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NHLA committees

Nevada Hotel and Lodging Association Committees

NHLA committees are open to all members. The purpose of the committees is to ensure NHLA is offering the most relevant and beneficial resources and education for our members in each area. The committees meet once quarterly in person or by conference call.

Education Committee

The Education committee assists in guiding NHLA in providing educational resources, activities, seminars, webinars, industry programs, certifications and other related information for NHLA members.

MicheleKline Link HospitalityCOO, committee chair
AlexCanalesHilton Grand VacationsArea Vice President - Resort Operations
SeanMcCrayTISOHAsst Academic Director
BernieVasquezPolished ServicePresident
Frank GonzalesPolished ServiceDirector of Projects & Talent Development
KarinaDay StudentStudent
KathrynKoningSurferQuestCEO/President
JustinCohenREQEVP
Dr. GailSammonsUNLVProfessor Harrah College of Hospitality
JosephContiSECURalertRegional Sales Manager
FranciscoMoralesHilton Garden InnGeneral Manager
ElizabethPartidaMGMRICorporate HR, L&D
VaninaCoudrietTMCCHospitality & Tourism Coordinator
LiselWestlakeMGMRIDirector of Security Training
AlisiaPulellaFranklinCoveyEnterprise Client Partner
MattWardHospitality WiFiChief Development Officer
KarenBetzDale CarnegieChief Customer Officer
StoweShoemakerUNLVDean, Harrah College of Hospitality
WhitneyMalujMGM SkyloftsHotel Manager
MabiorAyuenVenetian/PalazzoManager of Public Area
ChazWellingtonAriaCasino Operations

Clean and Green Committee

The Clean and Green committee promotes best practices in housekeeping and sustainability, efficiency, communication, education and environmental practices in today’s Hospitality Industry. Focus is on best operational practices to reduce costs while increasing guest satisfaction. Committee assists in coordination the annual related conference.

HollowayKevinAriaExecutive Housekeeper - Committee Chair
AndyGinsburgResorts WorldDirector of Environmental Services
DanielHarnDowntown GrandExecutive Housekeeper
PranavJampaniVenetian/PalazzoExecutive Director | Sustainability 
JimKenneyCatalytic Pure AirPrinciple
ChrisLynchUNRDirector of the Nevada Business Environmental Program
LynneMotoyamaCosmopolitanDirector, Housekeeping
Patrick WatsonSNWAConservation Services Administrator
Sandra WildVenetian/PalazzoVP Housekeeping
EricRobinsonFreshAirDirector of Sales
DianeEstnerDANNIPrinciple
JessieKlormanTuffSkin Surface Protection Sales Manager
MabiorAyuenVenetian/PalazzoManager of Public Area
MicheleKlineLink HospitalityCOO

Safety and Security Committee

The Safety and Security Committee guides NHLA in providing an annual conference, information, updates, alerts, news, resources, education and related community affairs for members.

Lori MackDirector of SecurityM ResortCo-chair
Rick ShawOwnerAwareityCo-chair
Chaz WellingtonDual Rate Table Games Floor ManagerAriaMember
Caleb RealDirector of SecurityHilton Grand Vacations FlamingoMember
Gerald PiroAssistant Security Shift ManagerVdaraMember
Ray KesslerExecutive Director, Emergency Management-SecurityVenetianMember
Joseph ContiU.S. Regional Sales ManagerSECURAlertMember
Mabior AyuenManager of Public Area DepartmentVenetianMember

Technology Committee

The NHLA Technology Committee serves our members by ensuring new industry trends, technologies, current issues, and resources are made available to all of our members.

