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

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

Erica Tremaine

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Administrative Receptionist and Office Manager

Erica Tremaine graduated from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas with a B.S. in Child Life in 2013. She comes to us from The Arbors at Waldron Place in Hutchinson where she was working as a CMA.

Although Erica did not attend Sterling College she is no stranger to the SC community. She moved to the Sterling area back in 2004 and she and her family have been connected to the college since then through her father’s employment at the college and through church connections.

Lynn Valentine

Lynn Valentine 2012

Lynn first came to Sterling College so that her daughter could go to college.  She found out that the kids are the reason that she stays. She enjoys hobbies such as crochet, quilting, knitting, scrapbooking, and card making. She has been married for 40 years.  She has 4 children, almost 2 grandchildren, and 2 step grandchildren.  She also has a dog named Lady and a bird called Smokey.


Maintenance Building

Contact Information

Phone: (620)278-4240


Melissa Virts

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

Laurel Watney

Laurel Watney 2012
Library Assistant

Laurel graduated from Gordon College with a degree in biblical studies and a minor in missions. She and her husband, Mark, were missionaries in Turkey for a year and a half early in their marriage. They moved to Sterling in 2006 and absolutely love it. They have three sons, Caleb, Micah and Josiah.

Laurel began working in the library in 2010 and really enjoys working with the students. She has led women’s Bible studies on campus and is co-leading a group of students to the Mediterranean this summer.

Deb Wiebe

Athletic Department Office Manager

 Deb was born and raised here in Sterling, Kansas. She graduated from Sterling high school and attended Hutchinson Community College. She now lives in Sterling with her husband, Curt and together have two children, Brenna and Derek as well as their grandaughter, Morgan. Brenna is married to SC Alumni, Brandon Winn.

 Deb started working in the athletic department in 1995 and can truly say, "This has been the most rewarding job I’ve ever had.  Getting to know the student athletes and working with a great coaching staff truly makes for the best job!"