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

Paula Avery

Paula Avery, '92 BS Hotel Administration, works in human resources for a construction company. Previously, she worked in the Las Vegas hospitality industry for 15 years with companies such as Binions Gaming, Sam's Town, New York-New York, and MGM/Mirage during its merger. Her son, Zachary Avery, is a criminal justice major at UNLV. She lives in Henderson.

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 Manfredi

Aaron Manfredi, ’05 BA Criminal Justice, ’14 Master of Public Administration, is the founder/executive director of the nonprofit Asperger’s Training, Employment and Life Skills. Previously, he was employed by the Clark County School District, teaching middle school reading and emotionally challenged students and coaching varsity football for Sierra Vista High School. He also has worked as a juvenile probation officer. A veteran of Operation Desert Storm, he earned the Southwest Asian Medal with a Bronze Star. He played on the world champion U.S. Navy softball team and is a lifetime member of both the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He is a member of the UNLV Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders ambassador program. He earned a master’s degree in justice management from UNR. His hobbies include softball, flag football, working out, and traveling. He has one son.

D. Alfred McDonald

D. Alfred McDonald, '91 BA Criminal Justice, is celebrating 23 years as a successful criminal defense attorney. Recently, he became a judge pro tempore in Marana, Arizona Magistrate Court. He lives in Tucson.