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Khiera Almanza

Khiera Almanza is the Director of Residence and Student Life at Neosho County Community College. She has a passion for creating the ultimate college experience and is enthusiastic about providing fun opportunities for the NCCC student body.  Khiera was born in Detroit, Michigan; then raised in Chicago, Illinois; and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in Psychology. During her undergraduate experience, she held various positions in fraternity and sorority life including Student Greek Life Coordinator; President, Programs Coordinator, Secretary, and Constitution Chair of Sigma Delta Rho Multicultural Sorority. She was also involved with Black Student Union for two years as secretary in addition to volunteering with the Boys and Girls Club of America and Big Brothers Big Sisters Program for the YMCA.  Khiera is currently working on her Master of Science College Student Affairs with an emphasis in Conflict Resolution at Nova Southeastern University. In her free time, she enjoys singing, swimming, and traveling. You can find Khiera randomly telling jokes with funny puns.






Josh Merrill

Josh Merrill was born on a warm, June Sunday morning in San Jose, California. He enjoys basking in the sunlight and long walks on the beach. His hobbies include: coaching baseball and hanging out with his wife and children. Josh feels that he is a light hearted individual that likes to have fun. This is Josh’s first year as the Assistant Director of Residential and Student Life. Josh is very excited to come back to Neosho County as a professional. He graduated from NCCC in 2013 with an Associate of Science Degree. Josh has added to his education by achieving a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice ’15, an Applied Arts and Sciences in Nursing ’17, and a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration ’19. He is very excited to get to know the college students and create a campus in which students are actively involved in activities.



Azaira Shelton

Zee is the Coordinator of Resident and Student Life. She graduated from NCCC in 2019 with her Associates of Science and Arts for Athletic Training. Azaira promotes this quote “We’re all here for a good time not a long time. Love yourself and others, this is going to be a great year!”


Kristen Lopez

Kris Lopez is in the Resident Assistant in Purple Hall located in Bideau! You can find Kris on the Women’s Soccer Team at NCCC. Additionally, she enjoys ice cream, movies, and comic books. Her hobbies include Netflix! She is a rock star on campus while she does work student in the athletic training room and works at the Secretary and Treasurer for Student Senate. 



James Taylor

James Taylor is a member of the Men’s Basketball and a Resident Assistant in Blue Hall at Neosho County Community College. He is from South Chesterfield, Virginia. James is 20 years old, and is majoring in Athletic Training.

Hayley Stiger
Hayley is the Resident Assistant in Green Hall located in Bideau. She participates in Basketball, Softball, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Hayley is from Mannford, OK. A fun fact about her is that she has two different sized feet.



Jesse Linnebur

Jesse is the Resident Assistant in Yellow Hall located in NeoKan. He enjoys hanging out with friends, listening to music, watching Netflix and Hulu, shopping at Walmart when he is bored, and sleeping. Jesse is a member of the Cheer Team whom plan on going to nationals this year!


Le'Roy Cole III

Le’Roy Cole III is the Resident Assistant in Red Hall (Big Dawg Hall) in Bideau. He is 19 years old and was born and raised in Fresno, California. Here at NCCC, he is on a double scholarship for Running Track & Field and also Cross Country. Additionally, he is the Male Rep and Team Captain. Lee is earning his AA degree in Criminal Justice. He is hoping to join Student Senate this year as well! When available, Lee can be found listening to music or playing Apex Legends for a few hours—he will lead anyone to a win. His go to artists are Kendrick Lamar and S.O.B. Lee is glad to be part of the team and is looking forward to having a great year!


Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones is the Resident Assistant in Pink Hall in NeoKan. Jessica is a member of the Women’s Basketball Team. In her free time Jessica can be found learning how to play different instruments and also basketball. 



Austin Arceneaux

Austin Arceneaux is the Resident Assistant in Orange Hall located in NeoKan. He was born and raised in Rayne, LA. He plays baseball for NCCC. Austin is majoring in political science and plans to become an attorney. Austin is also the President of Student Senate at the Chanute Campus.