Lydia Butner

Lydia holds an MA in Mental Health Counseling from Trinity International University, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor with the state of Kansas. Lydia is passionate about helping people understand and improve their mental health, and finds working with college students extremely rewarding. She lives in Sterling with her husband and two little boys, loves talking and getting to know people, spending time outdoors, and playing board games with friends.


Phone: 620-278-4297

Dana Ely

Dana Ely has joined Sterling College as Campus Health Director this year and is very excited for this new opportunity. The last 21 years she has been working as a Family Practice Registered  Nurse in Hutchinson. Dana lives in Hutchinson with her husband, Darrell and they have 2 high school boys, Cody & Brady. They enjoy boating ,jet skiing ,wake surfing and sporting events. This year she will get to cheer on both of her sons as they play on the same soccer team for Buhler High School.


Phone: 620-278-4505

Susie Carney

Susie Carney returned to her Alma Mater as the alumni director in 2017 after serving Andover Public Schools in Kansas for 13 years. Previously, Susie held positions such as online team lead in the banking industry. Also, she has served on Sterling’s Alumni Council in addition to several boards in the Greater Wichita area. Susie graduated from Sterling College in 1988 with a B.A. in Language Arts.


Phone: 620-278-4228

Gabe Eliserio

Eliserio began his coaching career at Dordt College in Sioux City, Iowa. In 2015, Eliserio was named the associate head coach and coached a number of All-Conference players for Dordt. Prior to that season, he was the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator for the Defenders. 

Nic Martinez

Nic Martinez is in his seventh year here at Sterling College, and is now set to begin his first official year as Head Men's Soccer coach in the fall of 2017. Coach Martinez has been a part of the Sterling soccer programs for the past seven years, working as an assistant for both the women's and men's soccer teams. As a former Warrior and standout keeper himself, Martinez has been the goalkeeper coach for both the women's and men's programs during his time at Sterling. Coach Martinez also played professional soccer for the Wichita Wings and the Wichita B-52s in Wichita, Kan.

Heather Oden

Heather absolutely loves working with Sterling students. She works part-time as a certified Life Coach for SC as well as serving​ as the Sterling College Sexual Assault Advocate. Heather is passionate about helping students find direction and freedom as well as connecting to the deep sense of purpose and meaning they were created to enjoy.

Amy Gabrielson

As Sterling College’s Director of Stewardship, Amy Gabrielson provides leadership and management of annual giving, endowed and annual scholarships, special events, database/software systems, gift and tax receipting and other special projects.

Prior to joining Sterling College in August 2016, Amy worked for six years in nonprofit fundraising and communications with organizations in Milwaukee and Denver. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from South Dakota State University, where she served as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper.

Lonnie Isaac

Head men’s tennis coach Lonnie Isaac begins his 1st season at Sterling and 16th overall at the collegiate level.  Prior to coming to Sterling, Isaac was the head coach at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas for the men’s and women’s tennis programs.  At Bethel Isaac coached the women’s team to compete in eight straight KCAC Championships, winning six in a row from 2008-2013 and qualified for the NAIA National Tennis Championships five times.  The women’s team won 37 straight KCAC dual matches between 2008-2014 and the men’s team also played in the KCAC Championship

Caden Ford

Caden Ford begins his first year as the Sports Information Director at Sterling College. He oversees the marketing and public relations of the Warrior Athletic Department and is responsible for managing the Warrior athletic website (, handling social media, production of organizational media, overseeing the Sterling College Sports Network, and game day statistics. Caden graduated from Sterling College in 2016 with a BS in Sports Management. During his time at Sterling College, he was a member of the football team and was a part of the 2013 KCAC Conference Championship.