Northeastern Junior College
November 10, 2017

Jobe named as new Vice President of Instruction

Danen Jobe Danen Jobe, Vice President of Instruction

October 30, 2017, Sterling, CO – With the start of the Fall Semester at Northeastern Junior College (NJC), a total of 28 new employees have filled a variety of positions representing faculty and administrative personnel. Nine current staff members will be serving in a different capacity this semester.

Danen Jobe is joining NJC as the new Vice President of Instruction. Prior to joining NJC in October of 2017, Danen Jobe had a long career in academics, starting at the University of Arkansas where he received his Master of Fine Arts in English and Writing. He also taught at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith before moving to Colorado Springs and joining Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) as an adjunct of English in 2007. After two years of being an adjunct instructor (as well teaching junior high and high school English), he became a full time English Faculty member at PPCC in 2009, and a department chair for English and College Composition and Reading in 2011. During his four years as department chair, he assisted the college in transitioning its Developmental Education program to the new Colorado Community College System taskforce recommendations and participated in a Department of Labor grant where he worked on modularizing Developmental English curriculum to meet Career and Tech student needs, assisting them in career advising and student success in the process. During this time, he also modified the program to meet transitioning veteran needs at Fort Carson, and helped win two ten thousand dollar private grants to create the Veteran’s Math and English Prep program.

In 2015, Danen accepted the position of Associate Dean of Humanities for PPCC, supervising nine departments and up to twenty-nine faculty while also assisting a successful proposal for a million dollar arts grant from the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation to build a new creative commons. He brings great enthusiasm, a heart for innovation, and a passion for student success to NJC.

He and his wife, Heather, have three boys ranging from ten to eighteen. They are excited about returning to a smaller community where they can once again pursue their love of raising a few animals and building a large garden.

On July 1, 2017, Stanton Gartin assumed new responsibilities as NJC’s Executive Vice President.  His main focus will be to help the college prepare for their next Higher Learning Commission accreditation visit in October 2018.  He will continue to serve as the college’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) Director where he is responsible for managing the Carl Perkins grant and serving as the college’s CTE credentialing officer.  Stanton will also be responsible for overseeing the Faculty Load and Compensation (FLAC) process which insures that all faculty and adjunct instructors are paid accurately and in a timely manner.   

Linda Merkl has joined NJC’s business department as the Director of Business Programs. Linda started her career in the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. While in the Navy, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Master of Science in Systems Management. Since leaving the military, Linda has taught at several community colleges in the Denver Metro area and most recently taught at Regis University. In 2012, she earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education: Adult Teaching & Learning. Linda and her husband Chris relocated to Sterling in July of this year and are very excited to be a part of this community. Linda helped Chris raise his three children and they both enjoy spending time with their four grandsons and are looking forward to the arrival of their first granddaughter in October.

Celeste Delgado-Pelton has taken on a new role at NJC as the Director of Liberal Arts.  She spent the last fourteen years at the college as an Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Music and Recording Program.  She obtained a Bachelor Degree in Music Education and a Master of Music from the University of Northern Colorado.  She is active as a professional musician, adjudicator, and clinician.  The iPad Initiative at NJC motivated Celeste to become a campus leader in educational technology and she is a Nearpod Certified Instructor as well as an Apple Teacher.  She teaches several music lecture courses and directs both the NJC Concert Choir and the Contemporary Choir.

Jesseb Adam joined NJC as the Instructional Designer and Active Learning Specialist. As the Instructional Designer and Active Learning Specialist, Jesseb is a resource for teachers to encourage a culture of constantly improving instruction and technology implementation towards the goal of excellent instruction in every class that is both engaging and effective.

Shelby Winchell, Curtis Doubet and Wendy Lewis have joined the Agriculture Department at NJC. Shelby has taken on the roles of Equine Instructor and Assistant Rodeo coach; Curtis, Animal Science Instructor and the Livestock Judging Team Coach; Wendy, Economics Instructor. The following have taken on new roles at NJC: Amanda Morgan, Assistant Equine Coordinator and Versatility Ranch Horse Coach and Emily Mollohan, Ag Business Management Instructor.

Jason Hill has joined our Career and Technical program as the new Welding Instructor. Jason brings fifteen years of welding manufacturing experience to the welding program.

The Monahan Learning Center has added three new Instructional Specialists, Layne McCaleb, Luke Janes, and Harold Jordan.

The NJC Family Literacy program has had several additions this semester as well, Kelly Annand as the ABE Family Literacy Director and Tawni Wingstrom as the ABE ESL/College and Career Navigator, along with Krysta Kenney taking on a new role as the Adult Ed Lead Instructor.

NJC has had several additions to the administrative and classified staff in multiple areas: Tessa Lukesh, Social Media Coordinator; Kristine Campo, Student Communications Coordinator; Drew Carlson, Admissions Recruiter; Izaak Brown, Assistant Hall Director; Austin Rauch, Structural Trades I; Gregory Schehrer, Structural Trades II; Louis Dodge, Custodian I; Thomas Gonzales, Grounds and Nursery I; Lucinda Graham, Grounds and Nursery I; David Kellan, Custodian I. And the following have advanced or changed roles, Kim Hooton, Accounting Tech III – Accounts Payable; Gayle Howell, Assistant Residence Hall Director; Darvis Hurst Grounds and Nursery II.

In the Athletic Department, NJC has added new administrative and coaching staff: Daniel “Dano” Fagerlund, Assistant Athletic Director – Event Center Supervisor; Kenneth McAlpine, Women’s Soccer Coach ; Keith Buderus, Assistant Soccer Coach; Michael Mendoza, Head Wrestling Coach; Adam Fierro, Assistant Wrestling Coach; Michael Sybrant, Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach; Kirsten Schumacher, Event Center Supervisor. And Shane Gertner will take on a new role as the Assistant Softball Coach.


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