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Rebecca Clifford-Cruz

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Rebecca is the library services specialist for the Las Vegas Sun and Greenspun Media Group. In addition to archiving stories and images, conducting research and providing content, she handles licensing and reprint requests from the public and is the liaison between the newsroom and professional journalism organizations. Prior to joining the Sun in 1999 she was a legal librarian in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Nonprofit health care executive relishes 'opportunity to make a difference'
Monday, Nov. 19, 2018
The HIE in HealtHIE Nevada stands for Health Information Exchange, which helps health care providers coordinate patient care by connecting them with each other and sharing medical records in a secure, accurate manner. Michael Gagnon, executive director of HealtHIE Nevada, talked to us about the satisfaction he receives from working in the nonprofit sector and how much money it would take to develop a fully integrated, statewide network of health information. 
IT exec: ‘Your reputation, ethics and integrity are invaluable and irreplaceable assets’
Monday, Nov. 5, 2018
When Ngoni Murandu was a teenager, his father bought him an Apple II computer, because he wanted his son to be an accountant. But the boy was captivated by the machine itself.
Wedding planner: Satisfaction is worth the sacrifice
Monday, Oct. 29, 2018
Love brought Melody Williams to Las Vegas, so it's only fitting that she dedicates her days — and weekends, and sometimes holidays — to fulfilling couples' visions of love on their wedding day.
Spiritual entrepreneur brings worldly retail to Las Vegas Valley
Monday, Oct. 22, 2018
Vladi Bergman, the founder and CEO of Karma and Luck, was born in Ukraine and grew up in Israel. His passion is to travel the world. “I consider it a blessing to be exposed to all forms of religion and spiritual beliefs,” he said. Thus, he created Karma and Luck to be a spiritual world in retail that celebrates all cultures.
All-inclusive venue aims to make clients' events stress-free
Monday, Oct. 15, 2018
Layla’s Palace Banquet Hall is an all-inclusive venue that hosts wedding ceremonies and receptions, quinceañeras, sweet 16, bar/bat-mitzvahs, debutantes, engagement parties, holiday parties and more.
Restaurateur: 'Work hard, be kind, be ethical and know when to celebrate'
Monday, Oct. 8, 2018
Debbie Roxarzade named her restaurant after her daughter, but her business is no small, family affair. She sees beyond Southern Nevada.
HOA company: "Many times a simple conversation can solve the problem"
Monday, Oct. 1, 2018
Meet CAMCO, a full-service HOA management company that has taken to heart the mission of helping victims of the Oct. 1 mass shooting on the Strip.
Construction company owner leads the way for women in a male-dominated industry
Monday, Sept. 24, 2018
In 2003, the opportunity arose for Stacey Lindburg to acquire C and S Company. She was a seasoned food and beverage executive but didn't have much experience in the construction industry. Still, she took a chance on herself and trusted her capabilities.
Health care attorney: 'Running a business is similar to running a marathon'
Monday, Sept. 17, 2018
Ayesha Mehdi, principal attorney at Frontier Health Law, talks about some of the people who have inspired her, explains why Nevada is the perfect place for her to practice, and shares a quote from Abraham Lincoln that sums up her philosophy representing clients.
Relationships, consistency are key to plumbing company's staying power
Monday, Sept. 3, 2018
Alexis and Andrew Aranda say Pure Plumbing embodies 4 core values: service, fun, growth and honor.
Station Casinos' first female pit boss, now an executive, has never forgotten where she started
Monday, Aug. 27, 2018
The vice president and general manager of Fiesta Henderson talks about changes at the property, its popularity with truckers and her affinity for Spain.
Business owner roped into industry by instant gratification that comes with makeup artistry
Monday, Aug. 20, 2018
Lissette Waugh opened L Makeup Institute and Cosmetic Store to fill a void in Southern Nevada for makeup artistry and effects education.
Attorney's military training laid foundation for career in public and private sectors
Monday, Aug. 13, 2018
Greg Brower, a shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, joined the firm after his third stint with the U.S. Department of Justice. He splits his time between the firm’s offices in Nevada and Washington, D.C., and was recently named co-chair of its Government Investigations & White Collar Group.
Pet food franchisee advises: Fresh is best
Monday, Aug. 6, 2018
Pet Wants was created in 2010 when Michele Hobbs and Amanda Broughton noticed some serious health issues with their pets. They spent several thousand dollars on treatment before taking matters into their own hands and say they discovered the problem was low nutritional value in their pet food.
