Faculty

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

Hans Nickel

Nickel is a former Sterling College student that has experience working in the sport business field at the youth, scholastic and collegiate levels. Having professional experience in a variety of sport management positions gives Nickel an eclectic background of real world experience to share with students in the classroom.

Dr. Mark Watney

Mark was born and raised in South Africa and immigrated to the United States in 1977. He has also lived and worked in Japan (’83-’84), India (’87), Turkey (’92-’93), and Los Angeles (’93-’00) as a missionary and English high school teacher. After graduating with his doctorate from The University of Texas at Dallas, he and his wife Laurel (Director of the Mabee Library), moved to Sterling College in 2006 where they have been working ever since. They have three sons:  Caleb (SC ’14) Micah (SC ’19) and Josiah.

Ken Troyer

Ken taught 13 years in Kansas public schools as a forensics and debate coach and public speaking and drama teacher. His teams won multiple state championships, with individual students not only winning state championships, but national titles as well.

Under his direction, the Sterling College debate and forensics team has returned to regional and national prominence with the debate team capturing multiple state championship titles and placing 9th in the nation in 2010-2011 and 12th in 2011-2012.

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. 

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