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Executive Biographies

Pedro De Guzman

Current Title: President/Chief Executive Officer

Background: 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 launch. He continues to show success for improving profitability 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 11 campuses while increasing revenues. Before STC, Pedro was the CEO & President of Florida Career College where he acquired new campuses, developed new programs, improved regulatory performance, qualitative outcomes and increased profitability.

Dean Riling

Current Title: Vice President of Administration

Background: Mr. Riling is a successful, accomplished, and tenured Financial Aid Administrator. With a demonstrated success record in higher education. Committed to ensuring instructional compliance with all Federal, State, and Accrediting agency rules and regulations. Confident, articulate, and professional speaking experience. Proven problem solving and solution based customer service skills.

Brent Braunworth

Current Title: Director of Fire Science

Background: Brent is an accomplished EMS and Fire professional with a long history with West Palm Beach Fire Department.  He is well known in the community for his volunteer efforts with American Heart Association and Palm Beach County Emergency Management in his efforts in training citizens in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.

Brent is a author with two books to his credit, a text book “Street Scenarios for the EMT-Paramedic” and Blood, Guts and Tears: Stories of Courage. He has also written over 100 articles and short stories related to Fire and EMS.

Last Professional Title: Battalion Chief of EMS, West Palm Beach Fire Department (5.1 years).

Former Title(s) of Note: Operations Captain (4 years), WPBFR, Co-coordinator at PBCC for ACLS (Continuing Education)- for 6 years, SWAT/Medic-Officer from (1990-2004), Hazardous Materials Technician, Florida Fire Instructor 3.

Education: BS in Public Affairs (FAU), A.S. in Emergency Management (PBJC), Minor in Communications (FAU).

His Awards Include:

  • Employee of the Month (City of West Palm Beach and Kiwana’s Club)
  • Firefighter of the Quarter (WPBFR)
  • Firefighter of the Year (WPBFR)
  • Paramedic of the Year (County EMS)
  • Multiple SWAT Team Commendations
  • Nominated for Teacher of the Year PBC

David Shelpman, Jr. 

Current Title: Campus President (West Palm Beach)

Background: 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!

Ryan Miller

Current Title: Vice President of Finance

Background: 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.

Johanna Lane

Current Title: Dean of Academic Affairs

Background: Johanna Lane has more than 20 years’ experience in post-secondary education in the areas of Financial Aid, Admissions, Academics, and Student and Career Services. She is a graduate of Northwood University with a bachelors in business administration. As someone who returned to school to complete her education, Johanna can relate to the balancing act of the working student. Education is a powerful tool and there is nothing more rewarding to her than helping students become successful, working members of our community.

Dr. Arlette Petersson

Current Title: Vice President of Academic and Regulatory Affairs

Dr. Petersson has been in the education industry for over 18 years. She has earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Union College, a master’s degree in Psychology from Adelphi University, a master’s degree in Business Administration and a doctorate degree in Education Administration from Dowling College.

Dr. Petersson has served in several capacities in higher education revolving around student success, retention, faculty development, accreditation, licensure, compliance audits, campus operations and much more.