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LEADERSHIP

"As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. "
Bill Gates
Advisory Board
Margy Quinones
CEO

Margy was taught her virtues of self-reliance and hard work from her parents. Both parents came to America in the 1960's. They worked diligently to provide for their children. After a near fatal car accident, Margy witnessed her mother's physical rehabilitation first hand. This fueled her passion for healthcare. While in college she majored in Occupational Therapy and spent time after graduating as a practitioner.

However, she soon found her true calling, working in healthcare education. Her goal was to help disadvantaged people change their lives.

Margy was the Vice President of Keiser Career College a southeast healthcare college system with 7 campuses. She was the youngest woman to be appointed to this position. She oversaw the operations of many allied health programs including a practical and registered nursing program.

Worse job you ever had: In high school, working at Stuff 'n' Turkey.

Why education: Education is one of the few occupations where you can immediately impact people's lives and the lives of their families. It is the most rewarding profession!

Favorite expression: "It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams." Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Omar Ahmed

Mr. Ahmed brings over 10 years of professional experience in both healthcare and education.

Mr. Ahmed is the currently Director of Business Development with Traq It, LLC. He is a graduate of The American University in Washington DC and a member of the state of Kanas athletic hall of fame. He has over 10 years of experience working in Education and has been a Sales Consultant with Assessment Technologies Institute, LLC (ATI) and Pearson Education.

During his time with ATI, Mr. Ahmed managed the Mid-Atlantic Territory. He increased sales to over 3.5 million and helped re-invent ATI Educator Enrichment Conferences, which helped his clients streamline their business operations, resulting in customer satisfaction, revenue and profitability. He has a proven track record of providing dynamic leadership to large geographic organizations. His industry expertise ranges in: Business Development and Customer Relationship Management.
Anthony Medina

Mr. Medina has held multiple positions in eLearning, working for both Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) and Elsevier (HESI). He currently serves on the advisory board for Berkeley College, and LaSalle University as their Director of Corporate Partnerships. Mr. Medina is currently employed by Dalton Education a leading provider of financial education courses as their Director of Educational Partnerships.
Dr. Linda L. Horton, RN, MSN, PhD, EdD

Dr. Linda L. Horton received her:
  • Associate Degree and Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, Pennsylvania
  • Master’s Degree in Nursing Administration from Saint Joseph’s college in Standish, Maine
  • A dual degree of PhD and EdD in Adult Education from Lacrosse University-Mississippi
  • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner degree from the University of Cincinnati, not yet board certified, and
  • A Juris Doctorate from Novus University, Anaheim, CA.
  • Currently working on a PhD in Educational Leadership at Keiser University, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
She belongs to many national organizations such as National League for Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society for Nursing, the Florida Nurses Association, serves as a member on the Florida Board of Nursing since 2009, is Chair of membership for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, an active member for the Florida Healthcare for Simulation Association, and volunteers as a Nurse Practitioner for a local clinic serving those who work but do not have insurance. Her hobbies are tennis, dancing, and taking care of her rose garden.
Jim Foti

In 2013, Mr. Jim Foti was appointed the new Deputy Administrator of the Office of Apprenticeship at the U.S. Department of Labor, where he brings twenty years of management experience in workforce development, education, healthcare and technology. His leadership skills, strategic planning and organizational development expertise have produced substantial business growth in the private and nonprofit sectors.

Mr. Foti was previously Executive Director of the American Institute for Innovative Apprenticeship and prior to that an executive consultant to JBS International providing national technical assistance on the Health Professions Opportunity Grants. He was Director of the National Healthcareer Association, leading business development activities for the nation’s largest allied healthcare certification agency, serving 1,500 colleges and educational institutions. Earlier, Jim was a Senior Consultant to healthcare education clients, including ResCare Inc., a $1.4 billion human services firm. Jim also served as CEO of the National Council of Non-Governmental Organizations of Kenya, an association of 4,000 NGOs, where he coordinated the work of healthcare and HIV/AIDS networks.