Pediatric surgeon: In medicine, cultivate relationships as well as technology
Monday, July 30, 2018
Compared with open surgery, Dr. Michael Scheidler says, robotic procedures typically result in smaller incisions with minimal scarring, less blood loss and a reduced need for narcotic pain medications.
Veteran dedicated to improving lives of children, Gold Star families in Southern Nevada
Monday, July 23, 2018
Meet John Coogan, who heads two local nonprofit organizations — the Golden Knights Foundation and Folded Flag Foundation.
Family-owned business takes chef's approach to whiskey-making
Monday, July 16, 2018
On his wife’s suggestion, Nik Strauser set out to learn all he could about the art of distilling. It occurred to him that distilling relied on the same skills as cooking. He saw all the equipment — the still, mash tun, fermenters and grain mill — as cooking equipment.
Real estate boss: You can’t finish the race if you don’t get out of the starting box
Monday, July 2, 2018
Jaimee Yoshizawa, president and sole stockholder of The Red Ltd., established her multipurpose firm in 2013. With new expansions happening throughout Nevada, she plans developments for the locals who need them, she says.
Executive director puts his stamp on Golden Rainbow
Friday, June 22, 2018
The executive director of Golden Rainbow talks about the organization's upcoming fundraising events, his passion for helping those living with HIV/AIDS, and the increasing rate of syphilis and chlamydia transmission.
PR pro's advice: Read everything, and be mindful of the power and responsibility of social media
Monday, June 18, 2018
The owner of JP Public Relations talks about her work with nonprofit organizations and offers advice for those looking to enter the field.
Las Vegas native makes apparel for locals to show their city pride
Monday, June 11, 2018
Krystal Rosenthal was born and raised in Las Vegas, and she's betting there are more people like her than most people think. She started her apparel company with the idea in mind that locals would want to show their pride in Las Vegas the way other cities' residents do, and that Las Vegas apparel doesn't have to be glittery souvenirs of the Strip.
A sweet career path: From the Army to insurance to doughnuts
Monday, June 4, 2018
After leaving the Army, Mark Rothermel, who earned his master’s degree in business administration, took a job designing products for insurance companies. But he realized he didn’t fit in the ...
Memorial-cleaning service gives grieving families one less thing to worry about
Monday, May 28, 2018
Lisa and Tim Anderson have worked in the cemetery and funeral industry for more than 20 years. In that time, they discovered a void that could be filled in memorial upkeep, and so in 2016, they launched Headstone Cleaners.
Cybersecurity firm's message: 'Theft today is not just about robbing a house or stealing a car'
Monday, May 21, 2018
In 2009, Victor Chaltiel came up with the idea to start an email security service that protects emails from getting intercepted or hacked, and allows the sender to track the email chain. In 2017, three years after his death, his wife completed that work.
Nonprofit CEO: 'Health care will help us diversify our economy and attract new industries'
Monday, May 14, 2018
The CEO of Las Vegas HEALS talks about the next big thing in health care in Las Vegas, the advantages of the nonprofit's new office location, and what Southern Nevada can learn from Pittsburgh, Pa.
Development on west side could unearth a resort gem for tourists
Monday, May 7, 2018
Over the past year, Michelle Bacigalupi has overseen major renovations at JW Marriott/Rampart Casino to keep up with the quickening pace of development in Summerlin.
Michelle Bacigalupi talks renovations at Summerlin casino and resort
Monday, May 7, 2018
Michelle Bacigalupi is vice president and assistant general manager at Rampart Casino/JW Marriott, an established commodity for locals on the west side of town but not necessarily well-known to Southern Nevada tourists. Over the past year, Bacigalupi has overseen major renovations at the property to keep up with the quickening pace of development in Summerlin....
This health care team is 'bringing back the house call'
Monday, April 30, 2018
DispatchHealth brings treatment to the privacy and comfort of your home, your workplace or to a senior-living community.
Chef's mantra: Never lose touch with your style
Monday, April 23, 2018
The locals favorite Bratalian reopened recently and returned focus to the traditional Italian dishes chef Carla Pellegrino loves.
Honky tonk hairstylist excited to help 'decide the direction' of downtown Las Vegas
Monday, April 9, 2018
Salon owner Larry Reha opens up about the winding road he took to owning a successful business, talks about what sets Makeshift Union apart and explains why he is never offended when a client doesn't tip.
Commercial real estate attorney: Without litigators, negotiations are vulnerable
Monday, April 2, 2018
The of counsel for commercial real estate at Bailey Kennedy talks about the influx of large, national companies in Clark County and ways tenants can maximize the value of their rental agreements.
