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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.

AAEC Meetings

The AAEC meets quarterly on the 3rd Thursday of August, November, February and May, 6-8 p.m. An annual planning retreat is held each summer. For a complete listing of the upcoming meetings, please visit the Alumni Events page.

Contact the AAEC

If you would like to contact the AAEC, please send an e-mail to alumni@uhcl.edu.


Get involved!

We invite your involvement. For more information, contact the Office of Alumni and Community Relations, 281-283-2021 or alumni@uhcl.edu.

"I have worked with a lot of volunteer organizations over the past ten years of my banking career, and this group is by far the most professional, well organized and driven group of people." – Sean P. Murphy, Vice President, HomeTown Bank of Pearland

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
School of Business
Joined AAEC: 2014

Where were you born?
Texas City, TX

What brought you to UHCL?
It was the most logical choice for me to attain my accounting degree after Alvin Community College. Close to home. Small classes.

Who was your favorite professor?
Sorensen

Why do you serve as an AAEC member?
I want to give back to the school and students as well as meet other alumi.

What talent, ability or resource do you most hope to bring to AAEC service?
Desire to help in any way needed, ability to network and bring people together.

Carla Bradley, ’11 BA
School of Human Sciences and Humanities
Joined AAEC: 2014

Carla Bradley, ’11 BA Where were you born?
Clear Lake Houston, Texas

What brought you to UHCL?
Even though I attended high school directly across the street from the university, it was positive word-of-mouth from my San Jacinto College newspaper classmates that helped persuade me to attend UHCL.

Who is your favorite professor?
Every professor in both the Communication & Digital Media Studies programs!

Why do you serve as an AAEC member?
I serve to encourage current students to look forward in becoming prideful UHCL Hawk alumni. I hope to inspire recent graduates to remain/become active AAEC volunteers and pay it forward.

What talent, ability or resource do you most hope to bring to AAEC service?
In talking directly with students and other alumni, my talents include showing pride and excitement for UHCL as well as building awareness of the Alumni Association.

Kimberly Campbell, '87 BBA, '92 MBA
School of Business

2005 Distinguished Alumna
Joined AAEC: 2012

Kimberly Campbell, '87, '92Where were you born?
I was born in Houston, Texas. Why go any place else?

What brought you to UHCL?
UHCL has a great reputation for quality academics while offering local convenience, flexible class hours, affordable education and a peaceful learning environment.

Who was your favorite professor?
Why Lou White, of course. But Dr. Staples was a close second!

Why do you serve as an AAEC member?
Through education, community enhancement and personal recognition, the university has given me far more than I could provide in return. I am trying to even the score where I can.

What talent, ability or resource do you most hope to bring to AAEC service?
As a marketing professional and owner of a public relations firm, I strive to enhance communications and relationships to advance our community and quality-of-life experience for our families. And, make sure it's fun when we do it!

Eva deCardenas, '90 BA
School of Human Sciences and Humanities
Joined AAEC: 2013

Eva deCardenas, '90 BAWhere were you born?
The most charming little town in Spain called El Escorial.

What brought you to UHCL?
A combination of circumstances (with the help of the planets aligning), one of which was meeting my then-future husband and having the opportunity to be closer to him. The deep connections and happiness I found at UHCL during that time were an expected surprise.

Who was your favorite professor?
Dr. Gorman. I’ll never forget when some fellow class members and I dropped in on one of his poetry readings in Houston. Very cool. His passion for the written word was inspiring — and he was always able to bring that gift with him into the classroom.

Why do you serve as an AAEC member?
Always Attempting to Explore my Community (get it?).

What talent, ability or resource do you most hope to bring to AAEC service?
‘Service’ is the operative word in this question! I am honored to share my time, ideas and friendship with this respected organization.

Randall Garcia, BS-1988, MBA-1996, MHA-2014
School of Business
Joined AAEC: 2014

Where were you born?
Born in Houston

What brought you to UHCL?
A combination of things. First it was the area, the trees and the solitude surrounding the campus. Next, the attitude of the students. Most students work so everyone understood the complexity of balancing school, work and family. And lastly, the enthusiasm some of the faculty have for the students.

Who was your favorite professor? I've been fortunate that I have known some great instructors. But I actually had several who I consider favorite professors. They include - Dr. Robert Hodgin, Dr. Roberto Marchesini, Dr. Grady Perdue and Dr. Ashish Chandra.

Why do you serve as an AAEC member?
I like knowing that I can have an impact on the future of the students, as well as the university and its reputation.

What talent, ability or resource do you most hope to bring to AAEC service?
The main item I feel I bring to AAEC is my passion for the university and the ability to get things done.

