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 Online Faculty
William J. Kakish, Chief Academic Officer
Dr. Bill Kakish has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, a Master's degree in Management Information Systems and Quantitative Methods from Northwestern University and a law degree from The John Marshall School of Law in Chicago. Over the course of his career, he has worked for both regionally and nationally accredited private institutions and publicly traded educational corporations. He has experience working with residential and online programs at both the certificate and degree levels, accredited by five national and three regional accrediting agencies. He has served as an evaluator and chair on more than 60 accreditation visits, both nationally and internationally for ACICS.
John Riser, M.S., 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 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 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 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.
Deepa Chadha, Director of Product Development
Deepa has a Master's degree in Management from North Carolina State University. She manages the administration and development of all undergraduate certificate, associate degree, bachelor's degree and master's degree programs.
Mandy Norton, Product Development Manager
Mandy has an Associate degree in Business Management from Gainesville State College. She oversees the curriculum development process and manages print and online course content for degree programs.
Melissa Maddox, Business Services Manager
Melissa is responsible for managing corporate partnerships. Melissa works with corporations such as Clorox, Verizon and Boeing to meet the career training and servicing needs of their employees. Melissa also serves as a liaison for our military students to assist with processing active duty tuition assistance, VA/GI Bill benefits, military spouse benefits and transfer credits.
Kelsha Abraham, MBA, Degree Administrator
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
Mark J. Swails has a Masters in Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a Digital Curation Fellow. He also holds a Masters and Bachelors in American History from Emory University. Mark has been working in the field of academic libraries for over 10 years. He is responsible for the management of the Learning Resource Center.
Scott Phillips, M.A., 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.