He holds an MPA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Rutgers University.
Alan Poussaint

Alan M. Poussaint. Mr. Poussaint has worked as an investment professional for more than 11 years in private equity and venture capital. He spent the majority of his career at Lincolnshire Management, Inc., a $3.0 billion middle market buyout firm. At Lincolnshire, Mr. Poussaint was involved in investing over $750 million of private capital which resulted in strong returns for Lincolnshire’s limited partners. Most notably, Mr. Poussaint worked closely with management on the acquisition, operation and sale of Prince Sports Group, Inc., 3SI Security Systems, Inc., Riddell Sports Group, Excelsior Radio Networks, Inc. and Bankruptcy Management Solutions, Inc. (“BMS”), which Lincolnshire sold in 2006 and for which he served as the Vice President of the Board of Directors. The sale of BMS earned Lincolnshire the Deal of the Year award from the Los Angeles Venture Association in 2006. Mr. Poussaint has also served on the Board of Directors of Visual Products Corporation, Inc., and for Excelsior Radio Networks, Inc.

Most recently, Mr. Poussaint served as a Director and member of the Core Executive Team for Southeast Asian operations of Rocket Internet GmbH, a German-based venture capital and business incubation firm. For Rocket, he started two retail e-commerce companies in Indonesia, which are now recognized as the leading e-commerce companies in the country. Mr. Poussaint earned his Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and his Master’s in Business Administration from Columbia Business School.
Jason Guerrattaz

Mr. Guerrettaz is Founder and CEO of United Commerce Group, Inc., an industry-leading, innovative eCommerce technology company. Headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, United Commerce Group is achieving unprecedented growth through organic development strategies and acquisitions of market leaders in the online retail space. With expertise in branding, logistics, manufacturing and digital marketing, UCG will continue to achieve lasting benefits inherent in scale as it expands its reach in the digital sector.

Mr. Guerrettaz brings over 15 years of executive leadership and marketing experience in high-growth, technology and portfolio companies. Prior to founding United Commerce Group, he served in various roles as General Manager and Executive Legal Counsel in both Mid-Market and Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Guerrettaz holds an LL.M. from Universite de Provence (Aix-Marseille III), a J.D. from Washburn University School of Law and a B.B.S. from the University of Kansas. Mr. Guerrettaz also served as an officer in the U.S. Army for 13 years, including combat deployment during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Gery Hochanadel

Dr. Hochanadel is the first Provost for Parker University. He joined the University on July 11, 2011. Dr. Hochanadel looks forward to many exciting growth opportunities as Parker transitions to university status.

Dr. Hochanadel served as the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and served as the chief academic officer of Keiser University. He provided leadership to the campuses in a quest to become one of the best private universities in the South. As Vice Chancellor he worked with the senior leadership team to create a 21st century University with a clear focus on student success through academic excellence, strong institutional partnerships, meaningful service to the region, and effective resource utilization.

Dr. Hochanadel has accumulated over 30 years of experience in higher education administration. His institutional accreditation experience is extensive. He served for 14 years as both committee chair and committee member for the Higher Learning Commission. For the past 18 years Dr. Hochanadel had the honor to serve on 30 SACS review committees and chaired his last 10 review committees for the Southern Association of colleges and Schools.

Dr. Hochanadel has a Doctorate of Philosophy in Adult and Occupational Education from Kansas State University, a Master of Science in Education Administration from Fort Hays State University and Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration also from Fort Hays State University.
Anna Naumenko

Anna holds a PhD in Industrial, Work and Organizational Psychology and has 10 years’ experience as a Business Psychologist in different roles and capacities including psychometric test development, career counseling, HR management and business analysis. In her first company she started as a Recruitment Specialist and formed the HR department as the business expanded, eventually becoming Senior HR Manager. Following this success Anna oversaw the implementation of Oracle Human Resource Management System in a large government organization in Russia. She moved to the UK and designed several custom assessment tools and consulted extensively in occupational psychology. She has 90+ publications in academic editions and popular press and a particular interest in the role of leisure pursuits in work-life balance and life satisfaction. She hopes that what she does is meaningful and makes other people’s lives better and easier.
Michael Schafer

