Enita Torres, Interim Executive Director University Marketing
A native New Yorker, Enita came here 30 years ago under protest and unexpectedly fell in love with Houston. A big reason for her conversion was the amazing and affordable University of Houston. She graduated from UH with a BFA in Design/minor in Art History (’89). A proud design nerd, she is obsessed by fonts, composition and technique. After graduating, she ran the graphics/photography department at the UH College of Optometry for eight years, then did contract design work for various Houston corporations, followed by six years at the Houston Chronicle as an animation designer. Enita is delighted to be back at her alma mater, designing for a cause near and dear to her heart. When she’s not promoting Red, Enita enjoys working on her needy 1920 Heights’ bungalow with her sainted partner of 25 years, Barbara. She also loves cooking, carpentry, metalsmithing, traveling, knitting and irony.
Brandy Holmes, Interim Director of University Marketing
Brandy, a native Houstonian and University of Texas at Austin graduate, developed her marketing leadership skills with creative companies in New York City and Houston. In New York, she worked in the music industry with Wind-up Records and in publishing with The Overlook Press. Upon returning to Houston, Brandy worked as the marketing manager at Stages Repertory Theatre before coming to the University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance in 2007 to work as the marketing manager. With more than a decade of professional experience in creative environments, Brandy currently serves as the assistant marketing director in the office of Marketing & Communication. She’s a passionate “brand nut” who can talk your ear off about brand strategy, visual identity and research. Brandy loves raising a family in Houston and enjoys attending arts events and trying new restaurants with her husband – when she can find a babysitter.
Nerissa Lawford, Communications Manager
Nerissa, a Jamerican, was born and raised in Houston and is a proud UH alum. She admittedly “stumbled” into the art of communications during college and never looked back. She graduated from UH with a B.A. in Communications and a Minor in Marketing, and today is a member of the board of directors for the University of Houston Jack J. Valenti School of Communications Alumni Association. Prior to her role as Communications Manager for UH, she acquired communications, marketing, copywriting and event planning experience as an Account Manager at Association Management Consultants, a Marketing Coordinator at NACE International, a Copywriter at Garden Ridge and as a copywriter intern at Fogarty Klein Monroe. In her free time, Nerissa is an avid soccer player and fan. She loves reggae music, traveling, shopping, game nights, watching Golden Girls reruns and spending quality time with family and friends.
Taylor Nussbaum, Communications Manager, Energy Initiative
A native Houstonian and University of Houston alumna, Taylor graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in marketing. During her career, she has pursued opportunities in both Texas and Oregon, and quickly established herself as an entrepreneur and marketing expert. Her experiences range from creating a line of jewelry, which was successfully marketed throughout the Pacific Northwest, to providing marketing and communication support for a number of organizations and Fortune 500 companies. Besides being the marketing communications director for the Boy Scouts of America, Taylor also has experience as the branded promotions manager with Conoco Inc. and marketing project management positions with BMC Software, Schlumberger and AIG. In addition to her career accomplishments, Taylor has traveled extensively throughout the United States and overseas; including participating in the Semester at Sea program and traveling around the world . She has a passion for cycling, cooking, discovering new restaurants and spending time with her toy poodle, Gidget.
Megan Streete, Communications Director, College of Architecture
Megan never imagined after 20 years her life would lead her back to her hometown of Houston. After graduating from Baylor University, Megan followed her dream of working in journalism and moved to New York City to work in network news. Throughout her 10 year career producing breaking news, Megan worked for a number of notable national news programs including ABC Good Morning America, CNN Anderson Cooper 360, Connie Chung Tonight and Paula Zahn Now. As a Senior Editorial Producer, she traveled to breaking news stories across the country to produce live remotes for various anchors. After winning a Peabody and DuPont award for Katrina and Tsunami coverage, her desire for a “blackberry-less” life became more desirable than winning the ratings rat race. Since returning to Texas, she has worked with a diverse group of clients providing media training, website consulting, public and media relations. When she is away from the office, you can find her and her husband mastering their BBQ skills or taking road trips in the Texas Hill Country.
Tammi Bui, Senior Graphic Designer
To Tammi Bui, graphic design is a career, not a job. And she brings that attitude to work every day as a senior graphic designer. Tammi has a graphic design degree from Bradford School and brings more than nine years of experience to UH. Before coming to UH, she worked for Mikel Marketing as creative director, and also got involved as an event coordinator for runway fashion shows and red-carpet events. Tammi likes to work hard and play hard, and is lucky enough to have her favorite hobby also be her job. She also runs her own freelance graphic design firm. Tammi says she values things that money can’t buy – and for everything else, there’s Mastercard.
