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Board Of Directors

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Dr. John Kenny

President & Founder

D.C. National University of Health Sciences, Chiropractic Physician
B.S. National University of Health Sciences, Human Biology
B.A. Northwestern University, Biology

Dr. Kenny grew up in Chicago, Illinois and wrestled for Northwestern University. After graduating with a degree in Biology, he went on to National University of Health Sciences graduating with a doctorate. He began practicing in 1982 opening two clinics in Chicago. From there, Dr. Kenny went on to become licensed physician in Arizona and Nevada as well as Iliinois. He moved to Nevada in 1988 and has been practicing in the Las Vegas valley ever since. In 1997, Dr. Kenny had a dream to open a school and founded Northwest Massage School where he began teaching Anatomy, Physiology and Kinesiology. Today, his small school has grown into Northwest Career College. Dr. Kenny has served on numerous boards and organizations but focuses his time on his passions: his family, his patients and his students
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Dr. Stephanie Kenny

Chief Academic Officer
Dean of Students

D.O. Touro University
B.A. University of Southern California, Biology

Stephanie Kenny grew up in Las Vegas and played soccer and softball for the Meadows School in Summerlin. She began working at Northwest at the age of 13 doing everything from cleaning to copying. After graduating high school, Stephanie headed to the University of Southern California to study biology. Upon graduation, Stephanie began pursuing her Medical Career and graduated from Touro University in 2016. Additionally, she accepted the position as the Chief Finance Officer of Northwest Career College where she works side by side with her family.
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Dr. Thomas Kenny

Chief Compliance Officer

D.M.D. University of Nevada Las Vegas, Dentistry
B.A. University of Southern California, Biology

Dr. Thomas Kenny was born in Chicago, raised in Las Vegas, but considers Northwest Career College his true home. He has been working at NCC for as long as he can remember. He started by moving and building furniture on the weekends and has served in a variety of roles throughout the years. He is now the Director of Regulatory Affairs, overseeing the licensure and accreditation processes for NCC, as well as the Dental Assisting Program Director. Dr. Thomas began his service as an ABHES Commissioner in July 2017 and looks forward to the opportunity to help shape the future of the education industry as a whole.
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Patrick Kenny, B.A.

Chief Executive Officer
Director Of Human Resources

B.A. University of San Diego, Psychology

Patrick Kenny is one of the founding members of the Northwest family and has served as the Chief Operating Officer since June of 2013. Patrick graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from the University of San Diego and has an extensive background in operations, project management, team building, and student development. As a member of the Kenny family, Patrick has been serving in one role or another at the college for most of his life.
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Michael Kenny, B.S.

Chief Financial Officer

B.S., University of Nevada Las Vegas

Michael Kenny grew up in Las Vegas and played football and wrestled for the Meadows School in Summerlin. He began working at Northwest at the age of 13 doing everything from cleaning to copying. After graduating high school, Michael headed to the University of San Diego to study accounting. After two years, Michael transferred to UNLV where he completed his accounting and finance degrees while continuing to work for Northwest Career College as the Director of Finance where he works side by side with his family every day.

Staff

Academic Affairs
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Dr. Stephanie Kenny

Chief Academic Officer
Dean of Students

D.O. Touro University
B.A. University of Southern California, Biology

Stephanie Kenny grew up in Las Vegas and played soccer and softball for the Meadows School in Summerlin. She began working at Northwest at the age of 13 doing everything from cleaning to copying. After graduating high school, Stephanie headed to the University of Southern California to study biology. Upon graduation, Stephanie began pursuing her Medical Career and graduated from Touro University in 2016. Additionally, she accepted the position as the Chief Finance Officer of Northwest Career College where she works side by side with her family.
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Ceisley Jefferson

Executive Assistant to the CAO

Originally from Southern California, Ceisley went to Apple Valley High School and is currently attending Southern New Hampshire University where she is pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.

Ceisley absolutely loves to learn. Professional and personal development is very important to her, so she tries to learn something new every day. Additionally, she is passionate about diversity and equity.

For Ceisley, the best thing about working at Northwest Career College is the positive, genuine, and friendly environment.

At the weekend, Ceisley is a Zumba instructor, as well as a Musical Theatre performer and she enjoys cooking, reading, catching up on her favorite true crime podcasts, and spending time with family and friends.
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Seri Marx, B.A.

Director Of Academic Affairs

B.A. University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Seri moved to Las Vegas in 2003 and graduated from UNLV in 2010 with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications. She pursued a career in Office Management and worked as an Assistant Project Manager. In January 2017, Seri joined Northwest Career College as the Executive Assistant to the Dean of Students and has since transitioned to the Director of Academic Affairs.

In her free time, she enjoys quality time with her family and seeking outdoor adventure.
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Rebecca Hill, M.P.H.

Director of Strategy & Program Development

M.P.H., University of New England

A lifelong native of Las Vegas, Becky has only just started to appreciate all that this fantastic city has to offer. Born just outside Seattle, Washington, Becky moved Las Vegas via Albuquerque, New Mexico and completed her Undergraduate Degree at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas before moving on to complete her Master's Degree at the University of New England In her spare time, Becky’s world revolves around my boxer, Murphie, watching videos of recipes and crafts that she struggles to find the time to make, and learning to stick to a new interest for more than three months at a time, although she will be the first to admit that’s still a work in progress. Becky's favorite part of working for NCC is that it’s hard to have a bad day working at Northwest because everyone is pulling in the same direction, striving to ensure the students are supported from start to finish and beyond.
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Century Leigh, B.S.

Registrar

B.S. Northwest Missouri State University

Century graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a B.S. in International Business before joining Northwest Career College and the Admissions Team in July 2017. A competitive figure skater, Century has represented the USA in competitions across the world, including France, Germany, Estonia, and Canada.
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Daniella Martinez, B.A.

Academic Affairs Manager

B.A., Arizona State University

Daniella was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, before moving to Arizona, where she worked teaching elementary school students.

Having attended Palo Verde High School, Daniella achieved her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University’s Tempe campus. She taught in Arizona and Las Vegas for almost five years, and she has worked with students in grades K-6 through various tutoring, internships, and volunteering programs.

Daniella also worked for over two years training fellow education majors in educational technology. She now brings those teaching and training skills to bear as the Academic Affairs Advising Manager.

The thing that drew Daniella to Northwest was the family-oriented environment and positive attitude at NCC. Her professional passion is contributing to the future and enriching our world, and Daniella looks forward to doing this by elevating students toward their future goals and ambitions.

In her spare time, Daniella’s hobbies include rock climbing, hiking, and crafting. Her guilty pleasures are trying different coffee drinks, going out to eat, and feeding her sweet tooth.
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Jacquelin Favela

Academic Advisor I

Originally from Pomona, California, Jacquelin moved to Las Vegas with her parents when she was eight years old and has been in love with the city ever since.

Throughout the different roles, she has held here at Northwest Career College (NCC), she has experience assisting students and helping them succeed here. Being a part of the Academic Affairs department, Jacquelin channels her passion for helping others and strives to make NCC the best college in Las Vegas for our valued students.
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Kenia Lara, B.A.

Academic Affairs Advisor I

B.A., University of California, Irvine (UCI)

A Southern California native, Kenia obtained her B.A. in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine.

With experience as a Behavior Interventionist at a hands-on behavior school and as the Student Affairs Coordinator at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, Kenia has helped a variety of students succeed. She now joins the Northwest Career College (NCC) family as part of our Academic Affairs team.

Passionate about education and helping others, Kenia thoroughly enjoys working with students. Above all else, she is focused on helping students reach their goals and ensuring student life is at its best.

For Kenia, the best thing about working at NCC is that our team’s top priority is to passionately support and encourage our students in their commitment to excellence.
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Tiffany Pellegrini, MEd

Academic Advisor I

MEd, Regis University

Tiffany is an Illinois native; she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Western Illinois University and acquired her Master’s Degree in Education from Regis University.

As a former teacher for Clark County and current Academic Advisor for Northwest Career College, Tiffany comes with over 20 years of experience working with students. She has assisted students by helping them mold their future into a bright and successful one.

Passionate about animals, nature, and helping people, Tiffany brings that passion to NCC to support our student’s needs and spreading positivity.
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Fernando Herbert, B.S.

Spanish Language Consultant

B.S. Ed. City College of New York

At an early age, Fernando moved from San Pedro de Macorís in the Dominican Republic to NYC to raise a family and begin his teaching career. Now at the young age of 80, he is still passionate about educating young minds, bringing his years of experience and his Master’s Degree in Education to bear on his students.

In his spare time, Fernando enjoys reading, crossword puzzles, playing the slots at one of Las Vegas’s many casinos, and indulging in good music. He loves that his position at Northwest allows him to continue with his love of teaching and have an impact on the next generation of NCC graduates.
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Ashli Conners, M.B.A.

Administrative Liaison I

M.B.A. Northcentral University, Scottsdale

Ashli earned her degree from the Texas Woman’s University in Denton and her M.B.A from Northcentral University.

Now a member of our Academic Affairs Department, Ashli’s passion is to help others prepare for a better future by providing resources, assistance, and encouragement along the way. At Northwest Career College, Ashli can guide and ensure students are successful throughout their chosen program.
Admissions Department
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Sophia Palomino, B.S.

Director of Admissions

B.S. Westwood College

Originally from Huntington Beach in California, Sophia finished high school there before attending Westwood College in Anaheim to earn her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Along with her husband and two children, Sophia moved from San Diego to Las Vegas in 2016 and joined the Northwest family as part of our operations department.

For Sophia, the best part of the job is the opportunity to emotionally connect with students and she does her best to be a counselor, a friend, cheerleader, and safe place. She finds that being surrounded by like-minded people here at NCC makes being there for the students that much easier

On the weekends, Sophia can most often be found indulging her passion for the outdoors, enjoying sunset surf sessions, camping under the stars, a good fishing trip or a long ride down a snowy valley. She likes to cap those outdoor adventures off with her some of her favorite food, eggplant parmesan, blueberry cream cheese over French toast, cream puffs or caprese pasta.
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Grace Perea

New Student Manager

Born in California, Grace moved out to Las Vegas when she was 15 and joined Northwest Career College in November, 2014 managing the office in the evenings, working with the night students. Over the years, Grace continued to demonstrate her understanding of student challenges and needs. Her passion for helping students achieve their ultimate career goals made Grace the clear leader of our enrollment team and today Grace is the Director of Admissions for NCC. Excited to be excited to be part of the NCC family, the best part of Grace’s job is helping to change students lives for a brighter future, and having that impact on as many people as possible.
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Hugo Chinchilla, M.B.A.

Enrollment Manager

M.B.A. Argosy University

Originally a native of New Jersey, Hugo, along with his wife and two sons, moved to Las Vegas in 2000 on the advice of his best friend from high school. They haven’t looked back since. The recipient of a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Rutgers University and an MBA from Argosy, Hugo has been working in education for over seventeen years.

A committed family man himself, Hugo loves the family atmosphere here at Northwest and the fact that he, and every other member of staff, are on the same page when it comes to getting the best for our students. For Hugo, It’s all about the student and their success and his professional passion is changing lives, one student at a time.

In his spare time, Hugo can be found jogging, taking in the latest Disney or Marvel movies, and making the traditional Sunday morning breakfast for his family.
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Michael Dramis

Intake Manager

Miami Dade Junior College

A business owner for most of his life, Michael has been part of the Northwest team for eleven years and is now the Senior Enrollment Specialist in our Admissions Department. Michael considers the position of Senior Enrollment Specialist to be one of the most rewarding he has yet held, helping students achieve their goal of a earning a great position in the career they have chosen. So rewarding in fact that, after taking several years off to try out semi-retirement he eventually returned to Northwest where his focus remains the success of every student whose lives he touches every day.
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Jolee Frantzich

Intake Specialist II

Jolee is originally from New York and moved to Vegas in 1992. Having grown up the restaurant business, with her family owning an International House of Pancakes (IHOP), Jolee moved to Vegas to open up the Great Steak and Potato Companies in the food courts in the malls.

As a professional Jolee strives to be the best at whatever she is doing. On a personal level, she is passionate about her family and is a proud mother of two and a proud grandmother to a beautiful granddaughter.

Jolee enjoys working at NCC because of the family atmosphere that allows here to indulge both her passions at once.
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Derrick Mosqueda

Intake Specialist I

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Emerald Garcia, A.A.B.

Senior Enrollment Specialist

A.A.B. College of Southern Nevada

Emerald joined Northwest Career College in February of 2017, taking on the position of Outreach Coordinator. The recipient of a degree in Business Management, Emerald brings her unique background knowledge, skill set, and interpersonal skills to the role. A proud member of NCC, Emerald's passion is solely driven in the direction of aiding students in their dream of finding a career and imparting the message "come be a part of our family!"
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Victor Maniece

Senior Enrollment Specialist

Originally from small-town Ohio, Victor moved to Las Vegas to explore new horizons. At work, Victor enjoys helping NCC’s students discover new possibilities and pursue those opportunities with an open mind and a strong heart. Always outgoing, Victor can always be relied upon to listen and offer advice, and he likes to do both with a smile.
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Andres Ontiveros

Enrollment Specialist II

Originally from Sinaloa in Mexico, Andres was raised in San Deigo before moving to Las Vegas in 2015. Having gradate from Chula Vista High School, Andres attended SDSU before coming to join us here at Northwest as part of our commited admissions team.

A positive and optimistic person who is always up for a challenge, Andres enjoys working here at Northwest because of the people and the atmosphere.

On the weekend, Andres can be found watching movies, going to the gym, or doing anything to do with his love of the outdoors.
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Dominique Lewis, B.S.

Enrollment Specialist II

B.S. California State University, San Marcos

Originally from Washington state, Dominique went to high school in a small town called Spanaway but spent all of his college years in San Diego. Having graduated with a Bachelor’s in Business Management, Dominique is now part of our admissions team and enjoying the positive impact his role allows him to have on other people.

An upbeat team player who loves creating new relationships, Dominique looks forward to using his knowledge and experience for his own business someday, but in the meantime, he’s using his skills to help lead our students to success.

In his spare time, Dominique can most often be found hanging out with friends and family, watching sports, and trying new things, such as new cities, foods, and activities.
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Hailey Burbridge, B.A.

Enrollment Specialist I

B.A. Purdue University, West Lafayette

Originally from Hobart, IN, Hailey graduated from both Hobart High School and Purdue University with a BA in Public Relations and Strategic Communication.

After graduation, Hailey decided to move out west and settled in Nevada. Now a member of our dedicated Front Office staff, Hailey is passionate about making a difference in the lives of others, both professionally and personally.

For Hailey, the best thing about working here is being able to truly make a difference in somebody’s life for the better, as setting our students up for success is such a crucial role in changing their lives and creating a better future.

At the weekends, Hailey can be found watching sitcoms, cooking, hiking with her dog Xena or hanging out with friends by the pool.
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Charles “Chuck” Grays III, M.S.

