• Dr. Sheila Self
    Dr. Sheila Self
    Student Affairs Assistant Vice President/Dean of Students
    Dr. Self is a founding member and co-chair of NSU's Behavioral Intervention Team, which has been in place for over ten years. Within the division of Student Affairs she oversees the areas of Student Conduct, Counseling Services, Outreach and Prevention, Disability Services, contracted health services, and several grants including TRiO grants and an opioid/stimulant grant from the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. She has been a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) since 2003, an LPC supervisor since 2005, and was formerly the Director of Counseling Services at NSU. She has an earned doctorate from the University of Arkansas in Higher Education Administration and completed her dissertation, Behavioral Intervention Teams: An Exploration of Team Member Perceptions at Oklahoma Regional Universities, focusing on this work.
  • James Bell
    James Bell, MS
    Director of Public Safety
    Chief James Bell is a founding member of the Behavioral Intervention Team and has been active in violence prevention throughout his career. Within the police department he has made it a priority of the University Police to improve the prevention and response to domestic violence and sexual assault. In 2016 he was awarded the Oklahoma Excellence in Action against Domestic Violence Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Chief Bell received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Criminal Justice from Northeastern State University. Chief Bell is an instructor in several in-service police courses and is an adjunct instructor in the University’s Criminal Justice Department. He serves on the Cherokee County Child Abuse Task Force and the County Coordinated Community Response to Domestic Violence. He has been with the University for 14 years.
  • Joshua Rader
    Joshua Rader, M.S.
    Sr. Coordinator of Student Conduct and Development
    Mr. Rader represents the Student Conduct and Development office where he works alongside many campus departments to resolve a variety of student issues. He has been a part of the BIT since joining NSU in 2011. Prior to working at NSU, he worked in Residence Life at a Division I and Division III school in Indiana. As a BIT member, he has received training in threat assessment, trauma informed response, victim advocacy, and other behavioral issues and responses. He holds a Masters of Science in Student Affairs and Higher Education from Indiana State University and has worked in higher education for nearly two decades.
  • Leigh-Anna Miller
    Leigh-Anna Miller, LCSW-RPT
    Director of Counseling Services
    Mrs. Miller serves as the mental health expert on the team. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Play Therapist. She is proud to be an NSU alumni, earning her bachelors of Social Work and later earning her Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Oklahoma. She has practiced social work for 9 years and her interests include prevention, trauma treatment for children and adults, threat assessment, and crisis intervention.
  • Whitney Arbaugh
    Whitney Arbaugh, M.S. Ed.
    Director of Housing and Residence Life
    Mrs. Arbaugh represents the Housing and Residence Life office on the team and has been a member of the team since 2011. Her role is to assist with issues related to residential students and/or to provide resources to students who may experience housing insecurities. As a BIT member, she has received training in student advocacy, threat assessment, bias decision making, trauma informed response, Clery reporting, and Title IX. Whitney has a bachelors and masters degree from Northeastern State University and is working on her doctorate from Baker University.
  • Joshua Groomer
    Joshua Groomer, M.A.
    Director of Career Services
    Mr. Groomer serves on the team to assist with students’ academic concerns by working closely with the Student Success Coordinator, Academic Advisors, and Faculty to help students overcome academic obstacles. He is an NSU Alumni earning his Bachelor’s in Education and his Master’s in Communication Studies from Arizona State University. He is a certified academic coach and has 9 years of experience working in social work and education fields, specializing in academic interventions.
  • Kacie Thompson
    Kacie Thompson, M.Ed.
    Student Success Coordinator
    Ms.Thompson is the team's student success coordinator for academics. She is an NSU Alumni earning her Bachelor's and Master's degree in education. She has been in the education and case management fields for nine years. Her position includes establishing student success by defining and implementing strategies to help students stay on course to fulfill their educational goals.
  • Troy Shatwell
    Troy Shatwell, MS
    Certified Police Officer
    Officer Shatwell has served on the team for the majority of his 8 years as a Patrol Officer with the Northeastern State University Police Department. He is an NSU Alumni, earning his Bachelor’s (2014) and Master’s (2022) degrees in Criminal Justice. He has his Advanced CLEET certification with over 600 hours of mandatory training.
  • Emma Chasteen
    Emma Chasteen, BSW
    Student Advocate/Case Manager
    Emma is the Student Advocate/ Case Manager at NSU. She received her Bachelor of Social Work degree from NSU and is currently working on her Masters degree. She is the newest member of the team and is in her first year as an NSU employee. Her interests include mental health, social justice, and working with first-generation college students.