Dean of Students' Office Staff

John Yarabeck

John Yarabeck

Dean of Students

jyarabeck@shsu.edu

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Chelsea Smith

Chelsea Smith

Senior Associate Dean of Students/Student Engagement & Retention

cksmith@shsu.edu

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Jerrell Sherman

Jerrell Sherman

Associate Dean of Students for Judicial Affairs and Student Development

jsherman@shsu.edu

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Lindsay

Lindsay

Assistant Dean of Students for Student Engagement & Retention

lindsay@shsu.edu

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Abby Hurt

Abby Hurt

Greek Life Coordinator

axh099@shsu.edu

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Erika Lawrence

Erika Lawrence

Administrative Coordinator

elawrence@shsu.edu

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Teresa Bird

Teresa Bird

Administrative Associate I

tbird@shsu.edu

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John Yarabeck

John YarabeckTitle: Dean of Students
Email: jyarabeck@shsu.edu
Years at SHSU: 15 years
Years in Higher Education: 35 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 affairs and prior to coming to SHSU has worked at Concordin College (MN), Saint Bonaventure University (NY), Saint Mary's University (TX), Thiel College (PA), and Houston Baptist University (TX). In addition to overseeing The Dean of Students Staff, Dean Yarabeck serves as an advocate for students, oversees the Student Grievance process, chairs the Students of Concerns (SOC) Team and coordinates the Crisis Team. He also serves as a Freshmen Leaders Program (FLP) Liason and Student Government Association (SGA) Advisor. John enjoys attending SHSU athletic and theater events. He is also active in the University Heights Baptist Church, overseeing the Young Professionals Small Group and Head Usher. He also serves as Vice President of the Huntsville Cruisers (classic car club).

Chelsea Smith

Chelsea SmithTitle: Senior Associate Dean of Students/Student Engagement & Retention and Parent & Family Relations 
Email: cksmith@shsu.edu
Years at SHSU: 8 years
Years in Higher Education: 12 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 Student Engagement & Retention and Parent & Family Relations in the Dean of Students' Office. Her responsibilities include overseeing Bearkat Family Weekend, the SHSU Orange Keys Official University Student Ambassadors, the University Memorial Service (Raven's Call), Orange Keys Faculty and Staff Recognition Program (Keys of Excellence), Co-Advisor to Student Government Association (SGA), and Advisor for the SHSU Parents' Association (SHSUPA). Chelsea is also responsible for Absence Notifications and Departmental Assessment. She is responsible for implementing and enforcing the University Free Speech Policy as well as educating students, faculty, and staff on First Amendment Rights. She also supervises the Student Engagement & Retention Program Coordinator.

Jerrell Sherman

Jerrell ShermanTitle: Associate Dean of Students for Judicial Affairs and Student Development
Email: jsherman@shsu.edu
Years at SHSU: 10 years
Years in Higher Education: 12 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. Jerrell is currently completing his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at SHSU. He serves as Dean of Judicial Affairs along with having other responsibilities such as overseeing the Student Guidelines, Student Grievances, Felony Conviction Admissions Screenings, serving on the Student of Concern committee, and serving on the Campus Crisis and Safety team. Jerrell is also the Dean of Greek Life where his responsibilities include but are not limited to event planning, policy writing, branding, marketing/pr campaigns, web development, advising the Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Order of Omega, and providing oversight for the entire Greek Life program and Greek Staff. 

Lindsay

Lindsay LauherTitle:  Assistant Dean of Students for Student Engagement & Retention
Email: lindsay@shsu.edu
Years at SHSU: 2 years
Years in Higher Education: 2 years
Certifications, licenses, or other: BA, MBA

Lindsay is a Lifetime Alumni Member of Sam Houston having received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Marketing.  As the Program Coordinator for the Dean of Students’ Office, Lindsay’s primary responsibilities are to oversee Student Engagement & Retention programming and marketing, provide programming and support as the University Advisor for the SHSU Parents’ Association, and plan Bearkat Family Weekend. She coordinates the Freshmen Leadership Program as well as the Raven Scholars Program. Lindsay also supervises the student assistants for Student Engagement & Retention.

Abby Hurt

Abby HurtTitle: Greek Life Coordinator
Email: axh099@shsu.edu
Years at SHSU: 2 years
Years in Higher Education: 2 years
Certifications, licenses, or other: BS

Abby Hurt is from Indianapolis, Indiana and obtained her Bachelors of Science degree in Public Safety Management from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, minoring in Forensic Science and Sociology. Abby is currently working on her Master of Arts degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs at SHSU. Her responsibilities include but are not limited to overseeing the PHA and MGC Councils, creating PR and marketing content for the Greek Life office, directing Greek Life office events, overseeing the Greek Life office graduate assistant and student workers, and overseeing chapter’s risk management policies and procedures.

Erika Lawrence

Erika LawrenceTitle: Administrative Coordinator III
Email: elawrence@shsu.edu
Years at SHSU: 14 years
Years in Higher Education: 14 years
Certifications, licenses, or other: BS, MS

Erika has been employed with Sam Houston State University since 2014 as a student worker. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from SHSU in 2008 and her Master of Arts in Sociology from SHSU in 2016. She currently works in the Dean of Students' Office after transferring from the Office of Student Affairs. She is responsible for budget management, purchasing, travel, parking appeals coordination, and the budgetary needs of Student Government Association.

Teresa Bird

Teresa BirdTitle: Administrative Associate I
Email: tbird@shsu.edu
Years at SHSU: 12 years
Years in Higher Education: 12 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 Affairs after transferring from the Registrar’s Office with Enrollment Management Division. Her 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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