Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations

A Private, Not-for-Profit, Licensed and Nationally Accredited College of Nursing
Where dreams of a Better Tomorrow Come True … Learn, Grow, Become …
Located at:
5154 Okeechobee Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL 33417
Phone: (561)683-1400
Fax: (561)683-6773
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Lois M. Gackenheimer Richards, PhD Ed, MSN, RN
Executive Director / President
Administrative and Instructional Personnel

ADMINISTRATION

Lois M. Gackenheimer Richards, PhD, Ed, MSN, R.N., Executive Director
Corllins University - PhD Ed, MSN
Boston College, Boston, MA - BSN
Ordained Minister
Over 40 years Nursing, Education & Administrative Experience - Acute, Long Term, and Home Care
Renée Werner, Compliance Educator — FT
George Washington University, Washington, D.C.—BBA
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA—MBA
Over 10 years experience in not-for-profit business administration with a background in Human Resources and Management.
Candi Giambatista, Compliance Educator - Part Time
Over 40 years experience Education, Management, Marketing, Bookkeeping, Auditing, Loan & Collections, over 5 years exp. Job Development and Job Placement: Career Counseling, Outreach & Recruitment.
Kenneth Leishman, Controller - FT
William Patterson University, NJ.— BA Accounting, Business Admin.
Over 25 years experience in Accounting, Financial Reporting, Budgeting, Payroll Processing, and Business Management.

DEANS/DIRECTORS

Kacey Atkinson., Dean of Student Services/Financial Aid Director - FT
Nova Southeastern University, Davie FL- Master’s in Guidance Counseling & MBA
Eastern Michigan University-BS in Interpersonal Communications
Over 20 years’ experience working in Higher Education in various Financial Aid roles.  
Neala Asser MA, RN - Academic Dean – FT
New York University, NY, NY – Master of Arts, Delivery of Nursing Services
Fairfield University, Fairfield CT – BSN
Acute Care – Adult Medical Surgical; Adult and Pediatric Critical Care; Subacute Care, Rehabilitation & Long Term Care of Adult, Geriatric and Mental Health Patients
Over 40 years of Nursing experience in Acute Care; Sub Acute, Rehabilitation and Long Term Care; Nursing Administration and Nursing Education

STUDENT SERVICES

Brian Glibowski, MBA, College Bursar—FT
Nova Southeastern University, MBA—Finance
Nova Southeastern University, BA –Business Administration
15 years experience in private, non-profit financial aid.
Jonida Gjergo, Financial Aid Processor. - FT
Keiser University, FL, MA—Homeland Security
Widener University, PA, BA—Criminal Justice
Over 10 years experience in customer service, collecting, documenting, and reporting data and information.
Over 3.5 years experience in private, non-profit financial aid.
Margaret Joseph, Academic Assistant—FT
South University, FL MBA -Healthcare Administration
ITT Technical Institute, IN — BS in Accounting
10 years in Academic Support, 7 years in Student Records (Registrar) and Management.
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Judith Miller, RN, Job Development Placement Counselor - PT
Palm Beach Community College, Lake Worth, FL - ASN
Over 40 Years Experience in Nursing Education and Long Term Care and Home Health Nursing
Assignment: Student Services—Job Placement
Erin Quillin, Receptionist/Student Services Associate - FT
Chiropractic Assistant license
Over 15 years in the Medical field, Assisting in Orthopedic, Regenerative Medicine, Intervention Pain Management. 4 years in Medical coding and billing, patient care specialty liaison.
Elizabeth Rodriguez, Registrar – FT
Northwood University—BA, Business Management
Over 15 years experience in Business Management, Marketing, Customer Relations, Student Record Keeping
Angela Stiles, Admissions Specialist - FT
Over 25 years experience in Customer Service, Marketing and Counseling
Michele Vermiglio, Student and Community Services Coordinator - FT
Montclair State University, NJ-Masters in Education>
Rutgers University, NJ—BA>
Over 25 years experience in Education. 8 years in Higher Edu-cation; Admissions, Registrar, and Associate Dean