Damisi DeLaney, Senior Graphic Designer
Damisi DeLaney is passionate about design that blends vintage and modern techniques; is a total sports fan since she grew up the only girl among four brothers, and is obsessed with shoes but hates shopping. Her mix-and-match style inspires an original approach to life and work. Originally from California, Damisi has been in Houston eight years, during which she graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Communication. Her five years’ experience in design includes McAby Media, where she did layouts, applications, web and print design, trade show collateral, photography and food styling. At home, she collects vintage pin up girl graphics (1920’s through 1940’s) and anything else graphically appealing. She took a motorcycle training course a few years ago, hoping her husband would invite her join his bike club. That invitation is still pending.
Terri Hebert, Senior Graphic Designer
Terri Hebert won her first art contest in fourth grade and knew at that point she wanted to be an artist for life. In high school, she painted the run-through posters for the football team, advertising billboards for the baseball fences, was cartoonist for the school newspaper and served as the art club president. After graduating from the University of Texas with a BFA specializing in typography and graphic design, Terri began freelancing for design firms and advertising agencies. Her career as a graphic artist and web designer spans more than 20 years, including positions with Compaq Computer Corporation and Texas Children’s Hospital. In her spare time, she is an avid movie buff, pug owner and committed to-do list tackler who loves a good project. As a creative person who is “just plain curious” she thrives on new experiences and challenges.
Thomas Campbell, Photographer
Photography has been a passion of Thomas Campbell for most of his life. That passion has led the New Orleans native overseas to document the effects of genocide in the Sudan and the plight of orphans in India. These days, he’s bringing his more than four years of professional and 10 years of hobby experience to UH, where he focuses on creative marketing photography for the Office of Marketing & Communication. Thomas, who earned a B.S. in Agriculture, Communications and Journalism, with an emphasis on video and photojournalism from Texas A&M University, is as comfortable shooting pictures on the sports field – he’s attended college and professional sporting events at 60 stadiums across the country – as he is in the board room. His work has been hung in local galleries, reprinted in books and even displayed at the National Holocaust Museum. Thomas is married to Penelope, a professional singer, and they live in Kingwood.
Jessica Villarreal, Photographer/videographer
Jessica Villarreal loves capturing the moment with images that tell the story. The Houston native first picked up a camera during a high school photography class and clicked beautifully with the process and the art. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from The Art Institute of Houston, while launching her own photography studio. She specializes in contemporary, natural-light photography of newborns, children, teens and families, as well as other genres. When not focusing on the perfect shot, Jessica enjoys trying “quirky” restaurants, shopping for antiques and working on her blog.
Aaron Rodriguez, Videographer
A Houston native and UH alum, Aaron Rodriguez is at home behind the video camera, capturing and editing the important moments of each event. Aaron began his professional training at San Jacinto College North, and receivde his B.A. in Media Productions here at UH. His portfolio of work here at UH has been shown on ESPN, Discovery Channel, and PBS. In addition to his work here at the university, Aaron has eight years of freelance experience, shooting everything from television commercials to weddings. In his off time, he is an avid PC gamer and loves listening all types of music, except country. Not surprisingly, the man behind the camera is also a huge movie fan, and tries to see at least one movie a week. But most of down time is spent experimenting with photography and with software such as Photoshop, Adobe After Effects and 3D Studiomax – work that helps him perfect his craft.
Marsha Carter, Communications Coordinator
Marsha Carter grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona and majored in cultural anthropology at Arizona State University. As a student, she won the Sterling Hayden Library Award for Literary Excellence, inspiring her to pursue a career in journalism. Through the years, she received state-level awards for radio anchoring and reporting in Arizona and Texas. She also published feature and investigative articles in local and regional magazines in both states, and was awarded “Best News Story” and “Best Feature” by the Texas Community Newspapers Association. In 1997, she joined Houston Creative Services (which later became American Color Creative Services) as copywriter for the company’s biggest client: the Houston Chronicle. Marsha soon learned the job was not the “easy A” she thought it would be. Instead, she discovered copywriting demands fresh ideas every day, strong market awareness and commitment to the message. While she has been fortunate to work with great teams, Marsha considers the UH Marketing team the best, and she’s full of Cougar Pride. In her spare time, Marsha shares very bad puns with her near and dear. Yes, she loves “punishing” them.
