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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Jan. 17, 2014

Northwest welcomes new employees for spring trimester

Northwest Missouri State University welcomed 18 staff members and four faculty members as it kicked off the spring trimester with its annual All-Employee Meeting Wednesday, Jan 8.

The new employees are those who have joined the University since the fall trimester began last August. The new employees are:

Kimberly Asher

Kimberly Asher is a night custodian in Everett Brown Hall for Facility Services. She is a graduate of Worth County R-III and was employed for several years at Energizer for several years.

Lauren Baker

Lauren Baker is a secretary for Northwest Outreach. Previously, she was an office manager at Jason Brown Roofing in Maryville. She earned a bachelor’s degree in child and family studies from Northwest.

Troy Brady

Troy Brady is a general maintenance III staff member in Facility Services. Prior to coming to Northwest, he worked for RS Electric Corp. in St. Joseph for 16 years.

Mary Cline

Mary Cline joins Northwest as a night custodian in the J.W. Jones Student Union for Facility Services. She is a graduate of Worth County R-III and was previously employed at Energizer.

Amber Colgrove

Amber Colgrove is a graduate records specialist in the Graduate Office. She comes to Northwest from D’Andrea Realty, LLC. in Beatrice, Neb., where she was an office manager. She has an office professional associate degree from Southeast Community College, Beatrice.

Susan Foster

Susan Foster is a night custodian in the Administration Building for Facility Services. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwest in sociology and psychology and was previously employed at Staples.

Cris Jacobson

Cris Jacobson joins Northwest as an instructor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences, where she had served as an adjunct since 2005. Jacobson, a licensed clinical social worker, had served Conception Seminary College since 2011 as a consultant and operates Jacobson Counseling LLC Maryville. She earned her Bachelor of Science in child and family studies from Northwest and her Master of Social Work from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Rebecca Killgore

Rebecca Killgore is an admissions specialist–international specialist in the Office of Admissions. Previously she was an administrative coordinator for the Division of Distance and Extended Education at the University of Idaho, and she served as a graduate assistant for the honors program and Northwest. She has a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts, both in history from Northwest.

Maia Magrakvelidze

Maia Magrakvelidze is a post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Natural Sciences. She recently completed her doctorate degree at Kansas State University and was awarded the 2013 K-State Physics Outstanding Graduate Student Researcher Award last spring. She received her bachelor’s degree in theoretical physics and a master’s degree in theoretical condensed matter physics from Tbilisi Ivane Javakhishvili State University in Tbilisi, Georgia. She also has a master's degree in experimental atomic and molecular physics from Kansas State University in 2009.

Thomas Million

Thomas Million is a transportation fleet and small engine mechanic in Facility Services.

Tierney Nashleanas

Tierney Nashleanas is a multi-departmental secretary for the departments of Fine and Performing Arts and Mathematics, Computer Science and Information Systems. Previously, she was a wellness specialist and health coach at Heartland Health Wellness Connections. She holds a bachelor’s degree in vocal music education and a master’s degree in applied health sciences from Northwest.

Cindy Owens

Cindy Owens is a daytime project custodian for Facility Services. She is a graduate of Worth County R-III and was previously employed at Nucor-LMP for several years.

Tye Parsons

Tye Parsons joins Northwest as its grants coordinator. He had served since 2006 as executive director for the Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments and previously was assistant director of Mo-Kan Regional Council. Parsons earned his Bachelor of Science degree in geography from Northwest and has a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Justin Ross

Justin Ross, is an instructor in the Department of Communication and Mass Media. Ross is head of development for Main Line Pictures in Los Angeles and most recently served as associate producer of “Texas Chainsaw 3D" for Lionsgate Entertainment. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwest in mass communication, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Florida State University’s Graduate Film Conservatory.

Megan Sherry

Megan Sherry is the transportation coordinator. She received her Bachelor of Science in agricultural science from Northwest in 2011.

Miles Spainhower

Miles Spainhower is director of auxiliary services. He comes to Northwest as a transitioning veteran from the Missouri Air National Guard’s 139th Airlift Wing in St. Joseph. During his 22-year tenure there, he served in various capacities including the civil engineer squadron’s operations manager and the medical group’s bioenvironmental engineer.  Spainhower holds two Associate of Applied Science degrees from the Community College of the Air Force, a Bachelor of Science in business administration degree from Missouri Western State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Northwest.  Spainhower also is a graduate of Dale Carnegie Course.

Elizabeth Stafford is a residential counselor in the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing. She comes to Northwest after working as a resident assistant at the YMCA of the Rockies in Colorado. Prior to that she worked as a hall director at Northwest for two years while completing her Master of Science degree in higher education leadership. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from Marian University in Fond du Lac, Wis.

Beth Strueby

Beth Strueby is a night custodian in Colden Hall for Facility Services. She is a graduate of Maryville High School and was previously employed at Energizer for several years. 

Dana Ternus

Dana Ternus is an instructor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. Previously, she served Northwest as an adjunct instructor from 2009 to 2013 while working as regional planner for Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Northwest. 

Stacey Wiedmer

Stacey Wiedmer is a counselor in Wellness Services. Previously, she was employed as a therapist at Family Guidance Center, a state trainer for the Missouri Department of Mental Health and a counselor with Vocational Rehabilitation in addition to serving as director of the Lighthouse Project at Northwest. She has a Bachelor of Science in Personnel Psychology from Missouri Western State University and a Master of Science in counseling psychology from Northwest.

Kurby Wray

Kurby Wray joins Northwest as a night custodian in the Student Union for Facility Services. He is a graduate of Northeast Nodaway R-V and was employed at Energizer for several years.

Erika Yocom joins Northwest as an early childhood instructor in the Department of Professional Education. She has 10 years of experience with the Parents as Teachers program and comes to Northwest from the North Nodaway School District where she spent three years as a preschool teacher, co-teacher in kindergarten and a first grade reading and math teacher. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwest.


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