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Natasha Schue

August 22, 2014 — 

Natasha Schue has been promoted to publisher of the Tahoe Daily Tribune.

She replaces Mark Raymond, who will continue in his role as group manager and publisher of the Nevada Appeal in Carson City.

Schue has been employed at the Tribune for the past six years, most recently as its advertising sales manager.

She earned her degree in English and communications from Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo.

Christina Williams

August 22, 2014 — 

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

Williams previously completed an internship with Microsoft Licensing, GP.

She earned her bachelor’s of science in business administration with a major in accounting from the University of Nevada, Reno.

James Wilson, M.D.

August 21, 2014 — 

James Wilson, M.D. has been named research associate professor for the School of Community Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Wilson, M.D., created an algorithm-based mechanism that forecasts the spread of infectious diseases worldwide and is used by the Centers for Disease Control, Department of Defense and other national agencies. He will move his forecasting center to Nevada.

Dr. Wilson is the founder and executive vice president of AscelBio, a for-profit corporation that provides consulting on infectious disease risk assessments, and director of the AscelBio National Infectious Disease Forecast Center. He is also founder and executive director of Praecipio International, a non-profit corporation that assists in international public health and security against biological threats.

Dr. Wilson has served as an advisor for organizations such as the Department of Homeland Security and National Biosurveillance Integration Center, World Health Organization and NASA. His mechanisms are used by the Centers for Disease Control, Department of Defense and other national agencies.

McDonald Carano Wilson attorneys

August 21, 2014 — 

Attorneys in the Reno law office of McDonald Carano Wilson that were named to “Best Lawyers in America 2015” publication are: Matt Addison, Robert E. Armstrong, Leo P. Bergin III, James Bradshaw, Terry Care, Kathleen Drakulich, John J. Frankovich, Paul J. Georgeson, Leigh Goddard, Sylvia L. Harrison, A.J. ‘Bud’ Hicks, William A.S. Magrath II, Michael A. Pagni, Timothy E. Rowe, Kaaran E. Thomas, and Thomas R.C. ‘Spike’ Wilson.

Jess Lankford

August 20, 2014 — 

Jess Lankford has been appointed chief administrative officer of the Nevada OSHA section.

Lankford, who has more than 14 years experience in workplace safety and compliance, previously worked as a health and safety representative in a private industry. He also served as program coordinator with Nevada OSHA where he managed the Voluntary Protection Program and as a senior safety specialist with both the Safety Consultation and Training Section and Nevada OSHA in northern and southern Nevada.

Lankford earned a bachelor’s degree in occupational safety and health from Columbia Southern University.

Brenda Staffan

August 20, 2014 — 

Brenda Staffan, director for Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority’s (REMSA) Community Health Programs, was a featured speaker/presenter at Pinnacle, the nation’s largest emergency medical services leadership conference, last July in Scottsdale, Ariz.

John P. Desmond

August 19, 2014 — 

John P. Desmond, an attorney in the Reno law office of Gordon Silver, was named “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of appellate practice and commercial litigation.

William “Larry” Fagerhaug

August 19, 2014 — 

William “Larry” Fagerhaug has been named chief human resources officer at Carson Tahoe Health.

Fagerhaug previously served as vice president of organization development at Community Medical Center in Missoula, Mont. He has more than 30 years experience in human resources management.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in biological science from California State University, Fullerton, and a master’s degree in business from Capella University in Minneapolis.

Haws hires, promotions

August 19, 2014 — 

Hollie Tracy-Ochoa, Melanie Mayer, and Mike Damon have joined the staff at Haws Corp., while Jeanene Fisher and Kim Courtney have been promoted within the firm.

Tracy-Ochoa was hired as executive assistant for sales and marketing.

She most recently worked for the University of Nevada, Reno as an administrative assistant. She has a background in administrative and support services industries.

Mayer was hired as safety supervisor/ISO coordinator.

She previously held positions in the safety and environmental health fields, including safety specialist and occupational health and safety analyst.

Mayer earned a bachelor’s of science degree in environmental and occupational health from California State University, Northridge.

Damon was hired as sales engineer for Haws Integrated.

He has more than 30 years experience in engineering.

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

Fisher and Courtney were promoted to inside sales specialists for Haws Integrated.

Fisher joined Haws in 2012 and has more than 23 years experience in administrative positions.

Courtney has been with Haws since 2007 and has more than 15 years experience in project and account management, sales, and accounts receivable positions.

