Officers

Cynthia Mun (MC ’90) – Founder & Co-President, ASC Director of NV

Monty Simus (BR ’89) – Founder & Co-President

Peter Caravella (’90) – AYA Representative

Edward B. Chansky (’82) – Director

John DeVleming – Director, Advisory Board

Patricia Iannuzzi Director, Past President

Janet Merrill – Director

Jeanne Price – Director, Advisory Board

Wayne Willis – Director, Advisory Board

Johanna Wise – Director,, Northern NV Yale Club Representative

 

DIVIDER

Cynthia Mun (MC ’90) – Co-Founder, Co-President, ASC Director

Ms. Mun has two decades of experience in strategic and product marketing. She was most recently VP of Marketing for Tropicana Las Vegas and was responsible for overseeing the $125 million restoration and rebranding of the corporation. She served as Executive Director of Business Insights and Strategy at MGM Resorts International where she created and managed the research and strategy department that supported 22 entities within the MGM Resorts portfolio. Prior to joining the MGM Resorts, Ms. Mun acted as Leader of New Product Development at D&B where she led the development of new products and services for the $280 million Small Business division. She also launched Pandora.com as its Senior Vice President of Marketing. Ms Mun served as Director of Product Marketing and Management for Gemstar TV Guide International, where she led the strategic market development and launch of the first electronic book. She writes novels for children and is represented by The Bent Agency. She was appointed to the Nevada Commission on Tourism in 2018 by the former Governor, Brian Sandoval.

 

Monty Simus – Co-Founder, Co-President (BR ’89)

Educated at Yale University (Bachelor of Arts – Environmental History) and Harvard (Master in Public Policy – International Development), Mr. Simus has lived, worked, and traveled in more than fifty countries spanning Africa, China, South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast & Central Asia. He has experience in building and obtaining finance for technology/telecommunications start-ups, holding accountability for P&L management, and developing and deploying technology-related services for new emerging markets worldwide. During his career, Mr. Simus has held executive officer positions with the Yale Clubs of Hong Kong and Silicon Valley, and is presently also active in the Harvard Club of Nevada.

Possessing a keen interest in business, the environment, policy, and economic development of emerging economies, Mr. Simus has more recently started several entrepreneurial ventures to pursue his passions for environmental and conservation issues, primarily as they relate to freshwater scarcity, renewable energy, and national park policy. Working from a water-scarce base in Las Vegas with his wife and son, he is the founder of Water Politics (www.waterpolitics.com), an organization dedicated to the identification and analysis of geopolitical water issues arising from the world’s growing and vast water deficits, and is also a co-founder of SmartMarkets (www.smart-markets.com), an eco-preneurial venture that applies web 2.0 technology and online social networking innovations to motivate energy & water conservation.

 

Peter Caravella

Dr. Peter Caravella graduated from Yale in 1990 with a B.A. in Economics.  While at Yale, he earned 3 varsity letters in Baseball and 2 in Football, as well as being All Ivy in Football.  In his senior year, Yale Football won the Ivy League Championship.  After a short stint in Navy Flight school, Dr. Caravella entered the field of medicine.  He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD in1997.  He completed his General Surgery residency at St Louis University in 2002.  He worked as a general surgeon in Las Vegas from 2002-2005.  He then completed his Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship at Loyola University in Chicago in 2007. Dr. Caravella returned to Las Vegas and cofounded Las Vegas Surgical Associates in 2010.

 

Edward B. Chansky (’82)

Ed practices in the areas of advertising, promotion, sweepstakes, intellectual property, internet and trade regulation law, including charitable promotions, protection and licensing of trademarks and copyrights worldwide, electronic commerce, and antitrust law. In 2008, he joined Greenberg Traurig’s Las Vegas office after 20 years practicing in Connecticut.

A trusted advisor to many national advertisers and not-for-profit organizations in the field of cause-related marketing, Ed is a frequent speaker at many national seminars and conferences on advertising and promotion law topics, including charitable promotions, sweepstakes, premium production, coupon and rebate offers. He is a co-author of the legal chapter in the Sales Promotion Handbook (Dartnell, 8th Ed. 1994). He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Promotion Marketing Association. From 1998-2001 he served as chair of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association.

Ed graduated from Yale University (summa cum laude and phi beta kappa) in 1982, and from Harvard Law School (cum laude) in 1987. He also studied at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, as a Rotary International Foundation Scholarship Fellow. He served as a law clerk for Associate Justice Ruth I. Abrams of the Massachusetts Judicial Court. He is an Associate Fellow of Berkeley College at Yale University, and worked for many years as a part-time musician (trombone) playing everything from grand opera to rhythm and blues.

