University of Houston Alumni Relations Team

Welcome! Members of the UHAA team stand ready to assist you and make your experience at the University of Houston a memorable one.

Mike Pede

Mike Pede (’89)

Associate VP for Alumni Relations
713.743.9551 | mlpede@uh.edu

Mike Pede, AVP for Alumni Relations at UH, enters his 12th year in service to UHAA. A 1989 graduate of UH’s Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, Mike and his wife, fellow UH graduate Melanie Stinson Pede (’91), are UHAA Life Members and the proud parents of daughters Kelsey (’17) and Krista (’21). In his role at UHAA, he is the lead administrator for the University of Houston’s alumni relations program, aiming to relevantly engage the over 300,000 alumni of UH. In addition to the UHAA team leadership, he is actively involved in the profession as the founding Chair of the Alumni Council of Executives for the American Athletic Conference for three years, as well as service as a board member of CAAE (Council for Alumni Association of Executives), for that same period of time. He also has served the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) as Chair of the 2017 CASE IV Conference and as Programming Chair for the 2014 CASE IV Conference in Houston. He previously also served as a member of the global CASE Commission on Alumni Relations. He is also a past board member of the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators.

Mike also serves on committees at the local level including the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, NCAA Houston Final Four Committees, Houston Super Bowl Committee, Greater Houston Basketball Committee and was recently named to the board of the Art Colony Association in Houston. In his early professional career, Mike served in several capacities at UH Athletics from 1986-1993, before his 13-year sting in athletics at Rice University. In 2006, Mike was in private business for three years (ad agency, minor league baseball) and then joined LiveNation in Houston as VP of North American Music. He rejoined his alma mater in 2010 for the second time. In his spare time, he enjoys spending quality time with his family, golf and travel.

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Chuck Arnold (’94)

Executive Director for Alumni Relations
713.743.6988 | cwarnold@uh.edu

Chuck Arnold is Executive Director for Alumni Relations. In this role, he will oversee the day-to-day internal operations, including oversight of corporate affinity and revenue, business operations, Life Memberships, UHAAF Board operations and other duties related to the success of the Alumni Relations program at UH.

He brings over 27 years of experience in advertising and sports marketing to the Alumni Association. As Director of Corporate Sponsorships for both Houston Astros Baseball and Houston Aeros Hockey teams, his primary responsibility was the development and maintenance of sports sponsorships. His media experience comes from his time at Houston Business Journal, Houston Chronicle, KPRC- Channel 2, SportsRadio 610 and Liberman- Spanish Language Broadcasting.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Houston and a Masters in Sports Management from Texas A&M University. Chuck has previously served on Board of Directors positions for Graphic Arts Credit Union, SIRE- Houston’s Therapeutic Horsemanship and American Advertising Federation~ Houston Chapter. He has been an active member with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo since 1999 and currently serves as Vice Chairman for Gatekeepers Committee and on the Calf Scramble Committee. He grew up in Houston and enjoys playing golf with his teenage son, Colby and traveling with his wife, Lisa. He is a proud UHAA Life Member. Go Coogs!

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Nancy Vecera Clark (’76), CFRE

Alumni Legacy Programs Director
713.743.8873 | nclark@uh.edu

Nancy Vecera Clark (’76) has over forty years of professional experience in Fund Raising, Public Relations, Marketing and Advertising. Ms. Clark has held the positions of Director of Donor Relations and Director of Development for the University of Houston and was an Adjunct English Lecturer at the University of Houston-Downtown for ten years.

Prior to these positions, she served as Vice President of Stricklin & Company, a PR/Advertising firm named third largest PR company in the 1988 Houston Business Journal Book of Lists. Before Stricklin & Company, Nancy was the Development Coordinator for Hermann Hospital and Hermann Hospital Estate.

Ms. Clark belongs to several industry, trade and professional organizations and has been named in WHO’S WHO OF AMERICAN WOMEN. She has served on several boards including the Advisory Board of the Texas A&M University Institute for Biosciences and Technology. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Houston and completed para-legal studies at Houston Community College. Nancy V. Clark (’76) is a proud Life Member.

