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

Christopher Artim

Christopher Artim President - Brightwood College in Hammond

Gene Augustine

Gene Augustine Director - Golf Academy of America in Myrtle Beach

Aaron Barksdale

Aaron Barksdale President - Brightwood College in Beaumont

Kevin Beaver

Kevin Beaver President - Brightwood College in Baltimore

Eric Berrios

Eric Berrios President - Virginia College in Mobile

Robert Butterworth

Robert Butterworth President - Virginia College in Richmond

James Campbell

James Campbell President - Virginia College in Greensboro

Cathy Clark

Cathy Clark President - Virginia College in Shreveport/Bossier City

Jay Clayton

Jay Clayton President - Brightwood Career Institute in Pittsburgh

Kim Coolidge

Kim Coolidge President - Virginia College in Pensacola

Dennis Corrado

Dennis Corrado President - Virginia College in Savannah

Dominick DeLorenzo

Dominick DeLorenzo President - Virginia College in Chattanooga

Tim Eberlein

Tim Eberlein Director - Golf Academy of America in Phoenix

Duemand Edwards

Duemand Edwards President - Brightwood College in Arlington

Noha Elbaz

Noha Elbaz President - Brightwood College in Fresno

Colin Ellis

Colin Ellis President - Brightwood College in Brownsville

Nick Foong

Nick Foong President - Virginia College in Columbia

Jeffrey Georgeson

Jeffrey Georgeson President - Virginia College in Charleston

Tenika Glenn

Tenika Glenn President - Brightwood College in Charlotte

Chris Gorrie

Chris Gorrie President - Ecotech Institute in Denver

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

Neal Isaac

Neal Isaac President - Virginia College in Spartanburg

Stephanie Jackson

Stephanie Jackson President - Brightwood College in Towson

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

Lee Jones

Lee Jones President - Brightwood College in Beltsville

Cherie Keating

Cherie Keating President - Virginia College in Macon

Sean Kuhn

Sean Kuhn President - Brightwood College in Dayton

Josh Levenson

Josh Levenson President - Brightwood College in North Hollywood

Mike Little

Mike Little Interim President - Virginia College in Fort Pierce

Susan Lynch

Susan Lynch President - Brightwood Career Institute in Harrisburg

Ali Malik

Ali Malik President - Brightwood College in Bakersfield

Shaheen Mamdani

Shaheen Mamdani President - Brightwood College in Fort Worth

Mike McDonald

Mike McDonald Director - Golf Academy of America in Dallas

Adam Merkle

Adam Merkle President - Virginia College in Biloxi

James Michel

James Michel President - Virginia College in Lubbock

Dawn Michell

Dawn Michell President - Brightwood College in El Paso

Lisia Moore

Lisia Moore President - Brightwood College in Las Vegas

David Movsesian

David Movsesian President - Brightwood College in San Diego

Sandra Muskopf

Sandra Muskopf President - Brightwood College in San Antonio / San Pedro

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

Kevin Quirk

Kevin Quirk President - Brightwood College in Palm Springs

Allen Rice

Allen Rice President - Virginia College in Huntsville

Melody Rider

Melody Rider President - Virginia College in Austin

Eric Rudie

Eric Rudie President - Brightwood College in San Antonio/Ingram

Jacki Rupe

Jacki Rupe President - Brightwood College in Sacramento

Khaled Sakalla

Khaled Sakalla President - Virginia College Online Programs

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

Karen Springer

Karen Springer President - Brightwood Career Institute in Philadelphia Mills

Mitch Sudy

Mitch Sudy President - Virginia College in Greenville

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

Dale Turner

Dale Turner President - Virginia College in Birmingham

Leticia Ventura

Leticia Ventura President - Brightwood College in McAllen

Bill Wells

Bill Wells President - Virginia College in Baton Rouge

Mary Whitlock

Mary Whitlock President - Brightwood 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.

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.

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 Officer and President of Online

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.

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 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.

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
  • John Kline Former United States Representative
  • 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.