Highland Community College

Meet the Staff


Lisa Parsons, Student Support Services Director

Lisa Parsons
Phone: 785-442-6147
Email: lparsons@highlandcc.edu

Lisa Parsons is the Director for the Student Support Services (SSS) program. Previously, she worked as an Admissions Representative for HCC for five years before taking this position. Prior to her time at the college, Lisa worked as a classroom teacher at various grade levels. Lisa received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Fort Hays State University and her Master of Science in Curriculum and Development from Peru State College.

She enjoys spending time with her two boys, family, and friends. 



Kimberly Bechtold, Student Support Services Transfer Advisor

Kimberly Bechtold
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 of Science in Merchandising. Since graduating from Northwest, she has worked as a Formica Sales Rep and an Enrollment Advisor at Baker University.

Kim and her husband Josh have a son and daughter. 


Tara Eckrich, Student Support Services Retention and Tutoring Coordinator/SSC Advisor

Phone: 785-442-6017
Email: teckrich@highlandcc.edu

Tara Eckrich is the Retention and Tutoring Coordinator for the Student Support Services and SSC Advisor. Prior to moving to Highland, Tara was raised in Neola, IA, and resided in Maryville, MO for the last six years. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, with a minor in Sociology from Northwest Missouri State University. She is currently working towards her Master of Science in Education for Guidance and Counseling also from Northwest. Before taking this position, she worked at Northwest Missouri State University as a transfer student recruiter and advisor.

Tara enjoys going to Bearcat football games, watching movies, sewing, cooking, and spending time with her nieces and nephews. 


Joy Meyer, Student Support Services English Specialist
Joy Meyer
Phone: 785-442-6058
Email: jmeyer@highlandcc.edu

Joy Meyer is the English Specialist for Student Support Services.  Prior to this position, she taught 25 years in the Highland/Doniphan West schools. Joy earned her AA degree from HCC, a Bachelor of Science in Education from Kansas State University and her Master of Science degree in Education in Curriculum and Development from Peru State College. 

Joy and her husband Wayne live in Highland. They have two sons and five grandchildren.