Meet our awesome career training instructors
We are extremely proud of our Ashworth College career training instructors. They are, each one of them, hand-picked for their professional expertise in particular disciplines and direct, practical experience in the career fields they teach. Students will be happy to discover in each member of our career training faculty a passion for education and an eagerness to help students fully understand the subject matter.
Nicole Astor, B.S., Florida State University
Specialty: Forensic Science
Nicole Astor has more than 15 years of experience working as a crime lab analyst and currently works for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Forensic Sciences division.
Jerome Barnes, Master Electrician License from the State of Georgia
Specialty: Electrician Training
As Senior Electrical Maintenance Coordinator, Jerome Barnes supervises and trains electrician support teams at a county treatment plant. He holds a Master Electrician License from the State of Georgia.
Heather Bond, J.D., Loyola University; B.A., University of Georgia
Specialty: Paralegal Studies
Heather Bond has worked for the past three years as an attorney for the Georgia Public Service Commission performing administrative and regulatory law. Ms. Bond has completed extensive pro bono work for the Georgia Innocence Project, the Fitwit Foundation, the International Project for Nonprofit Leadership and the Georgia Law Center for the Homeless.
LaTasha Brown, D.C.Sc., Enterprise Information Systems, Colorado Technical University; M.Sc.M., Colorado Technical University
Specialty: Computer Science and Computer Repair
LaTasha is an experienced computer science educator and Business Systems Analyst II. She is SAP ECC 6.0 certified.
Cathleen Chartier, B.S., Grand Valley State University; A.A., Art Institute of Atlanta
Cathleen Chartier has 24 years of hospitality and foodservice experience. Cathleen began her culinary adventure at a four-star hotel in Michigan. During her 7-year tenure at the hotel, she held several restaurant operations positions. Her vast experience in the hotel business led her to Atlanta where she has held management positions in full service and quick service restaurants working as a research chef and catering chef. Specialty in Gourmet Cooking and Catering.
Jerry Cooper, M.Ed., University of Georgia
Specialty: Automotive Technician and Motorcycle Repair
Jerry Cooper has been an ASE-certified mechanic for more than 20 years. He has taught motorcycle, small engine and marine engine repair, as well as auto mechanics, and owned his own repair shop.
Anthony D. Daniel, Ph.D., Walden University; B.S., Kennesaw State University
Specialty: Security Services
Dr. Anthony D. Daniel has more than 20 years of experience as a middle, upper, and executive manager in the public sector. He served as a field probation officer and warden for the Georgia Department of Corrections and served in management positions through which he emphasized security, operational management, leadership pipeline development, and performance management for large, complex organizations. He currently provides organizational development consulting to both the public and private sectors. He holds an SHRM-SCP from the Society of Human Resource Management.
W. Larry Davis, Ph.D., Walden University; M.P.A., Jacksonville State University; B.S., Kennesaw State University
Specialty: Private Investigation
W. Larry Davis has been a licensed private investigator since 1984. His well-respected firm has worked on virtually every major type of investigation.
Deann Deloney, B.S., Southern Illinois University
Specialty: Child Care Provider and Teacher Assisting
Deann Deloney is a district manager for the largest child care provider in the country. She oversees 15 child development centers throughout metro Atlanta.
Jacqueline Elfe, B.S., Business Management, Monroe College; Floral Design, New York School of Flower Design
Specialty: Floral Design
Jacqueline has over 12 years of experience as a florist and event planner. Jacqueline completed her florist training in New York City and founded Stellar Style Events, Floral & Event Design. Jacqueline’s business specializes in exquisite floral design and luxury standards to magnify every kind of occasion. Transforming an array of large scale venues and events Jacqueline’s talents have developed an outstanding reputation for Stellar Style Events. Jacqueline has had floral pieces featured in many publications including All About The Dress, New York Weddings, Ceci Style, Munaluchi Bride, Traditional Home, and Brides magazine.
Specialty: Carpentry, Construction, Flooring
Brandon has more than 12 years of experience in carpentry, including all facets of new construction, remodeling, and renovations for residential and commercial construction. He is also experienced in wood and tile flooring installation.
Diahanna Fuller, D.H.A., Cappella University
Specialty: Healthcare, Public Health
Dr. Fuller has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She has dedicated research efforts to healthcare delivery and policy in the U.S., global healthcare, and healthcare laws and ethics.
Christen Garcia, M.H.R.M., The Keller Graduate School of Business; J.D., The John Marshall Law School
Specialty: Human Resources Management and Paralegal Studies
Christen has more than 17 years of progressive experience as a human resource professional which included recruiting, training, and employee relations for both union and non-union environments. She has offered advice, guidance, and training for employees and line management regarding the complexities and nuances of human resources.
Vincent Giordano, Ph.D., Capella University
Specialty: Criminal Justice and Human Services
Dr. Giordano has more than 15 years of experience teaching in higher education and more than a decade of experience in substance abuse counseling. He is a committed scholar with numerous publications and lectures devoted to furthering research in human services.
