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Dr. Tina Powellson

Director

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.


Ja’Nelle King

Assistant Director

Ja'Nelle joined the Center for Student Involvement in July 2015 as an Activities Coordinator and became the Assistant Director for Registered Student Organization (RSO) Services in May 2017. Ja’Nelle attended Texas State University-San Marcos where she received her Bachelor of Health Administration with a minor in Diversity/Ethnic Studies. She received her Master of Education in Higher Education Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston in May 2013. In her role, Ja’Nelle provides support to registered student organizations and their advisors through learning experiences as well as training facilitation and creation. This includes risk management, leadership development, and organizational management. Ja’Nelle also directly advises the Activities Funding Board, an agency of the Student Fee Advisory Committee, who allocates funds to RSOs hosting programs, events, or attending conferences. Ja'Nelle is passionate about authenticity, identity development, and helping students find their place on campus. In her spare time Ja’Nelle loves to read, work on DIY projects, and spend time with her family.


Michael Crook

Assistant Director

Michael joined the Center for Student Involvement in August 2017 as the Assistant Director Programming. He attended Colorado State University and received a Bachelor's of Art in Speech and Communication and a minor in Business Administration. He received his Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration and a graduate certificate in teaching and learning from Michigan State University. Michael is also a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach and a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). In his current role, Michael advises the University Sponsored Organizations, Frontier Fiesta, Homecoming Board, and the Student Program Board. He works alongside campus partners and each of the student boards to create diverse and engaging programs and major campus tradition events throughout the year. He also provides support for the InfraRED Nights programming initiative. He is student development centered, committed to creating a more inclusive campus, and always looking for new ways to improve the student experience. On a personal level, he loves good conversation and making new connections in the community as well as board games, music, running, and volleyball.


Allyson Yolland

Activities Coordinator

Ally became a full time staff memeber 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 through 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.


Larissa Jimenez

Instructional Assistant

Larissa joined the Center for Student Involvement team in September 2020 as the Instructional Assistant for Homecoming and Frontier Fiesta. She graduated from the University of Houston in December 2018 with a BBA in Marketing and a minor in Public Relations. She is currently in pursuit of her M.S. in Marketing at the C.T. Bauer College of Business. As a former student, she was a member of the Spirit of Houston as the mascot's social media coordinator and Frontier Fiesta as the Director of Performances. In her role, Larissa assists with administrative task pertaining to Homecoming and Frontier Fiesta while also helping both teams with challenges they may face. She loves music, film, traveling and her fur baby, Koya.


Ailin Fei

Instructional Assistant

Ailin received her BS in Hotel, Restaurant Management at the University of Houston, Class of 2020. She is a current graduate student studying a MS in Hospitality Management in the research track. Ailin supports the development and facilitation of the Ignite Leadership Program, along with other programs within the Leadership and Civic Engagement area. Ailin's strives to see more students get involved and engaged on campus and within the community while flourishing to become the future leaders of tomorrow.