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Wellness Staff

Dr. Patrick Lukingbeal

Director
plluking@central.uh.edu
713.743.5365

Patrick Lukingbeal

Patrick is a 7th generation Texan from Houston, and joined the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services as the Director of UH Wellness in June 2014. He received his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Individual Differences with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration from the College of Education, and currently serves as an adjunct instructor in the Masters of Education in Counseling program.  He also received his Master of Education in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education (SAAHE) as well as a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies – both from Texas A&M University. He is passionate about helping students be successful while in college and promoting healthy decisions around all dimensions of wellness.

He has several years of progressive experience in various higher education capacities, including wellness and wellbeing, residence life, conduct and student activities. Previous to UH, he has worked at Rice University, Georgetown University, and Texas A&M University. On a national level, he serves as the Educational Events Coordinator for the NASPA Wellness and Health Promotion Knowledge Community, is a member of the conference planning team for the NASPA Well-being and Health Promotion Leadership Conference, and has served as a past national co-chair of the NASPA Gender and Sexuality Knowledge Community. He is also a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor through the National Council of Behavioral Health, and serves on the board of the Southeast Texas Chapter for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling the world, gardening, listening to music, Crossfit, and finding excuses to explore the great state of Texas.​

Interested in connecting with Patrick about time management, self-care, stress management or conflict meditation?  Request a free consultation here!  


Reuben Parrish

Assistant Director for Health Education
rgparrish@uh.edu
713.743.5487

Reuben Parrish

Reuben graduated from California State University, Fresno with a BS in Health Science and a MPH in Public Health with an option in Health Promotion. He has worked at the University of Houston Wellness department for 7+ years. He is a member of the American Public Health Association, American College Health Association, Texas Association of College & University Student Personnel Administrators and Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. His interests are in general health education/promotion, men’s health, substance abuse, wellness and health coaching and worksite wellness. He is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist and Certified health and Wellness Coach. Reuben is passionate and committed to serve and assist the university in helping improve the lives of students, staff and faculty.

Favorite Quote “Knowing is half the battle” GI Joe

Interested in connecting with Reuben about general health and wellness topics, alcohol and drugs, or want to learn more about our nine dimensions of wellness? Request a free consultation here!  


Anneliese Bustillo

Assistant Director for Sexual Violence Prevention and Education
abustillo@uh.edu

Anneliese Bustillo

Anneliese joined the UH Wellness team in July 2017. Most recently, Anneliese was the Assistant Director of Risk Intervention & Safety Education (RISE) at Texas Tech University. She oversaw all sexual violence prevention and response efforts and served as the University’s support coordinator for survivors. In her role, Anneliese developed interactive programs on consent, healthy relationships, and self-empowerment, began the RISE Peer Educators program, and advocated for students who experienced any form of gender-based harassment. Prior to Texas Tech, Anneliese worked and completed her Master's at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. Anneliese is an 8th generation Texan who loves playing pub trivia, doing the New York Times crossword puzzle, and re-reading Harry Potter.

Interested in connecting with Anneliese about bystander intervention, consent, healthy relationships, or general sexual health questions? Request a free consultation here!  


Shantee Liggins

Graduate Assistant

Shantee Liggins

Shantée holds two bachelors in Psychology and Health Education and is pursuing their Masters of Social Work here at UH. They are an advocate for sex workers’ rights as they are extremely passionate about human rights and social justice issues, especially rights centered around sex and sexuality. They also lead grief support groups for families and adults who have lost a loved one. Shantée is always open to listening to an individual’s life story.


Sahara Armen

Student Worker

Sahara Armen

Sahara is a junior at the University of Houston and a legacy since both her parents attended here. She is a Computer Science major. As a strong advocate for cancer prevention, she hopes to work on keeping the campus smoke free in more than just policy. In her free time she likes to listen to music and explore the city of Houston.


Kai Selin

Student Worker

Kai Selin

Kai is a junior at the University of Houston currently studying Supply Chain Management. He loves working with Wellness because he is able to have a positive impact on campus. Kai previously served in the U.S Army for 3 years and is now passionate about helping people dealing with depression and mental health issues.

In his free time he enjoys boxing, sleeping, and exploring new places to eat around Houston.


Alex Murillo

Student Worker

Alex Murillo

Alex is a senior at the University of Houston majoring in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a minor in Chemistry. He enjoys working with Wellness because he understands the significance of depression and stress. Alex hopes to do social work in underdeveloped countries and promote environmental awareness.

In his free time, he enjoys working out, dancing and watching movies.


Aliyah Russell

Intern

Aliyah Russell

Aliyah is a senior dual degree student at the University of Houston majoring in both Kinesiology and Public Health. She joined the Wellness team as an intern this past August. She enjoys working with Wellness because she understands the significance of anxiety and depression. Aliyah hopes to work in teen advocacy to help ensure basic needs to teens and young adults such as food, housing, financial, and social support.

In her free time she enjoys sleeping, eating, writing, and spending time with her friends and family.


Megan Matherne

Intern

Megan Matherne

Megan is a senior at the University of Houston majoring in Health with a minor in Biology. She loves working at Wellness because she is able to apply the things she’s learned to help lead students to make healthy lifestyle choices. Megan is passionate about environmental protection and sustainability and hopes to spread awareness on environmental issues.

In her free time she enjoys riding her bike, visiting the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and spending time with family and friends.


Rebecca Coleman

Intern

Rebecca Coleman

Rebecca Coleman is majoring in Public Health with a minor in Nutrition. After graduation, she hopes to enter the health field with a focus in cross-cultural health disparities in America. She enjoys working with Wellness because she believes wellness is more than just lack of disease, but rather the well-being of a person as a whole.

In her spare time, she enjoys exercising, listening to music, and exploring Houston.