Personnel & Credentials

Andrews, Holly
Assessment Coordinator
A.A. – Cloud County Community College
B.A. – Washburn University 

Aten, Shawn 
Director of Physical Resources 
A.S., Pre-Engineering - Mid-Plains Community College
B.S. - University of Nebraska at Kearney

Barner, Becky 
Career Services Coordinator
B.S. – Wayne State College 
M.B.A. – Regis University 

Blagdon, Josh  
Systems Administrator 
A.A.S. – Mid-Plains Community College 

Borman, Kristin
Grants Coordinator
B.S. Northern Michigan University

Brandl, Jacob
Success Coach
NPCC Head Men's Basketball Coach
A.A. - Mid Plains Community College
B.A. - Midland University
M.A. - Dakota Wesleyan University

Brandes, Mandy
Business and Community Education Coordinator
B.S. - University of Nebraska - Kearney

Brown, Erinn
Director of Financial Aid 
B.A. – Concordia College
M.B.A. – University of Nebraska – Lincoln  

Brown, Randy
Network Administrator
CCNA - Cisco Certified Network Administrator
A.A.S. – Mid-Plains Community College

Cleveland, Will
Motor School Coordinator
Class A CDL with endorsements

Condon, Jeremy
EMS/CPR Coordinator
A.A.S. - Mid-Plains Community College

Correll, Bridget
Test Center Coordinator
B.S. – National College

Denny, Katy
Enrollment Coach
A.S. - Mid-Plains Community College
B.A. - Bellevue University

Edson, Jennifer
Valentine Campus Administrator
B.A. - University of Colorado
M.A. - Middlebury College

Erikson, Kade
Assistant Director of Residence Life
A.A. - Mid-Plains Community College
B.S. - Bellevue University

Gonzalez, Eric
Staff Accountant
A.A. - Strayer University
B.B.A. - Strayer University

Heinz, Brady
Assistant Systems Analyst
A.S. - Mid-Plains Community College

Hope, Mindy
Director of Recruiting and Admissions
B.S. – University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Hopkinson, Genevieve
Assistant Director of Residence Life
MCC Volleyball Assistant Coach
A.S. - Mid-Plains Community College
B.S. - Missouri Valley College

Horne, Susan
Director of Advising
B.S. - Chadron State College
M.A.Ed. - Chadron State College

Jairam, Dr. Dharma 
Dean of Business & Humanities
B.A. - Keuka College
M.Ed. - University of New York at Buffalo
Ph.D. - University of Nebraska at Lincoln

Johnson, Kaci
Broken Bow Campus Administrator
B.A.E. – University of Nebraska at Kearney

Kaai, Aukai
Technical Enrollment Coach
MPCC Rodeo Rough Stock Coach
A.S. - Mid-Plains Community College
B.S. - Colorado State University

Kircher, Sharon
Director of Business and Community Education
A.A. – Mid-Plains Community College
B.A. – Bellevue University
M.S. – Bellevue University 

Knott, Gail
Dean of Outreach and Training
B.A. – Benedictine College
M.S. - University of Nebraska-Kearney

Kobza, Hayley
Enrollment Coach
MCC Head Volleyball Coach
A.S.- Howard College
B.A. – Southwestern Oklahoma State University
M.Ed. – Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Ledall, Brenda
Imperial Campus Administrator
B.S. – University of Northern Colorado

Mendenhall, Mike
Success Coach
MCC Softball Head Coach
A.A. - Northeastern Junior College
B.S. - Bellevue University
B.S. - Fort Hayes State University
M.C.A.A. - Concordia University

Merchant, Robert
Research Analyst
A.S. - Mid-Plains Community College
B.S. - Chardon State College

Molcyk, Joy
Director of EMT/Paramedic Program 
B.S. – University of Nebraska – Kearney
Licensed EMS Instructor/BLS Instructor
Certified in ACLS, AMLS, PALS, PHTLS, TCCC, NRP
Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Molcyk, Robert 
Accelerated EMT/Paramedic Program Coordinator 
B.S. – University of Nebraska – Kearney 
Nationally Registered EMT-Paramedic Level 
Certified CPR Instructor – AHA & ASHI 
State of Nebraska – EMS Instructor/Educator 
Certified in ACLS, AMLS, PALS & PHTLS

Morgan, Darin 
Director of Physical Resources 
A.A. – Manhattan Area Vocational-Technical School 

Morgan, Jennifer
Activities Director
B.A. – University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Muehlenkamp, Bobbi
Director of Student Success
B.S. – Fort Hays State University
M.S. – Kansas State University 

Naughtin, Tara
Systems Analyst
B.S. - University of Nebraska - Lincoln
M.B.A. - Doane University

Niemeth, Brett
Nursing Support Coordinator
LPN – Colby Community College
RN-MPCC-McCook
M.S. - Western Governors University

