Steve Harmon, APR
Steve has been creating and executing public relations campaigns in the
higher education sector for over 15 years. He's well versed in maintaining
the TAMIU brand through compelling story-telling, powerful digital and print
publications and momentum-building strategic community partnerships. Along
with the dedicated PRMIS team, he leads integrated communication and
marketing plans that share the University's multi-faceted and increasingly
dynamic story with an ever-growing, ever-changing audience.
Associate Director of Marketing
Mika leads TAMIU's marketing initiatives through data-based
strategies and unique partnerships with media, the community,
business, government and non-profit organizations. She was
previously assistant vice president of marketing at International
Bank of Commerce and has held the positions of associate director
of public relations and communications specialist at TAMIU.
Prior to TAMIU, she was a reporter at the Laredo Morning Times.
She holds a master's degree in public administration from TAMIU
and a bachelor's in journalism from the Walter Cronkite School
of Journalism at Arizona State University. A Japanese-American
born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she speaks Japanese, Spanish
and basic Portuguese. She looks forward to working in dynamic teams to
advance the University's mission.
Communications and Social Media Specialist
Originally from Laredo, Melissa joined TAMIU
after working five years at a television station in Austin, Texas. She also worked as a freelance reporter
covering various departments in city government and politics. An active indoor enthusiast, Melissa enjoys sewing,
reading and is starting to enjoy knitting. She looks forward to assisting in promoting the University.
Melissa graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Journalism and also with an
AA from Laredo Community College.
Design and Brand Manager
Ana previously managed the IBC identity program and designed print and electronic media.
She holds a BFA in Visual Arts with a specialization in Graphic Design from
the University of Nuevo Leon. She also holds an MBA in International Trade
from TAMIU and is working on a second MBA in Marketing here. As a student,
she interned in the TAMIU Public Affairs office. In addition to being an avid
design enthusiast, she is active in the Animal Protective Society and enjoys
Publications Design Coordinator
Daniel Tijerina is the newest addition to our Office.
Originally from Monterrey, Nuevo León, México, he moved to
Laredo and completed high school here. He earned his Bachelor
in Fine Arts with a focus in Graphic Design from the Digital
Arts College of Boca Raton, Fla. Daniel enjoys many forms of
artistic expression, but he says drawing and digital art remain
his strongest and favorite hobbies. He says he's glad to be
back in Laredo and enjoying the good food and the great outdoors.
Laura keeps our
office running smoothly and has been with the University since 1987, back
when we were still downtown and named Laredo State University. Her cheery
voice will help you on the phone and her smiling face will greet you in the
office. Please see her for all your business card or invitation needs, for
assistance filling out our office forms or to check on the status of a project.
Laura can also help you make an appointment with the designers or the other