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.

Kristen Ernst

Assistant Director

Kristen hails from Narragansett, Rhode Island and received degrees in English and Film Studies from Boston College.  She currently serves as an Assistant Director for the Center for Student Involvement, supervising both the Frontier Fiesta Association and Homecoming Board.  She is also the interim advisor to the Student Program Board and the Council of Ethnic Organizations.

Donielle Miller

Assistant Director

Donielle joined the Center for Student Involvement in July 2014 as an Assistant Director.  She is currently responsible for programs and services that support Registered Student Organizations and their student leaders.  Donielle received both her BBA in Management and Marketing and MA in Higher Education Administration from Sam Houston State University.  She has a wealth of experience in student organization management, campus programming, leadership programs, special events and multicultural affairs. Donielle is excited about the opportunity to positively impact the University of Houston campus community.  In her spare time she likes to teach herself graphic design.

Nneka Ayozie

Activities Coordinator

A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Nneka Ayozie serves as the Activities Coordinator for Leadership and Civic Engagement, which includes the Ignite Leadership program, Days of Service, the Community Action Break and Alternative Service Break programs. Nneka also serves as the advisor for the Metropolitan Volunteer Program (MVP). She earned BS in Mass Communication from Jackson State University and her Masters of Education from the University of Houston. When she is not working or being studious, Nneka enjoys cooking, crafting, fishing, and exploring Houston.

Ja’Nelle King

Activities Coordinator

Ja'Nelle joined the Center for Student Involvement in July of 2015 as an Activities Coordinator. Ja’Nelle attended Texas State University-San Marcos where she received her Bachelor of Health Administration with a minor in Diversity Studies. She received her Master of Education in Higher Education Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston in May of 2013. In her role, Ja’Nelle provides support to registered student organizations and their advisors through learning experiences, personal consultations, and training facilitation. This also includes risk management, leadership development, and organizational management. Ja’Nelle also directly advises the Cougar Involvement Ambassadors who promote student involvement on campus and serve as peer to peer support for registered student organizations. Ja'Nelle is passionate about diversity and inclusion of all students and has a strong interest in identity development. In her spare time Ja’Nelle loves to read, work on DIY projects, and bake.

Tim Reuter

Activities Coordinator

Tim Reuter joined the Center for Student Involvement in July of 2015 as an Activities Coordinator. In his role, Tim serves as the advisor to the Student Program Board and oversees the infraRED Nights program. Tim is originally from Ames, Iowa, where he attended Iowa State University and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and International Studies, along with a Masters of Education degree in Student Affairs.

Thu Pham

Graduate Assistant

Thu currently serves as both a Graduate Assistant for the Center for Student Involvement and for the Council of Ethnic Organizations. She has a BBA in Supply Chain Management from the University of Texas. Thu is currently in the Master’s program for Higher Education at the University of Houston.

Jennifer Wang

Graduate Assistant

Jennifer Wang serves as the graduate assistant for Student Program Board (SPB). She earned BA in Psychology from University of Southern California and is currently pursuing Master of Science in Hospitality Management from University of Houston. Jennifer has a healthy obsession with her car and fortune cookies.

Hollie Yang

Graduate Assistant

Hollie serves as the Graduate Assistant for Leadership Programs. She earned her BS in Education from Baylor University and is currently pursuing her M.Ed. in Higher Education at the University of Houston. In her free time, Hollie enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her lifelong furry companion.

Ellen Stein

Graduate Assistant

Ellen Stein is the Graduate Assistant for Civic Engagement working with programs such as Days of Service, Community Action Break, and Alternative Service Break, she also serves as an advisor to the Metropolitan Volunteer Program (MVP). Ellen earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work. She is passionate about volunteering in the community, public policy, and social justice and considers that, “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is a chance to work hard at work worth doing” – Teddy Roosevelt.