Student Development Staff

Shelly Smith

Dr. Shelley Smith
Assistant to the President for Coronavirus Management and Vice President of Student Development (2020)

Ph.D. Jackson State University
M.C.S. Mississippi College
B.S. Mississippi College


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.

Kala Hudson

Kala Hudson
Resident Director for Helen White | International Student Coordinator (2019)

BA in Theatre from Southern Arkansas University

Kala Hudson hails from Hattiesburg, Mississippi and is currently serving in her second year as the Resident Director of Helen White. She has a BA in Theatre from Southern Arkansas University and is currently pursuing her MA in History from the University of Memphis. Kala seeks to make all students feel welcome and loved so they may have the best environment in which to learn and grow in their time at Belhaven. Kala enjoys traveling, reading, and everything Disney. Kala is excited to continue serving another year as part of the Belhaven family.

Allison Laatsch

Allison Laatsch
Resident Director for Caldwell Hall

BBA, Marketing, University of Montevallo

Allison is the Caldwell Resident Director at Belhaven University. She finds joy in creating an atmosphere for her residents to succeed academically, socially, and professionally. She is one of 7 kids; therefore, she strives to create a community that is more like a family within her residence hall. Allison is from Birmingham AL, and enjoys all things sports as she is also the graduate assistant volleyball coach on campus. 

Kaitlyn Clark

Kaitlyn Norton
Campus Counselor (2021)

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.

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.

Catherine Travis

Catherine Travis
Administrative Assistant Vice President of Student Development

AAS, Banking & Finance, Hinds Community College
AAS, Microcomputer Information Processing, Hinds Community College

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.”

Trevor Williams

Trevor Williams
Student Development Director (2018)

Bachelor of Accountancy, University of Mississippi
M.A., Higher Education, University of Mississippi

Trevor Williams provides oversight to our Belhaven Leadership Council, campus ministries and international student care. He also leads the campus recreation programming and student organizations. Trevor is passionate about developing leaders and helping students grow in their faith. Trevor seeks to serve students by helping them discover themselves, dream big and provide opportunities for students to have an incredible college experience. Originally from Petal, MS, Trevor met his wife Kristen while attending the University of Mississippi for his undergraduate degree. They now reside in Madison and have one goldendoodle named Oakley. He enjoys traveling with his wife, snow skiing, and cheering on the New Orleans Saints or Atlanta Braves.

Heather Wingard

Hannah Wingard
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.  

Caleb Wolfe

Caleb Wolfe
Resident Director for Robertson/Wells Hall

B.S., Chemistry, Belhaven University

Caleb serves as the Resident Director of both Robertson and Wells Halls. As he operates and maintains the building, he also provides safety and comfort for his residents. Caleb gets the opportunity to work alongside his eleven Resident Assistants to provide guidance and leadership to these young men’s lives. Caleb desires to supply the residents with an atmosphere that assists in the development of their lives spiritually, mentally, and physically.