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Executive Biographies

Pedro De Guzman, President/Chief Executive Officer

Pedro De Guzman is an experienced CEO & President who has been recognized for building and revitalizing higher educational institutions. He has more than 26 years of executive management experience overseeing operations on various scales from conception to institutional maturity. He continues to demonstrate success for improving financial viability and student outcomes by leveraging all available resources while adhering to the highest regulatory standards.

Prior to HCI College, Pedro was the CEO & President of Southern Technical College (STC). During his seven years with STC he expanded the company from 5 to 10 campuses while increasing revenues. Before STC, Pedro was the CEO & President of Florida Career College where he lead the company through a period of growth by acquiring new campuses, and developing new programs, all while maintaining regulatory benchmarks and qualitative outcomes.

Ryan Miller, Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Miller is responsible for HCI’s core financial functions including ensuring the security, accuracy, confidentiality, and maintenance of all accounting and financial functions.
Prior to joining HCI, Mr. Miller served as the controller of Rybovich Boat Company. There he led the firm’s financial department and was a key contributor in a variety of corporate transactions and capital activities. He developed, implemented, and maintained strategic financial policies and procedures throughout the organization.
He also served as the Director of Finance and Administration of Minnesota Swarm Professional Lacrosse Club. Mr. Miller earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Administration from Bemidji State University and he is a certified public accountant.


David Shelpman, Jr., Group Campus President 

David Shelpman, Jr. is a higher education professional with more than a decade of experience in campus operations, admissions, and marketing. David has worked in both private non-profit and private for-profit colleges and universities over the course of his career. David has worked with accreditations ranging from national, regional, programmatic, and state licensure. David has earned his Associates Degree in Business Administration in 2008 from Daymar College, he has earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Technical Management with an Emphasis of Human Resources Management from DeVry University in 2012 and he has earned his Master of Human Resources Management from Keller Graduate School of Management in 2015. David has also been a member of the Society for Human Resources Management since 2012.
David has been the recipient of multiple awards such as the Gold Key Award in 2008 and 2009, the President’s Award in 2010 and Campus of the Year in 2010 and 2011. Additionally, David received a 2-year and 5-year in service award for one of his most recent organizations in which he was promoted from the smallest campus to the largest campus within the collegiate system. David was instrumental in leading his campus through at 10-year reaffirmation process with regards to the regional accreditation with the distance learning and student support services. As a result, David was selected to be nominated as an accreditation site reviewer for distance education. David has also been a Designated School Official for SEVIS for multiple schools and a VA Certifying Official. In addition, David has been promoted on several occasions due to his student-focused mentality which resulted in the growth of several campuses.
David is 100% student-focused and committed to changing lives … one person at a time!

Caren Stewart, Vice President of Administration

Caren Stewart has over 20 years of administration and leadership experience, most recently concentrated in financial aid administration, compliance, training, and process improvement. Prior to HCI College, Caren served as Vice President of Financial Services for Dorsey Schools in Michigan, serving students across nine (9) campus locations.

In her role that oversees the Financial Aid, Student Accounts and Registrars offices, she remains dedicated to compliant and effective processes at the institution, and to assist students and their families as we prepare them for a career in Nursing or Allied Health.

Celeste Blackwell, Senior Director of Academic Affairs

Mrs. Celeste Blackwell serves as the Senior Director of Academic Affairs, overseeing both campuses Academic Departments. Mrs. Blackwell has over a decade of experience with post-secondary education and has served in many roles including Faculty, Career Services, Campus President, and the longest as a Dean of Education. She has a master’s degree majoring in Adult Education, with a minor in Faculty Training and Developing. Mrs. Blackwell holds a bachelor’s degree in Alternative Medicine which allowed her to become a Board Certified Holistic Practitioner and included extensive studies in Advanced Anatomy and Physiology. Her passions include supporting the Deans and faculty in their roles by ensuring that teachers have the resources needed to be successful in the classroom as well as supporting students through their educational journey.