Leadership Team

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Campus Presidents and Directors

Milton Anderson

Milton Anderson President - Virginia College in Jackson

Johnny Arellano

Johnny Arellano President - Brightwood Career Institute in Philadelphia

Mike Arpaio

Mike Arpaio President - Virginia College in Charleston

Christopher Artim

Christopher Artim President - Brightwood College in Hammond

Kevin Beaver

Kevin Beaver President - Brightwood College in Beltsville

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

Liza Canchola

Liza Canchola President - Kaplan College in San Antonio/Ingram

Rene Candelaria

Rene Candelaria President - Kaplan College in San Antonio / San Pedro

Mike Cleary

Mike Cleary President - Virginia College in Augusta

Kim Coolidge

Kim Coolidge President - Virginia College in Pensacola

Dennis Corrado

Dennis Corrado President - Virginia College in Austin

Veronica Cram

Veronica Cram President - Virginia College in Huntsville

Dominick DeLorenzo

Dominick DeLorenzo President - Virginia College in Chattanooga

Matt Diacont

Matt Diacont President - Brightwood College in Baltimore

Bridgette Easley-Ellis

Bridgette Easley-Ellis President - Kaplan College in Beaumont

Tim Eberlein

Tim Eberlein Director - Golf Academy of America in Phoenix

Duemand Edwards

Duemand Edwards President - Kaplan College in Arlington

Noha Elbaz

Noha Elbaz President - Brightwood College in Fresno

Colin Ellis

Colin Ellis President - Kaplan College in Brownsville

Vincent Femia

Vincent Femia President - Virginia College in Fort Pierce

Nick Foong

Nick Foong President - Virginia College in Columbia

Tenika Glenn

Tenika Glenn President - Brightwood College in Charlotte

Chris Gorrie

Chris Gorrie President - Ecotech Institute in Denver

Jim Hart

Jim Hart Director - Golf Academy of America in Myrtle Beach

Jorge Hinojosa

Jorge Hinojosa President - Kaplan College in Laredo

Jeriann Hix

Jeriann Hix President - Kaplan College in Corpus Christi

Hunter Hopkins

Hunter Hopkins President - Brightwood Career Institute in Pittsburgh

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

Brent Jenkins

Brent Jenkins President - Brightwood College in Indianapolis

Haley Johnson

Haley Johnson President - Brightwood College in Nashville

Bill Jones

Bill Jones President - Brightwood College in Modesto

Josh Levenson

Josh Levenson President - Kaplan College in North Hollywood

Madeline Little

Madeline Little President - Virginia College in Montgomery

Susan Lynch

Susan Lynch President - Brightwood Career Institute in Harrisburg

Ali Malik

Ali Malik President - Brightwood College in Bakersfield

Shaheen Mamdani

Shaheen Mamdani President - Kaplan College in Fort Worth

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

James Michel

James Michel President - Virginia College in Lubbock

Dawn Michell

Dawn Michell President - Kaplan College in El Paso

Lisia Moore

Lisia Moore President - Brightwood College in Las Vegas

David Movsesian

David Movsesian President - Brightwood College in San Diego

Kevin Newby

Kevin Newby President - Virginia College in Spartanburg

Michelle Owens

Michelle Owens President - Kaplan College in Dallas

Justin Pond

Justin Pond President - Brightwood College in Friendswood

Alex Poyuzina

Alex Poyuzina President - Brightwood College in Chula Vista

Kevin Quirk

Kevin Quirk President - Brightwood College in Palm Springs

Melody Rider

Melody Rider President - Virginia College in Shreveport/Bossier City

Jacki Rupe

Jacki Rupe President - Brightwood College in Sacramento

Kristan Ryan

Kristan Ryan President - Virginia College in Savannah

Khaled Sakalla

Khaled Sakalla President - Virginia College in Birmingham

Richard Sambrano

Richard Sambrano President - Brightwood College in North Houston

William Schnell

William Schnell President - Brightwood Career Institute in Broomall

Greg Shields

Greg Shields President - Brightwood College in Dayton

Karen Springer

Karen Springer President - Brightwood Career Institute in Philadelphia Mills

Jeremiah Staropoli

Jeremiah Staropoli President - Brightwood College in Towson

Laura Stinson

Laura Stinson President - Brightwood College in Vista

Mitch Sudy

Mitch Sudy President - Virginia College in Greenville

James Sutton

James Sutton President - Virginia College in Macon

Shannon Swartz

Shannon Swartz Campus President - Virginia College in Florence

Sergio Takahashi

Sergio Takahashi President - Virginia College in Knoxville

Stephanie Thrasher

Stephanie Thrasher President - Virginia College in Tulsa

Brad Turner

Brad Turner Director - Golf Academy of America in Orlando

Leticia Ventura

Leticia Ventura President - Kaplan College in McAllen

Bill Wells

Bill Wells President - Virginia College in Baton Rouge

Mary Whitlock

Mary Whitlock President - Kaplan College in Riverside

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.

