Our online faculty sets us apart
Every Ashworth College student receives the personal attention they need and deserve from our talented online career instructors and degree faculty. Whether you are taking a career training course or degree program, you can be confident of the high level of passion our online faculty brings to education. This passion translates to an understanding that students may differ in their learning styles. As an Ashworth College student, you'll enjoy and appreciate interacting with instructors who stand ready to provide the knowledge and expertise you need to master your courses.
Meet the online academic leadership team and core faculty
Frank F. Britt, President
Frank F. Britt is on a mission to connect learners of all ages with affordable education and pathways to their academic, personal, and professional goals. He has shared his insights and expertise on the intersection of education and the world of work with numerous media outlets including Harvard Business School’s Managing the Future of Work podcast, Bloomberg TV, SXSW EDU, Forbes, and HR Magazine among others. Before becoming a leader in online education, he served as CEO of Pri-Med, the largest medical education training company for primary care physicians, and as an Operating Partner at Bain Capital Ventures. He is a board member of The National Job Corps Association and holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Operations Management from Syracuse University.
Lisa Prince Rutsky, Vice President of Education and Academic Dean
Lisa Prince Rutsky provides academic leadership and guides the day-to-day efforts required for successful implementation of the educational programs offered throughout the Ashworth College family of schools. She has 15 years of experience in secondary and post-secondary online education and her resume includes tenures as Chief Academic Officer of Ashworth College, Principal and Assistant Principal of James Madison High School, and service as an adjunct professor of psychology, human development, student success, and cultural diversity for a variety of online programs. Lisa holds her Master of Education in School Psychology and Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Georgia State University.
Mark Swails, Ph.D., Chief Academic Officer
Mark Swails is a leader in online education with more than a decade and a half of experience working with copyright compliance, academic libraries, and digital libraries for the Ashworth College family of schools, Emory University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Kansas, and Johnson Community College. Mark holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Library and Information Science from the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University, a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Carolina Digital Curation Fellow, and both a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in American History from Emory University where he received the James Z. Rabun Prize for excellence. He is a member of the American Library Association and the Association of College and Research Libraries.
Melissa Maddox, Vice President, Student Experience
Melissa is responsible for managing corporate partnerships. She works with corporations such as Clorox, Verizon and Boeing to meet the career training and service needs of their employees. Melissa also serves as a liaison for our military students to assisting with VA/GI Bill benefits, military spouse benefits and transfer credits.
Tracey Jerauld, Senior Director of Learning Strategy and Operations
Tracey leads the team responsible for academic planning and strategy at Ashworth College. Establishing and driving strategic initiatives, her team supports learner outcomes and innovation across all Ashworth courses. Tracey has 19 years’ experience in online education, with specific expertise in strategic planning, operations, project management, and product development. Prior to her current role, Tracey held various leadership positions in the education industry, working on academic, product and client teams.
Tracey earned her BS in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University. She is currently pursuing an MBA at Marywood University.
Megan Andrews, Director of the Veterinary Academy
Megan leads the support team to ensure that both operational and project-specific goals are met. Not only has Megan been a credentialed veterinary technician for over 10 years, she also brings vast educational experience to her current role. She worked at Penn Foster, first as a student advisor then transitioning into an instructor role.
Megan has an AS degree from Johnson College, where she was the valedictorian of her graduating class. She has a BS degree in Business from Penn State University.
Megan Bowen, Director, High School Programs
As Director of High School Programs, Megan Bowen develops and leads an integrated academic strategy across all James Madison high school programs. Megan brings over 20 years of educational experience to this role, most recently as Principal of James Madison High School. Her focus is on providing varied educational programs and experiences to help each student achieve his/her unique academic goals.
Megan holds a BA in English Literature and BS in Secondary English Education from Miami University (Oxford, OH) as well as an MEd in Leadership in Educational Administration from Capella University.
John Riser, Senior Director of Institutional Effectiveness
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.
Kimberley Winfield, Director of Faculty and Academic Affairs
Kimberley earned her master's degree in early childhood education from Kennesaw State University. She has six years of experience in higher education, including two years in administration. She also has seven years of classroom experience, including five years at a charter school teaching first grade and one year at an alternative school teaching middle school math. Kimberley has held several different leadership roles and has a lot of enthusiasm and passion for both early childhood and adult education. Curriculum Action Team for five years.
Kelly Druszkowski, Director of Program Development
Kelly has 25 years of experience in curriculum development with more than 10 years at the director level. During her career, she has been integral in the creation of 900 courses and more than 45 degree-level programs for online, blended, and traditional educational programs at secondary and post-secondary institutions like Carnegie Mellon, Texas A&M, London School of Economics, and numerous others. She holds her Master of Science in Education and Bachelor of Science in Education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Ill., where she is also pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Design and Educational Technology.
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.
Kelsha Abraham, Manager, Faculty and Academic Affairs
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.
Scott Phillips, Director of Accreditation and Regulatory Compliance
Scott earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and Master of Arts degree in interpersonal and public communication from Central Michigan University. For over 10 years he has been involved with post-secondary education as a faculty member, academic and financial administrator, and regulatory compliance consultant and director. His focus is to assess, develop, and implement regulatory and compliance goals for Ashworth College.
Mandy Norton, Senior Manager of Instructional Technology
Mandy has an associate degree in business management from Gainesville State College and a bachelor's degree in legal studies from Herzing College. She oversees the curriculum development process and manages print and online course content for degree programs.