FACULTY

Maria Alma, BSN, RN Instructor/Employment Counselor - FT
Concordia College, Wilmington, DE - BSN
Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing—Bridgeport, CT - ASN
Over 10 years Nursing Experience– Medical/Surgical, Geronotology, Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Teaching Assignment: ADN, PN & HO Division
Michael R Berneche, Pharm. D. Instructor/Employment Counselor—FT
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie PA, Doctor of Pharmacy
Experience in Transplant Pharmacy, Advanced Compounding and Infectious Diseases
Teaching Assignment: ADN Division
Stacey Chavers, MSN, RN Instructor/Employment Counselor-Per Diem
Colorado Technical University - MSN Nursing Education
Colorado Technical University- BSN Nursing Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations - ADN
Over 30 years in Blood Banking and Transfusion Services Teaching Assignment: ADN Division
Brittany Costakes, BSN, R.N. Instructor /Employment Counselor - FT
Chamberlain University, Chicago, IL. - BSN
Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations, West Palm Beach, FL.—ADN
Over 14 years’ experience in Medical-Surgical, Telemetry, Hospice & Palliative Care, and Nursing Education
Teaching Assignment: ADN & PN Division
Knolan DeVevo, MSN, BSN - Instructor/Employment Counselor– FT
Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL MSN Leadership
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL  BSN
Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth FL AND
Acute Care- Emergency Department, ICU, Cardiac step-down, Medical Surgical, Community Health.
Combined of 20 years in nursing experience in Acute Care, Community Health, Nursing education, and Nursing Administration.
Teaching Assignment: PN Division
Diane Ellen, BSN, RNC - Instructor/Employment Counselor- Per Diem
Molloy College, N.Y. BSN
Over 30 years of experience in high-risk OB, labor and delivery, Postpartum and newborn nursing.
Over 10 years Teaching experience
Teaching Assignment: ADN & PN Division
Marquise Grasty, BSN, RN, CCRN - Instructor - FT
Brockport State University, Brockport, NY. - BSN
Niagara County Community College: Brockport, NY. - ASN
Over 4 years of experience in Adult Acute Care, Surgical Trauma Inten-sive Care, Medical Intensive Care, Neuro Science, Surgical Trauma, Intensive Care, and Emergency Department
Teaching Assignment: PN Division
Garry Germinal, MSN/ED, RN, C, CRNI, LNCC, LHCRN Instructor - FT
University of the State of New York, Albany, NY. MSN in Nursing
University of the State of New York: Albany, NY. BSN
Over 30 years of experience in Nursing. Consultant in the Clinical System Management, Legal Nursing, Health Care Risk Management, Infusion Therapy, Staff Education and Wound Management.
Over 10 years of Guest Lecturing, Didactic and Clinical Instructions, Interaction, Preceptorship.
Teaching Assignment: ADN Division
Dr. Robert Ghassemi, MD, MA, RphT Instructor - Per Diem
Saint Christopher IMD College of Medicine, Luton, UK - MD
Athabasa University, Canada, Masters In Health Sciences
Humber College, Etobicoke, Canada - Pharmacy Technician
Over 4 yrs experience teaching developing program outcomes, objectives, & program goals, curriculum development, lesson plans, teaching students study techniques.
Over 5 yrs experience in Internal Medicine managing diseases, creating treatment plans, and incorporating therapy, medication, nutrition, and or surgery.
Teaching Assignment: General Education
Cindy Giambatista, Ed. D., Instructor - Per Diem
Northcentral University, Scottsdale, AZ - Doctorate in Education
Arizona State Univ., West Glendale, AZ - Master’s in Secondary Ed., Reading Emphasis
Arizona State Univ., West Glendale, AZ - Bachelor’s in Elementary Ed.
Over 8 Years Ground and Online Teaching Experience - Certified College Instructor in Educational Tech, Reading, Writing, English, and English as a Second Language
Teaching Assignment: General Education
Alison Gill, BSN, RN, Instructor/Employment Counselor - FT
South University, West Palm Beach, FL - BSN
Over 4 years experience in Acute Care, Home Care, Private Care and Assisted Living
Teaching Assignment: PN Division
Devalie Gilzine, MSN, RN, Instructor/Employment Counselor - FT
Phoenix University, Palm Beach Gardens, FL—MSN
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL—BSN
