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Wellness Staff

Professional Staff

Reuben Parrish, MPH, MCHES (He/Him)

Director, UH Wellness


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 9+ 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!

Frances Nguyen, MPH (She/Her)

Assistant Director, Wellness Programs


Frances graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Master's in Public Health in Health Behavior and from Tulane University with a Bachelor of Art in Sociology. Frances has held a variety of roles, including as health educator for middle and high school students, a coordinator for a county-level childhood obesity prevention coalition, and most recently as a research assistant for health promotion and behavioral sciences projects. Frances is passionate about helping students of all ages to reach their fullest potential and achieve their goals through well evaluated evidence-based and community-centered programming and initiatives.

In her free time, Frances can be found doing yoga, walking her dog along the bayou, or reading a good book with a mug of tea. 

Connect with Frances about general health topics, public health careers, and creative ways to stay well in and around Houston by requesting a free consultation!

Jessica Rubinsky, MSW (They/Them)

Assistant Director, Sexual Violence Prevention and Education


Jessica, originally from Mississippi, received a Master’s in Social Work with a focus on Violence and Injury Prevention from Washington University in St. Louis and their Bachelor's in Psychology and Marketing from Tulane University. Jessica has worked in the field of sexual and relationship violence prevention for the past seven years. In addition to working in non-profits, Jessica has worked as a consultant providing education, resources, and advice to individuals, communities, and companies across North America. Their interest are in violence prevention, sexual health, relationships, LGBTQ+ identities, and restorative justice. Jessica uses a margins of center, intersectional, and strength centered approach in all the work that they do, believing that all oppression is connected and fighting to end sexual violence must include ending all types of violence.

In their free time Jessica enjoys playing board games, eating thai food, and finding local hiking trails.

Interested in connecting with Jessica about violence prevention, sexual health, relationships, sexual orientation, or gender identity? Request a free consultation

Gulden Esat

Graduate Assistant, Wellness Programs


Gulden Esat is a fifth-year doctoral student in the School Psychology Ph.D. Program. She is an experienced school psychologist with a unique training focus on preventive mental health interventions. She developed the Mindful Ambassadors Program, a college-based universal well-being enhancement intervention. Gulden is doing her pre-doctoral psychology internship at UH Wellness, where she enhances her experience on individual consultation along with coordinating and evaluating campus-wide mental health interventions.

Shaun Hamlin

Graduate Assistant, Communications


Shaun is a first semester graduate student at the University of Houston currently studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling. With his passion for mental health and wellbeing, he feels that working at Wellness provides a perfect opportunity to contribute in those spaces. After his Master’s program, Shaun plans to practice as a mental health counselor in the field, before returning to academia to pursue his doctoral degree in Counselor Education. Additionally, given Shaun’s experience in the corporate HR world, he plans to use his degree to help companies create employee wellbeing programs to foster more employee centered work environments

In his free time, he enjoys traveling, cycling, fishing, spending as much time as he can outdoors, and relaxing with family and friends. He is an avid sports fan that keeps up with just about every sport. He is also a big foodie that loves trying new restaurants both locally and while traveling.

Student Staff

Lalaya Mongare

Student Office Assistant


Lalaya is a Freshman at the University of Houston and in Exploratory Studies. She would like to pursue Nursing as a major and Psychology as a minor. Lalaya always looks forward to coming in to serve UH students and staff! Once Lalaya completes her degree, her dream career is becoming a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and traveling around the world.

In her free time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, socializing, watching movies, and arts and crafts.

Keisjon Mosby

Student Office Assistant


Keisjon is a Senior at the University of Houston currently studying Psychology with a minor in Biology. He loves working at Wellness because he enjoys the experience of helping those in their overall wellbeing and providing the proper resources and advocacy for students at UH. After his undergraduate, he hopes to attend a masters program in Developmental/Neuroscience or Clinical Psychology. Keisjon hopes to work in the field of pediatrics specializing in the mental and developmental health of children and adolescents and the different cognitive impacts trauma and disorders have throughout their lives.

In his free time he enjoys doing Gymnastics, listening to music, dancing, drawing, hanging out with friends and watching movies.

