Faculty

Shebuel Varghese

Shebuel comes to us from Spokane, WA, where he has been an adjunct professor, while also working on his Ph.D. in Theological Ethics from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.  Sheb has earned his MA in Theology and BA in Religion and Philosophy, from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Northwest University, respectively.

Ryan Hale

Ryan comes to us from Estes Park, CO, where he has had extensive experience in the field of counseling and intervention.  He’s been an instructor at Colby Community College and has also held a private practice for various counseling needs.  Ryan earned his BS in Kinesiology from Kansas State University, and an MA in both Physical Education and Applied Psychology/Clinical Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado.

Dr. Emily Becker

Dr. Becker comes to us from St. Peters, MO where she finished her Ph.D. in Medieval and Early Modern History in May 2022 from St. Louis University.  Emily has many areas of interest in research, and academic honors/development, and earned her MA in Medieval History from St. Louis University and her BA in History and English from Hannibal-LaGrange University.

Holly Schmidt

Holly comes to us with extensive experience as a business and marketing professional, working with many companies within the marketing and communications field, including organizations such as Snap-On, the Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce, and the Wichita Business Journal.  Holly received her BA in Communications and her Master of Liberal Studies in Organizational Leadership with a heavy emphasis in Communications, both from Fort Hays State University.

Ashley Gaeddert

Ashley comes to us from Barton Community College, where she’s been an Asst. Athletic Trainer since 2018, and was recently teaching Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries this past spring.  Ashley received her MS in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation from Emporia State University, completed her BA in Athletic training from Bethany College, and passed her Athletic Training licensing certification in Fall 2018.

Brian Prugh

Brian attended Knox College, IL (a small liberal arts school, similar to Sterling) where he received his BA in Philosophy and Mathematics, the University of Chicago to receive his MA in Philosophy, the University of Iowa to receive his MA in Painting with a secondary concentration in Art History, as well as his MFA in Painting, with a secondary concentration in Art History.

Brent Peintner

Brent has over 22 years working in the parks and recreation industry, primarily on the local government level. For nearly 20 years he has served as the Superintendent of Recreation in Cheney, Kansas. During his years he oversaw a highly progressive department that continues to grow in programming and facilities.

Brent served on the state Kansas Recreation and Parks Association executive board for 12 years. He also created multiple workshops and assisted with state conference planning that often included serving as a speaker and presenter in many continuing education sessions.

Dr. Bill Anderson

Bill is a familiar face to many of us at Sterling College, as he has a rich history with the community of Sterling, as well as the USD 376 School District. Bill comes to us from Canton, KS where he has spent the last few years as Superintendent of Schools for USD 419 Canton-Galva. Prior to that, Bill was the 7-12 Principal for Sterling Jr/Sr High School from 2007 through 2019.

Dr. Samuel Hokamp

Dr. Hokamp joined Sterling College in the fall of 2021, after completing a position as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics at St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI. Prior to this appointment, he earned his PhD in Mathematics from Bowling Green State University in 2019. Dr. Hokamp enjoys teaching all areas of mathematics, but he has a special passion for exploring theoretical and abstract mathematical disciplines. Outside of teaching, Dr. Hokamp enjoys conducting research, playing strategy games (chess, in particular), and spending time with his family.

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