Enrollment Specialist I

M.S. University of La Verne

Born and raised in California, Chuck earned his B.A. in Communications at the California State University of San Bernardino and his M.S. in Educational Counseling at the University of La Verne before being drawn to join NCC as an Enrollment Specialist.

Chuck has always been community-minded and spends much of his free time volunteering at community service events, and helping, inspiring, and impacting the youth to excel academically, socially, and personally.

For Chuck, the best thing about working for NCC is the family environment where everyone supports each other and that the main goal for Northwest is to make a difference in the students’ lives.

When he isn’t coaching, Chuck likes to spend his spare time writing poetry, playing card games, and indulging his love of football and basketball.
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Tamica Keene, B.S.

Enrollment Specialist I

B.S. University of Phoenix

Originally from Nashville, Tamica attended Creston High School and later went to Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) to pursue her degree in Counseling.

Now one of our passionate Enrollment Specialists, Tamica is determined to set a memorable stamp in everyone’s life that she encounters at NCC and grow with each challenge that comes her way.

For Tamica, the best thing about working at NCC is having the opportunity to watch our students accomplish their goals and offering any additional resources to help their journey run more efficiently.

In her spare time, Tamica can be found walking, listening to music, trying out new foods, and shopping.
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Ilse Luna

Enrollment Specialist I

Originally from Mexico City, Ilse’s family came to Vegas when she was six years old and stayed here. Being raised in Las Vegas, Ilse does consider herself a city girl but loves Vegas’ mix of town and countryside.

Ilse graduated from Southeast Career Technical Academy (SECTA) with a major in cosmetology. Her professional passion is helping others, especially in her community, Her personal passion is always looking to be a better version of herself through personal development and implementing healthy lifestyle habits.

Now a member of our committed enrollment team, for Ilse, the best thing about working at NCC is the environment and people. Everyone is very friendly, happy, and welcoming and they treat you as an equal. You really feel like part of something great and that makes a huge difference in coming in every day not only to do a job but also to build relationships.

In her spare time, Ilse can be found doing DIY projects, hiking, brunch, road trips, cooking a new recipe, or hosting friends and family.
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Camila Ayers-Montero, A.A.S., B.S.

Enrollment Specialist I

A.A.S. San Juan College, B.S. The University of New Mexico

Camila grew up on a mango farm in Costa Rica, moving to the United States when she was 13 years old and then to Vegas in order to join the NCC team.

Having attended Piedra Vista High School in Farmington, NM, Camila earned her BA at the The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and her AAS at San Juan College in Farmington, New Mexico.

Camila’s personal passion is to give back the kindness that was shown to her when she was a scared 13-year-old in a new country. The faculty at the schools she attended made her feel like she could do anything regardless of any hardship she was facing. Camila wants the students that she helps to feel the same way.

For Camila, the best thing about working at NCC is the environment. It is so welcoming and friendly, she already feels like part of the family.

On the weekends, Camila can be found painting, reading, and hanging out with her cats.
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Ciara Cowlishaw

Administrative Liaison I

Originally from a town on the small island of Guam, Ciara has lived a globe-trotting life thanks to her parents serving in the airforce. Having lived everywhere from Japan to Germany, Ciara eventually settled in Las Vegas where she graduated from Legacy High School in North Las Vegas and is currently enrolled in UNLV, studying for a degree in Healthcare Administration.

Passionate about helping those around her, Ciara loves working in our front office for a company that is very family-oriented. From the moment she walked in for her first interview, she felt welcomed and like she was meant to be here.

In her spare time, Ciara can be found spending most of her time with her daughter, reading, cooking, or heading to California to spend time with the rest of her family.
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Kryston Latta, A.S.

Administrative Liaison I

A.S. College Of Southern Nevada

Having graduated from Eldorado High School in 2007 and Community College of Southern Nevada in 2008 with an Associates Degree, Kryston joined our team as an Administrative Liaison.

Motivated by helping others succeed, Kryston is fulfilled by providing our students with a life-changing experience that gives them so many open doors to choose from.

Part of what Kryston loves about working at NCC is the people and the atmosphere! Not only is everyone passionate about student success but also about peer success.

In her spare time, Kryston can be found swimming, hiking, playing video games, and riding dirt bikes from time to time.
Career Services Department
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Tina Spencer, B.A.

Director Of Careers Services

B.A. University of Las Vegas Nevada

Tina is a New Yorker that grew up in Las Vegas. Having lived in Pennsylvania, New York, Florida, Washington D.C and California, she now calls Las Vegas her home again. Tina graduated High School as a Presidential Scholar and continued pursuing her education at The University of Nevada, Reno, The University California, San Diego and ultimately graduating from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. After a varied career in marketing, sales and political consulting she wanted to find a way to make a difference, which is why she became a part of the team at Northwest. Tina joined Northwest Career College in October 2017 as a Career Services Advisor and has fallen in love with being a part of the Northwest family. When she is not helping the students prove that anything is possible, she enjoys reading, rock concerts, and yoga. Tina is focused on helping other succeed and proving that any challenge is just simply an opportunity for growth.
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Jenette Ashcraft, N.C.M.A.

Externship Manager

Jenette has worked in the field of medicine since she got her first job as a receptionist and filing clerk for a neurologist’s office at the tender age of fifteen. After falling in love with medicine, Jenette graduated from National Education Center in the early 1990’s and went on to pursue a career in medical assisting that has seen her work in a huge range of capacities, from front desk receptionist through back office assistant to billing and utilization manager. A certified medical assistant and holder of a multitude of sub certifications, Jenette’s varied experience of in hospitals, labs, dialysis clinics, urgent care units, and doctor’s offices in over twenty specialties led to her being recruited by Northwest Career College to work in first the Phlebotomy department and then the Medical Assisting department. Jenette’s passion for medicine saw her ultimately assume the position of Allied Health Department Director, where she oversees the education of future generations of medical assistants.
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Lois Westover

Senior Advisor

Born and raised in Southern California, Lois moved to Las Vegas in 1994. After spending most of her career in corporate banking and as a bodily injury insurance claims adjuster, Lois moved on to managing a family owned and operated massage therapy clinic for nine years and now passes on her wealth of experience to our NCC students. Lois loves being part of the family environment of Northwest Career College and assisting our graduates in pursuing their dream careers. She spends her spare time enjoying the company of her family.
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Cynthia Lofquist, R.D.A.

In-School Advisor II

R.M.A. Concorde Career Institute

As our Dental Assisting Program Chair, Cynthia makes it her mission to keep up with the latest technology and advances in the field of dental assisting, so as to make our Dental Assisting Program always on the cutting-edge. Originally from Chicago, Cynthia grew up San Pedro, California before moving to Las Vegas, in 2006. Having graduated from the Concorde Career Institute in 1998, Cynthia spent nearly twenty years in the dental field before starting at Northwest Career College as a Dental Assisting Instructor. She now uses that vast range of experience, coupled with her love of teaching, to provide our students with the best education possible.
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Pauline Nguyen, B.S.

In-School Advisor II

B.S. University of Nevada, Reno

Born in Stockton, CA, Pauline moved to Las Vegas with her parents. A first-generation Vietnamese-American, Pauline worked hard to put herself through Southwest Career and Technical Academy, going on to attend the University of Nevada Reno and graduating with a B.S in Business Administration.

For Pauline, the best thing about working at Northwest Career College is knowing that, as part of our Career Services Team, she is making a difference in the lives of others.

A big foodie, Pauline can often be found spending her free time eating at different Asian restaurants. She also enjoys buying and looking after her plants and hanging out with her PomChi, Beast.
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Renee Tesarek, B.S., M.S.

In School Advisor I

B.S. University of Nevada, Las Vegas; M.S. Western Governors University

A Las Vegas/Henderson Native, After graduating with a bachelor's from UNLV Renee traveled to Ireland where she lived for two and a half years teaching and exploring Europe.

After returning home she took a position as a 3rd grade teacher and transferred into teaching an Autism class at the elementary level while getting a master’s degree in Special Education.

Now a member of our excellent Career Services team, Renee’s professional passion is education. Her philosophy is that everybody has the right to pursue knowledge and education if they desire. She always advocates for her students, no matter the age.

For Renee, the best thing about working at NCC is the atmosphere created for the employees and the students. The passion for helping the students succeed is inspiring!

In her spare time, Renee enjoys spending time with her soon to be husband, traveling, hiking, playing with her dogs, renovating her house, and thrifting!
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Andrew Cavaciuti, A.A.S.

Graduate Advisor I

A.A.S. Northwest Career College

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Andrew is one of our alumni, having graduated with an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice and is now a valued member of our security team while he attends Grand Canyon University to study for his post grad.

Studying Criminal Justice has inspired Andrew to follow his professional passion and work towards setting up a program for underprivileged youth to receive counseling along with being able to play sports on a team that is affordable for their parents.

Part of what drew Andrew to come back to Northwest was the comradery that he has built with the team and the culture that has been created here that seems to naturally draw the best from people.

On the weekends, you can find Andrew playing basketball with his son. They also go on hikes and play Fortnite together.
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Jason Ong, B.S.

Graduate Advisor I

B.S. University of Arizona

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jason is a member of our dedicated Career Services team. Having graduated from Bishop Gorman High School, Jason studied Microbiology / Minor Chemistry at the University of Arizona before joining us at NCC.

A dedicated, adaptive, problem-solving individual who enjoys tackling new challenges, Jason loves that his work environment is filled with friendly and welcoming people.

In his spare time, Jason is an active member of a nonprofit service organization called Las Vegas Young Professionals (LVYP) of Kiwanis, which is dedicated to servicing the children of the world, networking within the community, and creating new opportunities to empower others.

He also enjoys playing with his Shiba Inu, video games, and tabletop board games.
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Allison Arellano, A.S., B.S.

Graduate Advisor I

B.S., Dixie State University

Allison is originally from the small island of Saipan in the pacific located in the Northern Mariana Islands. She is a proud first-generation college student. She lived in Saint George Utah for about four years where she pursued my bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies with an emphasis on applied leadership.

Having moved to Las Vegas about a year ago in the midst of the pandemic, Allison has been adapting to our new normal in a new city.

Allison’s professional and personal passions would be creating bridges for those who want to break the cycle of poverty through higher education. She is a passionate advocate who enjoys working with students and thrives on helping others reach their academic success and life achievement.

For Allison, the best thing about working at Northwest Career College would be the fact that everyone acts like family here. You can walk everywhere, and smiles would greet you instantly. Everyone is always so cheerful and helpful here.

In her spare time, Allison enjoys road trips and hikes. She believes in staying active as well as seeking new adventures and meeting new people.
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Nadine Bryant, A.A.S.

Senior Administrative Liaison

A.A.S. College of Southern Nevada

Nadine moved to Las Vegas from Roanoke Virginia in 2005 and graduated with high honors from the College of Southern Nevada in 2017, receiving an Associate’s Degree in Business Management.

In her spare time, Nadine likes to spend time with her Vegas and East-coast family. She is an avid gamer, but still finds the time to enjoy Nevada’s scenery by heading out hiking, rock climbing, and fishing.
Compliance Department
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Dr. Thomas Kenny

Chief Compliance Officer
Dental Assistant Program Co-Chair

D.M.D. University of Nevada Las Vegas, Dentistry
B.A. University of Southern California, Biology

Dr. Thomas Kenny was born in Chicago, raised in Las Vegas, but considers Northwest Career College his true home. He has been working at NCC for as long as he can remember. He started by moving and building furniture on the weekends and has served in a variety of roles throughout the years. He is now the Director of Regulatory Affairs, overseeing the licensure and accreditation processes for NCC, as well as the Dental Assisting Program Director. Dr. Thomas began his service as an ABHES Commissioner in July 2017 and looks forward to the opportunity to help shape the future of the education industry as a whole.
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Ashley Lee, M.S.

Senior Compliance Coordinator

M.S. Illinois State University

Having grown up in Southern California, Ashley moved to Las Vegas to attend the University of Nevada. Having graduated with her B.A, Ashley went on to get her Masters in developmental psychology at Illinois State University, with a focus on adolescent development and their ability to adopt gender norms from different media sources.

AS part of the NCC tea, Ashley enjoys working hard with the rest of the staff to ensure that our students achieve their goals in their academic careers and find their ideal future workplace.

When not at work, Ashley can most often be found working out in a Trufusion workout class or socializing by having friends over for dinner.
Education Department
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Dr. Stephanie Kenny

Chief Academic Officer
Dean of Students

D.O. Touro University
B.A. University of Southern California, Biology

Stephanie Kenny grew up in Las Vegas and played soccer and softball for the Meadows School in Summerlin. She began working at Northwest at the age of 13 doing everything from cleaning to copying. After graduating high school, Stephanie headed to the University of Southern California to study biology. Upon graduation, Stephanie began pursuing her Medical Career and graduated from Touro University in 2016. Additionally, she accepted the position as the Chief Finance Officer of Northwest Career College where she works side by side with her family.
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Barbara Alcaraz, M.A., L.M.T.

Vice President of Program Management

M. A. Organizational Management, University of Phoenix

Barbara, originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, has lived in Las Vegas for the past twenty-two years. The recipient of a B.A. degree in American Studies from the University of Minnesota, and an M.A. degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix, she also graduated from the Massage Therapy Program at here at Northwest. Barbara has a wide breadth of experience, having worked at the St. Paul Police Department, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and even as a Chiropractic Assistant for Dr. Kenny himself.

As our Massage Therapy Program Chair here at Northwest Career College, Barbara believes in a holistic approach to healthcare, and that the human touch is critical to every person’s wellbeing. Because receiving massage on a regular basis is mentally and physically rewarding, she thoroughly encourages every NCC employee to take advantage of their free monthly massage in the student clinic.
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Mark Brunton, M.S.Ed., CPhT

Director Of Education

B.S., M.S. Kaplan University

Mark brings a wealth of pharmacy technician experience to share with the students at Northwest, having served in the field for ten years as a Pharmacy Technician and for twelve years as a Technician Educator.

A graduate of Kaplan University, with a BA in Organizational Communications and MS in Higher Education Administration and Leadership. Mark has worked as a surveyor for ASHP’s Technician Accreditation Program, as well as an item writer for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. He is also a member of the Technician Advisory Committee to the Nevada State Board of Pharmacy.

Passionate about producing competent and confident pharmacy technicians through proper training, Mark enjoys working for a college whose culture emphasizes a desire to provide the best pharmacy training in Las Vegas. Not content with training pharmacy students all week, Mark can often be found teaching swing dancing at the weekend.
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Bailee Whitmore, R.D.A.

Online Education Coordinator

R.D.A. Northwest Health Careers

An alumnae of Northwest Career College, Bailee graduated with her RDA in 2014. With a career in dental assisting at Affordable ll and office management with the Dollar Loan Center to draw on, she came back to Northwest to become our Dental Assisting Administrative Liaison. A passionate outdoors person spends the majority of her weekends getting lost somewhere in the mountains with her friends.
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Brianna Berkman, R.M.A., R.P.T.

