Alumni & Friends

As a graduate of the UNLV School of Nursing, you are our greatest asset and your continued engagement with the school is vital to our continued success. We encourage you to stay connected with fellow nursing alumni, current and former nursing faculty and current students.

Increase your involvement by attending nursing alumni events, volunteering at school-wide events throughout the year, by joining the UNLV Nursing Alumni Speakers Bureau or by volunteering to be a mentor through the school’s mentoring program. Get involved today or take advantage of a few of our alumni services!

Contact the Director

Patrice Hester-Harper

Patrice Hester-Harper
Director of Alumni & Student Engagement

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Class Notes

Maria Maliwat

Maria Donnalin Maliwat, '98 BS Hotel Administration, is the mother of Carmella Gabrielle Maliwat Bugay, '17 BS Healthcare Administration, Anthony Emmanuel Maliwat Bugay, a junior studying nursing, and Brandon James Maliwat Bugay, a freshman pre-nursing student. The family lives in Henderson.  

Ann Occhi

Ann Occhi, ’76 AA Nursing, ’79 BS Nursing, ’92 MS Nursing, works as a supervisor for school nurses. She earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Phoenix. She was a foster parent for eight medically fragile children and adopted five children. Her hobbies are biking, camping, and being part of a women’s dragon boat team. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Carmen Buck

Carmen Bull Buck, '79 AA Nursing, '86 BS Nursing, '96 MSN Nursing, earned a post-master's certificate as a family nurse practitioner in 2000 from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Today she is a portrait, lifestyle, and humanitarian photographer capturing love, light, and compassion in every situation. During her 40-year nursing career, she worked with thousands of people seeking meaning and connection during challenging times. Healing and connection through storytelling and photography are her passions. Her latest book, Just See Me — Sacred Stories from the Other Side of Dementia, will be released next year. She is an international speaker and author teaching both live events and webinars on the topics of spirituality and photography. She creates legacies for people of all ages in the Austin, Texas, area and beyond. Her hobbies include hiking, traveling, and playing with her four dogs. She lives in Round Rock.      

Carmella Bugay

Carmella Gabrielle Bugay, '17 BS Health Care Administration, is taking classes at Nevada State and plans to pursue a career in nursing. She is the daughter of Maria Donnalin Bugay Maliwat, '98 BS Hotel Administration, and the sister of Anthony Emmanuel Bugay, a freshman nursing major at UNLV.