NexStep Alliance Team Wichita KS
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NexStep Alliance TeamWe Are On Your Team

Seeking an education as an adult can be difficult. At NexStep Alliance, our leadership, faculty and support staff are on your team. Whether you are working toward a high school diploma, earning college credit/certification, improving your English or seeking a better career, we are here to help!

Our Team

Christopher Stanyer Nexstep

Christopher

Vice President of Career Services, Goodwill Industries of Kansas

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Christopher

Vice President of Career Services, Goodwill Industries of Kansas

“Embrace the fact that we all fall down. We all fail at one time or another. We must embrace this because failure is a necessary part of the recipe for success. Knowing that we all fall down helps us realize that it's not the falling down that matters, it's getting back up and moving forward that makes us succeed.”

Bio/About

Christopher is the vice president of Career Services at Goodwill Industries of Kansas. His role includes the leadership of NexStep Alliance and the Learn IT Digital Skills Classroom, an initiative of Goodwill and Google, Inc. Chris is responsible for strategic planning, state and national grants, state and national advocacy, policy and community involvement. He is passionate about the ways he and his staff are able to help students change their lives each and every day.

Chris has been in the nonprofit/workforce industry for nearly 10 years. Prior to joining Goodwill, he gained valuable experience at the Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas as a liaison to Adult Education, IT and a variety of special projects.

Chris serves as the Membership Committee chair for the Nonprofit Chamber of Service and is an active member of the Kanas On-Stop Advisory Council, Wichita Independent Business Association, Business Education Alliance and the City Council of Towanda, Kansas. In the past, he served as the president of the Kansas Adult Education Association and as a national transition coach trainer for World Education. He has been honored twice with the Wichita Business Journal Innovations Award, most recently in 2019.

  • Favorite Quote

    “I am not concerned that you have fallen— I am concerned that you arise.” - Abraham Lincoln

  • Serving NexStep Alliance Since

    2013

  • Education
    • Bachelor degree in Communication, Emporia State University 
    • MiniMPA™ Training, Wichita State University 
    • Executive Development Program, Goodwill
NexStep Alliance Team Yamir Lozada 2

Yamir

Assistant Director

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Yamir

Assistant Director

“Leadership is an activity, not a position. It does not matter who you are or where you are in life; any student can step up and lead, any time.”

Bio/About

Yamir is the assistant director at NexStep Alliance, which involves overseeing instructional staff and supporting students in the English as a Second Language (ESL)  and GED programs. He serves as the voice of the organization during events, conferences, and both public and membership meetings. 

Prior to joining NexStep Alliance, Yamir gained more than 12 years of experience in the education field, from early childhood to adult education. He now feels fortunate to work with others who have dedicated their lives to helping students and believes that seeing each student grow into the person they have worked hard to become is breathtaking.

Yamir is actively involved in the community. He is a member of the Nonprofit Chamber of Service, participates in charity races, volunteers in neighborhood cleanups, cooks/delivers meals to hospital patients, tutors children after school, organizes/volunteers at summer camps for children and sponsors a child living in a foreign country. Yamir is married to Nicole, and they have a son, Valen. In his spare time, he enjoys grilling, reading self-development books, playing soccer and playing video games with his wife.

  • Favorite Quote

    “Live your life as though your every act were to become a universal law.” - Immanuel Kant

  • Serving NexStep Alliance Since

    2017

  • Education
    • Master of Science degree in Education in Leadership, Newman University
    • Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, minor in Music, Newman University
NexStep Alliance Team Sharilynn Smith 1

Sharrilyn

Program Manager

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Sharrilyn

Program Manager

"Don't be afraid to ask questions so you can make the most of all the opportunities that are available here."

Bio/About

As a program manager at NexStep Alliance, Sharrilyn is responsible for academic calendars, enrollment procedures, program support and testing administration. Within her role, she enjoys the opportunity to meet, know and help students.

  • Favorite Quote

    "Dreams have no expiration date."

  • Serving NexStep Alliance Since

    2008

  • Education
    • Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, Fort Hays State University
NexStep Alliance Team Michelle McNeill

Michelle

ELA Coordinator

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Michelle

ELA Coordinator

"Be determined because learning English is a slow process that needs a lot of patience, time and effort. At this moment, you cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel. However, keep your course, and you'll see it. You'll reach your final goal."

Bio/About

In her role as the English Language Acquisition (ELA) coordinator, Michelle oversees the NexStep Alliance English as a Second Language (ESL) program. She developed the Integrated English Literacy and Civic Education (IELCE) curriculum and lesson plans for the program. Michelle trains and supports the ESL teachers and also teaches intermediate and advanced ESL classes. She is passionate about the ESL program and all it accomplishes.

Michelle has been married for 20 years and considers her husband, her best friend. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, watching movies and learning more about history.

  • Favorite Quote

    "Where there is a will, there is a way."