Geoffrey Baird

Geoffrey Baird Group President, Emerging Brands

Geoff Baird brings over 20 years of diverse experience in building great teams, developing innovative products and leading the pursuit of new and high-growth markets. Geoff led a significant brand refresh and business turnaround of the Commercial Products and Services business unit of Sears Holdings and spent 15 years in leadership roles at a variety of high-growth technology companies. This included developing the global go-to-market strategy and product roadmap for Motorola's multibillion-dollar smartphone product group. Geoff's experience also includes leadership positions at Sterling Commerce, Deloitte Consulting and Xpedior, which he helped take public in 2000.

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.

Ryan Brewer

Ryan Brewer Senior Vice President of Financial Operations and Controller

Ryan Brewer is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of accounting, student finance, financial planning and analysis, treasury and procurement functions. Prior to starting his career at ECA in 2007 he held management positions with Arthur Andersen and Enterprise Rent-A-Car. In addition, he served as Director of Finance for HealthSouth during the company's reorganization due to previous management fraud. Ryan is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Alabama State Society of Certified Public Accountants and other organizations. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a master's degree in accountancy from the University of Alabama.

Dominick Fedele

Dominick Fedele Group President of Operations

Dominick Fedele joined ECA in 2015 after a seven-year career with Kaplan Higher Education Corporation (KHEC), where he had served as Senior Vice President of Operations since 2011. In that position, he was responsible for all field operations and results across 38 campuses, as well as direct oversight of admissions, marketing, academics, career services, business development, facilities, compliance and training. Dom also served as key leader of the KHEC sale to ECA and the resulting integration project. Prior to that, he served in other leadership functions for KHEC, Career Education Corporation (Le Cordon Bleu Culinary division) and McDonald's corporate office in Oakbrook, Illinois. Dom holds a BS in accounting from Elmhurst College.

Gregory Fern

Gregory Fern Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Partnerships

Greg Fern is former partner with the Recovery and Transformation Services Practice of McKinsey & Company's Chicago office. Greg has over 23 years of hands-on operations experience and has deep expertise in the areas of business turnarounds, supply chain management, business operations, finance, and strategy development and execution. Examples of his accomplishments include leading the pre/post-merger integration and restructuring for Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility, running the end-to-end supply chain for Motorola's cellular handset business and leading strategy and business development for Sears Home Services business. Greg holds a BS from Illinois State University as well as several advanced education certifications.

Paula Frey

Paula Frey Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

With over 25 years of experience in the telecommunication, service and retail industries, Paula Frey provides leadership for human resource management functions at ECA. Prior to joining ECA, Paula was the Chief Human Resources Officer at Sears Holding, preceded by 19 years at Motorola where she held progressively larger roles within human resources. Her expertise as a strategic business partner includes extensive experience in talent acquisition, talent management, leadership coaching, and mergers and acquisitions. Paula received her Bachelor of Science degree in organizational management from Illinois State University.

Dean Mahaffey

Dean Mahaffey Senior Vice President of Admissions

Dean Mahaffey joined ECA in 2003 and has focused on the leadership, development, and improvement of enrollment/admissions services. Prior to that, Dean spent 15 years honing sales, management and technical skills in the consumer products sector.

Steve McClearn

Steve McClearn Senior VP Online Strategy and Development

Steve McClearn has over 10 years of leadership experience in e-commerce and operations for both large and small companies. He joined ECA from Trunk Club, where innovations in improving the consumer apparel shopping experience led to its purchase by Nordstrom. Prior to that he was CEO of Interior Define, a furniture e-commerce startup. Steve also spent seven years at Sears Holdings, including responsibilities for the appliance e-commerce business. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS from Cornell 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.

John Schuman

John Schuman Group President of Operations

John Schuman joined ECA from ITT Technical Institute where he served as College Director for two years. He began his career at Delta Air Lines, where he spent 13 years in customer service, operations, compliance, and ultimately led advertising and brand development for the SkyTeam Alliance. Following Delta, he spent two years at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) leading marketing and recruitment for its European campus. John holds a BA in political science from the State University of New York at Cortland and an MBA from Columbia Southern University.

Erin Shea

Erin Shea Senior Vice President of Career Services

Erin Shea started her education career in 2002 and has held leadership positions at both the campus and corporate level. In 2015, Erin began serving ECA as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, successfully managing the integration of Kaplan Colleges. Prior to joining ECA she was the Vice President of Marketing and Admissions for Kaplan Higher Education campuses. She also held an operational leadership role in career services while at Kaplan and was one of the team members who brought the Career Compass™ Certified Professional program to fruition. Erin received her Bachelors of Arts degree in marketing and communications from DePaul University.

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.

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.