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Norman Rosensteel

July 20, 2016 — 

Norman Rosensteel, formerly president of ATC Assessment Collection Group, has joined Nevada Association Services as vice president.

ATC Assessment Collection Group was acquired by Nevada Association Services, and both firms do business statewide.

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Michael and Kimberly Grashuis

July 20, 2016 — 

Michael and Kimberly Grashuis, owners of SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks was recognized with the parent company’s FOUNDER’S Bronze award for outstanding revenue performance during 2015.

They were honored at an awards ceremony at the 47th Annual SERVPRO® Convention, June 26-30 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

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McDonald Carano attorneys

July 20, 2016 — 

Attorneys in the Reno law office of McDonald Carano that were named to the 2016 Mountain States Super Lawyers list were:

Robert E. Armstrong, who practices in estate planning, probate, real estate transactions and taxation.

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Education Alliance of Washoe County

July 20, 2016 — 

Colin Robertson of Don J Clark Group was named 2016-2017 president of the Executive Committee for the Education Alliance of Washoe County.

Other elected Executive Committee members were: Alex Woodley, City of Reno, first vice president; Dave Bianchi, Northwestern Mutual Financial, treasurer; and Nanette Quitt, NV Energy, secretary.

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Gregg Carano

July 19, 2016 — 

Gregg Carano has been appointed general manager of Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort in Chester, W.V., a property owned by Eldorado Resorts, Inc.

Carano, who has more than 30 years experience in gaming and hospitality, most recently served as executive vice president of food and beverage for Eldorado Resorts. He also was director of food and beverage, director of customer development and senior vice president of food and beverage for the company, as well as serving as general manager of both Circus Circus Reno and Eldorado Resort Casino Reno.

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Jared Branch

July 19, 2016 — 

Jared Branch has been hired as a land survey technician for CFA, Inc., a multi-disciplinary consulting firm specializing in planning, civil engineering, landscape architecture and surveying.

Branch has worked in the engineering and survey industry since 2005, including experience in office surveying.

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Bryan Carothers

July 19, 2016 — 

Bryan Carothers has been promoted to operations manager for Pacific States Communications.

Carothers has worked for Pacific States since 1989 and most recently served as lead telecommunications and data technician. He has nearly 30 years experience in the industry.

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University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

July 19, 2016 — 

Amy Smith, Krystle Oates, and Collette Witt have joined the staff at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.

Smith was named director of the Office of Continuous Institutional Assessment.

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Anna Durst, Jeff Cooper

July 19, 2016 — 

Anna Durst has been named CEO of the Board of Directors of the Nevada Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Durst replaces Sharon Uithoven who has retired after serving more than 30 years in the position.

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Robert Towne

July 19, 2016 — 

Robert Towne was named acting district manager for the Bureau of Land Management’s Winnemucca District.

Towne will serve in this position for an approximately four-month period that began July 19.

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Tucker Monticelli

July 19, 2016 — 

Tucker Monticelli, a graphic designer for Design on Edge in Reno, was presented the 2016 Peoples Choice Award and the Brian Crane award for photography during the 20th Annual Art Slaves Show and Sale sponsored by the American Advertising Federation of Reno.

Monticelli is in charge of developing the design for the 21st Annual Art Slaves Show and Sale.

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Rick Murdock

July 19, 2016 — 

Rick Murdock, vice president of sales and casino marketing for the Eldorado Resort Casino, has been named the chairman of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority (RTAA).

Murdock, who was elected by the City of Reno, has served as an airport trustee since 2009.

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Kurt Mische

July 19, 2016 — 

Kurt Mische, president and CEO of KNPB Public Television in Reno, has been re-elected chairman of the Executive Council of the Pacific Mountain Network and President of California Public Television and Californians for Public Broadcasting.

Mische has been with KNPB since 2009.

