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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.



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.



Vanessa Guidry

Student Success Advocate

713-743-6188 | email Ms. Guidry

Best Part of My Job: Students feel welcomed when they know their views, opinions, and ideas matter. As a supporter (advocate) for students, I provide a caring and nurturing environment for students to reach their academic and personal goals while having realistic conversations on how to achieve them.  | Interests: Fur-baby mom, watching TV-reality shows, soap operas, dramas, and mysteries, reading, shopping, and spending time with family and friends.  | Education: MA in Psychology, LeTourneau University, Bachelor in Human Services, LeTourneau University, Longview, TX



Dr. Lateki Lewis

Student Success Advocate

713-743-0838 | email Dr. Lewis

Best Part of My Job: College is an opportunity to change the trajectory of your life. I enjoy helping students navigate through the process.  | Interests: Reading; attending church; helping others; watching movies, and listening to music.  | Education: Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration and Supervision,  University of Houston; MA in Counseling Psychology, Saint Xavier University Chicago; BA in Criminal Justice, Saint Xavier University Chicago.



Eleanor Weaver

Program Manager

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 and photography.  | Education: Current student at the University of Houston.



Dr. Donna Smith

Program Director, CORE 1101 College Success

713-743-8898 | email Dr. Smith

Best Part of My Job: Empowering students by sharing the tools and information that promote College Success.  | Interests: Besides my family, my favorite pastimes have always been: learning something new, or making something new. (Currently this is learning to speak a little Spanish, and learning video editing/compositing.).  | Education: Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction, Instructional Technology Program, University of Houston, 2006; MS in Medical Illustration, The Medical College of Georgia, 1990, BFA in Studio Art, The University of Texas at Austin, 1975.


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, and spending time with my beautiful family.  | Education: Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Media & Computers, Arizona State University, 1999; MEd in Elementary Education with emphasis in Reading, Northern Arizona University, 1994; BS in Elementary Education, Northern Arizona University, 1990.

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