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Kendra Hakanson

Director of Programs
713.743.8982 | kahakanson@uh.edu

As a Program Director for Alumni Relations, Kendra oversees UHAA’s signature events, including the Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala, and the Cougar 100 Luncheon. She also manages the Cougars on Tour Travel Program and Coogs on the Road away game and post-season alumni travel. Her duties also include the UHAA Mobile App, Alumni Card, Cougar Advantage discount program, and database management and tracking.

Kendra joined the University of Houston in February 2014. Originally from the Houston area, she received her degree in Sports Management from the University of Texas. Prior to UH, Kendra spent four years as an Operations Manager for Gold’s Gym International in Austin. She also worked for the Division of Recreational Sports while in school.

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Anneka Roberson

Executive Administrative Assistant
713.743.4007 | arrobers@uh.edu

Anneka Reed Roberson joined the UHAA team in February 2018. Anneka is a Louisiana native and a proud alumna of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA earning a BA in Journalism.

Anneka has been with the University of Houston for over 17 years. She served as a Sales Manager for the Conrad N. Hilton College for over 12 years. She went on to have a short stay in the CLASS Dean’s Office, before joining the University Advancement team where she currently serves as the Executive Administrative Assistant to the AVP of Alumni Relations.

She is married and has one son (CJ) who is a proud alumnus of the University of Houston Charter School.

Anneka enjoys traveling, sports and spending time with her friends and family.

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Kirstyn Speich (’16)

Life Member Program Manager
713.743.3681 | klspeich@uh.edu

Kirstyn joined the University of Houston as a program manager in March of 2019. As the Program Manager for Life Membership, Kirstyn oversees all things associated with Life Members. Her role includes increasing awareness and support for the program through marketing and promotional efforts as well as maintaining active stewardship with existing Life Members, ensuring they are engaged alumni of the University.

Kirstyn is a graduate of the University of Houston and is a proud Life Member.  She previously worked for a marketing and advertising agency downtown. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Houston’s murals, eating Chick-fil-A, watching baseball or football and playing with her chocolate lab, Charlie, and bloodhound, Copper!

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Elaine Duke

Program Manager of Student Engagement
713.743.1769 | evduke@uh.edu

Elaine joined the University of Houston in May of 2019 after working at Louisiana State University (LSU). She oversees the Alumni Center reservations, student-based programming, such as Senior Decal Drive Thru, and the UH Class Ring program. At LSU, Elaine worked in the offices of First Year Experience, Recruitment Events, and Enrollment Management for five years. She received her Master’s in Higher Education Administration in 2017 and Bachelor’s in Mass Communication with a concentration in Public Relations in 2014, both from LSU. In her free time, she enjoys baking, crafting, and exploring all of the coffee shops in Houston.

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Carolyn Hartmann

Communications Director​
713.743.1640 | cwhartmann@uh.edu

Carolyn Hartmann joined the UHAA team in March 2020. Carolyn is responsible for ensuring timely and accurate communications to the alumni audience via print and digital platforms. She also serves as editor of the Alumline magazine and maintains oversight of the houstonalumni.com website. Carolyn joined the University of Houston in 2015 when she accepted the role of Communications Manager in Annual Giving. She went on to serve as Communications Director of Donor Communications within the University Advancement Division.

Carolyn brings a wealth of diverse experience to Alumni Relations. Originally from Waco, Texas, she attended Baylor University where she obtained a BA in Communications and a MA in Communications and Training and Development. From Baylor, Carolyn accepted a position as Management Intern at the Federal Reserve Bank in Houston. She worked for fourteen years at the Federal Reserve Bank, gaining a variety of skills in management, communications and strategic planning.

After the Federal Reserve Bank, Carolyn joined Brookwoods Group where she served as the communications lead for ConocoPhillips’s United Way Campaign. From there, Carolyn went on to work for MWH Public Relations where she oversaw the agency’s Customer Retention Program.

Aside from her role at UHAA, Carolyn enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters as well as singing in her church choir.