Obert, Dr. Brian
Dean of Student Life
B.A. – Colorado State University
M.S. – Colorado State University
Ph.D. – The University of Texas

Osmotherly, Jason
Associate Dean of Student Life
B.M.S. - University of Nebraska at Omaha
M.S.O.M. - Peru State College

Peters, Jamie
Assistant Director of Human Resources/Wellness 
A.A. – Mid-Plains Community College
B.A. – Chadron State College
M.S. – Nebraska Methodist College

Peterson, Crystal
Director of Accounting
B.B.A. - Abilene Christian University

Pfeifer, Tad 
Director of Institutional Effectiveness
B.S. – Wayne State College 
M.S. – Auburn University 

Pierce, Mary
Ogallala Campus Administrator
A.A. – MPCC North Platte
B.S. – University of Nebraska at Kearney

Pritchett, Brandon
Assistant Director of Advising
MCC Head Women's Basketball Coach
B.S. – Northern Arizona University
M.S.S. - United States Sports Academy

Purdy, Ryan  
President
B.S. – NE Wesleyan University 
M.B.A. – Chadron State College

Ramsey, Suzanne
Early Entry Coordinator
B.S. - Tulane University
M.S. - Pittsburg State University

Rankin, Robin  
Director of Adult Education & ADA 
A.A. – Eastern Wyoming College 
B.S. – Chadron State College 

Reading, Clint
Dean of Science, Math, Health & Applied Technology
B.S. - Chadron State College
MA.E. - Chadron State College

Rippen, Kelly 
Vice President for Student Affairs and McCook Community College
B.A. – Concordia University 
M.S. – University of Nebraska - Kearney

Rissler, Jacob
Director of Institutional Advancement
B.A. – Chadron State College 
M.B.A.– Chadron State College

Sabatka, Amy
Director of Career Services
B.S. - University of Nebraska-Lincoln
M.A. - University of Nebraska-Kearney
M.S. - University of Nebraska-Kearney

Schmidt, Ben
Assistant Director of Safety & Security
B.S. - Liberty University

Sis, Erin
Recruiter
A.G.S – Northeastern Junior College
B.S. – University of Wyoming 

Smeltzer, Jeff
Business and Community Education Coordinator
A.A. – Mid-Plains Community College
B.F.A. – University of Nebraska - Lincoln 

Steele, Michael
Vice-President of Administrative Services
B.S. – University of Nebraska – Lincoln
M.P.A. – University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Stewart, Lana
Registrar
A.A. - Mid-Plains Community College
B.G.S. - University of Nebraska - Omaha

Stinman, Daniel
Director of Marketing & Public Relations
B.A. - Hastings College
M.Ed. - Midland University

Tagwerker, Curtis
Coordinator of Residence Life
A.A. - Mid-Plains Community College

Taylor, Brantleigh
Assistant Director of Student Engagement
A.S. - Mid-Plains Community College
B.S. - University of Nebraska at Kearney

Taylor, James
Director of Safety and Security
B.A. - Chadron State College

Thomas, Victoria
Coordinator of Residence Life
A.G.S. - McCook Community College

Thurman, Jeffrey
Asst. Activities Director
NPCC Head Women's Basketball Coach
A.A. - Carl Sandburg College
B.A. - Western Illinois University
M.S. - Western Illinois University

Thurman, Kayla
Director of Early Entry and Program Development
A.A. - Carl Sandburg College
B.A. - Western Illinois University
M.S. - Western Illinois University

Tomanek, Dr. Jody
Vice-President for Academic Affairs & NPCC
A.A.S. – Metropolitan Community College 
B.S. – Bellevue University 
M.Ed. – University of Nebraska – Lincoln 
Ph.D. – Iowa State University

Wheeler, Katie
Director of Library Resources
B.A. - Colorado State University
M.L.S. - University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee 

Wiese, Trent   
Director of Information Systems
A.A.S. – Southeast Community College
A.A.S. – Mid-Plains Community College 
B.S. – Bellevue University         

Wrage, Rebecca
Director of Human Resources
A.A.S. – Mid-Plains Community College
B.A. – University of Nebraska at Kearney
M.P.S. HR Management - Fort Hayes State University

Young, Josh
Motor School Program Coordinator
A.A.S. - Northeastern Junior College

Zehnder, Tim  
Business and Community Education Coordinator
Certified, International Society of Fire Service Instructors

Zwickl, Kim
Assistant Systems Analyst
B.S. - University of Nebraska - Kearney

Albrecht-Watson, Lana
Nurse Educator
Clinical Coordinator
A.A. – Mid-Plains Community College
M.S.N – Walden University

Bogardus, Robert
Biology Instructor
B.S. – Brigham Young University
M.S. – Brigham Young University