Administrative Liaison II

R.M.A., R.P.T. Northwest Career College

Bri was born in Florida but raised as a Las Vegas local. After attending Arbor View High School, she then attended Northwest Career College and passed our course with flying colors, qualifying as a medical assistant and specializing in endocrinology.

While she was a student, Bri loved the fact that her instructors made the place feel like home and she couldn’t wait to come to class every day. Now, she’s the one making Northwest a welcoming and community-oriented place to study for a future career.

On the weekends, Bri indulges her passion for dance. She’s been dancing since she was five years old and sees no reason to stop any time soon.
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Krystal Crescenzi, B.S.

Administrative Liaison II

B.S., University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Born and raised in Nevada, Krystal graduated from Palo Verde High School before moving on to study at CSN for her Associates of Business degree and her Associates of Applied Science in Business Management/ Human Resources Management degree. She has also received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Entrepreneurship from UNLV.

Krystal’s professional passions include creating better processes to allow companies can function more efficiently. This passion for streamlining was part of why she chose business for a degree, because she knew she would use it no matter what career she had in life.

For Krystal, the best thing about working for NCC is that it is a company she can build a career with, not just another job.

In her spare time, Krystal can be found crafting hair bows, canvases, and more with her Cricut machine and watching movies with her husband.
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David Bolshazy, C.C.M.A, EMT-I

Academic Success Coordinator

C.C.M.A. Pima Medical, AZ

Having started his medical career as an X-ray Specialist while in the U.S. Army, David left the military and became an EMT in Las Vegas. Transitioning to Orthopaedics for the next 17 years, David eventually ended up working as an EEG Technician in Neurology for 2 years.

It was during his time in Neurology that David joined the team here at Northwest, coming to work with us in 2019 as one of our Medical Assisting Instructors.

Passionate about medicine in all its forms David loves to share his 30 years of clinical experience with our students. David continues to advance his knowledge of the medical field whenever he can and plans to study for his Bachelors in Radiographic Technology in 2020

At the weekends, David loves to spend time with his family and can most often be found teaching them how to tie their own flies for fly fishing.
Employee Services Department
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Patricia Russ, B.A.

Employee Services Manager

B.A. Angelo State University

Trish, as she prefers to be called, has had the pleasure of working all over the world, mostly within the nonprofit and higher education sectors. A military spouse and mother of two, Trish has become something of a “jack-of-all-trades,” picking up skills from around the world and then bringing them home to NCC.

A part of our committed Employee Services Team, Trish spends her time building relationships, collaborations, job descriptions, and training tools. She loves being part of an organization that is growing exponentially and yet still maintains the “at-home” feeling so she can truly be herself.

At the weekends, Trish likes to stay active, and can most often be found with her family going to the gym, hiking around Las Vegas or practicing her home improvement skills on her new property.
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Justin Cooper

Administrative Liaison I

Originally from Nuremberg in Germany, Justin has spent most of his time in the US living in Colorado. Justin graduated from Overland High School and went on to a vocational trade school in Clearfield Utah called Clearfield Job Corp.

Justin is proud to have served as an Airborne Paratrooper/Mechanic and now takes the lessons he learned during his time in the military and applies them to his personal passion of being a great role model to his kids and significant other.

At work, Justin believes that the best part about working at NCC is the atmosphere. The positivity on show really drives him to succeed and apply his best effort in any task he is given. Justin strongly believes that, with a team like NCC, success is easily possible.

In his spare time, Justin loves football, hiking and working out, in fact, anything that is physical and keeps his mind working. On the weekends he also enjoys spending time with his family and gaining new experiences with them, whatever they may be.
Facilities Department
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Francisco Reyes

Facilities Manager

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Francisco moved to New York when he was 16, living there for around 17 years before moving to Nevada.

A committed member of our Facilities Department, Francisco sees his time here at NCC as a new beginning in his life and is full of enthusiasm for his new post. He enjoys working with this around him in an mutually supportive atmosphere.

At the weekend, Francisco can be found spending time with his family and friends.
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Arthur Estrada

Senior Facilities Operator

Originally born in Mexico, Arthur grew up in sunny California before moving to Las Vegas at the age of seventeen. He soon fell in love with the city and has been a Vegas native ever since.

A huge sports fan and lover of music, Arthur would one day like to become a professional drummer. Until that time, he enjoys working at Northwest Career College because being part of the family here offers him the chance to learn a range of new and exciting skills.
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Eva Gonzalez Blas

Senior Facilities Operator

Eva Hailing originally from Puerta Vallarta, Eva was recruited by Northwest Career College to work in the Facilities department. She has been helping to maintain the campus for several years now. She brings her energy and enthusiasm to the position while keeping many instructors, lab instructors and administrators happy with her efforts.
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Tony Gonzalez

Facilities Operator II

Originally born in Mexico, Arthur grew up in sunny California before moving to Las Vegas at the age of seventeen. He soon fell in love with the city and has been a Vegas native ever since. A huge sports fan and lover of music, Arthur would one day like to become a professional drummer. Until that time, he enjoys working at Northwest Career College because being part of the family here offers him the chance to learn a range of new and exciting skills.
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Jamie Cantero

Facilities Operator I

Having taken a leap of faith and moved to Las Vegas from Riverside CA, Jamie is now a member of our facilities team. A graduate of Quartz Hill high school, Jamie has a passion for animals and meeting new people.

Having joined the team here at NCC, Jamie enjoys the clear passion for our future generation, and the drive to ensure their success, that pervades the culture here at Northwest.

At the weekend, Jamie can be found spending time with her children and experiencing everything she can with them.
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Ashley Martinez

Facilities Operator I

Originally from North Hollywood, CA, Ashley moved out to Las Vegas when she was just 18 in order to expand her horizons. Ashley’s personal passion has always been art and, as a former art assistant for an art teacher, she also enjoys helping students get in touch with their creative side.

For Ashley, the best part of working at Northwest is the energy and the passion of the people around her and knowing that every day is a new goal and there is an achievement available at the end of that day.

In her free time, Ashley loves to spend time with her friends and family and indulge in her passion for art.
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Juan Mendoza

Facilities Operator I

Born in Jalisco, Mexico, Juan moved to the United States at the age of six, living in Chula Vista before moving to the famous and wonderful Las Vegas in 2008.

Juan is now a valued member of our facilities department that works so hard to keep our campus clean, safe, and in working order.

In his spare time, Juan can be found racing cars, working on cars, or really anything that has to do with the motorsport business he loves.
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Valerie Valenzuela

Facilities Operator II

Originally from Los Angeles, California, Valerie moved to Las Vegas to lend a hand to her family when her grandson was born.

A graduate of Wilson High School in Los Angeles, Valerie now works as a dedicated part of our Facilities department and enjoys working at Northwest because of our great atmosphere and our emphasis on building a family dynamic with our staff and students.

Valerie is a consummate professional who takes pride in her work and likes to make sure her tasks are done to the best of her abilities.

In her free time, Valerie can be found playing words with friends on her phone, traveling to California, meeting up with friends and family or indulging in her love of jigsaw puzzles.
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Jose Navarro

Construction Manager

Finance Department
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Michael Kenny, B.S.

Chief Financial Officer

B.S., University of Nevada Las Vegas

Michael Kenny grew up in Las Vegas and played football and wrestled for the Meadows School in Summerlin. He began working at Northwest at the age of 13 doing everything from cleaning to copying. After graduating high school, Michael headed to the University of San Diego to study accounting. After two years, Michael transferred to UNLV where he completed his accounting and finance degrees while continuing to work for Northwest Career College as the Director of Finance where he works side by side with his family every day.
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Sierra Barnhart, C.N.A.

Executive Assistant I to the CFO

Sierra grew up in Colorado, where she went to high school and college, then spent two years living in Utah before she moved to Las Vegas and joined Northwest as our Financial Aid Administrative Liaison.

As a person that loves helping people in all areas of life, the thing that Sierra enjoys most about working at NCC is having a work family and being able to help other people achieve their dreams.

In her spare time, Sierra enjoys spending time with her family.
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Amelia LeFevre, M.P.Adm.

Director Of Finance

M.P.Adm. Southern Utah University

Having attended Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah, where she completed a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, Amelia went on to gain a Master’s of Science Degree in Public Administration.

After being adopted from India when she was just four months old, Amelia grew up in Southern Utah where her parents owned and operated a cattle ranch. After meeting her husband she decided to relocate to Las Vegas and refer to herself as a “small town girl, living in the big city.”

Amelia spends her work days relishing the fact that she can have a positive impact on people’s lives and her weekends chasing around her daughter and three puppies.

Amelia loves the fact that her position here at Northwest allows her to help change student’s lives for the better, how her values match those of the organization and the “family feeling” built into NCC by the Kenny family.
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Aileen Sawyer, B.A.

Finance Coordinator II

B.A. San Francisco State University

Aileen moved to Las Vegas from Northern California and grew up in the suburban part of the San Francisco, known as the Bay Area.

Having gained a B.A. in Liberal Studies with a concentration on English Literature from San Francisco State University, Aileen moved on to a twenty-year-long career in accounting.

Having made the move to Las Vegas in 2006, Aileen was looking for a new start and found it here as part of the Northwest Career College family. Aileen firmly believes in higher education and the betterment of individuals.

In her spare time, Aileen can be found splitting her time between spending time outdoors hiking the various trails at Red Rock, indulging in her love of Klay Thompson, The Warriors, and basketball in general, and learning to play the piano to emulate her all-time favorite artist, Alicia Keys.
Financial Aid Department
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Michael Kenny, B.S.

Chief Financial Officer

B.S., University of Nevada Las Vegas

Michael Kenny grew up in Las Vegas and played football and wrestled for the Meadows School in Summerlin. He began working at Northwest at the age of 13 doing everything from cleaning to copying. After graduating high school, Michael headed to the University of San Diego to study accounting. After two years, Michael transferred to UNLV where he completed his accounting and finance degrees while continuing to work for Northwest Career College as the Director of Finance where he works side by side with his family every day.
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Guillermo Balderas, B.S.

Senior Financial Aid Officer

B.S. Brigham Young

Taking his parents advice to “invest in himself”, Bill earned himself a Business Management degree from Brigham Young University and considers himself a living example of how an education can be a life changing and sometimes even a lifesaving opportunity. Bill is now a Financial Aid Officer. In that role, he is able to pass on the life lessons he has learned to our students while helping them find their own path to education.
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Donella Stanard

Senior Financial Aid Officer

Bringing twenty years of experience in the Financial Aid arena to he role as as a Assistant Director of Financial Aid, Donella joined Northwest Career College in May, 2017. Originally a “Jersey Girl”, born and raised in Monmouth County, New Jersey, Donella moved out west in May 2017 to continue her career with NCC.
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Kerri Swallia, M.B.A.

Financial Aid Manager

M.B.A. Southern New Hampshire University

A passionate advocate of human and animal rights, Kerri likes to make the most of every day, learning new skills, taking in new information and spreading positive energy. For Kerri, the best thing about working for NCC is the family environment that both the students and staff help to build. In her spare time, Kerri likes to watch Netflix with her family or head out to the beach to enjoy the sun.
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Diane Barrett, B.A.

Financial Aid Officer II

B.A. Univeristy of Akron

Having graduated from the University of Akron with an Undergraduate Degree in Mass Media Communication, Diane, a first-generation college graduate, has channeled her passion for higher education into about assisting others in attaining their higher education goals. At work, she can most often be found keeping up to date with the changes in Federal Financial Aid regulations, so as to be of better assistance to our students. At the weekend, she is most likely to be found at a concert, indulging in her love of live music.
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Nathalya Moreira, B.A.

Financial Aid Officer I

B.A., University of Washington

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Gregory Morrison, B.A.

Financial Aid Officer I

B.A., California State University, Sacramento

Originally from Sacramento CA, Gregory moved down to Nevada from LA after the prices and cost of living continued to skyrocket. Gregory attended Laguna Creek High school and got his BA at California State University Sacramento.

Gregory has had a varied career. Originally, he used to play football until an injury caused him to choose a different career path. He then moved to Los Angeles where he was a publicist for a period and was able to meet high-profile celebrities.

After working for the PR firm, Gregory then transitioned into finance and worked for Wells Fargo. He now works as a member of our dedicated Financial Aid department.

Gregory’s professional passions include educating people and assisting them in accomplishing their goals and, for Gregory, the best thing about working for NCC is the atmosphere, the people, and the culture of striving for greatness.

When he’s not at work, Gregory enjoys travel, working out hiking, cooking, and spending time with his family.
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Jonathan Hill, A.S.

Financial Aid Officer I

A.S. Salt Lake Community College

Originally from Salt Lake City, Jonathan’s wife is from Las Vegas and they moved out here to be closer to her family. Jonathan went to high school at West Jordan High in West Jordan, Utah and then went to Salt Lake Community College where he received his Associate’s Degree.

Jonathan loves working with people and helping them reach goals and achievements, so, for him, the best thing about working with as a member of the Financial Aid team here at NCC is the chance to work with, and help, our students.

In this spare time, you can find Jonathan indulging in his passion for sports and the outdoor, doing projects around the house, and, his favorite thing to do, playing with his children.
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Tim Thompson

Financial Aid Officer I

Born in Cadillac, Michigan, Time grew up in Washington state and moved to Las Vegas in 2007. His main impetus for moving was to be in a warm climate, Tim was ready to be away from cold weather.

Having gone to high school in Kennewick WA, Tim studied Computer Science at Columbia Basin Community College and has spent most of his career in call centers specializing in customer service and various areas of employment such as people management, data analytics, and staffing.

A member of our dedicated Financial Aid department, Tim loves the fact that we provide actual training before new starters start work here. In the past several years, all positions Tim has been in have been a “learn as you go” environment in which leaves you wondering if you are doing things right.

On the weekends, Tim loves to travel, enjoys doing yard work, and indulges in his passion for DIY projects.
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Ash Contreras Hernandez, A.A.S.

Administrative Liaison I

A.A.S. Northwest Career College

Another Northwest Career College alumnae, Ashley earned her Associates Degree on Applied Science of Criminal Justice with us and now puts it to use as a member of our campus security team.

Ashley loves working as part of such a strong and supportive team and being able to help young people find the right path in life. For Ashley, the best part about working for Northwest is the staff, who she thinks are among the nicest people you can meet.

In her spare time, Ashley is passionate about art and her hobbies consist of videogames, drawing, painting, creative writing, reading, and watching new shows.
Front Office
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Samantha Glover, B.A.

Director Of Front Office

B.A. University of Nevada Las Vegas

Sam is a Las Vegas native, born and raised. Having worked in hospitality and sales management and, moved to Washington State and Hawaii to follow her husband as he served in the U.S Army, Sam is now back in Las Vegas and a part of our Front Office team.

Sam’s professional passion is finding a career that will focus on her communication and marketing abilities that she accumulated through her customer service background. For Sam, the best part about working for Northwest Career College is the camaraderie of all the faculty and staff. She loves the fact that you truly feel like apart of a family that wants you to succeed in all that you do.

