About Us

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.

Mika Akikuni
Mika Akikuni
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.

Melissa Barrientos-Whitfield
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.

Ana Clamont
Ana Clamont
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 traveling.

Rolando Santos
Rolando Santos
With almost five years experience in television production, Rolando bring 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.

Laura Bogue
Laura Bogue
Staff Assistant
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 office staff.
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