Bolt, Susanne  
Mathematics Instructor 
A.A. – McCook Community College 
B.S. – Kearney State College 
M.S. – University of Nebraska – Kearney

Cabrera, Mirna Dr.
Music Instructor
D.M.A. – University of Kansas
M.M. – University of Kansas
B.M.Ed. – Loma Linda University

Chicoine, Stephen Dr.
Sociology Instructor
B.S. - Lander University
M.A. - University of South Carolina - Columbia
Ph.D. - University of South Carolina - Columbia

Chittick, Angie  
Business/Office Tech Instructor 
B.S. – University of Nebraska-Lincoln 
M.B.A. – University of Nebraska – Kearney  

Christensen, Leah Dr.
Biology Instructor 
B.S.C – University of Minnesota 
Ph.D. – University of Montana  

Clouatre, Doug Dr. 
Political Science Instructor 
B.S. – Bradley University, Illinois 
M.A. – Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville 
Ph.D. – University of Tennessee – Knoxville 

Cole, Jimi
Business/Office Tech Instructor 
A.A. – Mid-Plains Community College 
B.S. – Colorado State University
M.B.A. – Bellevue University

Cole, Kelley
Diesel Instructor
A.A.S. - Mid Plains Community College

Condon, Jean  
Business/Office Tech Instructor 
B.S. – Wayne State College 
M.S. – Wayne State College

Cudzilo, Gregory 
Building Construction Instructor 
A.A.S. – Red Rocks Community College

Daily, Jared 
Mathematics/Physics Instructor 
BS – Brigham Young University 
MS – Brigham Young University 

Elmshaeuser, Jacob
Electrical Technology Instructor
A.A.S. – Mid-Plains Community College

Esch, Tyler  
FACS Instructor 
B.S. – Kearney State College 
M.S. – University of Nebraska – Kearney

Flesch, Mandy Dr.
Nurse Educator
LPN Diploma - Mid-Plains Community College
A.D.N. - Mid-Plains Community College
M.S.N. - Walden University
Ed.D. – Clarkson College – Omaha

Galvan, Ritch   
Theater Instructor 
B.A. Chadron State College 
M.A. Kansas State University 

Golden, Tim  
Welding Instructor 
A.A.S. – MPCC-North Platte 
AWS (American Welding Society) 
CWI (Certified Welding Inspector) 

Grasmick, Jessica
Dental Assisting Instructor/Program Director
A.A.S. - Mid-Plains Community College
A.S. - Mid-Plains Community College
B.S. - Peru State College

Gustason, Bobbi
Nurse Educator
A.D.N. - Mid-Plains Community College
B.S.N. - Walden University
M.S.N. - Walden University

Haneline, Richard 
Art Instructor 
B.A. Ed – Peru State College 
M.F.A. – Winthrop University

Hardiman, Mark
Theatre/Speech Instructor
B.A. - University of California
M.F.A. - Ohio University
M.A. - Northern Illinois University

Harrison, Kathy Dr.
Nurse Educator Director
LPN – MPCC - North Platte 
ADN – Colby Community College - Kansas 
BSN – UNMC – Omaha 
MSN – Clarkson College – Omaha
Ed.D. – Clarkson College – Omaha

Harwood, Mark
Auto Body Instructor
A.A.S. - Mid-Plains Community College

Hauxwell, Loretta  
FACS/Psychology Instructor 
A.S. – McCook Community College 
B.S. – University of Nebraska – Lincoln 
M.S. – University of Nebraska – Kearney

Herrick, Bryan  
Automotive Mechanics Instructor 
Tech Diploma – Auto Mechanics – MPCC – North Platte 
ASE Certified Automobile Technician 

Hink-Wagner, Sheri
Sociology/Criminal Justice Instructor
B.S. - University of Nebraska - Kearney
M.S. - Illinois State University

Holthus, Jeff
Welding Instructor
B.S. - University of Nebraska - Kearney

Jacobs, Joanna
Math Instructor
B.S. – University of Wisconsin
M.S. – South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

Janecek, Mike  
Automotive Instructor 
A.A.S. – MPCC – North Platte 
ASE Certified Automobile Technician
ASE Certified Advanced Level Technician
ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician

Johnson, Rick  
Art Instructor 
B.F.A – University of Nebraska - Kearney 
M.F.A. – University of Idaho, Moscow

Johnston, Courtney
Psychology Instructor
A.A. – Mid-Plains Community College
B.A. – Chadron State College
M.S. – Walden University
M.A. – Arizona State University

Kemp, Rex  
HVAC/R Instructor 
A.A.S. – MPCC – North Platte 
Refrigeration Service Engineers Society CM status 
Refrigeration Service Engineers Society Refrigerant usage 
North American Technical Excellence-A/C, Heat Pump, Gas Furnace 
National Center Construction Education Research Certified Instructor 
ESCO Institute Proctor 

