Course Listing - by Instructor

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Katia Abou-Haidar Katia attained a master's degree in Linguistics from Holy Spirit University in 2010. The main focus of her thesis was an action research in which she administered and conducted a qualitative and quantitative testing methodology to integrate cultural instruction in the ESL teaching/learning process to enhance students' oral communication, taking into consideration the students' verbal and non-verbal skills. Katia has been teaching English as a Second Language for university students for over twelve years within the Necessary and Sufficient English Program (NSEP) that is developed by Georgetown University, Washington D.C. She has adopted a teaching methodology integrating the five English skills together: reading, listening, speaking, writing and interactive listening/speaking. She has also taught English in a business context for bankers of various ages (26-50). She has planned, guided and evaluated students' oral presentations, and taught them the use of Microsoft PowerPoint as an aid to organizing and delivering their public speaking. Katia has prepared native and non-native students for the SAT and TOEFL exams that help measure their English proficiency, and prepares them for university admission. Moreover, she has been teaching Accent Reduction for International Professionals (Levels I and II) at UNLV since 2011, helping professionals to modify their foreign accents to an understandable level for everyday use. All of these years of teaching (since 2002) have helped her select and adopt the best mix of teaching knowledge and experience that is required for the success of every student who has passion for improvement and success.
Anne-Marie Abruscato Ms. Abruscato teaches in the areas of Direct Practice, Children, and Families. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts from Arizona State University, and a Master's in Social Work from the University of Iowa. Ms. Abruscato has a background in working in both private and public service agencies. Her main area of interest is in the field of children and trauma.
Sylvia Aldebol-Valentin
Dan Anderson
Nevada Association of Fashion Design
Terry Bahr
Maria Bruce Maria Bruce Instructor: Basic Sewing, Patternmaking, Dressmaker Studio, Stitch it , Alterations, Swimwear, Designer Studio, Creative Art-Costumier' Maria has over 25 years of experience and professional designing skills in Sewing, Alterations, Patterns and Fashion Designing. Maria's communication bi-lingual skills includes English and Spanish. Maria is an accomplished fashion designer and has showcased in numerous Fashion shows in some of the most prestigious LV Casino's. Her background of experience is in Apparel Design & Fashion Consultation/Stylist. UNLV Fashion Design Graduate 2005. Fashion Instructor since 2005. Maria has designed apparel for national and international professionals, among Miss Nevada, & Testio. She is a City of LV Small Business License owner of MBRUCE Designs since 2009, specializing in one of kind, couture', embroidery & print apparel. Past-Station Casinos Costume Vendor, Current- State of NV clothing vendor.
Charles Carr Charlie Carr instructs Continuing Education courses in the Human Resources (HR) Management Certificate Program and the Organizational Leadership Certificate Program at UNLV. Charlie has extensive academic and work experience in HR, organizational change management (OCM), leadership development and assessment, counseling and coaching, management consulting and teaching.
Through his company, Creative Workforce Solutions, LLC, Charlie contributed to the 2016 Prosci Benchmarking Report, Best Practices in Change Management, and has contributed significant OCM tools and methods to top tier OCM consulting practices and businesses. As an adjunct professor and instructor, he has developed and taught courses in MBA, HR Master's degree, Bachelor's degree and continuing education programs. He has also delivered American Management Association courses onsite at businesses in support of ISO certification programs.
Charlie's education includes a BA from Indiana University, an MA from Webster University and an EdS degree and doctoral work from The College of William & Mary. His diverse professional experience spans many industry sectors, including state, local and federal government; aerospace; retail; military; agriculture; information technology; finance and accounting; real estate; and medical.
In his spare time, Charlie enjoys golf, reading and spending time with family and friends.
Jourdan Cha'Taun
Kathy Clemens
Sara Davis
Jesse Del Quadro
Heather Doane
Ray DuGray
Mayweather Fitness Certified Instructors Certified Yoga Instructors-Yoga instructors are wellness and fitness professionals trained and certified to conduct group classes that involve meditation and specific poses that are designed to connect breathing to physical movement and mental exercises. A yoga instructors guides students to connect to breath while conducting a series of physical and mentals exercise to aid in achieving spiritual wellness.
Rina Foster
James Fowlkes
Olukemi Frison-May
Gregory Gudenkauf
Marcy Harper
Maggie Harris
Samantha Jepson
Cheryl Johnston
Jessica Kennedy For the past 15 years, Jessica Kennedy has been calling Las Vegas home. Originally from Missouri, Jessica has lived all over the United States and has worked in the field of graphic design longer than she would like to admit. A graduate of Drury College in Springfield, Missouri, Jessica was employed in St. Louis and Chicago simultaneously after her graduation. Working with such diverse clients as Godiva Chocolatiers, The St. Louis Blues, Pepsi, National Industrial Services Incorporated, Kinko's, Iconn Watersports, The College of Southern Nevada Foundation, Las Vegas Hospitality Association, and several Las Vegas casinos, Jessica has a unique perspective on what it takes to have successful design in a vast array of markets. Her prowess in Social Media has been given accolades in the Las Vegas Review Journal and she is the social media "go-to" for News Channel 13. Teaching full-time at Rancho High School has allowed her to remain on top of social media as well as up-and-coming trends in graphic design and Internet security through networking with other high school graphic design instructors and industry professionals across the valley, and the United States. The responsibilities of being a full-time mom, business owner, business partner in a local art gallery, and full-time graphic design instructor keep Jessica busy and always on the run, yet she always has extra time for students who are in need of assistance.
