About Us

We are a non-profit technical society whose purpose is to advance lighting knowledge and disseminate information for the improvement of the lighted environment to the benefit of society.

The Las Vegas Section (founded in December 1986) is comprised of engineers, lighting designers, manufacturers, architects, contractors, distributors, and others with a passion for lighting.

This section holds monthly educational meetings to discuss the latest in lighting and industry trends.

Section Officers

President: Kayla Brown-Cestero
Kayla has been involved in the IES since 2010 and has served in several board positions locally and on the Membership Committee nationally. She has been in the lighting field for eight years in sales and specification roles. She earned her Bachelor Degree from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is presently an Energy Projects Manager, Lighting Technologies Design and Specification for Caesars Entertainment. She enjoys teaching Fundamentals of Lighting, volunteering, spending time with her daughter and being outdoors.

Vice-President: Emlyn Altman, LC, MIES
Emlyn “G.G.” Altman brings a unique, combined background in lighting, architectural design, sculpture, and 3D visualization to her work at Wynn Design & Development. Her 22+ years of experience covers a diverse range of projects including hospitality, residential, corporate, healthcare, retail, sports facilities, education, government, and large-scale art installations. In addition to serving on the Las Vegas Section board, Emlyn is also Chair for the national Illumination Engineering Society’s (IES) Hospitality Lighting Committee. In 2006, Emlyn was one of the first recipients of Building Design and Construction magazine’s “40 Under 40” hotshot designers in the country award.

Secretary: Tonya Moake Neely, LC, Assoc. IALD
Tonya is currently a lighting designer at Light Solutions where she has had the privilege to aid in the opening of the new local office and work on several exciting projects. She moved to the Las Vegas area from Salem MA where she was an Associate Designer at the prestigious Available Light lighting firm. At Available Light, Tonya had the opportunity to contribute to several exciting projects such as The Giant Ocean Tank at the New England Aquarium, the new Deep Time exhibit for the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and the Spy Museum in DC, and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, TX. Additionally, Tonya was the Regional Coordinator for the local chapter of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD). Maintaining an active presence in the local lighting community and staying up to date on the latest in lighting innovations, standards, and regulations is of utmost importance to her. That is why she remains an active member of the local Las Vegas IES Section as well as the IALD.

Treasurer: Javid Butler, LC, CMVP, CEM
Javid Butler has over twenty-five years of experience in lighting and lighting controls, spanning applications from commercial to theatrical and high-end architectural. He is currently participating in the IES LEM-7 Annex C task group on wireless communications, and several ESTA task groups developing communication protocols for color changing and tunable fixtures. He has been an active member of IES Las Vegas as the Education Chairperson for several years and is the impetus for many of the fun, educational activities over the last several years.

Board of Managers:

Robert Nelson, PE
Robert Nelson is an Electrical Engineer at EXP, where he has been working in the field for 10 years. He is an avid learner, a positive role model for his team, and a stickler for excellence in his work. Prior to EXP, he was a student at Kansas State University where he studied architectural engineering earning a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering. He and his wife, Brittney, met at college and are both still Wildcat fans. They now have three beautiful children and are actively involved in their church and community.

Brad Robertson, EIT
Brad Robertson is an Electrical Designer at Glumac who enjoys working on architectural lighting layouts and calculations. He has served clients in hospitality, gaming, retail, and public education. Prior to Glumac, Brad graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering with a concentration in lighting design. He has been a member of IES for five years, beginning as a student at Penn State.

Derek Duncan
Derek A. Duncan has been involved with the IES since 1998 and has served on the IES Board for 9 years including 3 years as Vice President and a year as President. Derek entered the lighting field in 1995. After 13 years of working for various Lighting Manufacturers and their Representative agencies in Las Vegas, he co-founded DECOLights and has co-owned and operated it for 10 years. Derek is very involved in the Vegas community as a whole and was named Citizen of the Month by the City of Las Vegas in April of 2014 as he was finishing serving his year as Exalted Ruler of the Las Vegas Elks. Derek feels that education is the prime fundamental of great lighting projects which is why he continues to remain involved in supporting the IES, USGBC, AEE, & AIA.