Career Programs Faculty

Career Training Instructors and Academic Advisors

The expert career training instructors and academic advisors at Ashworth College/PCDI Canada possess broad, collegiate-level experience in online instruction and in their respective professions. Our career training instructors help develop our curricula and take a personal interest in your success.

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Gloria Ananing, Academic Advisor

  • MS, Pre-Clinical Sciences, Mercer University School of Medicine
  • BS, Mathematics, Mercer University

Gloria is currently studying for the MCAT in hopes to attend medical school in the near future. She aims to positively impact the community’s health by becoming a general surgeon.

 
Jill W. Andersen

Jill W. Andersen, Instructor

  • M.Ed, Clemson University
  • BA, Clemson University

Jill is an experienced preschool and elementary school teacher. She has a master's degree in reading education. Specialty in Writing Children's Books.

 

Nicole Astor, Instructor

  • BS, Florida State University

Nicole has over 15 years of experience working as a crime lab analyst and currently works for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Forensic Sciences division. Specialty in Forensic Science.

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Dr. Carla Bahun, Instructor

  • Ed.D, Argosy University
  • MS, University of Michigan
  • BA, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

Dr. Carla Bahun’s experience in the field of natural resources, science, and environmental education spans nearly 30 years. Dr. Bahun taught third-eighth grades at an Atlanta private school focused on nature study and environmental awareness. Specialty in Conservation.

 

Jerome Barnes, Instructor

  • Master Electrician License from the state of Georgia

As Senior Electrical Maintenance Coordinator, Jerome supervises and trains electrician support teams at a county treatment plant. He holds a Master Electrician License from the state of Georgia. Specialty in Electrician Training.

 

Keiva Benjamin, Academic Advisor

  • BA, Psychology, Francis Marion University

Keiva, a recent graduate, has volunteered this past year at public schools and recreational centers. She assisted students academically, promoting student learning. This encouraged her to further her career in Education with assisting career students to achieve their goals within their respective field of study.

 
Dan Boring

Dr. Dan Boring

  • Ph.D., University of Mississippi
  • BS, University of Houston

Dr. Dan Boring has 42 years of pharmacy experience. He has taught undergraduate chemistry and laboratory courses and graduate pharmacy compounding and drug evolution courses. He has also worked as a chemist for the Food and Drug Administration and published 36 scientific and regulatory articles. Dan is the current program director at the National Cancer Institute in the Division of Cancer Prevention. Specialty in Retail Pharmacy Assistant.

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Cathleen Chartier, Instructor

  • 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 operation positions. Her vast experience in the hotel business led her to Atlanta where she held management position in full-service and quickservice restaurants; research chef and catering chef. Specialty in Gourmet Cooking and Catering.

 

Franda A. Clay, Instructor

  • MBA, Keller School of Management

Franda A. Clay has an extensive background that includes over 15 years of experience in the business industry, entrepreneurship, and accounting and finance. Her career includes positions varying from staff accountant for a local Atlanta parking company to financial manager for an independent contracting firm. Specialty in Accounting Basics.

 

Ron Conner, Academic Advisor

  • BBA, Management, Prairie View A&M University

Ron has a background consisting of over 15 years in corporate training. His background gives him the winning edge in providing excellent academic advisement. He is currently assisting students in English and Accounting.

 

Jerry Cooper, Instructor

  • M.Ed, University of Georgia

Jerry 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. He has also owned his own repair shop. Specialties in Motorcycle Repair.

 

Kenya Cross, Academic Advisor

  • MS, Education, Media, Design and Technology, Full Sail University
  • BA, English, University of Massachusetts

Kenya recently began working at Ashworth College after a sixteen year history of traditionally teaching elementary, middle, high school and postgraduates in Massachusetts and Georgia public and private schools, respectively. She is currently pursuing her dream of becoming a film director while eagerly helping Ashworth students.

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Deann Deloney, Instructor

  • BS, Southern Illinois University

Deann is a district manager for the largest child care provider in the country. She oversees 15 child development centers throughout metro Atlanta. Specialty in Child Care Provider and Teacher Assisting.

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Gibson Ellison, Instructor

  • M.S., Georgia State University
  • M.Ed, University of Alabama
  • BS, Tulane University

Gibson Ellison currently practices as a Licensed Professional Counselor, Masters Addiction Counselor and Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist. She sees individuals and couples for a variety of therapeutic intervention and support. In addition to her private practice where she has worked for 4 years, she also works part time at Foundations Recovery Network Intensive Outpatient Program. Specialty in Introduction to Psychology.

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Bill Gordon

Bill Gordon, Instructor

  • MBA, Governors State University
  • BS, Thomas Edison State University

Bill is president of Mid-America Marketing Management, a hospitality marketing company. He has also served as regional marketing director of Holiday Inns and Ramada Inns, and has been teaching for many years. Specialty in Hotel and Restaurant Management.

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Carla Hardy

Carla Hardy, Instructor

  • M.S., University of Memphis
  • BS., University of Memphis

Carla 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. Specialty in Personal Trainer.

