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Meet the Team
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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Executive Director, Communications
Office of Communications
Melcher Hall Room 320G
University of Houston
Houston, TX 77204-6021
Executive Director of Communications
In her role, Jessica leads all integrated communication and creative efforts to build brand awareness and reputation of Bauer College, overseeing a talented (and award-winning!) group of communication professionals who develop the college’s digital, print, video and social media assets. In addition, she directs the college’s editorial strategy and serves as editor, art director and a member of the writing team for Inside Bauer magazine. Under Jessica’s leadership, the college has redesigned its website, launched a magazine, podcast and online branded merchandise store, cultivated an engaged social media community through consistent and relevant original content, earned international, national and local media placement for faculty experts, and rebranded creative campaigns to align with overall strategy and messaging. The Office of Communications team has been recognized for strategy and tactics with over two dozen awards since 2014, including Marketer of the Year (Education) by the American Marketing Association – Houston in 2017.
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.
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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 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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Hailing from Columbia, South Carolina, Justin received his BFA in Graphic Design at the University of South Carolina in 2015. After working for a year at USC's Creative Services and then moving to Houston, he continues his design career here at Bauer's Office of Communications. Justin loves to play guitar, read sci-fi novels, draw, and explore the ridiculously massive city that is Houston.
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.
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Allison enjoys (probably too much) being able to call herself a native Texan. Although she ventured out to Savannah, Georgia to receive her B.F.A. in Graphic Design, she swears she'll never move anywhere unless they have REAL tacos. Allison enjoys learning new skills, consuming large amounts of caffeine, and working with people. When she's not contributing to society, she's probably spending time with her massive Mexican family, brunching, or battling Houston traffic.