Acute Care– Adult Medical Surgical, Emergency; Outpatient, Hemodialysis, Obstetrics & Pediatrics; Subacute Care Rehabilitation & Long Term Care of Adult, Geriatric & Mental Health Patients.
Over 20 years of Nursing Experience in Medical Surgical, Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Geriatrics, Mental Health and Nursing Education
Teaching Assignment: ADN Division
Deborah Grotke, BSN, RN, Instructor/Employment Counselor - FT
University of Miami, Miami, FL - BSN
Over 30 Years Experience - Acute Care, Geriatrics and Long Term Care
7 years experience of Nursing Instruction
Teaching Assignment: PN Division
Karen Gulledge, MSN, RN, Evening Shift Nursing Supervisor – FT
American Sentinel University – MSN in Nursing Education
American Sentinel University – BSN
Palm Beach Community College – ASN
Acute Care – Adult Medical Surgical and Critical Care of Adult, Geriatric, Pediatric, Obstetrics; In Patient Mental Health, Adult and Pediatric; Home Health Care
Over 20 years’ experience in Medical Surgical, Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Geriatric, Mental Health and Nursing Education
Teaching Assignment: ADN & PN Division
Lisa Kanakry, MSN, RN, Instructor/Employment Counselor – FT
Kaplan University, MSN, Nurse Educator
Wagner College, Staten Island, NY - BSN
Over 15 years experience in Maternal/Child Health in Acute Care Settings and Community
Teaching Assignment - ADN & PN Division
Dinah Macavinta, BSN, RN, Instructor/Employment Counselor - FT
Velez College, Philippines, BSN
Over 20 years experience in Acute Care and Psychiatric Nursing and Nursing Education
Teaching Assignment: PN Division
Edwin Ortiz, BSN, RN, Instructor/Employment Counselor - Per Diem
Catholic University Puerto Rico - BSN
University of Phoenix - MBA, HCM
Over 30 years nursing experience - acute care, ER triage, and medical surgical
Teaching Assignment: ADN, PN & General Education Division
Timothy Parker, MAT, BSN, RN, Instructor/Employment Counselor - FT
Simmons College, Boston, MA - MA in Education
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL - FBSN
Thomas Edison State College, Trenton, NJ-BA in Natural Science & Mathematics
Gloucester County College, Sewell, NJ — AS in Biology
Over 5 years Nursing Education, Medical Surgical, Oncology
Over 10 years teaching experience—Science, Health Science, A&P, Biology
Teaching Assignment: ADN & PN Division
Latonya Patterson, MSN, RN-Instructor/Employment Counselor - FT
University of Phoenix, Palm Beach Gardens, FL — MSN
University of Phoenix, Palm Beach Gardens, FL — BSN
Excelsior College, Albany, NY — RN
Over 25 years’ experience as a Nurse
Over 15 years experience in Nurse management.
Teaching Assignment: PN and ADN Division
Christiane Previlma, MS, RN, Instructor/Employment Counselor - FT
Southern New Hampshire University, MS in Psychology
Florida Atlantic University, BS in Healthcare Administration
The Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations– ADN
15 years experienced in Geriatric Care and Case Management.
5 years experience in Mental Health and Home Healthcare.
Teaching Assignment: ADN Division
Kelly Pollino, RN Instructor /Employment Counselor - Per Diem
Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations – ADN
Greater Lowell Nursing—LPN
Over 30 years Nursing experience as an LPN and now an RN
Served 20 years in the military as a nurse
Teaching Assignment: PN Division
Jamie Rubin, BSN, RN, Instructor/Employment Counselor – FT
College of Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati, OH - BSN
Miami University, Oxford, OH - Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry
Over 20 years experience in cardiology, open heart unit, critical care, respiratory and hospice
Teaching Assignment: PN Division
Chris Scheffleid BSN, RN Instructor /Employment Counselor - FT
Capella University, Minneapolis, MN—Bachelor of Science in Nursing
San Antonio College, San Antonio, TX—Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing
Over 20 years nursing experience in Cardiology, Research, Pediatrics, Emergency Room and Critical Care
Over 4 years teaching experience
Teaching Assignment: ADN Division
Alexis Stallings, BSN, RN, Instructor /Employment Counselor - PT
Indian River State College—AND & BSN
Over 4 years experience in Adult Medical Surgical and Dialysis Care, Home Health, and Assisted Living
Teaching Assignment: PN Division
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