John Larson John Larson, founder of Las Vegas based John Larson Marketing, is an online marketing strategist. His combination of psychology and analytics based approach has helped small to medium size business owners and entrepreneurs generate leads, attract customers and drive sales using the internet, social media and online advertising. He is a regular contributor to a variety of industry publications including Moz, as well as Search Engine Land, Search Engine Watch and other top industry forums. Outside of providing meaningful campaigns and marketing services, John has made it his mission to educate entrepreneurs on how to take advantage of the digital world.
Rob Levrant Rob Levrant has been the director of OLLI at UNLV since 2015. Prior, Levrant had an extensive career in higher education administration and community engagement. From 1996-2003 he served as Director of Housing and Residence Life at Rocky Mountain College where he taught an undergraduate leadership course, and led community education efforts aimed at improving student experience, public safety, and quality of life on campus and throughout the community.
Gretchen Marshall Gretchen Marshall Instructor: Fashion Marketing & Fashion Showcase Born in New York City, the “Fashion Capital of the World”, Gretchen grew up in a family of excellent seamstress and she has always had a love for fashion and classic style. Her talents and skills include -Fashion Designer-Runway Designer- Fashion Seamstress-Specialty-plus size and wedding garments-Illustration & Fashion Boards-Sewing, Quilting, Crafts Designs. Her Awards include -UNLV Student Fashion Awards Recipient 2010 & 2011, and “Best in Show”, Porcelain and Cloth Dolls Designer. She is a UNLV Fashion Design Graduate and holds aUNLV Masters of Public Administration, and carries a BS in Workforce Education. Gretchen specializes in men and women's apparel.
Melissa Moats
Judith (Judi) Moreo
Maria Ngo
Christina Nishiyama
Gloria (Gigi) Pontejos-Morris Gigi Morris Instructor: Fashion Design Gigi Morris educational background: Nevada State College Bachelor's Degree, Business Administration, 2009 - 2015 & Philippine Women's University Bachelors of Liberal Arts, Business Administration, 1985 - 1989 She has been a Fashion lead instructor for the NAFD/ UNLV EO Fashion Design program since 2000. Her background in fashion is in teaching, fashion consultant, and fashion designer. She owns and operates Gigi Morris of Las Vegas, an independent freelance, and is fashion and apparel professional. She has worked for leading garment manufacturers such as Unidex Garments Phil Inc., Product development & Quality control Manager at Melcher & Landau Intl now known as Amerex Group a leader in the Outerwear Market, Manager and has traveled internationally at Home Fabrics, and Decorator Consultant/Custom Coordinator for JC Penny, national retailer. Gigi has over 25 years in the fashion apparel and manufacturing industry with specialized skills and expertise in designing, fashion, sourcing, merchandising, retail, management, global sourcing, styling, trend analysis,, public speaking, business management, and curriculum development, and she is a published author. Other Areas: Farm Owner and President, CEO and Founder of RLearning Center, Inc. at MoCa Family Farm and RLearning Center, Inc.March 2002 - Present: MoCa Family Farm (MFF) is an international, agritourism destination with its major focus on small-scale farming, business and marketing practices.
Mary Ann Racheau Mary Ann Racheau has over 35 years of experience in costume and fashion design and construction. Racheau spent over eight years as a costume and shoe technician for Cirque du Soleil’s KA at the MGM Grand. Her background also includes 14 years as the lead seamstress with the Siegfried & Roy show at the Mirage and six years as the costumier for Nevada Ballet Theatre, Nevada Opera Theatre, the Mickey Finn Show, and various Las Vegas productions. She is a designer of her own unique line of collectible teddy bears, dolls and quilts. Skills include teaching, pattern cutting, designing, alterations, dyeing and construction of fashion garments and costumes, leather work, teddy bear, and quilt making. Racheau has assembled model garments for Cloth World in Las Vegas and Quiltique in Henderson, sample quilts for Sew Yeah in Las Vegas, and teaches privately and in classrooms throughout Las Vegas. She is certified as a “Master Sewing Educator" by Sewing Educators Alliance. This will be her fifth semester as an OLLI sewing educator.
Madge Rascoe
John Reckling
UNLV School of Social Work
Quinton Singleton Quinton Singleton has worked in the gaming industry for the past 15+ years with experience across tribal and commercial land-based and digital/mobile operators and suppliers for sports and race betting, fantasy sports, casino, social, skill, slot and table games.
Natalie Smyers
Continuing Ed Staff
ETC Staff
Heidi Sunderhaft
Vernetta Thomas
Petersen Training
Chadwick Whetman
UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law In partnership with Entain the William S. Boyd School of Law announces new online training programs in gaming law and regulation. This online training program is designed for operators, regulators, lawyers and others working in the gaming industry. These mostly asynchronous programs will launch during the first and second quarters of 2021 and be created and taught by instructors with decades of professional gaming and teaching experience. The program will eventually consist of eight classes designed to prepare professionals to meet the sophisticated regulatory and operating challenges facing the gaming industry. Participants are not required to hold a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree or first degree of law required to practice law in international markets in order to enroll.
Alexis Wisniewski

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