Preparing for Change
University of Houston-Clear Lake Alumni Association’s Executive Council held its annual elections at their spring meeting. Johnny Galaviz, ’07, was named AAEC Chair for 2014-15 after being elected to the Vice-Chair position last year. Helping him lead the AAEC will be Vice-Chair Tracy McKinley, ’12 and Communications Officer Patrick Cardenas, ’07, ’09.
The AAEC also welcomed new members Mark Andersen, ’07; Carla Bradley, ’11; Randall Garcia, ’88, ’96, ’14; Amanda Schoolcraft, ’11; and Nina Valverde, ’04.
Galaviz is no stranger to volunteer work and being active in the community. He was awarded The City of Houston Juneor’s Anti-Gang Office “Mentor of the Year” award in 2013 for his work with at-risk youth in east Houston. While working with these youth is a passion for Galaviz, he also saw a unique opportunity to serve his alma mater when UHCL underwent the transition to a four-year institution.
“I wanted to be chair of AAEC because I wanted the opportunity to help out the Alumni Association as much as I could,” says Galaviz. “I am grateful to have graduated from such a wonderful university and wanted to express my gratitude by taking on a leadership role with my alma mater.”
As the student body of UHCL changes so will the experiences of its alumni once the freshman and sophomores matriculate. Galaviz recognizes the need to prepare for those changes now so that the AAEC is ready for those graduates.
“I would love to increase our presence on campus and establish new ideas to reach out to our almost 60,000 alumni. When this year is over I would like my time as chair to be remembered as a very productive year in establishing new ideas for future growth of the AAEC.”
Galaviz knows that stepping up to a leadership role is a serious commitment. He weighed his options carefully before accepting the position as vice-chair a year ago, which he knew would move him directly into the chair position during this critical time for UHCL.
As a mentor and leader, he has this advice for someone considering stepping up to a leadership role in any organization: “I am going to have to quote Gandhi on this one: ‘Be the change you wish to see in this world.’”
For more information on how you can get involved in the Alumni Association, visit www.uhcl.edu/alumni or contact the association at firstname.lastname@example.org or 281-283-2021.
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