Brandy Gates, '98 BBA, '04 MBA
School of Business
Joined AAEC: 2013

Brandy Gates, '98 BBA, '04 MBAWhere were you born?
Houston, Texas

What brought you to UHCL?
Since I grew up in this community, I knew I wanted to attend UHCL based on the university's wonderful reputation, cost-effective tuition rates and the proximity to my home.

Who was your favorite professor?
Too many to name; I learned so much from each of my professors!

Why do you serve as an AAEC member?
Active alumni make for a better university and community. I want to do my part and give back to the University that has given me so much.

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.

Tiphaine Justice, '12 BS, '12 MS
School of Business
Joined AAEC: 2013

Tiphaine Justice, '12 BS, '12 MSWhere were you born?
Baytown, Texas

What brought you to UHCL?
My father died when I was 14 and since I was in charge of paying for my own school, I chose to stay in the area and work my way through college rather than incur student loan debt. I was introduced to the two-plus-two program at Lee College, but chose to get my associates degree and “take a break” after I began having children. When my youngest child entered school, I began to substitute teach and loved working with the high school kids. I decided to see about joining UHCL to get my education degree because my mother was a 1981 graduate and its campus was conducive to the working parent. I called the office of academic advising and spoke with Ms. Brashears just to inquire and get information. A year later when I called again for more information, she made up an excuse to get me into her office and talked me into registering. After beginning classes, she told me that she remembered speaking to me the prior year and she knew that if she didn’t get me in her office I may never join the university! She made me take the leap of faith and it is due to her confidence in me and our math discussion that I am now a graduate with my master's in Professional Accountancy.

Who was your favorite professor?
There are too many to pinpoint just one favorite professor. I will give you my favorite “handful” – Dr. Lehmann, Dr. Rusth, Dr. Porter, Dr. Easley, Dr. Salem, Dr. Marks, and Professor Erdem (and I don’t normally like Marketing). Also, Gayla Brashears for getting me in the door to enroll, Elvia Segura for sticking with me until the very end, and Chuck Crocker for helping me prepare for corporate America.

Why do you serve as an AAEC member?
I serve as an AAEC member because it encompasses three things I hold very dear to my heart: education, volunteerism and wonderful people.

What talent, ability or resource do you most hope to bring to AAEC service?
I hope to bring ideas to the table and the energy to see them through. I also would like to speak to the student organizations during my lunch break, as I work right around the corner from campus, to educate them on what the UHCL Alumni Association is and how we can help them. I think that mentoring students into becoming an alumna is just as important and I would like to do just that. I would also like to participate in as many coffee table events as I can make it to; it sounds like the perfect way to get to know those who are about to join us. I just want to help where I’m needed the most.

Veronica Kreuder-Longoria, '08 BA
School of Human Sciences and Humanities
Joined AAEC: 2013

Veronica Kreuder-Longoria, '08 BAWhere were you born?
El Paso, Texas

What brought you to UHCL?
After reviewing the parking situations of other UH campuses, I decided UHCL was the best fit for my tight schedule as a mother and full-time worker.

Who was your favorite professor?
Andrew Lazo. The “not to be” professor taught me how to write better in a mythology class than any English teacher.

Why do you serve as an AAEC member?
I serve as an AAEC member to influence the community’s perception of UHCL graduates, provide continuity of information among alumni, and to further alumni involvement so that UHCL will continue to engage tomorrow’s leaders.

What talent, ability or resource do you most hope to bring to AAEC service?
My service to AAEC includes the use of strong organizational and research skills to present proposals and ideas to the AAEC in accordance with UHCL’s mission.

Jack Leavell, '80 BA, '84 MA
School of Human Sciences and Humanities
Lifetime Member, UHCL Alumni Association
Joined AAEC: 2012

Jack Leavell, '80, '84Where were you born?
Santa Ana, Texas

What brought you to UHCL?
The military. In 1974, the government decided to renew my previously expired GI Bill, so I started at San Jacinto College to get an associate's degree and then came to UHCL.

Who was your favorite professor?
Dr. David Malin, professor of psychology and ran the Rat Lab.

Why do you serve as an AAEC member?
I know this sounds simple, but it is 'payback,' paying back for all the good things that I received at UHCL.

What talent, ability or resource do you most hope to bring to AAEC service?
I have a degree in psychology and am a psychotherapist, and after many years of electronics work in the military and at NASA, I hope to help those with similar studies or passions. I also am very interested in veterans services and am an ordained minister and chaplain for the American Legion.

Shawn McCann, '02 MA
School of Human Sciences and Humanities
Joined AAEC: 2013

Shawn McCann, '02 MAWhere were you born?
Houston, Texas

What brought you to UHCL?
The professors.

Who was your favorite professor?
Mike McMullen

Why do you serve as an AAEC member?
I serve because it gives me a chance to give back in a very positive way.

