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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

    Jan. 13, 2017

    Northwest welcomes 15 employees with start of spring trimester

    Northwest Missouri State University welcomed 15 new faculty and staff members as it begins its 2017 spring trimester.

    The new employees, who are those hired at Northwest after the fall trimester began, were recognized during the University’s annual fall All-Employee Meeting Jan. 4.

    The new employees, including their positions and departments, are listed below.

    Kathryn Ball joined Northwest Sept. 1 as a music instructor at Horace Mann Laboratory School.

    Kathryn Ball

    Rachel Brooks joined the University Sept. 1 as coordinator of equity in the Office of Equity and Accessibility. Previously, she was a juvenile corrections officer for the Johnson County, Kansas, Department of Corrections. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in industrial organizational psychology from Northwest, she has a master’s degree in human resource management Walden University. She also is pursuing a Ph.D. in industrial organizational psychology with an emphasis in leadership and development coaching at Walden.

    Rachel Brooks

    Dr. Michael Burns began work Jan. 3 as student conduct and development coordinator in the Office of Student Involvement. Previously, he served as the interim dean of enrollment management and director of the academic resource center at Kansas City Kansas Community College. He has a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Capella University, a master’s degree in counseling from Wayne State University and a bachelor’s degree in history from Marygrove College.

    Dr. Michael Burns

    Erin Burnsides joined Northwest Sept. 1 as an assistant softball coach in the Department of Athletics. She is the owner of Downtown Barbell in Maryville, and her past employment includes positions at Baker Chiropractic and Rehab and Bank Midwest in Maryville. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Northwest in marketing with an emphasis in interactive digital media and was a two-time first-team All-MIAA selection on the Bearcat softball team.

    Lisa Finney began work Sept. 1 as a primary care provider in Wellness Services.

    Lisa Finney

    Courtney Gard arrived Sept. 19 as a circulation specialist for interlibrary loan and reserves in the B.D. Owens Library. She comes to Northwest from Mid-Continent Public Library in Kansas City, Missouri, where she as an access specialist. She earned her bachelor’s degree in history at Northwest.

    Courtney Gard

    Jon Grider began Dec. 5 as a senior project manager in Facility Services. Previously, he was a public procurement consultant for The Gordian Group. His professional experience also includes work as a general manager with Plaza Construction Services Inc. He earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from Northwest in 1984.

    Adam McNairy began his employment Aug. 29 and is an officer in the University Police Department. He recently completed his Master of Business Administration degree at Northwest and has a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from the University. He was employed in University Police as a student security officer, dispatcher and outreach coordinator.

    Adam McNairy

    Scotty Perkins joined Northwest Nov. 1 as director of human resources in the Office of Human Resources. Perkins comes to Northwest from NSK Corporation in Clarinda, Iowa, where he was a human resources manager. His 17 years of human resources experience also includes serving in multiple roles at Speedline Technologies in Camdenton, Missouri. He has a bachelor’s degree in human resources management from Park University in Parkville, Missouri.

    Scotty Perkins

    Marshall Petty began work Aug. 29 as a hall director in the Office of Residential Life. He has worked in residential life at Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois; the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama; University of Dundee in the United Kingdom; and Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at Blackburn College and a Master of Laws degree in international criminal justice and human rights from University of Dundee.

    Marshall Petty

    Brooke Richards began work Dec. 9 as a dispatcher in the University Police Department. She is a Northwest student, pursuing her bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in communications and planning to graduate in the spring. 

    Brooke Richards

    Sydney Smith began work Dec. 9 as an officer in the University Police Department.

    Lindsay Stapley joined Northwest Nov. 14 as a collections supervisor in Bursar and Cashiering. Previously she worked at Tri-State Auto in Maryville as digital marketing coordinator. She has a bachelor’s degree from Northwest in comprehensive crisis response and psychology.

    Kimberlee Ward began Sept. 1 as an academic success coach in Student Support Services. She comes to Northwest from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she was graduate resident director. She has a master’s degree in student affairs higher education with a concentration in diversity, equity and culture from Miami University and a bachelor’s degree in human services from the University of Northern Colorado.

    Kimberlee Ward

    Ashley Weybrew started work Oct. 7 as a custodian in Facility Services.


    For more information, please contact:

    Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
    mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

    Northwest Missouri State University
    215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468