Leadership Team

We are in the business of transforming lives.

Campus Presidents and Directors

Rachelle Agatha

Rachelle Agatha President - Brightwood College in Nashville

Johnny Arellano

Johnny Arellano President - Brightwood Career Institute in Philadelphia

Christopher Artim

Christopher Artim President - Brightwood College in Hammond

Gene Augustine

Gene Augustine Director - Golf Academy of America in Myrtle Beach

Robert Burnfield

Robert Burnfield President - Virginia College in Greenville

Robert Butterworth

Robert Butterworth President - Virginia College in Richmond

Laureen Cahill

Laureen Cahill Campus President - Virginia College in Birmingham

Gregg Crowe

Gregg Crowe President - Virginia College in Knoxville

Todd Cunningham

Todd Cunningham President - Virginia College in Savannah

Colin Ellis

Colin Ellis President - Brightwood College in Brownsville

Jeffrey Georgeson

Jeffrey Georgeson President - Virginia College in Charleston

Tenika Glenn

Tenika Glenn President - Brightwood College in Charlotte

Jorge Hinojosa

Jorge Hinojosa President - Brightwood College in Laredo

Jeriann Hix

Jeriann Hix President - Brightwood College in Corpus Christi

Howard Horton Esq.

Howard Horton, Esq. President - New England College of Business

Richard Iorio

Richard Iorio Director - Golf Academy of America in San Diego

Stephanie Jackson

Stephanie Jackson President - Brightwood College in Baltimore

Monica Jeffs

Monica Jeffs Campus President - Brightwood College in San Antonio (San Pedro)

Brent Jenkins

Brent Jenkins President - Brightwood College in Indianapolis

Bill Jones

Bill Jones President - Brightwood College in Modesto

Josh Levenson

Josh Levenson President - Brightwood College in Van Nuys

Susan Lynch

Susan Lynch President - Brightwood Career Institute in Harrisburg

Shaheen Mamdani

Shaheen Mamdani President - Brightwood College in Fort Worth

Seth Mazzei

Seth Mazzei President - Virginia College in Greensboro

Mike McDonald

Mike McDonald Director - Golf Academy of America in Dallas

James Michel

James Michel President - Virginia College in Lubbock

Dawn Michell

Dawn Michell President - Brightwood College in El Paso

David Movsesian

David Movsesian President - Brightwood College in San Diego

Michelle Owens

Michelle Owens President - Brightwood College in Dallas

Kate Packard

Kate Packard President - Virginia College in Augusta

Laura Pitts

Laura Pitts President - Brightwood College in Vista

Justin Pond

Justin Pond President - Brightwood College in Friendswood

Alex Poyuzina

Alex Poyuzina President - Brightwood College in Chula Vista

Eric Rudie

Eric Rudie President - Brightwood College in San Antonio (Ingram)

Richard Sambrano

Richard Sambrano President - Brightwood College in North Houston

William Schnell

William Schnell President - Brightwood Career Institute in Broomall

Don Slayter

Don Slayter President - Virginia College in Jacksonville

Jason Smith

Jason Smith Campus President - Brightwood College in Las Vegas

Ned Snyder

Ned Snyder President - Virginia College in Florence

Karen Springer

Karen Springer President - Brightwood Career Institute in Philadelphia Mills

Brad Turner

Brad Turner Director - Golf Academy of America in Orlando

Dale Turner

Dale Turner President - Brightwood College in Beltsville

Leticia Ventura

Leticia Ventura President - Brightwood College in McAllen

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.

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.

Steve McClearn

Steve McClearn Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing and Academics Officer

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.

Tom Mikkelson

Tom Mikkelson Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Tom Mikkelson started at ECA in March 2016 as the Vice President of IT Operations and Engineering with over 20 years of multi-industry experience leading IT service delivery and engineering. Tom joined ECA from Acxiom Corporation, where he served in multiple key leadership positions over 11 years, predominantly as the Principal Architect stewarding the solutions for Acxiom’s largest financial services clients, as well as Technology Executive, Director of Service Delivery, and Business Transformation Leader roles. Before Acxiom, Tom held positions leading IT operations, system architecture and IT risk management functions at JP Morgan Chase and Orange Business Services (formerly Global One Telecommunications). Tom graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S. in Computer Science, and upon graduation, he served in the U.S. Navy’s nuclear submarine force.

Erin Shea

Erin Shea Chief Student Officer

Erin Shea started her education career in 2002 and has held leadership positions at both the campus and corporate level. Prior to joining ECA she was the Vice President of Marketing and Admissions for Kaplan Higher Education campuses. In 2015, Erin began serving ECA as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, successfully managing the integration of Kaplan Colleges after which she led the graduate placement services department as Senior Vice President of Career Development. In her role as Chief Student Officer Erin ensures that ECA is a student outcome-focused organization by managing high-priority projects across the entire student lifecycle; including those related to student persistence, graduation, placement, and student return on their investment. 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 was 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.

Board of Directors

  • Avy H. Stein, Chairman Managing Partner, Willis Stein & Partners
  • John Bakalar Former President and Chief Operating Officer, Rand McNally Corporation
  • Christopher Boehm Executive Vice President, Education Corporation of America
  • Scott Conners Managing Director, Cresset Partners; Retired Partner, Landmark Partners
  • Jerry Dervin Chief Financial Officer, Kaplan Higher Education LLC
  • John P. Frazee, Jr. Retired President, Sprint Corporation
  • John Kline, Jr. Former Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Michael E. Lavin Retired Midwest Area Managing Partner, KPMG, LLP
  • Michael Moskow, Ph.D. Vice Chair and Distinguished Fellow, Global Economy at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
  • Stuart Reed President and Chief Executive Officer, Education Corporation of America
  • Denis Suggs President and Chief Executive Officer, Strategic Materials, Inc.