Meet the Recruitment Team

Keith Ahee

Keith Ahee

Office: 936-294-4689
keithahee@shsu.edu
SkypeID: SHSUADM016

Hometown: Spring, TX

Alma mater: Sam Houston State University

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice – 2010, Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration – 2013

I think SHSU is great because there are so many reasons! The campus is beautiful and full of history. The people you meet and interact with are so welcoming that you instantly feel at home. The environment gives you all of the experiences of a larger university, but the support and services of a small private school.

Hobbies and Interests: I enjoy running, hiking, listening to live music, spending time with family and friends, eating, and traveling. I also enjoy following the Bearkat Football team.

Favorite class in college: Philosophy of Coaching with Dr. Emily Roper

Favorite place on campus: Old Main Pit

Favorite restaurant in Huntsville: Carbonero Rotisserie – you have to try the Pupusas and Chaufa Rice!

My advice to you: Remember that choosing a college is your choice and your chance to learn and discover more about yourself. Aside from all of the external pressures you may be facing, keep your goals at the forefront of the decisions you make. So with that said, as you research colleges and find out what makes them different, make sure it aligns with your goals and objectives.

Elizabeth Austin

Elizabeth Austin

Cell: 214-287-0872
lizzy_austin@shsu.edu
SkypeID: 2142870872

Hometown: Garland, TX

Alma mater: Sam Houston State University

Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science – 2015, Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration – 2018

I think SHSU is great because the faculty and staff are amazing! At both the undergraduate and graduate level, I was able to form really great relationships with my professors.

Hobbies and Interests: I work out with my German Shepard every morning. Now that I have completed my master’s degree, I will be reading for fun again much more! I also really enjoy sporting events and going shopping!

Favorite class in college: Student Services in Higher Education. I learned many different ways to help students during their transition to college.

Favorite place on campus: The hill in front of Austin Hall. It is a great place to read, relax, and people watch!

Favorite restaurant in Huntsville: Potato Shack. Imagine your favorite meal, but inside of a baked potato.

My advice to you: Get involved on campus, get to know your professors, and have fun!

Shemeka Bell-Meza

Shemeka Bell-Meza

Office: 936-294-2345
Cell: 936-439-7166
sbellmeza@shsu.edu
SkypeID: 9364397166

Hometown: Richmond, TX

Alma mater: Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies – 2010, Currently pursuing Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration

I think SHSU is great because of the sense of home, it is so warm and inviting and the campus is beautiful.

Hobbies and Interests: Watching basketball, Marvel movies, and reality TV and reading about pop culture.

Favorite class in college: Christian Worldview and Apologetics

Favorite place on campus: Everywhere! You can see squirrels in every tree! And visiting the Starbucks at the Newton Gresham Library (NGL).

Favorite restaurant in Huntsville: I love the food trucks.

My advice to you: Savor the experience. Life comes quick and the memories you have here can last a lifetime.

Jalon Berry

Jalon Berry

Cell: 281-413-3589
jalonberry@shsu.edu
SkypeID: 2814133589

Hometown: Diboll, Texas

Alma mater: Sam Houston State University

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice – 2016, Currently pursuing Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration

I think SHSU is great because it prepares you to make a difference in society!

Hobbies and Interests: I enjoy traveling to various cities and countries, as well as watching sports (Go Cowboys! Go Rockets! Go LeBron!)

Favorite class in college: Dr. Gallo’s Sociology course was my favorite class as an undergraduate student. His passion for the subject persuaded me to pick it up as a minor.

Favorite place on campus: The Mall Area is the liveliest place on campus, which is why it is my favorite place on campus.

Favorite restaurant in Huntsville: I enjoy walking across the street from campus to eat on the patio at Humphrey’s!

My advice to you: Do not be afraid to get involved! There are several great opportunities for our students at SHSU (over 250 to be exact).

