Kathy Espin is a freelance writer and public relations consultant who has lived in Las Vegas for 30 years. A former journalist, she spent 15 years in public relations, advertising, and marketing in the casino industry. She teaches public speaking, interpersonal communication, and public relations at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she was named Part- Time Instructor of the Year in 2003. She volunteers her time as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate for foster children with the Clark County Juvenile Court. She is the mother of three grown children and has three granddaughters.