Shannon McCallumVolan TechnologiesCo-Chair
Susan RyanMGMRICo-Chair
JoAnn MorenoBoyd GamingIT Initiatives Product Manager-Hospitality Solutions
Robin DavisMGMRIExecutive Director of Application Support and DBA
Michael EllisHilton Grand Vacations/ElaraGeneral Manager
Alfred SmithCosmopolitanSr. Director-IT Applications
Franz BatchelorMGM GrandSecurity Manager/Surveillance Manager
Ryan HeidemanReact MobileVP of Sales
Philip HamlinSECURalertRegional Sales Manager
Rick ShawAwareityFounder/CEO/CDO
Ted LadomerskyIntech LVHead of Sales, Hotels and Institutions
Eric RobinsonFreshAir SensorsDirector of Sales
Richard O'BrienXpodigitalDirector of Business Development
Kathryn KoningSurferQuestCEO
Matt WardHospitality WiFiChief Development Officer
Diane EstnerDANNI EnterprisesOwner
Patricia LaRoccaBeekeeper
Kali DavisSurferQuestSr Business Manager
Dr. Joe BelBrunoFreshAir SensorsChief Technology Officer/Co-founder

Design and Construction Committee

The NHLA design and construction committee provides industry advice and guidance on new property design and construction as well as renovation of existing structures. The committee assists in ensuring alignment with standards and safety regulations along with introduction of design concepts and trends.  Members have expertise in various areas and will share their leadership, innovative ideas, and assistance with all of NHLA membership.

MeetaShahResorts WorldDirector of Architecture
MindyWilliamsBrightView Landscape ServicesBusiness Developer
CliffAtkinsonAble ServicesV.P. Strategic Partnerships
CinthyStaussCachet Studios, LLCPrincipal
FranzBatchelorMGM GrandSecurity Manager/Surveillance Manager
JackO’TooleFreshAir Smoking SensorsPresident
JenyaPauquet de VillejustSECURalertMarketing Manager
BrandiePattersonSurferquestSenior Vice President of Client Engagement

Read to lead Book Club Committee

Lynn GrayStandard TextileSales Executive Committee Chair
Mr. Kai ShieldVenetianHotel Manager
Amanda RodeTahiti VillageDigital Marketing Project Manager
Kayla PienaarVenetianSpecial Projects
Candice ImamUNLVAssistant Director of Alumni Engagement and Events
Mabior AyuenVenetianManager of Public Area Department

NHLA Women in Lodging Committees

NHLA Women in Lodging is the premier state-wide industry organization exclusively for female hospitality professionals. NHLA Women in Lodging provides the ideal forum to promote women’s leadership as well as professional career development. NHLA Women in Lodging offers a dynamic mentor program, seminars, workshops, networking events, community philanthropic involvement, and access to female industry leaders.

Mentor Committee

The WIL mentor committee helps to guide the activities and coordination of the mentor programs that are offered two times per year for the WIL members.

Philanthropy Committee

The WIL philanthropy committee leads the activities in support of the selected charitable organizations which may include donation drives, fundraising events and educational resources.

NHLA Emerging Leaders Committees

Emerging Leaders is a division of the Nevada Hotel and Lodging Association comprised of young industry professionals under the age of 36. Under the guidance of the NHLA staff, it exists to engage young professionals in the Nevada hospitality and support industries through the development of local resources including networking, mentorship, philanthropic and educational opportunities.

Emerging Leaders Council

The council is comprised of leaders from across the NHLA membership with responsibilities to include assisting in coordinating relevant events and providing resources for our younger leaders.

Mentor Committee

The mentor committee members help to coordinate activities related to the Emerging Leaders mentor program which is offered twice a year.

NHLF Committees

Fundraising Committee

The fundraising committee has the responsibility to meet the financial goal set each year. This is accomplished through soliciting and receiving monetary contributions from donors within and outside the hospitality industry.

Events/F&B Committee

The Events and Food and Beverage committee is responsible for creating, managing and coordinating events annually that generate funds for the foundation.  A minimum of one main event will take place and be developed into a signature event on an annual basis.  Smaller, more frequent events will be scheduled throughout the year with proceeds benefitting the foundation.

Education/Mentoring Committee

The education and mentor committee exists to develop and maintain the related foundation program components including scholarship application process, communication and administration.

Communication Committee

The communication committee is responsible for helping to develop, create and maintain the brand throughout all communication areas including website, social media and marketing or informational collateral.

To join a committee, please contact Diane Gandy, 702-430-4569 or

[email protected].

We welcome your participation, guidance, ideas and support.