Board of Directors

Dionne Proper

Dionne Proper

Board Chair

Senior Human Resources Business Partner, Southern Glazer’s Wine, Spirits and Beer

Dionne is a Senior Human Resources Business Partner for Southern Glazer’s Wine, Spirits and Beer. During her time at Southern Glazer’s, she has advocated for and participated in community relations partnerships and Diversity and Inclusion initiatives nationwide. She is a founding member of CHEERS to Diversity, Nevada Chapter and CHEERS to Black Excellence, National Chapter. Prior to joining Southern Glazer’s in 2014, Dionne held similar roles at Downtown Grand & Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The foundation of Dionne’s professional background comes via an extensive career in retail sales management.

Dionne attended The George Washington University and was born and raised in our nation’s capitol, Washington, DC. Dionne has been a proud resident of Las Vegas since 2000 and married her hometown sweetheart here in 2002. Since relocating to Las Vegas, Dionne has been an active member of our community most recently participating in Leadership Las Vegas class of 2020. As a proud mom of two teenage girls, she considers education and elevating women in the community as not only her passions, but her legacy.

Fun Facts: Dionne enjoys sports and music. She can be heard cheering our Vegas Golden Knights from afar and has an ongoing game of music “tag” with several fellow music lovers.

Robin Didden

Robin Didden

Board Vice-Chair

SVP, Human Resources Executive
Bank of America

Robin has been a Human Resources Executive with Bank of America since 1993. In that time, her career focus has steadily been on helping teammates reach their maximum potential. She leads a national Human Resources team supporting Financial Center and Investments teammates. She has led teams in Learning, Leadership Development, Recruiting, Compensation, and Employee Relations work. She is also the Executive Sponsor of the Las Vegas chapter of LEAD for Women Employee Network.

Robin attended the University of Florida, majoring in International Political Science and Mass Communications.

Fun Facts: Robin has been involved with Dress for Success in other cities. She loves going on hikes and exploring the landscape with her two dogs.

Dolores Campuzano-Pignatello

Dolores Campuzano-Pignatello

Success Showcase Chair

Executive Director of Banquet Operations and Property Ambassador for Community Involvement, Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

Dolores has worked in the Hospitality/Food and Beverage Industry for over 27 years. Prior to the Cosmopolitan, Dolores was with MGM Resorts International for over 15 years at 3 of their Luxury Properties (Bellagio, Mandalay Bay, and The Mirage). Other previous employers include Pebble Beach Resorts, Hard Rock Resorts, and Walt Disney World Resorts.

Dolores has lived in Las Vegas for over 30 years. She is a Basic Academy of International Studies High School Graduate ‘94 and participated in the first Latino Youth Leadership Conference from the Latin Chamber of Commerce in ‘94.

She is a UNLV Alumni ‘00 where she received her Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration as well as studied Hospitality courses abroad for various semesters. She went through the very distinguished Disney University Program in ‘00 and received certified training in Business Etiquette in ‘11.

She is an MGM Resorts International Leadership Institute Alumni ‘12 and a Leadership Las Vegas Alumni ’16.

She is a mentor and advocate to various individuals in various leadership roles throughout the Hospitality Industry and within the community.

Fun Facts: She is married to Joseph Pignatello and the proud 3 rd parent of 6 incredible children (Joey, Kati, Zach, Joshua, Nina, and Tony) and 3 fur babies – Gatsby – Poodle, Louie – Yorkie and Tiffany – Chihuahua.

Dawn M Britt

Dawn M Britt

Little Black Dress Club Chair

Founder/CEO, OneSeven Agency

“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” – Coco Chanel

With a hands-on approach to doing business, Dawn Britt oversees client strategy and crisis communications while empowering and developing a strong team of practitioners within OneSeven Agency. Her refreshingly sincere, straightforward approach has resulted in affiliations with countless well-known industry movers and shakers, along with meaningful partnerships and placements for her clients.

