By Janet Basilone

Bronx, New York-born Janet Basilone is a longtime resident of Greenwich Village and the Lower East Side. She is a dyed-in-the-wool urbanite who revels in big-city diversity. A seasoned businessperson-turned-communications consultant, she holds an M.B.A. in Marketing/International Business from NYU’s Stern School. She brings a unique blend of business and creative talents, loads of versatility, and broad competence. Her passions include Romance languages, modern dance, Asian food, and bicycling. She extends an open invitation to ride with her across the George Washington Bridge.


Audra Baldwin: Poetry of the Senses

FOR AUDRA H. BALDWIN, LIFE in Las Vegas has been poetry of the senses in more ways than one. In Las Vegas Audra met her husband and best friend, Bobby Baldwin, who is president and chief executive officer of CityCenter and chief design and construction officer of MGM Resorts International. It was Bobby who introduced…


Jennifer Witherspoon: The Salvation Army Saved My Life

“MOM, I’M SO PROUD OF YOU.” These words are music to the ears of Jennifer Witherspoon. Actually, they’re much more than something Jennifer “is pleased to hear.” Support from her now 16-year old son, Zachary, and so many others has been central to Jennifer’s recovery from years of drug addiction that landed her in prison…


Catrina Grigsby: From Successful Entrepreneur to Hell & Back

BY AGE 19, CATRINA GRIGSBY was well on her way to securing a spot on some publication’s 30 under 30 list. FORTUNE has one, as do many local and regional magazines—the lists are the annual tallies by journalists on the lookout for dynamos in business, government, nonprofits, and the arts who are likely to make…


Veterans Village & Arnold Stalk, PhD

FROM THE START ARNOLD STALK has focused his professional career on helping people in need. Armed with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), his first project in 1983 was the design of a methadone clinic for heroin addicts on Los Angeles’ Skid Row. Over a 30-year career…


Nancy Amaya Triumphs with a Little HELP from Her Friends

THE SECOND CHILD OF SIX, 23-year-old Nancy Amaya learned how to be responsible long before a child should have to. Her mother was a single parent who had trouble keeping a job; she relied heavily for support on the different fathers of her children. Nancy, who first met her biological father two years ago, and…


The Salvation Army Southern Nevada: The Big Reveal

LESLEE ROGERS, PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER for The Salvation Army Southern Nevada (TSASN), has been on the job full time for two years after being a volunteer for 15. When you spend time speaking with Leslee and TSASN Advisory Board members and volunteers as diamondcake did, you hear about their concern that most people have only…


assemblageSTUDIO & Eric Strain, AIA

LIFE IN THE 21ST CENTURY presents a new set of challenges for practitioners of architecture. Integrated design and fabrication is transforming the way buildings are made. We are called upon for solutions that consider the effects of climate change, the trend toward urban migration, and the urgent need for housing. assemblageSTUDIO is addressing these challenges…


Madeleine Andress: Accidental Board Member Steps Up to the NBT Plate

BEFORE SHE GOT INVOLVED with Nevada Ballet Theatre (NBT), Madeleine Andress had done more than her share of community service. Andress’s family moved to Las Vegas from New Orleans when she was high school age. As a freshman at Bishop Gorman High School, Andress got involved in academic clubs, student government, and sports. In senior…