September 6, 2018

Northeastern Welcomes 24 New Employees

Sept. 5, 2018, Sterling, Colo. – The fall semester has begun at Northeastern Junior College, and with it a total of twenty-four new employees have filled a variety of positions representing faculty and administrative personnel. Twelve current staff members will be serving in different capacities this semester.


Jamie Giacomini

Jamie Giacomini joined Northeastern in April as the Director of the Adult and Community Education Center, formerly the Family Literacy and Community Education Center. Giacomini has more than 10 years of experience in public service including nonprofit and state government, to include Volunteer Florida, the Peace Corps and Serve Colorado. She has a Bachelor of Science in International Affairs from Florida State University, and is currently working on a Masters of Nonprofit Management at Regis University. She is married to Sterling native, Mark Giacomini, and is thrilled to join the Northeastern Adult and Community Education program.

Dalia Alexander joined Northeastern in April as the Assistant Director of the Adult and Community Education Center. She is a Northeastern graduate, and also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Colorado Christian University. Alexander has been involved in the community and worked in the nonprofit field for 10 years. She has been part of the Sterling community for 14 years, and is the mother of three children.

Maret Felzien accepted the role of Director of Academic Support Services in the Monahan Learning Center (MLC). Felzien has been at Northeastern as a full-time faculty member for more than 19 years, and has been instrumental in developmental-education redesign. Her work has helped create the new Northeastern self-directed placement system in which advisors work very closely with students assess math, reading, and English challenges directly relevant to the college-level classes student are considering. This placement system demonstrates Felzien’s ties to real educational innovation, and she will be bringing this to her new role.


Dalia Alexander

Silke Hunker joined Northeastern as a full-time employee in September as the Assessment Coordinator. She has Master of Arts in Education and Mathematics from Chadron State College; a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology; and an Associate of Science in Chemistry from Northeastern. Silke worked for Northeastern from January 2014 to December 2016 as the Lead Developmental Math Instructor, and then took a sabbatical to live abroad in Germany.

Brian Lewton joined Northeastern at the start of the fall semester as Assistant Professor of Economics. Lewton has a Master of Science in Ag Economics from the University of Wyoming, where he student-taught for two semesters; and two Bachelor of Science degrees from Colorado State University in Agricultural Business and Soil and Crop Sciences. He is married to Brittny Lewton, with two children. Brian and his family moved back to Akron, Colo. where he farmed in partnership with his parents, Rich and Pat Lewton. He managed all aspects of the farm, including crop-rotation planning, fieldwork and commodity marketing.

Lauren Crandall joined Northeastern as the Life Skills Coach in the Nursing Department at the start of the fall semester. She has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Florida Atlantic University, and is currently working on a Masters of Educational Leadership at the University of West Florida. Crandall has served in all levels of education from elementary through high school for the past nine years. She moved to northeast Colorado two years ago from Central Florida to serve as the athletic director at Prairie High School. Lauren just recently moved to Sterling from Stoneham with her partner Amber Whitlock.


Maret Felzien

Lauren Montoya joined Northeastern in August as the Education to Career Coordinator in the Student Success Center. She is a 2016 graduate of Northeastern with an Associate of Science. She was previously a paraprofessional at Caliche Schools, and has further experience through an internship at the University of Denver in the Child Health and Development Lab, which studied how stress affects children’s physiology.

Nate Kelley has taken on a new role as the Instructional Designer, while maintaining his position as an Associate Professor of Sports Medicine. He has been with Northeastern for 10 years as the Head Athletic Trainer, and has a Master of Teaching and Learning from CSU-Global and a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Huron University. He is also working on this Doctorate in Athletic Training from AT Still University.

Other additions to the Academic Services department are Cody Brever, Instructional Specialist for business curriculum in the MLC; Michelle Younger, Instructional Specialist for writing curriculum in the MLC; Rebeka Laible, Administrative Assistant to the Liberal Arts Department; Conni Franz, Administrative Assistant to the Math, Science, Business and Cosmetology Departments; and Snow Mekelburg as Administrative Assistant to the Transportation and Energy Department.


