UC Marketing Communications and Retail

Lawrence Daniel

Director, UC Marketing Communications and Retail

Lawrence Daniel joined the University Centers team in December 2008 as an Associate Director. He previously worked for the University of Houston Athletics Department. During his three and half years there, he worked his way from Graduate Assistant to serve as their Director of Marketing and Promotions. Lawrence, a Southern California native, received his Masters of Education Degree in Education with an emphasis in Sports Administration from the University of Houston, and earned his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Political Science from Southern University, located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

In fall 2010, he transitioned into Director for UC Marketing Communications and Retail. Lawrence is responsible for working with the different units of the University Centers to manage marketing, electronic communication, programming and retail services as well as assisting with the implementation of new Division of Student Affairs (DSA) marketing initiatives as part of his role as chair of the DSA Marketing and Communications committee.

Lawrence looks forward to helping expand awareness about programs and resources offered by the University Centers and within the Division of Student. He is excited about continuing to support the current progress and execution of all University Centers programs, while contributing to the enhancement of the college union experience for the entire campus community.

In his spare time, Lawrence enjoys spending time with his wife Candace, and daughter Drew. His leisure activities include attending sporting events, and traveling.

Alicia Garcia Valero

Coordinator, UC Creation Station

Originally from Venezuela, Alicia Garcia-Valero began working at the University of Houston in 1992. She possesses a certification in Architectural Drafting from Venezuela and a certification in Desktop Publishing from Houston Community College. Currently, Alicia is the coordinator of CreationStation and is responsible for providing a variety of services, including graphic and printing services, coordinating student-oriented sponsored sales and developing marketing strategies for Creation Station.

She is also very active as a member of the web development team and UC event planning and coordination committee. One of the most enjoyable things in her position is helping and guiding students as well as coming up with solutions to challenges that frequently arise. During her free time, Alicia also enjoys dancing, rollerblading, going to the ballet, listening to music and going to the beach.

William Schwehr

Assistant Director, UC Leisure Services

William Schwehr, otherwise known as Bill, began working at the University Center Games Room in October of 1985. He graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Business Administration and later moved on to the University of Texas at Austin where he managed the campus’ recreation center and bowling facility in 1978. Four years later, Bill was sent to Saudi Arabia on behalf of the U.S. Sports Academy to coach bowling at a Royal Saudi Air Force Base in an effort to teach sports and recreation programs to international cultures. He is currently the Assistant Director of Leisure Services at the University Centers where he is responsible for operations and programming at the UC Games Room and UC Satellite facilities. He feels that the most enjoyable aspect of his position is to witness the growth of young people turning into young adults. “A lot of change takes place during the four+ years that the students are with us. I like to think that I have something to do with shaping our students for their future" Bill is a Bronze Level USA Bowling Coach and National Bowling Council Certified Coach/Instructor and a Member of the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association.

Thomas Mohwinkel

Program Coordinator, UC Leisure Services

Thomas Mohwinkel has been working in the University Center Games Room as a full time staff member for 9 years after a few years of employment as a student employee. grew up in the Houston area and attended the University of Houston studying business and economics. In his spare time, Thomas enjoys bowling, watching movies, and spending time with his wife and two young sons.

Jeffrey Scott

Program Coordinator, UC Leisure Services

Jeffrey (Jeff) Scott has been working at the University Center Games Room for about 5 years. He was born and raised here in the Houston area except for 3 years where he lived in the Texas Panhandle.

Mehdi Tabakhtori-Fard

Maintenance Mechanic I, UC Leisure Services

Mehdi has been working in the UC Games Room since ????  He enjoys his job.

Sam T. Nguyen

Assistant Director, UC Technology Support

Sam T. Nguyen, also known as the UC computer queen, is the Assistant Director of Technology Support for the University Centers. Originally from Vietnam, Sam began her journey to the United States in 1981 by fishing boat. After living in an Indonesian Refugee Camp for a year, she finally arrived to the U.S. in September of 1982, by way of New Orleans, LA. Sam finished High School in Youngstown, Ohio in 1988 and she graduated with a degree in Computer Information Systems from Youngstown State University in 1993. Sam also received a degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Houston in 1996. Sam joined the UH “workforce” as a student employee in 1993, at the M.D. Anderson Library, Central Computing & Telecommunication Services, and later moved to Human Resources after graduation. Sam finally joined the UC in 1999 where she is currently responsible for managing, training and providing technical support for the UC. One of her most enjoyable aspects of her position is being around the people whom she works with and helping computer users with their needs. Outside of work, she enjoys going to the beach, diving, snorkeling, fishing, camping and family gathering.

Le Nguyen

Web Developer, UC Technology Support

Kyle Stehling

Web Developer, UC Technology Support

Kyle Stehlingstarted his career at the University of Houston in 2004 as a student of the School of Art. In 2007 he began working at the University Center's Technology Support department doing mainly web design and maintenance. After graduating in May of 2008 with a BFA in Graphic Communications, Kyle departed from the university and his beloved student staff job of 14 months. However, after about 9 months away from campus he was approached for a full time job in the same department he worked previously and now works full time as Web Developer for the University Centers. You can usually find him in his office sitting behind a wall of computer monitors.