Student Life Staff

Josiah Gunn

Growing up in Panama City, Panama allowed Josiah to experience culture in an absolutely crazy way. He did all of my schooling there until coming to the United States for college. Josiah spent 2 years at Sterling College and finished his degree through Liberty University, earning his Bachelor of Science in Religion. 

Brett Couture

Brett Couture is from Littleton, Colorado, and he graduated from Sterling College in 2018 with a B.A. in Communication and Media Arts with a concentration in Public Relations. During his time as a student as SC, Brett was a student-athlete on the cross county/ track team, helped organize the SC Film Festival, interned at Main Street Sterling, and was a part of many campus activities.

Caitlin Glaze

Caitlin Glaze is originally from Salina, KS. She attended Central Christian College where she received her Bachelor of Science in Ministry and majored in Worship Arts Ministry. After college she took a full time position working at a Christian camp in Nevada, where she filled many different roles and undertook a variety of different minstry tasks. She worked in Nevada until the Lord brought her back to Kansas to work here at Sterling College where she is the Resident Director over McCreery Hall.

Emilie Heinl

Emilie Heinl comes to Kansas from the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. She is a recent college graduate from Waynesburg University, in which she received her Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology. Emilie fell in love with Student Life when serving as a Resident Assistant at her university. She loves the opportunity to serve others through doing life alongside students and being so closely available to encourage other young women. Emilie also loves to bake cookies for others and adores how Student Life gives her so many opportunities to use this talent to serve others.

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.

Tess Cannon

Tess Cannon graduated from Southern Wesleyan University with her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education. She immediately began teaching preschool and helping with the after school program at a local church. Shortly after moving to Texas, she began working toward her Masters in Early Childhood Studies with a concentration in Policy and Advocacy. She graduated in May 2017. While in Texas, Tess also gained experience in assessment for childcare centers, training teachers, and directing a childcare center.

Daniel Marquez

Daniel Marquez is a resident to the state of Kansas. He comes form the Miami, Florida area where he was born and raised. After he graduated high school, he decided to pack his bags and attend The Cedarville University in Ohio. While there, he was involved with student life ministries, missions trips, and various service orgs. Daniel's passion for college ministry grew while he was at college as he was able to be an RA as well as be involved with discipleship ministries. This led him to seek employment as a Resident Director once he graduated from Cedarville University.

Lydia Butner

Lydia holds an MA in Mental Health Counseling from Trinity International University, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She lives in Sterling with her husband and two little boys, and loves talking and getting to know people, making connections/networking, spending time with family, and walking all around town with frequent stops for snacks and playground time.


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