Shuxiang Sun

Sunny Sun 2012
Instructional Designer & Programmer for Sterling College Online

Before coming to Sterling College, Sunny Sun worked as a teaching assistant Georgia State University and as a primary school and high school teacher. He also worked as a television news editor, as a newspaper journalist, and as a Web site and database programmer. Sunny's combination of educational and technological experience serves him well as an instructional designer /program developer for Sterling College online. Sunny works with subject-matter experts to coordinate, design, and maintain online and hybrid courses.

Brooke Sutton

Brooke Sutton 2012

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.

Rebecca Swartz

Rebecca Swartz 2012
Marketing Writer, Adjunct Professor for Math

Rebecca Swartz graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2006 with a degree in mathematics education. She credits her writing and editing abilities to her mom, an editor, who always made sure she did equally well in grammar as in mathematics and to her English teachers throughout middle and high school for emphasizing grammar and writing.

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!

Karin Swihart

Karin Swihart 2012
Director of Marketing and Presidential Communications

Karin Swihart graduated from Sterling College with a degree in communications arts and an interdisciplinary degree in societal justice. She is serving as the director of marketing and presidential communications for the office of the president and marketing and communications. She oversees the marketing and communications office which includes public relations, website, social media, guest and conference services, news and media relations, creative design and the internal and external communications for the college.

Sara Taverner

Sara Taverner 2013
Assistant Director of Financial Aid

Sara Taverner graduated from York College in York, NE. in 2012 with a major in Psychology. She is now serving as the Assistant Director of Financial Aid here at Sterling College.

Sara enjoys spending time with her family, singing, and playing tennis. She is also excited to see where her new position here at Sterling takes her in the future. Sara lives with her family in Chase.


Bachelor of Science in psychology from York College


Kelsey Hall

Emily Taylor

Emily Zerger 2013
Admissions Assistant


Bachelor of Arts in Christian ministries from Sterling College


Admissions (first floor Cooper Hall)


Phone: (620) 278-4314

Theresa Teufel

Theresa Teufel 2012
Administrative Assistant to Advancement

Theresa joined the advancement team February 2012 as a part-time staff member. She comes to Sterling College with three years of office experience, having previously worked as a church secretary.

Will Teufel

Will Teufel 2012
Director of Online Programs


A former public school teacher, Will made the decision to work in higher education by working for Sterling College. His favorite aspect of Sterling College is the friendly campus atmosphere and the privilege of helping adult learners reach their educational goals. In his spare time, Will enjoys family time, writing and arranging music, playing instruments, web design, and computing.



Contact information

Phone: (620) 278-4249

Clay Thomas

Clay Thomas 2012
Director of Physical Plant

Born in Dodge City, Clay was raised in Ashland, Kansas. After graduating High School he enlisted in the United States Army Field Artillery. After his enlistment was up he joined the United States Navy Seabee's as a Construction Electrician. He came to Sterling in 1990 working for the local light and power company. During this time he attended Hutchinson and Barton Community Colleges. Later he served as City Inspector for the City of Sterling. In 2000 Clay served as the Mayor of Sterling. Clay came to Sterling College in November of 2002 as the Plant Electrician. He now serves as the Physical Plant Director of the College. Clay is active with the College's "foster child" project. To date he cannot number the amount of kids who have eaten at his table or helped wear out his washer and dryer. In 2006 he endowed a scholarship in honor of his late wife Debra. Clay has three children, all alums of Sterling.