Vanessa Colchado, Communications Coordinator
Born and raised in Houston, Vanessa comes from a long line of proud UH alumni. Being one herself, she takes pride in her role as a member of the marketing team contributing to the University’s growth. She began her marketing career with the Campus Recreation Center and developed as a marketing professional while working with the Houston Astros and in the insurance industry. As an avid sports fan, she enjoys filling her weekends by taking in a game or yelling at the TV while watching a game. She also enjoys traveling and reading a good book now and then.
Garron Ballard, Photography/Videography Intern
Garron Ballard, who will receive his Bachelor of Science in Digital Media, December 2013, wants to use graphic communications technology to change people's lives. "I would like to translate my knowledge into a means of making a living, but also use this expertise to make a positive difference in the world we share." Garron credits the University of Houston’s Digital Media program for giving him the foundation to pursue his passions for technology and service. He has donated his services in a silent auction to raise funds for the Digital Media program and continues to do freelance photography and graphic design for Houston area non-profits. His professional goal is to be a creative director, digital strategist or digital media manager in the future. Garron is currently Vice President of the UH chapter of the International Arts Education Association, a member of the American Institute of Graphic Art, Houston and was among the first DJ’s to open the mic on COOG Radio Houston, UH’s student-run radio station.
Camille Domangue, Graphic Design Intern
Camille Domangue will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Communication in 2015. Her natural artistic talent first emerged in her sketches and drawings as a child. In high school she turned to painting and today she develops graphics projects by hand and silk screen prints in the UH Graphic Communications program, which is craft-based for the first two years. On her own time, Camille experiments with film photography and develops her own negatives, and creates elegant origami. Her goal is to travel the world as a graphic designer and artist. "I'm very interested in other cultures, because there is so much out there to learn. I feel I can continue my great UH education by going out in the world and being hands-on." Camille is a member of the Blaffer Student Association and just recently volunteered at Blaffer Art Museum’s grand reopening gala. "I got to see all the people who donate and contribute to our university’s art museum. It was a beautiful event."
Nicholas Almanza, Communications Coordinator
When the opportunity for Nicholas Almanza to relocate to Texas and write for the University of Houston came knocking, he had little choice but to get off his faux-leather Barcalounger and open the door. Nicholas received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University. After graduation, he hung around Washington, D.C. and launched his writing career in the U.S. House of Representatives as a legislative correspondent and speechwriter for Texas Congressman Silvestre Reyes. A native of El Paso, Texas, he returned to his home state where he wrote for several campaigns and public offices in Houston, Austin and El Paso. He then ventured back north and wrote grant proposals and managed foundation relations for Health Care For All, a Boston-based health care consumer advocacy organization. Yearning for warmer climates and more appetizing Mexican food, he found his way back to Houston and now happily supports the University’s advancement and development efforts by writing and editing proposals, correspondence, articles, stories and whatever else is needed. He spends his spare time reading, writing and sharing original work with his writers’ group, the Department of Accidents, caring for his aged Labradors, Chile and Kelsey, and patiently awaiting the start of college basketball season. Nicholas is looking forward to Georgetown and Houston squaring off on the Big East hardwood.
Sarah Hill, Writer/Editor II
Sarah Hill joins the Marketing and Communication team as a writer and editor, a career choice she decided on after writing and publishing her first poem in the fourth grade in her native Wisconsin. After graduating from Houston’s University of St. Thomas in 2000 with a B.A. in English and minors in Creative Writing and Theology, Sarah published “Distracted and Other Poems” with Diversity, Inc. Press out of Madison, Wisconsin. Her writing and teaching career includes decade-long relationships with both Writers in the Schools, where she engaged Houston children in the power and inspiration of reading and writing, and Houston Community College where she taught both Guided Studies and ESL Writing courses.
For those of you who are junkies of the Houston Press “Night and Day” column, you have likely read Sarah’s previews of upcoming Houston arts and entertainment events. It was her favorite contract job. You may have also lapped up her food, art and music reviews in the Houston Press, as well as in ArtsHouston Magazine, 002houston and Free Press Houston. When not publishing her original poetry in literary journals, Sarah enjoys listening to classic rock and playing movie trivia games with her husband Franz and three children, Magdalena, Jude, and Frances.
Bill Herndon, Director of Web Communications
Illinois native Bill Herndon brings a web of professional and personal creativity to the University of Houston. He has developed new technology communications strategies for nearly 20 years in state government and higher education venues. While Director of Web Services at Kansas State University, he also served on the university’s Theater Board; has acted in community theaters, and was a founding member of a comedy radio program that aired for two years. And yes, he started out decades ago as the singer in a garage band – rock on. The U.S. Navy veteran holds a bachelor’s degree in political studies from the University of Illinois-Springfield. He is excited to be at UH and living in Houston because both offer so many opportunities to be involved in the arts.
