Denis Rudd, '74 BA Education, MBA, and M.Ed., is a university professor.
Bradley Werhun, '14 BS Geology, is a log truck driver. He's a member of the UNLV boxing club.
Chet Minetto, '89 BS Business, is a retired firefighter for Reno, Nevada.
Briana Philippi, '18 BA Journalism and Media Studies, was promoted to PR and social media manager at GYC Vegas, a local boutique public relations agency in January 2023. In January 2024, she earned a Pinnacle Award in events and observances for the campaign she developed for the Las Vegas Natural History Museum's annual Las Vegas Science & Technology Festival. In addition, she earned an award for the behind-the-scenes research work she did for GYC Vegas' press release for The Little Vegas Chapel's Star Wars Day ceremony packages. For that, she received the Pinnacle Award for news release/press kit and was named Best of Show for tactics.The Pinnacle Awards recognize the best public relations programs, tools, and professionals in Southern Nevada, Northwest Arizona, and Southern Utah.
Marion Smith Jr.
Marion Smith Jr., '02 BS Education, serves as the assistant state superintendent of Instructional Programs and Services for the Maryland State Department of Education. In this role, he provides leadership, research-based expertise, and strategic oversight for all programs, projects, and initiatives related to instructional programs and services across the state of Maryland. Prior to MSDE, Smith was the chief academic officer/deputy superintendent of academics for St. Louis Public Schools. He was the first Black administrator and first Black superintendent of schools for Summit School District in Summit County, Colorado. Additionally, Smith held leadership roles within Puget Sound Educational Service District in Washington state; TechSmart Inc.; Kent School District; Seattle Public Schools; Scholar Academies in Pennsylvania; and Clark County School District in Nevada. He began his career as a secondary English language arts teacher Las Vegas. He is the co-author of the Racial Equity Adaptive Leadership Framework; the co-designer and co-facilitator of the "Coaching and Leading for Racial Equity" series; and founder and owner of Educate to Liberate Consulting.
Lydia Villoria-Thoulag, '13 BS Kinesiology, had a baby in September 2023. She lives in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Mia Renee Henry
Mia Renee Henry, '13 BS Kinesiology, is a three-time Emmy nominee and native Southern Californian. Henry developed a love for storytelling through literature, film, and video games. She is expanding her experience producing documentaries through news segments, short documentaries, and feature-length documentaries. Henry's objective is to continue spotlighting BIPOC stories, women’s stories, and the stories of people in marginalized communities through feature documentaries. Her hobbies include playing the bass guitar and flute, video games, and martial arts.
Gregorio Silva, '14 JD, a member at Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice, has been named a Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellow for 2024. The LCLD Fellows program offers high-potential, mid-career attorneys from diverse backgrounds at LCLD member organizations with professional and personal development opportunities as well as leadership training, relationship-building resources, and access to other LCLD Members, including managing partners and general counsel, for mentoring and guidance. Silva is a civil litigation attorney with a practice focused on transportation litigation and investigating and defending fire and explosion matters. He has been with the firm since 2020 and is a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association.
Christopher Aiken, '07 BA Psychology, is an associate professor in and head of the kinesiology department at New Mexico State University. He is married with two kids. His oldest daughter is named Scarlet in honor of his time at UNLV.
Matthew Carlyon, '12 JD, is a partner at the firm, Foran Glennon. Carlyon's practice is focused on commercial litigation, legal ethics, and insurance litigation. He offers essential assistance to creditors and debtors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy matters and adversary proceedings. Based in the Chicago office since 2021, he is licensed in Illinois and Nevada.
Mariaz Davis, '99 BS Health Physics, is working in the nuclear power industry.
Ronald Husband, ’73 BA Art, was tapped to help musician and designer Pharrell Williams launch his winter 2024 collection for Louis Vuitton. Husband, who holds the distinction of being the first African American animator Walt Disney Studios, was featured in film promotions for the new line illustrating a vision for America's first cowboy. His credits in his 38 years at Disney include animating Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, Jafar in Aladdin, and Pumbaa in The Lion King. He was inducted into the UNLV College of Fine Arts Hall of Fame in 2019.