Michael Schafer is the President of EdPartners, LLC, a Consulting form that operates within the career school sector. He has twenty years of experience in educational compliance, curriculum development, institutional and programmatic accreditation and health education. He has worked specifically in the field of Allied Health education for more than 15 years. Initially, his experience in education was focused on the regionally accredited higher education sector, but his love of the students in the career school sector has guided his passion for student success for many years. In addition to his career history Michael also has a long relationship with many accreditors, most recently as a Commissioner with the Accrediting bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
Sameano Porcha

Dr. Porchea holds a BS in Elementary Education, a M.Ed in Education, an M.Ed in Research and a PhD in Educational Psychology. She is a former middle school math and science; and fourth grade teacher from South Carolina. Dr. Porchea has held positions at esteemed organizations such as ACT, Inc., Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI), and American Nurses Association (ANA) as well as State Departments of Education. She is currently President of Research, Evaluation, Assessment and Professional Development (REAP) Associates, LLC, serves on the Bryan LGH College of Health Sciences Board of Trustees and holds the position of Sr. Psychometrician at ANA. Dr. Porchea has been published in journals such as Applied Measurement in Education and Visions of Research in Music Education.
Richard M. Thome

Richard M. Thome is an Ohio native with over 28 years experience in the private, career sector of higher learning. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, where he was admitted with honors and advanced standing, and later completed graduate work in immunology and biochemistry at Kent State University, while completing clinical rotations at the Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital to become a Registered Medical Technologist, his career for nearly fourteen years. During that time he taught clinical immunohematology at Children’s’ Hospital Medical Center of Akron, Ohio, while completing a Master of Science degree in Technical Education at the University of Akron, Ohio.

He then served both on the faculty and as the Dean of Education at the Akron, Ohio, branch campus of Southern Ohio College, a regionally accredited junior college awarding the associate degree, and subsequently was named the branch campus director, then later main campus director and operations manager over the four campuses of the college.

After a two-year experience as the first Executive Vice President of Education for American Education Centers, Inc. of Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky, Mr. Thome was named the President of Brown Mackie College, a two campus, regionally accredited junior college awarding the associate degree in the State of Kansas. Brown Mackie College, founded in Salina, He then served as the President of Brown Mackie College in Akron, Ohio, returning to his home state in 2007. From 2007-2012 he was the Vice President for Academic Affairs for the Brown Mackie College system, and as such was instrumental in moving faculty and over 16,000 students to using iPads® and electronic textbooks as a standard feature of a Brown Mackie College education. In 2012 Mr. Thome moved into a Regulatory Risk Assessment role with Education Management Corportation’s Regulatory Affairs and Compliance team, of which he is a Vice President.

Richard Thome is a member of Phi Delta Kappa and Pi Lambda Theta educational honoraries, and is a life member of Sigma Phi Epsilon social fraternity. Mr. Thome was a member of the American Association of Higher Education, and has served as a member of site-visit teams for the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools, a national accrediting body. While in Ohio, Thome was an active member of the state career college association, and he served as the chairman of the Private Postsecondary Commission of the Kansas Board of Regents.

Richard Thome resides in Copley, Ohio, and is an active member of Grace United Church of Christ in Loyal Oak, where he is an officer of the Church Council, serving on several committees and boards over the years. His prior community volunteerism includes seven years of suicide prevention experience, organizing what has become Akron, Ohio’s largest fun run/walk event for Children’s Miracle Network, acting as a diversity consultant to the Zora Neale Hurston YWCA Library, and serving on numerous other charitable event boards and committees. He is an avid reader and amateur artist.
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