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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Erin Ciceri

Activities Coordinator

Erin joined the Center for Student Involvement in July 2016 as an Activities Coordinator. She attended Texas A&M University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. After serving with Advise TX as a college advisor for two years, Erin went on to obtain a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from The University of Texas at Austin. In her current role, Erin serves as the advisor to the Student Program Board and heads the nights and weekend program committee, InfraRED.

Graduate Assistants

Bria Adams

Graduate Assistant for Civic Engagement

Marissa Hill

Graduate Assistant for Registered Student Organizations

Kaley O’Brian

Graduate Assistant for Frontier Fiesta

Vicky Su

Graduate Assistant for Student Program Board

Hollie Yang

Graduate Assistant for Leadership Programs

Allyson Yolland

Graduate Assistant for Council for Ethnic Organizations