The Advancing Community Engagement and Service Institute is a university-wide institute that reports to the Office of the Provost. Meet the leadership team:
Co-founder and co-director
Dr. Anne McClellan serves as executive director for growth and innovation and research faculty at the University of Houston College of Education. Her work focuses on developing and funding new initiatives, community engagement and informing educational policy. Before joining the College, McClellan was the director of Middle School Matters at the George W. Bush Institute. The founding principal of the first early college high school in Houston, she later served as vice president for growth at YES Prep, a network of Houston-based public charter schools.
Co-founder and co-director
Dr. Jonathan Schwartz served as associate dean for graduate studies at the University of Houston College of Education before becoming dean of the University of Houston-Downtown College of Public Service in August 2019. He previously worked at New Mexico State University as associate dean of research at the College of Education and as chair of the Counseling and Educational Psychology Department. He is the past president of Division 51, Psychology of Men and Masculinity, of the American Psychological Association; past chair of the Division 17 Prevention Section; and executive board member of the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs. He is the recent recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the APA Prevention Section.
Sarah Fard is the program director for the Advancing Community Engagement and Service Institute. She is a dedicated higher education professional with more than six years of experience in program development and management at the University of Houston. Fard is committed to the University’s initiative to develop a more inclusive campus that enhances diversity and expands access for all.
Jasmine Payton joined the University of Houston in fall 2017 to manage the Cougar Literacy Corps-AmeriCorps program in the ACES Institute. She brings with her invaluable experience in volunteer coordination, community outreach and public service. She has a passion and dedication for service to the community and improving the quality of life of the residents within it.
Committed to collaboration, the ACES Institute works with representatives from different UH colleges, departments and administrative offices who serve as liaisons.
Graduate College of Social Work
Sheara Williams Jennings, Associate Professor & Program Director
College of Nursing
Kathleen Reeve, Associate Dean, MSN Program Director, Clinical Professor
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Andrew Hamilton, Associate Dean for Student Success
College of Technology
Consuelo Luisa Waight, Associate Professor
College of Pharmacy
Marc Fleming, Assistant Professor
School of Art
Rex Koontz, Professor & Director
College of Architecture
Patrick Peters, Director
Office of the Provost
Erika Henderson, Assistant Provost
College of Optometry
Pat Segu, Regional Director of Houston Community Based External Clinics, Clinical Associate Professor
College of Engineering
Jerrod Henderson, Instructional Assistant Professor
College of Medicine
David Buck, Associate Dean of Community Health
The Honors College
Karen Weber, Faculty Assistant Dean, Co-Curricular Programs
Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management
Cristian Morosan, Associate Professor
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Martha Dunkelberger, Instructional Associate Professor and Undergraduate Coordintor
Bauer College of Business
Jamie Belinne, Assistant Dean
College of Education
Conra Gist, Associate Professor
CLASS – African American Studies
Kevin Thompson, Program Manager
Christopher D. Heard, Clinical Assistant Professor
If you are a UH faculty or staff member interested in becoming an ACES Institute college liaison, please contact Sarah Fard at email@example.com.