Staff Bios for University Media Relations

ERIC GERBER: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/COMMUNICATIONEric Gerber, Executive Director/Communication

Eric’s career in daily print journalism covered more than two decades, with positions ranging from film critic and book editor to editorial writer and daily columnist. He also worked in the online field as senior producer with Microsoft Sidewalk and as editor-in-chief of Citysearch/Houston. In addition to serving on the faculty at Sam Houston State University, he has taught courses in film, literature and communications at other area universities. He has won awards from the Texas Headliners, the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and the Houston Press Club. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism education and a master's in English, both from UH.

Francine Parker, Internal CommunicationsFRANCINE PARKER: MANAGER FOR INTERNAL COMMUNICATION

Francine Parker is a veteran University of Houston staff member. Prior to joining UH, Francine was a reporter for the Waco Tribune-Herald. She has received numerous honors, including two Council for the Advancement and Support of Education District IV awards. She holds a master of business administration from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and a bachelor of journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

KRISTINA MICHEL: MEDIA RELATIONS PROGRAM COORDINATORKristina Michel

Kristina Michel joined the University Communication team in 2011.  Previously, she was the communications specialist for the National Pharmacy Technician Association (NPTA), a non-profit trade association.  She served as managing editor of the organization’s trade publication, Today’s Technician, and was a principal contributor to the NPTA’s website.  Michel also worked as an intern for City of Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s election campaign and for the Houston Wellness Association.  A native Houstonian, she graduated summa cum laude from UH in 2008 as a member of The Honors College with a bachelor’s degree in communications/print media.  She worked as a reporter for the UH student newspaper, the Daily Cougar, in 2008.  Her hobbies include reading, writing, swimming, going to the movies, traveling and looking for interesting new restaurants.  Since both her parents and a number of other relatives have also attended UH, Michel says that her return as an employee feels a lot like coming home.