About Us

Professor Jennifer Carr
Director, Academic Success Program

 

DeShun Harris
Assistant
Director, Academic Success Program

 

Kelly Boan
Adminstrative Assistant

 

CASE Mentors

Lee Gorlin

Adam Solinger

Casey Stiteler

Waleed Zaman 

Alexandria Mendonca

Vincent Godinho

Jessica Gandy


 

JENNIFER CARR

Name: Jennifer Carr
Educational Background: UNR undergrad, Boyd Law.  Graduated in 2006, after which I worked at Legal Aid.  By 2007, I had been hired as Assistant Director and discovered I loved working in the Academic Success Program.  Eventually, I became the Director of the Academic Success Program.
Hometown: 
I am the rare Las Vegas native.
Favorite Foods:
Diet Coke and guacamole.  Also, ice cream.
Favorite Book:  There are so many!  I love To Kill a Mockingbird (I even named my middle son Atticus!)  The Road is one of the most powerful books I've had the opportunity to read.  And I'm a huge Harry Potter fan.
Favorite Movie: Waking Ned Devine
If you could choose a lifetime song, what would it be?  Anything by Mumford and Sons
Favorite Quote:   "Law is more than the words that put it on the books; law is more than any decisions that may be made from it; law is more than the particular code of it stated at any one time or in any one place or ntation; more than any man, lawyer or judge, sheriff or jailer, who may represent it...None of man's temples, none of his religions, none of his weapons, his tools, his arts, his sciences, nothing else he has grown to, is so great a thing as his justice, his sense of justice.  The true law is something in itself; it is the spirit of the moral nature of man; it is an existence apart, like God and as worthy of worship as God."  Walter van Tilburg Clark, The Oxbow Incident. 

 

DESHUN HARRIS

Name: DeShun Harris
Educational Background: B.A. in Political Science from Baylor University, J.D. from Texas Tech University School of Law, followed by a LL.M. from American University Washington College of Law.  I began my career in academia at Texas Tech University School of Law where I served as Assistant Director of Recruitment and also as an adjunct professor. Before joining Boyd School of Law in 2012, I provided academic support at Phoenix School of Law.
Hometown:  Texarkana, TX
Favorite Foods:  Fried catfish, sweet potato pie, and sweet tea.
Favorite Book:  SHOO, Jimmy Choo! A Modern Girl's Guide to Spending Less and Saving More
If you could choose a lifetime song, what would it be?  It would be a four minute compilation of songs by Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Prince, Jay-Z, and Beyonce.
Favorite Quote:  "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." -Maya Angelou

 

 KELLY BOAN

Name: Kelly Boan
Educational Background: University of Phoenix, BS, Communications. Planning on enrolling at UNLV for my Masters.
Hometown: Las Vegas!
Favorite Food(s): Anything bar-b-que'd
Favorite Book: For Inspiration, Saving Graces: Finding Solace and Strength from Friends and Strangers by Elizabeth Edwards. For mindless entertainment, anything by Danielle Steel.
Favorite Movie: Somewhere in Time
If you could choose a lifetime song, what would it be?: I Can't Drive 55, Sammy Hagar - don't ask.
Favorite Quote: Believe anything is possible - from a handpainted sign I bought at a craft show.

 

Name: Lee Gorlin
Educational Background: BS in Psychology, USC 2005; MS in Sports Business, NYU 2007
Hometown: Saint James, New York
Favorite Food(s): Italian, Kosher Deli, American
Favorite Book: Con Law...(haha no)... let's go with Moneyball.
Favorite Movie: Spaceballs
If you could choose a lifetime song, what would it be? "New York State of Mind" -Billy Joel
Favorite Quote: "You don't plan sincerity. You have to make it up on the spot!" -Denny Crane

 

Name: Adam Solinger
Educational Background: BA in Government, University of Redlands 2011
Hometown: Redlands
Favorite Food(s): Diet Cherry 7uo and The World's Smallest Jaw Breakers 
Favorite Book: The Picture of Dorian Gray
Favorite Movie:  Casablanca, Dead End Drive-in, and Rebel Without a Cause
If you could choose a lifetime song, what would it be? The Batman Theme Song from the original television series
Favorite Quote: "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." -Theodore Roosevelt

 

Name: Casey Stiteler
Educational Background: BA in Political Science, Minor in Journalism, University of Nevada, Reno
Hometown: Reno, NV
Favorite Food(s): Sushi or anything Nutella 
Favorite Book: Recently, Survivor, Diary by Chuck Palahniuk, and Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives by Dan Millman
Favorite Movie:  Memento, Drive, Skyfall
If you could choose a lifetime song, what would it be? "Hold On" by Alabama Shakes
Favorite Quote: "At 18 our convictions are hills from which we look; at 45 they are caves in which we hide." -F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

Name: Waleed Zaman
Educational Background: BA in Finance, Texas A&M
Hometown: San Jose, CA, Bay Area 
Favorite Food(s): Pizza, all day every day!
Favorite Book: Wheel of Time
Favorite Movie: Pulp Fiction
If you could choose a lifetime song, what would it be? "Bohemian Phapsody" by Queen
Favorite Quote: "There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." -Bruce Lee

 

Name:  Alexandria Mendonca
Educational Background: BA in Political Science, Minor in Legal Philosophy, UNLV 2012
Hometown:
Corona, California
Favorite Food(s): Coffee, sushi, tiramisu  
Favorite Book:
The Thief of Always by Clive Barker, Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 
Favorite Movie: Real Genius, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, The Empire Strikes Back
If you could choose a lifetime song, what would it be? "Little Planets"- Spiderworks or "Other Side of Yellow"- New Maximum Donkey (I know you have never heard of either of those bands but I tell you they are awesome)
Favorite Quote: 
 "Tuned to a natural E, happy to be that way. Now that you've found another key, what are you going to play?"- The Beatles 

 

Name: Vince Godinho

Educational Background: BA Political Science: University of Nevada, Reno

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Favorite Food: Pizza

Favorite Book: The Harry Potter Series

Favorite Movie: A Few Good Men

If you could choose a lifetime song, what would it be?: I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz 

Favorite Quote: Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend. - Bruce Lee

 

 

Name:   Jessica Gandy
Educational Background: BA Secondary Education - Idaho State University; MEd Curriculum Design & MEd Educational Administration - University of Phoenix.

Hometown: Dickinson, North Dakota (though I transplanted to Twin Falls, Idaho as a teen)

Favorite Food(s): eggs Benedict, sushi, ice cream and lobster (never all at once)

Favorite Book: What?  Seriously.  I teach literature, it’s like asking me to choose a favorite rainbow.  Academically, I love Grapes of Wrath, The Great Gatsby, A Lesson Before Dying.  Personally, 13 Reasons Why, The Little Prince, The Green Mile.

Favorite Movie: Even though it’s incredibly dated at this point… You’ve Got Mail 

If you could choose a lifetime song, what would it be?  I have decided that I would need a mashup between Gloria Gaynor’s “I will Survive”, Nirvana’s “Come as you Are” , The Beatles “All you Need is Love”, and Led Zepplin’s “Ramble On"

Favorite Quote:  "Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail.  What you gain at one end you lose at the other.  It’s like feeding a dog its own tail.  It won’t fatten the dog."  Mark Twain.