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Linda Bullock, '96 BS, '98 MA

Come Fly with Me: Beyond the Pan Am Adventures

Linda Bullock, '96 BS, '98 MAAs UHCL Assistant Dean of Student Diversity and Director of the Office of Intercultural and International Student Services, Linda Contreras Bullock focuses on creating a welcoming campus climate for all students, staff and faculty. In addition to her other roles, Bullock also serves as the director of the National Coalition Building Institute Campus Affiliate as well as senior diversity training leader for NC BI International, Southwest Region and the Latino Constituency. She was a member of the Editorial Review Board for "Women in Higher Education and Student Affairs: Research and Practices from a Feminist Perspective" and co-author of "Sister Circles, Women in Student Affairs." She is a UHCL alumna twice-over, having received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts at the university.

Everette Penn

Breaking the Cycle: Raising Children to Reject the Violence

Everette PennEverette B. Penn serves as UHCL associate professor of criminology and division chair of Behavioral and Social Sciences in the School of Human Sciences and Humanities. He is co-founder and director the Teen And Police Service Academy (, which works with at-risk teens to reduce the social distance between police, teens and their communities. His is the author of several books, articles and reports. His latest book, "Race and Juvenile Justice," will be published in late 2013. With more than 20 years of experience working with teens and young adults, Penn’s focus is on prevention of juvenile crime and community development.

Estella Hernández Gillette, '86 BBA, '94 MA

Adapting Your Path to Success

Estella Hernández Gillette, '86 BBA, '94 MAEstella Hernández Gillette retired in January 2006, after 40 years of federal civil service, most of that time at NASA Johnson Space Center. Gillette joined NASA in 1964 as a clerk-stenographer, one year after becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen (born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico). From her executive secretarial position, she transitioned to several other clerical and professional positions before eventually being named Deputy Director of External Relations, her final federal civil service position before retirement. Gillette is the recipient of several NASA awards, including the Exceptional Service Medal and the Exceptional Achievement Medal, as well as external awards, including the Innovative Trend Setter Award from the United Cerebral Palsy. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from UHCL and, more recently, earned a Doctor of Education degree in December 2012 from The George Mason University in Washington D.C. She is on leave from her position as adjunct faculty at the Houston Branch of the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a position she has held since the year 2000. She and her husband Pete, who also retired from NASA in January 2006, have two grown sons.

Shawn McCann, '02 MA

Asleep At Work: Surviving the Ever-Changing Workplace

Shawn McCann, '02 MAShawn McCann owns and operates McCann Consulting while working as an employee relations professional in Houston. In addition, he formerly worked as an adjunct professor of Sociology at University of Houston-Clear Lake, College of the Mainland and Houston Community College. Additionally, he serves as a professional mediator. Shawn is a frequent lecturer and holds a master’s degree in Behavioral Science from the UH-Clear Lake and a bachelor’s degree from Texas Southern University. He enjoys traveling, volunteering, writing and spending time with his family. He lives with his wife Sara and their children in Houston. McCann is the author of the well-received book "Asleep At Work," a profound and thought-provoking book that teaches people how to transform their lives and make adjustments in the midst of setbacks, institutional denial, politics and other challenges in the workplace.

Sandra Mossman, '87 Mid-Management Certificate, '87 Supervisor Certificate

A Balancing Act: You Can Do It!

Sandra Mossman, '87 Mid-Management Certificate, '87 Supervisor CertificateDr. Sandra Mossman was named Superintendent of schools for the Clear Creek Independent School District in 2003. She is the first female superintendent and the first employee to come up through the ranks in the district to become superintendent. Mossman began her career in Clear Creek ISD in January 1985 as the special programs counselor and team leader at Seabrook Intermediate School, where she later served as principal. In 1993 she was named principal of Clear Brook High School. Mossman joined the Education Support Center administrative staff in 1997 as executive director for the Clear Creek Cluster and was then promoted to associate superintendent for instruction, and later deputy superintendent of schools. Mossman’s professional honors include the Educational Leadership Award by the Clear Creek Educators Association and the 1994 Administrator of the Year for large school districts in the state by the Texas Classroom Teachers Association. Now retired, she serves on various boards and committees in the Bay Area. She and her husband, Gary Mossman, have three grown children, all graduates of Clear Creek ISD and six grandchildren.

