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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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Executive Director, Communications
Office of Communications
Melcher Hall Room 320G
University of Houston
Houston, TX 77204-6021
Executive 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 executive 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.
Senior Communications Coordinator
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.
Charles Propst Jr.
A writer, director and producer of several award-winning films, Charlie's wide range of film production and corporate video experience has brought him to the Bauer College Office of Communications. Growing up with a love of movies, he followed his passions and became a graduate of the University of Houston with a degree in Media Production and a minor in Graphic Design. When he's not obsessing over how to make his work even better, he's usually glued to Netflix and anything and everything Star Wars.
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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.
Catty Galan is a current student at the Valenti School of Communications pursuing a bachelors in Public Relations. When she’s not in the Office of Communications, in class or doing homework she enjoys reading about psychology and listening to music. Her favorite types of music include soul, R&B, electronic, and pretty much anything she can sing to.
She also enjoys finding new parts of the city and stumbling across great restaurants that (hopefully) no one knows about. She’s done over 2,000+ hours of community service, and has held several officer positions in her previous community college’s Psychology Club (shout out Lonestar alumni).