In her free time, Sam passionate about her family, friends, and making connections with people that will make a positive impact on her life. Her hobbies include spending time with family, traveling with her husband and two dogs and finding new books to read.
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Maria Allen

Front Office Manager

City College Of San Francisco

A veteran employee of Northwest Career College, Maria first joined NCC in 2006 to take up the position of Front Office Manager. A native of the Golden Gate City of San Francisco, Maria attended City College there and began her career telecommunications before moving to Las Vegas to implement her telecommunication skills in the medical and gaming industry. Maria has met every student, employee and visitor to Northwest over the last 12 years, greeting each of them with a warm smile and a kind, "Can I help you?"
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Emily Biles, B.A.

Administrative Liaison II

B.A. University of Hawaii at Manoa

Emily recently moved to Nevada from Southern California with her best friend and was originally from a small town in Ventura County called Simi Valley. Having graduated high school at Simi Valley High, Emily attended Moorpark College for her GED and completed her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Professionally, Emily is passionate about helping students succeed and reach their full potential. Personally, she is passionate about helping her community, specifically youth development. For Emily, the best thing about working at Northwest Career College is the family environment. Everyone seems truly happy to be working here and they always have a smile.

A self-proclaimed dog lover, college graduate, and hot sauce connoisseur, Emily spends her weekend spending time with friends, playing with her dog and exploring her new city. She also loves to camp and be outdoors.
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Angela Buehler

Administrative Liaison II

Originally from a small town called Pueblo in Colorado, Angela moved to Vegas around five years ago and hasn’t looked back since. Having graduated from centennial High School, home of the Bulldogs, Angela worked in retail for 12 years before joining us here as one of our Administrative Liaisons.

Angela is committed to making those around her happy and her favorite thing since I joining Northwest Career College is how everyone is so friendly and the extra effort they put in to make her feel like she is part of the family.

At the weekends, Angela loves to spend time outdoors, mostly fishing or spending family time with her five children.
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Bridget Zambrano

Administrative Liaison II

Bridget is currently studying Business at the College of Southern Nevada and is hoping to transfer to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, to gain an Undergraduate degree. Born and raised in Las Vegas, Bridget is passionate about making sure that everyone who walks into Northwest feels as welcome as she did when she first joined the NCC family. In her spare time, Bridget enjoys the outdoors and can often be found out at Mount Charleston or Red Rook, hiking and walking her dogs.
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Angelica Baltodano

Administrative Liaison I

Originally from San Francisco, Angelica moved to Nevada to attend college. She studied at Pima Medical Institute for Dental Assisting and is currently studying at the University of Phoenix for her BA in Business.

Part of our Administrative Liaison team, Angelica’s professional passion is helping others by teaching them skills that she has acquired through the years. For Angelica, the best part of working for Northwest Career College is that she has a chance to make a difference in the lives of others as well as moving forward in her own life.

In her spare time, Angelica loves learning how to cook new things, seeing her family, spending time in the mountains with her dogs, and her personal passion, singing.
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Erica Carlos, M. Psych

Administrative Liaison I

M Psych Capella University

Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Erica graduated from Moanalua High School and continued her education at the University of Hawaii in West O’ahu, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences with a concentration in Psychology. Erica is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Educational Psychology with Capella University.

Professionally, Erica’s passion is seeing others succeed. She enjoys talking to colleagues and friends about their desires and goals and what steps they’re taking to achieve them, which makes her the perfect fit for her position in our front office.

For Erica, the best thing about working at NCC is the camaraderie. Since her very first interview, she has felt so overwhelmingly welcomed.

In her spare time, Erica enjoys dining out with friends and doing a little bit of retail therapy. She’s also a professional binge-watcher and her favorite T.V. show is FRIENDS!
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Madelin Hernandez

Administrative Liaison I

Born in San Diego, California, Madelin moved with her family to Las Vegas when she was just two years old.

A member of our dedicated front office team, Madelin’s professional passion is helping others succeed and to always be there for others. For Madelin, the best part about working for NCC is becoming apart of the NCC family and working with amazing people.

Madelin is a huge fan of scary movies and when she’s not watching one, she can most often be found playing softball and painting. She is the proud owner of two dogs, one chihuahua and a Maltese and spends her weekends walking them in the park.
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Krystal Mosley

Administrative Liaison I

Krystal was born in the Philippines, moved to Guam when she was about 2 years old, and moved with her family to Las Vegas in 2003.

Krystal started High School at Western High School, moved and went to Clark High School and Cimarron High School for her Sophomore and Junior year and finally graduated back at Western High School in 2008.

Now a member of our front office team, Krystal strives to be the best version of herself and her abilities as well as the best teammate or partner to whoever she works with, both professionally and personally.

For Krystal, the best thing about working for Northwest Career College is the Family aspect. There is so much love, respect, and professionalism. You can not only hear and see it, but you can feel it as well. Krystal loves that everyone is always rooting for the next person’s growth.

In her spare time, Krystal can be found gardening, participating in arts and crafts or going on little adventures with her family and going out with her sisters and mom to different local food spots.
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Ciera Nelson, A.A.

Administrative Liaison I

A.A. Los Medanos College

Born in Texas and raised in California, Cierra graduated from Deer Valley High School before attending the Los Medanos College. Cierra’s personal passion would have to be acting and during high school, she attended a performing arts school called DELTA academy.

Now a member of our front desk administrative liaison team, Cierra’s professional passion in math, although she hasn’t quite figured out exactly what she wants to do with math. For Cierra, the best thing about working for NCC is the faculty, as everyone is really welcoming and helpful.

At the weekends, you can find Cierra taking part in her hobbies, such as improv, bowling, and listening to music.
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Jessica Ortega CMAA

Administrative Liaison I

CMAA, Milan Institute

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jessica graduated High School online before moving on to Milan for her qualification as a medical administrative assistant.

Now a member of our excellent front office administrative liaison team, for Jessica the best thing about working at NCC is how everybody is so friendly and willing to help you with anything to bring you on board.

Jessica’s professional passion is making everybody feel welcomed the moment they step foot on campus in the same manner she did when she first arrived.

In her spare time, Jessica can be found enjoying being outdoors with her family, going hiking, enjoying going to new places, and especially going swimming in the Las Vegas heat!
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Cynthia Villanueva, A.A.S.

Administrative Liaison I

A.A.S. Northwest Career College

Born in Redwood City, Cynthia moved to Las Vegas from California at the age of eight. A graduate of Northwest Career College’s Criminal Justice Program, Cynthia went on to have a varied career, working for EOS Fitness, NorAm International warehouse, and MGM Grand before coming back to join as a member of our Campus Security team.

Cynthia’s professional and personal passions are learning new things and meeting new people and she loves that the staff at NCC are always very nice and friendly, everyone is always really positive and outgoing.

On the weekend, Cynthia can be found learning how to play the keyboard as well as drawing or painting.
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Matt DeMeo

Front Office Intern

Operations
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Patrick Kenny, B.A.

Chief Operating Officer

B.A. University of San Diego, Psychology

Patrick Kenny is one of the founding members of the Northwest family and has served as the Chief Operating Officer since June of 2013. Patrick graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from the University of San Diego and has an extensive background in operations, project management, team building, and student development. As a member of the Kenny family, Patrick has been serving in one role or another at the college for most of his life.
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Kayla Nix, M.S.

Executive Assistant II to the Office of the CEO

M.S. Grand Canyon University

Having moved to Las Vegas on a whim in 2018, Keyla joined the Northwest family as a member of our front office team. Having graduated from Pueblo West High School, Keyla gained her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice at Chaminade University of Honolulu, before moving on to Grand Canyon University, where she received her Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology.

Part of the reason the Kayla came to join us here at Northwest is her passion for helping people and Keyla considers herself to an empathetic individual who always has an open ear for those who need to be heard. She enjoys working at Northwest because of the open and friendly atmosphere.

On the weekends, Keyla can be found exploring Las Vegas with her boyfriend, Fernando, and attending Church services on Sunday.
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Leslie Tran, B.A.

Vice President of Operations

B. A. University of Nevada Las Vegas

A native of Las Vegas, Leslie graduated from UNLV with a B.S. in Psychology before going on to hold positions that give her a background in administration, operations, gaming/hospitality, and project management. Passionate about giving back to the Las Vegas community, Leslie joined Northwest Career College in 2017 as the Executive Assistant to the COO.
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Pablo Chacon, B.A.

Director Of Project Management

B.A. Marroquin University, Guatemala

Pablo grew up in Guatemala before emigrating to the United States when he was 20 years old. After spending some time living and working in San Diego and Pittsburgh, he moved to Las Vegas and has been working with Northwest Career College since April 2017. After a varied career in marketing for an insurance company, career services for a law school and as an executive assistant to the owner of a behavioral health company, Pablo signed on with NCC as an administrative liaison and is now our Director of Technology.
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James Bernardo, A.S

Senior Videographer

A.S. College of Southern Nevada

Originally from the Philippines James came to the USA after joining the U.S. Navy. During his service he was posted all over the world, living in South Korea, Japan, and Italy before moving to California and, finally, Nevada.

With an MBA in Business Administration through Touro University International’s online Master’s Program, James joined the Northwest family as a member of our marketing department. One of the things James loves about working here is being able to collaborate with a lot of talented and passionate people to do meaningful work in education and pursuing NCC’s strategic goals.

A keen photographer, with an Associate’s degree in Commercial Photography, James spends his spare time with his family while trying to keep up on technology and new trends in video and photo production by watching online tutorials and videos and reading articles and blogs.
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Adam Malkowski, A.A.S.

Videographer II

A.A.S. South Suburban College

Adam grew up on the far South East side of Chicago, from a neighborhood known as The East Side. Adam attended Bishop Noll Institute for High school and the Environmental Technical Institute to study HVAC repair before moving on to the South Suburban College where he discovered his love of film and cameras.

Now a member of our marketing and videography department, Adam enjoys indulging his passion for making short films on our behalf.

In his free time, Adam’s personal passion is to make people laugh and he spends most of his weekends either watching films or getting out and about, shooting videos or photos for fun.
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Estefania Martinez

Senior Administrative Liaison

Estefania, who much prefers to be called Stefy, moved to Nevada at the age of four and has dedicated her professional life to acquiring the tools and knowledge needed to make a life-changing impact on other people.

For Stefy, the best thing about working at NCC is the family atmosphere. The NCC staff strive to make both employees and students feel at home, and Stefy loves seeing how NCC comes together as a family to change every student's life.

At the weekend, Stefy, who considers herself a "movie critic," likes to watch one of her long list of favorite films, cook, listen to music or just cruise around Las Vegas with her friends.
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Myra Aguirre, B.A.

Administrative Liaison II

B.A. University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Born and raised here in Las Vegas, Myra attended Cheyenne High School, Area Technical Trade Center, and UNLV before graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Hotel Administration.

Now a member of our operations team, Myra is passionate about making a positive difference in someone’s life in both her professional career and personal life. For Myra, the best thing about working for NCC is the chance to work for a company whose values align with hers.

On the weekends, you can find Myra hiking and camping around Las Vegas.
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Helena Marsian-Bolduc

Administrative Liaison I

Originally from Tampa, Helena left Palo Verde High School in 2013 and attended UCLA to study Acting and film from 2015-2017. Having graduated, Helena came to join us here at Northwest as a Front Office Administrative Liaison while also declaring multiple majors at CSN and continuing her studies into the arts and forensic anthropology.

Deeply inspired by composer Danny Elfman, director Tim Burton, and the character Temperance Brennan from the TV show Bones, Helena's aspiration is to turn her passions for film and anthropology into a future career.

At the weekend, she can most often be found hiking, camping, going running, and playing frisbee at the park with friends, when she's not listening to Nat King Cole on her record player that is.
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Scott Mendel , A.S

Administrative Liaison I

A.S. Community College of The Air Force

A native of Las Vegas, having grown up on the other side of the mountain in Pahrump, Scott went to Pahrump Valley High School after which he joined the United States Air Force and was enrolled with the Community College of the Air Force.

After spending six years on active duty with the Air Force where he was a munitions systems technician, Scott moved into construction management before joining us here at NCC.

Professionally, Scott loves to work with people and lead teams and, as a member of our Operations Team, he is able to make a difference in the lives of others.

At the weekend, Scott can be found going on adventures with his wife or indulging his love of PC gaming and all things superhero related.
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Jeffrey Simkins

Administrative Liaison I

Jeffrey’s first job at the tender age of 16 was working for Northwest Career College, having worked with our founder Dr. John Kenny, assisting him in his chiropractic office. Originally a part of our marketing team, Jeffrey took a break from NCC to find himself and after almost a year away from the school, he knew he had to return to the NCC Family. he doesn’t regret his decision.

Now a member of our operations team, there are two things here at NCC that stand out for Jeffrey, the energy and the people. Everyone is so friendly and seeing their smiling faces everyday encourages him to reciprocate the positivity.

On the weekends, Jeffrey can be found painting or indulging in his passion for movies and Photography, sharpening his talents for the day he becomes a successful movie director.
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Tony Madero

Director of Information Technology

Tony learned his IT skills by serving 22 years in the US Army as a telecommunications, communication security, and IT expert. Having left the army, he is currently studying for a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems with a specialization in computer forensics.

As part of Tony’s job here at Northwest, he spends a lot of time talking to other staff members and he loves the synergy, happiness, and the passion of the staff and faculty at Northwest Career College.

In his free time, Tony can most often be found bowling, reading, or spending time with his family hiking, at family movie nights, or exposing them to new experiences.
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Jacob Gill, B.A.

Network Administrator I

B.A., California State University, Chico

Originally from northern California, Jacob has only recently moved to Nevada. He went to California State University-Chico and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

Professionally, Jacob is very passionate about problem-solving and actualization regarding our personal or practical troubles. Personally, he is motivated by personal relationships with others.

For Jacob, the thing he is most excited about when it comes to working at NCC is meeting everyone in person and making sure no one has to worry about technical issues being a source of stress during their time here.

Jacob’s hobbies include spending time with close ones and experiencing what life has to offer together, exploring interesting ideas and theories about the world and the people around us, and being able to pursue whatever he enjoys at a moment’s notice.
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Alan Noyes, B.S. Community Health Sciences, CompTIA A+

Network Administrator I

B.S. University of Nevada, Reno

Alan is a Vegas native who has a really large extended family that mostly all live in Vegas as well. Having graduated from Shadow Ridge High School, Alan attended the University of Nevada, Reno.

Now a member of our IT department, Alan really enjoys the networking side of IT but IT security is also very interesting to him. Keeping up to date with all of the latest security threats and updates is exciting and also good to know to help mitigate those threats within the company.

For a personal passion, Alan enjoys trying to live a healthy lifestyle in regards to diet and staying active. He also always tries to keep continuously learning professionally by studying topics in IT and pursuing new certifications, and also personally by reading about different topics and expanding his viewpoints and knowledge in general.

