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Dr. Tina Powellson


As the director for the Center for Student Involvement, Dr. Powellson will provide leadership, strategic vision, organization and administrative oversight of campus-wide programs and services partnering with departments and student organizations in the following areas: direction, advising and management for major campus events and student-led programming initiatives; support and guidance of an effective approach to Registered Student Organizations (RSO); and campus-wide programs and education in the leadership development and civic engagement opportunities.

Katy Kaesebier

Associate Director

Katy joined the Center for Student Involvement team in April of 2015 as the Associate Director. She attended Butler University where she received degrees in Psychology and Spanish, and earned her MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University. In her role with CSI, Katy supports the growth and development of LeadUH and ServeUH. Her passion is empowering student leaders to make our campus and community stronger through leadership and civic engagement programs.

Allyson Yolland

Assistant Director

Ally became a full-time staff member of the Center for Student Involvement in June of 2018 as an Activities Coordinator. She received her Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from the University of Houston. In her role, Ally provides support to registered student organizations by helping students with risk management, leadership development, and organizational management. She advises the Cougar Involvement Ambassadors who promote student involvement on campus and serve as peer to peer support for registered student organizations. She also advises the Council for Cultural Activities, a university-sponsored organization that promotes cultural awareness, diversity, and inclusion by supporting cultural and diversity-related registered student organizations and events on campus.

Kyonne Gibson

Office Coordinator

Kyonne joined the Center for Student Involvement team in November of 2019 as the Office Coordinator. She is a native of New Orleans, La and enjoys working in Higher Education. In her role with CSI, Kyonne coordinates the activities of the staff in performing general office duties and assisting with different events. She is a member of the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment services Customer Relations committee and supports the growth and development of the office and student activities. Personally, she loves to write, travel, and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Esther Okaro

Instructional Assistant

Esther joined the Center for Student Involvement team in September of 2020 as an Instructional Assistant. She graduated from Minnesota State University Mankato with her Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Biology. She is currently earning her Masters in Engineering Technology at the University of Houston. She is a native of Nigeria, and enjoys reading novels that broaden her knowledge on cultural perspectives. In her role with CSI, Esther coordinates the activities and advising of some of the organizations she works with like the Student Program Board and InfraRed. In her spare time she loves to read, travel, cook, and enjoys spending time with family and friends.