Highland Community College



Meet the Staff

Andrea Keller

Title: Student Support Services Director
Phone: 785-442-6147
Email: akeller@highlandcc.edu

Andrea Keller is the Director of Student Support Services (SSS).  She begins her third year as SSS Director after having served as the SSS Math Specialist for two years.  Andrea has worked at HCC for 11 years, serving as the head volleyball coach as well as admissions representative prior to working for SSS.  She currently serves as the Director of Advising as well.  Andrea received her Bachelor of Science in Education and her Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership, both from Northwest Missouri State University.  

Andrea, an alumn of HCC, lives in Highland with her husband and 3 children. 

Audrey Denton

Title: Student Support Services Retention Coordinator
Phone: 785-442-6017
Email: adenton@highlandcc.edu

Audrey Denton is the Retention Coordinator for Student Support Services.  Audrey earned an Associate of Arts degree from HCC, a Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology from Missouri Western and a Master's in Liberal Arts from Baker University.  Audrey has over 10 years of experience in higher education in administration and as adjunct faculty.  She most recently worked at Park University as the Assistant Director of the Park Student Success Center.

Audrey and her husband Christopher have a daughter and son. 

Kimberly Bechtold

Title: Student Support Services Transfer Advisor
Phone: 785-442-6052
Email: kbechtold@highlandcc.edu

Kim Bechtold is the Transfer Advisor for Student Support Services. Kim attended Highland Community College then transferred to Northwest Missouri State University where she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Merchandising. Since graduating from Northwest she has worked as a Formica Sales Rep and an Enrollment Advisor at Baker University.

Kim is returning back to Highland after living in the Kansas City area for the last 6 years.  Kim, her husband Josh and son Mason love living out in the country again and having friends and family close by.

Randa Arnett

Title: Spanish Instructor/ Tutor - English Specialist
Phone: 785-442-6151
Email: rarnett@highlandcc.edu

Randa Arnett is the English Specialist for Student Support Services. Randa has been in working in the education field since 1988, and has enjoyed teaching teens and adults in Missouri, Kansas and Kentucky. She has three children and six step-children, all which are grown; most have families of their own. She and her husband, Doc, recently moved from Saint Joseph, MO to a two and one half acre property near Wathena, where they intend to garden, watch sunsets, and host get-togethers with family and friends. Her hobbies include being with family, singing/playing music with her husband, and giving attention to her horse, an Arabian called Tango Dancer. She also enjoys sewing, reading, and hanging out with friends.

Bethany Smith

Title: Administrative Assistant

Phone: 785-442-6058
Email: bsmith@highlandcc.edu 

Bethany Smith is in her first year as the SSS Administrative Assistant.  Bethany attended Kansas State University before transferring to the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with an emphasis in Directing and Management. She is excited to be working in an educational environment after recently working in customer service.

Bethany grew up in Douglass, KS, and is currently living in Falls City, NE.  She is happy to be working in her native Kansas again as it feels a bit like a homecoming.  In her spare time Bethany enjoys reading, traveling, experiencing new things, and playing with her cats, Ness and Sega.


Shelley Smith

Title: SSS Math Specialist
Phone: 785-442-
Email: srsmith@highlandcc.edu

Shelley Smith is one of the Math Specialists for Student Support Services. Shelley graduated from Washburn University with degrees in Mathematics and Computer Information Science. After graduating, Shelley worked as a computer programmer/analyst for 10 years, before becoming an adjunct instructor in 2004 for HCC and Washburn University.

Shelley lives in Sabetha with her husband and three daughters. Most of her free time is spent attending one of her daughters’ many activities, playing with her two dogs and reading.


Michelle Hurn

Title: SSS Math Specialist/Math Instructor
Phone: 785-442-6075
Email: mhurn@highlandcc.edu

Michelle Hurn is one of the math specialists for Student Support Services (SSS).  She has served in several capacities at HCC since she started in 1995. At the beginning she taught beginning algebra as an adjunct instructor and then moved into the math specialist position for the former HCC SSS program.  For many years Michelle has worked as a full time math instructor on campus. 

Michelle’s education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and economics from Emporia State University.   After completing her Bachelor’s degree she continued her education and became certified to teach middle and high school mathematics in Kansas. 

In her free time Michelle reads, spends time with her husband and two children, and attends school functions.