John Yarabeck

Name: John Yarabeck
Title: Dean of Students
Years at SHSU: 13 years
Years in Higher Education: 32 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).


Name: Jerrell Sherman
Title: Associate Dean of Students for Student Conduct and Advocacy
Years at SHSU: 7 years
Years in Higher Education: 9 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.  Jerrell is also responsible for University Discipline, Student Code of Conduct, Student Judicial Programs/Hearing Officer, Student Guidelines, and Admissions Screenings.

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Name: Chelsea Smith
Title: Associate Dean of Students for Parent Relations and Special Programs
Years at SHSU: 5 years
Years in Higher Education: 9 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 and a graduate research assistant/intern in the Office of Greek Life. Chelsea currently oversees all aspects of the Parent Relations Office and Special Programs in the Dean of Students' Office. Her responsibilities include overseeing Bearkat Family Weekend, Primary Advisor for the SHSU Orange Keys Official University Student Ambassadors, Coordinating the University Memorial Service (Raven's Call), Coordinating the Faculty and Staff Recognition Program (Keys of Excellence), Co-Advisor to Student Government Association (SGA), and Administrator Advisor for the SHSU Parents' Association (SHSUPA).  Chelsea is also responsible for Absence Notifications and Office Assessment.  She is the Chair of the Free Speech Preparedness Team, and is the Title IX Deputy Coordinator for Student Services where she assist with Title IX investigations and compliance.  She supervises the Parent Relations & Special Programs Coordinator and Student Assistant. 

Phyllis Barrett

Name: Phyllis Barrett
Title: Administrative Coordinator
Years at SHSU: 25 years
Years in Higher Education: 25 years


Phyllis has worked for the Division of Student Services for the past 25 years.  She is responsible for budget management, purchasing, travel, parking appeals coordination, and Student Government Association budgetary needs. 

Teresa Vick

Name: Teresa Vick
Title: Administrative Associate I
Years at SHSU: 9 years
Years in Higher Education: 9 years


Teresa has been employed with Sam Houston State University since September 2007. She currently works in the Dean of Students' Office in the Division of Student Services after transferring from the Registrar’s Office with Enrollment Management Division.  Teresa's responsibilities include: scheduling appointments for the Dean and Associate Dean of Students and coordination of Judicial Affairs process.  She serves on the Parking and Transportation Committee and assist with Parking Appeals.


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