Other new hires at Haw Corp. were: Almir Suljic, IT communications specialist; Joanne Dunn, buyer; Josh Bourgeois, IT support specialist; Kaitlin Murphy, marketing intern; Maria Deras, parts puller; Matthew Boyce, human resources intern; and Sean Brunner, engineering designer.

Tina Brinkley was also promoted Level 500 production lead.

Cherie Singer, PhD

August 18, 2014 — 

Cherie Singer, PhD, has been appointed associate dean for admissions and student affairs at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

Dr. Singer has been serving as the ASA dean in an interim role since January. She is also associate professor of pharmacology. She will remain an active member of the pharmacology department where she has worked since 1998.

Dr. Singer graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno as a Presidential Scholar with a bachelor’s of science degree in biology. She earned her doctorate in pharmacology at the University of Washington.

Glenn Carano

August 18, 2014 — 

Glenn Carano has been promoted to general manager at The Silver Legacy.

Carano previously served as director of marketing since the casino’s opening in 1995.

He also played seven years in the NFL as quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys as well as one year with the Pittsburgh Maulers of the United States Football League.

He also served a four-year term as board member and marking committee chairman of the Reno-Sparks Convention Authority and commissioner with the Nevada Athletic Commission.

Travis Reed

August 18, 2014 — 

Travis Reed has joined Alpine Insurance as a sales producer. Travis earned his bachelor’s of arts degree in Communication University of Arizona in 2007.

Rob Griffin

August 18, 2014 — 

Rob Griffin has joined the staff at Eagle Home Mortgage as a loan officer.

Griffin has worked in the lending industry for a year.

He earned a bachelor’s of science degree from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Ivy Cohen

August 18, 2014 — 

Ivy Cohen has returned to Dickson Realty as a real estate agent.

Cohen, previously worked for Dickson Realty from 2009 to 2013.

Cohen earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in English from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Holland & Hart attorneys

August 18, 2014 — 

Karen Dennison, an attorney in the Reno office Holland & Hart LLP, has been named a “Lawyer of the Year” by “Best Lawyers in America 2015” for real estate law.

Other Holland & Hart attorneys in northern Nevada listed in “Best Lawyers in America 2015” were:

Reno: Soraya Tabibi Aguirre, Bryce Alstead, Frederick R. Battcher, Richard L. Elmore, Douglas Flowers, Megan Moschetti Fogarty, David A. Garcia, Anthony Hall, R. Craig Howard, Timothy A. Lukas, James Newman, Jeremy J. Nork, Stephen V. Novacek and Robert Ryan.

Carson City: Scott Scherer and Frederick J. Schmidt.

Fennemore Craig Jones Vargas attorneys

August 18, 2014 — 

Dave C. Davis, Jr., Elizabeth M. Fielder, Ann Morgan, and John P. Sande III; attorneys in the Reno office of Fennemore Craig Jones Vargas were listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2015.

NMHCG executives

August 14, 2014 — 

Cheri Glockner, Erin Snell, Amy J. Khan, M.D., and Ryan M. Ley, M.D., have been named to management positions at the newly created Nevada Medicaid Health Care Guidance Program.

The program based in Carson City provides integrated physical and behavioral care management to eligible Nevada fee-for-service Medicaid enrollees.

Glockner was named executive director. She previously was director of development and public relations for Carson Tahoe Health. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Snell was named director of the behavioral health program. A licensed social worker, Snell earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington and a master’s degree in business administration from Texas Christian University.

Khan, who named medical director, previously was chief medical officer at Saint Mary’s Health Plans. She earned her medical degree at Wayne State University and earned as master’s degree in public health from The Johns Hopkins University.

Ley, who serves as part-time medical director for behavioral health, also serves as chief of staff of West Hills Hospital in Reno. He earned a medical degree from UNR, an MBA from Arizona State University and a master’s degree in clinical trials from Drexel College of Medicine.

Cary Richardson

August 14, 2014 — 

Cary Richardson, vice president of business operations for Miles Construction, has been reappointed to serve another three-year term on the Nevada State Environmental Commission.

Suzanne Lynn

August 13, 2014 — 

Suzanne Lynn has been hired as a document management administrator for Prospect Education, LLC in Reno.

Lynn previously served as general manager for 3G Studios, HR director and senior account manager for Creative Image Works, senior project manager for Charles River Laboratories and project manager for Covance Central Diagnostics.