Sarah Browning

Sarah Browning

Office: 936-294-3150
Cell: 281-415-2090
browning@shsu.edu
Skype ID: 2814152090

Hometown: Huntsville, TX

Alma mater: Sam Houston State University

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Psychology – 2010, Master of Arts in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport and Human Performance – 2014, Currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration

I think SHSU is great because it’s impeccable ability to make me feel closely connected while being one among thousands. I run into professors I had over a decade ago and we stop to chat and catch up. Strangers say hello in passing. We have a warm and friendly culture and I love that.

Hobbies and Interests: Spending time with my family hopefully 1) somewhere outdoors doing something outdoorsy or 2) learning something or 3) or exercising or 4) watching Green Bay Packer football

Favorite class in college: Training the Anaerobic and Aerobic Athlete - a special topic graduate course

Favorite place on campus: On the lawn smack in the middle of campus (across from the Lee Drain Building). My dog and I used to walk all around campus and lounge there to people watch and enjoy beautiful sunsets.

Favorite restaurant in Huntsville: Farmhouse Sweets & Eats. Stop reading this and go eat their poblano corn soup!

My advice to you: Come here to learn. Take advantage of this opportunity and truly learn. You won’t love every class, but you can learn from all of them and you may be surprised by hidden talents you didn’t know you had or discover areas of interest you never could have known you’d find yourself passionate about.

Jasmine DeLeon

Jasmine DeLeon

Cell: 936-425-0116
Jasmine.deleon@shsu.edu
SkypeID: 9364250116

Hometown: Orange Grove, Texas

Alma mater: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy – 2018

I think SHSU is great because of how committed faculty and staff are to their students and to their community. With small class sizes you’ll get professors who care about you and your goals. They’ll do anything in their power to make sure you succeed!

Hobbies and Interests: Reading, video games, Netflix, cooking, philosophical discussion, and hanging out with family and friends.

Favorite class in college: Logic and Sociology!

Favorite place on campus: Starbucks at Newton Gresham Library

Favorite restaurant in Huntsville: Yummy Yummy Mongolian Grill because it has the best sushi for crazy reasonable prices!

My advice to you: Don’t worry if you have no idea what you want to do with your life. Hardly anyone has that figured out at the beginning of adulthood. Spend your time at college finding what you are passionate about and your passions will lead you to a great life!

Salvador Favela

Salvador Favela

Office: 936-294-1829
Cell: 515-202-8920
sfavela@shsu.edu
Skype ID: 5122028920

Hometown: Huntsville, TX

Alma mater: University of Texas at Austin

Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Government – 2005

I think SHSU is great because of its approachable faculty and staff.

Hobbies and Interests: I enjoy walking and running, hiking, and enjoy nature.

Favorite class in college: Comparative Immigration Policies in Western Civilizations

Favorite place on campus: Around the Historic Austin Hall area

Favorite restaurant in Huntsville: Schlotzsky's, even though it’s probably not good for me

My advice to you: Focus, study hard, prioritize, make friends, have fun and keep learning

Carissa Ferguson

Carissa Ferguson

Office: 936-294-4073
carissaferguson@shsu.edu
SkypeID: SHSUADM015

Hometown: Naperville, Illinois

Alma mater: Sam Houston State University

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Psychology – 2015, Currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Counselor Education

I think SHSU is great because Sam Houston has a family feeling as soon as you step onto campus. Everyone is always willing to help you out and help you progress with your future.

Hobbies and Interests: I love to travel to different areas when I am not in class! I craft and bake when I am bored and I love going to book stores and finding new books to read. I enjoy event planning and have had my fair share of experience here at SHSU. I also love sports, board games, and corgis!

Favorite class in college: My favorite class during my undergraduate degree was Calculus 1 with Dr. O’Brien. He had such a witty attitude and would have a joke for someone in the class every day!

Favorite place on campus: My favorite place on campus is definitely the fountain area. I remember sitting out there at night during my first three years here with friends and listening to music.

Favorite restaurant in Huntsville: Potato Shack! There are so many options of delicious potatoes!