 

John DeVleming

John DeVleming is a former diplomat, lawyer, investment partner, girls’ volleyball club director and school board trustee.  Law was the least fun.  He is married to Kathleen Fortier DeVleming, whom he met in Ethiopia in the Peace Corps.  They have five adult children.  At Yale he took a Division IV major combining philosophy, psychology and political science, but far more important he rowed 7 seat on the lightweight Henley team and stroked the heavyweights against Harvard.  In his dotage he occupies himself with golf, wine, volunteer trusteeships and travel.

 

Patricia Iannuzzi

Ms. Iannuzzi has been Dean of the University Libraries at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) since February 2005. She has a 30-year career as a librarian and educator, in administrative and faculty positions in libraries at the University of California, Berkeley; Florida International University; Yale University; and Tufts University. She has an undergraduate degree from Yale University and an M.S. in Information Science from Simmons College

 

Janet Merrill (TD)

Ms. Merrill is a Senior Deputy Attorney General for the State of Nevada, Office of Attorney General, currently working in eminent domain, representing the Nevada Department of Transportation.  In 1993, she graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Behavior and Environmental Studies.   Thereafter, Janet worked as a civilian Housing Management Specialist for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command in San Diego and then as a Senior Conservation Programs Analyst for the Southern Nevada Water Authority/Las Vegas Valley Water District.

In 2003, Janet attended Albany Law School of Union University obtaining her Juris Doctorate.  Beginning in 2007 and prior to working for the State of Nevada, Janet represented large corporations, small businesses and individuals in civil litigation including real estate, business torts, intellectual property, tenant/land, employment, contract, uniform commercial code, homeowners association foreclosures and banking.

 

Jeanne Frazier Price

Jeanne Frazier Price is the Wiener-Rogers Law Library Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  She directs the law library and teaches research and writing in business contexts.  She previously served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Boyd School of Law.  Her research interests focus on language and the law.  Before joining UNLV, Professor Price was at the University of Texas School of Law.  A member of the Texas bar, Professor Price practiced corporate and securities law in Houston and overseas.

 

Wayne Willis

Wayne started his career after graduating in the mid-1970s from the Yale Law School and the Yale Graduate School, with degrees in law and business.

Two years later, after a legal clerkship with the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and a year practicing corporate law in a leading California law firm, Wayne returned to his business roots by co-founding, with his law school classmate Joel Hyatt, the successful network of legal clinics — Hyatt Legal Services.

At Hyatt, Wayne served in several roles — operations, administration, finance, training and “legal systems” — which was the process engineering and technology behind the low-cost structure of the company.   The firm grew to be the second largest law firm in the world in seven years, to over 200 offices in 23 states.

In 1990, Wayne sold his interest in the firm and invested in a small telecommunications firm in Cleveland, Voice-Tel Enterprises, and as President, he led the growth of the company from $3m in revenues to over $60m in 4 years, including internationally, setting the stage for the successful sale of the company to Premiere Technologies (NASDAQ: PTEK) for $216m.

During his tenure at Voice-Tel, Wayne also led the establishment of the Voice-Tel Network, a proprietary network that interconnected over 1oo voicemail nodes around the world.

Since 1996, Wayne has invested in, advised, managed, acquired, divested, or directed (from the Board of Directors) literally dozens of companies, most of them “network-service-based” companies of the sort supported by Nodal Partners.

 

Johanna Wise

Johanna is a recent transplant to Reno, Nevada, having spent roughly the latter ½ of her life in Silicon Valley and the first ½ on the East Coast in New York City, New Haven, and Boston (with a brief stint in Texas).

Johanna holds a BS in Applied Mathematics from Yale University, an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, and a Certificate in Small Business Management from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Her career includes:

  • Management Consulting at Bain & Company in Boston, MA and Strategic Decisions Group in Menlo Park, CA,
  • Mergers and Acquisitions and Financial Analysis at Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers in New York City
  • Brand Management at Frito-Lay in Dallas, TX.

She is presently CEO of Connect•Work•Thrive, a company that helps mid-career professionals change careers or return to the workforce after a career break.

Johanna is a founding Council member of Yale Women: a Global Network of Yale Alumnae, the immediate past President of the Yale Club of Silicon Valley, and served for 10 years as the ASC Director for Northern California and Reno, Nevada. She’s excited about helping to create a vibrant community of Yale alums in Northern Nevada!