Lauren Montoya

Ronald Deck joined the Northeastern Athletics Department as the Head Baseball Coach at the start of the fall semester. Deck is the fourth head coach for the Northeastern baseball program, having also served as an assistant under Bryan Shepherd in 2007. During his time away from Northeastern he served as a coach at Rancho High School in Las Vegas, Nev., and as pitching coach for Siena Heights University in Adrian, Mich. Deck also has eight years of experience in the major leagues: Miami Marlins, 2015-2016 Bullpen and Catching Coach; Baltimore Orioles, 2014 International Scout – Latin America; 2008-2013 Instructional League Field staff and MLB Scouting Development; and 16u Atlanta Blue Jays, 2006 Head Coach. Deck also played baseball collegiately and professionally from 1999 to 2005, where he played in the minor leagues reaching Division AA playing for the 16u Atlanta Blue Jays.

Andrew Kachel joined Deck as the Assistant Baseball Coach. Kachel was part of the Northeastern Region IX Championship team in 2009. Kachel has a master’s degree in Exercise Science and Coaching from Adams State University, along with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from CSU-Pueblo and an Associate’s degree from Northeastern.

Keith Buderus has filled the role as Interim Head Men’s Soccer Coach starting at the end of spring semester. Buderus came to Northeastern in the fall of 2017 to assist the men’s and women’s soccer teams. He previously coached for the Westminster Soccer Club and Mountain Range High School, both in Westminster, Colo.


Ronald Deck

Bronson Moton joined Northeastern as the Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at the beginning of the fall semester. Moton is a 2014 graduate of Northeastern, and received his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, Recreation and Health Promotion form CSU-Pueblo. While playing under current head coach Eddie Trenkle, Moton helped the Plainsmen win the Region IX Championship and advance to Hutchinson, Kan. to play in the national tournament, along with many other accolades. He continued his playing career at CSU-Pueblo. After finishing his playing career, Moton began his coaching career as the student assistant coach at CSU-Pueblo for two years.

Catherine Ortiz joined Northeastern as the Head Athletic Trainer at the start of the fall semester. Ortiz has a Bachelor’s in Athletic Training from Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y. She first joined Northeastern in the fall of 2017 as an employee of Banner Health working as an athletic trainer for Northeastern. Ortiz has five years of experience working professionally in physical therapy, orthopedic and chiropractic clinics.

Martha Gareis transitioned to a new role in February as the Director of Purchasing. Gareis has been with Northeastern for 19 years; the previous eight years as the Document Center Coordinator. Martha has been a part of the community for the past 38 years, and has four grown children and one grandchild.


Trenton Schwarzer

Trenton Schwarzer joined Northeastern at the beginning of the fall semester as the Coordinator of Campus Safety and Security. Schwarzer has a vast background, having received his Fire Fighter 1 and 2, Hazmat and Practical Rescue certifications from the fire academy in Montgomery County, Md., along with training with the Washington, D.C. S.W.A.T. team in Arial Tactical Rescue. He later went to the Police Academy in Maryland, and moved to Tennessee where he worked for nine years as a patrol officer at a private university. He is post-certified in specialized domestic violence and has taken active-shooter training.

Shannon Ankeny joined Northeastern in May as the Director of Communications and Public Relations. Ankeny has a Bachelor of Arts in English Writing from the University of Colorado-Denver, an Associate of Arts from Western Nebraska Community College, and is currently working on her master’s degree in Mass Communications through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She comes to Northeastern from Cabela’s, where she spent more than three years with the communications team. Ankeny is a Midwest native, having grown up in the Peetz, Colo. and Sidney, Neb. areas.

Sarah Matthews has taken on a new role as the Communications and Public Relations Coordinator. She has been with Northeastern since December 2016. Matthews has a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from American Intercontinental University and an Associate of Arts from Northeastern.

Amy Carlstedt joined Northeastern as the Document Center Coordinator in May. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Carlstedt has a background in office and project management from Sidney Extended Care and Cabela’s.


Shannon Ankeny

Sarah Stone-Robinson has transitioned to the role of International Coordinator and Admissions Processing Coordinator. Robinson has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance from West Texas A&M University, and holds a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language Certificate. Prior to joining the Northeastern family in 2015, she taught in Japan for five years with the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program.

Also joining the Administrative staff are Justin Denette, Admissions Coordinator; Jordan Drake, Resident Hall Director; Philip McKibbin, Resident Hall Director; Brianna Bade, Resident Hall Director; Brian Schaefer, Event Center Supervisor; Lindsey McPeak, Assistant Rodeo Coach; Kristen Osborn, Custodian; and McKinnzie Russell, Custodian. Taking on new roles are Jesse Quinlin, Foundation Coordinator; Sharon Shino, Administrative Assistant-Document Center; Kelli Herzog, Administrative Assistant-Housing; and Gayle Howell, Resident Hall Director.