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Online Admission

 Shemekka Anderson

Shemekka Anderson, Admission Counselor

B.A. - Jackson State University
M.A. - Liberty University

What if we dared to believe in the unfolding of our lives and that everything conspires to guide us exactly where we are supposed to be? What if every experience is preparing us for what's to come? What if the lives we are meant to change are waiting for us to believe in ourselves and take a leap of faith?

Every day that I get to encourage potential students to take that leap is an honor. My greatest joy comes from inspiring others to dream, take risk, and enjoy every moment because the door will open for those who are brave enough to knock.

1 Peter 1:8-9 - Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory.

Lisa Britt

Lisa Britt, Admission Counselor

B.S. - Mississippi State University

Having the opportunity to encourage and inspire potential students in their academic journey is both rewarding and humbling.  I am thrilled to be a part of Belhaven University and have the chance to live out its mission by serving and supporting you in your educational and spiritual journey, as you allow God to lead in His perfect plan for you.

It is my desire, as you take this next step, to assist you as you explore options and possibilities that will enhance not only your educational and professional goals, but enrich your spiritual walk with God, as well. 

Colossians 3:23-24 - Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.  (NIV)

 Sheila Horne

Sheila Horne, Assistant Director of Enrollment

B.G.S - University of Mississippi

It is a tremendous blessing and honor to assist students as they make critical decisions on their journey to reach their educational goals. My desire is to make each student feel comfortable and confident that their decision to attend Belhaven University is indeed the best choice. It is my pleasure to encourage each student to strive to reach their desired objectives in an effort to expand opportunities in their professional, spiritual and educational aspirations.

Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

A'lillian Fuller

Alexis Jackson, Senior Enrollment Counselor

B.B.A – Jackson State University
M.B.A – Strayer University

Having the mindset to further your education is a huge decision. I feel once you have decided to pursue your degree there is nothing that can stop you from achieving that goal. It gives me such excitement to assist students with their educational goals.  My goal is that my passion for education will transfer to potential students making them excited about their education, while motivating them to attain their degree.

Romans 8:28 - And I we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.

Caroline Ray

Caroline A. Ray, Online Admission Coordinator

B.A. – Mississippi State University

I am very delighted to serve as the Online Coordinator for Belhaven University. Each day serves as a profound opportunity to achieve success. I believe that education is a fundamental building block to achieving that success. As you pursue your educational endeavors at Belhaven Online, I am collaborating with the Online Department to provide a more efficient and expedient experience for you.

“As for me. I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.” Psalm 71:14

Maureen Tarrant

Maureen Tarrant, RN to BSN Representative

B.A. – University of Western Ontario
B.S.N. – Crown College

As a registered nurse in Christian higher education, I am doubly blessed to be serving registered nurses as they build their faith and further their nursing education. As a current online Master’s student, I hope to provide encouragement and inspiration to these dedicated, life-long learners.       

Online Student Services

Mary Bakarich, Student Services Advisor

B.A. – Belhaven University
M.A.C. – Reformed Theological Seminary

I am thankful to have been given the opportunity to work at a place that goes above and beyond for students as they further their education and grow in their faith. With a background in counseling, I have a passion for walking alongside people through challenging stages in life, and I am excited to do this with the students at Belhaven as they work hard to pursue their vocational goals

Philippians 4:6-7 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Samantha Gray

Samantha Gray, Student Services Counselor

B.B.A. – Mississippi State University

I am very passionate about encourging and assisiting students achieve their educational goals. I humbly serve and contribute in the Mission of Belhaven University, as I aim to guide and motivate students throughout the duration of their program. It is an honor for students to trust Belhaven with their education, and we strive to make their educational journey a success.

“Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.” Proverbs 16:3

David Moss

David Moss, Senior Student Services Advisor

B.A.  – Tulane University

Serving, helping, and encouraging are passions of mine. What better place to exhibit these attributes, than Belhaven University. The Belhaven motto “Serve not to be served” is the way I strive to live my life. God opened the door for me to come to Belhaven and He has blessed me by putting me in a position where I can use these attributes to serve, help, and encourage our students with their educational journey.

Matthew 23:11 - The greatest among you will be your servant.

Catina Tate 

Catina Tate, Assistant Director of Student Services

B.S.B.A – Mississippi College
M.S. – Mississippi College

Catina works with the following programs: Associate of Arts, Associate of Arts in Business, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Bachelor of Applied Psychology, and RN to BSN.

I am very passionate about helping students reach their education goals. Belhaven allows students to grow academically and spiritually by providing quality education with a Christian worldview prospective that will prepare them to be successful in their careers. It gives me great joy to see students’ progress and work diligently through their programs to achieve their dreams and goals.

Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Nikita Terry

Nekita L. Terry, Student Services Representative

B.B.A., Business Administration  – Jackson State University

I have always had a passion for helping people and I am always looking to pay a kind act forward.  I previously  worked in the Healthcare/ Insurance industry and it was absolutely rewarding to help families navigate through tough times. However, I desired to grow more, which is what ultimately attracted me to higher education. It warms my heart to be a part of an awesome, faith- based team.  Finding new ways to help adult students navigate through college is my goal.  I plan on doing this service with a smile and making it my specialty.  In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family, traveling, and painting.

Romans 8:28 - And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose.

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Online Academic Services

Jason Knippers

Jason Knippers, Instructional Technologist

BA - Louisiana Tech University
MA - New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
MA - Liberty University, 2012

Nelson Mandela once said that “Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.” I am honored to be part of an institution that is raising up world changers. Having been both a “traditional” and online graduate student, I know the challenges that come with working full time, raising a family, being involved in your church and community and earning a degree.  Please know I am ready to assist you in every step of your journey. I will be your cheerleader, encourager, and guide. At Belhaven University, you are not alone and will have the opportunity to learn, grow, and pursue the dreams God has for you, learning from a faculty and curriculum that has a profound integration and commitment to Christ, with all the convenience that technology can provide.

Proverbs 20:15- “Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.”

Aaron Metzcar Dr. Aaron Metzcar, Associate Vice President of Online Studies

He received his Bachelor of Science in Education from Wright State University and his Master of Education and Doctor of Education from Indiana Wesleyan University.

The mind is the gateway to transforming one’s life. Our goal is to provide students with an exceptional learning experience that will afford them the opportunity to not only transform their minds but their lives and the lives of those around them.

Romans 12:2 - Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Kim Priesmeyer

Dr. Kimberly Priesmeyer, Dean of Center for Teaching and Learning

Kim Priesmeyer is the Dean for the Center for Teaching and Learning, which focuses on faculty support. Kim was an Associate Professor of English in the Adult Studies program in Houston for several years before moving to the Jackson campus as the Dean of Curriculum.



Suzanne Sullivan

Suzanne Sullivan, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services– Central Region 

B.A. – Mississippi State University
M.B.A – Belhaven University

Suzanne works with adult, graduate and online admission.

We know that family, career, and church can take up much of your time, but Belhaven Online allows you the freedom to take class whenever and wherever is convenient for you. Our classes will challenge you and help you complete your educational goals. We've made the process to enroll easy, so apply online today and our admission team will help you with the rest!

Kevin Russell Dr. Kevin Russell, Vice President for University Enrollment and Marketing

Belhaven Online opens up a world of opportunity to busy students who need more flexibility to reach their educational goals. Our team is eager to help you find your place and your ultimate purpose in life.