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Campus Presidents and Directors

Milton Anderson Milton Anderson
President - Virginia College in Jackson
Eric Berrios Eric Berrios
President - Virginia College in Mobile
Mike Burkett Mike Burkett
President - Virginia College in Jacksonville
James Campbell James Campbell
President - Virginia College in Greensboro
Mike Cleary Mike Cleary
President - Virginia College in Augusta
Kim Coolidge Kim Coolidge
President - Virginia College in Pensacola
Veronica Cram Veronica Cram
President - Virginia College in Biloxi
Dominick DeLorenzo Dominick DeLorenzo
President - Virginia College in Chattanooga
Tim Eberlein Tim Eberlein
Director - Golf Academy of America in Phoenix
Vincent Femia Vincent Femia
President - Virginia College in Fort Pierce
Lauri Figueroa Lauri Figueroa
President - Virginia College in Knoxville
Nick Foong Nick Foong
President - Virginia College in Columbia
Jim Foster Jim Foster
President - Virginia College in Huntsville
Harvey Giblin Harvey Giblin
President - Virginia College at Austin
Chris Gorrie Chris Gorrie
President - Ecotech Institute in Denver
Greg Gossett Greg Gossett
President - Virginia College in Baton Rouge
Jim Hart Jim Hart
Director - Golf Academy of America in Myrtle Beach
Howard Horton Esq. Howard Horton, Esq.
President - New England College of Business
Richard Iorio Richard Iorio
Director - Golf Academy of America in San Diego
Beverly Jeffries Beverly Jeffries
President - Virginia College in Columbus
Madeline Little Madeline Little
President - Virginia College in Montgomery
Mike McDonald Mike McDonald
Director - Golf Academy of America in Dallas
Susan Merritt Susan Merritt
President - Virginia College in Richmond
Kevin Newby Kevin Newby
President - Virginia College in Greenville and Virginia College in Spartanburg
Melody Rider Melody Rider
President - Virginia College in Shreveport/Bossier City
Kristan Ryan Kristan Ryan
President - Virginia College in Savannah
Khaled Sakalla Khaled Sakalla
President - Virginia College in Birmingham
Mitch Sudy Mitch Sudy
President - Virginia College in Charleston
James Sutton James Sutton
President - Virginia College in Macon
Shannon Swartz Shannon Swartz
Campus President - Virginia College in Florence
Stephanie Thrasher Stephanie Thrasher
President - Virginia College in Tulsa
Brad Turner Brad Turner
Director - Golf Academy of America in Orlando

Executive Team

Stu Reed
Stu Reed
President and Chief Executive Officer

Prior to joining ECA as President and COO, Stu Reed was the President of Sears Home Services, a 3.7 billion dollar business focused on providing a broad portfolio of in-home services. Before his time at Sears, Stu was President of the Motorola Mobile Device business after coming to the company to establish the Worldwide Operations group reporting to the CEO. He also spent 20+ years at IBM where he led Worldwide Manufacturing and Engineering for all Hardware and Software. Stu received his BA in Business from Michigan State University, and his MS in Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a Sloan Fellow.

Christopher Boehm
Christopher Boehm
Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and Chief Financial Officer

Prior to joining ECA, Chris Boehm served as a Managing Director at Willis Stein & Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm and ECA's majority shareholder, where he spent thirteen years. At Willis Stein, he was responsible for initiating and structuring transactions, overseeing portfolio company management teams and arranging for the disposition of investments, most recently serving on the boards of directors of six portfolio companies across several sectors. Chris is also a co-founder and outside director of Lincoln Renewable Energy, a leading renewable energy development company. Before Willis Stein, he was in the investment banking division of Salomon Brothers, where he was involved with a variety of M&A and corporate finance transactions. Chris received an M.B.A. from Harvard University's Graduate School of Business Administration and a B.S. in Finance and Accountancy from Miami University.