With more than 20 years in the PR and marketing game, Britt helms a dynamic agency, providing a diverse set of clientele with innovative representation. Throughout her career, she’s worked with a who’s who of distinguished brands and non-profits, including celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse’s restaurants, global company ONE Group STK restaurants, Foxwoods Resort & Casino, “Top Chef” contestant Chef John Tesar and his award-winning restaurant, Knife Dallas, 50 Eggs Hospitality Group, Bridge Counseling, Golden Rainbow, AFAN, Department of Family Services, Keep Memory Alive which supports The Cleveland Clinic, NPHY, Fashion Show Mall, Grand Canal Shoppes, Yamashiro Hollywood, Sugar Factory, Pandora Jewelry, Givenchy, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Viceroy L’ermitage, Michael Boychuck Color Salon, Silverton, Lyft rideshare, Blue Desert Cabo luxury villas, Cipriani and Lawry’s Restaurants.

Britt was the Executive Corporate Director of Communications for Fortune 100 Sands Corp., where she was a driving force behind the $1.9 billion Palazzo grand opening. She created OneSeven Agency to provide clients with what she sought while in-house, giving her an innate ability to both process and produce visionary service for her client’s goals. Always looking ahead to “what’s next,” Britt’s digital team was one of the first to incorporate digital influencers in measurable contracted campaigns in the Las Vegas market.

Named PRSA’s “PR Practitioner of the Year,” Britt has lectured to UNLV’s Journalism and Media Studies program, served as President-Elect for the PRSA Las Vegas Valley Chapter and was an advocate at the Global Gaming Expo. She was a board member and marketing chair for the Las Vegas Fashion Council and is actively involved as a board member for the Las Vegas Chapter of Dress For Success in addition to fundraising and volunteering efforts for numerous charities.

Britt spends quality time with her partner, H Farahi, and their shih tzu, MeiLi, while touring vineyards, hosting parties, practicing pilates, traveling and hitting the dining scene.

Lezlie Young

Board Member

Vice President of Guest Experience, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

Lezlie is the Vice President of Guest Experience for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. In this role, she oversees partner relations and leads the convention services, registration services, and customer experience services teams. She is a dynamic executive – passionate about guest service, associate engagement, and leadership development.

Prior to joining the Authority, Lezlie founded LCY Solutions, LLC where she supported both non-profit and for-profit organizations with operational insights, process improvements, executive coaching, and leadership and guest service training. Lezlie acted as the Interim Executive Director for Dress for Success Southern Nevada and supported the organization with operational oversights and fundraising. When our boutique paused in-person services in Spring of 2020, she led our initiatives to navigate contactless suiting and other online services.

Lezlie has extensive experience as a hospitality leader, serving as General Manager/Managing Director for The Westin Las Vegas Hotel & Spa, and the Vice President of Operations for SLS Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. She spent more than twenty years with MGM Resorts International, most recently as the Vice President of The Mansion and Skylofts, two of the most exclusive, luxury properties in the portfolio. During her time as General Manager for The Signature at MGM Grand, the 1,728 non-gaming, all-suite property was named the “Best Place to Work” by Vegas Magazine.

As a long-time Las Vegas resident and graduate of the esteemed Leadership Las Vegas program, she stays actively involved as a program volunteer. She also serves the community with organizations such as Dress for Success Southern Nevada, Safe Nest, Boys and Girls Club, Shannon West Teen Shelter, Junior Achievement, Rescue Mission, and Three Square.

Ricci Lopez-Hammargren

Board Member

Retail and Creative Director and Partner, MACEOO

Ricci is a veteran of luxury retail having 27 years of knowledge and expertise in the business. His impressive work history includes Gianni Versace, Hervé Léger, Dolce & Gabbana, Hugo Boss, and STITCHED. Born and raised in Las Vegas; as were his parents before him. Ricci graduated from the prestigious Bishop Gorman High School before obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with an emphasis on print journalism from UNLV. He went on to build a name for himself on the Las Vegas Strip, West Hollywood, and Rodeo Drive, working extensively to style celebrities and cultural influencers who enjoy his unique brand of white-glove service. Also known as a Hollywood voice-over actor, Lopez-Hammargren grew up performing on the stage. He has most recently merged with the French fashion brand, MACEOO. He is The Retail and Creative Director and Partner for the new flagship boutique at Aria Resort and Casino.