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Justin Carrier

Graphic Designer 2
713.743.5636 | jcarrier@uh.edu

In March of 2020, Justin joined the Alumni Relations team serving as a graphic designer. He also develops HoustonAlumni.com via WordPress and creates emails for alumni communications. Before this, he worked at the C. T. Bauer College of Business’s Office of Communications as a graphic designer for nearly three years. Justin’s first full-time job as a graphic designer was for the University of South Carolina’s Creative Services, where he gained a variety of experiences with working in higher education.

Justin graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2015 and holds a BFA in Graphic Design. He grew up in Columbia, South Carolina and moved to Houston in 2017. He lives with his wife — who also works at the University of Houston — and their cat, Gigi. When not working, Justin enjoys cooking, playing video games, and reading.

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Ashleigh Hildreth

Program Coordinator, Alumni Engagement
713.743.3693 | ahildreth@uh.edu

Ashleigh Hildreth joined the University of Houston in March 2019, with over 10 years of experience in finances with the Banking and Healthcare industries. Prior to joining the Alumni Relations team, Ashleigh served as Gift & Records Analyst I. In her current role as Program Coordinator for Alumni Engagement, Ashleigh will work to enhance the alumni experience through various online platforms. In her free time, Ashleigh enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with family.

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Beth Borck (’03)

Director of Affiliated Alumni Associations
bkborck@uh.edu

Beth Kungel Borck (’03) joined the UHAA team in July 2021 as the Director of Affiliated Alumni Associations. In this role, she will support the activities of all of our Alumni Associations and work collaboratively with each group to ensure the engagement needs of our alumni are being met. She brings over 25 year’s experience in sales, marketing, event planning, board management and fundraising, with almost 15 years working within the UH System. Most recently she was the Director for Advancement at the UH College of Pharmacy.   

Beth is a dual degree holder from both CLASS and College of the Arts, and was a proud member of The Honors College. She is married to her college sweetheart Hanskarl Borck, P.E. (’03, UHCL ’08) who also graduated from The Honors College, which is where they met. As a student she was a member of Phi Mu Fraternity, Frontier Fiesta Chairman 2002, a member of Homecoming court 2001, and an avid Bleacher Creature. She is excited to join UHAA in this role and bring her Cougar Pride with her in support of the organization.

Beth and Hans have two children, Isabella and Konrad, who keep life busy. In her free time she loves tending to her large organic garden, traveling, and cooking.

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David Palomo (’15)

Program Manager of Corporate Partnerships
dmpalomo@uh.edu

David Palomo joined UHAA as the Program Manager of Corporate Partnerships in June 2021. In this role, David oversees the Cougar Business Network, Cougar 100, and the UHAA Invitational Golf Tournament as well as maintaining active stewardship with Corporate Partners.

David is a proud graduate of the University of Houston and is also a Life Member. He previously worked for Under Armour in Grassroots Marketing.  In his free time, David enjoys playing softball, skateboarding, watching Houston sports, and exploring local coffee shops.

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Mayra Castillo (’19)

Social Media Coordinator
mcasti27@uh.edu

Mayra Castillo is the Social Media Coordinator for Alumni Relations. Through this role, she creates and optimizes engaging content relevant to the alumni audience of the University of Houston. Her goal is to spread awareness of all things alumni are interested in and encourage them to remain active and engaged with their beloved alma mater.

Mayra is a native Houstonian. She graduated from the University of Houston in the spring of 2019 and has remained an active alumna ever since. She brings several years of social media marketing and digital marketing experience. Mayra loves to take a good picture and is a huge Marvel fan!

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Mikayla Collins (’18, MA ’20)

Special Events Operations Coordinator
mmcollins@uh.edu

Mikayla Collins joined the Alumni Relations team in July of 2021 as the Special Events Operations Coordinator. In this role, she will be coordinating financial operations and assisting with the planning of UHAA’s signature events and activities.

Mikayla is a native Houstonian and proud two-time graduate of the University of Houston – BS Sport & Fitness Administration and MA Sport Administration. She previously worked for Cougar Pride, the fundraising arm of University of Houston Athletics.

In her free time, she enjoys cheering on the Coogs, binging a good TV show and spending time with her friends and family.