School of Nursing.

Danny DeLaRosa

July 21, 2014 — 

Danny DeLaRosa, market vice president for Nevada at United Federal Credit Union, is one of 24 finalists nationally in the CUES Top Credit Union Executive competition. He’s the only West Coast executive among the finalists. (To vote for him, go to

Silver Legacy hires

July 15, 2014 — 

Colleen Dalton, Bryan Casuscelli, and Michael Elliott have joined the staff at Silver Legacy Resort Casino.

Dalton was named director of interactive marketing.

Dalton, who has 20 years of online marketing experience in travel, ski and hospitality, previously served as vice president of brand marketing and communications for Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.

Casuscelli was named director of casino marketing.

Casuscelli, previously worked at the Eldorado Resort Casino. He also served almost 20 years at Harrah’s/Harvey’s Lake Tahoe and Caesars Tahoe, beginning in valet. He worked his way up to vice president of player development at Harrah’s Tahoe. He was also project leader for the Lake Tahoe Celebrity Golf Tournament.

Elliott was named Flavors Buffet head chef.

Elliott previously spent the last three years working at Penn Gaming Properties in West Virginia, Ohio, and Missouri. He also spent five years as executive sous chef in Presque Isle Down and Casino in Erie, Pa.

Mike Whittaker

July 15, 2014 — 

Mike Whittaker has joined the northern Nevada office of Clark & Sullivan Construction as project director.

Whittaker previously worked the last decade in LEED and construction management for at-risk campuses in California. He started his construction career in Nevada, and has help build educational, hospitality, retail and manufacturing facilities.

Romeo “Ro” Lazzarone

July 15, 2014 — 

Romeo “Ro” Lazzarone, an agent in the Reno general office of New York Life Insurance Company, has been named a member of insurance company’s 2014 Executive Council.

Aaron West

July 15, 2014 — 

Aaron West has been named chief executive officer for the Builders Association of Western Nevada.

West had previously served on BAWN’s board of directors from 2000-2006.

West most recently worked in corporate real estate and government affairs, including vice president of real estate and public affairs for Clear Channel Outdoor. He has also been a registered lobbyist since 2001.

West, along with his wife Carri, owns two small businesses, J Hill Boutique and Go West Lobster Feeds.

Mike Keating

July 15, 2014 — 

Mike Keating has joined ArchCrest Commercial Partners as an associate specializing in retail properties and tenant/buyer representation.

Marla Hardy

July 15, 2014 — 

Marla Hardy has joined RE/MAX Premier Properties’ The Moritz Team as buyer’s specialist.

Hardy has 14 years experience in residential real estate.

Teal Melby

July 15, 2014 — 

Teal Melby has joined the customer relations and sales staff at Rick’s AEC Reprographics Inc.

Melby has previous experience in the copying and printing industry.

She earned a degree in social media and is pursuing a degree in sales and marketing from the University of Nevada, Reno.

David Durst

July 15, 2014 — 

David Durst has been appointed vice president of sales and marketing for Leap Forward Gaming, Inc.

Durst has more than twenty years experience in gaming, including system sales, marketing and executive leadership with IGT, Aristocrat and Bally.

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