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Alumni Association Executive Council

UHCL's Alumni Association Executive Council members are appointed by the president of the university to serve a three-year term. The AAEC works with the Office of Alumni and Community Relations to lead the association's efforts to contact, engage, serve, empower and acknowledge UHCL alumni through meaningful services, events and outreach.


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We invite your involvement. For more information about how to get involved and AAEC meetings, contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, 281-283-2021 or alumni@uhcl.edu.

2014-15 AAEC Officers

Johnny Galaviz, '07 BBA
School of Business
Chair, 2014-15
Joined AAEC: 2011

Johnny Galaviz, '07Where were you born?
I was born in Texas City and grew up in Alvin, Texas.

What brought you to UHCL?
The beautiful campus brought me to UHCL.

Who was your favorite professor?
Dr. Ken Black

Why do you serve as an AAEC member?
I am grateful for everything that UHCL has given me, so I want to give some of it back.

What talent, ability or resource do you most hope to bring to AAEC service?
I hope to inspire future students to attend UHCL and current UHCL alumni to become more involved with their alma mater.

Tracy McKinley, '12 BS
School of Education
Vice-Chair, 2014-15
Lifetime Member, UHCL Alumni Association
Joined AAEC: 2013

Tracy McKinley, '12 BSWhere were you born?
I was born and raised on the Southeast side of Houston. I have made La Porte, Texas my home for the last thirty-two years.

What brought you to UHCL?
I choose to attend UHCL due to the location of the university and the atmosphere of the campus. The location is close to home and the atmosphere is that of a family: warm, inviting, friendly and safe.

Who was your favorite professor?
I have many favorite professors at UHCL. I had the opportunity to form relationships and experienced much growth as a pre-service teacher through Nancy Wright, Dr. Kent Divoll, Norma Mintor and Dr. Lillian McEnery. However, I have to say that Dr. Randy Seevers is at the top of the list. Dr. Seevers care for all students is evident in his students’ successes, as he sets high goals and has great expectations for the success of all students he works with. Creating a caring classroom environment and taking extra care to get to know his students is of utmost importance to him.  I not only count Dr. Seevers as a great professor, but I am also honored to count him as a friend.

Why do you serve as an AAEC member?
Plain and simple, I love UHCL. I loved being a student at UHCL. I loved the opportunities that attending UHLC has given me to grow not only as a student, but also as a professional teacher. Serving as an AAEC member will give me the opportunity to share with others the positive experiences I have had as a student while I worked toward my bachelor’s degree. I want to help those who are looking for a college to see the many benefits of attending UHCL. Also, serving as an AAEC member will give me the opportunity to give back to UHCL and the surrounding community in which I work and live.

Patrick Cardenas, '07 BS, '09 MA
School of Human Sciences and Humanities
Communications Officer,
2014-15 Lifetime Member, UHCL Alumni Association
Joined AAEC: 2012

Patrick Cardenas, '07, '09Where were you born?
I was born in Beaumont, Texas. I moved to the Clear Lake area when I was five year old and consider Houston my hometown.

What brought you to UHCL?
I knew at a very young age that I wanted to attend UHCL. My parents selected Clear Lake because of the distance between downtown Houston where my father worked and Galveston where most of our extended family lived at the time. I knew I wanted to stay close to home and I think of UHCL as part of my home.

Who was your favorite professor?
I don’t think I have A favorite professor, but there are two that stand out for me: Dr. Gloria Pereira (I/O Psychology) and fellow alumnus Dr. Steven Cherry (Sociology). They are both very talented members in their field and have contributed a lot to the university.

Why do you serve as an AAEC member?
I am honored to be a member of the Alumni Association Executive Council. This university has taught me so much and has molded me into the successful individual I am today. I am now given the opportunity to work with other alumni representing many other fields. Together we will share our experiences to prospective students, current students, graduates and members of the community. It’s also very exciting to be a member of the AAEC during UHCL’s historic transformation into a four-year institution.

What talent, ability or resource do you most hope to bring to AAEC service?
Like the other members of the council, I hope that my UHCL story will inspire others to consider attending the University of Houston-Clear Lake. I am a strong believer in collaboration, which is the ability I bring to the AAEC mission and the overall mission of the university.

Joyce Delores Taylor, '04 MA, '06 MA, '08 MA, 2010 Leadership Service Award Honoree
School of Human Science and Humanities
Outgoing Chair, 2014-15
2010 Leadership Service Award Honoree
Joined AAEC: 2011

Joyce Delores Taylor, '04, '06, '08Where were you born?
I was born in Memphis, Tennessee as the youngest of five siblings.

What brought you to UHCL?
I came to UHCL to obtain an advance master's degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and enjoyed the learning experience so much that I stayed to obtain two more master's degrees: Criminology and Cross Cultural/Women's Studies.

Who was your favorite professor?
My favorite professor was Dr. Michael J. McCormick.

Why do you serve as an AAEC member?
I serve as a member of the AAEC because it is an important opportunity for me to give back to the University that I love so much and am so proud to be a part of. As a member of the Alumni Association Executive Council, I get to be involved in those activities that affect the success of the university and to help other students achieve their success by being a role model, a mentor, friend, encourager, and a supporter. I enjoy participating in all the activities on the campus and in recruiting other alumni to have the same enjoyment that I have in serving. Our focus is to contact, engage, serve, empower and acknowledge. My role model and mentor was my mother who often encouraged me to "always remember to take the time to help others, no matter where you are or where you go in your career...always give back."

2014-15 AAEC Members

Mark Andersen, ’07 MS
Carla Bradley, ’11 BA
Kimberly Campbell, '87 BBA, '92 MBA
Eva deCardenas, '90 BA
Randall Garcia, BS-1988, MBA-1996, MHA-2014
Brandy Gates, '98 BBA, '04 MBA
Tiphaine Justice, '12 BS, '12 MS
Veronica Kreuder-Longoria, '08 BA
Jack Leavell, '80 BA, '84 MA
Shawn McCann, '02 MA
Madeline Nugent, '91 BBA
Amanda Schoolcraft ’11 MS
Juan Traslaviña, '87 BS, '93 MS
Nina Valverde, ’04 BBA
Vicki Villarreal Lenio, '92 BS, '03 MS
Fay Watson, '89 BS, '92 MS
   


 

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