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Meet the Advisors

The motto of our undergraduate advising team at the University of Houston College of Education, is to Connect students with resources, to Offer support for students’ goals and to Encourage students to own their academic journey. We encourage you to view your advisors’ hours and to make an appointment. We’re here to help!

Kaitlyn DempseyKaitlyn "Katie" Dempsey

Academic Advisor 1

Teacher Education (last names beginning with Gj-O)
Email | 713-743-7996

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

Laura LeeLaura Lee

Student Success Coach

Undergraduate Programs
Email | 713-743-5043

Ms. Lee has worked at the University of Houston for 14 years, five of those with the College of Education. Her previous university experience has allowed her to build a rapport with departments and colleges across campus, establishing contacts to better serve our students. If you need help and are not sure whom to contact, email or stop by her office in Farish Hall 160. As the student success coach, Lee 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 to share.

Geneva MarquinGeneva Marquina

Academic Advisor 1

Teacher Education program (UH at Sugar Land)
Email | 713-743-0330

Ms. Marquina graduated from Rice University and earned a Master of Education in counseling from the University of Houston. She has over 10 years of experience in education, ranging from elementary social-emotional learning to career exploration in higher education. As an advisor, she enjoys helping students progress in their educational journeys, and she strives to serve each student she meets with compassion and sensitivity. She also enjoys traveling, experimenting with cooking and attending concerts.

Stephanie MartinezStephanie Martinez

Academic Advisor 1

Health (last names beginning with M-Z)
Email | 713-743-6589

Ms. Martinez is a proud College of Education alumna as well as an academic advisor. She earned her B.S. in human development and family studies with a minor in health from the College. Before becoming an advisor, she worked with the UH PEEPS Program, a food pantry open to all UH students and families, for three years and also served as head PEEP. As a recent graduate, she’s very familiar with UH processes and the student experience. She was raised Killeen, Texas, so if students have any Houstonian tips, please be sure to pass them along!

Oluwasade "Sade" OrebiyiOluwasade "Sade" Orebiyi

Academic Advisor I

Health (last names beginning with A-L)
Email | 713-743-2084

Ms. Oluwasade earned a B.A. in communication from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and also holds a M.A. in communication with a focus on media from Webster University. She is very passionate about helping students achieve their academic and professional goals (long and short term) and will provide strategic coaching, advising and mentorship. Some other points of interest: She is Nigerian, has five siblings, loves reading and writing, and was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She also enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, especially with all of her nieces and nephews.  

Greta RalstonGreta Ralston

Academic Advisor II

Teacher Education (last names beginning with A-Gi)
Email | 713-743-9655

Ms. 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.

Anitra WrightAnitra Wright

Academic Advisor II

Teacher Education (last names beginning with P-Z)
Email | 713-743-4993

Ms. Wright has served the UH College of Education for over 15 years, advising teacher education students. Her participation in a national conference on appreciative advising has helped shape her skills to improve student outcomes. In her free time, she collects butterfly figurines and enjoys spending time with her children.


Kimberly ZainfeldKimberly Zainfeld

Academic Advisor II

Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS), Asian American Studies, Special Populations
Email | 713-743-4999

Ms. Zainfeld has over 30 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, she has been married for 35 years and has three children and one grandchild.