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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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For direct media inquiries and to interview a faculty expert, contact:

Jessica Navarro
Director, Communications
713-743-4348
jnavarro@bauer.uh.edu

Danielle Ponder
Media Relations Representative
713-743-4334
dnponder@uh.edu


Office of Communications
Melcher Hall Room 320G
University of Houston
Houston, TX 77204-6021


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Jessica Navarro

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.

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Amanda Sebesta

Communications Coordinator

Amanda graduated from Sam Houston State University in May 2010, with a B.A. in Mass Communication and a minor in English. Her career began at KSHU, the student-run radio station on the Sam Houston campus, in 2008 as on-air talent, eventually working he way up to Program Director during her last year. As Communications Assistant for Bauer College, Amanda has a wide range of responsibilities and tasks each day. She is always updating and creating signage (print and digital) for Melcher Hall, writing stories for the Bauer Web site and creating content for MyBauerPride.com, and even helping out on video shoots and recording voiceovers. Amanda spends her days off crocheting, watching movies and baking her favorite dessert, cupcakes.

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Marla Molony

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.

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Brandon Moeller

Web Developer 2

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.

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Danielle Ponder

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."

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Caleb Theimer

Videographer/Editor

Caleb’s interest in visual storytelling developed early in his youth when he started making movies with his dad’s old VHS camera. That interest quickly turned into a passion for digital cinematography, which led him to earn B.S. in Digital Media Arts from John Brown University in 2011. Caleb has enjoyed lighting, shooting, editing, and creating motion graphics for several different companies in Nebraska, Arkansas, Dallas and Houston. No matter what the subject is, he is always looking for better ways to make his videos look awesome.

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Chelsea Adam

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.

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Kari Burns

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.

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Chase Pedigo

Photographer

Starting with his photography internship with the Houston Astros, Chase’s passion for pictures grew. In 2008, he graduated from UH with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations. Even as a communication student, Chase found his way to Bauer through the Program for Excellence in Selling and working as a freelance photographer for the college. Now, as a member of the Office of Communication team, you can find him running from event to event, as well as setting up portraits of students, faculty, staff, corporate partners and alumni that are used in the college’s print pieces, ads and websites.

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Alyssa Palomo

Graphic Design Assitant

Alyssa graduated from St. Edward’s University in 2010 with a degree in Communication and a Photo minor. She liked communication so much she decided to go for her master’s degree in Mass Communication here at the University of Houston. Her enthusiasm for designing began as an undergrad at the student-run newspaper. In her spare time she is known to peruse design blogs, bake, knit/crochet, read, make greeting cards or daydream about Christmas. She is believed to be an 80-something masquerading as a 20-something.

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Ann Lynd

Writer

Ann is a student worker in the Office of Communications at the C. T. Bauer College of Business. She writes for the Bauer Ticker and Inside Bauer. She is currently an undergraduate in the Jack J. Valenti School of Communications with a concentration in public relations. When she isn't studying, the photography and television enthusiast enjoys reading, writing and beating others at her favorite board games.

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