My advice to you: Remember to take time each week for yourself. Give yourself a break from school, reality, and life in general. Times will seem stressful, but if you take a breath and step back, you will see the clear path! Also, please ask for help! It is not something to be embarrassed about, you will not know everything.

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Kyle Folse

Office: 936-294-4689
Cell: 936-439-7166
kfolse@shsu.edu
Skype ID: 9364250215

Hometown: Kingwood, TX

Alma mater: Sam Houston State University

Degree: Bachelor of Business Administration in General Business – 2017

I think SHSU is great because even with a population of over 21,000 students, each person is still cared about and not just a number in the crowd. It is so easy to build connections with students, faculty, and staff.

Hobbies and Interests: I enjoy playing or watching soccer, traveling anywhere, playing guitar or piano, and reading.

Favorite class in college: My finance classes are the ones that always caught my interest. Anywhere from personal finance and learning how to budget, to studying principles that businesses use to become successful, I enjoyed it.

Favorite place on campus: Starbucks, I may be somewhat addicted to coffee.

Favorite restaurant in Huntsville: Mr. Hamburger, because they have the best burgers in town and it is 1950s themed!

My advice to you: Get involved on campus and make the most of the many opportunities that are presented to you. College goes by quick so make your time count!

Rebecca Gay

Rebecca Gay

Office: 936-294-3988
Cell: 936-425-0329
rebecca@shsu.edu
SkypeID: 9364250329

Hometown: Bellville, TX

Alma mater: Sam Houston State University

Degree: Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and Marketing – 2008, Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration – 2013

I think SHSU is great because it is continuously growing and changing and yet the students, faculty, staff, and alumni remain some of the most humble and hardworking people I have met.

Hobbies and Interests: I enjoy working out (find me at the Rec Center bright and early), traveling, cooking/baking, and spending time with family and friends.

Favorite class in college: My favorite class was part of my master’s curriculum; Leadership in Higher Education. It covered leadership theories and models and how this information was necessary in developing as a leader in higher education.

Favorite place on campus: The Quad because it is the original/historical portion of campus.

Favorite restaurant in Huntsville: Five Loaves for a couple of reasons; the food is good, you will probably run into someone you know, and the owners are great people!

My advice to you: Start building your network by meeting students from different walks of life, talk with professors before and after class, and connect with staff. If you are able to get a job on campus you can easily become connected with many of the university employees. Show them your strong work ethic and they will be your biggest supporters!

Joshua Hector

Joshua Hector

Cell: 956-203-1004
josh.hector@shsu.edu
SkypeID: 9562031004

Hometown: San Juan Capistrano, CA

Alma mater: University of Oregon and Concordia University Irvine

Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with minors in Business Administration and Music – 2015, Master of Arts in Coaching and Athletic Administration – 2017

I think SHSU is great because it is truly a place you can call home. Everyone you meet and everything you do has a personal touch to it that enhances your college experience.

Hobbies and Interests: I have a passion for sports. This passion pushes me to go to as many sporting events as possible. I also love to play recreationally with some friends. I am always excited to play in a pick-up game.

Favorite class in college: History of Rock and Roll- My professor was very passionate and who doesn’t love listening to good music for a class assignment?

Favorite place on campus: The Lowman Student Center (LSC); it is the central part of campus where everyone hangs out. It is a great place because you can relax in a comfy chair and get some good food too.

Favorite restaurant in Huntsville: Double Dave’s Pizza. They have the best pizza, I recommend trying the dessert pizza!

My advice to you: For any new Bearkats, I want to encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone. Do something new and different and you won’t regret the experience.

Jose Medrano

Jose Medrano

Cell: 210-319-8582
joeymedrano@shsu.edu
SkypeID: 21031985822

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Alma mater: Sam Houston State University

Degree: Bachelor of Art in Political Science – 2016

I think SHSU is great because of the people! Everyone is pushing for your success and it is easy to make a friend. The people of SHSU become the ones who help build your future and support you through everything.

