January 23, 2017

Sterling, CO, January 13, 2017 – With the start of Spring Semester at Northeastern Junior College (NJC), a total of 4 new employees have filled a variety of positions representing faculty, and administrative personnel. One current staff member will be serving in a different capacity this semester.

Kimberley Brenden is the new Bookstore Sales Assistant she brings with her many years of experience working in the retail industry. Kim grew up in the Northeastern portion of Colorado. She has two children currently enrolled at NJC, Colton is an Ag Major and Keeley is an Equine Major. Kim is also a proud grandparent to Spencer the daughter of her eldest son Austin and fiancé Jimi.

Lisa LeFevre is joining Northeastern as the new Vice President of Administrative Services, with nine years of experience in the Colorado Community College System. She graduated from Colorado Mesa University (pka Mesa State College) with a Bachelor of Science in Public Accounting. Lisa worked in the private sector for 15 years as a small business consultant. In 2007, she joined Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC), in Student Services as the first point of contact for student to ensure they had all the resources they needed to get started. In 2010, she had the opportunity to become the Institutional Research Director for both CNCC and Lamar Community College. This provided the chance to compare and contrast the role data uses in various situations and gain an in-depth understanding of the metrics available to us. In 2012, she accepted the position of Controller at CNCC, where she instituted the controls and guidelines and procedures to ensure compliance with fiscal rules and sound business practices. She moved to the Community College of Aurora in December 2014 to fill the Controller position, before coming to NJC. Lisa is dedicated to ensuring a positive culture in the departments she leads and instituting common sense solutions to opportunities for improvements. Lisa and her husband Doug have six children ranging from 14 to 30 and 9 grandchildren. They are excited about returning to a small community and will be restoring one of the oldest homes in Sterling.

Sarah Matthews, is joining as the Director of Communications and Public Relations, she brings with her a vast knowledge of advertising and marketing from nine years of experience working for the South Platte Sentinel and the Sterling Journal-Advocate. Sarah graduated NJC in 2003 with an Associate of Arts, emphasis Business, she continued her studies at American InterContinental University Online earning a Bachelor of Business Administration, emphasis in Marketing in 2005.

Ashley Marostica will be joining NJC’s nursing program as the newest Nursing Instructor. She has 10 years of experience at the Sedgwick County Hospital. She is a NJC graduate of the Practical Nursing Program, she when on to the University of Nebraska and earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. In 2011, she obtained her Masters in Nursing Leadership from Regis University. She lives in Iliff with her husband Tony who is a farmer and her two small children.

Rachelle Knudson will be joining us in a new role this semester as the Developmental Math Instructor. Rachelle was born and raised in Sterling and is a graduate of Sterling High School, she took concurrent enrollment classes at NJC, where Mr. Kevin Stump taught her all the mathmagic she knows. Mr. Stump was very influential and convinced her to pursue her degree in math. Rachelle earned her Bachelor of Science, emphasis Math from Regis University and has taught middle school and high school math at Sterling High School and Yuma Middle School. She has played softball, and was recently NJC’s assistant softball coach.