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The Office of Communications of the UH C. T. Bauer College of Business is the central information dissemination unit for the college. The team handles both internal and external communication, promoting activities of faculty, staff and students, while keeping donors, alumni, prospective students, media and the community up-to-date on Bauer College. Click here to contact members of the Office of Communications team.
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Media Relations Representative
Office of Communications
Melcher Hall Room 320G
University of Houston
Houston, TX 77204-6021
Director of Communications
Jessica is a proud Cougar who has played a number of roles at the University of Houston, from student to two-time alumna and now staff member, as director of communications at Bauer College. In this position, she leads all integrated communication and creative efforts to build brand awareness and reputation of Bauer College and oversees a talented group of communication professionals who handle the college’s Web site, printed publications, video production, photography, media relations, advertising, marketing and social media. Jessica loves exploring the UH campus, particularly the three Starbucks locations and all of the new buildings that have popped up since her days as an undergrad in the early 2000s. She joined the Bauer staff in 2007 as communications manager; before that, she was a reporter at The Baytown Sun. Jessica earned her master’s degree in mass communication and public relations from (where else?) the University of Houston. She is a new mother, and in her spare time, she takes iPhone photos of her son and marvels at his cuteness. She also likes going to concerts with her husband, Michael, a two-time alumnus of the University of Houston-Clear Lake. She was born and mostly raised in South Louisiana and thinks Mardi Gras should be a national holiday.
Amanda graduated from Sam Houston State University in May 2010 with a BA in Mass Communication and a minor in English. Her career began in 2008 as on-air talent at 90.5 KSHU, the student-run radio station on the Sam Houston campus, where she worked her way up to program director during her final year in college.
As Communications Coordinator for Bauer College, Amanda is in charge of day-to-day workflow and makes sure projects are moving along. She also updates and creates signage for Melcher Hall, writes stories for the Bauer website and Inside Bauer, and also records voiceovers for Bauer videos. When she isn't at work, Amanda enjoys crocheting, watching movies and spending time with her dogs Dolly and Willie.
Web Developer 3
Marla was born and raised in central Iowa and moved to Houston upon graduating from Iowa State University with a degree in graphic design. She spent nearly 20 years of her career working for The Houston Post and The Houston Chronicle as a news artist, web designer and online art and design editor. When she’s not working on web design she’s tending her garden with her husband and daughter where they grow organic herbs, vegetables and fruit that they sell at local farmers markets. Marla is a big sports fan especially of baseball, college basketball and football. She loves spending time with her family and friends, great food, music and books of all genres.
Web Developer 3
Brandon is a web developer and professional communicator who is proud to be a part of the Office of Communications in the C. T. Bauer College of Business. A graduate of the UH School of Communication (Go COOGS!) and former Editor of The Daily Cougar, Brandon has worked at five media outlets in Texas including the Houston Chronicle. He also previously worked for the University of Houston supporting faculty and students in the College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. When he's not coding in the Bauer Web Development Team Cave (BWDTC, Melcher-320K) he's probably in his garden or spending time with his family.
Media Relations Representative
Danielle is a proud Cougar alumna who received her B.A. in Media Studies from Valenti School of Communication in 2011. She began her career writing for her hometown newspaper and previously worked with Cougar Athletics' marketing department, AEG Live/The Messina Group and Chevron Houston Marathon. She has experience in college recruiting and admissions as well as social media management. As Media Relations Rep, she is the initial contact for media outlets who want to cover Bauer's newsworthy happenings. She develops content for Inside Bauer magazine and the college's media websites as well as whatever else the communication department requests, including, but not limited to: daily Starbucks runs, bringing homemade baked goods to the office, and sharing her wealth of pop culture knowledge. She enjoys building Lego masterpieces with her son; attending concerts with her fiancé; reading for her monthly book club; spending countless hours on celebrity social media sites; and reminiscing with her college best friends about their University of Houston "glory days."
Graphic Designer 2
Born and raised in Reading, Pennsylvania, Chelsea has always had a passion for design and the arts. She graduated from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in 2012 with a B.F.A. in Communication Design concentrating in Advertising and Graphic Design. While studying at KU, she had the opportunity to begin her career as a graphic design intern at the corporate offices of VF Outlet and as an intern at a small, award-winning studio, Partners Design. Upon graduation, she continued her career as a graphic designer at a small publishing company in Easton, Pennsylvania working primarily on the company's largest regional lifestyle magazine, Lehigh Valley Style. Excited to be living and working as a graphic designer in the Houston area, Chelsea brings with her a fabulous (and growing!) collection of shoes, a taste for Starbucks, and a love for all things Philly sports. But don't try and challenge her to a bowling match--she's a former collegiate academic All-American bowler.
Graphic Designer 2
Kari hails from the great Hoosier state and is a 2007 graduate of Herron school of Art and Design in Indianapolis. Kari began her career as a graphic designer at Purdue University, working for the College of Engineering and the Office of Marketing and Media. After spending a few years working as a Senior Production Associate for a healthcare communications group in Carmel, IN, Kari rejoins the world of academia as a Graphic Designer 2 in the Bauer Office of Communications. Kari brings with her a great passion for design along with an enthusiasm for photography, a love of the outdoors, music and hats.
Social Media Coordinator
Carolyn graduated from Purdue University in May 2012 with degrees in Professional Writing and English Literature. After a year in Chicago freelance writing for magazines, she accepted a position in Houston, said goodbye to her beloved Chicago Bears, and migrated south to bask in the warmer weather. She is thrilled to be back in the world of academia as the first staff social media coordinator in the Bauer Office of Communications. When she isn’t glued to various screens checking the amount of likes, favorites, and comments her social media posts receive, Carolyn enjoys spending time with her Miniature Schnauzer puppy, cheering on Boilermaker sports teams, and playing her trumpet.
Nicki (Evans) Simpson is a native Texan, making her way to Houston from the alligator capital of Texas (Anahuac) and a few other stops around Southeast and East Texas. Nicki has had a passion for photography since she was 15 and is rarely spotted without some type of camera. At Lamar University, Nicki studied communication and journalism in hopes of becoming a photojournalist. After earning her bachelor's degree, Nicki worked as the only photographer at The Baytown Sun for four years before turning her focus to portrait photography. Since then, Nicki has been self-employed, shooting a variety of portraits and events. She now uses those skills to photograph various Bauer events and to make portraits for Bauer's website and Inside Bauer magazine. When Nicki isn't working as a photographer, she enjoys hanging out with her husband on their boat, Geronimo, and wakeboarding on one of the numerous Texas waterways.
Abigail is a senior at the University of Houston where she is working on her Bachelor’s degree in communications and a minor in marketing. She has just joined the Bauer staff in spring 2015. In her spare time she likes to play the Sims 4, read on her Kindle, go shopping, attend many concerts with her boyfriend and spend time with her family.
Native to Dallas and raised in Fort Worth, Trey is still a stranger to Houston. He studies Print Journalism and English with a Creative Writing concentration in the hope of becoming a travel writer after graduation in 2017. In the meantime, Trey reports regularly for the Cougar and Inside Bauer Magazine. When he isn’t scribbling stories into his notebooks, he passes his days exploring the metroplex, visiting museums, and ambling about in city parks.