  • Serving NexStep Alliance Since

    2013

  • Education
    • Master of Public Health Education degree, Wichita State University
    • Bachelor of Business Administration degree, Duksung Women’s University (Seoul, South Korea)
    • Certified, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language (TESOL), Wichita State University
NexStep Alliance Team Joseph Kester

Joseph

Lead GED Instructor

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Joseph

Lead GED Instructor

"Don't settle. You are capable and worthy of more than you know."

Bio/About

Joseph is the lead GED instructor at NexStep Alliance. Within his role, he has developed the GED curriculum and been responsible for recruiting, hiring and training adjunct instructors. Joseph maintains the virtual classroom and integrates technology in all GED classes. He also teaches Math, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies. Joseph believes education is powerful and that each diploma a student earns represents an entire family who is impacted.

Joseph is actively involved in the community through volunteerism with the Flint Hills Therapeutic Riding Center and the Down Syndrome Society of Wichita. He belongs to a local church where he occasionally preaches.

  • Favorite Quote

    "We walk toward Beauty on the path of Failure." - Justin Whitmel Early

  • Serving NexStep Alliance Since

    2014

  • Education
    • Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education, Kansas State University
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Jeffery

GED Instructor

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Jeffery

GED Instructor

"As with most things in life, the harder the struggle, the sweeter the reward. When the struggle becomes 'real', think about how awesome these struggles will make your eventual 'success story'! Set your eyes on the prize and don't stop until you've attained it. We at NexStep will be here to help you with every step of your educational journey!"

Bio/About

Jeffery has more than 22 years of education and training experience that serves him well in his GED instructor role at NexStep Alliance. His major responsibilities include teaching all levels of Mathematics, Language Arts, Science, as well as ACT WorkKeys prep classes. Jeffery is passionate about serving people, and the favorite aspect of his job is witnessing a student transition from fear and self-doubt to self-confidence and motivation.

Prior to joining NexStep Alliance, Jeffery served 20 honorable years in the United States Air Force, fifteen of those years within Education and Training Management. After retirement, he taught life skills to troubled teens through a local organization. He later worked as a paraprofessional helping high-school student with disabilities.

Jeffery volunteers with his church and enjoys spending time with his family (which includes playing board games, producing art, and watching movies). He can often be found designing and creating cool “stuff” like a go-cart and customized guitar.

  • Favorite Quote

    "Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude." - Zig Ziglar

  • Serving NexStep Alliance Since

    2017

  • Education
    • Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems, Friends University
    • Associate of Science degree, Education and Training Specialist, Air University
    • Associate of Science degree, Aerospace Ground Equipment Maintenance Technician, Air University
NexStep Alliance Team Elizabeth Enlow Brown

Elizabeth

GED Instructor

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Elizabeth

GED Instructor

"Persistence, motivation and dedication are keys to success. Keep at it, and don't be afraid to ask for help."

Bio/About

As an adult education instructor at NexStep Alliance, Elizabeth teaches students and provides support to adjunct staff and students outside the classroom. Prior to joining NexStep Alliance, she was educated in Math, Psychology and Music, then taught Math at a local community college. Elizabeth believes education is the path that leads to self-improvement, and she enjoys having the opportunity to help students change their lives.

Elizabeth is a volunteer photographer for the Wichita Region Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). She is married and enjoys riding motorcycles, crafting and playing Minecraft.

  • Favorite Quote

    "One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do." - Henry Ford

  • Serving NexStep Alliance Since

    2015

  • Education
    • Bachelor of Arts degree in Math, Psychology and Music, Wichita State University
NexStep Alliance Team Anne Wyatt

Anne

GED / ESL Instructor

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Anne

GED / ESL Instructor

“The pursuit of knowledge is never finished. We are always learning, growing and experiencing new things. Maintain your curiosity, and don't stop asking questions— these are keys to progress.”

Bio/About

Anne is an adult education instructor at NexStep Alliance, where she teaches English as a Second Language (ESL), Language Arts and Social Studies. She has previously taught ESL in Colombia and Taiwan and also worked in healthcare, fitness and wellness, tourism and customer service. Anne believes there is nothing more gratifying than seeing the light switch on in a student’s mind as they develop an understanding of a subject.

Anne is passionate about fostering and supporting small local businesses, is a supporter of the local dance community, and both practices and teaches yoga. She also enjoys reading, walking outdoors and traveling.

  • Favorite Quote

    “Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.” - Rumi

  • Serving NexStep Alliance Since

    2019

  • Education
    • Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Journalism, Creighton University
NexStep Alliance Team Lauren Soliday

Lauren

Transition Coordinator

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Lauren

Transition Coordinator

"If I could give a NexStep Alliance student any advice, it would be to celebrate every success -- no matter how big or small."

