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Monica Mensah, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

Monica, a native Houstonian, graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.A. in Sociology. She earned her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center. As the Assistant Dean, Monica oversees student enrollment and records, course registration, scholarships and financial aid, bar preparation, student counseling and advising, study abroad programs, and student programing and events. In addition, she works strategically with a broad group of offices on the University of Houston campus. Prior to joining the Office of Student Services, Monica practiced as a civil rights and employment law attorney.

Derrick Gabriel

Derrick Gabriel, Director of Student Affairs

Derrick earned his B.S. in Technology from the University of Houston. After earning his degree, Derrick joined the Office of Student Services at the University of Houston Law Center. As the Director of Student Affairs, Derrick coordinates and facilitates course registration, oversees exam scheduling, and handles exam conflicts. Additionally, Derrick assists in processing graduation applications, plans and organizes commencement ceremonies, and provides guidance and assistance to students regarding day-to-day activities and other issues that may arise.

Samantha Ary, Academic Records Coordinator
Samantha is currently responsible for overseeing disability services for the Law Center, performing complimentary audits for graduating law students, assisting with the registration process and graduation certifications. Samantha received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Houston. Prior to joining the Law Center she worked for various departments on the UH main campus. She also served as an advisor and instructor at Texas Southern University.

Samantha Ary, Academic Records Coordinator

Samantha is currently responsible for overseeing disability services for the Law Center, performing complimentary audits for graduating law students, assisting with the registration process and graduation certifications. Samantha received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Houston. Prior to joining the Law Center she worked for various departments on the UH main campus. She also served as an advisor and instructor at Texas Southern University.

Kristan Withers, Program Manager

Kristan Withers, Program Manager

As Program Manager, Kristan provides support to the Office of Student Services by performing administrative duties related to planning and coordinating programs for law students. Kristan is also the go to person for law student organizations and law journals and oversees orientation for all student leaders.  Before joining the Law Center, Kristan worked as an Administrative Manager for a natural gas consulting firm.

Laura Neal

Carla Martinez, Assistant Director of Scholarships and Financial Aid

Carla Martinez is the Assistant Director of Scholarships and Financial Aid for the University of Houston Law Center. She has worked for the University of Houston for more than 12 years and as the Assistant Director, Carla assists students with navigating the process of financial aid. She has worked in both the private and public sector in New York, Florida, and Texas and is very passionate about supporting students to allow them to focus on academics and not stress over finances. She is actively involved in serving students through outreach events, financial literacy events, and college fairs.

Long Pham, Registration and Academic Records Assistant II

Prior to joining the Law Center Long worked as a Testing Coordinator. As the Registration and Academics Records Assistant II, Long is responsible for handling exam conflicts and processing all student requests including bar-related documents, petitions, and enrollment verifications and certifications.

Jennifer Aaron

Jennifer Aaron, Secretary II

As Secretary II, Jennifer provides support to the Office of Student Services by performing various administrative duties related to course advising and registration, exam administration, graduation, paying invoices and overall student-development. Before joining the Law Center staff, Jennifer worked several years as a General Office Clerk III at Vinson & Elkins LLP.