Institutional Support

Representatives of Institutional Support

Julie Cantini (

J CantiniJulie Cantini joined the UTMB Family in 2005 when accepting the Special Events Coordinator’s position for the School of Nursing. Prior to that, Julie had a career in the Hospitality Industry for over 25 years with a strong customer service background.

Soon after joining the School, Julie was promoted as the Director of Alumni Affairs & Special Events. During that time, she worked closely with the Dean to ensure the mission, and goals, set forth for the School were met.

In 2008, Julie joined the Development Office with the Alumni Relations team.  In 2010, she was promoted to the Director of Alumni & Parent Relations.  Julie is responsible for fostering relationships with alumni and for the oversight of the Young Alumni program, Parents Council, Alumni Boards and Alumni focused events.  In addition, she oversees the Alumni Communications efforts by way of eSolicitations, stewardship and all media related outlets.

Julie is honored to have been chosen as a representative of the EAC for the Institutional Support sector of UTMB.  She looks forward to helping facilitate communication between executive leadership and classified and, administrative and professional employees. Together we will work wonders for UTMB Health!

Neal Cooper (
N Cooper During the fifteen plus years I have been at UTMB, I have 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.

Neal 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, Neal 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 ValiulisI joined UTMB in 1999 and worked in Information Services since then.  I am 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.  My combined Information Technology experience at UTMB and prior to that at UT Austin is close to 19 years.  While serving in many different roles I always took pride in providing exceptional customer service to internal and external customers.

During my tenure at UTMB I have initiated and promoted many business process improvements.  I have taken an active role in fostering collaborations around campus and with other organizations.  I have 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 I take pride in chairing the committee overseeing that program.  As part of that program I am excited to work closely with new employees who will be future leaders at UTMB.  I believe strongly in the benefits of a diverse workforce that is held together by a common bond of effective inclusion efforts.  I consider 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 I will promote an inclusive and collaborative environment respecting all the different voices around campus.  I 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 I am determined to help shape the future of this great organization always remembering that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.