Irene was raised in the farming community of Kerman, California, the second of five children. From an early age, Irene's parents taught her the value of hard work, dedication and perseverance. Academically, Irene excelled and her dedication to her studies led her to the University of California at Fresno to pursue her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. Irene worked her way through school serving in several capacities, including as a student assistant for the football team. To this day, Irene is a proud Fresno State Bulldog.Soon after finishing college, like so many Nevadans, Irene decided to move to Southern Nevada to take advantage of the growth and promise Las Vegas offered. Irene took a position as a clerk to help open the MGM Grand and assist in launching the nationally recognized Employment Outreach Program, a position that would establish her path towards future professional successes.In 2008, Irene decided to further her education and became the first Latina to graduate with the Executive Masters of Business Administration from UNLV. Today, Irene serves as the Director of Construction Diversity for MGM MIRAGE's CityCenter.Taught at an early age to believe in family, faith and community, Irene and her husband, Army Specialist Brad Adams, are raising two daughters, Olivia, who is 15 years old and Alaina, who is 10 years old. Irene has been very active in several Las Vegas civic organizations including the Latin Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Minority Contractors, Las Vegas Chapter, and the Organization of Chinese Americans. She has also been an active member for over 16 years at the Greater Las Vegas Church.