For Alan, the best thing about working for NCC is the coworkers, who all seem like great people and the great work culture and opportunities for career growth that are available in the IT department.

On the weekends, Alan can be found playing Disc Golf with friends, cooking and trying new recipes out, hiking, camping, fishing and all things of that nature, and in the winter, snowboarding.
Security
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Eligio Gandarilla. A.A.S.

Campus Security Officer II

A.A.S. Northwest Career College

Born in Paramount,California, Eligio moved to Las Vegas at the tender age of three and has been here ever since, graduating from Northwest with his Associates Degree In Criminal Justice.

On a professional level, Eligio’s passion is to one day be a part of the gang unit and to help teenagers from going down the wrong road. On a personal level, he is passionate about helping his younger brothers achieve their dreams of becoming professional soccer players.

For Eligio, the best thing about working as part of our security team is the family atmosphere and his coworkers, who always motivate him to do better.

In his spare time, Eligio can be found being a full-time soccer dad watching and coaching his two brothers and sister when he is not playing himself.
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Richard Mumford

Campus Security Officer I

Richard was born in Andrews, Texas but grew up in San Antonio, Texas. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Richard’s last assignment in the Air Force brought me to Las Vegas in 1991 when he was stationed at Nellis, AFB.

Professionally, Richard would like to bring his experience and knowledge to the Security Dept. He is dedicated to his job with an emphasis on attention to detail and being reliable and a team player. Richard hopes to bring his knowledge and experience to the Security Team.

For Richard, the best thing about working for NCC is the level of communication between staff.

At the weekends, Richard’s hobbies include fishing, golf, and a deep deep love of barbecue.
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Ruthie Shaw, A.A.S.

Campus Security Officer I

A.A.S. Criminal Justice – Northwest Career College

Ruthie was born and raised in Southern California but never planned on spending my life there. Once she graduated high school in 2006, she immediately enlisted in the U.S. Army.

After multiple tours to Afghanistan, South Korea, Germany, and Turkmenistan she decided to focus on starting a family. she left Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, and moved to Las Vegas N.V. where she plans to live the rest of her life.

So far the best thing for Ruthie about working at Northwest Career College has been the enthusiastic atmosphere of the staff.

Her hobbies include reading just about anything and sports, football, basketball, hockey, and especially baseball, gaming online, and exploring the world of classical music.
Student Relations
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Jilian Lopez, B.A.

Vice President Of Student Relations

B.A. Northwestern University

Jilian graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and is currently our Director of Career Services. A member of the NCC family since 2013, Jilian has always been passionate about civic engagement, community relations, connecting people, and empowering others to fight for their potential. She is focused on building a positive and encouraging environment, seeking out a strong network of wonderful employer partners, helping students realize there is a perfect job out there for them, and recruiting the best Career Services team on earth.
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Romone Jones, B.S.

Student Relations Coordinator

B.S. University of Phoenix

Born and raised in Tacoma Washington, Romone attended Spanaway Lake High School before gaining his Bachelors in Business Management from University of Phoenix and is currently attending a Master’s program in Divinity at Grand Canyon University.

Romone’s professional passions include people and building a legacy, which is why he is now a committed member of our Student Relations team.

Personally, Romone has a range of passions and hobbies and has co-authored a book, made a musical CD, hosted radio broadcasts and several other incredible opportunities.

For Romone, the best thing about working for NCC is the people, including the staff, faculty and students and the environment here on our campus.

On the weekend, Romone can be found creating content for online programs, challenging my son at NBA 2k and losing every time, and spending time with friends and family.
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Nancy Enis

Student Development Advisor I

A six year veteran of NCC family, Nancy began her career in Criminal Law as a Legal Secretary before moving on to become a Paralegal. She worked for thirty-one years for the same attorney before moving to Las Vegas to accepted a position as an Account Manager for GES (Global Experience Specialists) and remained with them for over sixteen years. Dr. John Kenny has been Nancy's Chiropractor for over 20 years and as his patient they often talked about working together, so Nancy retired from GES, she joined the NCC family and currently works in the Student Development Department working hand in hand with our students.
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Vanessa Duarte, A.S.

Senior Adminsitrative Liaison

A.S. Mt. San Antonio College

Vanessa is originally from Downey, California. After pursuing a degree from California State Polytechnic University for two years, Vanessa transferred to an online platform at the University of Phoenix to allow her to further her career in Seattle. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and a minor in Human Resource Management from the University of the Pacific. Vanessa has experience working in a corporate environment for Fortune 500 companies in the fields of Operations, Human Resources and Database Administration. Kind and compassionate, Vanessa enjoys helping others and working in the Student Development Department has given her the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of NCC’s students.
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Nicole Pangelinan, A.S.

Special Populations Coordinator II

B.A., University of Nevada Las Vegas

Originally from Guam, Nicole moved to the US at the age of seven. Having gained her Bachelor’s of the Arts degree from UNLV, Nicole has spent the last four years working in post-secondary education and loves the opportunity to help others find the opportunity to pursue the career pathways they are interested in.

Building on her experience of outreach and networking within the community, Nicole’s career goal is to become a career counselor for K-12 or a couples family therapist. She is driven towards this goal by her passion for helping others and particularly creating new resources and opportunities to help young people in her local community.
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Kalani de Leon

CPR Instructor I

Originally from Oahu, Hawaii, Kalani served as a U.S Army M1A1 tanker, before becoming Deputy Sheriff in Orange County California, a Pomona Police Officer, and a Special Crimes Division Investigator for the City and County of Honolulu Prosecutor's Office.

Now a member of our committed Student Development Team, Kalani is looking forward to having the opportunity to begin a new career in teaching and hopefully help mold, teach, and influence students.

On the weekends, Kalani can be found training in Muay Thai and watching the Las Vegas Raiders and University of Hawaii Warriors.
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Nicholas Donadio

CPR Instructor I

Faculty

Business Administrative Assistant
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Monica Jones, B.S., C.A.A.

Business Administrative Assistant Program Chair

B.S. University of Phoenix

Born and raised in the state of Washington, Monica and her family decided to make Las Vegas, Nevada their new home in 2015. Having graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix, Monica began as the Executive Assistant to the chief operating officer (COO) here at Northwest, where her many talents were showcased. Today, Monica is the Program Chair of the Business Administration Department of Northwest Career College.

Monica brings a passion for helping people to this busy role and is always on hand to help solve a problem or bring out the best in the people she comes into contact with. Her favorite thing about Northwest Career College is the contagiously welcoming atmosphere that envelops people when they come in through the front door.

On her free days, Monica loves spending time with her family, enjoying Lifetime and Hallmark movies, playing spades, and literally anything to do with comedy.
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Tanya Sprang, B.A.

Business Administrative Assistant Instructor II

B.A. University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Tanya moved to Nevada in eighth grade from Tucson, Arizona. Coming from a USAF family, Tanya has lived in many places, such as Arizona, Hawaii, and South Korea. She went to college at UNLV and has a minor in Japanese. Tanya also served in the Peace Corps from 2017 to 2019, teaching in China for two years at a college in Guizhou, Tongren.

As a member of our Business Administrative Assistant instructor team, Tanya’s professional passion is establishing a mutual relationship of trust with both her colleagues and students and helping her students grow while also learning from them in turn.

Tanya loves the positive energy of the school. She always looks forward to spending time with her students because seeing them grow both personally and professionally is wonderful and she’s thankful for being part of their journey.

On the weekends, Tanya likes to meet up with friends to go shopping and eat plenty of food. Her favorites are Chinese hotpot and Korean BBQ, although she’s open to trying a lot of new things if they’re delicious. She also enjoys reading and writing in her free time with her favorite genres being horror and drama.
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Toni Baybayan, B.S.

Business Administrative Assistant Instructor

B.S., Hawaii Pacific University

Toni is originally from a small town called Kea’au on the Big Island of Hawaii and moved to Las Vegas in November of last year.

She graduated from Kalani High School in Honolulu and started college at Holy Names University in Oakland, CA then transferred to Hawaii Pacific University where she earned her B.S. in Business Administration.

Both Toni’s professional and personal passions are helping people be successful and always learning new things. For Toni, the best thing about working for NCC is the opportunity to make a difference in student’s lives.

When she’s not working, Toni can be found spending time with family and friends, watching TV shows and sports, trying new restaurants, and indulging in her love of sports.
Criminal Justice
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Lisa Myers, J.D., L.L.M.

Criminal Justice Program Chair

J.D. L.L.M. Campbell University

Beginning her career as a Paralegal, Lisa soon advanced to the role of Senior Paralegal for various Family Law, Personal Injury and Corporate law firms in the Las Vegas community. She obtained her Juris Doctor and LL.M, completing her fellowship in Washington D.C. and Carson City, Nevada. Lisa also heads up the Educational Board of the LVVPA (Las Vegas Valley Paralegal Association) which is the local chapter affiliated with NALA, the Paralegal Association and CCBA, the Clark County Bar Association. As the Program Chair and an Instructor for the Legal Studies Department here at Northwest Career College, which is comprised of both the Paralegal Studies and Criminal Justice Degree Programs, Lisa uses her passion and love for the law, teaching, and politics to inspire our students.
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Michael Lubking, B.S., J.D.

Criminal Justice Instructor

J.D., State University of New York at Buffalo Law School

Mike grew up in a small country town named Schaghticoke in New York. He moved to Rochester to attend the Rochester Institute of technology and stayed in Rochester while he went to law school in Buffalo and then moved out here to Las Vegas.

After Mike retired from the Greece Police Department in New York State after 25 years on the force, he went to law school, graduated, and served time in Liberia, Africa as a Legal Advisor.

His professional interests are the law and criminal investigations, which link up nicely with his personal passion for true crime novels.

For Mike, The best thing about working at NCC is sharing in the enthusiasm and joy of working with the students. Here you get students that want to participate and learn.

Mike’s weekends are spent with his wife, relaxing and going to antique stores.
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Tom Riddle, A.S., B.A., M.S.

Criminal Justice Instructor

A.S. Rutgers, B.A. Glassboro State College, M.S. Central Michigan University

Originally from New Jersey, Thomas and his family moved to the Las Vegas area after he retired from law enforcement and then from teaching.

Thomas has four years of military service where he served three years with NATO. After military service, he joined the Cherry Hill Police, NJ, and retired after 27 years at the rank of lieutenant.

During his tenure in law enforcement, he had the honor to work on the tactical team and detective unit.

In 1997, after receiving a master’s degree, Thomas worked as an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice Department at the Camden County College, Blackwood, NJ. It was a great experience because he, along with his colleagues, blended theories in CJ to real-world experiences.

Upon retirement, Thomas worked in private security but was awarded a full-time faculty at Camden County College, where he served as an instructor and program coordinator.

Now a member of our Criminal Justice Team, the best thing about working for NCC for Thomas is the students. Over a period of time, seeing students enter a career they desire, and he was part of it.

During his free time, Thomas can be found working out or lounging by the pool.
Dental Administrative Assistant
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Yu Lee, B.S.

Dental Administrative Assistant Program Chair

B.S. UNLV Healthcare Administration

Born in South Korea, Yu Chung Lee moved to Las Vegas to attend Spring Valley High School and then UNLV. She is now a member of our educational staff and is the instructor for one of our dental administrative assisting classes.

Yu Chung Lee’s professional passion is to help students achieve their goals so they have the skills and knowledge to excel in their careers, a passion she shares with all the staff here at Northwest.

In her spare time, Yu Chung Lee loves food, almost as much as her chubby Yorkie named Bopeep, and tries to travel as much as possible.
Dental Assistant
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Dr. Thomas Kenny

Chief Compliance Officer
Dental Assistant Program Co-Chair

D.M.D. University of Nevada Las Vegas, Dentistry
B.A. University of Southern California, Biology

Dr. Thomas Kenny was born in Chicago, raised in Las Vegas, but considers Northwest Career College his true home. He has been working at NCC for as long as he can remember. He started by moving and building furniture on the weekends and has served in a variety of roles throughout the years. He is now the Director of Regulatory Affairs, overseeing the licensure and accreditation processes for NCC, as well as the Dental Assisting Program Director. Dr. Thomas began his service as an ABHES Commissioner in July 2017 and looks forward to the opportunity to help shape the future of the education industry as a whole.
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Jessica Vazquez, R.D.A.

Dental Assistant Program Chair

R.D.A. Charter College

Originally from Southern California, Jessica moved to Las Vegas with her family before she found both a job as part of our Dental Assisting Team and her husband here. Jessica attended Sylmar HS in California and then Charter College for the Dental Assisting Program and she now hopes to go back to school and further her career in the dental field.

Jessica loves working at Northwest because the people that work here are very easy to get along with, everyone is super friendly, and Jessica finds the Kenny family to be very inspiring.

On the weekend, Jessica can usually be found spending time with her family and three fur babies or taking a quick trip to California
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TR Williams, B.S., C.D.A.

Dental Assistant Lead Instructor

B.S. National American University

A thirty year veteran for the United States Army, TR graduated from National American University in Rapid City, South Dakota, where he earned a BS in Applied Management before going on to hold the position of the Program Director for the U.S. Army Enlisted Dental Training Program. Prior to his retirement, TR was responsible for training over 1,600 military students in the areas of dental assisting, dental hygiene, and dental laboratory technology each year. He now brings the benefits of that experience to our students as one of our Dental Assisting Instructors, doing his part to make our program is best learning experience we can offer our students.
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Ellesa Reynada, R.D.A.

Dental Assistant Lead Instructor

R.D.A. Northweset Career College

Originally born in Anaheim, California, Ellesa moved to Las Vegas when she was just four years old. Having graduated from the College of Southern Nevada High School, Ellesa went on to attend the College of Southern Nevada before joining us here at NCC and graduating from our Dental Assisting Course in 2015.

Having spent time in the field as a dental assistant and as the academic director and lead instructor for another dental assisting school, Ellesa returned to NCC to take up the position as one of our new dental assisting instructors.

Ellesa considers the success of her students to be her highest priority and spends her workdays swapping between the roles of mentor, leader, and listener in order to give them the full support they need.

In her spare time, Ellesa can most often be found spending time with her family or indulging in her passion for baking.
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Alberta ‘Gale’ Duncan, R.D.A

Dental Assistant Instructor I

R.D.A, Dental Board of California

Originally from Michigan, Alberta has only recently moved to Las Vegas and just trying to cope with the heat during June through September.

Having attended Edwin Denby High and the Riverside Community College to achieve her qualifications in dental assisting, Alberta now works as one of our dental assisting instructors.

A friendly, approachable, caring, and mild tempered individual, Alberta’s professional passion is teaching dental assisting and she finds that working at NCC means working in the kind of extremely positive environment that she enjoys.

On the weekend, Alberta can be found spending time with family, no matter what.
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Michael Gray, R.D.A.

Dental Assistant Instructor I

R.D.A., Dental Board of California

Michael was born in San Francisco Area raised in a small city Named Morgan Hill next to the garlic capital of the world, Gilroy.

