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Office of the General Counsel

311 Ezekiel Cullen Building
Houston, Texas 77204-2028
(832) 842- 0949
(713) 743-0948 (Fax)

Office of Contract Administration

Email:  contractadmin@uh.edu
311 Ezekiel Cullen Building
Houston, Texas 77204-2028
(832) 842-7078
(713) 743-5664 (Fax)

Equal Opportunity Services

Email: eos@uh.edu
153 Student Services Center 2
Houston, TX 77204-3020
(713) 743-8835
(713) 743-0959 (Fax)

Office of Intellectual Property Management

316 Ezekiel Cullen Building
Houston, TX 77204-2015
(713) 743-9222
(713) 743-9227 (Fax)
 

Office of the General Counsel

 
Vice Chancellor / Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel
Dona H. Cornell
B.A., University of Texas, 1982
J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 1986
E-mail:dhcornell@uh.edu
Phone: (832) 842-0949

Associate Vice Chancellor / Vice President for Legal Affairs and Associate General Counsel 
Mark R. Yzaguirre
B.A., Rice University, 1994
J.D., Harvard Law School, 1997
E-mail: myzaguirre@uh.edu
Phone: (713) 743-3701

Associate General Counsel
Valerie Coleman-Ferguson
B.A.W., Howard University, 1981
J.D., Thurgood Marshall School of Law, 1985
E-mail: viferguson@uh.edu
Phone: (832) 842-0949

Associate General Counsel
Eric D. Bentley
B.A., Hawaii Pacific University, 2000.
M.S.S., United States Sports Academy, 2003
J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 2004
E-mail: ebentley@uh.edu
Phone: (832) 842-7082

Senior Assistant General Counsel
Jennifer E. Bloom
B.A., Dartmouth College, 1989
J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 1997
E-mail: jebloom@uh.edu
Phone: (832) 842-7083

Senior Assistant General Counsel
Ruth E. Shapiro
B.A., University of Rochester, 1982
J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1985
E-mail: rshapiro@uh.edu
Phone: (832) 842-7088

Senior Assistant General Counsel
Talibah P. Young
B.A., Clark Atlanta University, 1997
J.D., Thurgood Marshall School of Law, 2000
E-mail: tyoung@uh.edu
Phone: (832) 842-7090

Assistant General Counsel
Lauri S. Ruiz
B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1980
J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 1987
E-mail:lsruiz@uh.edu
Phone: (832) 842-7086

Executive Administrative Assistant
Leslie Pruski
E-mail: lpruski@uh.edu
Phone: (832) 842-0949

Legal Assistant
Myra Evans
B.A., Sam Houston State University, 2011
Legal Assistant Certificate Program, University of Texas at Austin, 2000
E-mail:  mjholiday@uh.edu
Phone:  (832) 842-7087

Immigration Specialist 
Kate Hammons
Email:  kehammons@uh.edu
Phone: (832) 842-7085

Office Assistant
Jacqueline Lerma
Email:  jglerma@uh.edu
Phone:  (832) 842-7092


Office of Contract Administration

Associate Vice Chancellor / Vice President for Legal Affairs and Associate General Counsel 
Mark R. Yzaguirre
B.A., Rice University, 1994
J.D., Harvard Law School, 1997
E-mail: myzaguirre@uh.edu
Phone: (713) 743-3754

Associate General Counsel
Tiffany Melchers
B.A., Winthrop University, 2003
J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law, 2005
E-mail: tmmelchers@uh.edu
Phone: (832) 842-7094
Assistant General Counsel
Shereese Mayo-Ward
B.S., George Mason University, 1997
J.D., The Catholic University of American
     Columbus School of Law 2005
LL.M. in Taxation, University of Houston Law Center,  2014 
LL.M. in Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources, University of Houston Law Center, 2014
Email: smayward@uh.edu
Phone:  (832) 842-7093
 
Contracts Administrator
Donna Halton

E-mail: dhalton@uh.edu
Phone: (832) 842-7078

Office of Equal Opportunity Services 

Assistant Vice Chancellor / Vice President for Equal Opportunity Services 
Dr. Richard Anthony Baker

B.S.W., University of Texas at Austin, 1999
J.D., M.P.A., Texas Tech University, 2002
Ph.D., Texas Tech University, 2010
Email: rabaker4@uh.edu
Phone: (713) 743-8835

Assistant Director
Brian A. Schaffer

B.A., Stony Brook University, 1980
J.D., American University Law School, 1983
LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center, 1985
Email: baschaffer@uh.edu
Phone: (713) 743-0956

Equal Opportunity Specialist
Jyl A. Shaffer
B.A. Clarion University of Pennsylvania, 2002
M.A. Lipscomb University, 2011
Email:  jrshaffer@uh.edu
Phone:  (713) 743-8821

Equal Opportunity Coordinator
Mandisa Oliver
Email:  mcoliver@uh.edu
Phone:  (713) 743-5635