Dr. Kate Zhong

Board Member

Director of Innovation & Adjunct Professor, Department of Brain Health, UNLV

Dr. Kate Zhong is a geriatric psychiatrist, pharmacologist, and trailblazer in Alzheimer’s and brain health research. She is the Director of Innovation and an adjunct professor in the Department of Brain Health, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Dr. Kate served as the Chief Strategy Officer for the Global Alzheimer’s Platform Foundation. She was the Senior Director of Clinical Research for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health,  where she led the research programs for Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and traumatic brain injury. She is the founder of CNS Innovations LLC, a company dedicated to providing consultation services to advance the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Kate is passionate about empowering women and giving back. She serves as a board member for many national and international organizations. She was honored with many awards for her contributions such as the “Minority Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Women’s Chamber’s Commerce of Nevada, “Women of Success,” “Women to Watch,” and “Top 100 Doctor”. She was featured in the PBS documentary “MAKERS: Women Who Make America,” profiling her as one of Nevada’s most influential women.

Jillian Lopez

Board Member

Las Vegas Now Host

Jillian Lopez has called Las Vegas home for most of her life and is forever grateful to share stories in the city she loves most. Jillian hosts Las Vegas Now on Channel 8, the Las Vegas CBS affiliate and through her work, she hopes to give back to the Vegas community what it has given to her.

Jillian has interviewed A-List celebrities and has covered red carpets at some of the most significant events in the entertainment business. Some of which include the Billboard Music Awards, American Country Music Awards, Latin Grammys; and one-on-one interviews with Keanu Reeves, The Jonas Brothers, Shania Twain, Robert Di Nero and more!

Recently, she and her sister, Miranda launched a digital media company called ‘The Social Sisters.’ Under this brand, the two sisters manage social media accounts for select clients, create unique and creative content and are preparing to launch a Youtube channel and podcast in the fall of 2022.

Giving back to the community is a top priority for Jillian as continues to host non-profit events around the city and is passionate about being a spokesperson for the people that need it the most.

In her free time, Jillian enjoys pilates, cheering on the Golden Knights, shopping, and running with her Siberian Huskies.

Advisory Council

Paige Candee

Paige Candee

Affiliate Founder & Advisory Council President

Paige founded Dress for Success Southern Nevada in 2009, during the Great Recession, when she wanted to empower women to stand on their own.  She innately knew being encouraged by other women and their communities would lift others to be their best selves, professionally and personally. She built the Las Vegas business plan for the international organization and then generated a fully donated space and the infrastructure that has grown to help thousands of women.

As the charity’s first Board Chairwoman and with the goal of generating a consistent support base and revenue stream, Paige conceived the country’s first Little Black Dress Club. This monthly club is a donor program that also serves as a valuable networking source for its members and clients.

A twenty-plus year public relations strategist, Paige is currently the President and Owner of the public relations agency Candee Communications which serves businesses and non-profit organizations that have meaning, purpose, and goals intended to make the world a better place to live, work, play and dream. She focuses her skills on strategic planning, message development, media outreach, and community relations.

A Member of the Women’s Hall of Fame of Nevada, she was also named Silver State’s Entrepreneur of the Year and Luxury Magazine’s Desert Gem. Additionally she is a recipient of the Women’s Chamber of Commerce’s Athena Leadership Award. Paige was President of the Colgate University Las Vegas Alumni Club for 10 years and is a master graduate of Rapport Leadership International. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Peace & Conflict Resolution and Political Science from Colgate University and holds a certification in non-profit management and public relations from UNLV. Paige also studied at American University while working at Amnesty International’s Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Fun Facts : Paige is a proud wife and mother of twin boys and a little girl.

Alisia Pulella

Alisia Pulella

Global Enterprise Client Partner with Franklin Covey

Alisia moved to Las Vegas in 1994 from Detroit. She bore witness and participated in the incredible growth the city has enjoyed. She spent 17 years at Cintas dedicated to working alongside hospitality and casino executives to strengthen their company’s brand through the development and management of employee uniform programs. Customer experience, brand strengthening, employee engagement, and cost optimization are key to developing and managing a $2m- $5m budget at some of the most well-known Strip properties. During her tenure she earned coaching certification from The Institute for Professional Coaches and a secondary certification from Gaia Project which focuses on coaching women leaders. Alisia is also an engaged community leader. As a founding Board Member of Dress for Success Southern Nevada, she helped create a non-profit that helps women in the community rejoin the workforce with relevant job skills and clothing that makes them look the part. She also currently serves as a facilitator for Global Gaming Women’s LeanIn Circle project.

