For the past 24 years, Monica’s professional experiences run the gamut, from working as a human resource professional in both the corporate and non-profit organizational settings to an administrator and educator in postsecondary schools, to currently serving as the Executive Director of Career Services at University of Houston Main Campus.
At the University of Houston, Monica provides strategic vision to a team of 25 professional staff members and student assistants to serve over 45,000+ students to help them find internships and jobs. Monica’s short tenure at University of Houston has afforded her and her team the following transformational successes: (1) increase of student utilization of career services by 40%; (2) increase early usage of career services by sophomore students by 49%; (3) increase collaborations with colleges and campus partners to host graduate school and career fairs including Health and HDFS, STEM, Architecture, Energy, Veteran Students, and Liberal Arts (referred to as CLASS career fair) resulting in over 550 new employers coming to campus each year, and (4) developing a career planning course for liberal arts majors. With over 10,000 students in CLASS - it is the largest college at UH.
Prior to her role at UH, Monica worked at The University of Texas at Austin for 13 years, where she cultivated professional development opportunities at UT-Austin’s business career services, ranked second in the nation. She developed and taught a required career course for 4,500 undergraduate business students to take annually. You can read more about her past experience here.
She is passionate about developing today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders while delivering operational excellence as the Executive Director of University Career Services at the University of Houston. “Our growth as a city, a university, and economy is incredible, which means tremendous opportunity for our students. I look forward to partnering with employers, students, and alumni to create a Cougar pathway to success and turn these opportunities into realities”.
Monica is a native Houstonian, a product of HISD’s Mirabeau B. Lamar High School (Business Magnet Program), and a first-generation college graduate. Monica received her Doctorate of Education (Ed.D) in Ethical Leadership from the University of St. Thomas. She holds a Master of Science in Educational Administration Human Resources Development from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Management with a minor in Accounting from Texas State University. Her areas of expertise include organizational change, career development, career coaching, career services programming, organizational learning and development, talent acquisition and recruitment, management training, and human resources administration.
Monica has published articles in Advances in Human Resources Development quarterly journal. Additionally, she is a certified Mediator, Career Coach, Myers Briggs, True Colors, Spiritual Gifts and DISC facilitator, and a Stephen Minister.
Outside of work and church, Monica enjoys spending time with friends and family, drawing and painting, swing dancing, and entertaining. She and her beloved husband have been married for over 20 years. They have a daughter and son, both in college.