Student Development Staff

Student Development Staff
Shelly Smith

Dr. Shelley Smith
Vice President of Student Development (2020)

Ph.D. in Quantum & Theoretical Chemistry, Jackson State University
M.C.S. in Chemistry and Physics, Mississippi College
B.S in Chemistry, Mississippi College

As Vice President of Student Development, Dr. Shelley oversees residence life, student leadership, student organizations, chapel administration, student activities, campus ministries, counseling services, judicial management, dining services, residential crisis management, and international student services. She also is responsible for the Belhaven COVID Testing Center and Belhaven’s COVID Analysis Laboratory. Being in Student Development, the best part of her job is getting to know the students she serves.

Dr. Shelley was originally a Chemist and still enjoys getting involved with the Chemistry department. She is also pianist at her church and enjoys traveling, watching documentaries, singing, crocheting, knitting, and reading.

Sarah Chastain

Sarah Chastain
Graduate Assistant for Campus Recreation and Intramurals (2021)

B.S., Sports Management

Sarah serves as the Graduate Assistant for Campus Recreation and Intramurals. She leads Intramurals, Campus Recreation Programming and the Campus Recreation Team. Sarah attended Belhaven University where she played soccer for two years and served as a captain for her team during her time here. Sarah is passionate about bringing students together as one community while having fun and serving others and Christ. Sarah is from Madison, MS and enjoys being with her friends and family in her free time.

Doug Eltzroth

Mr. Doug Eltzroth
Chapel Worship Director | Shoe Bird Café Manager (2003)

Doug Eltzroth serves the Belhaven community through overseeing the worship activities in Chapel. His passion is to encourage the entire campus to experience a spiritually enriching time together that collectively challenges students to explore the depths of God’s truth and love through this weekly worship gathering. This year, Doug is excited that moving Chapel to a video format allows the “worship service” structure to involve even more student/faculty connections through testimonies, interviews, and artistic expressions.

Doug manages The Shoe Bird Café and thoroughly enjoys working alongside several members of his family and a team of student baristas to provide a valuable space not only for enjoying excellent locally roasted coffee and other treats, but also a place for studying and fellowship.

Doug has called Jackson his home for the last 17 years. A proud Belhaven dad, all 3 children graduated Belhaven and now live close by with their spouses, (two of whom are also Belhaven grads) with grandbaby number 4 on the way.

Regina Gilbert

Regina Gilbert
Executive Assistant for Vice President of Student Development (2021)

B.S., Business Administration, Arkansas State University
M.S. Ed.; Business Technology, Arkansas State University

Regina serves as Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Student Development. She is excited to work with the Student Development team. Regina has over eighteen years working in higher education. Her experience in higher education helps her to work well with students. She is always willing to give student spiritual guidance and advice.

Regina is married to her high school sweetheart, Tony. They are the parents to children Jacqueline and Tony II. Her favorite activities are reading and attending football games.

Pernell Goodwin

Pernell Goodwin
Student Events Director (2021)

B.A. in Graphic Design, Jackson State University
M.S. in Higher Education Administration, Mississippi College

Student events are educational in nature. Student events support the goal of teaching students to be responsible and give them opportunities that develop character, critical thinking, problem-solving, team building, and leadership skills. In addition, the interactions or conversations elicited by events helps students build relationships, understand different perspectives and engage other cultures.

Pernell is a loving husband to Andrea Goodwin and a devoted father to Taylor and Parker. Pernell loves to sleep, eat, watch tv, engage students, and learn something new each and every day.

Kaitlyn Clark

Kaitlyn Norton
Campus Counselor (2021)

B.S., Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University
M.A., Counseling, Reformed Theological Seminary

Kaitlyn Norton serves Belhaven University as the Campus Counselor. Kaitlyn is an alumna of Kansas State University, and obtained her M.A. in Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary. Kaitlyn has several years of experience working in mental health and is honored to be able to serve Belhaven students as they seek growth and healing. When she is not working, Kaitlyn enjoys reading, watching documentaries, and spending time with her husband Jared and their pets.

Meredith Palmer

Meredith Palmer
Assistant Dean of Student Engagement (2019)

B.A., Telecommunication Media Studies, Texas A&M University

Meredith serves as the Assistant Dean of Student Engagement. She oversees multiple areas of the Student Development division including student organizations, events, and programming, as well as campus recreation. Meredith is passionate about providing opportunities for students to develop community, grow in their faith, and create memorable college experiences.

Brooke Perkins, University Village Resident Director

Brooke Perkins
University Village Resident Director (2021)

B.A., Exercise Science, Asbury University

Brooke serves as the Resident Director of the University Village at Belhaven University. Brooke is from Lexington, KY, where she received a BA in Exercise Science from Asbury University. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Sports Administration here at Belhaven. Brooke is passionate about impacting and being impacted by as many students as possible. This begins with adopting an environment where students feel a sense of community to grow in their faith while preparing them for the real world. Brooke enjoys traveling, cooking/baking, and spending time with friends/family in her free time.

Steve Smith

Steve Smith
Director of Food Services

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.

Heather Wingard

Hannah Wingard
Residence Life Coordinator | Resident Director for Lakeview (2020)

B.A., English, Belhaven University

Hannah is the Lakeview Resident Director at Belhaven University. She is determined to show the grace and love of God while building relationships with students. She strives to grow in her faith and encourage those around her to seek either a relationship or a deeper relationship with Christ. Hannah is from Jackson MS, and enjoys traveling and spending time with family, and friends.