Business Faculty

Dr. Karen Baehler

Dr. Baehler brings a wealth of education and experience to the business department having been an educator for 32 years within the middle school, high school, and college/university levels. She served as the Economics instructor at Hutchinson Community College for seventeen years, where she was named Educator of the Year in 2008. Baehler completed her Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a minor in Economic Education at the University of Kansas. She also holds an M.Ed. from Wichita State University and a B.S.

Irene Barkman

 
Irene Barkman is a licensed Certified Public Accountant with over 30 years of experience in public accounting.  The blend of practical experience with her academic pursuits presents a unique learning opportunity for the students of Sterling College. 

Timothy Thorpe

Tim Thorpe brings 11 years of operations and management experience to the Sterling College Department of Business. Prior to coming to Sterling College, Tim was responsible for information and data security at Viking Collection Service in Eden Prairie, Minn. 

Dr. T. H. Kwa

Dr. Kwa is actively involved in helping small businesses get started in Sterling by sitting on the board of the E-Community program that grants low-interest loans to small businesses. He comes to Sterling with vast experience in real estate, international business, management and many other concentrations within the business field (details are provided below under Professional Experience).

Education

Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Science with emphasis on Real Estate Finance from Texas A&M
M.S. in Land Development from Texas A & M