She earned her bachelor’s of science degree in marketing from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2004.

Chris McDivit

August 12, 2014 — 

Chris McDivit has joined Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County as facilities maintenance supervisor.

McDivit has fourteen years of experience in facilities management – eight in a supervisory or managerial role. He most recently worked for the University of Washington in Seattle as operations manager.

McDivit is currently taking courses at the University of Washington and expects to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in June.

Lawrie Lieberman, Amber Ferguson

August 12, 2014 — 

Lawrie Lieberman and Amber Ferguson have joined the staff at KNPB Public Broadcasting.

Lieberman was named to KNPB’s board of directors.

He previously was a chair on the board of directors for Desert Research Institute. He also served for 10 years on the University of Nevada’s College of Engineering advisory board and has been a coach of Incline High School’s state champion “We the People” program. Lieberman was dean of admission at Stanford University from 1976 to 1981.

Lieberman earned his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth and his master of business administration degree from Stanford.

Ferguson was hired as grant coordinator.

She has worked with other nonprofit organizations including Give Kids the World and A Gift for Teaching.

Ferguson earned her master’s degree in nonprofit management from the University of Central Florida.

David Mieding

August 12, 2014 — 

David Mieding has joined Basin Street Properties as the primary project manager for construction.

Mieding most recently was the manager of commercial properties for the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority. He began his commercial real estate career as an associate in the commercial properties group at CBRE in Reno and went on to form his own development company, Mieding Development Corporation. He was the also assistant program manager with Capital Program Management in Sacramento for three years.

Mieding earned his master of business administration degree from California State University, Sacramento, and a bachelor of arts in communication degree from the University of California, Davis.

Rob Stone

August 11, 2014 — 

Rob Stone has been promoted to director of food and beverage for the Eldorado Resort Casino.

Stone first joined the Eldorado in 1980 and worked in various positions in the food and beverage department. After a short stint away, Stone returned to the Eldorado in 2009 as the manager of The Brew Brothers and was promoted to director of beverage and nightlife in 2012.

Thoran Towler

August 11, 2014 — 

Thoran Towler has joined the Nevada Association of REALTORS as its general counsel effective September 2.

Towler replaces Teresa McKee, who was promoted to CEO of the association.

Towler previously served as the state of Nevada’s labor commissioner for three years. He also served as a deputy attorney general in the Nevada Attorney General’s office and was a Carson City deputy district attorney. He also worked at the Nevada law firm of Jones Vargas in Reno.

Towler earned a degree in technology from Walla Walla College and his law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law.

Molly Torvinen, MD

August 11, 2014 — 

Molly Torvinen, MD has been hired as a physician at Northern Nevada Medical Group’s Los Altos Parkway location in Sparks.

Dr. Torvinen earned her medical degree and completed her family medicine residency at University of Nevada School of Medicine.

Melissa Deadmond

August 11, 2014 — 

Melissa Deadmond, Ph.D. has been named interim associate dean of assessment and planning at Truckee Meadows Community College.

Deadmond has been a faculty member at TMCC since 2005 and has served as chair of the biology department.

She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Reno in cellular and molecular biology, and is currently studying for her master’s degree in public health.

Vince Griffith

August 8, 2014 — 

Vince Griffith is stepping down from his position of project coordinator and executive at Tahoe Reno Industrial Center.

Griffith will devote more time to leading his two Reno companies, Reno Engineering Corporation and Reno Land & Cattle.

Kaitlyn Ovard

August 8, 2014 — 

Kaitlyn Ovard has been promoted to director of finance at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino.

Ovard began working at the Silver Legacy in 2008 as assistant controller. She was promoted to controller in 2012.

She earned bachelor’s of science degrees in accounting and business administration from Saint Mary’s College in California while graduating with cum laude honors.

Chris Shanks

August 8, 2014 — 

Chris Shanks has joined Dickson Commercial Group as an associate.

Shanks, who has more than six years of commercial real estate experience, previously was an associate with NAI Alliance.

He graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, with a bachelor’s of science degree in finance and a minor in economics.

Brian DePew

August 7, 2014 — 

Brian Depew has joined Sierra Technology & Consulting as a technology consultant.

Depew, who has more than 15 years experience in network management, previously was IT manager at OnlineTechStores.com, network technician at Nevada Computer Works and network analyst at Siena Hotel Spa Casino.

Kyle Kelly also was added to the company’s staff.

Kelly previously worked as a lead network security analyst at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado.

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