Eduardo Balingasa, Web Project Manager
It was the allure of computers and other “shiny new gadgets” that drew Eduardo Balingasa to a career in Web development. As a Web developer for the UH office of Marketing & Communication, Eduardo – known as Edu – helps keep the university’s Web site up and running. Born in the Philippines, Edu grew up in Africa. He has an associate’s degree in computer graphic design from Kingwood Community College and is working on his bachelor’s here at UH. He began his career as a graphic designer in 1994, and began Web development in 1996, working both for Lone Star College-Montgomery and on a freelance base. Here at UH, Edu uses both skill-sets, working behind the scenes to make sure department and college Web site redesigns are launched with no disruption of service.
Jessica Brand, Social Media Manager
It was the chance to get people talking and excited about her alma mater that drew Jessica Brand back to the University of Houston. As the Social Media Manager for the office of Marketing & Communication, Jessica is in charge of managing the university’s message through a variety of social media streams. A 2004 graduate of UH with a B.A. in Communications and a specialization in media production, Jessica has nearly ten years of experience in the communications industry. She spent three and a half years with the global media provider, Cision, assisting the company with a rebranding effort, producing videos, analyzing trends and managing a team of media experts. Prior to that, she served as director of photography, editor and producer of several television commercials for cruise ship events. She has created original Web content for corporate and non-profit organizations and designed promotional materials for local arts events. On the side, Jessica enjoys making music, attending concerts and sailing.
Kimberly Davis, Social Media Coordinator
Kimberly Davis brings diverse multimedia experience to her position as social media coordinator. She has been an independent experimental filmmaker since age 15, and recently completed her Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Film Production from the University of North Texas, set to graduate in May, 2013. Kimberly also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of New Mexico. She is attracted to social media communication for its dynamic reach and digital storytelling – qualities intrinsic to filmmaking. She previously served as Public Relations and Marketing Director of an Austin, Texas community television station, and has worked in sports radio, film and education venues. After growing up Grand Junction, Colorado, Kimberly loves living in the south. She spends her spare time mentoring young filmmakers, playing massive multiplayer online games, creating and baking original pies, reading up on the latest Sasquatch sightings and being a total football fangirl.
Celeste Hayes, Web Project Manager
Seeing how fast the Internet industry was growing, Celeste Hayes got involved. She received her BBA in Management Information Systems at UH’s Bauer College of Business. Now with the Marketing & Communication Web team, Celeste now develops and implements applications, database interfaces and services for the UH Web site, using programming languages such as ASP, PHP and markup languages such as HTML and XML. Beyond the Web, Celeste has many interests, including genealogy. She currently is writing a resource book for Texas genealogy. She also loves reading mysteries, taking nature walks, and singing and dancing.
Tiffany Norman, E-Communications Coordinator
Words, with their ability to inspire images and connections in the mind and heart, have always fascinated Tiffany and led her to pursue a B.A. in English with emphasis on Creative Writing at Texas State University in San Marcos. As a Houston native, she grew up admiring the symbiotic relationship between the University of Houston and the city she calls home. Prior to her current Advancement position, she held a marketing and communications position with UH’s Department of Enrollment Services. In her free time, Tiffany enjoys reading, writing and exploring creative endeavors.
Rainer Schuhsler, Web Developer II
Houston native Rainer Schuhsler attended the University of Houston for a year before transferring to Texas Tech University where he graduated with two degrees, a Bachelor of Arts in advertising and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology. While finishing his degrees in Lubbock, Texas, Rainer worked as a freelance web designer and developer and worked part-time as a graphic designer. After graduation, Rainer was hired full-time as Marketing Director by his employer and later promoted to Creative Director. Rainer is excited by new technology and the speed at which the web evolves and enjoys the challenges associated with a large university website. In his spare time he attends indie rock concerts and occasionally designs and screen prints concert posters for artists he likes.
Mahoghani Johnson, Web Intern
Mahoghani Johnson will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications/Public Relations in the Spring of 2014. Her high-achieving spirit is reaching for success today and in the long-term. Her final semester goals are to make straight A's, graduate with honors and be accepted into a "fantastic" Sports Management Program. Her career goal is to be a top level sports agent. "I have learned during my time at UH that I define what success means to me, and it's up to me to achieve that success," she says. Mahoghani is currently a marketing intern for UH Athletics and involved with the Houston Sports Marketing Association (HSMA) on campus. When asked to describe the UH spirit in three words, she says "determined, progress, rewarding."