 

Dr. Callie Harris, Instructor

  • DVM, Tuskegee University
  • BS., Tennessee State University

Dr. Callie Harris is an emergency veterinarian in the metro-Atlanta area. Her interests include critical care, soft tissue surgery and ultrasound. Dr. Harris has experience with both large and small animal medicine and even dabbles in exotics and wildlife care. Specialty in Veterinary Assisting.

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LaToya Leary, Academic Advisor

  • BS, Mathematics/Chemistry, St. Thomas University

LaToya has worked in some facet of education for over ten years. She has tutored students from the primary level to the collegiate level in every core subject and has assisted students in obtaining their desired scores on the SAT/ACT in preparation for College. She is currently supporting students in courses related to science and mathematics.

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Cary Mandeville

Cary Mandeville, Instructor

  • BS, University of Georgia

Cary is a licensed Master Plumber and owns his own plumbing company. He also teaches plumbing to builders. Specialty in Plumbing.

 

Judy Meltzer, Instructor

  • AA, Valencia Community College

Judy Meltzer has over 25 years of experience in providing AutoCAD training and production in a variety of disciples: Cellular Site, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Civil/Site and Architectural Disciplines. She is also proficient in Revit, AutoCAD, Architectural Desktop, GTX Raster CAD, and Sketchup applications. Specialty in AutoCad.

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Mike Nelson, Instructor

  • M.B.A., Mercer University
  • BS, Georgia Institute of Technology

Mike designs and manages multi-million dollar graphic projects. He has also owned his own design firm, where he provided creative services to major corporations. He is a web designer and an expert in popular digital design applications. Specialty in Graphic Design.

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Tonia Orr, Academic Advisor

  • MBA, University of Phoenix
  • BA, English/Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh

Tonia has over 17 years of nursing experience as a practical nurse. She has worked in the community as a health educator, CPR instructor, and is certified by the state of Georgia to teach nursing assistants and home health aides.

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Charles Perm, Instructor

  • MBA, University of Phoenix
  • BS, Ohio University

Charles Perm has over 30 years of commercial property experience that focused on property management, leasing, project management, repositioning of buildings, capital project planning, team leadership, and financial analysis. Charles has primarily worked on office building, retail centers, and industrial properties located throughout the United States. Specialty in Property Management.

 

Roger Phelps, Instructor

  • BS, Butler University

Roger Phelps has over 10 years of experience as a certified home inspector, which includes over 2,100 home inspections ranging from an 1832 two-story brick farm house to multimillion dollar high rise condominiums. His experience in home inspections has included: new home construction, resale residential properties, HUD repos, bank repos, churches, multi-family developments, condominiums, condominium developments, and small commercial properties. Specialty in Home Inspection.

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Sarah Rainwater

Sarah Rainwater, Instructor

Sarah Rainwater has 23 years of professional 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. Specialty in Floral Design.

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Dennis Scott, Instructor

  • AS, Miami Dade Community College

Dennis has over 20 years of professional and academic experience in the air conditioning and refrigeration field. Dennis worked for 12 years with the AC /refrigeration trades union servicing and installing commercial and residential systems. Specialty in Heating and Air Conditioning.

 

Lynette Smith, Academic Advisor

  • BS, Business Management, Phoenix University

Lynette has over 10 years professional experience in various industries including the military, legal services and education. She has worked as a student services advisor and training assistant for Ashworth for the last two years.

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Tara Targovnik, Instructor

  • BA, University of Tennessee Knoxville

Tara Targovnik has over 16 years of experience in the travel field. In 2004, Tara opened Tara’s Travel. During those 16 years Tara has booked many vacations for individuals and groups all over the world. Tara’s main focus is on leisure travel, but she has also done some corporate travel bookings for major corporations. Specialty in Travel Agent.

 

Dan Turner, Instructor

  • M.S., Southern Polytechnic State University
  • BS., University of Georgia

Dan is the president and owner of a full service locksmithing and security company. He has been a professional locksmith since 1974 and a member of the Associated Locksmiths of America. He has also been a member of the American Society for Quality Control. Specialty in Locksmithing.

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Susan Welborn, Instructor

  • B.S., Kennesaw State University

Susan is a professional wedding planner and consultant who has planned and organized hundreds of wedding ceremonies, receptions, showers and parties. Specialty in Wedding Planner.

 

Rebecca Wells, Academic Advisor

  • BA, Psychology, Spelman College

Rebecca began working in early childhood education before she became an academic advisor at Ashworth College. She has tutored elementary and high school students in science, math and English. Rebecca plans to enter a master’s degree program in school psychology.

 

Marian M. Williams, Academic Advisor

  • BS, Elementary Education with a minor in English, Francis Marion University
  • MEd, Elementary Education with a minor in English/Library Science, University of South Carolina

Marian began her teaching career in the classroom with students in grades 1 through 4. In 2000, Marian joined Ashworth College as a medical career course tutor. She later served as a tutor for JMHS students and associate degree students in the areas of English and Early Childhood Education. She later transferred to Students Services Department as a team lead. Marian is now the team lead in the Academic Advising Department.

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