Kramer, Steve  
Diesel Instructor 
A.A.S. – Mid-Plains Community College
B.S. - Bellevue University

Leibhart, Kristine
English Instructor
B.A. – University of Nebraska at Lincoln
B.A.in Ed – University of Nebraska at Kearney
M.A. – Texas A&M University

Long, Carla Dr.
Biology Instructor 
B.S. – University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Ph.D. – Mayo Graduate School of Medicine 

Lovett, Jessie Dr.
English Instructor 
BA – Nazareth College 
MA – DePaul University 
Ph.D. – University of Wyoming

Luke, Emmanuel G.
IT Instructor
B.S. – Franklin University
M.S. – Wright State University
M.S. – Dakota State University

Lupomech, Lynn
Accounting Instructor
B.A. & B.S. - University of Nebraska - Kearney
M.Ed. - Doane College
M.P.A. - Metropolitan State University of Denver

Makovicka, Marina
Nurse Educator
B.S.N. – Marian College
M.S.N. – University of Phoenix
M.S.L. - Grand Canyon University

Marvin, Micah
Mathematics Instructor
B.S. - Doane College
M.S. - University of Nebraska - Lincoln
M.Ed. - Doane College

McCall, Alexa
Mathematics Instructor
NPCC Head Volleyball Coach
A.A. - Mid-Plains Community College
B.S. - Concordia University
M.S. - Nicholls State University

McLean, Aaron Dr. 
Chemistry Instructor 
A.S. – Lincoln Land Community College 
B.S. – University of Illinois – Springfield 
Ph.D. – Southern Illinois University – Carbondale 

Messersmith, HaLea
Biology Instructor
B.S. - Doane College
M.S. - University of Nebraska - Kearney

Mooney, Renelle
Business Instructor
B.S. – Fort Hays State University
M.S. – Emporia State University

Mowry, Lorrie  
Business Instructor 
B.A. – Fort Hays State University 
M.L.S. – Fort Hays State University 

Nutt, Cathy 
Business Instructor 
B.S. – New Mexico State University 
M.S. – New Mexico State University 

O’Connor, Kevin  
Math/Physical Education Instructor 
NPCC Athletic Director
A.A. – MPCC – North Platte 
B.S. – Kearney State College 
M.S. – Kearney State College

Olsen, Jon 
Physical Education Instructor 
MCC Athletic Director
MCC Men's Baseball Coach
A.A. – Colby Community College 
B.S. – Wheaton College
M.S. - Emporia State University

Paxton, Patti
Nurse Educator
A.D.N. - Mid-Plains Community College
B.S.N. - Chamberlain College of Nursing
M.S.N. - Chamberlain College of Nursing

Perry, Jamie
MLT Instructor/Program Director
B.S. - Chadron State College
B.S. - University of Nebraska Medical Center
M.B.A. - Bellevue University

Pfeifer, Cassandra Dr.
English Instructor
A.A. - Rock Valley College
B.A. - Northern Illinois University
M.A. - University of Texas
Ph.D. - University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Pilakowski, Melissa Dr.
English Instructor
B.S. - University of Nebraska-Lincoln
M.F.A. - University of Nebraska - Omaha
M.S. - Chadron State College
Ed.D. - University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Potter, David Dr.
Speech Instructor
A.S. - Oklahoma City Community College
B.S. - University of Nebraska - Lincoln
M.P.A. - University of Nebraska - Omaha
Ph.D. - University of North Dakota

Schaeffer, Addie
Nurse Educator
B.S.N. - Bryan College of Health Sciences
M.S.N. - Walden University

Schwartz, Lindsay 
Nurse Educator
B.S.N. – Bryan College of Health Sciences
M.S.N. – Bryan College of Health Sciences

Simpson, Kristin
Music Instructor
B.M.Ed - University of Nebraska - Lincoln
M.M. - University of Nebraska - Omaha

Smalley, Scott 
Welding/Machining Instructor 
A.A.S. – McCook Community College 
B.S. – University of Nebraska – Lincoln  

Swanson, Chad 
Mathematics Instructor 
B.S. – University of Nebraska – Kearney 
M.S. – University of Nebraska – Kearney 

Thompson, Ash
Building Construction Instructor
A.A.S. - Mid-Plains Community College

Wilson, Mary Dr.
B.S. - Eastern Michigan University
M.A. - Eastern Michigan University
Ph.D. - Louisiana State University

Wolar, Glynn Dr.  
History/Philosophy Instructor 
A.B. – Occidental College 
M.A. – California State University at Los Angeles 
J.D. – Western State University College of Law 
Ph.D. – University of Idaho