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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.


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.


Valerie Baez

Activities Coordinator

Valerie joined the Center for Student Involvement team in October 2021 as the Registered Student Organizations Activities Coordinator. She received her Bachelor's of Communication from Texas A&M University in May 2018. Most recently, she received her Master of Education in College Student Services Administration from Oregon State University in June 2021. In her role, Valerie oversees the Cougar Involvement Ambassadors, assists student organizations with events and annual registrations, and coordinates the carrel spaces. Valerie enjoys spending her time playing and coaching volleyball, hanging out with family and friends, and traveling to new places.


Ahjah Green

Activities Coordinator

Ahjah joined the Center for Student Involvement team in June of 2022, as the Programming Coordinator. She received her Bachelor’s from Arizona State University in August 2018. Most recently, she received her Master of Education in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago in May 2021. In her role, Ahjah oversees planning for InfraRED, Pindamonium, and other programs; while advising the Council of Cultural Activities and Student Program Board. Ahjah enjoys spending her time traveling, watching tv shows, and exploring new restaurants in Houston.


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.


Jasmine Yap

Instructional Assistant

Jasmine joined the Center for Student Involvement team in August of 2022 as an Instructional Assistant. She has an Associates of Arts degree and recently earned her Bachelor's of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Houston in December of 2021. While in undergrad, she worked as a Wedding and Events Coordinator. In her role at CSI, Jasmine assists with the advising the Frontier Fiesta Association (FFA) and the Homecoming Board. She is currently working towards her Master's degree in Hospitality Management. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, shopping and traveling.


Kayleen Lam

Instructional Assistant

Kayleen joined the Center for Student Involvement team in August of 2022 as an Instructional Assistant. She graduated from Utah State University with her Bachelor’s in Sociology and Social Work. She is currently pursuing her Master's in Political Social Work at the University of Houston. In her role at CSI, Kayleen advises the Council for Cultural Activities. In her spare time, she loves to cook, try new cuisine/foods, binge tv shows, attend various cultural events, and spend time with friends and family.


La'Dereka Christian

Instructional Assistant

La'Dereka joined the Center for Student Involvement team in August of 2022 as an Instructional Assistant. She graduated from Louisiana Tech University with her Bachelors of Science in Finance with a minor in Human Development and Family Science in May of 2022. While in undergrad, she worked within the Office of Financial Aid as well as the Office of New Student Orientation. In her role at CSI, La'Dereka assists with coordinating and advising for the Student Programming Board (SPB). She is currently working towards her Masters in Social Work at the University of Houston. Her free time consists of binge watching tv shows, spending time with friends and family, and cooking.