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2021
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UHD Staff Awards Celebrates Years of Service, Academic Achievements & Retirees

As the UHD Community settles into its post-pandemic campus routine, UHD Staff Council hosted its 2021 Staff Awards, with the theme, “We’re In This Together,” on July 22. The event celebrated staff members’ years of service, academic achievements (Fiscal Year September 2020 through August 2021) and University retirees.

SERVICE AWARDS

40 YEARS
Hossein Shahrokhi

35 YEARS
Guadalupe Gongora

30 YEARS
Cassandra Booker-Narcisse
Dawana Lewis
Mary Torres

25 YEARS
Steven Cachia
Maria T. Flores
Isidro Grau
Cecilia Longoria
Rose Martinez
Juan Palos
Reyna Romero
Poonam Gulati Salhotra
Wence Treviño

20 YEARS
Ana-Lisa Becerra
Kim DeClouette
Lorenzo Morales
Gladis Moya
Nereida Nava-Torres
Steven Ring
Elvira Rodriguez
Christopher Stewart

15 YEARS

Scott Batt
Tahisha Bazile
April Frank
Andrea Guillory
Sam Lai
Lourdes Ledesma
Megan Lee
Bryan Nguyen
Marian Salvador
Syeda Sikandar
Tracy Vennus
Mary Wilkerson
Tanisha Wilson

10 YEARS
Jose Ayala
Adrian Bermudez
Kai-Cheng Chen
Justin Clay
Gregory Dement
Nicaulys Disla
Manuel Fernandez Tomasetti
Stephen Guerra
Oscar Jandres
Courtney Lundgren
Neil Orts
Michele Pineda
Imelda Rodriguez
Thalina Sabido
Justin Sarabia
Anne Zwicky

5 YEARS
Robert Alonzo
Jack Ammerman
Lorena Banda
Lisa Barajas
Roselyn Begaye
Stacey Bryant
Sharona Castello
Hugo De La Garza Jr.
Philip Emery
Paulina Gamino
Patricia Gammon
Thomas Genoso
Brandon Glover
Antonio Guerra III
Thali Guerrero
Rebecca Hamilton
Lisa Hatfield
Elisabeth Hayden
Michelle Hernández-Pérez
Ammad Khan
Kory Kilgore
Tremaine Kwasikpui
Aaron Lake-Garcia
Teryana Lamb
Elantra Lastrape
Elena Martinez
Jesse Martinez
David Morales
Gabriel Morales
Cory Okpaleke
Augustine Oladipo
Elisa Olsen
Olufunke Oyesanya Jacob
Donovan Parker
Genaro Peña
Samuel Sánchez
Leeanna Santos
Richard Simonds
Tanyanika Tidwell
Krysti Turnquest
Monica Valencia
Jerry Wallace
Christina Williams
Sheneetra Wilson
Mikayel Yegiyan

ACADEMIC AWARDS

2020

Anna G. Esparza

Masters, Sociology
Texas Southern University

Bansari Moffe
Masters, Higher Education
University of Houston

Laura Waits
M.B.A., Concentrations in Leadership & Marketing
University of Houston - Victoria

Leah Davis-Long
B.B.A., Management
University of Houston-Downtown

Roshanna Mitchell
Doctorate in Education
Grand Canyon University

Shiya Rawls
B.S., Interdisciplinary Studies
University of Houston-Downtown

Teresa Sterling
Professional Leadership, EDD
University of Houston

Veronica Montes
M.A., Higher Education Administration
Sam Houston State University

2021

Blanca Muñoz Rodriguez
B.B.A., General Business
University of Houston-Downtown

Bryan Nguyen
Doctor of Education, Ethical Leadership
University of St. Thomas, Houston

Daniel Villanueva
Ph.D., Educational Leadership
Texas A&M University

Fetera Henry
Doctorate, Education
Abilene Christian University

Mariah Scott
B.S., Interdisciplinary Studies
University of Houston-Downtown

Melissa Marie Chapa
M.B.A., Project Management & Process Improvement Concentration
University of Houston-Downtown

Stefany Guzman
B.B.A., Marketing
University of Houston-Downtown

Vivian D. Smith
Bachelor of Social Work (magna cum laude)
University of Houston-Downtown

RETIREES

2019
Cheryl King
Philip Miller

Cynthia Ybarra

2020

George Anderson
Sharyn Coffer
Diane Gilmore
Joe Jimenez
Jackie Nelson
Huey Payne
Frederick Varela
Lan Vo

2021

David Bradley
Cynthia Conner
Oscar Delacruz
Elena Geilkman
Albert Gilmore
Bruce Hunter
Beverly Moses
Lou Ann Naut

For all award recipeints who were unable to attend the 2021 Staff Awards, please pick up your awards in Shipping & Receiving.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD)—the second largest university in Houston—has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 54,000 alumni and offers 44 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service, Sciences & Technology; and University College).

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.