Associate Board

Amy Becker
Associate Board President

Amy Becker

Sarah Scott
Associate Board Vice President

Sarah Scott

Claudia Soler
Associate Board Secretary

Claudia Soler

Jordan Moore

Jordan Moore

Nachely Martinez
Alumni Vice President

Nachely Martinez

Karen Giselle Nava

Karen Giselle Nava

Malek Sadri

Malek Sadri

Mercedes Sanchez

Mercedes Sanchez

Andrea Rocca Capano

Andrea Rocca Capano

John Mautner

Keith Oliver

Keith Oliver

Marjorie Alzquizalas

Marjorie Alzquizalas

Shaina Graham

Shaina Graham

Ivana Cvejic

Sandra Hinklebein

Maria Miranda

Maria Miranda

Vildan Buric

Vildan Buric

Marc Suciu

AJ Song

AJ Song

Alexandria Von Mohr

Emily Hewitt

Ben Sison

Ben Sison

Amy Becker

Associate Board President

Amy Becker

Senior Image Consultant, C I N T A S Corporation

Amy Becker has a passion for helping others discover the best in themselves. Growing up with an autistic brother, Amy learned patience very quickly. Raised in Chicago, she was always involved with the Midwest Special Olympics to support her brother. It was there that she discovered her love for helping others.

As an Image Consultant at Cintas, Amy knows that getting dressed for the work day sets a first impression. Her goal is to build someone up so strong that they never feel the need to question themselves. She is driven to help others discover self-confidence. She is a passionate advocate for helping mentor others to find success in their chosen field. One of Amy’s true passions is working with emerging leaders and helping them discover what drives them. She is committed in mentoring woman through the Global Gaming Woman. For the past three years Amy has provided suiting and accessories for each Epicurean Charitable Foundation scholarship recipient.

Amy will now continue to support the Epicurean Charitable Foundation, by serving as the inaugural President of Associate Board.

Sarah Scott

Associate Board Vice President

Sarah Scott

Account Executive – Foodservice, General Mills

Sarah Scott has lived in the Las Vegas area for over twenty five years and has worked in foodservice for both Kraft Foods and ConAgra Foods.  Currently employed at KeyImpact, Sales & Systems, a National Food Broker, she was hired to develop the Las Vegas office in the fall of 2013.  In 2017, she was promoted to VP of Casino and Gaming and in which she works with Casino headquarters to develop pricing programs, specs and compliance on a national level.

She is married to Joe Scott and they reside at Red Rock Country Club and enjoy golf, working out, travel, family and friends.

Claudia Soler

Associate Board Secretary

Claudia Soler

The Venetian Resort & Casino

Claudia, an ECF graduate, completed her Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Administration, at UNLV, in 2014. During her time as an Epicurean Student, she was awarded the Food and Beverage Educational Experience hosted by Avero, New York City. She was accompanied by her Epicuren Mentor and fellow industry professionals. In addition to being a full time student at UNLV, Claudia worked at the Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas and obtain an internship at the Ritz Carlton, ABAMA, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. Upon graduating, Claudia took a short leave from the hospitality industry, as she consulted for retail management training. All came full circle for Claudia, as she connected with Mr. Kelly Jones, an Epicurean Board Member, and worked closely with Kelly, as his Executive Assistant and Project Director.

Claudia has since then returned to the hospitality industry, as she is now the Office Manager for Housekeeping Administration at The Venetian Resort. Claudia is extremely excited to continue her partnership with Epicurean Foundation and to give back to an organization that has supported her throughout the years.

Jordan Moore

Jordan Moore

Assistant to the Director at City of Las Vegas Department of Youth Development and Social Innovation

Jordan Moore is an alumni graduate of the Epicurean Charitable Foundation. After spending her undergraduate years in the hospitality industry and graduating from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) in 2014, she received an offer to work for the city of Las Vegas which has allowed her to fulfill her passion to serve her community. In this capacity Ms. Moore would be able to coordinate events for the City while fulfilling her passion to serve the community.

Jordan serves as the Assistant to the Director of the City of Las Vegas Department of Youth Development and Social Innovation established in January 2016 to formalize efforts around educational supports and community based problem solving.  Some of her more notable efforts accomplishments include leading efforts for winning the All- America City Award- a first for the State of Nevada, coordinating the October 1 Prayer Vigil with Vice President Mike Pence, serving as a founding board member for Mission High School (one of the nation’s only public recovery high schools) and working with many companies businesses on their corporate social responsibility efforts.

