Meet the Staff

Meet the faculty & staff of Doherty library.

Doherty Welcomes Jesús Serrato

The newest member of the Doherty Library staff is Jesús N. Serrato, Technical Services Librarian. His responsibilities include maintaining the library’s catalog, cataloging new acquisitions and managing the various technical aspects of the library’s digital holdings.

Jesús received his BA in International Studies with a minor in Environmental Studies from UST. He went on to earn his Master in Library Science degree from the University of North Texas studying Information Organization. He has worked at Doherty Library since 2005 and professionally since 2009. Jesus states that he is “glad to be part of such a dynamic and innovative team here at Doherty Library.”

Away from the library Jesús has a variety of other interests. He is an avid cyclist and rides his bicycle to work every day. He is a devoted environmentalist and tries to take advantage of all the various green initiatives offered by the University and the surrounding community. Jesús will also begin work on an MLA degree this Fall semester. He plans to make the best out of the great diversity of course offerings as he continues with his professional development and academic aspirations here at UST.

Emily Couvillon joins the Doherty Library staff

The newest member of the Doherty Library staff is Emily Couvillon, Public Services Librarian. Her responsibilities include helping students with their research and library questions and teaching library instruction classes.

Emily was born and raised in Marksville, Louisiana, and she received her BA in English from Tulane University in New Orleans. She recently moved to Houston after obtaining her MSIS from the University of Texas at Austin. She is passionate about connecting people with information, and she is excited to have the opportunity to assist the students and faculty of UST with their academic pursuits.

In her spare time, Emily enjoys distance running and is eager to try some of the trails in Houston’s parks. After living in cities with an abundance of live music like New Orleans and Austin, Emily is happy to be in yet another city with a thriving music scene. She is highly anticipating the upcoming season of the Houston Grand Opera.

Emily is looking forward being a part of the UST community. Please feel free to stop by the reference desk with any questions you may have!

Collection Development Librarian Nicholas Kowalski

Meet Nicholas Kowalski, Collection Development/Reference Librarian.  Nick was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and attended John Carroll University where he received his BA in English with a minor in creative writing.   Influenced by the Jesuit commitment to service, Nick spent two years after graduate as a community organizer in Cleveland through the Americorp Vista program.  A continuing desire to serve, as well as an interest in an academic life, led Nick to choose to study librarianship, and he received his MLIS from Kent State University.  Nick came to Houston via a short detour in Las Vegas.

Nick’s favorite authors are Charles Portis and Alasdair Gray.  He’s currently reading How late it was, how late by James Kelman and Love, etc. by Julian Barnes. Nick is a big sci-fi fan, particularly the original series of Star Trek, Dr. Who, and Mystery Science Theater 3000. He enjoys the indie films at the Museum of Fine Arts and River Oaks Theatre. As well as books and films, Nick enjoys live music and spent four years in undergrad as a college DJ (88.7, WJCU).

Circulation Supervisor Natalie Aquila

NatalieThe newest member of the Doherty Library staff is Circulation Supervisor, Natalie Aquila. Natalie moved to Houston two years ago after graduating from the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana. St. Francis is also a small, liberal arts school with a tight knit community, very much like UST, so Natalie naturally feels at home here. She’s the second child among eleven children in a very close family. Natalie moved here after graduation partly because her family had moved her six months earlier. (It didn’t hurt that Houston’s job market was much stronger than Fort Wayne’s.) Natalie spends as much of her time as she can with my family because, she says, “we have absurd amounts of fun together.” Two of her siblings attend UST and work in the library. Two younger sisters also spend much of their time at Doherty as well.

Cooking is a huge part of Natalie’s Italian-American heritage. She likes to cook and bake in her spare time — everything from apple pie to pasta fagioli. The whole family likes to cook. They’re all in the kitchen during family gatherings (often on major Feast Days), and since there’s music playing – they dance!
Some of Natalie’s many other interests include: walking, creative writing, jump roping, playing kickball, and spending time with friends. And, as might be expected for a library worker, Natalie says, “I love reading!” She studied literature and mathematics in college and especially enjoys 18th and 19th century British literature. Her favorite book as a child was The Witch of Blackbird Pond. As a young adult she read Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset and ever since it has been her favorite book. Natalie is currently reading Friday’s Child by Georgette Heyer (just for fun!).

Natalie’s been in Houston for two years now but still finds herself exploring the area. Her favorite place so far is Hermann Park, and all year long she looks forward to the Shakespeare Festival at Miller Outdoor Theater. In the future Natalie hopes to continue her education in nursing or speech pathology. Maybe she will be the first graduate of our new nursing program.

Loan Nguyen joins Doherty staff; Receives grant to help establish Vietnamese library in Houston


Loan Nguyen, originally from Vietnam, joined the Doherty Library staff in November 2008 as a Periodicals/Reference Librarian in which she is responsible for managing the periodical collection in paper, electronic and microform formats. Loan also provides reference services and library instructional to faculty, staffs and students at UST. Loan loves to volunteer her services to maximize her God-given abilities. Ever since she decided to become a librarian, she has always dreamed of creating a Vietnamese Library in the United States, which would promote the heritage and culture of Vietnam. Her dream came true when she was asked by the Vietnamese Civic Center Board members to start up a Vietnamese library in their newly developed facility at 11360 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, Texas 77072. In March 2009, Loan was awarded a grant from the National Library of Medicine to purchase computers for the recently opened Vietnamese library.

Loan said she feels so at home at Doherty library. Her passions are volunteering her services and meeting people. Please do not hesitate to say “Hi” or ask question to Loan whenever you see her at the reference’s desk.