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Herb Santos, '85 BA Sociology, has been selected as the 2018 Trial Lawyer of the Year. A 1991 graduate of the McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific, he lives in Reno.
August 8, 2018
Melissa Waite, '03 BA Psychology, '07 JD and '07 MBA, has joined the Las Vegas office of Dickson Wright. Her practice focuses on licensing, compliance, business transactions, and real estate transactions. It extends to business and private licensing, including those clients from the liquor, gaming, auto dealership, and transportation industries. Most recently, she has become involved with licensing and compliance for medical and retail marijuana establishments in Nevada, and emerging legal issues related to marijuana businesses. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Nevada, the National Cannabis Bar Association, the Clark County Bar Association, and the Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys. She also is a member of the Alumni Leadership Circle and the Dean’s Council of the William S. Boyd School of Law.
August 6, 2018
Jamie Bichelman, '13 BA Psychology, is a public information officer and department spokesperson for a government agency in Carson City. He is wrapping up a master’s degree and has learned a new language. He also has become a strong social voice for advocating a vegan and animal cruelty-free lifestyle. Proceeds from his photo shoots go to organizations assisting victims of domestic violence. In his free time he enjoys running and hiking.
August 6, 2018
Marjorie Vielka Landron
Marjorie Vielka Landron, '13 BA Interdisciplinary Studies, is the CEO of the Healing Tree Wellness Center, a behavioral and mental health center; CEO of The Healing Tree - Regenerative Therapies, a stem cell and IV hydration clinic; and CEO of Power Moves, BT, a nonprofit designed to raise funds for people in need of medical advancements that are not covered by insurance. She also is co-partner of Information Opportunities, a consultation firm focused on catering to business needs in insurance, medical, or behavioral necessities. After leaving UNLV, she earned a master's degree in social work with a concentration in mental health. Currently a doctoral student at Arizona State University, she received a Rising Star award in the social work field in 2016 from the National Association of Social Workers and a commendation from U.S. Sen. Harry Reid. She enjoys Reiki, meditation, and playing poker.
July 31, 2018
Luke Cavener, '05 BA Political Science and '05 BA Journalism and Media Studies, is director or government relations for the American Cancer Society cancer action network and a member of the Meridian (Idaho) City Council. He and his wife, Adrean, have two children, Gunner and Lincoln.
July 12, 2018
Russell B. Leavitt, '78 BS History, recently received the Special Achievement Award from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Leavitt is executive chairman of Telgian Holdings, a worldwide provider of comprehensive fire, security, and life safety consulting and engineering/design services. The award, which was presented during the technical committee session, celebrates the significant contribution of a committee member to a single project that has enhanced the NFPA standards development process. Leavitt’s active role as chair of the NFPA 13 Restructuring Task Group for the 2019 edition led to the recognition. NFPA 13 is recognized globally as the benchmark standard for the design and installation of fire sprinkler systems. The reformatted NFPA 13 is designed to make this widely used document easier to use and interpret for non-expert users. Over the course of 18 months, Leavitt exhibited incredible dedication to the project, attention to essential details, and strong leadership skills, according to Kerry Bell, Standards Council chair. Leavitt lives in Phoenix.
June 18, 2018
Tobias P. Moon, '96 BA Philosophy, now is a partner in the Dallas office of the Husch Blackwell law firm. Moon, who earned his law degree at Brooklyn Law School, joins the firm’s financial services and capital markets group and banking and finance practice. He advises banks, credit unions, fintech, marketplace/online lenders, and automobile lenders on federal/state compliance issues in addition to product development and transactional matters. He also regularly counsels financial institutions and consumer finance companies on mortgage lending and servicing issues. Moon assists a variety of companies with obtaining licenses and regulatory approvals in connection with complex acquisitions, mergers, and asset transfers. He also responds to regulatory audits and investigations conducted by federal and state regulators. A thought leader and noted speaker, Moon also served in leadership positions with major U.S. banks for more than eight years where he gained practical legal experience and led compliance and risk management teams.
June 8, 2018
Stephanie Sibley, '06 BA Psychology, is with Realty Executives Southern Nevada Properties. She says she balances her time between her family, her business, and her charitable activities. She is an active philanthropist in the Las Vegas community. In 2008, she and her ex-husband founded the Sibley Family Foundation, a 501(c)(3) foundation that supports many charities both locally and nationally. In 2011, she was inducted into the Cleveland Clinic 1921 Society for generous donations to support research for Alzheimer’s and many other neurological diseases. She also received an award from the Clark County Pro Bono Project for her support in seeing that all people, especially the needy, have access to attorneys who graciously volunteer their time to help those in need. She has served on the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth Board and has chaired the Keep Memory Alive dinner committee for the past three years in support of the annual Power of Love Gala for the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. She also joined the board of Keep Memory Alive in 2015. Most recently, she was appointed to the advisory board for Nevadans for Background Checks. Her career includes 10 years as COO of Nevada Legal News. In 2009, she founded Nevada Legal Support Services, a legal support and licensed process serving company which has grown to one of the largest process serving companies in the state, having completed more than 500,000 serves since its formation. She is a work out fanatic and hiker who also likes to meditate, do hot yoga, and travel. The parent of three children, she lives in Henderson.
June 5, 2018
Timothy Gupton, '97 BA Romance Languages, was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant for his research project "Language Innovation in Cibaeño Dominican Spanish" in the Dominican Republic in fall 2018. An associate professor of Spanish linguistics at the University of Georgia, he lives in Athens.
May 17, 2018
John Piro, '05 BA Criminal Justice, '10 JD, recently celebrated his sixth year as a public defender, now serving as chief deputy public defender for Clark County. This summer he will graduate in the Leadership Las Vegas class of 2018. In April he completed his first triathlon and plans to compete again in October. He is married to Leslie Nino Piro, '06 BA Political Science, '09 JD.