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Meet the Advisors

Katie Dempsey (Photo not available)Katie Dempsey

Academic Advisor 1 – Teacher Education program

Email Ms. Dempsey  |  713-743-7996

Katie graduated from the University of Missouri and is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. She previously worked within a high school as a college advisor assisting students in the college-going process and the transition from high school to college. She is passionate about empowering students to succeed through the sharing of resources, advising, and encouragement. Katie enjoys exploring new places, attending sporting events, and experiencing different cultures.

Laura LeeLaura Lee

Student Success Coach, Undergraduate Programs

Email Ms. Lee  |  713-743-5043

Laura has worked with the university for fourteen years, five of those with the College of Education.  Her previous university experience has allowed her to build a rapport with departments and colleges throughout the university, establishing contacts which are very beneficial to her work with students in the college.  If you need help and are not sure who to contact, please email Laura or stop by…she will help connect you to the right person or department best suited for your concern.

As the Student Success Coach, Laura has developed strategies to help students succeed and be able to achieve their academic and long term career goals.  She has a commitment to her students and has a plethora of resources at hand to help students reach those goals. Laura is not in the appointment system, however, she welcomes students to stop by anytime!  If you would like dedicated appointment time with her, please email and she will be happy to make arrangements for you.

Emily Miller (Photo not available)Emily Miller

Academic Advisor 1 - Health program

Email Ms. Miller  |  713-743-7161

Emily is a recent graduate of the University of Houston and has over two years of experience in higher education. During her time as an undergraduate student, Emily was a campus tour guide and also spent a semester abroad in the Philippines. She enjoys fitness, travelling and taking her pet Corgi, Loaf to the dog park. Emily is passionate about empowering students and providing access to campus resources.

Greta RalstonGreta Ralston

Academic Advisor I – Teacher Education program

Email Ms. Ralston  |  713-743-9655

Greta Ralston is a native Houstonian who graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Belmont University.  She has over three years of experience in education and has taught overseas in Dubai.  She is excited to be back in her hometown, helping future teachers at the University of Houston achieve their goals.

Tracy RiderTracy Rider

Academic Advisor I – Health program

Email Ms. Rider  |  713-743-9518

A native of Connecticut, Tracy comes to UH from an eighteen year career as a middle and high school teacher, having taught in Texas, Massachusetts, and California.  Her previous experience in higher education was as the Director of Admissions and Student Affairs for the School of Music at Boston University, and she holds a BA in Theatre Arts from UH-Clear Lake and a Master of Music in Voice from The University of Texas at Austin.  Tracy enjoys singing, knitting, and gardening, shares her home with Zoe, her spoiled Shih Tzu, and looks forward to encouraging and empowering our students to remain engaged and dedicated to their future goals and desires.

Anitra WrightAnitra Wright

Academic Advisor II – Teacher Education program

Email Ms. Wright  |  713-743-4993

Anitra has served the UH College of Education for over fifteen years, where she advises Teacher Education students. She collects butterfly figurines and enjoys spending time with her children. She recently participated in a national conference on Appreciative Advising, a professional development opportunity that taught her skills that improve student outcomes.


Kimberly ZainfeldKimberly Zainfeld

Academic Advisor II – Human Development & Family Studies (HDFS) and Asian American Studies programs

Email Ms. Zainfeld  |  713-743-4999

Kimberly has over thirty years of experience at UH, including eight years of advising.  She has a passion for helping students transition into college and enjoys watching them learn and mature.  She especially likes helping students who are struggling with the transition.  Born and raised in Texas and an alum of the UH College of Education, Kimberly has been married for 35 years, has three children, and one grandchild.