Staff

Lesa Plinske

Lesa Plinske 2012
Position: 
Housekeeping

Lesa and her husband moved to Kansas 4 years ago from Florida with their 2 daughters, Brittany 17 and Sierra 14. Before moving to Kansas Lesa had been a Dental Assistant for the past 12 years.  She came to Sterling College in 2009 and is the housekeeper for Evans and Campbell Halls.  Lesa is a 4 year Cancer survivor and feels every day is a blessing.  She feels that she is very lucky to be able to have the interactions with the staff and students of SC.  While Lesa enjoys attending many home games and plays at the college, she also enjoys hunting, nature, friends and family.

Brandon Ponchak

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Position: 
Men's Soccer Coach

Brandon Ponchak begins his first season as Head Coach of the Warrior Men's Soccer Program.

Ponchak comes to Sterling via Ohio. While in Ohio, Ponchak was serving as a graduate assistant with the Bluffton University Men's Soccer Program in Bluffton, Ohio. During his time in Bluffton, Ponchak recruited two of the largest incoming freshmen classes for the NCAA Division III program. In his two seasons, Ponchak coached three All-Conference players and two All-Sportsmanship honorees.

Scott Rich

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Position: 
President

On May 1, 2013, Scott Rich was named the 12th president of Sterling College. He will continue to lead the institution towards the five year strategic initiative focused on strengthening the academic program core, enriching the student experience and developing the institution’s infrastructure. 

Debbie Staton

Debbie Staton 2012
Position: 
Bookstore Manager

Debbie began work at Sterling College in 1981 as a Bookkeeper/Data Entry Operator in the Business Office. After taking a year off in 1984 to be at home with her infant daughter, Debbie returned to Sterling as Bookkeeper/Controller, again in the Business Office. In 1986, she made the move over to the Bookstore. Debbie firmly believes that this is where God wants her to be.

Christopher Steen

Chris Steen 2012
Position: 
Web and Visual Arts Specialist

Christopher graduated from Friends University in 2011 with a degree in graphic design. While at Friends he was a graphic designer for student affairs, served in student government as Executive Publicist, and was a sprinter for the track team. Christopher joined the SC community in June 2011 as graphic designer for the marketing department. Outside of work he enjoys reading, cooking, painting, watching movies, running fast and daydreaming.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from Friends University

Office

Third Floor, Cooper Hall

Caitie Stineman

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Position: 
Executive Assistant to the Office of the President and the Human Resources Specialist

Caitie Stineman graduated from Sterling College in May 2012 with a B.A. in Business: Marketing and Leadership Management. While she attended SC, Caitie was a member of both the Women’s Volleyball and the Women’s Basketball team for two years. She served as a Resident Assistant in Evans Hall for two consecutive years and enjoyed being a part of the STEP ministry team on campus. Caitie was also a part of a mission trip team that went to Ukraine during the summer of 2010.

Jordan Stineman

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Position: 
Admissions Counselor (Theology and Ministry, Mathematics, History, Business)

Jordan is a recent graduate of Sterling College, earning a major in Christian Ministries with a double minor in General Business and Management Leadership in May 2012. He currently works as an Admissions Counselor where he works primarily with students interested in Theology and Ministry, Mathematics, History and Business.

Jordan enjoys making connections with students, tossing around the frisbee and following sports in his free time. He lives in Sterling with his wife, Caitie.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministries from Sterling College

Mitzi Suhler

Mitzi Suhler 2012
Position: 
Director of Financial Aid

Mitzi attended Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.  Mitzi is married, lives in Lyons and has 3 children. She enjoys reading, doing crafts and being with her family.

Office

Kelsey Hall

Contact Information

Phone/Extension: (620) 278-4226
Email: msuhler@sterling.edu
 

John Summitt

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Position: 
Resident Director of Douglas Hall

John Summitt is a graduate of Southwest Baptist University earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Ministry with an emphasis in Missions, and a minor in Business Administration. He is the Resident Director of the Douglas Residences, and comes to Sterling College with a heart to see students grow in Christ, in life, and in joy. He and his lovely wife Tiffany just welcomed their first child, Emily, at the beginning of the 2013/2014 school year, and are looking forward to seeing her grow into her Sterling family!

Brooke Sutton

Brooke Sutton 2012
Position: 
Library

Brooke has been a part of the Sterling College family since 2007. She was an adjunct English instructor for two and half years and has been serving in Mabee Library since fall of 2009. Brooke attended Emporia State University for both undergraduate and graduate school where she studied Renaissance literature and fine-tuned the research skills she now enjoys sharing with SC students via research instruction and one-on-one help in the library. Brooke's husband and best friend is Sterling College writing professor Gentry Sutton.