Naiya Hernandez

Naiya Hernandez 2012
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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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
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.

Teryn Irvin

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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
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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Athletic Admissions Counselor

Marge Jones

Marge Jones 2012
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.

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Gary Kempf

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

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.

Vicky Kirchoff

Vicky Kirchoff 2012
Physical Plant Office Manager

Vicky is a lifelong resident of Sterling. She came to Sterling College in 1992 in the Housekeeping department and is currently the Physical Plant Office Manager. Vicky enjoys building relationships with students that last long past graduation. She believes that Sterling College is a wonderful place to grow as a Christian whether you are a student or an employee.