HCI College is thrilled to announce new academic partnerships with Grand Canyon University and Walden University.


Lesslie Cruz, MSN, RN

Lesslie Cruz graduated with her Associate in Nursing in 2015 and commenced her career on a Medical Surgical unit. While working as a nurse, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Phoenix, achieving top honors in her class. Her true calling revealed itself on the Labor and Delivery Unit, where […]

Theresa Cowan, MSA

Theresa Cowan serves as the Vice President of Financial Aid. Theresa comes to HCI with over 25 years of financial aid experience and has helped thousands of students through the maze of federal and state aid, scholarships, and private funding sources. Theresa has worked with the public as part of her work in financial aid […]

Ryan Miller, BS, CPA

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 […]

Pedro De Guzman

Pedro De Guzman is an experienced CEO & President recognized for building and revitalizing higher educational institutions. Pedro has over 40 years of higher education experience, which include 26 years of executive management experience overseeing college operations from conception to institutional maturity. He continues to demonstrate success in improving academic viability and prioritizing student outcomes […]

Jeanne M. Colia, MSN, RN

Jeanne Colia earned her Associate Degree in Nursing from Suffolk Community College and her BSN Degree from SUNY Stony Brook University, Long Island, New York, all while working as a Certified Operating Room Nurse in SUNY Stony Brook Medical Center, a teaching hospital. From the beginning of her nursing career, she knew that she wanted […]

Barbara Beal, EdD, MSN, RN, LNHA, CDONA/LTC

Barbara Beal, EdD, MSN, RN, LNHA, CDONA/LTC is originally from the PA/NJ region. She plans on using her expertise to support the student body and faculty to achieve their goals at HCI College. Dr. Beal has received her AS at Camden County Community College, her BSN at Widener University, her MSN at Wilmington University and […]

Elizabeth Young, M.ED

Elizabeth Young is a fervent, knowledgeable educator with nine years of education experience.  She has served as a higher education Dean for many years and strongly agrees with Nelson Mandela that education is the most powerful weapon that you can use to change the world!   Throughout Elizabeth’s career, she has made it her mission to […]

Alecia Dennis, BSN, RN, PHN

Alecia Dennis has been a member of the HCI Nursing faculty since 2018. She is a Registered Nurse, Administrator and Public Health Educator with a passion for transforming lives through nursing education. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington and holds a certification as a Public Health Nurse. Prior to her […]

Dana Moritz

Dana Moritz serves as the Executive Assistant for Academic Affairs, based out of the West Palm Beach campus. Dana has been in post-secondary education for 5+ years, first joining HCI College in 2018. In 2019, Dana led the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges (FAPSC) Membership Drive and received an award for her contributions […]

Rosanna Ferretti, BS

Rosanna Ferretti is a dedicated education professional with over a decade of experience in the education industry. Her journey began in 2010, and since then, she has excelled in various roles within the higher education industry. With a diverse background that includes positions as an Admissions Representative, High School Field Representative, Director of Admissions, Regional […]

Brian Brown, M.Ed.

Since 2005, Brian Brown’s journey in admissions has been nothing short of extensive. Over the years, he has immersed himself in nearly every facet of the admissions process across institutions of varying sizes. Witnessing students surpass his own expectations fuels his passion. Mr. Brown firmly believes in cultivating a nurturing and collaborative atmosphere, enabling his […]

Dwight Young-Sang, BA, CCNA, BSCN

Dwight Young-Sang brings more than 18 years of comprehensive experience in both career school and traditional school management to HCI College. In 2005, he took a bold step into the Education Industry, marking a pivotal moment in his career. Dwight’s journey began as an Admission Representative at a local college, setting the stage for a […]

Levi (Lee) Barton, MBA

Levi (Lee) Barton has brought a decade of experience in financial aid and higher education to HCI College. Lee has had the privilege of helping countless individuals navigate the complexities of funding their educational journeys. As a Senior Director of Administration and Operations for five years, he focused on streamlining processes, improving efficiency, and ensuring […]

Celeste Blackwell, BCHHP, M.Ed.