Jordan holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Hospitality Administration and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Public Administration.

Nachely Martinez

Alumni Vice President

Nachely Martinez

Executive Meetings Manager at The Venetian® Resort Las Vegas

Cuban born and Vegas raised, Nachely joined The Venetian Resort in June of 2010 as a Front Desk Agent. She was later promoted to Front Desk Manager after completing her Bachelors of Science in Hotel Administration in 2013 from UNLV. She found a passion for learning and development as the Training Manager for the Front Office where she revamped the department training program and trained over 80 new hires in the first year. She took her passion for learning and development further as the Special Projects Manager for the Hotel Operations division where she created, delivered, and administered learning opportunities for over 2,500 team members.

In her role, she continues to support the divisional projects, financials, and team member engagement. Nachely received her MBA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and has recently been promoted to Executive Meetings Manager at The Venetian.

Karen Giselle Nava

Karen Giselle Nava

The Venetian Resort & Casino

Karen Nava, an ECF alumnae herself, and originally from California, has used her past advertises to influence and support other young aspiring leaders. Since Freshman year of college, Karen has always been involved in organizations that support higher education and leadership. She has held multiple leadership roles such as President and Vice President of UNLV’s Chapter of National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH) and has been awarded various honors, including Vegas Seven Magazine’s 1 out of 25 “Most Intriguing Person” in the Vegas Valley.

In addition to dedicating her time to organizations, Karen is also a Front Desk Agent at The Venetian | Palazzo.

Malek Sadri

Malek Sadri

Wynn | Encore Concierge Manager

Malek, an ECF recipient in 2009, has held multiple roles at resorts on the Las Vegas Strip, all while servicing the community. Malek, is most excited about joining the Associate Board of ECF, to inspire the younger generation of the hospitality industry and to support the students to become more active in the community. In addition to supporting ECF, Malek, also volunteers his time by speaking against bullying, at schools across the Clark County School District.

Currently holding the title as Concierge Manager, Night Operations for Wynn | Encore, Malek, will also be expanding his knowledge and network this fall, by starting his MBA Program, at UNLV.

Mercedes Sanchez

Mercedes Sanchez

Wedding and Social Sales Manager at Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos

Mercedes Sanchez is a proud alumna of the Epicurean Charitable Foundation, class of 2015. Mercedes obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Hospitality Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Upon graduation, she accepted a position with Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts. Her first role was as a Food and Beverage Manager in Training at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis. After completing the MIT program, she transferred into catering sales at Four Seasons Hotel Seattle, which is the only 5-star hotel in the Pacific Northwest. During her time in this role, Mercedes earned Top Catering Sales Performer for the Americas, for Quarter 1 and Quarter 2 of 2019.

Mercedes is currently serving as Wedding and Social Sales Manager on the opening team for Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos, Costa Palmas, Mexico, opening in November 2019. Ms. Sanchez is honored to serve as inaugural associate board member and give back to the organization that provided her with a priceless opportunity.

Andrea Rocca Capano

Andrea Rocca Capano

The Palms

College/University: UNLV Class of 2017
Major/Minor: Hospitality Management
High School: Valley High School
Mentor: Joe Romano
Fun Fact: Andrea is an active member of Alpha Delta Pi and volunteers her time with the Ronald McDonald House charities. She placed third in a collegiate competition for DECA and made the dean’s list throughout her freshman year.

I owe a lot of my career to Epicurean Charitable Foundation and to past mentors who opened doors for me early on in my career.

John Mautner

President and Founder, COSi (Cycle-of-Success Institute)

Keith Oliver

Keith Oliver

Sr. Vice President, Commercial Division Corp, Preventative Pest

Marjorie Alzquizalas

Marjorie Alzquizalas

Area Manager, EDRINGTON

Honored to have Marjorie join the ECF Associate Board of Directors – as her self proclaimed inner rebel, is an inspiration to others. Originally from the Philippines, Marjorie studied Business Management and Mastered in both Finance and Marketing – which became the stepping stone, for her very successful career in the spirits industry. After working 10 years at Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits as Director of Trade Development, she joined Edrington America, which is owned by the biggest Charitable Trust in Scotland.