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David T. Crowther

July 19, 2016 — 

David T. Crowther, professor of science education at the University of Nevada, Reno, and executive director of the Raggio Research Center for STEM Education, has been named the president of the National Science Teachers Association.

Crowther began his three-year term as president-elect of the NSTA on June 1 and will assume the office of president on June 1, 2017. He will serve as the retiring president from 2018 to 2019.

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Jodi Herzik, Melissa Marsh

July 13, 2016 — 

Jodi Herzik has been elected to the board of directors of the Nevada Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (NCET), while Melissa Marsh has been re-elected to the board of the non-profit organization.

Herzik, elected as NCET’s vice president of Tech Cafe, works as executive director of professional development programs at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Pat Thomas

July 12, 2016 — 

Pat Thomas, American Trucking Association’s chairman and senior vice president for the Nevada state government affairs at UPS, has been named the 17th recipient of the J.R. “Bob” Halladay Award.

The Halladay Award recognizes individuals who have contributed to the success of the ATA.

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Erin Wallace

July 12, 2016 — 

Erin Wallace has been hired as account director for The Abbi Agency.

Wallace, who has more than 14 years experience in public relations, previously served as public relations manager at the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority as well as foundation manager for the Obesity Prevention Foundation.

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Alaina Henry

July 12, 2016 — 

Alaina Henry has joined Clark & Associates in Reno as an insurance specialist.

Henry previously served in senior sales and account management positions with companies including Travelocity, LivingSocial Escapes and North American Ski Training Center. She also launched two businesses — Henry’s Dirtywork and Sisu Cycle — in the Lake Tahoe area.

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Lauren Renda

July 12, 2016 — 

Lauren Renda has joined the Community Foundation of Western Nevada as its Program Associate.

Renda, a native Nevadan attended the University of Nevada, Reno, and the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

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Ellie Reeder

July 12, 2016 — 

Ellie Reeder has been hired as the administrative and marketing assistant for CFA, Inc., a multi-disciplinary consulting firm specializing in planning, civil engineering, landscape architecture and surveying.

Reeder has more than five years experience working in the marketing industry, including a background in writing, editing and graphic design.

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Keller Williams Realty Sparks

July 12, 2016 — 

Mike Hofstadter, Deni Wilson, Mark McClellan, Vince Rodriguez, Chris Zamora, Alycia Partei, and Travis Rogers have joined the staff at Keller Williams Realty Sparks.

Hofstadter was hired as a Realtor.

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Adam Kiefer

July 12, 2016 — 

Adam Kiefer, vice president of business development at Nevada State Bank, was elected to the 2016-2017 Board of Trustees for the United Cerebral Palsy of Nevada.

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Melanie Keener

July 12, 2016 — 

Melanie Keener, director of security/bailiff for Storey County, has graduated from the School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) at Northwestern University.

Keener successfully completed the 22-week staff and command program held in Evanston, Ill., from Sept. 14, 2015 through Feb. 29, 2016. The program, which was implemented by the Center for Public Safety in 1983, has graduated more than 18,000 students both nationally and internationally.

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Debra A. Moddelmog

July 8, 2016 — 

Debra A. Moddelmog has been named dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Moddelmog previously spent 29 years at Ohio State University where she most recently served as professor and chair of the Department of English. She also served in a number of administrative roles, including associate dean of humanities as well as director of the Diversity and Identity Studies Collective at OSU, which she also helped to found. In 2002, she established an interdisciplinary program in Sexuality Studies for which she was the principal coordinator and co-adviser for more than a dozen years.

Moddelmog is also a scholar and teacher of 20th-century American literature, modernism and sexuality studies, and an expert on the writings of Ernest Hemingway. She serves on the advisory editorial board for both the Hemingway letters project (Cambridge University Press) and The Hemingway Review. She has published four books, one of which has been translated into Japanese, and more than 25 essays.

Moddelmog earned her doctorate degree in English from The Pennsylvania State University, her masters in English from Auburn University and her bachelors in journalism from Georgia Southern College.

