Staff

Naiya Hernandez

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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.

Sara Hiatt

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Position: 
Student Accounts Coordinator

Sara Hiatt graduated from Kansas State University in 1994 with a degree in Human Development Family Studies and Community Services. Sara has been a lifelong resident of the Nickerson area and came to us from working in the Nickerson school system. She is a member of the Nickerson United Methodist Church where she has been the director of their after school program, and currently serves as youth group leader.

Nancy Hicks

Nancy Hicks 2012
Position: 
Administrative Assistant of Education

Nancy came to Sterling College at a very difficult time in her life. When friends on campus knew she was in need of a job, they told her about an opening in the Education Program. Unknown to her at the time, Sterling quickly became a place of healing and ministry. Since then, Nancy works as an Administrative Assistant for the Sterling Teacher Education Program (STEP). Nancy especially loves that at Sterling College you are free to share your faith in such a diverse community of faculty, staff, and students.

Courtney Huber

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Position: 
Creative Director

Courtney graduated from Sterling in 2013 with a B.F.A in Art and Design: Graphic Design. While she was a student, she helped create the Sterling Art League, served as a student senator, was the publicist for the Campus Activities Board, and served as a dorm chaplain. She is passionate about overseas missions and also enjoys water and snow skiing, running, painting and climbing trees.

Education:
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art and Design: Graphic Design

Office:
Second Floor, Cooper Hall

Teryn Irvin

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Position: 
Manager of Alumni and Marketing

Teryn Irvin ’12, a local alumna of Sterling College, joined the Office of Institutional Advancement and External Relations as the new manager of alumni and marketing in September 2014. This newly created role on campus serves both the Office of Institutional Advancement and the Office of Marketing and Communications, striving to build a strong connection between these two important functions of the College.

Dean Jaderston

Dean Jaderston 2012
Position: 
Head Men's Basketball Coach

Head men's basketball coach Dean Jaderston begins his 5th season at Sterling. During his tenure at Sterling the Warriors have finished no lower than 5th in the final season standings. In 2009 the Warriors raised the bar, setting a single season school record with 21 wins and earning the KCAC regular season championship for the first time since 1995. The Warriors earned their 3rd trip to the NAIA national tournament in the last 8 years and were ranked as high as 17th in the nation during that stretch.

Matthew James

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Position: 
Athletic Admissions Counselor

Marge Jones

Marge Jones 2012
Position: 
Admissions Office Manager

Marge is the epitome of someone who fell in love with Sterling College and could never leave. She came to Sterling as a student many years ago. During that time she met her husband, also a student here. About thirty years ago, Marge began working in Admissions which continued to expose her to the family atmosphere of Sterling. She and her husband, Ed, have four children, two of whom have graduated from Sterling College, as well as eight grandchildren.
 

Office
Admissions, Cooper Hall
 

Gary Kempf

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Position: 
Athletic Director

Gary Kempf is Sterling College's athletic director, overseeing all the athletic programs, managing general department operations and donor development for athletics. Gary also serves as a member of the president’s cabinet. 

Dr. Gregory P. Kerr

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Position: 
Vice President of Academic Affairs
 

Dr. Kerr began his tenure as Vice President for Academic Affairs on July 1, 2010. He provides oversight to the academic programs of Sterling College, including the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Professional Studies, library, academic support, registrar, institutional assessment and Sterling College Online, the distance education division of the College.