In December 2017, Alisia decided to take on a new adventure.  She left her career with Cintas to take on the role of Senior Account Executive at Gartner where she advises executives in the technology space as they transform their businesses to meet future demands.

Ann C. Hoff

Ann C. Hoff

Chief Marketing Officer MGM Resorts International

Ann Hoff is President and COO of Portfolio Properties at MGM Resorts International, overseeing property Presidents/COOs at The Mirage, New York-New York, Luxor, and Excalibur, as well as the Retail and Hotel Centers of Excellence for the entire enterprise. In this role Hoff drives strategic direction, corporate initiatives and EBITDA enhancements while also implementing operating model changes across the enterprise.

Prior to this role, Hoff served as President and Chief Operating Officer at Excalibur, where she oversaw all aspects of operations for the iconic 4,000-room resort. While there, she executed several  continuous, key improvement initiatives for the company, such as paid parking. Her career with MGM Resorts began in 1990 when she joined the Management Associate Program (MAP) at The Mirage. Soon after, she was named Assistant Director of Leisure Marketing for the property, followed by Assistant Director of Sales at Treasure Island. In 1997, Hoff moved to Biloxi, MS, to become part of the opening team as Director of Marketing for the company’s 1,740-room Beau Rivage. In 2001, Hoff returned to Las Vegas as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Treasure Island before becoming Vice President of Operations at New York-New York overseeing the Hotel, Food & Beverage, Entertainment, Retail, Sales and Marketing divisions.

She is involved in numerous professional and charitable organizations, currently serving on the Board of Trustees at Southern Hills Hospital, the Executive Board of Global Gaming Women (GGW), the Advisory Boards of the UNLV William F. Harrah College of Hospitality, and Dress for Success. Within MGM Resorts, she is Executive Chair for the Emerging Leaders Network Group and the Executive Sponsor for the Management Associate Program (MAP) and the MGM 2020 Sourcing Initiative.

Hoff is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Las Vegas and holds a bachelor’s degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) where she was honored among UNLV’s 50 Most Intriguing Alumni in 2018. She has also been recognized with the UNLVino Dom Perignon Award of Excellence, honoring individuals who have distinguished themselves through inspirational leadership, character, and work ethic, GGW’s “Pay It Forward Award,” and 2011 Women to Watch.

Janette Byrne

Janette Byrne

• Entrepreneur
• Investor
• Business Strategist

Janette’s entrepreneurial spirit began in the real estate industry in 2001 where she honed and refined her real estate, negotiation, market research, leasing and finance skills at Colliers International and Restrepo Consulting Group. She parlayed this experience into the world of investment properties at NAI Horizon. Janette grew a diverse portfolio of commercial and residential real estate – and soon thereafter owned and co-owned several small businesses including a 50-unit executive suites, a 500-acre avocado grove in Ventura, California, and a GolfTEC franchise. Beyond capital, she provides leadership in the areas of business strategy, organization and financial processes through her business coaching and consulting company, GSD Investments, LLC.

Janette founded The Marilyn S. Redd Foundation, a small, private family foundation that provides grants to existing local charities that protect, help, and mentor boys and young men who come from abused and neglected homes. Additionally, Janette co-chaired the Young President Organization’s International Women’s Conference and served on the host committee of the Las Vegas chapter of 2020 Women On Boards. Janette is actively involved in the Young President’s Organization (YPO) at the local and international level and is a member of the Las Vegas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Gamma.

Janette is a graduate of Boston University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication with a concentration in Public Relations, as well as a Master of Science in Applied Communication Research. Through speaking, writing, coaching, and her Be the CEO of Your Life workshops, Janette uses her education and experiences to connect, inspire, and motivate women to get everything they want out of life.

Long before becoming an Advisory Council member and then Chairwoman of the Board of Dress for Success Southern Nevada, Janette was one of the founding members of the Little Black Dress Club.

Fun Facts:  Janette resides in Las Vegas with her husband, their two sons, and their Vizsla. Together they travel, embrace the fun and sometimes even the chaos that comes with truly living life and creating memories that will leave lasting impressions.