Bill Gordon, M.B.A., Governors State University; B.S., Thomas Edison State University
Specialty: Hotel and Restaurant Management
Bill Gordon is president of Mid-America Marketing Management, a hospitality marketing company. He has served as regional marketing director for Holiday Inn and Ramada Hotels.
Ellen "Ellie" Halibozek, M.Ed., Vocational Education, California State University
Specialty: Medical Billing and Coding, Medical Transcription
Ellen has more than 20 years of experience teaching and developing healthcare curricula beginning with her degree emphasis in curriculum and instruction. She is a Certified Medical Coder, member of the AAPC (American Academy of Professional Coders), and consultant with Pearson Education.
Carla Hardy, M.S., University of Memphis; B.S., University of Memphis
Specialty: Personal Trainer
Carla Hardy is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a strength and conditioning specialist, and by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America as a group exercise instructor. She has served as a high school track coach, personal trainer, exercise physiologist and group exercise instructor. Carla currently works as the Wellness Coordinator at Emory University's Blomeyer Health and Fitness Center.
Chyteal Jones, M.Ed., Mercer University
Chyteal has focused on administration and training roles for most of her career. She co-owns and operates an electrical company that contracts with new and existing residential and commercial properties. She is certified in electrical construction and maintenance and a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). Specialty: Electrician Training.
Catherine Kelly, M.B.A., University of Central Florida; B.S., Marketing, University of Central Florida
Catherine has more than nine years of experience in retail sales leadership working with national retailers such as dELiA*s, Old Navy, and Nordstrom where she was awarded the 4th Quarter All-Star award in 2012. She also has experience in human resources and has focused on training others throughout her retail career. Specialties: Business Administration, Marketing, Retail Management.
Cary Mandeville, B.S., University of Georgia
Cary Mandeville is a licensed Master Plumber. He owns his own plumbing company and teaches plumbing to builders.
Judy Meltzer, A.A., Valencia Community College
Judy Meltzer has more than 25 years of experience providing AutoCAD training and production to students in a variety of industries including cellular site, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, civil/site and architectural development. She is also proficient in Revit, Architectural Desktop, GTXRaster CAD, and SketchUp.
Mike Middleton, M.S., Georgia State University; B.S., Central Missouri State University
Specialty: Sport Psychology, Personal Trainer, and Nutrition, Diet, and Health Science
Mike Middleton has devoted his career to health, fitness, and athletic coaching. He has worked as a professional NBA talent scout, and a personal fitness and athletic trainer to individuals of all skill levels. Mike holds several training certifications in the fitness industry. He also has degrees with emphasis in business management, and experience managing both large fitness gyms, and athletic training centers.
Nicole Detling Miller, Ph.D., University of Utah; M.S., Ithaca College; B.A., Ohio Wesleyan University
Specialty: Sport Psychology for Peak Performance
Dr. Nicole Detling Miller is an experienced collegiate sports coach and college-level sport psychology instructor. She has provided sport psychology consulting to several Olympic athletes.
Mike Nelson, M.B.A., Mercer University; B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology
Specialty: Graphic Design
Mike Nelson designs and manages multi-million dollar graphic projects. Through his own design firm, he has provided creative services to major corporations. He is also a web designer and expert in popular digital design applications.
Victor Oladapo, D.B.A., Argosy University; M.P.A., Troy State University
Specialty: Human Resource Management and Hotel Restaurant Management
Dr. Oladapo has more than 20 years of experience in human resources management during which he has worked as an HR manager for several major corporations including Lowe's and Walmart. He is a certified Professional in Human Resources® (PHR®) through the HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) and has additional experience in hotel restaurant management.
Specialty: Landscape Design
Doug has been passionate about gardening, horticulture, and design since childhood and has travelled extensively to visit as many of the world's most famous landscapes as possible.
Charles Perm, M.B.A., University of Phoenix; B.S., Ohio University
Specialty: Property Management
Charles Perm has more than 30 years of commercial property experience. His work has focused on property management, leasing, project management, repositioning of buildings, capital project planning, team leadership and financial analysis. Charles has primarily worked on offices, retail centers and industrial properties located throughout the United States.
Jeanne Perrone, B.A., Drew University; A.A.S., Parkland College
Specialty: Practice Consultation, Veterinary Dentistry and Veterinary Science
Jeanne has more than 17 years of experience teaching veterinary technician courses and working in animal clinics. She is an author and lecturer with a strong commitment to advancing the field of veterinary medicine. She also holds a certification in veterinary dentistry.
Roger Phelps, B.S., Butler University
Specialty: Home Inspection
Roger Phelps has more than 10 years of experience as a certified home inspector. He has inspected more than 2,100 homes ranging from an 1832 two-story brick farm house to multimillion-dollar high rise condominiums. He has experience with new home construction, resale residential properties, HUD repos, bank repos, churches, multi-family developments, condominiums, condominium developments and small commercial properties.