MGM executive's philosophy: 'Work hard, play hard'
Monday, March 26, 2018
The corporate director of entertainment brand strategy at MGM Resorts International talks about homeless in Southern Nevada, personal feelings in business and the gratification of seeing her creations dot the landscape of Las Vegas.
For dentist, 'Vegas is home, and home is family'
Monday, March 19, 2018
For husband and wife R.J. Guideng and Audrey Nghiem, marrying traditional values with modern technology gives their dental practice a familial quality they depend on for success.
Entrepreneur: 'The same things that make what I am doing scary are the things that make it special'
Monday, March 12, 2018
Natalia Harris spent 12 years in marketing for the nightlife industry — event planning, event production, artist relations and more. So she knows what people who want to be seen want to look like.
College professor delights in empowering students
Monday, March 5, 2018
The founder, president and executive director of the Cultural Diversity Foundation talks about the organization's upcoming wine tasting fundraiser, provides tips for novice wine shoppers and shares a moving success story of her organization's scholarship program.
New concept in real estate can serve homeowners' wanderlust
Monday, Feb. 26, 2018
Opendoor’s founder and CEO, Eric Wu, bought his first house at 19 and was instantly hooked. He bought 20 homes within the next three years and went on to start two real estate technology companies. After selling ...
Power broker: 'Each of us has a profound effect on everyone we interact with every day'
Monday, Feb. 19, 2018
The former CEO of NV Energy talks about the success of the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, diversifying Southern Nevada's economy and the legacy each person has the opportunity to leave.
PBS content director enjoys 'contributing to national conversations'
Monday, Feb. 12, 2018
The content director at Vegas PBS talks about events planned for the network's 50th anniversary, changes coming in programming, and her life as a construction worker.
Mining boss walking in footprints of activist grandfather
Monday, Feb. 5, 2018
The president of Barrick USA talks about the company's charitable mission, expansion plans and a few of the people he most admires.
Brand specialist’s advice: Never stop marketing
Monday, Jan. 29, 2018
The founder of FIG Brand Strategy Firm talks about her first catering experience, the evolution of Las Vegas’ culinary scene and her No. 1 tip for restaurant branding and expansion.
Apparel designer: ‘All I need is my sketchbook and a pen’
Monday, Jan. 29, 2018
Ermelinda Manos and her team of seamstresses and pattern makers create uniforms that don’t conform to others’ expectations.
PR pro: Don’t underestimate social media
Monday, Jan. 22, 2018
The founder of Your Marketing Liaison talks about the value of social media for businesses, the importance of self-confidence in corporate interactions and her passion for helping people who suffer from addiction.
Fitness instructor: ‘You can stop wondering how Cirque acrobats do what they do’
Monday, Jan. 22, 2018
Ever wonder if you had the ability to perform some of the stunts seen in Cirque du Soleil shows? Marco, Paulo and Carmita Lorador are longtime circus performers whose fitness studio can teach you how.
Crafty restaurant taps into the Las Vegas food scene
Monday, Jan. 15, 2018
Chris Barish and Chef Joe Isidori have brought crazy shakes and burger salads to the Strip.
Exec's thrills: Business, sports, fast cars, educating children
Monday, Jan. 15, 2018
The president and chief operating officer of SpeedVegas talks about his appreciation for customer service, names his favorite car to drive and explains his passion for improving education in Nevada.
'Serial entrepreneur' is bullish on future of cannabis industry
Monday, Jan. 8, 2018
There’s still a stigma about using cannabis, says Peter Findley, managing partner of Exhale Nevada, which cultivates, produces and sells marijuana. And Findley wants to help break that ...
Franchisee leaves legal career to share in the female experience
Monday, Jan. 8, 2018
Nancy Ramirez Ayala spent more than 20 years working as an attorney, but left her career to open a location of the successful hair styling franchise. And she couldn’t be more pleased.
Gym owner's mantra: Put passion and values into business
Monday, Jan. 1, 2018
For Jen Barnet, there’s no point in going into business unless you are passionate about the product or service you are offering, as well as the community in which you’re offering it.
There’s no escaping it: Businesses need raving fans
Monday, Jan. 1, 2018
The president of Escape Reality USA talks about the increasing popularity of escape rooms in the United States and abroad, explains why he chose Las Vegas as his company headquarters, and shares his self-described nerdy qualities.
Beautiful workplace blooms in the desert
Monday, Dec. 25, 2017
Ginger Melien was a Wall Street executive and Chelli Wolford was chief strategist for her brother, music star Pitbull. The two met through a mutual friend, and Wolford shared her idea of creating a co-working space for women. Thus, Bloom was born.

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