Office of Student Services Staff

Sondra R. Tennessee, Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Sondra R. Tennessee graduated from Vanderbilt University with a bachelors in Philosophy and from Washington University in St. Louis with a law degree. As the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Sondra oversees admissions, career development, registration, scholarships and financial aid, bar preparation, student counseling and advising, study abroad programs, and graduate programs at the University of Houston Law Center. In addition, she works strategically with a broad group of offices on the University of Houston campus. Prior to assuming her current position, Sondra served as the Assistant Dean for Admissions at the University of Houston Law Center.  Before joining the University of Houston Law Center, Sondra also worked at the University of Oklahoma College of Law and Washington University School of Law.

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.

Monica Mensah, Director of Student Advisement

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. Monica primarily serves as an advisor and counselor assisting students with course selection, bar preparation, course loads, and graduation. Prior to joining the Office of Student Services, Monica practiced as a civil rights and employment law attorney.

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.

Vicky Crain, Program Manager

As Program Manager, Vicky provides support to the Office of Student Services by performing administrative duties related to planning and coordinating programs for law students. Vicky is also the go to person for law student organizations and law journals and oversees orientation for all student leaders.  She is a native Houstonian and before joining the Law Center, Vicky worked in the field of customer service for several years.

Laura Neal

Laura Neal, Financial Aid Advisor

Laura, a native Texan, joined the Law Center in 1992 in the Student Services Department processing grades.  In 1999 she became the Law Center's Financial Aid Advisor.  The Law Center is unique in that it houses a financial aid advisor within the Law Center. As such, Laura services only law students and serves as an extension of the main financial aid department.  Prior to the Law Center, Laura worked for AT&T as a manager in long distance.

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.