Student Development Staff

Greg Hawkins, Assist AVP and Dean of Student Life

Name:  Dr. Greg Hawkins

Title:  Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students

Hometown:  Chicago, IL

Degree:  B.A., Biblical Studies, Belhaven University;
M.A., Higher Education, Geneva College
Ph.D., Higher Education, Azusa Pacific University

At Belhaven Since:  2006

Hobbies/Interests:  Spending time with my family which includes raising my two wonderful children, playing and watching sports, and taking time to continue to be a lifelong learner.

At Belhaven:  Dr. Hawkins serves as the Dean of Students, overseeing all residence life activities, including housing, hall programs, discipline/crisis issues, international student care, and selecting and developing the residence life staff. He also oversees the dining and counseling services of the campus. He plays a vital role by partnering with faculty and staff in fostering an environment where students can grow not only academically but relationally, spiritually, and socially.

Kelly Berkompas

Name:  Kelly Berkompas

Title:  Caldwell Hall Resident Director

Hometown:  Newark, DE

Degree:  B.F.A, Dance, Belhaven University

Hobbies/Interests:  Reading, organization/calendars, spending time with friends, making jewelry, going on walks, watching sports (especially Chicago teams), phone dates with long distance friends and family, and watching Parks and Rec on Netflix.

At Belhaven:  Kelly serves as the Resident Director of Caldwell Hall. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to pour into the lives of students at Belhaven. Kelly seeks to create an environment where students can grow holistically - spiritually, academically, emotionally, and socially. Kelly has team of six wonderful resident assistants, and is looking forward to working with them to meet both the practical and relational needs of Caldwell residents.

Katelyn Deans

Name:  Katelyn Deans

Title:  Gillespie Hall Resident Director

Hometown:  Sanford, FL

Degrees:  B.S., Public Health, University of South Florida

Hobbies/Interests:  Watching The Office, hanging out at Deep South Pops, walking around the beautiful Belhaven neighborhood, creating Spotify playlists, spending time with people.

At Belhaven:  Katelyn Deans serves as the Resident Director of Gillespie Hall. In addition to managing the building and overseeing the safety and comfort of its residents, she is thrilled for the opportunity to encourage and disciple her team of 8 Resident Assistants. She strives, along with the RAs, to create a residence hall environment that is not just a place to live, but to learn, grow, and thrive in community with others.

Madison Dixon

Name:  Madison Dixon

Title:  Student Events Director

Hometown:  Brandon, MS

Degrees:  B.S., Kinesiology, Mississippi State University

Hobbies/Interests:  Cross stitching, embroidery, watching movies, hosting friends at her home, watching Parks and Rec, The Office, and 30 Rock on repeat, and spending time with her family and friends, especially her husband, Clay and King Charles Cavalier, Avett.

At Belhaven:  Madison serves as the Student Events Director for the office of Student Development, and works closely with the Belhaven Activities Team (BAT) to plan various events throughout the year. Some of her favorite events are Rec the Night, Backwoods, and Homecoming. She feels that the Lord has called her to work with students at the collegiate level and is very excited about the opportunity to work with Belhaven students specifically. She hopes to invest in students’ lives and to help them grow academically, personally, and spiritually.

Rachel Loftus

Name:  Rachel Loftus

Title:  Helen White Hall Resident Director

Hometown:  Brackettville, TX

Degrees:  B.S., Arts Administration, Belhaven University

Hobbies/Interests:  Traveling anywhere, drinking lots of good coffee, spending too much time on Netflix, trying new recipes, watching the sunset, and spending time with people.

At Belhaven:  Rachel Loftus is the Resident Director of Helen White Hall. She is blessed with the opportunity to serve and encourage her residents as she lives alongside them. In addition to taking care of students’ physical needs, Rachel strives to get to know them in order to meet their emotional and spiritual needs. Together with her team of five Resident Assistants, she strives to create a community that fosters growth in every area of the lives of the ladies at Belhaven and to set an example of seeking Christ.

Jennifer Reese

Name:  Jennifer Roach Reese

Title:  Student Services Director

Hometown:  Jackson, MS

Degrees:  B.S., Business Administration, Jackson State University

Hobbies/Interests:  Traveling, eating healthy, shopping, and gardening and decorating.