Chloe Mullins

Student Office Assistant


Chloe is a Sophomore at the University of Houston currently studying Marketing. She loves working at Wellness because she feels like she is able to make a difference for UH students and appreciates the resources Wellness has to offer. After she graduates she hopes to live and work somewhere Downtown or out of state. In her free time Chloe enjoys going out to eat with friends, going to concerts, and playing Animal Crossing.

Maria Torries

Student Office Assistant


Maria is a Junior at the University of Houston, pursuing a degree in Political Science with a minor in National Security. She loves working at Wellness because she enjoys helping the community, and making sure UH students and staff get the resources and help they need. After completing her undergraduate degree, she hopes to work overseas for the State Department; dealing with foreign policy and international relations.

In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her roommates, making jewelry, cooking, and exploring Houston.

Cougar Cupboard Student Staff

Jessica Haney

Cougar Cupboard Coordinator


Jessica graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor's in English in 2021 and is now happy to be part of the professional staff at the same university. Jessica has been with the Cougar Cupboard since its beginning and is grateful to be staying on in the role of its coordinator. Jessica is passionate about identifying the needs of students and connecting them with the resources that are available to them, as well as creating partnerships and collaborating with others to meet these needs. She aims to continue expanding the Cupboard and its services so that every student can receive proper support.

In her free time, Jessica enjoys reading, writing, being outdoors, and playing video games with friends.

Lordina Yeboah

Assistant Cougar Cupboard Coordinator


Lordina is a Second Year Architecture student at the University of Houston. She loves working at the University’s on-campus Food Pantry because it helps her stay actively involved and she enjoys being able to help make a difference in people’s daily routines. Although her work at the Cougar Cupboard is slightly different compared to her major, she still finds the moments of leadership at the Cupboard to be rewarding.

In her free time, Lordina enjoys relaxing by listening to new music or doing activities that involve color. Recently, she is more likely to watch a funny show or movie to relax or entertain herself by reading a webtoon.

Lexi Emmons

Cougar Cupboard Assistant


Lexi is a sophomore at University of Houston, currently studying nutritional sciences in hopes to become a registered dietitian. She hopes to open my own private practice for children with eating disorders and malnutrition. She loves working at the cupboard because it allows me to help my fellow UH students with their needs.

In her free time Lexi loves to cook, watch movies, swim, and adventure to different places with friends.

Tijani Lawal

Cougar Cupboard Assistant


Tijani is a sophomore at the University of Houston currently studying Computer Science. He enjoys working at the Cupboard because it helps to provide food and other basic human necessities for the students of the University of Houston. Tijani am also a part of the UH Mens Rugby club. In his free time, he enjoys programming computers, going mountain biking, playing basketball with his siblings, or randomly busting out dance moves to whatever song is playing.

Iliana Solheim

Cougar Cupboard Assistant


Iliana is a sophomore at the University of Houston studying Geology with an interest in Energy and Sustainability. She enjoys working at the Cougar Cupboard because of its welcoming atmosphere, flexible work environment, and its mission to provide. After her undergraduate, Iliana aims to apply her degree to geothermal energy research and its impact on the renewable energy movement to fight climate change. She also looks forward to traveling internationally with her degree to study and observe the changes occurring within nature across the world.

Should time in her schedule allow it, Iliana can be found enjoying her time mostly outdoors, listening to music, and indulging the occasional Netflix binge.

Sarah Stewart

Cougar Cupboard Assistant


Sarah is a junior at the University of Houston currently studying human nutrition and foods. She loves working at the cupboard because she loves improving the health and lives of her fellow students. She has a passion for public health and addressing the needs of those in her community. After completing her undergraduate degree she hopes to go into a master's of public health program to continue to serve her community.

In her free time she enjoys hiking and road tripping to observe Texas's natural beauty.

Kelly Tang

Cougar Cupboard Assistant


Kelly Tang is currently a Freshman at the University of Houston, majoring in Exercise Science. She loves working at the Cupboard because of its friendly atmosphere and employees, ability to interact with people, and provide a helping hand to those in need. After graduating, she hopes to attend an accredited DPT education program to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, exploring, volunteering, and catching up on tv shows. One of her biggest goals is to travel around the world and try all the yummy food.

Kimberly Tran

Cougar Cupboard Assistant


Kim is currently a sophomore majoring in Kinesiology. She is a big sports fanatic and plays on the UH Metro team. She likes to work at the cupboard because if she has to be exploited to work, at least it’s giving back to the community. Go Coogs!