Faculty & Staff

PCDI Online Faculty & Staff

PCDI Canada is a division of Ashworth College and shares Ashworth’s online faculty and staff. We are proud of the commitment and professional expertise of our dedicated 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 career program and high school program faculty have excelled as practicing professionals in their career fields and are ready to help you succeed.


Our Online Faculty

Christine Jax

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.

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

John Riser, Senior Director of 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.

Michael Scott, B.A., Director of Canadian Education Operations

Michael Scott, Director of Canadian Education Operations

Michael has a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University. With more than 30 years in the education industry, Michael sets the long term vision for PCDI Canada and manages its day to day operations. Michael is dedicated to helping students get trained, get connected and get ahead.

Susan Parti, Canadian Registrar

Susan Parti, Canadian Registrar

Susan is a graduate of Mohawk College. Susan has been with PCDI Canada for over nine years and deals with Canadian students on a daily basis. Susan is dedicated to helping students enroll in the programs that will help them get trained, get connected and get ahead.

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.

Mandy Norton, Product Development Manager

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.

Melissa Maddox, Vice President, Student Experience

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 assisting with processing active duty tuition assistance, VA/GI Bill benefits, military spouse benefits and transfer credits.

Kelsha Abraham, MBA, Degree Administrator

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.


Mark Swails, Learning Resource Center Director

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.

Scott Phillips, M.A., Director of Accreditation and Regulatory Compliance

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.