Student Life Staff

Renard Ballard

Assistant Resident Director

Renard graduated from Sterling College in 2014 with a BA in Psychology. He is originally from Dayton Ohio but has lived in North Hollywood California since 2009. During his time at Sterling he was a Residential Assistant in Kilbourn Hall (two years), Student Ambassador (two years), Bible Study leader, and played football for two years. This summer, he worked as the discipleship coordinator at Westminster Woods Summer Camp where he was in charge of developing and implementing the Christian education curriculum for each of the week-long camps.

Connie Carey

Connie Carey 2012
Director of Student Health

Connie Carey serves as the Director of Student Health. She holds an RN as well as notable experience as an Allied Health instructor for 18 years. She is a current member of the Central College Health Association where she has served on the board from 2011-2013, and is also a memeber of the American College Health Association. Connie works closely with the Student Life office to provide individual, quality care to each student. Connie lives in Sterling with her husband Bruce, a life-long farmer/rancher. The Careys have three adult children: Sara, Travis and Fay.

Christian Dashiell

Christian Dashiell 2012

Christian graduated from Sterling College in 2002, at which point he and his wife Stacy moved to Kansas City for graduate school. In addition to earning a Masters of Divinity from Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Christian had the opportunity to work at two different churches in the Kansas City area.

Naiya Hernandez

Naiya Hernandez 2012
Resident Director of Evans Hall


Originally from California, Naiya graduated from Sterling College in 2008.  After graduation she served with an urban ministry in the heart of downtown Denver, Colorado.  Her time in Denver helped prepare her for ministry and leadership with women.  She has served as the Evans Hall Resident Director since fall of 2011 and enjoys living out daily life with the women of the dorm. Naiya enjoys laughter, hiking, missions, and learning about the world around her.

Loida Leone

Campus Counselor

Loida’s office doors rarely stop swinging – open, closed, open, closed.  She works part-time as the Sterling College Campus Counselor, and has a deep desire to see students find, through their hurts and challenges, a place of healing and, ultimately redemption, through Christ Jesus.  She is experienced in biblical and trained in secular counseling, therefore can serve students using either approach, or tools from both, based on the students’ preference. 

Melissa Rolfs

Melissa Virts 2012
Administrative Assistant for Student Life

Melissa is originally from Pretty Prairie, KS.  She fell in love with Sterling College while attending from 2004-2007.  After graduating with a B.A in psychology, she spent four years working with adults with severe mental illness at a mental health center.  She joined the SC staff in July 2011 as an administrative assistant in the Student Life Office.  Melissa’s passion is that every student would come to know Christ in a personal and transformational way.  When she’s not at work, Melissa enjoys cooking, traveling to Pennsylvania to see her extremely cu

Addie Swihart

Addie Swihart 2012
Resident Director of McCreery Hall

My name is Addie Swihart and I am so excited that I get the opportunity to serve the ladies of McCreery Hall as their Resident Director. I am a 2011 graduate of Sterling College with an Elementary Education degree and a minor in Christian Ministries. While taking classes in these areas, I realized my passion is for people. I have thoroughly enjoyed the lasting relationships built over this last year as an RD and look forward to more this year!

Tina Wohler

Vice President for Student Life

Serving as the Vice President for Student Life, Tina enjoys watching students grow spiritually and academically while they are at Sterling College. She serves as a member of the president’s cabinet and chairs both the emergency preparedness committee and the student success committee focused on student retention.