Mrs. Celeste Blackwell serves as the Chief Academic Officer/Senior Vice President 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 […]

David Shelpman, Jr., MHRM

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 […]

Tammie Olivera, MLIS

Tammie Olivera is  the Systems Librarian, her goal is to provide students with current, reliable and easily accessible library resources. She is dedicated to both acquiring the best materials and creating library services that will allow students to flourish in their academic endeavors. After receiving her Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Florida, she […]

Siriuma (Rumy) Armstrong

Siriuma Armstrong, also known as Rumy, brought over two decades of comprehensive experience in higher education and student financing to HCI College. Commencing her journey in 2000, she embarked on a career with one of the most esteemed student lending corporations. During her tenure there, she gained expertise in every facet of student loan management, […]

Carmen Salazar, MBA, MCHM, ASN, ACHE, FMG

Carmen Salazar brings a wealth of expertise from her extensive leadership roles within the realms of higher education and the healthcare industry. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Healthcare Management, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, both earned at American Intercontinental University. Additionally, Carmen is an […]

Clive Thompson, BS

Intrigued by nature and loves the outdoors, Clive Thompson is from the north coast of the beautiful island of Jamaica; started his professional career as an Office Intern with Couples Resorts immediately after leaving high school and spent the next ten years with them where he wore many hats from the Front Office to the […]

Roxana Caceres

Roxana Caceres is a highly skilled and dedicated registrar with over 10 years of experience in the field. With a strong background in education administration and a passion for supporting students and faculty, Roxana has consistently demonstrated exceptional organizational and communication skills. Throughout her career, Roxana has successfully managed student records department, ensuring accuracy and […]

Jenna Figaro-Haynes, BA

Jenna Figaro-Haynes is a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant with more than 13 years of experience. Jenna is in the process of completing a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration at Florida Atlantic University. She graduated with high honors from Broward College with an Associates of Science in Healthcare Administration and earned her Medical Assistant Technician […]

Crystal Fletcher, CVT, ACO 

Crystal Fletcher is an Animal Control Officer bringing with her a wealth of experience and exceptional capabilities to her role as the Director of VA at HCI College. With a dedicated career spanning 17 years, she has immersed herself in diverse areas of expertise including animal care, veterinary medicine, humane law enforcement, field laboratory investigations, […]

Yvette Evans, MHA

Yvette Evans has worked as a Firefighter Paramedic for the last 18 years and is retiring soon. She enrolled at Walden University as a doctoral candidate in her capstone stage for Healthcare Administration. Yvette holds a Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Florida Atlantic University, a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership & Management from St. […]

Lori Kaufman, MS

Lori Kaufman is the Director of Online Education. She has been with HCI College since 2018. Lori started as the nutrition instructor, then promoted to the Director of Online Education in January 2020. Born and raised in New York, she moved to South Florida in 2012. As a child she was taught to follow her […]

Lorelaine Rodriguez Hernandez, CVT

Lorelaine attended City College Hollywood for the Veterinary Technology Program in 2014 and graduated with an Associates in Science in 2016. She passed the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Exam) and obtained her license to be an officially Certified Veterinary Technician. During one of her externships in 2015 she was hired at the General Practice Clinic […]

Laurie Bernat, RMA

Laurie Bernat is the Medical Assisting Program Director at our West Palm Beach campus. Laurie joins us with a plethora of experience. Having been in the Allied Health field for 40 years; as a medical biller, medical assistant, and office manager. In addition, she has over 20 years’ experience working in career institutes; as an […]

Joan Sherrard, MBA

Joan Sherrard is the Senior Director of Career Services at HCI College. Her background includes 12 years as a Director and Regional Director of Career Services. Prior to working in higher education, Joan worked as a recruiter and account executive for Healthcare Staffing. Her experience in working with employers from within medical offices, hospitals, labs, […]

Dr. Mazyar Rouhani, MD FAAEM

Dr. Rouhani is the Medical Director at our Fort Lauderdale Campus. After completing his residency training at Vanderbilt University and Medical Center, Dr. Rouhani returned home to practice emergency medicine in South Florida. Over the last 20 years he has worked at several Emergency Departments and served as Medical Director and Chairman of the Department […]

Dr. Steven Keehn, DO

My interest in becoming a healthcare provider was sparked as early as my high school years.  It all began while lifeguarding at a local pool one summer.  At the time, I witnessed a family member drop to the ground. Not having a true understanding of what to do, I felt helpless. It was then I […]

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