Specialty: Floral Design
Sarah Rainwater has more then 23 years of professional floral experience focused on fresh, silk, seasonal and occasion floral designs. Sarah has worked for 10 years as a floral designer and store manager of a privately owned floral shop.
Amanda Sanchoo, M.S., Criminal Justice, University of Central Florida
Specialty: Criminal Justice
Amanda has more than five years of professional and academic experience in criminal justice and education. She previously worked with the Lake County, Fla., Teen Court System.
Specialty: Automotive Trades
Ravi has more than 15 years of experience as an automotive and motorcycle mechanic. He holds an auto tech certificate from Ford FACT (Ford Accelerated Credential Training) and ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certificates A3 – Manual Drive Train & Axles, A6 – Electrical/Electronic Systems, A7 – Heating & Air Conditioning, and G1-Auto Maintenance and Light Repair. He also works as a diesel mechanic for the Orange County Government (Fla.).
Kimberly Schorr, B.S., Miami University
Specialty: Retail Management
Kimberly Schorr has more than 10 years of progressive experience with Macy's where she has served as merchandise manager, buyer, group manager and sales manager. As a buyer for 56 Macy's/Bullock's stores in eight states, she was responsible for millions of dollars of inventory. She also has store management experience with Limited Stores.
Dennis Scott, A.S., Miami Dade Community College
Specialty: Heating and Air Conditioning
Dennis Scott has more than 20 years of professional and academic experience in air conditioning and refrigeration. He spent 12 years with the AC/refrigeration trades union servicing and installing commercial and residential systems.
Specialty: Wedding Planning
Sandra has more than a decade of event planning experience during which she has planned events for the National Football League, served as head of event planning for renowned chef José Andrés, and coordinated numerous weddings, conferences, and fundraisers. She holds a CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) designation from the Events Industry Council (EIC).
Katrina Simpson, M.A., Human Services Counseling: Executive Leadership, Liberty University; B.S., Healthcare Administration, Colorado Tech University; A.S., Health Sciences, South University
Specialty: Sterile Processing
Katrina Simpson is certified in Sterile Processing through the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD). She began as a nursing assistant. In 2004, she worked as a Certified Surgical Technician in the operating room. In addition to the Ashworth College faculty, Katrina serves as Program Coordinator for Sterile Processing, and Lab and Clinical instructor for Surgical Technology at a community college.
Dawn Siniscalchi, B.S., CUNY – School of Professional Studies; B.A., Empire State University; B.S., Excelsior University
Dawn has a vast amount of years of experience working as a plumber. She was indoctrinated into Local One Plumbing Union in New York City in 1997 after a five year apprenticeship that included attending their plumbing school as well as working in the field. Dawn has various degrees and a great deal of experience teaching both traditional and online college courses. Additionally, Dawn has taught a hands-on bathroom installation course for the New York City Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Julie Sullivan, B.A., University of St. Thomas
Specialty: Interior Decorating
Julie has more than 16 years of experience in the interior design of commercial and residential projects, sales, and home staging. She has a specific interest in environmentally-friendly design solutions and materials and is well-versed in using CAD software for her projects.
Tara Targovnik, B.A., University of Tennessee Knoxville
Specialty: Travel Agent
Tara Targovnik has more than 16 years of experience in the travel field. In 2004, Tara opened Tara's Travel which booked vacations for individuals and groups all over the world. Tara's main focus is on leisure travel, but is also experienced with corporate travel bookings for major corporations.
Richard Thurman, M.Ed., Concordia University; M.B.A., American InterContinental University
Specialty: Accounting and Finance
Richard has more than 28 years of business experience with a primary focus on financial services. He worked in banking relations as a successful reconciler, team leader, work coordinator, and a consumer dispute supervisor. His work was instrumental in automating the consumer dispute process with ResQue credit reporting on-line software. He written training manuals, conducted training workshops, and managed a corporate move between states.
Dan Turner, M.S., Southern Polytechnic State University; B.S., University of Georgia
Dan Turner is president and owner of a full service locksmithing and security company. He has been a professional locksmith since 1974 and a member of both the Associated Locksmiths of America and the American Society for Quality Control.
Dr. Keith Wade, D.B.A, Argosy University
Specialty: Basic Accounting, Tax Preparation, Travel Agent
Dr. Keith Wade has over 18 years of business and finance experience working with Fortune 500 companies such as Ford Motor Company and Pittney Bowes. In the beginning of his career he also worked as a travel agent. Dr. Wade’s extensive academic experience includes facilitating online classes in finance, business, project management, organizational behavior, and travel agent training.
Susan Welborn, B.S., Kennesaw State University
Specialty: Wedding Planner
Susan Welborn is a professional wedding planner and consultant who has planned and organized hundreds of wedding ceremonies, receptions, showers and parties.
Lee Woodward, M.S., University of Georgia; B.A., Augusta College
Specialty: Tax Preparation and Personal Financial Planning
Lee Woodward has practiced accounting since 1978. He has been a corporate financial analyst, a chief financial officer and a college instructor of basic and advanced tax accounting methods.