Due to my fathers’ job, he attended two high schools in California and two high schools in Utah. After high school, he attended about four colleges, all of which are in California.

He decided to move to Las Vegas early pre-Covid in 2020 in hopes to grow towards a beautiful new chapter in his life.

Michael has been a dental assistant since 2011 and still loves every second of it. He has worked in locations from celebrity dental offices to private small offices in small communities. Michael has always been a Lead Back Office Manager and really enjoys helping to lead offices and staff to success.

Coming from a dental professional background, a long-term professional passion of Michael’s is educating patients on the basics of keeping their oral hygiene up to a good quality that they will benefit from. His long-term professional passion is to strive for self-improvement whether it be personally or professionally.

Michael’s personal passions are computers and learning new healthy recipes for cooking.

For Michael, the Best thing about working at Northwest Career college is being able to help and guide not just the community but a portion of society who are willing to improve and develop who they are toward an adept and skillful version of themselves they will be proud of.

In his spare time, Michael enjoys building computers, playing the guitar, traveling, and experiencing new foods and new places.
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Casandra Hosey, B.S., R.D.A.

Dental Assistant Instructor I

B.S. Colorado Technical University, R.D.A. Dental Board of California

Born in Bakersfield, CA, Casandra obtained her high school diploma from Barstow High School. She attended San Joaquin Valley College in Bakersfield, CA. and it is there that she finished the Dental Assistant Program and obtained her Associate’s Degree.

She later went back to school and pursued a B.S. Degree in Healthcare Management. Casandra has been working in the dental field for over 15-years now. She is a registered dental assistant and is excited to have the opportunity to share some of her skills with her future students.

Casandra’s professional passions include setting and accomplishing small personal goals on a daily basis. She love’s learning so she makes it a habit to read informational books and watch YouTube videos to learn new DIYs to do at home.

For Casandra, the best thing about working for NCC is being able to work with such great supportive people and being provided with all the tools needed to become a great instructor and role model for her future students.

In her spare time, Casandra loves to travel to California and spent time with her family as well as enjoy making candles, listening to music, reading, and watching movies.
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Carlos Palacios, C.D.A.

Dental Assistant Instructor I

C.D.A., Northwest Career College

Originally from El Salvador, Carlos attended Chaparral High School before joining us here at Northwest Career College for the Dental Assistant program.

Now a member of our Dental Assistant Instructor Team, Carlos is enjoying the opportunity of returning as an instructor and being able to share and teach the knowledge, and information he’s gathered through the years with others.

Carlos’s professional passion is the dental field and he is looking to instilling that passion in our students. His personal passions include playing soccer and skateboarding as he has been playing and practicing both sports ever since he could walk.

On the weekend, Carlos can be found listening to music, going hiking, hanging out with friends, venturing new places, and trying different kinds of foods.
General Education
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Lisa Myers, J.D., L.L.M.

General Education Department Director
Criminal Justice Program Chair

J.D. L.L.M. Campbell University

Beginning her career as a Paralegal, Lisa soon advanced to the role of Senior Paralegal for various Family Law, Personal Injury and Corporate law firms in the Las Vegas community. She obtained her Juris Doctor and LL.M, completing her fellowship in Washington D.C. and Carson City, Nevada. Lisa also heads up the Educational Board of the LVVPA (Las Vegas Valley Paralegal Association) which is the local chapter affiliated with NALA, the Paralegal Association and CCBA, the Clark County Bar Association. As the Program Chair and an Instructor for the Legal Studies Department here at Northwest Career College, which is comprised of both the Paralegal Studies and Criminal Justice Degree Programs, Lisa uses her passion and love for the law, teaching, and politics to inspire our students.
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David Bolshazy, C.C.M.A., EMT-I

General Education Instructor

C.C.M.A. Pima Medical, AZ

Having started his medical career as an X-ray Specialist while in the U.S. Army, David left the military and became an EMT in Las Vegas. Transitioning to Orthopaedics for the next 17 years, David eventually ended up working as an EEG Technician in Neurology for 2 years.

It was during his time in Neurology that David joined the team here at Northwest, coming to work with us in 2019 as one of our Medical Assisting Instructors.

Passionate about medicine in all its forms David loves to share his 30 years of clinical experience with our students. David continues to advance his knowledge of the medical field whenever he can and plans to study for his Bachelors in Radiographic Technology in 2020

At the weekends, David loves to spend time with his family and can most often be found teaching them how to tie their own flies for fly fishing.
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Nicole Jameson, B.A., M.B.A.

General Education Instructor

B.A., California Polytechnic State University
M.B.A., California Polytechnic State University

Nicole grew up in southern California and obtained her BA, in English and MBA in HR Management at the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo before coming to Vegas in 2016.

A lifelong learner who enjoys learning new things, Nicole’s professional passion is seeing our students grow personally and professionally. One of Nicole’s favorite things about working here at NCC is the staff, who share her passion for giving our students the education they deserve.

At the weekend, Nicole can be found relaxing and training her new puppy, Peanut.
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Dennis Jantz, M.Ed

General Education Instructor

M.A. Ed. University of Nevada Las Vegas

Dennis has fifteen years of teaching experience to back up his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. As one of our General Educational Instructors, Dennis can normally be found teaching the general education courses to the enthusiastic Paralegal Studies and Criminal Justice students here at Northwest Career College, and even training new drivers for Northwest Driving School.
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Patrick Kenny, B.A.

General Education Instructor

B.A. University of San Diego, Psychology

Patrick Kenny is one of the founding members of the Northwest family and has served as the Chief Operating Officer since June of 2013. Patrick graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from the University of San Diego and has an extensive background in operations, project management, team building, and student development. As a member of the Kenny family, Patrick has been serving in one role or another at the college for most of his life.
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Ashley Lee, M.S.

General Education Instructor

M.S. Illinois State University

Having grown up in Southern California, Ashley moved to Las Vegas to attend the University of Nevada. Having graduated with her B.A, Ashley went on to get her Masters in developmental psychology at Illinois State University, with a focus on adolescent development and their ability to adopt gender norms from different media sources.

AS part of the NCC tea, Ashley enjoys working hard with the rest of the staff to ensure that our students achieve their goals in their academic careers and find their ideal future workplace.

When not at work, Ashley can most often be found working out in a Trufusion workout class or socializing by having friends over for dinner.
Legal Assistant
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Cassidy Wagner, J.D.

Legal Studies Program Chair

J.D., Arizona Summit Law School

A graduate of Coronado High School and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she she earned her Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies, Cassidy found her passion in college. Having worked as a paralegal in a law firm for over six years, Cassidy attended Arizona Summit Law School where she earned her Juris Doctor degree. Cassidy has a history of teaching and supporting students. During high school, she worked at the City of Henderson where she would coordinate programs and teach life skills to individuals with disabilities. She now brings that same passion and attention to her role as an instructor for our Paralegal Studies and Criminal Justice courses.
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Shindona Dines, A.S.

Legal Studies Instructor II

A.S. Northwest Career College

Shindona, or Dona as she prefers to be called, is a proud alumnus of the Northwest Career College Paralegal Studies degree program. Originally from Southern California, Dona attended High School in Rialto, before moving on to received her Associates Degree in Applied Science in Paralegal Studies and is currently enrolled in National Paralegal College where she is looking to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Paralegal Studies.

A 14 year veteran of the medical field, Dona now passes on her wealth of knowledge in order to achieve her professional passion for helping her students reach their full potential.

In her spare time, Dona can be found feeding the homeless, organizing a backpack drive for the neighborhood schools, supporting her kids during their sporting events.

Part of what Dona loves about working for NCC is working with great individuals who also have a passion to help others succeed and working in a positive environment where everyone is always cheerful, encouraging, helpful and has a great energy.
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Yasnai Rodriguez-Zaman, B.A., J.D.

Legal Studies Instructor

J.D., University of Nevada

Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Yasnai applied for Law School here in Las Vegas, Nevada after graduating college. She originally intended on returning to Chicago, Illinois, but she met her husband on her very first day of law school. She now calls Las Vegas her home.

Yasnai went to Lane Tech College Prep for high school in Chicago. After graduating high school, she moved to Miami, Florida, where she attended Florida International University. Thereafter, she moved back to Chicago, Illinois, and completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She then moved to Las Vegas and attended law school and the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law.

Yasnai has a passion for helping others and volunteer work. As an attorney, she worked logged over 300 hours of pro bono representation in her firm-year practicing as a family law attorney.

For Yasnai, the best thing about working at Northwest Career College is that she can take her knowledge and experiences and use them to help others.

At the weekends, she can most often be found exercising, hiking, cooking, volunteering, and playing with her dogs.
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Anna Stein, A.S. , B.S.

Legal Studies Instructor I

A.S., Las Vegas College, B.S.
Nevada State College

Born in Bangkok; Thailand to an Air Force family, Anna moved to Las Vegas when her father got assigned to Nellis Air Force Base and decided to retire here.

Anna attended Las Vegas College and obtained an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies. In furthering her education, she went to Nevada State College and obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a minor in counseling.

She is currently attending Arizona State University to get a Master’s Degree in Behavioral Sciences and then will work to get her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

Having worked in the legal field for over 20 years, Anna has extensive experience of working for private law firms, the District Attorney’s Office, Family Court, Probate Court, District Court, Federal Court, Specialty Courts, and the Regional Justice Center.

She now works as part of our Legal Studies Department and enjoys the supportive environment here at NCC.

She feels that this type of environment is essential for an instructor to relay that same type of feeling to the students since their success cannot be obtained without their wonderful and supporting instructors and staff to help guide them towards their goals.

Anna has a diverse range of hobbies and can often be found reading or viewing case law for various states and read state and federal rules and regulations along with international laws.

She is also working towards obtaining her pilot’s license.
Massage Therapy
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Stefano Bartoli, L.M.T., M.B.A.

Massage Therapy Program Chair

M.B. A., Larrosse University

Originally from Long Island, New York, Stefano moved to Las Vegas in 2001 with his family. Stefano has been a massage therapist for 26 years. He worked in sports medicine and physical therapy while in New York before transitioning into the spa industry once he moved to Las Vegas.

Stefano went to massage school in Long Island New York, receiving his AAdegree at Suffolk Community College before going on to receive a BA and MBA from Lacrosse University.

For Stefano, the most exciting about coming to Northwest is bring his years of massage knowledge and experience to our students. He loves to tell people that “nothing beats the human touch” and the world is wide open when you become a therapist. You can branch out to so many different therapies and do what makes you and your clients happy.

At the weekend, Stefano enjoys spending time with his family and friends, hiking, working out, and planning his next trip to his beloved Italy.
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Ivy Adams, L.M.T.

Massage Therapy Lead Instructor

A.A. Community of Southern Nevada, Psychology

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Ivy is a proud graduate of Northwest Career College, class of 1999, and has been a Licensed Massage Therapist ever since. Her eighteen years of experience has taken her through an eclectic array of job opportunities, from day spas, to resort spa, chiropractic offices, poker room and casino chair massage, as well as being self-employed as an independent contractor. Ivy came to Northwest to work as a Massage Instructor in 2002. In 2006 she left to start a family, but couldn’t stay away for long, rejoining the Northwest family again in 2015.
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Amber Guitar, L.M.T.

Massage Therapy Student Clinic Lead Instructor

L.M.T. Utah College Of Massage Therapy

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Amber enrolled in Massage School shortly after graduating from Valley High School in 1997. Her love for massage and its benefits stems from receiving regular massages from the age of 11 and falling in love with the positive impact massage can have on people’s lives.

Passionate about helping people and educating them on how to reach their health and wellness goals, Amber enjoys working at Northwest because it gives her the opportunity to be around positive and uplifting people who strive to make a difference in other people’s lives.

In her spare time, Amber loves traveling and exploring, baking, and spending time with her family.
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Paloma Bernal, L.M.T.

Massage Therapy Instructor

L.M.T. Cortiva Institute, Illinois

Originally born in Mexico City, Paloma grew up just north of Chicago and moved to Las Vegas in 2019 to join us here at Northwest as a Massage Instructor, where she enjoys being around our students and being a constant learning environment.

Having graduated from Woodstock Highschool, Paloma discovered she had a passion for helping people be well and so studied Massage Therapy with the Cortiva Institute, a Massage Therapy, and Esthetician School.

In her spare time, Paloma enjoys hiking the Valley of Fire and Red Rock, hanging out with her dog, cooking traditional elaborate Hispanic meals, or at the gym.
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Morgan Blackwell, L.M.T

Massage Therapy Instructor I

L.M.T, Nevada State Board of Massage Therapy

Morgan was born in Texas, but has lived all over the world. He was a military child so moved around a lot. Morgan has been in Las Vegas since 2004 and very much enjoys the weather so has no plans on moving.

Having attended Cheyenne High School, Morgan attended the Nevada School of Massage Therapy, which changed to Cortiva shortly after he graduated. He is now an instructor for our Massage Therapy School.

Morgan became a massage therapist because he wanted to help people feel better. One of the best feelings in the world is having a client come in with pain, using different modalities of bodywork and giving them self-care tools, and having the client come back in the next session saying that it helped, that they had relief finally.

Before working at NCC, Morgan was working with a chiropractor, and it gave him a lot of insight into injury-specific modalities.

Morgan’s professional passions are making sure therapists do their work in the most ethical way, and knowing how to do the job well will help prevent injuries. His personal passions are helping make sure everyone around me knows that he is a safe person.

Morgan wants to help support in any way that he can and will accept you for who you are. He also firmly believes in self-care in all ways. Taking care of your body mentally and physically, which also means setting healthy boundaries. Morgan tries his hardest to be a good communicator.

For Morgan, the best thing about working for NCC is the supportive and positive environment that I have encountered with all the employees. Everyone is friendly and willing to help.

In his spare time, Morgan can be found playing dungeons and dragons, video games, and working at a renaissance reenactment guild where he practices sword fighting, acting, role playing. Morgan is also learning how to play the ocarina.
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Dr. Jarrod Chipp, PhD

Massage Therapy Instructor I

D.C., New York Chiropractic College

Originally from Old Forge, Pennsylvania, Jarrod attended Lycoming College for his degree in Biology before graduating from the New York Chiropractic College as a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.).

After spending eight years honing his skill in his own practice in Las Vegas, Jarrod joined our Massage Therapy team here at NCC. His professional passion is to open multiple chiropractic practices in Las Vegas in the hopes of bringing quality and affordable chiropractic care to all Las Vegas residents.

For Jarrod, the best thing about working for NCC is the family atmosphere and the opportunity to work with the president and founder of NCC, Dr. John Kenny, who is also a chiropractic physician and has played a crucial role in Jarrod's success.

A huge fan of stand-up comedy, Jarrod can often be found hiking, playing guitar, and watching or writing stand-up comedy.
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Tobi Lange, L.M.T., C.M.T.

