Institutional Support

Representatives of Institutional Support

Tilly Clark (

T Clark PicTilly has been a part of UTMB, working all 23 years for the Office of the President.  She started as an Accounting Clerk and, through the years, achieved an education in Hospitality and is now the Assistant Director of the Special Use Facilities.  Her main focus is to manage and direct the operations of two historic properties, guest accommodations and six conference facilities.  Her office is located in UTMB’s crown jewel, the Open Gates Conference Center.  There she manages meetings, luncheons, receptions, facility tours, as well as, personal and private events for UTMB’s faculty, staff, student, Development Board and President’s Cabinet members.  She prides herself on her attention to customer service details and the anticipation and fulfillment of all event needs.

After the Hurricane Ike disaster, she participated in the mitigation and reconstruction planning of the Open Gates and Rosenberg House facilities with UTMB leadership, FEMA and OFPC.  Since that time, she has become a part of the Damage Assessment Team to Operations with the responsibility in guiding the recovery all fine art on campus in the event of a disaster. 

She is honored to serve on the Employee Advisory Council and work with individuals from around campus to help create a work environment where we maximize talent to the benefit, diversity is valued,  individual aspirations are fulfilled and relationships are strengthened.


Neal Cooper (
N CooperNeal, during the fifteen plus years he has been at UTMB, has worked toward establishing programs and services that have the health of employees at heart. Membership on the EAC expands on that work and creates other opportunities to influence the overall UTMB employee culture.

He joined UTMB in December of 2005 as Contract Administrator for off-site procurement services through Central Purchasing.  He has over eleven years of experience with the State, and over twenty-three years in Purchasing/Contract Administration experience.  Most recently, in 2010 he was promoted to Utilities Operations Manager/Sustainability Manager for UTMB.  In this role, he manages a team whose responsibilities include:

  • Analysis of the energy consumption data produced through Utilities for the campus,
  • Recycling and Waste Stream Management Services for the campus-including the Earth Day celebration in the Spring,
  • Transportation Initiatives which include:
    • Representing UTMB at Galveston County Transit District Board meetings
    • Houston-Galveston Area Council activities
    • Consultation with Island Transit, and Transit Connect
    • Victory Lakes and Mall of the Mainland Park-n-Ride services

In his current position, he already serves as liaison between executive leadership and the staff and student populations across the campus regarding Facility issues and Recycling/Conservation initiatives.  His responsibilities require him to constantly communicate with all levels of the UTMB community regarding issues that are of interest to everyone.   As a member of the Employee Advisory Council, Neal would bring the knowledge gleaned from that level of communication to the Council.  As part of the Business and Facilities Operation Branch of the institution, he would be able to speak for, or relay information/requests to and from Facilities leadership.

 Frank Valiulis (

F ValiulisFrank joined UTMB in 1999 and worked in Information Services since then.  He is an Associate Director leading the Incident Management team of Administrative Information Systems.  My team and I provide technical production support for the Administrative Information Systems including PeopleSoft and Kronos.  His combined Information Technology experience at UTMB and prior to that at UT Austin is close to 19 years.  While serving in many different roles he always took pride in providing exceptional customer service to internal and external customers.

During my tenure at UTMB he has initiated and promoted many business process improvements.  He has taken an active role in fostering collaborations around campus and with other organizations.  He has given presentations at regional and national conferences.  Relationship building and knowledge sharing stood front and center in all of those initiatives.

Information Services has instituted a Fellowship program for recent graduates and he takes pride in chairing the committee overseeing that program.  As part of that program he is excited to work closely with new employees who will be future leaders at UTMB.  He believes strongly in the benefits of a diverse workforce that is held together by a common bond of effective inclusion efforts.  He considers myself fortunate to have an opportunity to further those efforts by serving on UTMB’s Diversity Council. 

By serving on the Employee Advisory Council and building on the proud heritage of UTMB, he will promote an inclusive and collaborative environment respecting all the different voices around campus.  He will foster dialogues amongst all members of our UTMB community with the goal to initiate and promote positive change around campus.  Working with individuals from around campus he is determined to help shape the future of this great organization always remembering that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.