Student Life Staff

Connie Carey

Connie Carey 2012
Position: 
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
Position: 
Chaplain

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
Position: 
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

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Position: 
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. 

Lisa Parson

Lisa Parson 2012
Position: 
Director of Career Services & First Year Program

Lisa joined the Sterling College staff in July 2010. She attended Sterling College for her first two years of undergraduate studies and then transferred to Fort Hays State University to complete her Bachelor of General Studies. Lisa graduated from K-State in 2010 with a Master's in Counseling & Student Development and a graduate certificate in Academic Advising. While attending K-State, she worked for two years as a Graduate Assistant in Disability Support Services.

Cecil Smart

Cecil Smart 2012
Position: 
Assistant Men's Basketball Coach; Assistant Resident Director (Kilbourn Hall)

Cecil Smart is in his 3rd year as an Assistant Men's Basketball Coach for the Sterling College Warriors. His primary duties include coaching the junior varsity team, recruiting, and coordinating the strength and conditioning program for the Warriors. He is a Sterling College graduate, having played for Coach Jaderston at both Trinity International and also at Sterling, where he was a member of the 2009 KCAC conference championship team.

Addie Swihart

Addie Swihart 2012
Position: 
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!

Melissa Virts

Melissa Virts 2012
Position: 
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