Currently, Marjorie holds the title of Area Manager and is also involved in executing programs in accounts that generate funds to support local and national charities.

Shaina Graham

Shaina Graham

Assistant Director Marketing and Special Events, Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits of Nevada

Ivana Cvejic

Co-Founder & Recruiter, Renhead

Ivana Cvejic is Co-Founder of Renhead, an end to end vendor and workforce management technology provider headquartered in Las Vegas, NV. An expert in the recruiting and staffing industry, Ivana has built her decades-long career building sales strategy while focusing on talent development for major companies like Wells Fargo and Morgan Stanley. Her natural ability to uncover efficiencies in businesses of all types has allowed her to follow her passion for people and business which carries into the culture that Renhead was built on.

Ivana is most passionate about joining ECF because of the people, leadership development, and being part of a great cause that gives back and helps a community flourish. She is excited to help build the program in terms of donors and help with branding within the expansion effort. Ivana believes that with proper education and employment opportunities for Nevada’s students we can help better our community overall.

Ivana is a graduate from the University of California - Riverside, with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. She lives with her husband primarily in Las Vegas, NV and works from their cattle ranch in NY State during the summer.

Sandra Hinklebein

President / Owner, Market Right Wines Inc.

Maria Miranda

Maria Miranda

College/University: University of Nevada Las Vegas
Major/Minor: Hospitality Management
High School: Valley High School
Mentor: Ken Johnson
Fun Fact: Maria is a brilliant young woman with a 4.531 GPA who plans to pursue a degree in hospitality management. Maria has faced many obstacles but is thankful for the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program giving her the opportunity to be able to live her dream and go to school. She completed her internship at Golden Nugget Las Vegas and volunteers her time at events like Get Healthy, Get Covered. Her biggest goal is to become a Vice President of Human Resources at a large property. She is currently an Executive Assistant at Kelley Jones Hospitality.

Vildan Buric

Vildan Buric

Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at Green Valley Ranch Casino

As an ECF and Cum Laude Graduate from UNLV, Vildan has continuously achieved milestones, since his first ever Food and Beverage assignment. Currently, Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at Green Valley Ranch, Spa and Casino, Vildan has completed is a level one Sommelier and Cicerone Certifications. Vildan is true leader, that all of our current students can call a mentor.

Vildan is now giving back to the foundation, by serving as an Associate Alumni Member.

Marc Suciu

AJ Song

AJ Song

Alexandria Von Mohr

Attorney at Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC.

As an past ECF student, Alexandria spent her undergraduate years at UNLV studying hospitality and working for established gaming companies in the Las Vegas Valley. During this time, she was exposed to the legal side of the hospitality industry, which inspired her to embark on her journey in the legal profession. After completing her hospitality degree summa cum laude, which was possible because of the support she received from ECF, she went on to attend law school at the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV.

During law school Alexandria externed at the United States District Court and the Executive Office of Immigration Review, mediated cases in federal and family court, and volunteered at the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. Graduating magna cum laude, she has since become a licensed attorney and practices in Howard & Howard Attorney PLLC’s Las Vegas office.

Alexandria currently lives in Las Vegas with her husband, a fellow hospitality graduate. They have each found that despite being in nontraditional hospitality industries, their hospitality experiences have proven to be invaluable. They have also found that they share a passion for traveling around Asia and frequenting Chinatown.

Emily Hewitt

College/University: Johnson & Wales University Class of 2014
Major/Minor: Hospitality Administration; Culinary Arts Management
High School: Boulder City High School
Mentor: Scott Farber
Fun Fact: Emily earned an Associate of Arts degree in culinary arts management in May of 2013 and has been on the dean’s list during every trimester of college. She serves as a teaching assistant and is responsible for assisting with various events including Chef’s Choice and Girl Scout Iron Cooking Competitions.

Ben Sison

Ben Sison

College/University: UNLV Class of 2019
Major/Minor: Hospitality Management
High School: Southwest Career and Technical Academy
Mentor: Michael Kennedy, Joseph Romano
Fun Fact: Benjamin’s father is an entertainer, playing with the likes of Steven Tyler and James Brown, and allowed Sison to become exposed to the entertainment and hospitality industry at a young age.

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