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
Dr. Christine Jax, Chief Academic Officer
Christine Jax is an authority in educational program development, organization and innovation. Her extensive resume includes the founding of the Learning Center for Homeless Families and service as Commissioner of Education, both in her home state of Minnesota. Jax has a Doctorate in Education Policy and Administration from University of Minnesota, a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Hamline University and a Bachelor of Arts in Child Psychology from University of Minnesota. She has shared her expertise on CNN, ABC News and Discovery, as well as in interviews with Time Magazine, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Education Week and National Journal.
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.
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.
Dr. Mark Swails, Director of the Learning Resource Center
Dr. Mark Swails holds a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a Digital Curation Fellow, a Master’s in American History from Emory University, and a Ph.D. in Information Science from Emporia State University. He has been an academic librarian for over a decade with a focus in digital libraries and copyright compliance and is a member of the American Library Association and the Association of College and Research Libraries.
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.