Hobbies and Interests: Mixed Martial Arts (Been training in different styles since I was 7), Comics (Team Marvel, sorry DC), and Star Wars! I enjoy working out when I’m not injured and cooking when I don’t have to clean! I also enjoy spending time with my Corgi!

Favorite class in college: Political Science was the class that made me change my major and help me find the drive to start working on my dreams. I got to meet some very important political figures and be involved with some awesome events.

Favorite place on campus: The Kat Klub was always a fun place to go when all my friends and I had no money! We would hang out there; play video games, shuffleboard, and some pool. We had awesome memories there that I will reminisce with them from time to time.

Favorite restaurant in Huntsville: Potato Shack is the best baked potato ever. Hands down. I’ve traveled all over Texas, the United States, and Asia, but NOBODY makes a better baked potato than Potato Shack.

My advice to you: Get out and make friends! College without a couple friends can be pretty rough. Find some like-minded individuals that you can relax with and have fun with. Also, making friends with professors will start you on your path to success.

Vacant

Vacant

Office: 936-294-3582
admissions@shsu.edu
SkypeID: SHSUADM014

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Nikea Vernardo

Nikea Vernardo

Office: 936-294-2523
Cell: 936-439-7314
nikea.vernardo@shsu.edu
SkypeID: 9364397314

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Alma mater: DePaul University

Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Sociology – 2004, Master of Education in Elementary Education – 2008

I think SHSU is great because it has the friendliest, most helpful people in the world and a focus on service to others and the community.

Hobbies and Interests: Reading, writing, education, social justice, cosmetology, finding taco trucks, dancing, and laughing.

Favorite class in college: Intercultural Communication and Methods of Teaching Reading

Favorite place on campus: The Quad, because it is beautiful with all the grass, flowers, the statue of Sam Houston, and historic Austin Hall.

Favorite restaurant in Huntsville: Mama Juanita’s

My advice to you: Pursue your passions, take chances, and don’t give up on the process of learning. Your sacrifice in the pursuit of higher education will repay you exponentially in the future.

Victoria White

Victoria White

Office: 936-294-2224
Cell: 936-425-0003
victoria.white@shsu.edu
Skype ID: 9364250003

Hometown: Livingston, TX

Alma mater: Sam Houston State University

Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications & Public Relations – 2012

I think SHSU is great because of the sense of community here. There is a place for everyone to get plugged in and feel connected to the campus, the faculty and staff, and their peers.

Hobbies and Interests: I enjoy singing, crafting and reading.

Favorite class in college: The Press & Presidency course with Peter Rousell.

Favorite place on campus: The Lowman Student Center (LSC). I enjoyed grabbing lunch with friends, relaxing on the 3rd floor, or even visiting the art gallery there.

Favorite restaurant in Huntsville: Humphrey’s. Everything is good there!

My advice to you: Become a part of a club or organization, meet your professors during their office hours, participate in service projects, take advantage of a study abroad opportunity – make the most of your BEARKAT EXPERIENCE.

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Meagan Jones

Cell: 281-414-0313
meaganjones@shsu.edu
Skype ID: 2814140313

Hometown: Lubbock, Texas

Alma mater: Sam Houston State University

Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science - 2012

I think SHSU is great because the opportunities you have to make an impact are endless! The culture at Sam Houston is to cultivate and unleash students' passions and potential. At Sam you'll not only find a place to call home, you'll find a place to build a solid foundation for the rest of your life!

Hobbies and Interests: I love yoga, reading, and gardening. My husband and I enjoy traveling and playing golf together!

Favorite class in college: I loved my communication classes with Professor Jaggers.

Favorite place on campus: Austin Hall! I love the rich history and the importance Austin Hall has to higher education.

Favorite restaurant in Huntsville: Farmhouse Sweets & Eats! It feels like you went back in time and the soups are AMAZING!

My advice to you: What you get out of it, is what you put into it! Whether your studies or student organizations, it's up to YOU to make it happen and make the most of your experience.