Mark Mullison
Mark Mullison
Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Mark Mullison brings more than 20 years of technical and leadership experience to ECA, where his responsibilities include leading and prioritizing IT deliverables that support and enable the growth of the business, as well as providing strategy and thought leadership to ECA's systems integration, automation, and learning technology efforts. In his career, Mark has successfully managed in excess of $200 million in systems solutions—from concept to operation—for companies including Sprint, Alcatel, Orange and Level 3 Communications. In 2006 he founded Landmark Technologies Corporation to provide technology and management consulting services that improve the operating performance of companies with complex global operations. He has a proven track record of building and managing high-performance processes, systems and organizations in over 65 countries around the world. Mark received his B.S. in computer science from the University of Michigan and has completed the Essentials of Management Program at the Wharton School of Business.

Roger L. Swartzwelder
Roger L. Swartzwelder
Executive Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel

Roger Swartzwelder joined ECA in April 2005. He previously was counsel at Dow Lohnes PLLC, a Washington-based law firm specializing in higher education matters, from 2002 to 2005. Prior to that, he worked at the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) for more than thirteen years, including more than eight years as Associate Executive Director. Since joining ECA, Roger was elected to a three-year term as an ACICS Commissioner in 2007, and he was reappointed in 2009 to a second three-year term through December 31, 2012. He is the ACICS Chairman of the Board in 2012 and previously chaired the Audit Committee and the Financial Review Committee. Roger holds JD and MBA degrees from The George Washington University and a BA degree from Dickinson College.

Charles Trierweiler
Charles Trierweiler
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

Charles Trierweiler joined ECA from Capella University where he worked in marketing and business management. He began his career in marketing and product planning with Cadillac Motor Car, followed by twelve years with Alberto Culver in brand management. For six of those years he was head of marketing for the company’s European subsidiary headquartered in Sweden. Prior to Capella, he headed marketing and advertising at Supervalu, a top ten U.S. food retailer. He holds an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Dr. John Woods
Dr. John Woods
Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer

Prior to joining ECA, John Woods served as Chief Academic Officer for the career schools division of Career Education Corporation, which included Le Cordon Bleu, Missouri College, IADT, Sanford Brown, Harrington College, Briarcliffe and Brooks Institute. John holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Bowling Green State University, and has served as a peer evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission. John began his career in higher education focused on helping colleges and universities leverage technology for instruction with the Eduprise, Collegis,and Deltak family of companies. He next served as Vice President of Academic Affairs at Rasmussen College for several years and later created the international education division for Harrison College. John also has several years of experience as an adjunct faculty member both online and in the traditional classroom.

Senior Management

Kathy Cheatham
Kathy Cheatham
Senior Vice President - Student Finance

Senior Vice President of Student Finance Kathy Cheatham joined ECA in March of 2004. She has 30 years of educational and leadership experience. Prior to her joining ECA she owned and operated her own business. She began her career in education in 1985 as a Campus Director. She later went on to serve as the Corporate Financial Aid Director. Since 2004 she has held several positions with ECA to include Director of Student Accounts, Director of Compliance for Student Finance, and Vice President of Student Finance. In her current role she oversees some 250+ employees in the ECA Student Finance organization. The organization consists of campus staff in over 30 campus locations and a central processing facility.

Rita Chubick
Rita Chubick
Senior Vice President - Academic Operations

Rita Chubick has 20+ years of leadership and management experience in the medical, banking and education fields. She began her tenure with Education Corporation of America in the marketing department where she created the reporting structure around the company’s marketing efforts. She went on to direct the marketing analytics group and the digital marketing budgets for all of ECA’s brands. In 2010, she transitioned into an operations role with the company’s Virginia College online division, most recently as President of the division. She returned to the corporate office in January 2014 in her current role where she is responsible for the systems and processes that support the instructional delivery for all the brands under the ECA umbrella. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Jack Clark
Jack Clark
Group President Virginia College East

Before joining ECA, Jack Clark had over 25 years of experience in executive/senior level positions in the healthcare industry, with roles such as Division President, Executive Vice President of Operations and Senior Vice President of Sales/Marketing. Earlier in his career he worked in sales and marketing roles for Procter & Gamble and the Coca-Cola Company.

Since joining ECA, he has been the Campus President at the Chattanooga and Jacksonville campuses, driving significant improvement at both locations. He is a graduate of Grove City College and has attended leadership programs at the University of Virginia's Darden School and Covey Leadership Center.