Mike McMullen

Mega-Churches, Methodists and Muslims: New Trends in American Religion

Mike McMullenUHCL Associate Professor of Sociology and Cross Cultural Studies Michael McMullen writes and teaches about a number of topics including Bahá'í studies, the sociology of religion, organizational development and change, and conflict resolution and mediation. His first book "The Bahá'í: The Religious Construction of a Global Identity" came out in 2000 from Rutgers University Press. He continues to do research in the American Bahá'í community, and is working on a book about the history of conflict resolution in the U.S. McMullen also worked for five years at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, Ga. as a researcher and workshop facilitator. Most recently, Mike spent a year living in Cairo, Egypt as a Fulbright Scholar, teaching at American University in Cairo during the 2009-2010 academic year.

Steven A. Egger

The Myths of Serial Murder

Steven A. EggerUHCL Associate Professor of Criminology and Program Director Steven Egger has been conducting research on serial murder since 1983. He was Project Director of the development of the Homicide Assessment and Lead Tracking system for the state of New York, which was the first computerized system to track and identify serial killers and became a model for a number of other statewide systems in the U.S. Egger has written four books on serial murder including his latest, "The Killers Among Us: An examination of Serial Murder and Its Investigation," as well as many articles about the topic. He has been interviewed by local, state and national media including CNN and Associated Press. He currently serves as a board member of the Innocence Project of Texas, an organization that conducts research advocating for the release of incarcerated people the project believes are innocent.

Greg Smith, '84 MS

Lessons Learned: The Real Truth about Public Education

Greg Smith, '84 MSAs one of the most child-centered leaders in the state, Greg Smith has served as Clear Creek Independent School District superintendent since 2008. In 2012, he was named the Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Association of School Boards and the top administrator by the Texas Classroom of Teachers Association. Under his superintendence, student performance has increased in all state indicators as well as college entrance exams. Prior to joining Clear Creek ISD in 1996 as an executive director for the Clear Lake Cluster, Smith served as superintendent in the Alvin ISD and as deputy superintendent of Pearland ISD. His other administrative roles throughout his career have included as assistant principal and principal for Galveston ISD schools and as principal in a Pearland ISD school. He earned a master’s degree in educational management from UH-Clear Lake and was named a Distinguished Alumnus in 2010.

William A. Staples

History in the Making: UHCL's First Freshman Class

William A. StaplesDr. William A. Staples became the fourth president of University of Houston-Clear Lake in 1995. As president, UH-Clear Lake has built vital partnerships, developed new academic programs and expanded the university’s endowment. Staples joined UHCL in 1979 and served the School of Business as associate professor, professor, coordinator, program director, associate dean and dean. Major initiatives during Staples’ tenure as UHCL president include the establishment of the UHCL Pearland Campus in partnership with the City of Pearland, the introduction of UHCL’s first doctoral program, the offering of undergraduate and graduate programs in healthcare administration in the Texas Medical Center. The most significant new initiative for UH-Clear Lake will occur in fall 2014 when UHCL transitions from an upper-level to a four-year university.

Nina Valverde, '94 BA

How To: The Sweet Success of Your Small Business

Nina Valverde, '94 BANina Valverde owns and operates Cosmo’s Gourmet Co. Bakery & Deli in Nassau Bay, Texas. Nina received her BBA in Management from UHCL in 2004. After graduation, Nina completed an alternative education program and became a certified teacher with the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District. Over the next five years, Nina assumed several leadership roles at her school campus which included serving as a UIL and Science Olympiad Coach, Campus Science Facilitator, and Team Lead for the Second Grade Teaching Staff. Nina always had a passion for baking that developed when she was a little girl baking with her mother, aunts and grandmothers. She married her husband, Jaime, in 2011 and relocated to the Clear Lake area. It was then that her passion for baking took her and her husband in a different direction. When Texas passed the Cottage Food Law in Sept. 2011, Nina started baking and selling baked goods from her home. Within six months, Nina had developed a following of loyal customers. In July 2012, she opened the doors of her own business where she applies her business management degree to sell her favorite recipes!

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