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Office of Public Relations, Marketing & Info Services


Steve Harmon

Steve Harmon, APR
Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services

Steve has been creating and executing award-winning public relations campaigns in higher education for over 20 years. He's well versed in maintaining the TAMIU brand through compelling storytelling, powerful digital and print publications and momentum-building strategic community partnerships. Along with the dedicated PRMIS team, he leads integrated communication and marketing plans focused on sharing our multi-faceted and dynamic story with a global audience. Since 2013, PRMIS has earned 73 state, national and international awards. He is powerless around his unimaginatively named dog, Harry, who is a threat to life and limb. Steve is equally powerless around the kitchen, but can “assemble” a PBJ in a pinch.

956.326.2180

harmon@tamiu.edu

Mika Akikuni

Mika Akikuni
Associate Director, Marketing

Mika leads TAMIU's marketing initiatives through data-based strategies and powerful partnerships with media, the community, business, government and non-profit organizations. With over 20 years of experience in the communications and marketing fields, she was previously assistant vice president of marketing at IBC Bank. She was also associate director of public relations and communications specialist at TAMIU. Prior to TAMIU, she was an education and courts reporter for The Laredo Morning Times and covered news stories for various newspapers in the Phoenix metro area. 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. Born in Argentina and raised in Paraguay, she is an avid world traveler. She looks forward to working in dynamic teams to advance the University's mission.

956.326.2184

makikuni@tamiu.edu

Ana Clamont

Ana Clamont
Design and Brand Manager

Ana is responsible for ensuring the TAMIU brand reflects the University’s excellence. In addition to designing the distinctive TAMIU “look” and University-wide campaigns, she helps clients understand the process of creating and maintaining the best image for their campaigns or projects. Ana also shares her knowledge with students as an adjunct instructor in the College of Arts and Sciences. As an adjunct instructor, Ana became involved in Reading the Globe and has traveled with students to Chile and Bosnia and hopes to continue to participate in upcoming journeys. She holds a BFA in visual arts with specialization in graphic design from the University of Nuevo León, México and two MBAs, in International Trade and Marketing—from TAMIU. Prior to TAMIU, Ana worked in the marketing department at IBC.

956.326.2182

aclamont@tamiu.edu

Ana Maria Vargas

Ana María Vargas
Interim Director of Web

Ana María provides support to all TAMIU web content managers and is responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of the University’s web pages. She is passionate about helping everyone create and update their webpages and happy to answer any questions or concerns that arise. Contact her regarding Cascade CMS or to schedule Cascade training. Born, raised, and educated in Laredo, Ana María received her BBA in Management Information Systems and her MS in Information Systems from TAMIU. She enjoys collaborating and serving with others on various campus initiatives and has previously served on TAMIU’s Staff Senate Board as Vice President (Marketing and Communication), President-Elect, President and Past President.

956.326.2186

ana.vargas@tamiu.edu

Rolando Santos

Rolando Santos
Videographer/Photographer

With almost five years experience in television production, Rolando brings his creativity and enthusiasm in film and photography back to his alma mater. He previously worked as a Public Relations Specialist at Laredo Community College, where he developed promotional materials and carried out photographic assignments. A passionate film enthusiast and self-described “music explorer,” he holds a bachelor’s degree from TAMIU in Communications with a minor in Marketing.

956.326.2181

rolando.santos@tamiu.edu

Christine Rojas

Christine Rojas
Interactive Media Coordinator

An award-winning social media professional, Christine primarily handles the social media efforts for the University. Contact her if you need help setting up your university-affiliated social media profile or if you’re developing a robust social media campaign. Together, Christine works with members of the Social Media Advisory Committee to help tell the University’s story through social and interactive media. When she's not creating social media content, her go-to weekend activities include reading her latest #BookTok find or curating yet another Spotify playlist. A proud TAMIU alumna, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications and is currently pursuing a master’s degree.

956.326.2183

christine.rojas@tamiu.edu

Georgina Zamudio

Georgina Zamudio
Designer

A budding professional in graphic design, Georgina joins our team after recently completing a master’s degree in Graphic Design from the Academy of Arts University in San Francisco. Previously, Georgina worked in the University’s Print Services Department, where she learned optimal printing techniques to enhance printed projects. A TAMIU alumna, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Psychology.

956.326.2185

georgina.zamudio@tamiu.edu

Vanessa Vallarta

Vanessa Vallarta
Administrative Associate IV

Vanessa is the administrative associate for the office of Public Relations. She has completed a bachelor's degree in Business administration with a concentration in management here at TAMIU. She also participated in several study abroad trips that sparked a love for traveling that continues to grow. Vanessa is inspired daily by her one-year-old quarantine kitty cat, Lucifer. In her free time, she likes to read, try new restaurants, and play video games with her nieces.

956.326.2180

vanessa.vallarta@tamiu.edu