September 1, 2015
Northwestern’s new staff members who attended a recent staff orientation session include (left to right, front row) Ashley Decker, assistant for Registry and Financial Aid Services, Enid campus; Amy Wreath, custodian, Woodward campus; Troy Cornelsen, custodian; Bruce Stoll, custodian; Charles Korff, groundsman; (second row, left to right) Ali Kirtley, university relations specialist; Alex Skinner, printing services assistant; Sherman Cornelsen, mechanic; and Lukasz Hanusiak, custodian.
Northwestern Oklahoma State University welcomes 36 new staff members to campus. Short biographies of each staff member are listed below:
Matt Barnes, director of the Academic Success Center, has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and a Master of Education degree from Northwestern. He previously taught English for Northwestern and Northern Oklahoma College. He also worked as a licensed investment adviser.
Sadie Bier, financial manager for the Northwestern Foundation, has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Northwestern. She is a six-year member of Oklahoma National Guard and served eight months in Afghanistan.
Sherman Cornelsen, mechanic, has 40 years of experience as a mechanic.
Troy Cornelsen, custodian, has previous work experience at the Burlington Coop.
Ashley Decker, assistant for Registry and Financial Aid Services at the Enid Campus, earned an Associate of Arts degree from Rose State College. She served as a secretary at Enid High School and also has worked at several Enid banks.
Shane Engelken, development officer for the Northwestern Foundation, will complete a bachelor’s degree in biology from Northwestern in December. He has worked in various positions in the oil and gas industry.
Brad Franz, head men’s basketball coach, has a Bachelor of Education in health and sports science education, and a Master of Education degree from Northwestern. He served as vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Northwestern for seven years.
Lisa Franz, career services coordinator and transfer recruiter, has a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Education degree from Northwestern. She served for six years as secretary for intercollegiate athletics at Northwestern and in roles at Otero (Colorado) Junior College.
Jennifer Grassano, communications and marketing manager for the Northwestern Foundation, holds a Bachelor of Science in public relations from Texas State University. She was previously employed as Northwestern’s career services coordinator/transfer recruiter.
Luke Hanusiak, custodian, has a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College-Chicago. He previously worked for Royal Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinets in Illinois.
Monica Hill, custodian, has worked with special needs students at Alva Public Schools. She also worked at Walmart and Beadles Nursing Home.
Alishia Jamison, BJCC treatment counselor, has a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Northwestern. She worked at BJCC as a graduate assistant and also worked at Walmart.
Ali Kirtley, university relations specialist, has a Bachelor of Science in mass communication from Northwestern. She has experience working as an office assistant at Cherokee Publishing Company and as a student for NWTV-Channel 7.
Chuck Korff, groundsman, worked 20 years at Bill Johnson Correctional Center as a security officer, retiring as a sergeant.
Jay Lee, director of athletic communications, has a Bachelor of Science in mass communication from Northwestern. He assisted with athletic communications prior to this full-time position. Lee also worked with Caddo Electric Cooperative and Western Farmers Electric Cooperative in their marketing department.
Craig Liddell, head women’s soccer coach, holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from California Baptist University and a Master of Education degree from Northwestern. He previously served as a coach and teacher with the Enid Public Schools.
Gary Maxey, director of the Early Settlement Program at Northwestern’s Enid Campus, earned a Bachelor of Science in journalism from Oklahoma State University and a juris doctorate from the University of Tulsa. He was a district court judge for the State of Oklahoma for 21 years.
Ben McKaig, assistant football coach, holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Emporia State University. He was a graduate assistant for football at Utica College in New York and a teacher at Andover High School in Kansas.
Joseph Morrison, groundsman, has experience as a mechanic and in auto detailing.
Tatum Hansen Radcliff, hall supervisor in Fryer Hall, has a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Northwestern. She previously was a student worker in the recruitment office.
Kayle Reaves, assistant women’s basketball coach, has a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education, and a master’s degree in sports studies and athletics from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She was a graduate assistant coach there.
Alexandria Skinner, printing services assistant, currently is a vocal music education major at Northwestern. She previously was a part-time employee in the print shop and a secretary at Alva Vision Clinic.
Jana Smith, financial aid assistant, has work experience at several Alva businesses including H&R Block and Continental Credit.
Bruce Stoll, custodian, worked at Panhandle Eastern Pipeline in Liberal, Kansas, for 22 years and also worked for the City of Liberal.
Milissa Sturgill, ITV/events coordinator at the Woodward campus, has a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Oklahoma. She was the business manager at the Woodward News.
Cory Sullivan, assistant football coach, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in sports science from Ohio University. He was a graduate assistant for football at Emporia State (Kansas) University and Missouri University of Science and Technology.
Sarah Sullivan, admissions counselor/recruiter, has a bachelor’s degree in sports and recreational leadership from Barclay (Kansas) College. She has marketing production and event management experience with KTD Event Staffing.
Bailey Trammell, Title III academic adviser, earned a bachelor’s degree in health and sports science education from Northwestern. She worked as a student assistant in the Wellness Center and as a student receptionist for student services.
Fredrick Wagner, head volleyball coach, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Metro State (Colorado) College. He has head coaching experience at Iowa Central Community College, Kansas City Community College and Avila (Missouri) University. He won three state titles as head coach at Overland High School.
Jean Wahlgren, coordinator of Ketterman Nursing Lab, has a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Nebraska and a master’s degree from Southern Nazarene University. She has been a nursing instructor at Northern Oklahoma College and a nurse supervisor at The Carmen Home.
Matt Walter, head football coach, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in natural science and a Master of Education degree from Northwestern. Walter served as offensive coordinator at Emporia State (Kansas) University and head strength coach at New Mexico State University and Southern Louisiana University.
Keith Wear, assistant athletic trainer, has a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from the University of Idaho and a master’s degree in sports administration from Henderson State (Arkansas) University. He was a graduate assistant trainer at Henderson.
Emily Williams, coordinator of sponsored programs, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and a Master of Counseling Psychology degree from Northwestern. She previously worked in the registry office as the academic records coordinator and as a service coordinator/therapist for Western Plains Youth and Family Services in Woodward.
Amy Wreath, custodian at the Woodward Campus, worked at Woodward Regional Hospital as an enrollment clerk and at Meinders and Meinders, P.C., as a legal assistant.
Olivia Yandel, office manager in the Recruitment Office, has a bachelor’s degree in health and sports science education from Northwestern. She previously worked as a counselor in Upward Bound and as an instructor with Studio Pro Dance and Fitness in Kiowa, Kansas.
Charlie Zeilman, head softball coach, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education from the University of the Southwest (New Mexico). He previously was the head coach at Louisiana State University-Alexandria and has 10 years of experience as a high school coach.