Interim Executive Director of Communications and Marketing
Elena Hawthorne is a Multimedia Specialist at the University of Houston Law Center. Hawthorne spent 12 years in the U.S. Navy as a Mass Communication Specialist. Most recently she was the Director of Public Affairs for USS Anchorage covering NASA’s ORION Mission and USS Somerset’s Philadelphia Commissioning Ceremony. As a communication specialist, she was involved in many different aspects of public relations which has given her a diverse background in community outreach, speaking preparation, strategic communications, news writer, print layout and design, marketing and special event planning. Hawthorne received her B.A. in Mass Communication from Southern New Hampshire University.
John worked in daily newspaper journalism for more than 35 years as a reporter and front line editor. He spent most of his career in the Houston Chronicle newsroom after stints at two Michigan newspapers, the Daily Tribune and Ypsilanti Press. He covered tornadoes, hurricanes, union and transit issues, council sessions, presidential and papal visits, and the odd murder scene. As an editor he worked in various positions on both the city and state desks, developing and fine-tuning breaking news and features. He received his B.A. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York.
John Brannen is a Senior Writer at the University of Houston Law Center. Brannen was previously a Web Editor for Click2Houston.com at KPRC Channel 2. Prior to joining KPRC, he worked as a Digital Sports Producer for the Houston Chronicle. He also had freelance work appear in the Beaumont Enterprise, Fort Bend Herald, Houston Chronicle, Houston Community Newspapers, New Orleans Advocate and St. Paul Pioneer Press. He began his journalism career at the University of Houston’s student newspaper, The Daily Cougar. Brannen received his B.A. in Journalism from the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication at the University of Houston.
Program Manager II
Lisa Lane is a community relations specialist and former educator. As Special Assistant to the Dallas County District Attorney, she managed programming, including justice equity panel discussions, international policy exchange forums, student internships, and legal debates. She served as the English Department Chairperson at Longfellow Academy and taught Developmental Writing and Reading at Brookhaven College. She continues to work as a volunteer college adviser to high school students. She received her B.A. in English from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.