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Edward G. Stevenson

May 26, 2016 — 

Edward G. Stevenson has been named counsel in the Reno law office of Woodburn & Wedge.

Stevenson is retiring this year after 20 years as president and CEO of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Gaming Enterprise, located just outside of Minneapolis.

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Kyle Brice

May 26, 2016 — 

Kyle Brice has been hired as head of community for Capstak, a commercial real estate market network headquartered in the University of Nevada Innevation Center.

Brice previously worked in account services with a local digital marketing agency.

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Dr. Julie Thomas

May 26, 2016 — 

Dr. Julie Thomas has been named academic coordinator for the University of Nevada School of Medicine’s physician assistant program.

Thomas most recently worked at the Dr. Diane Thomas Family Practice as a PA for two years. She has been practicing in northern Nevada since 2004. She was also the medical provider and director of the Medical Weight Loss Program from 2012-2014.

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Cyndi Compan

May 26, 2016 — 

Cyndi Compan has been hired by City National Bank as its commercial credit underwriter for the Nevada Region.

Compan previously worked for Plaza Bank as a commercial banking manager and Bank of George as a commercial loan officer. She also worked for Bank of Nevada as a relationship manager and Wells Fargo where she spent the majority of her banking career serving as business banking manager, business banking group manager, and relationship banking manager when she began her career in 1984.

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Joey Orduna Hastings

May 26, 2016 — 

Joey Orduna Hastings has been named chief executive officer of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

Orduna Hastings will assume the post on July 15.

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Chase International agents

May 26, 2016 — 

Riley Smith and Cary DeMars, Rhoda Thalman, Yolanda Young and Patti Lopez, real estate agents in the new Reno office of Chase International, were certified to consult veterans and active military members on various federal programs available to them, including down payment and loan programs.

The agents earned certification through the Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals.

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Michelle Terelak

May 26, 2016 — 

Michelle Terelak, an Allstate Agency owner based in Sparks, was awarded the national Allstate Trusted Advisor award for 2016.

Terelak received the honor for her outstanding business performance and commitment to putting customers at the center of her agency’s work.

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Daniel Saftner

May 26, 2016 — 

Daniel Saftner, a graduate research assistant at the Desert Research Institute (DRI), has been awarded a Fulbright Student Scholarship that will allow him to teach, study, and lead a project focused on increasing access to safe, sustainable drinking water sources in Maradi, Niger.

Saftner, who is pursuing his masters in hydrogeology from the University of Nevada, Reno’s Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences, will work in partnership with World Vision’s Niger Integrated Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Project (NI-WASH), which provides humanitarian and research assistance in countries with needs related to water, sanitation, and hygiene.

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Melissa Davies

May 26, 2016 — 

Melissa Davies, a benefits solutions consultant for Reno-based Clark & Associates, has been elected to the board of directors of the Northern Nevada Human Resources Association.

Davies will serve as vice president of membership for NNHRA and also has served on the organization’s Workforce Readiness Committee.

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Nathan Kanute

May 26, 2016 — 

Nathan Kanute, an attorney in the Reno office of the law firm, Snell & Wilmer, has been appointed to the volunteer board of directors for the Washoe CASA Foundation.

CASAs are Court-Appointed Special Advocates for the Washoe County courts, and offer judges information to ensure that a child’s rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care.

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Clifford Edwards

May 26, 2016 — 

Clifford Edwards, a Montana-based attorney, has been named chair of the Board of Visitors for the National Judicial College in Reno.

Edwards has been a member of the board since 2012.

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NCET board

May 26, 2016 — 

Annie Flanzraich has been elected to the board of directors for the Nevada Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (NCET), and Megan Duggan, Tracy Rhodes, Bill Saylor and Irene Voronel have been re-elected to one-year terms on the board of directors of the organization.

Flanzraich was elected as vice president of asset management for the board.

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Shayla Plotts

May 19, 2016 — 

Shayla Plotts has joined Micone Staffing as its operations and recruiting manager.

Plotts previously worked in the healthcare industry. She has also worked with Micone Staffing Resources’ subsidiary, Miconnabis.

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Charmaine LaMay

May 19, 2016 — 

Charmaine LaMay has joined Ticor Title Company as a residential sales executive.

LaMay, has more than 20 years experience in sales, marketing, public relations and management in the Reno/Sparks area.

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Monica Thompson

May 13, 2016 — 

Monica Thompson has been hired as digital content director for the Estipona Group.

Thompson previously served at the City of Reno as digital engagement manager, where she launched the redesigned reno.gov Web site. She also worked as global community manager for AlwaysOnVacation – a vacation rental company, and communications manager for the Northern Nevada International Center.

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TMWA hire, promotions

May 13, 2016 — 

John Zimmerman has joined the staff at the Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA), while John Enloe, Andy Gebhardt, and Levi Kleiber have been promoted by the organization.

Zimmerman was named water resources manager.

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Craig Zager, Richard Keillor

May 13, 2016 — 

Craig Zager, a real estate agent in the Zephyr Cove office of Coldwell Banker Select Real Estate has achieved the status as the number-one producing sales agent in the State of Nevada for Coldwell Banker.

It was the sixth year in a row Zager earned the honor.