What talent, ability or resource do you most hope to bring to AAEC service?
Creativity

Madeline Nugent, '91 BBA
School of Business
Joined AAEC: 2013

Madeline Nugent, '91 BBAWhere were you born?
St. Louis, Missouri

What brought you to UHCL?
I graduated from San Jacinto South and UHCL Clear Lake's campus worked best for me.

Who was your favorite professor?
Dr. Coppett, Marketing

Why do you serve as an AAEC member?
UHCL is a great school and gave me a great education. I am honored to be able to give back to the university in any way I can.

What talent, ability or resource do you most hope to bring to AAEC service?
I have worked in Clear Lake for many years in a marketing capacity. I am constantly out meeting clients and am involved in several organizations.  I feel I can help spread the advantages of the University to others, and support area UHCL functions.

Amanda Schoolcraft ’11 MS
School of Business
Joined AAEC: 2014

Where were you born?
I was born in Casper, Wyoming (who would have guessed that, right?!)

What brought you to UHCL?
I came to UHCL after finishing my Associates in Business Management at San Jac. My reason for choosing to continue my education at UHCL, as opposed to anywhere else, was the location. I was able to attend classes while my then young son was at school and be home to meet his school bus. Additionally, the accounting faculty had practical experience in the field, which was a quality I was particularly interested in from my faculty.

Who was your favorite professor?
Choosing a favorite professor is difficult! (I can only think of two that I disliked from all my time there.) That being said my favorite non-accounting professor would be Dr. Black and my favorite accounting professor would be Dr. Lacina.

Why do you serve as an AAEC member?
I serve as an AAEC member because I believe that the alumni are one of the greatest resources of the University and that they have been historically underutilized. It is my desire to change that.

What talent, ability or resource do you most hope to bring to AAEC service?
My talents and resources that I hope to bring to this position include a passion for the university and fresh ideas and perspectives. I am also enthusiastic and determined.

Juan Traslaviña, '87 BS, '93 MS
School of Computer Science and Engineering

2012 Distinguished Alumnus
Joined AAEC: 2012

Juan Traslaviña, '87, '93Where were you born?
Santafe de Bogota, Colombia

What brought you to UHCL?
The computer science program and the location.

Who was your favorite professor?
Dr. Davari

Why do you serve as an AAEC member?
Great opportunity to learn about UHCL and our community and contribute to connecting and acknowledging our alumni and community.

What talent, ability or resource do you most hope to bring to AAEC service?
Bringing people together, supporting on-going activities, leading and creating activities that contribute to the university, our alumni and our community.

Nina Valverde, ’04 BBA
School of Business
Joined AAEC: 2014

Where were you born?
Born in Wharton, Texas

What brought you to UHCL?
UHCL offered a great business program I liked the smaller setting which gave it that "at home" feel and the convenience that it was local and offered everything I needed to complete a BBA.

Who was your favorite professor?
Favorite Professor was Nan Muir

Why do you serve as an AAEC member?
I serve as an AAEC member to give back to the University. Also, it is an opportunity to get involved in activities that will promote future growth within the university. UHCL has supported me not only in my education but developing community relationships. With these opportunities I am most grateful to encourage others to get involved and engaged with such a wonderful University.

What talent, ability or resource do you most hope to bring to AAEC service?
I look to bring my experience in business to help grow the organization. In owning my own business I was involved in developing ideas, creating a customer base, training, and motivating. I am eagerly excited to incorporate all of these things in future plans of the organization.

Vicki Villarreal Lenio, '92 BS, '03 MS
School of Education
 Joined AAEC: 2013

Vicki Villarreal Lenio, '92 BS, '03 MSWhere were you born?
Ancon, Canal Zone, Panama

What brought you to UHCL?
I originally came to UHCL to complete my degree in Elementary Education with a Specialization in Early Childhood.

Who was your favorite professor?
It is too difficult to choose a favorite. I have many that I am fond of from the Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral Programs, as well as several faculty who sponsored extracurricular organizations, and/or events.

Why do you serve as an AAEC member?
I love UHCL and want others to recognize everything our campus has to offer, as well as the great foundation for life learning that it can provide.

What talent, ability or resource do you most hope to bring to AAEC service?
I hope to share my passion for learning.

Fay Watson, '89 BS, '92 MS
School of Science and Computer Engineering
Joined AAEC: 2013

Fay Watson, '89 BS, '92 MSWhere were you born?
I was born in Livonia, Michigan.

What brought you to UHCL?
UHCL's smaller class sizes and great flexibility in when classes were offered appealed to me. As pregnant student who was working part time, I needed that flexibility, especially after having my baby.

Who was your favorite professor?
W. Ronald Mills

Why do you serve as an AAEC member?
I wish to give back to the university because of how much I have benefited from my association with the UHCL.

What talent, ability or resource do you most hope to bring to AAEC service?
I am creative, I am not afraid to ask for things and have very good computer, graphics and web design skills.


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