Assistant Dean of Communications and Marketing
Carrie Criado is Assistant Dean of Communications and Marketing at the University of Houston Law Center. Criado directs a comprehensive communications and marketing program and serves as primary media contact for the University of Houston College of Law and its centers and institutes.
Previously, she has served as Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for USLegal, Inc. and was Communications Director for The Climate Project founded by former Vice President Al Gore. Assistant Dean Criado has also worked for KVII-TV, KEYT-TV, KUHT-TV, and The First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University.
Assistant Dean Criado also has taught communications law and journalism courses at Southern Methodist University and Middle Tennessee State University.
She was a law clerk for the Federal Communications Commission and an intern at CNN's Washington, DC bureau.
Assistant Dean Criado received a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and earned her J.D. at the University of Houston Law Center.
Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing
Elena Hawthorne is the Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing for the UH Law Center. She is responsible for the development and coordination of internal and external communications. Previously, Hawthorne spent 12 years in the U.S. Navy as a Mass Communication Specialist. She was the Director of Public Affairs for USS Anchorage covering NASA's ORION Mission. Prior to that, she directed communications for USS Somerset during the planning and execution phases of its Philadelphia commissioning events and 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.
Media Relations Rep
John Brannen is a Media Relations Rep at the University of Houston Law Center.
Previously, Brannen worked with KPRC Channel 2 as a web editor and at the Houston Chronicle as a digital content producer in the sports department. He also worked as a freelance sports writer with bylines in the Beaumont Enterprise, Houston Chronicle, Fort Bend Herald, New Orleans Advocate, St. Paul Pioneer Press and others.
Brannen received his B.A. in Journalism from the University of Houston.
Program Manager 2
Jaymie has more than 7 years of experience in Project Management, including managing large, complex multi-use development projects and process improvement initiatives. Jaymie has a diverse background in both corporate and academic settings. She began her career as an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Software Trainer, and evolved into positions in the field of Information Technology, including a Business Analyst and a Senior IT Project Manager.
In her role as Program Manager II at the University of Houston Law Center, Jaymie will define, design, and implement best practice procedures and systems to enhance the mission and goals of the Communications and Marketing department. She will use her experience in ambiguity, process gap analysis, and maintaining collaborative relationships to help the UHLC Communications and Marketing department enhance its process-based management structure.
Jaymie received her Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Business Administration from Louisiana State University.
Jennifer Garcia is a Multimedia Specialist at The University of Houston Law Center, where she handles projects dealing with graphic design, photography, and video production.
Jennifer has previously worked at San Jacinto College as an adjunct faculty teaching graphic design, and she has worked at UTHealth, The Venture and Mi Familia Vota.
Jennifer received her B.A. from the University of Houston in Art with a concentration in graphic design.
Web Developer 3
Ruth has worked at the University of Houston Law Center as a Web Developer for over 20 years. She holds certifications in Digital Marketing and Social Media from MediaBistro and graduated with honors from the University of Houston, magna cum laude, with a degree in theater.
Web Developer 2
Baroness has worked at the University of Houston Law Center as a Web Developer for over 8 years and has been with the Law Center for nearly 13 years. Previously, Adams worked with the Law Center IT department providing hardware and software support and overseeing the work of the Help Desk Staff. Additionally, she has served as the Law Center Information Security Officer for the last 5 years. She is skilled in Project Management, Cyber Security, Database & Application Developement, Web Design, and currently working on trainings in Content and Social Media Marketing. Adams received her B.S. in Information Systems from the University of Houston in 2011.