Senior Director of Advancement
Kim Howard has served the University of Houston in development roles for 25 years including at Houston Public Media, Blaffer Art Museum and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Houston.
DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT
Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Felicia began her career upon graduating from Xavier University of Louisiana landing her first corporate job in pharmaceutical sales with Johnson & Johnson. With superb training and the opportunity to utilize her communication, marketing and interpersonal skills, she became one of the top performing account executives in her region, exceeding sales quotas her first year and beyond.
Felicia enjoyed and excelled in the medical sales industry with 15 years of experience engaging specialists, hospital personnel and pharmacy benefit managers. She is a forward-thinking strategist that enjoys exhibiting servant leadership and empowering those around her. Felicia’s proficiency in the sales and marketing fields allowed her to successfully transition those skills to the fundraising and development fields, engaging individuals, corporations and affinity groups. Developing partnerships and working collaboratively has always been her strong suit, and the foundation of her successes.
With 10 years’ experience in 4 leadership roles in higher education, Felicia discovered something not commonly found in sales. She has developed a unique knack for supporting a cause that speaks to the humanitarian deep within her spirit. Her career in philanthropy has garnered many achievements, including securing over half a million dollars of annual support for the PVAMU annual fund in which she served as the university’s first annual fund director.
Director of Development
As development coordinator, Trina Silva works alongside members of the CLASS Development team supporting fundraising goals, including: prospecting and researching prospective donors, and developing donor-centric stewardship and cultivation plans.
While Trina has worked at UH for over 1.5 years, she has over four years of experience in higher education, including time in recruiting for Sam Houston State University. Prior to working in higher education, she was a corporate sales manager at AB InBev, community engagement coordinator at Crisis Intervention of Houston, a consultant for the Houston East End Chamber of Commerce and the event and volunteer coordinator at the Montgomery County Food Bank.
Trina currently serves on the UH Staff Council as council member at-large, on the University Advancement’s Professional Engagement Retention Committee (PERC), on the Houston East End Chamber of Commerce Foundation board and as a volunteer for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Corral Club Committee.
Trina earned a B.A. in journalism – public relations from Sam Houston State University and an M.A. in humanities from University of Houston – Clear Lake.