Ginny Davis

July 8, 2016 — 

Ginny Davis has been named chief advancement officer for the Community Foundation of Western Nevada.

Davis, who has more than three decades of experience in fundraising, marketing, communications and strategic business development, previously served as the senior director of development for the College of Biological Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno. She also completed a 5-year appointment for the United States Olympic Committee as Director of Marketing, Communications and Business Development for USA Water Polo and USA Field Hockey. Davis founded and produced the first-ever, all-women’s bike ride across the U.S. for breast cancer, Pedal for the Cure/America’s Breast Cancer Ride. For this endeavor, she was recognized two times with the “Mark of Excellence” Award from the National Public Relations Society of America. Early in her career, Davis held senior management positions with Anheuser-Busch in Dallas, Texas, including national director for the company’s IronKids programs.

Benito Menchaca

July 8, 2016 — 

Benito Menchaca, a Reno resident, has been named a regional general agent for American Income Life Insurance Company-Altig.

Menchaca began his career with AIL-Altig in 2012 after he was personally recruited to join the Boise office. He was promoted to supervising agent in the firm’s Idaho Falls office within seven months.

Menchaca earned his bachelor’s degree in management and marketing from Idaho State University.

Jacey Prupas

July 8, 2016 — 

Jacey Prupas, an attorney and partner in the Reno law office of Snell & Wilmer, has been elected to the board of trustees for the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra.

Prupas also has been named to the board of directors for KNPB Public Broadcasting.

Edgewood Companies

July 8, 2016 — 

John McLaughlin has been appointed to the board of directors for the Edgewood Companies while Jack Bellotti and Corinna Osborne have joined the company’s staff.

McLaughlin was named to the board of directors of and will serve to be the company’s CEO/president.

McLaughlin had served as CFO for the organization since 2013, and has more than 30 years of experience in the hotel, casino, and entertainment industry. He joined Harvey’s Casino Resorts Inc. in 1995 and served as corporate CFO, and subsequently Co-CEO, until a successful sale of the company in 2001.

Bellotti was named vice president human resources.

Bellotti, who has more than 30 years of human resources and hotel operations experience, previously held positions with Hyatt Hotels over an eighteen-year period. He also was vice president of human resources with Harvey’s Casino Resorts Inc., as well as vice president and group vice president positions in the retail industry with the Picture People, a Hallmark Company, and most recently with Ross Stores Inc.

He earned a degree in hotel, restaurant and travel administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Osborne was hired as director of hotel operations for Edgewood.

She previously held executive operational roles at Harvard University, Montbleu Resort Lake Tahoe, and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe.

Northern Nevada Development Authority

July 8, 2016 — 

Andrew Haskin and Susannah ‘Susie’ Russell have been appointed to new positions with the Northern Nevada Development Authority in Carson City.

Haskin was named director of business development.

He previously served as NNDA’s director marketing and communications since 2014.

Haskin earned a bachelor’s of science degree business administration-management and marketing along with a master’s of business administration from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Russell was named director of marketing.

She has worked for NNDA since 2012 and previously served as finance and office manager.

Russell earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in business and marketing from Grand Canyon University.

D. Scott Barr

July 8, 2016 — 

D. Scott Barr has been named to the Board of Directors for Pershing Gold Corp.

Barr, who has more than 35 years experience in the metallurgical and mine operations industry, formerly was an executive at Newmont Mining Corp., as well as executive vice president/COO and technical advisor at Golden Star Resources Ltd., and vice president and general manger, chief metallurgist and vice president of process operations at Independence Mining Company (previously Freeport Gold Co.).

He has served as a director on the board of Seabridge Gold Inc., since 2011.

Barr earned a masters of science degree in metallurgical engineering from the Mackay School of Mines at the University of Nevada, Reno and a bachelor’s of science degree in metallurgical engineering and chemical engineering from the University of Idaho.

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