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Kathy McAlpine, Ricci Vineyard

May 13, 2016 — 

Kathy McAlpine and Ricci Vineyard, senior loan officers in the Reno office of Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, have been named members of the company’s 2016 President’s Club at its leadership conference.

McAlpine also received an award for closing the most transactions (120) across the entire company.

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Mary Elizabeth McCaffrey

May 13, 2016 — 

Mary Elizabeth McCaffrey, A Reno resident, is among the inaugural graduating class of St. Francis School of Law, the nation’s first not-for-profit, 100 percent online law school.

McCaffrey was a class valedictorian and graduated summa cum laude.

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Connor Mix

May 10, 2016 — 

Connor Mix has been hired as a digital project manager for KPS3 Marketing, a full-service marketing and digital communications firm.

Mix previously worked as project manager, and later, as director of projects, at White Rabbit, a Reno-based creative agency. He also co-founded Hill Lane Productions, a Reno-based photography and videography company.

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Emily Buntin

May 10, 2016 — 

Emily Buntin has been named program director for the Carson Valley Adult Day Club, located at the Douglas County Community and Senior Center in Minden.

Buntin has been working in the long-term care industry since 2001.

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Ryan Gonda

May 10, 2016 — 

Ryan Gonda has been appointed to represent District C for the Washoe County School District’s board of trustees.

Gonda will succeed Nick Smith, who resigned his seat on the board last month.

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William O'Sullivan

May 10, 2016 — 

William O’Sullivan has been named acting district manager for the Bureau of Land Management’s Winnemucca District.

O’Sullivan replaces Ken Collum, who was the acting district manager since January. His term will also last 60 days.

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Eugenia Larmore

May 10, 2016 — 

Eugenia Larmore, president of Ekay Economic Consultants in Reno, earned a doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree in economics from the University of Nevada, Reno.

CAI credential designations

May 9, 2016 — 

Northern Nevada individuals who earned the Community Associations Institute’s Nevada Chapter’s community manager credentials were:

PCAM (Professional Community Association Manger): Dawn Osterode, Associa Sierra North; and Marlina Short, FirstService Residential.

AMS (Association Management Specialist): Julanne Kaufman, FirstService Residential;

CCAL (College of Community Association Lawyers): Gayle Kern, Kern & Associates, Ltd.

CMCA (Certified Management of Community Associations): Betty Meeks, Opus 1 Community Management, LLC, Sarah McCalla, FirstService Residential.

Chase Houston

May 9, 2016 — 

Chase Houston has joined the Reno office of NAI Alliance Commercial Real Estate, as a broker specializing in office and multifamily properties.

Houston previously worked for CoStar Group; the largest privately held commercial real estate research company in the United States.

He earned his master’s in business administration with an emphasis in entrepreneurship from the University of Nevada-Reno.

Travis Landes

May 9, 2016 — 

Travis Landes has joined SVN® Gold Dust Commercial Associates as an advisor.

Landes will be working alongside Managing Director Thomas Y. Johnson, CCIM in the Reno, Sparks and Carson City markets and will focus primarily on office properties throughout Northern Nevada.

Landes worked at ArchCrest Commercial Partners where he specialized in office, investment and development projects.

He studied business at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Wells Fargo Insurance

May 9, 2016 — 

Marjorie Hampson and Jeanette Anderson have joined the Reno office of Wells Fargo Insurance.

Hampson was hired as an account executive in the Employer Benefits Division.

She previously worked for Benefit Resource Group, and Hometown Health/Renown, and has more than 16 years of experience in the healthcare industry.

Anderson was named as account executive, commercial lines.

She joined Wells Fargo Insurance in 2015 as part of an acquisition of Crossfire Connection Insurance. She has more than 13 years experience in tribal government operations, law and economic enterprises.

Eric Ramos also has joined Wells Fargo Insurance as senior vice president, Native American risk and insurance.

Ramos will work in the northern Nevada and northern California region.

He previously was president and CEO of Crossfire Connection Insurance Associates, a regional insurance brokerage firm that served the Native American community. He also represented Blue Lake Rancheria as a California Nations Indian Gaming Association Tribal delegate, and was a former Executive Committee Secretary and Legislative Committee Chair where he worked on legal, operational, and planning issues affecting Indian Country.

Ramos earned his bachelor’s of arts degree in business administration from Humboldt State University.

Chase International

May 9, 2016 — 

Stephanie Delarue, Patti Lopez, and Courtney Robert have joined the staff at the new Sparks office of Chase International, as real estate agents.

Delarue has previous experience in real estate.

Lopez also has previous experience in real estate, along the finance industry.

Robert has previous experience in real estate and also has worked as a fitness and athletics coach.

KNPB hire, board

May 9, 2016 — 

Gabby Irvin has been hired as a corporate account executive for KNPB, while Mercedes de la Garza and Floyd Rowley have been named to its board of directors.

Irvin previously worked as special sections and nonprofit accounts manager at The Union, a news media company in Grass Valley, Calif. She also served as account coordinator in advertising at the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Irvin earned a bachelor of arts in journalism and political science from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a master’s in news-editorial journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

While at Urbana-Champaign she studied under nonfiction storyteller Walt Harrington, and was published in his collection of edited stories titled “Slices of Life”.

De la Garza is an architect and owner of Mercedes de la Garza Architect Studio.

Rowley is a senior vice president of investments for the Johnson Group.

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