Massage Therapy Instructor

L.M.T. European Massage School

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Tobi has been passionate about the study of the human mind and body since she was a teenager. Having traveled the world for the last 26 years, educating herself in the healing arts in India, South America, Europe, and Australia, Tobi has now joined our Massage Therapy Instructor team to pass those lessons and experiences on to our students.

For Tobi, the best thing about working at Northwest is the sense of belonging to an amazing team and family of individuals whose goals and passions are in line with her own. Tobi’s own professional passion is to teach, create, talk about, write about, and learn anything about the human body.

At the weekend, Tobi can be found watching movies and documentaries, spending time outdoors, or learning to cook.
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Teresa Lopez, L.M.T.

Massage Therapy Instructor

L.M.T. Northwest Health Careers

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TJ Perpar, L.M.T.

Massage Therapy Instructor

University of Nevada Las Vegas, History

T.J. has been massage therapist for twenty years and has worked in both the medical and spa environments. A seventeen year veteran of Northwest Career College, T.J. first joined us back when the school was exclusively a massage school. Considering himself blessed to be involved in the teaching of future massage therapists here at Northwest, T.J. divides his time between our Massage School, being active in the church and training in the martial arts, which he has been involved with for the past thirty-three years.
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Darrell Sykes, L.M.T.

Massage Therapy Instructor

L.M.T. Nevada School of Massage Therapy

Darrell began his career as a Massage Therapist in 2014 when he enrolled at the Nevada School of Massage Therapy. After graduating and beginning his career as a Massage Therapist, Darrell made the decision to return to his old school as a Teaching Assistant, so he could pay forward his experiences as a student.

Having found a passion for education, Darrell worked a Teaching Assistant for two years, being promoted to the role of Massage Instructor, where he taught advanced massage courses, including Trigger Point Therapy, Injury Rehabilitation, and Russian Sports Massage.

Darrell joined us here in 2019 as one of our Massage Therapy Instructors and, In addition to teaching, he works a Massage Therapist at the Four Seasons Las Vegas, as well as running a successful private practice.

When he’s not instructing students, Darrell loves karaoke, weekend trips to the beach, and going to concerts.
Medical Administrative Assistant
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Amanda Beardsley, R.M.A.

Medical Administrative Assistant Program Chair

R.M.A. Deleware Skills Center

Amanda has over twenty years of diverse medical experience, but her real specialism lies in emergency medicine. She started her career in the field of medicine at the age of sixteen as Pharmacy Technician before becoming immersed into the world of Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine. Initially volunteering at the local city Fire & EMS as a Cardiac Technician/Paramedic-Intermediate, Amanda also began working in phlebotomy for a major regional hospital and would go on to become the Lead Phlebotomist. After a career in Fire & EMS Service and phlebotomy that lasted over seventeen years, Amanda transitioned into the field of Medical Assisting. Hired immediately after graduation into the busiest and most recognized Cardiology practice in the area, Amanda was quickly promoted Lead MA of the Electrophysiology Department. Now our Medical Assisting Co-Program Chair and Medical Administrative Assisting Program Chair at Northwest Career College, Amanda brings an unparalleled level of enthusiasm and experience to educating the next generation of medical and allied health professionals.
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Melanie Morris, B.A.

Medical Administrative Assistant Instructor

B.A. University of Nevada Las Vegas

After a successful career in entertainment production, Melanie decided she wanted to make a difference in people’s lives and move into the healthcare field. Having started as a Clinical Administrative Assistant for an outpatient dialysis clinic, Melanie found it to be the most fulfilling role she had ever held, so she decided to return to school and become a Master of Health Administration.

Having graduated with a B.A. in Communications and Public Relations from UNLV and a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Phoenix, Melanie joined us as a Medical Administrative Assisting Instructor and now look forward to being able to help students reach their professional goals while teaching them how to elevate the patient experience.

In her spare time, Melanie enjoys hiking with her dogs, drawing, painting, and sculpting.
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Marisela Williams, A.S.

Medical Administrative Assistant Instructor

A.S. Anthem Institute

Originally from Michoacan, Mexico, Marisela moved with her family to Vegas when she was 11 years old. Marisela attended Centennial High School, after graduating high school she enrolled with the High-Tech institute when she obtained her Associate of Science degree.

Marisela’s professional passions are to help others reach their maximum potential and the best thing about working for NCC is that she gets to explore more than passion surrounded by people who truly care.

In her spare time, Marisela can be found watching movies, bike riding, and reading books with her son Jace.
Medical Assistant
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Amanda Beardsley, R.M.A.

Medical Assistant Program Co-Chair

R.M.A. Deleware Skills Center

Amanda has over twenty years of diverse medical experience, but her real specialism lies in emergency medicine. She started her career in the field of medicine at the age of sixteen as Pharmacy Technician before becoming immersed into the world of Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine. Initially volunteering at the local city Fire & EMS as a Cardiac Technician/Paramedic-Intermediate, Amanda also began working in phlebotomy for a major regional hospital and would go on to become the Lead Phlebotomist. After a career in Fire & EMS Service and phlebotomy that lasted over seventeen years, Amanda transitioned into the field of Medical Assisting. Hired immediately after graduation into the busiest and most recognized Cardiology practice in the area, Amanda was quickly promoted Lead MA of the Electrophysiology Department. Now our Medical Assisting Co-Program Chair at Northwest Career College, Amanda brings an unparalleled level of enthusiasm and experience to educating the next generation of medical and allied health professionals.
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Corey Del Pino, B.S., R.P.T.

Medical Assistant Program Co-Chair

B.S. N.C. Agricultural & Technical State University

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Corey Del Pino attended Northern Arizona University after high school and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology with a Chemistry Minor in 2012. After attending Mohave Community College and earning her Medical Assisting Certificate in Phlebotomy, Corey became a Registered Phlebotomy Technician through American Medical Technologists. After four years of patient care in the outpatient and inpatient hospital field at Western Arizona Regional Medical Center in Bullhead City, Corey moved to Las Vegas and joined NCC as our Phlebotomy Instructor, imparting her expert knowledge and experience to our students.
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Aaron Arlt, C.M.A.

Medical Assistant Senior Lead Instructor

C.M.A. Brightwod College

A lifelong native of Nevada, Aaron graduated from Clark High School here in Las Vegas before going on to complete two years at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and one year at both the University of Nevada, Reno, and the College of Southern Nevada. He is the proud owner of a Business Management degree from Hamburger University in Chicago. Having attended Medical Assistant School at Kaplan, Aaron moved on from an eight-year tenure in restaurant management and has been working in the medical field for the past three and a half years. Aaron leads an active life outside of his work at NCC, enjoying soccer, running, camping, fishing and spending time at the sand dunes with his family driving their sand cars and four-wheelers. He feels the best part of his work at Northwest is being able to make an impact on the students and being able to work with an excellent and supportive team.
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Angela Krempel, C.M.A.

Medical Assistant Lead Instructor

C.M.A Medix School Baltimore

Angela was born and raised in Baltimore, MD, before coming to Nevada in 2017 to experience life on the West Coast.

A Medical Assistant with 20 years of experience, Angi, as she prefers to be called, spent her entire career working for Johns Hopkins Hospital System. Angi has experience in about 10 specialties, but the majority of her time was spent in Pediatrics.

In both her personal and professional life, Angi is passionate about animal advocacy, Autism awareness, delivering great medical care, and supporting live music. In her spare time, she can most often be found attending live music events, partaking in activities outdoors, and indulging in an overall positivity in life.
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Denisse Adams, R.M.A.

Medical Assistant Lead Instructor

R.M.A. Northwest Career College

Denisse is one of our graduate success stories. Giving up her job as a Walgreens’ Pharmacy Department Team Leader, Denise followed her dream of becoming a Medical Assistant and graduated from Northwest Career College in 2013. After graduation she went on to work for a local Ob/Gyn office, honing her skills before returning to become one of our Medical Assistant Program Instructors. Originally from Yauco in Puerto Rico, Denise grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She moved to Las Vegas with her husband and two children to support her husband’s career in culinary management.
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Justin Kauker, B.A, R.M.A.

MA Instructor II

B.A., R.M.A. University of California, San Diego

A self-proclaimed book nerd that loves jazz music and expensive tea, Justin joined Northwest to pass on his passion for medicine and is continually impressed by the resolve and compassion of the NCC students.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from the University of California, San Diego, Justin did a year of graduate education work at West Chester University before going on to train as a hospital corpsman and lab tech in the US Navy. He now passes on his training and experience to our Medical Assisting students.

Justin loves being a teacher, almost as much as he loves being a student. He thinks medicine is fascinating and loves talking about the complex moral and ethical issues of health care.

At the weekends, Justin enjoys playing goofy songs on the guitar and ukulele, reading American literature and popular science books, taking in stand-up comedy shows, and doing morning laps at the pool.
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Jennifer Bagley, C.M.A.

Medical Assistant Instructor I

C.M.A., Platt College

If asked, Jenn claims to be from Las Cruces NM because that is where she went to high school, but she has also lived in Arizona, Texas, Florida, and Oklahoma.

Oklahoma is where she attended Platt College to train as a Medical Assistant, before completing her externship and getting hired on at Norman Urology. For Jenn urology is a fascinating field where she had the opportunity to really utilize all the skills she learned in school.

Jenn is passionate about helping people. In the clinical setting, she was the trainer for new employees and graduates. She loves meeting someone and seeing where their potential can take them while being able to be a part of their journey.

For Jenn, the best thing about working for NCC is the incredible energy and the fact that everyone is helpful and happy.

At the weekend, Jenn can be found taking her family on spontaneous road trips and enjoying Crossfit.
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Gabriella Benitez, C.C.M.A.

Medical Assistant Instructor I

C.C.M.A., Las Vegas Medical Assisting School

Born and raised here in Vegas, Gabriella has traveled around a lot since she was 19. She’s been to eight different countries and about 20 states. She loves living in Vegas but enjoys seeing how other places all over the world live as well.

Gabriella went to Coronado HS and is currently a nursing student at Arizona College of Nursing. Now a member of our Medical Assisting Department, Gabriella’s professional passion is to evolve, learn and teach others to help them along the way.

A huge advocate for patient care and going above and beyond for her patients, Gabriella wants to keep that passion going as her career takes off.

For Gabriella, the best thing about working for NCC is the impact and connections that she will make with students and faculty along the way.

In her spare time, Gabriella can be found playing a variety of sports or spending time with her family.
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Diane Bullitt, C.C.M.A.

Medical Assistant Instructor I

C.C.M.A. College Of Lake County

Diane is a 25 year veteran of the medical field. Having graduated from North Chicago Community High School and the College of Lake County she got her first medical position in a hospital working in the patient registration department.

Having obtained her CCMA and Phlebotomy certificates, Diane moved on to spend the next 12 years working in an OBGYN office, 3 years working in the Maternity department in a hospital, and 7 years in a Nephrology office.

Diane’s professional and personal passion is the treatment for the elderly. Diane was raised by her grandmother and was taught early on to respect her elders and to help her elders whenever she could. Diane tries to do this, both in and out of work, as much as possible.

For Diane, the best part of working with us is the diversity of NCC. Diane loves the upbeat and joyful personalities of the faculty. Everyone is committed to giving the best experience to the students as well as each other. The instructors are all focused on helping the students to reach their goals to finish their programs ready to enter the workforce with confidence.

In her spare time, you can find Diane enjoying a good book or attending church with her daughter.
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Dustine Delosreyes, R.M.A.

Medical Assistant Instructor I

R.M.A, Northwest Career College

Dustine was born in the Philippines and moved to the U.S. at just 3 years old. An aspiring future Nurse Practitioner, Dustine attended Western High School before coming here to NCC.

Dustine’s professional passions are all related to healthcare, self-improvement, and enjoying helping others regardless of the situation, be it medical, mental, financial, or personal.

As for personal passions, Dustine enjoys exercise, bodybuilding, self-improvement, and motivating others to be better than who they were yesterday.

For Dustine, the best thing about working at NCC is the family-oriented team and engaging with the students.

One thing Dustine has always sought out was a career that includes the opportunity to have a family orientation, and, as a previous student here at NCC, Dustine could see that, not only do the instructors and staff help the students out, but they always try to keep a smile on each other’s face, and always look out for each other.

As for student engagement, it is a great way for Dustinee to motivate and inspire students to become the best version of themselves while providing them with the necessary tools and skills to conquer the field of medical assisting.

At the weekend, Dustine enjoys working out, bodybuilding, self-improvement, and motivational books and videos.
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Lavonta Goffner

Medical Assistant Instructor I

Lavonta was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada on Route to University Medical Center, it’s literally what her birth certificate says.

Lavonta attended a range of educational institutions to achieve her qualifications, including Canyon Springs High School, US NAVY Training Command, Brightwood College, Ashworth College and Grand Canyon University.

A loving and caring person who loves to spread positivity and spiritual love to anyone and everyone around her. Lavonta has a love for helping people in and around her community, which is why she volunteers with the AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) and BLOC-HIV (Building Leaders of Color-Living with HIV) as a field advocate.

A member of our Medical Assistant Department, Lavonta loves working at NCC because it gives her the opportunity to help people change their lives for the better, being a guiding light as they embark on a new journey into their purpose in life.

In her spare time, Lavonta can be found traveling both domestically and Internationally, being a foodie, going to my nephews and niece’s sports events, being with family having cookouts or just chilling at home watching movies. She also enjoys being by the water and visiting historical points of interest and museums.
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John Lowry, B.S. R.M.A.

Medical Assistant Instructor I

B.S., Austin Dean University, R.M.A. American Registry of Medical Assistants

John is originally from Clarksville, TN, and attended Kenwood High School and the Austin Peay State University, where he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Health and Human Performance as well as qualifying as a Registered Medical Assistant.

John has been in the medical field since 2005 working in various jobs and assignments starting by joining the United States Navy and becoming a corpsman.

He has worked at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, Naval Hospital Corpus Christi for his military assignments.

After the military, he worked in civilian medical clinics in pediatrics and internal medicine. He has also worked in several departments including family practice, pediatrics, laboratory, pharmacy, internal medicine, college health, and dermatology.

John’s professional passions are to excel at attention to detail, exceptional patient care, and leading by example. His personal passions are playing sports, fishing, disc golf, watching football, learning something new as often as he can, and promoting positive personal growth.

For John, the best thing about working for NCC is the ability to come to work and know that he is making a difference in someone’s life by teaching the students professionalism and necessary skills to perform at a high level while providing compassion and exceptional patient care.

In his spare time, John’s hobbies include disc golf, bowling, video editing, hiking, and playing piano and guitar.
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Crissandra Marion-Stovall, B.A.

Medical Assistant Instructor I

B.A., Middle Tennessee State University

Originally born and raised in a small town in Holly Springs, MS, Crissandra recently moved from Nashville to Las Vegas to join our Medical Assisting Instructor team.

Cassandra graduated from Holly Springs High School and Nashville State Community College before going to Middle TN State University to study Psychology with minors in Social Welfare and Mental Health Counseling.