Bio/About

Drawing on more than seven years of experience in the adult education field, Lauren serves as transition coordinator at NexStep Alliance. Her role focuses on assisting students who are transitioning to post-secondary education and the workforce, connecting them with needed resources. Lauren also manages the program that allows GED students to participate in free WSU Tech college classes, which is made possible through the Accelerating Opportunity Kansas (A-OK) initiative. She particularly enjoys watching NexStep Alliance students learn and grow as individuals.

  • Favorite Quote

    "Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes." - Oscar Wilde

  • Serving NexStep Alliance Since

    2018

  • Education
    • Master of Arts degree in English, Arcadia University
    • Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Michigan State University
NexStep Alliance Team Justin Rupert

Justin

Learn IT Coordinator, Goodwill Industries of Kansas

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Justin

Learn IT Coordinator, Goodwill Industries of Kansas

"We are who we serve."

Bio/About

Justin is the Learn IT coordinator for the Learn IT Digital Skills Classroom, an initiative of Goodwill Industries International and Google, Inc. His role includes scheduling, traveling and teaching no cost workshops across the state of Kansas. Additionally, Justin teaches a recurring workshop for NexStep Alliance, “Digital Skills for Success.” He enjoys watching the growth of students over the course of a session and the excitement they share when they accomplish their goals. Prior to joining Goodwill and NexStep Alliance, Justin gained valuable non-profit experience working in broadcast television and advertising.

Justin serves on the Board of Directors for NPGO a non-profit mentoring organization. He has previously volunteered in positions of leadership with the Arc of Sedgwick County and the KPTS Channel 8 Community Advisory Board. He is a member of the Kansas Explorers Club and is an avid photographer. He spends free time reading, working in the kitchen, gardening and absorbing culture through the arts.

  • Favorite Quote

    "There's an old saying about those who forget history. I don't remember it, but it's good." - Stephen Colbert

  • Serving NexStep Alliance Since

    2018

  • Education
    • Bachelor of Science degree, Mass Media, Communication and Theatre, Texas A&M University-Commerce
    • Certified, Microsoft Office Specialist
    • Certified, Career Coaching, Skilling America
NexStep Alliance Team Eva Camarillo 1

Eva

Office Manager

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Eva

Office Manager

"Take advantage of the opportunities we offer through our partnerships."

Bio/About

Eva draws on former experience as a small business owner and an Accounting education in her role as the office manager for NexStep Alliance. She especially appreciates the organization’s values.

Outside of work, Eva is a foster parent and the monthly sponsor for a family living in poverty. She is also a Catechism class instructor and is active in parish activities.

  • Favorite Quote

    "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

  • Serving NexStep Alliance Since

    2013

  • Education
    • Associate of Arts degree in Accounting, Wichita State University
NexStep Alliance Team Elizabeth Flores

Elizabeth

Clerical Support

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Elizabeth

Clerical Support

"Try your best, and don't give up. There are always things that come up unexpectedly, so push through."

Bio/About

Elizabeth provides clerical support at NexStep Alliance, which includes helping students enroll in classes, answering phones and maintaining attendance records. She appreciates the teamwork within the organization.

  • Favorite Quote

    "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Eleanor Roosevelt

  • Serving NexStep Alliance Since

    2017

  • Education
    • LPN, WSU Tech
    • CNA, WSU Tech
NexStep Alliance Team Katelyn Day

Katelyn

Data Support Specialist

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Katelyn

Data Support Specialist

"Work nourishes noble minds."

Bio/About

As a data support specialist at NexStep Alliance, Katelyn  Day is the first face students see. Within her role, she is responsible for data entry, enrolling students and proctoring exams. Katelyn loves the mission of the organization and the impact it has on many lives.

  • Favorite Quote

    "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried something new." - Albert Einstein

  • Serving NexStep Alliance Since

    2019

  • Education
      • Associate of Arts, Butler Community College
NexStep Alliance Team Kelly Abbey

Kelly

Corporate Security Officer

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Kelly

Corporate Security Officer

"Seek opportunities that can open doors for you. For me, that was my time in the military. I would recommend it to any young adult."

Bio/About

Kelly’s number one role is to provide a safe, stress-free working and learning atmosphere for all staff and students to work in. His 20 years of service in the military have helped him in his position of Corporate Security Officer at NexStep Alliance to lead surveillance, oversee safety and conduct company-wide investigations when necessary. He loves coming to work every day to be surrounded with what he considers the best group of people he’s ever worked with.

Outside of work, Kelly is a goldsmith, creating and repairing fine jewelry. He and his wife Kimberly have two sons and two twin grandsons. They are supporters of the Kansas Humane Society and also have three fur babies.

  • Favorite Quote

    "Never was so much owed to so many by so few." - Winston Churchill

  • Serving NexStep Alliance Since

    2014

  • Education
    • Retired, U.S. Army & U.S. Air Force

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