Student Activities Staff


Kathy Liles

Administrative Assistant

Kathy has worked in the Student Activities Office for 10 years. She enjoys interacting with the students and helping wherever she can. Being from Tahlequah NSU has become a second home to her. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Sarah Johnson

Student Activities Coordinator

Sarah is a proud alumna of Northeastern State University, she graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Business Administration and is also pursuing a Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership. Her career in higher education started in 2010 as a University Representative and she then moved to the Department of Student Activities in 2011. As the Coordinator of Campus Activities, she is responsible for advising the Northeastern Activities Board, Rookie Bridge Camp, NSU Traditions Council, Miss Northeastern Scholarship Pageant, Student Homecoming Week Committee, and multicultural programming activities. She is dedicated to enhancing NSU's extra-curricular programming for students through quality advisement, services, programs, and leadership development opportunities. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being outdoors, travel, and photography.

Courtney Martin

Student Orientation and Leadership Coordinator 

Courtney graduated from Kansas State University with a M.S. in Counseling and Student Development and from Emporia State University with a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences and a minor in Leadership. She then worked as the Bill Riley Leadership Fellow for the Kansas 4-H Foundation before attending graduate school at Kansas State University. While at Kansas State, Courtney worked as the graduate assistant in the Office of Student Activities and Services facilitating development workshops and events for student organizations and advising student government. In addition, she also worked at Black Hills State University as the Student Life Intern assisting with all aspects of student life including orientation, welcome week, student organizations, homecoming, and co-teaching two courses. Prior to joining the Student Activities Office at NSU, Courtney worked at The University of Alabama coordinating leadership programs and advising homecoming and SGA. Courtney enjoys working with incoming students to help them get adjusted to campus life, as well as getting engaged and involved in various opportunities. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and reading.

Helen Lahrman

Greek Life Coordinator 

Helen is a graduate from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) with a M.A. in Student Affairs in Higher Education. Prior to Higher Education she received her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Public Relations from Franklin College in Franklin, In. During her time at Franklin College she played basketball and joined Pi Beta Phi, starting her career and passion in Fraternity and Sorority Life. Before beginning at Northeastern State University, Helen worked at Pikes Peak Community College in Multicultural and Retention Services and UCCS in Fraternity and Sorority Life where she advised their Panhellenic council as well as the All-Greek council. Helen enjoys working with the Fraternity and Sorority members because of their passion and commitment towards their organization, campus, and community. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors, working out, traveling, and being around friends and family. Go RiverHawks!

Kelly Jo Larsen

Student Activities Director

Kelly Jo Larsen began working at NSU in July 2015. She received her Bachelor's degree in History from Washington and Lee University and went on to complete her Master's in Education at the College of William and Mary and her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at Bowling Green State University. Her dissertation looked at social capital for LGBTQ+ student leaders of identity-based student organizations. Prior to arriving at NSU, Kelly Jo worked at BGSU with leadership programming and student organizations, at Tulane University with a sophomore year experience program, and at the College of William and Mary in leadership programming. Kelly Jo loves working in student activities because of the opportunities to foster student growth and development and to connect students to their communities both on and off campus. She is passionate about creating inclusive communities, helping students discover their own paths in life, and fostering a sense of home on college campuses. In her spare time, Kelly Jo is a self-proclaimed history nerd and enjoys visiting any kind of museum. She is also a soccer and football fan, backing the Columbus Crew and the New Orleans Saints.