School of Community Health Sciences

Alumni of the CHS programs have gone on to excel in Ph.D. programs, medical school or have gone on to careers in the field of public health. Our alumni profiles are highlighted here to show off their impressive work and to inspire future graduates.

Angelo Kanellos, MD '82 BS was raised in Reno and attended the University of Nevada, Reno with the goal of becoming a physician. He chose to pursue the pre-med path in the School of Community Health Sciences (formerly the College of Health and Human Sciences) over other degree programs in science. He stated, "My experience as a pre-med student in the School of Community Health Sciences allowed me flexibility to explore my interests in philosophy, history and literature while also receiving a strong base in the core sciences. As a result, I had a unique medical school application that afforded me the opportunity to study medicine at the University of Southern California." Kanellos worked closed with Emerita faculty Dr. Barbara Thornton on developing a medical ethics course based on fictional and non-fictional medical literature. He co-taught the class as a student with Dr. Thornton and again for a time when he returned to Reno to practice Urology. Currently he practices with Urology Nevada and is board certified by the American Board of Urology. His current clinical interests include both prostate and kidney cancer.

Matthew Wolden '03, '05 MPH, has turned the knowledge he gained in community health and his leadership experience as ASUN president into a successful career in academic health care administration. Upon completing his undergraduate work, Wolden was quickly recruited by faculty to enroll in the school's newly formed Master of Public Health Program. He states, "My experiences and education at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Community Health Sciences have helped me to build a strong foundation in my work to improve health outcomes and the health care delivery system." He has held management level positions at the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Wolden is currently the administrative director of quality and clinical effectiveness with the Lucille Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford.

Marena Works '95 MSN, '07 MPH, uses her degree from the School of Community Health Sciences to give back to her community of Carson City. Works pursued her joint master's degree in Nursing and Public Health, not knowing the doors it would open for her in the future. After graduation, she accepted the position of health director in Carson City for the newly expanded health department. She has spearheaded and overseen the accreditation process for Carson City Health and Human Services, which is no small undertaking. Recently, she took on a new challenge as the deputy manager of Carson City. When she isn't busy using her education to serve the citizens of Carson City, she gives back to the school by co-chairing the School of Community Health Sciences Advisory Board, which is tasked with providing support and advice to the leadership of the school. In reminiscing about her experience as a student in the School of Community Health Sciences, she stated: "I believe individuals succeed in higher education by allowing their minds to be transformed and their way of thinking expanded. As a Master's student in a dual program, I received the individual nurturing I needed for my transformation to take place from the faculty at the School of Community Health Sciences."