Scott Downing

Scott Downing ’79 is Sterling’s vice president for athletics. In his role at Sterling, Downing’s responsibilities include providing the strategic vision for Warrior Athletics and fundraising support to allow Sterling to consistently compete for championships. He provides long-range planning for Warrior Athletics and ensure compliance with the rules and regulations governing the operation of the athletic programs. Downing oversees an athletic department that features 18 teams and over 300 student-athletes.

Jason Briar

Jason Briar ’99 serves as the vice president for Student Life. In this role, he directs all Student Life programming and coordination of personal services and programs related to the College’s student development efforts.  He will set the strategic direction for Student Life programs and will make recommendations on related policies.
Prior to coming to Sterling College, Jason has been in public education both as a teacher and administrator for the past 18 years, most recently served as Fairfield (Langdon, Ks) Middle & High School Principal.

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

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.