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Newsmakers, April 16-22, 2015

Jamillah Ali-Rahman, executive director of Friends of Parkinson’s, 2400 N. Tenaya Way, recently went on a trip to Washington, D.C., to attend a Parkinson’s panel in the White House Eisenhower Executive Office. The panel highlighted the importance of continuing Parkinson’s research and providing support programs for people with Parkinson’s.

Christian Otter of Las Vegas completed his Eagle Scout Service Project with Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada to help the homeless men of its Resident Empowerment Program. Otter’s goal was to collect and refurbish 200 pairs of men’s dress shoes and donate them to assist the men in seeking employment. Otter and his troop members exceeded their goal and collected 301 pairs of dress shoes. Otter created stations to re-lace, re-insole, polish, buff and repair shoes, and when the project was complete, clients of the program were able to go shopping to find shoes that fit in preparation for their upcoming job interviews.

The Henderson Police Officers’ Association recently announced its Executive Board of Officers & Trustees for 2015. Ken Kerby was elected president; Chris White was appointed to the vacant position of vice president; Stephen Bryan is completing his term of office as secretary; and Seth VanBeveren was elected treasurer.

Dr. Mulugeta Kassahun of Urology Specialists of Nevada was selected as an honoree for the first Las Vegas Black Image Magazine Honors, held Feb. 28.

Jennifer Douglas, a certified physician assistant at Desert Pediatrics in Las Vegas, recently was awarded a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Pediatrics by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Six certified PAs in Nevada have this credential.

On Feb. 28, Las Vegas resident and Las Vegas Review-Journal gardening columnist Robert Morris returned from Tajikistan after three weeks as a volunteer for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Farmer-to-Farmer program, managed by the nonprofit organization ACDI/VOCA. The program relies on the expertise of mid-career professionals who volunteer from U.S. farms, land grant universities, cooperatives, private businesses and nonprofits. Volunteers share their skills, equipping farmers, businesses and communities in developing and transitional countries to respond to local needs. Morris worked with the Davlatshoi Mirzosho Production Cooperative to train more than 10 farmers’ groups throughout Tajikistan on young plant husbandry, methods of grafting fruit trees, fertilizer usage and pest and disease control. This was Morris’ third volunteer assignment with ACDI/VOCA. Visit acdivoca.org.

Angel Cruz, an eighth-grader from Johnson Junior High School, took second place at the 2015 Nevada National Geographic State Bee at Tarkanian Middle School. Amal Anilkumar, an eighth-grader from Greenspun Junior High School, took third place.

Kaitlyn Maurer of Henderson made the fall 2014 dean’s list at the University of Memphis, Tenn.

Travis Curro of Las Vegas graduated from Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, N.Y.

Air Force Airman Dyson Clement graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Clement is the son of Jamie and Jeremy Clement of Henderson and is a 2014 graduate of Coronado High School.

Army Pvt. Jim Hurtado graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, Ga. Hurtado is the son of Jim and Patricia Hurtado of Las Vegas and is a 2014 graduate of Northwest Career and Technical Academy.

Army Pfc. Patrick J. Brady graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. He is a 2011 graduate of Basic High School.

Army Pvt. Anuhea K. Chock graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Chock is the daughter of Donovan K. Rivera of Las Vegas and is a 2014 graduate of Bonanza High School.

Army Pvt. Isaac-J W. McAlpin graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. McAlpin is the son of Irene M. Luna and John M. McAlpin, both of Las Vegas. He is a 2014 graduate of Spring Valley High School.

Century 21 Advantage Gold announced that Century 21 Real Estate LLC recently recognized Las Vegas local Rachel Adriano, sales affiliate with the office, as a top producer nationwide with the Century 21 Ruby Masters Award.

Community Associations Institute Nevada Chapter held its annual Awards Gala at the Treasure Island Grand Ballroom on Feb. 21. The annual program honors leading HOA board members, CAI-Nevada Chapter volunteers, association managers and management companies that exemplify high standards within the homeowner association industry. Individual winners of the 2014 CAI Nevada Chapter are:

2014 AMS Manager of the Year: Melissa Ramsey

2014 CMCA Manager of the Year: Lauren Stemmler

2014 Community Manager of the Year: Beckie Richter

2014 High-rise Manager of the Year: Lokelani Rosehill

2014 Northern Nevada Board Member of the Year: Tony Fakonas

2014 Northern Nevada On-Site Manager of the Year: Judy Pinto

2014 Northern Nevada Portfolio Manager of the Year: Piper Pendergrass

2014 PCAM Manager of the Year: Anne Calarco

2014 Provisional Community Manager of the Year: Christina Cravens

2014 Southern Nevada Board Member of the Year: Greg Toussaint

2014 Southern Nevada On-site Manager of the Year: Anne Calarco

2014 Southern Nevada Portfolio Manager of the Year: Helen Marshall

2014 Supervising Community Manager of the Year: Tonya Gale

2014 Business Partner of the Year: Rob Forney

2014 DCAL of the Year: Chuck Niggemeyer

2014 Support Person of the Year: Beckie Richter

2014 Gary Lein Award Robert Rothwell

2014 President’s Award: Donna Toussaint

2014 President’s Award: Don Schaefer

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