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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 Huntsville

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

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

Adam Merkle

Adam Merkle President - Virginia College in Biloxi

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.

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.

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
  • Denis Suggs President and Chief Executive Officer, Strategic Materials, Inc.