At Belhaven:  As the Student Services Director, Jennifer is responsible for all daily aspects of the department, support and planning. This position provided leadership in several areas such as BLC coordination, Chapel program, orientation programming and other student programming. She loves to help, encourage and mentor students. She encourages student involvement in a local, Bible-believing church, and being active on campus in organizations and club.

Roz Sabella

Name:  Roz Sabella

Title:  University Village Resident Director

Hometown:  Houston, TX

Degree:  B.A. Communications, Belhaven University; M.A. Higher Education, University of Mississippi

Hobbies/Interests:  Spending time with family and friends, watching movies, listening to music, traveling, and relaxing.

At Belhaven:  Roz serves as the Resident Director for the University Village. She is passionate about working with college students, and helping them during this transitional season of their lives. She hopes to be a living example of Christ’s love and grace, and to truly live out Belhaven’s motto to “serve, not to be served.” Roz, along with her staff of six Resident Assistants, serve the students of this community, and work to see them grow academically, spiritually, and relationally.

Steve Smith

Name:  Steve Smith

Title:  Director of Food Services

Hometown:  Liverpool, England

Hobbies/Interests:  Huge soccer fan (Everton FC) and avid golfer, but more recently free time is spent with my amazing 3 year old as we navigate all the new things he is learning together and my more amazing 3 month old daughter.

At Belhaven:  I am responsible for all aspects of food service including breakfast, lunch and dinner in the cafeteria, the shoebird coffee shop and any and all events on campus that require food. From 300 people banquets in the Dr Billy Kim building to coffee set up in the CFTA.

Marianna Stone

Name:  Marianna Stone

Title:  Student Development Director

Hometown:  Forest, Mississippi

Degree:  B.A. English, Mississippi College; M.A. English, Baylor University

Hobbies/Interests:  Playing board games, reading, traveling, hiking, and cooking with her husband, and playing with her fluffy dog, Frodo.

At Belhaven:   As Student Development Director, Marianna helps students find ways to thrive on campus and in the community through new student orientation, welcome week, and programming throughout the year. She also serves students through dining services and matters of student conduct. She loves connecting students to God, to people, and to opportunities for growth and joy.

Jim Strickland

Name:  Jim Strickland

Title:  Resident Director of Robertson/Wells Hall

Hometown:  Birmingham, AL

Degree:  B.A., Business Administration, Belhaven University

Hobbies/Interests:  Discovering new music, playing/watching sports (especially Atlanta, Auburn, and Belhaven teams), CrossFit, and spending time with family and friends.

At Belhaven:  Jim serves as the Resident Director of Robertson/Wells Hall. He is passionate about discipleship and developing young men into leaders. Jim has a team of 12 strong resident assistants and he enjoys working with them as they serve the students of Robertson and Wells.

Catherine Travis

Name:  Catherine Travis

Title:  Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Students

Hometown:  Jackson, MS

Degree:  AAS, Banking & Finance, Hinds Community College; AAS, Microcomputer Information Processing, Hinds Community College

Hobbies/Interests:  Reading, decorating, fishing, spending time with family, and being active in the Ministry of Christ.

At Belhaven:  Catherine Travis serves as Administrative Assistant to the Dean of students. She is thankful for the opportunity and believes that it is a blessing to work with the Student Life team at Belhaven University. She serves as the initial point of contact for faculty, staff, students, and the public seeking assistance from the Student Life division. Catherine is passionate as she serves the students and university with a Christian spirit and continues to exemplify the meaning of “To serve, not to be served.”

Christa Williams

Name:  Christa Williams

Title:  Campus Counselor

Hometown:  Seabrook, MD

Degree:  B.S., Business Administration, Belhaven University; M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling, Reformed Theological Seminary

Hobbies/Interests:  Traveling, running, reading, chasing her toddler around, and spending time with her family and friends.

At Belhaven:  Christa Williams serves as the Campus Counselor and offers therapeutic services to traditional undergraduate students. Her office in Cleland Hall is a place where students can come to get relief from the burdens they may be carrying. She is here at Belhaven to walk alongside students so they can be heard and known while working towards healing.