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Exploratory Studies Professional Staff

Lead Student Success Advocates


Nina Howard

Nina Howard

Lead Student Success Advocate

713-743-4998 | email Ms. Howard



Best Part of My Job: Knowing that I have played a role in students successfully reaching their academic goals.
Interests: Reading and volunteering in my church and community.
Education: MEd in Higher Education, University of Houston; BA in Political Science, University of Houston.


LaDonna Moore

Dr. LaDonna Moore

Lead Student Success Advocate

832.842.2102 | email Ms. Moore



Best Part of My Job: When students experience a sudden moment of awareness regarding their major and career plans, and they realize how their prior experiences align with these plans. 
Interests: Running, cooking, traveling, reading, and watching movies.
Education: PhD in Higher Education Administration, Bowling Green State University; MEd in Higher Education, University of Toledo; BA in Psychology, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

Student Success Advocates

Nakia Alexander

Nakia Alexander

Student Success Advocate

832-842-2106 | email Ms. Alexander




Best Part of My Job
: Helping students persevere and achieve their academic goals.
Interests: Football, watching TV–especially Sci-Fi classics such as Twilight Zone, reading, and eating coffee ice cream!!
Education: MSW, University of Houston; BA in Communications, University of Houston.


Renee Hall

Renee Hall

Student Success Advocate

832-842-2109 | email Ms. Hall



Best Part of My Job: Motivating students, helping them discover who they are, and generating the possibilities for whom they can become.
Interests: Reading, watching TV, exercising, and spending time with family and friends. 
Education: MA in English and African American Literature; BA in Mass Communications (Broadcast Productions), Minor in English, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Greensboro, NC.


Eleanor Weaver

Eleanor Weaver

Administrative Coordinator

713-743-4979 | email Ms. Weaver




Best Part of My Job
: When students come for help and they leave with the information they were seeking.
Interests: Spending time with my family, photography, and watching movies.
Education: Current student at the University of Houston.


Melissa Pierson

Dr. Melissa Pierson

Asst. Vice Provost

713-743-4961 | email Dr. Pierson



Best Part of My Job: Working with so many SMART and multi-talented students, many of whom don’t even know yet what amazing ways they are going to contribute to this world.
Interests: Running, reading, doing craft and home projects, cooking, binge-watching whole TV series on demand, and spending time with my beautiful family.
Education: PhD in Curriculum & Instruction, Ed. Media & Computers, Arizona State University, 1999; MEd in Elementary Education, Northern Arizona University, 1994; BS in Elementary Education, Northern Arizona University, 1990.




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