John Yarabeck

Name: John Yarabeck
Title: Dean of Students
Years at SHSU: 12 years
Years in Higher Education: 30 years
Certifications, licenses, or other: BS, M.Ed.


John grew up in Denver, Colorado. He attended Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO) receiving a BS in Human Development/Family Studies and an M.Ed in College Student Personnel Administration. John has spent his entire professional life in student services and prior to coming to SHSU has worked at Concordin College (MN), Saint Bonaventure University (NY), Saint Mary's University (TX), Columbia College (MO), Christian Brothers University (TN), Thiel College (PA), Houston Baptist University (TX), and Waynesburg College (PA). In addition to overseeing The Dean of Students Staff, Dean Yarabeck chairs the Students of Concerns (SOC) Team and coordinates the Crisis Team. He also serves as the Freshmen Leaders Program (FLP) facilitator and is the Student Government Association (SGA) Advisor. John enjoys attending SHSU athletic and theater events. He is also active in the Huntsville Rotary Club, University Heights Baptist Church and serves as Vice President of the Huntsville Cruisers (classic car club).

Jerrell Sherman

Name: Jerrell Sherman
Title: Assistant Dean of Students for Greek Life
Years at SHSU: 6 years
Years in Higher Education: 8 years
Certifications, licenses, or other: BA, MA


Jerrell Sherman is a Houston, Texas native and is a proud alumnus of Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations. He then went on to obtain his Master's Degree in Advertising/Marketing Communications from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. His responsibilities include but are not limited to event planning, policy writing, branding, marketing/pr campaigns, web development, advising the Interfraternity Council, Multicultural Greek Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Order of Omega, and providing oversight for the entire Greek Life program at SHSU.

Chelsea Smith

Name: Chelsea Smith
Title: Assistant Dean of Students for Parent Relations & Special Programs & Title IX Deputy Coordinator
Years at SHSU: 4 years
Years in Higher Education: 8 years
Certifications, licenses, or other: BA, M.Ed.


Chelsea Smith is originally from Austin, Texas. She attended Texas State University-San Marcos where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies and Master's of Education in Student Affairs. At Texas State University she was an Academic Advisor for the College of Liberal Arts. She was also a graduate research assistant and intern in the Office of Greek Life. Chelsea currently works with Parents and Special Programs in the Dean of Students' Office. Her responsibilities include coordinating Bearkat Family Weekend, SHSU Orange Keys, Raven's Call Memorial Service, Online Mentoring and Guidance Program, and the USA Today Collegiate Readership Program. She is also the University Advisor for the Parents' Association and advisor to Alpha Lambda Delta freshman honors society.  She also serves as the Title IX Deputy Coordinator for Student Services and supervises student assistants.

Teresa Vick

Name: Alli Miller
Title: Greek Life Coordinator                                                         
Years at SHSU: 2 year
Years in Higher Education: 3 years
Certifications, licenses, or other: BS, M.Ed.


Alli Miller is a New Orleans native who earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA. Alli previously worked with incoming freshman in the First Year Initiative Office, Student Government, and Greek Life Offices while completing her Masters in Higher Education: Student Affairs Administration at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. Her responsibilities include but are not limited to advising, event planning, and policy writing for the Greek Life program at SHSU.

Name:  Kalyn Cavazos
Title:  Program Coordinator
Years at SHSU: 8 years
Years in Higher Education: 5 years
Certifications, licenses, or other:  BA, MA

Kalyn Cavazos is originally from New Braunfels, TX.  She earned her    Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and her Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration from Sam Houston State University.   She has a professional background in a variety of roles within the Division of Enrollment Management, Student Services, and Academic Affairs.  She serves on  several university committees and is a Life Member of the SHSU Alumni Association.  Kalyn currently works with Parent Relations & Special Programming in the Dean of Students’ Office.  Her responsibilities include:  Online Mentoring & Guidance Program, USA Today Collegiate Readership Program, Freshman Leadership Program, Bearkat Family Weekend, Who's Who Recognition Banquet and special events/programming within the office.  She is also the advisor to the Parent’s Association and Alpha Lambda Delta. 

Phyllis Barrett

Name: Phyllis Barrett
Title: Administrative Coordinator
Years at SHSU: 23 years
Years in Higher Education: 23 years


Phyllis has worked for the Division of Student Services since 1991. She is responsible for budgetary monitoring, purchasing, travel, assessment support, Student Government Association support, Parking Appeals Committee coordination, and Student Guidelines support. Phyllis also serves as a member of the Student Services Publications Committee, Freshman Leadership Selection Committee, and SHSU Parents' Association Scholarship Selection Committee.

Teresa Vick

Name: Teresa Vick
Title: Secretary III
Years at SHSU: 7 years
Years in Higher Education: 7 years


Teresa has been employed with Sam Houston State University since September 2007. She currently works in the Dean of Students' Office after transferring from the Office of the Registrar. Teresa's responsibilities include: Freshman Leadership Selection Coordinator, Freshman Leadership Program support, planning and coordinating the selection of Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities Award Banquet, and Administrator's Fair, as well as coordination of disciplinary files, and appointments for the Dean and Associate Dean of Students.


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