Jim Hart
Jim Hart
President - Golf Academy of America

Jim Hart is a former high school, college, and professional tournament golfer who also brings to his position over a quarter century of experience in the business of golf. Mr. Hart was the New York State Public High School golf champion two years running. He then accepted a golf scholarship to the University of Florida where he earned three varsity letters, competing in the Southeastern Conference. After graduation, he became a professional tournament golfer, contending in events throughout North America. He then joined the Carolinas' section of the PGA America in 1981, first as a Tournament Director and then as Chief Executive Officer for the Carolinas Section, the largest of PGA's forty-one geographical entities. In 2000, Mr. Hart became president of Fair Way Golf Management, LLC, a company that owns, operates, and manages golf facilities throughout the Carolinas. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida and the master's degree in management from Webster University.

Judy Lima
Judy Lima
Senior Vice President - Academic Compliance and Curriculum

Before joining ECA, Judy Lima was Director of Quality Assurance for the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools in Washington, DC. She also previously served as President of Jones College in Jacksonville, Florida, and as Vice-President of Lakeland College of Business, Brandon, Florida, campus. She is also co-author of a textbook on job training and has been a frequent presenter at workshops and conferences, specializing in staff training and student retention.

Dean Mahaffey
Dean Mahaffey
Senior Vice President - Student Enrollment

Dean Mahaffey joined ECA in July of 2003 and provides 13 years of proprietary education experience, focused on the leadership, development, and improvement of enrollment services. Prior to that, Dean spent 15 years honing sales, management, and technical skills in consumer products.

Jason Mann
Jason Mann
Senior Vice President - Marketing

As senior vice president of marketing, Jason Mann is responsible for the marketing and branding efforts for all of ECA's brands, including New England College of Business, Virginia College, Golf Academy of America and Ecotech Institute. Jason joined ECA in 2007 and is responsible for the development of numerous new programs and was also responsible for the creation of Ecotech Institute. Prior to joining ECA, Jason has worked in senior sales and marketing positions with Intermark Group, Pursell Industries and Russell Athletic. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University.

William R. Owens
William R. Owens
Senior Vice President - Business Analytics

Bill Owens brings more than 20 years of experience in proprietary education management to ECA. Bill spent 12 years at Apollo Group/University of Phoenix in Admissions and Executive Management roles. He has also served as President of EDMC's Art Institute of Phoenix, and has performed consulting roles for a number of post-secondary schools, including Thunderbird, Jones International University, and Neumont University.

John Schuman
John Schuman
Group President Virginia College West

Before joining ECA, John Schuman was the College Director for ITT Technical Institute. He began his career at Delta Air Lines, where he spent 13 years in leadership roles in operations, quality assurance, and ultimately led advertising and brand development for the SkyTeam Alliance. Following Delta, he spent 2 years at the Georgia Institute of Technology leading marketing and recruitment for Georgia Tech's European campus in France, achieving record enrollment over 5 consecutive semesters.

Most recently, he was the Campus President of the Jacksonville campus driving record growth, retention, and EBITDA. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the State University of New York at Cortland, and an MBA from Columbia Southern University.

Board of Directors

  • Avy H. Stein (Chairman)
    Managing Partner, Willis Stein & Partners
  • Thomas A. Moore Jr. (Vice Chairman)
    Retired CEO, Education Corporation of America
  • John Bakalar
    Former President and COO, Rand McNally Corporation
  • Christopher Boehm
    Executive Vice President and CFO, Education Corporation of America
  • John P. Frazee Jr.
    Retired President, Sprint Corporation
  • Gary Kerber
    Retired Chairman and CEO, Kaplan Higher Education Corporation
  • Christopher Larson
    Vice President, Willis Stein & Partners
  • Michael E. Lavin
    Retired Midwest Area Managing Partner, KPMG, LLP
  • Michael Moskow

    Vice Chair and Distinguished Fellow, Global Economy at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

  • Stu Reed

    President and CEO, Education Corporation of America

  • Matthew Shafer
    Partner, Vision Capital Americas, LLC
  • John Willis
    Managing Partner, Willis Stein & Partners