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Our Online Faculty and Staff Focus on Your Future

We are proud of the commitment and professional expertise of our dedicated online faculty and staff. Our educational administrators and Academic Advisors have extensive experience in career education. They are also experts in proven online learning strategies. Our faculty and online instructors have excelled as practicing professionals in their career fields and are ready to help you succeed.


Ashworth College Online Faculty

Leslie Gargiulo, Ph.D.

Leslie Gargiulo, Ph.D.,
Chief Academic Officer and Dean of Degree Programs

Leslie earned her Ph.D. in comparative education from the University of California, Los Angeles. She also has a master's in philosophy from University of California, Riverside; master's in physics from San Jose State University; and bachelor's in chemical engineering from University of Illinois. For over ten years, she led an education consulting firm working with state university systems, community colleges and school districts. Leslie has been an administrator and faculty at two accredited online universities.

In directing the activities of Ashworth College, Leslie researches and develops new courses and ensures that each and every student receives the highest quality of instruction. She assures we maintain our national accreditation.

Joi Barkley

Joi Barkley, Ed.D., Faculty Dean

Joi earned her Ed.D. in adult education and organizational learning from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. She has a master's degree in industrial/organizational psychology and undergraduate degrees in psychology and organizational communication from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Joi has 10 years of experience in college instruction, organizational development and program evaluation. She has managed faculty for many years and is an expert in quantitative and qualitative data analysis.

Kimberley Winfield, Department Chair, Liberal Arts and Sciences

Kimberley Winfield, Department Chair, Liberal Arts and Sciences

Kimberley earned her master’s degree in early childhood education from Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. She also has bachelor’s degrees in early childhood education and elementary education.

In the past, Kimberley served as an Ashworth College curriculum developer. Her extensive teaching experience both in traditional classrooms and online, and her proven expertise in instructional methods, makes her well-suited to teach and oversee early childhood education courses in our associate and bachelor’s degree programs.


Kelsha Abraham, MBA, Academic Operations Manager

Kelsha earned her master's degree in business administration from Upper Iowa University in 2009 and her bachelor's degree in biological sciences from Clemson University in 2000. She has been a private tutor and also co-founded a nonprofit company focused on improving math results for Georgia students. She later achieved an advanced leadership position with AT&T. Kelsha is currently pursuing her doctorate in psychology. She supervises Ashworth College academic and grading services, online instructors and online contracting for our career and degree programs.

John Riser, M.S., Director

John Riser, M.S., Director, Education Operations

John has a master's degree in production and operations from Georgia State University and earned his bachelor of science in management from Clemson University. John was awarded the Carl A. Bramlette, Jr. Scholastic Achievement Award for outstanding Academic Achievement in 2006. He manages the internal operations of the Education Department.

Eric Ryall, Registrar

Eric Ryall, Registrar

Eric earned a bachelor's degree from West Georgia University in 2004 and has been with Ashworth College since then. He looks forward to continuing to help students enroll in the programs of study they need to further their career goals.

Stephanie Gritz, Learning Resource Center Director

Stephanie Gritz, Learning Resource Center Director

Stephanie will complete her master’s degree in library and information science from Jose State University in April, 2013. She manages all aspects of the Learning Resource Center in the Ashworth Student Community, oversees all library resources for our students, and provides academic research and writing support to students, faculty and staff. Stephanie’s library experience includes working with collections of archival and non-archival materials in specialized libraries, and using new and emerging technologies to manage and share information.

Deepa Chadha, Director of Product Development

Deepa Chadha, Director of Product Development

Deepa has a master's degree in management from North Carolina State University. She manages the administration and development of all undergraduate certificate, associate degree, bachelor's degree and master's degree programs.

Mandy Norton, Product Development Manager

Mandy Norton, Product Development Manager

Mandy has an associate degree in business management from Gainesville State College. She oversees the curriculum development process and manages print and online course content for degree programs.

Melissa Maddox, Business Services Manager

Melissa Maddox, Business Services Manager

Melissa is responsible for managing corporate partnerships. Melissa works with corporations such as Clorox, Verizon and Boeing to meet the career training and servicing needs of their employees. Melissa also serves as a liaison for our military students to assist with processing active duty tuition assistance, VA/GI Bill benefits, military spouse benefits and transfer credits.