Alumni Spotlight

Barbara Buckley

Barbara Buckley

Barbara Buckley is currently the Executive Director of Legal Aid of Southern Nevada. Ms. Buckley is a proud graduate of UNLV, earning her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice in 1986. Ms. Buckley continued her education at the University of Arizona where she earned her Juris Doctorate in 1989. Ms. Buckley was a member of the Nevada State Assembly from 2001-2007 and became the first female Speaker of the Assembly in 2007. She held this position until 2010.

Devron Brown

Devron Brown

Devron Brown is the Leadership Staff Assistant for United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). He has been a part of Harry Reid’s congressional staff since January 2012. He currently works and lives in Washington, D.C. Devron was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV and graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Political Science.

William Horne

William Horne

Assemblyman Horne graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, with recognition for scholarship from UNLV President Carol Harter and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. At UNLV he was president of Phi Alpha Delta, the International Law Fraternity. Today, he serves on the Advisory Committee for the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs at UNLV. He attended the UNLV Boyd School of Law and graduated in 2001. First elected in 2002, Assemblyman Horne was named the Outstanding Freshman Assemblyman in the 2003 legislative session. In 2005, the next legislative session, Assemblyman Horne was again recognized for his hard work and effectiveness and was named one of the top five most effective legislators in the Assembly.

Magann Jordan

Magann Jordan

Magann Jordan is currently the Victim/Witness Program Administrator for the Clark County District Attorney’s Office. She is highly honored to have recently earned this role in the community. She was previously the Director of the Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. in which she was passionate about providing community resources to at-risk juveniles that were on probation. She was born in a small town called West Carrollton near Dayton, Ohio and later moved to Las Vegas. She graduated first with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 2003 and then with the Master’s Degree in 2005.

Hilary Heap

Hilary Heap, Esq.

Hilary Heap currently serves as the Deputy District Attorney in the Criminal Division of the Clark County District Attorney’s office. Originally from Pittsfield, Maine, Hilary has lived in Las Vegas since the summer of 2005. Hilary graduated from UNLV in 2008 receiving the Jay Hahn Law Enforcement Scholarship in 2007 and the Edwin Sutherland Award in 2008. She graduated from UNLV Boyd Law School in 2011. Hilary has been working with the DA’s office for two years now and hopes to continue to serve the community as a District Attorney into the future.

Class Notes

Devron Brown

Devron Brown, ’12 BA Criminal Justice, is attending George Washington University Law School. Previously, he worked on Capitol Hill.

Mark Fernandez

Mark Fernandez, ’10 BA Criminal Justice, is the judicial executive assistant for District Judge Matthew Harter. Previously, he served as a courtroom clerk in District Court. He enjoys hiking, running, traveling, trying new cuisines, video gaming, and the occasional glass of wine.

Kirk Cresto

Kirk Cresto, '88 BS Accounting, became director of corporate insurance at NiSource and vice president and board member for NiSource Insurance Company (NICI), a pure captive insurance company of the parent NiSource, in 2015. NiSource is one of the largest fully regulated utility companies in the United States, serving nearly 4 million customers across seven states. Before that, Cresto held various positions of responsibility at NextEra Energy in Juno Beach, Florida, and at NVEnergy. This May he graduated from the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University with his executive MBA. He holds the RIMS-CRMP designation from the Risk Management Society (RIMS) as a certified risk management professional. While at UNLV he became a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army through the university's Army ROTC program. All of his sons, including Bryce Cresto, '09 BA Criminal Justice, '10 BS Public Administration, and '15 MBA, also have served or still are serving in the Army. His hobbies include exercise, triathlons/duathlons, cycling, running, attending sporting events, and traveling. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.        

Aaron S. Manfredi

Aaron S. Manfredi, '05 BA Criminal Justice, '14 Master of Public Administration, is the founder/executive director of Asperger's Training, Employment & Life Skills. He's placed 163 adults with autism and other high-functioning disabilities into competitive employment. He is a former Clark County juvenile probation officer and Clark County School District middle school teacher/varsity football coach. The Desert Storm veteran also is a community advocate for at-risk youth, homeless youth, autism, and homeless veterans. He is running for the office of Clark County public administrator. His hobbies include adult softball, cooking, traveling, advocating, and attending UNLV sports games. He is the father of one adult son, Bailey Manfredi.