Faculty

Dr. Rachel B. Griffis

Rachel B. Griffis grew up in Michigan and then moved to Southern California, where she completed her B.A. at Azusa Pacific University and M.A. at Chapman University, both in English. She completed her Ph.D. in English at Baylor University. In 2016, she joined the Language and Literature department at Sterling College, where she teaches writing and literature courses. She has been very active on campus and in the lives of her students.

Dr. Glenn Butner Jr.

Glenn specializes in theology and in economic ethics, having experienced the need to connect both disciplines when after serving as a chaplain in a prison complex and as a board member for the Kefa Project, which uses sports ministry to reach homeless and at risk children in Rwanda.

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.

Dawn Eliserio

Eliserio has a diverse background in education with classroom experience in both public and private schools. She has led her own classrooms in preschool and first through fourth grades, and she worked as a paraprofessional for third through sixth grades. As a graduate from Dordt College, she holds her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and B.A. in Elementary Education with a concentration in special education, an endorsement in early childhood, and a minor in reading.

Contact

Phone: 620-278-4266

Dr. Timothy A. Gabrielson

Dr. Timothy A. Gabrielson was pursing degrees in math and economics when he felt called to ministry during his junior year in college. After graduation Tim made one of the least practical and yet best decisions of his life: he became a pastor to college students at First Baptist Church of Golden, Colo., for five years while studying for his master’s degree at Denver Seminary. Tim then moved to Milwaukee for his doctoral work at Marquette University, earning his degree in December 2015.

Amy Kosek

Amy Kosek joined Sterling College in 2015. She began at Sterling as the Director of Academic Support, and in 2016 joined the mathematics department as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics. There she works alongside her husband Pete Kosek. Amy loves teaching math and getting to work with students to help them discover how exciting and interesting the subject is. Amy studied at The Ohio State University earning a Master’s of Mathematical Sciences (M.M.S.) degree with a concentration in education. Previously she attended The College at Brockport SUNY and earned a B.S.

Peter Kosek

Pete Kosek joined Sterling College is 2015. Prior to Sterling, he earned his M.S. in Mathematics from The Ohio State University where he was a lecturer and graduate teaching assistant. Pete has a passion for all areas of mathematics, including both theoretical and applied in addition to math education. Having an extensive background in math competitions, he enjoys creating and solving recreational math problems and encouraging students to participate in math competitions.

Marisa Callan

Callan graduated from Sterling College in 2005 with her bachelor’s in music education and completed her M.M. in Conducting from California Baptist University in 2010. She is an experienced pianist, vocalist and professor, having taught several courses as an adjunct and full-time professor at California Baptist. Callan is joining Sterling College from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she has been serving as a minister of music for Bethany Baptist Church.

Contact

Phone: 620-278-4293

Rachel Wannamaker

Mrs. Wannamaker earned the Master of Arts in Teaching from Friends University, and the B.S. in Elementary Education from Newman University. She is an experienced elementary teacher and has been serving Sterling College this year as an adjunct instructor.  Rachel has two boys, enjoys reading, watching sporting events with her husband, vacation time with the family and taking her boys to do “Random Acts of Kindness” around town.

Dr. Mark Tremaine

Mark Tremaine leads Sterling College's Criminal Justice program.  Mark Tremaine is no stranger to higher education, or to Sterling College.  He has spent nearly thirteen years in higher education administration, serving York College in York, Nebraska and the University of Kansas School of Law.  Mark also served as the Vice President of Student Life at SC from July 2004 to December 2006, when he opened his private legal practice in Lyons.  Mark received his bachelor of science degree from Oklahoma Christian University in 1988, majoring in psychology; his master of education degree in higher

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