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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.


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.


Eric Smith

Assistant Director

Eric is the Assistant Director for Programming in the Center for Student Involvement. In this role, he oversees the programing area by directly supporting Frontier Fiesta and the Homecoming Board. He also supervises and provides support to the Activities Coordinator for Programming, Student Program Board, and the Council for Cultural Activities. Eric is a native Ohioan and earned his Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and French from Capital University in 2014. He graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership in 2017 and spent four years working in Florida before moving to Houston.


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.


Kristine Cross

Activities Coordinator

Kristine joined the Center for Student Involvement team in July of 2021 as the Leadership & Civic Engagement Activities Coordinator. She received her Bachelor's of Science in Food, Nutrition, & Dietetics from Stephen F. Austin State University in May 2019. Most recently, she received her Master of Education in Higher Education from the University of North Texas in May 2021. In her role, Kristine oversees the Ignite Leadership Program, the Impact Living Learning Community, along with Dance Marathon. She also works to coordinate various workshops and programs to support LeadUH and ServeUH. In her free time, Kristine enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and watching her favorite shows.


Christopher Caldwell

Instructional Assistant

Christopher joined the Center for Student Involvement in May 2021 as an Instructional Assistant for Leadership & Civic Engagement. He graduated from the University of Houston with his Bachelors in Political Science in 2019. He is currently a third year Master of Public Administration candidate. In his role in CSI, Christopher assists with the coordinating and advising various LeadUH and ServeUH programs, such as the Ignite Leadership Program, Lead360, and more. Christopher is a Dallas native and enjoys socializing with family and friends in his free time.


Merab Omoregie

Instructional Assistant

Merab joined the Center for Student Involvement team in August 2021 as an Instructional Assistant. She graduated from Purdue Fort Wayne with her Bachelors of Arts in Communication. She is currently earning her Masters in Higher Education Administration at the University of Houston. In her role with CSI, Merab provides support and advising for Homecoming and Frontier Fiesta. In her spare time, she loves to read, travel, listen to podcasts and enjoys spending time with family and friends.


David Procter

Instructional Assistant

David joined the Center for Student Involvement team in August of 2021 as an Instructional Assistant. He graduated from Texas A&M University with his Bachelors of Science in Psychology and worked as a Resident Advisor. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Houston. In his role at CSI, David coordinates and advises the Metropolitan Volunteer Program. Personally, he loves to play video games, watch TV shows, and spend time with friends and family.


Tiara Cottman

Instructional Assistant

Tiara is an Instructional Assistant who joined the Center for Student Involvement (CSI) team in August of 2021. Originating from Prince George’s County, Maryland, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from North Carolina A&T State University. As a current University of Houston graduate student, Tiara is pursuing her Master of Education degree in counseling. As a CSI team member, she advises and assists the Council for Cultural Activities (CCA). Tiara enjoys exploring the city of Houston and it’s many attractions.