Stephen Dull, ’03 BS Secondary Education, was named an Indiana Teach Plus Policy Fellow for the 2022-2023 school year. He is part of a cohort of 12 teachers statewide who will write, research, and advocate for education policy with members of the state legislature.
Thomas (Tom) Cahill
Thomas (Tom) Cahill, ’06 MS Special Education, retired in May 2022 as an intervention specialist in the math department at Tiffin City Schools in Tiffin, Ohio. Tom enjoys farming, camping, golfing, and spending time with his grandchildren
Sara Ward, '16 BA Psychology and Spanish, '18 MA Early Childhood Education, received the 2021-2022 Nevada PTA Teacher of the Year Award. As a first grade teacher at Robert and Sandy Ellis Elementary School in Henderson, Ward's enthusiasm for literacy, communication with caregivers, and encouragement in the classroom helped students reach 100% participation in the PTA's school-wide Read-A-Thon.The fundraiser enabled the PTA to purchase a book vending machine for the school, with students able to earn tokens for a book from the machine that is theirs to keep. In addition, the community now has access to free books anytime in a Little Free Library placed outside the school, thanks to a grant Ward pursued.
Jenn Oshiro Rivers
Jenn Oshiro Rivers, ’05 BS Hospitality Management and ’08 M.Ed. Educational Leadership, is now the alumni engagement and event manager for the UNLV College of Education. She supports the dean and various departmental efforts that engage with the college’s 23,000 alumni across the globe. She also works with the education chapter of the UNLV Alumni Association and serves as the president of the hospitality chapter, where she was able to assist with Rebels Restaurant Week, which supported alumni-owned businesses and collected donations for UNLV Food Pantry. She also serves as the chair of the Chapters and Clubs Committee of the Alumni Situation. At home, she enjoys to garden and, along with her husband, is a craft beer aficionado.
Wendy Wimmer Schuchart
Wendy Wimmer Schuchart, '20 PhD English, has been awarded the 2022 fiction prize by Autumn House Press for her short story collection Entry Level: Stories. The prize was awarded by novelist Deesha Philyaw, author of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies. Wimmer’s debut short story collection contains a range of characters who are trying to find, assert, or salvage their identities. These 15 stories center around the experience of being underemployed — whether by circumstance, class, gender, race, or other prevailing factors — and the toll this takes on an individual. Wimmer pushes the boundaries of reality, creating stories that are funny, fantastic, and at times terrifying. Her characters undergo feats of endurance, heartbreak, and loneliness, all while trying to succeed in a world that so often undervalues them. From a young marine biologist suffering from imposter syndrome and a haunting to a bingo caller facing another brutal snowstorm and a creature that may or not be an angel, Wimmer’s characters are all confronting an oppressive universe that seemingly operates against them or is, at best, indifferent to them. These stories reflect on the difficulties of modern-day survival and remind us that piecing together a life demands both hope and resilience. At UNLV, she was a 2017-20 Black Mountain Institute PhD fellow. She also is the co-founder of UntitledTown Book and Author Festival as well as the president of The Art Garage, a nonprofit arts, performance, and literary organization. She lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Aaron S. Manfredi
Aaron S. Manfredi, ’05 BA Criminal Justice and ’14 MPA, has had a successful private and public-sector career in education, law enforcement, nonprofits, real estate, and gaming, including being a small business owner. He is a graduate of the City of Las Vegas Fire and Rescue/LVMPD Leadership Academy, president of the UNLV Veterans Alumni Club, and a candidate for Nevada Board of Regents-District 8. He is a Desert Storm veteran and earned a Southwest Asia Service Medal with a Bronze Star. His hobbies include mountain biking, pilates, and mentoring and helping other small business owners be successful.
Cheryl L. Lyons, '93 BA Sociology, earned her Doctor of Education in higher education and student affairs from Ohio State University (OSU) on May 8, 2022. Lyons discovered her passion for working with college students serving as a resident assistant at UNLV during her undergraduate career. She currently serves as the director of disability services at OSU.
Penelope LePome, '84 MS Educational Psychology, retired from work at community colleges and social service agencies. She recently completed a three-week artist residency in Orquevaux, France, alongside artists of various medium from the United States, Mexico, and Equador. “It was a dream come true. It was a wonderful experience for artistic growth! I encourage anyone who is interested to apply.” LePome enjoys gardening, reading, quilting, painting, and ceramics. She volunteers extensively in her community.
Olivia Clare Friedman
Olivia Clare Friedman, ’16 PhD English, published her debut novel, Here Lies, with Grove Atlantic. The book, a visceral and portentous look at mourning, memory, and motherhood in an alternate Louisiana ravaged by climate change, has received positive reviews in The New York Times Book Review, NPR, Publishers Weekly, and many other publications. She is also the author of the short story collection Disasters in the First World and the poetry collection The 26-Hour Day. She teaches creative writing at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she holds the title of Nina Bell Suggs Endowed Professor. She lives in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Jess Corrick, '93 BA Art, has been an entrepreneur, coach, and sales professional in the insurance, tax, and telehealth space for 30 years. He also is an art enthusiast who both collects and creates. He and his wife, Kristl A. Daley, '93 BSBA - Marketing, enjoy snow and water skiing, travelling, and discovering new places They live in Kirkland, Washington.
Christopher Dayley, '06 BS Social Work, '09 Master of Education, is an assistant professor and director of the master of arts in technical communication program at Texas State University. In 2019 he earned a Ph.D. in technical communication and rhetoric at Utah State University. He lives in New Braunfels.
Vedant Peris, '19 Master of Education, along with Marcus Howard, '15 Master of Education, developed a program that uses smart technology and virtual reality to offer Las Vegas students emotional support in school. A comprehensive social and emotional learning program, ALOE ROSA is intended to address growing mental health problems among students ages 10 to 24. It uses smart technology including virtual reality and a complex conversation and tracking system to address mental health in K-12 schools. The program launched in 2021 to help teachers identify students experiencing mental health challenges as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and is now expanding to monitor and track student emotions to prevent major incidents such as suicides, and to build better relationships between teachers and their students. Howard and Peris founded individual education technology startups, Aloe VR and ROSA, and came together to provide a comprehensive social and emotional learning service to Las Vegas schools. Peris is an English language arts (ELA) teacher at Mack Middle School.