As part of our medical assisting team, Crissandra is looking forward to interacting with our students and helping them reach their goals and uncovering their purposes.

At the weekend, Crissandra can be found spending time with friends and family or painting, writing, listening to music, or learning new things.
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Nichole Maxfield, N.C.M.A.

Medical Assistant Instructor I

N.C.M.A., Pima Medical Institute

Born in upstate New York, but raised by the beach in North Carolina, Nichole followed her family to Las Vegas when they moved here about five years ago. Once here, she just fell in love with the city.

Nichole graduated high school a semester early in North Carolina. She completed her Medical Assistant certification at Pima Medical Institute and is currently enrolled in Pima for her associate’s degree in Healthcare Administration.

Nichole’s professional goals include growing and developing for the company she works with. She loves being given room to grow and learn. Nichole wants to make a career out of the change in healthcare we need, so getting to teach now is an amazing opportunity to do that.

For Nichole, the best thing about working at NCC is other employees. It is nice to see a workplace that wants to improve socially as well as business-wise. It truly makes a difference and makes her want to come to work even more.

Nichole’s weekends generally are just her and her fiance hanging out with their friends and playing video games.
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Hazel Munoz, R.M.A., R.P.T.

Medical Assistant Instructor I

R.M.A., R.P.T. Northwest Career College

Hazel is one of our returning students. Having graduated from NCC in 2017, Hazel spent her time in the field, refining her skills, specifically in OBGYN, before returning to be part of the instructor team for our Medical Assisting Program.

Hazel’s professional passion is obstetrics and gynecology and she has always had an interest in women’s health because of how much there is to know about the female body.

For Hazel, the best thing about becoming part of our instructor team is the chance to share the knowledge she gained in the field and filter her instruction through the experiences she had as a student at NCC.

In her spare time, Hazel enjoys indulging in her passion for playing classical and modern violin music whenever she gets the chance. At the weekends, she can be found spending time with her family, hiking, watching movies, and playing dominos.
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Amanda Pulsipher, A.S., C.C.M.A.

Medical Assistant Instructor I

A.S. Dixie State College of Utah

Amanda is originally from southern Utah and moved to Las Vegas 5 years ago. A graduate of Snow Canyon High School and Dixie State College, Amanda has been a medical assistant for the last 19 years, with most of her experience being primarily in urgent care.

Now an instructor on our Medical Assistant Program, Amanda loves the medical field. She is fascinated by the way the field of medicine is always changing and improving. Amanda’s professional passion is to help people and make others feel better.

A compassionate and empathetic individual, Amanda is excited to work at Northwest Career College in such a positive and uplifting environment. She loves the family-oriented vibe and felt it from the moment she joined NCC.

On the weekends, Amanda can be found camping, going to the sand dunes, fishing, and boating.
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Alyxis Reyna, R.M.A.

Medical Assistant Instructor I

A.S. Imperial Valley

Alyxis is originally from California and moved to Nevada with her parents. One of our homegrown talents, Alyxis went to Sierra Vista High School before becoming certified in Medical Assisting from Northwest Career College.

As a member of our Medical Assisting Department, Alyxis is really excited to have the opportunity to further her education and will be going back to college.

In her free time, Alyxis likes to travel and see new things. She loves to learn new things but has a bad habit of diving into something and not coming up for air. She also enjoys painting and drawing to relax.
Medical Billing And Coding
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Nancy Ferrante, C.B.C.S.

Medical Billing & Coding Program Chair

Nancy began her career as a Medical Assistant in 1979. From there, Nancy mastered many other areas of the medical field. She spent 35 years in Ohio, building a successful medical practice with the same Physician until his retirement in 2014. During that time she managed five practices, billed for twenty-seven Skilled Nursing facilities, obtained an X-ray machine operator’s license and opened a medical billing business specializing in Podiatry. Despite training many employees over the years, Nancy never imagined herself teaching until she joined Northwest as our Program Chair for the Medical Billing and Coding program. Since then she’s embraced a new passion in life, loves meeting new students every month and takes the greatest satisfaction in guiding that one student, who feared they would never make it, into landing a great job in the field, helping realize their dream in the process.
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Carrie Ostrander, C.B.C.S.

Medical Billing & Coding Instructor II

C.B.C.S. Nevada Career Institute

Born and raised in Clearwater, Florida, Carrie moved to Las Vegas NV going on 13 years ago in what was supposed to be just a long vacation.

Having graduated from Clearwater High School and the Nevada Career Institute, Carrie came on board with NCC as one of our MBC Instructors. Professionally, Carrie loves analytics and identifying trends in billing. She enjoys helping providers understand the revenue side of their practice and educating them on how they can grow their business.

Carrie’s personal passions are to keep learning new things, sharing knowledge with others, being true to myself and starting new adventures.

Carries chose to work at NCC because she believes that everyone at NCC is genuinely amazing to work with and very helpful, you can tell the sense of pride everyone has to work for NCC. She is truly grateful to be apart of the family.

At the weekends, Carrie can be found taking her two springer spaniels on new adventures, hiking, traveling, MLB Baseball games, reading a good book or embarking on a road trip with a great playlist.

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Chanel Balajadia, B.A.

Medical Billing & Coding Instructor I

B.A. University of Phoenix

Chanel was born in Las Vegas, but her parents originate from Guam and Saipan. They ended up in Nevada because her father’s last duty station was Nellis AFB. As the daughter of a service person, Chanel went to High School in New Mexico, Las Vegas, and Hawaii.

Having graduated, Chanel moved into Medical Billing and Coding and stayed there for the next twenty years. She is currently a Billing Supervisor and has been working with Neurosurgeons for the past eight years.

Passionate about Medical Billing and Coding, Chanel enjoys the fact that she gets to teach what she loves to do and everyone here at NCC is so positive.

In her spare time, Chanel can be found watching movies, participating in family game nights, attending church, and spending time with friends and family.
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Shelley Dunn. B.S.

Medical Billing & Coding Instructor I

B.S. Colorado Technical University

Shelly is a Kansas City girl who graduated from Grand Island Sr. High School in Grand Island, Nebraska before moving on to earn her bachelor’s degree in Health Care Management from Colorado Technical University in 2013.

Having spent twenty-one years in the field of healthcare and specializing in medical billing and coding, Shelly joined Northwest in order to share her experiences and knowledge with the next generation of healthcare professionals.

In her spare time, she can be found enjoying the great outdoors, quietly reading a book, or enjoying a good history documentary as part of her goal to learn something new every day she is alive. In her words “Life is too short to waste your time not being the best you can be!”
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Nohea Kawaiaea

Medical Billing & Coding Instructor I

Northwest Career College

Born in Hawaii, Nohea moved to Las Vegas, Hawaii’s ‘ninth island,’ when she was eight. Having graduated from Liberty High School, she came to join us here at Northwest Career College and is now part of our excellent Medical Billing and Coding instructors team.

Nohea always wanted a career she could grow with and that allowed her to continue helping and teaching people new things. For Nohea, the best thing about working for NCC is the progressive and considerate nature of the school and staff as well as the genuine family atmosphere.

In her spare time, Nohea is an avid artist and can be found dabbling in tattooing, creating digital art for Twitch, and indulging in her love of Korean soap operas.
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Lori Vogt, A.A.S

Medical Billing & Coding Instructor I

A.A.S Ashworth College

Originally from Whittier, California, Lori moved to Henderson, Nevada with her family in 1985.

Having graduated from California High School, Lori attended the College of Southern Nevada in 1991 and received a certificate in medical terminology. She then went to earn her college degree from Ashworth College in Healthcare Management and is currently working on her bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management.

Lori’s professional passion is healthcare. Her prior career centered on medical transcription from 1990 through 2010. She transcribed thousands of medical reports for over 20 years.

For Lori, the best thing about working at NCC is the people she gets to work with.

At the weekends, you can find Lori studying and working on her degree program, binge-watching Netflix mini-series, going out to eat, and spending time with my three sons whenever she can.
Paralegal Studies
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Cassidy Wagner, J.D.

Legal Studies Program Chair

J.D., Arizona Summit Law School

A graduate of Coronado High School and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she she earned her Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies, Cassidy found her passion in college. Having worked as a paralegal in a law firm for over six years, Cassidy attended Arizona Summit Law School where she earned her Juris Doctor degree. Cassidy has a history of teaching and supporting students. During high school, she worked at the City of Henderson where she would coordinate programs and teach life skills to individuals with disabilities. She now brings that same passion and attention to her role as an instructor for our Paralegal Studies and Criminal Justice courses.
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Robert Kurth, Jr., J.D.

Legal Studies Instructor

J.D. University of Denver College of Law

Now in his 25th year of practicing law in Nevada, Robert earned his B.S. in Business Administration from UNLV in 1989, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Denver College of Law in December of 1991. During his career, he has been an Arbitrator for the Eighth Judicial District Court, a former Alternate Child Support Hearing Master, and a Small Claims Court Referee and Mediator. As an Adjunct Instructor for both our Paralegal Studies and Criminal Justice Programs, he now passes on his vast knowledge and experience in the legal field to our students.
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Lisa Myers, J.D., L.L.M.

Legal Studies Instructor

J.D. L.L.M. Campbell University

Beginning her career as a Paralegal, Lisa soon advanced to the role of Senior Paralegal for various Family Law, Personal Injury and Corporate law firms in the Las Vegas community. She obtained her Juris Doctor and LL.M, completing her fellowship in Washington D.C. and Carson City, Nevada. Lisa also heads up the Educational Board of the LVVPA (Las Vegas Valley Paralegal Association) which is the local chapter affiliated with NALA, the Paralegal Association and CCBA, the Clark County Bar Association. As the Program Chair and an Instructor for the Legal Studies Department here at Northwest Career College, which is comprised of both the Paralegal Studies and Criminal Justice Degree Programs, Lisa uses her passion and love for the law, teaching, and politics to inspire our students.
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Bernie Zadrowski, J.D., L.L.M.

Legal Studies Instructor

J.D., L.L.M. University of Denver College of Law

Bernie has been a practicing attorney in Nevada for over twenty years, and is currently a Chief Deputy of General Litigation at the Clark County District Attorney’s Office. An active member of the local legal community, Bernie has served on the State Bar’s Southern Nevada Disciplinary Board as its Vice Chairman, the Judicial Selection Commission, and the Standing Committee on Judicial Ethics and Campaign Practices. Proud to call Las Vegas his home, Bernie now brings his insight and experience to the role of evening Adjunct Professor for the Paralegal Studies Program, helping to shape future generations of Nevada’s legal profession.
Pharmacy Technician
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Danielle Mathews, A.S., CPhT

Pharmacy Technician Program Chair

A.S., CPhTPharmacy Technology Charter College

Born and raised in Southern, CA, Danielle graduated from Fisk University in Nashville and Charter College in Oxnard, CA before embarking on a sixteen-year career in pharmacy education.

During that time she worked in various pharmacy settings from sterile product preparation for cancer medications to preparing medications for animals.

Now a member of our Pharmacy Technician team, Danielle enjoys working with the students, faculty, and staff while being able to share her knowledge with others.

In her spare time, Danielle can be found painting, reading, camping, being with family and friends, and learning and practicing card tricks.
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Samantha Huntsman, CPhT, M.S.

Pharmacy Technician Instructor

M.S. University of Illinois at Chicago

Raised in Cedar City in southern Utah, Samantha ended up in Nevada in 2014 after moving here from Minnesota to escape the winter.

After graduating from Cedar City High School, Samantha moved to Southern Utah University where she got her bachelor’s degree and then to the University of Illinois at Chicago for her master’s degree.

After spending six years at CVS Pharmacy where she was a lead technician, Samantha has joined our cadre of committed Pharmacy Technician Instructors. Passionate about science and how science can better the lives of the community, especially through medicine, Samantha loves being a mentor and helping our students succeed.

Samantha is also passionate about conservation and about how we, as humans, can reduce our impact on the environment. Much of her education was centered around studying water pollution and she remains devoted to the topic to this day.

In her spare time, Samantha enjoys writing fiction, which is something she’s been doing since she was very young. She’s also an avid gamer and loves to watch east Asian dramas.
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Deborah Mackey, A.A., CPht

Pharmacy Technician Instructor

A.A, College of Southern Nevada, CPht, Pima Institute

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Karina Sequeira, M.S.

Pharmacy Technician Instructor

M.S., University of the West U.D.O. - Leon

Karina was born in Nicaragua, lived in Miami, then Ventura, and finally followed Her family to Las Vegas.

She began working in a pharmacy at the age of 17 and this led to her obtaining her B.S in Chemistry and Pharmacy and her Masters of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Healthcare Administration and Concentration from the University of the West, UNLV, and the University of Texas.

Drawn to NCC by her passion for teaching and mentorship, Karina’s goal is to make sure that the Pharmacy Technician program at NCC continues to succeed in educating and inspiring future Pharmaceutical Professionals.

At the weekend, you can find Karina dancing to Latin music and enjoying hiking, museums, architecture, wine tasting, and reading about psychology.
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Akia Washington, CPhT

Pharmacy Technician Instructor

Pima Medical Institute

Born in Bellflower, California, Akia was raised in Lynwood, California, where she attended Lynwood High School before she moved to Las Vegas with her two sons. Having decided tath nursing was not the career for her, Akia obtained her Pharmacy Technician License from PIMA here in Las Vegas.

As one of our Pharmacy Technician Instructors, Akia is passionate about passing on her knowledge to the students here at NCC and sampling the delights of our fancy coffee machine, of course.

In her spare time, Akia can be found collecting crystals, playing video games, and indulging in her passion for getting all her family around the same table by cooking for them.
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Hollie Anderson, A.A., CPht

Pharmacy Technician Instructor

A.A. Cuyahoga Community College

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio but with Mississippi roots Hollie, came to Nevada in 2017 to be with my current significant other and for a change of atmosphere.

Having attended John F Kennedy High School in Cleveland, Ohio went on to Hollie attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh before becoming a Certified Pharmacy Technician and Certified Immunizer.

Hollie has always been interested in healthcare and with a family full of nurses and technicians, she knew she would find a career in the field.

Getting PTCB certified and certified to immunize, helped catapult her career path in this direction and she couldn’t be prouder of all she has accomplished and will accomplish in the near and far future. She has a passion for caring for people and enjoys what she does.

Professionally and personally Hollie is excited to help students find their passion in the PHT field, finding innovative ways to serve the public in our growing communities. For Hollie, the best thing about working for NCC is the comradery so far between the faculty and the mission statement.

On the weekend, Hollie can be found working on her manuscript or baking.
Phlebotomy Technician
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Corey Del Pino, B.S., R.P.T.

Phlebotomy Technician Program Chair

B.S. N.C. Agricultural & Technical State University

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Corey Del Pino attended Northern Arizona University after high school and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology with a Chemistry Minor in 2012. After attending Mohave Community College and earning her Medical Assisting Certificate in Phlebotomy, Corey became a Registered Phlebotomy Technician through American Medical Technologists. After four years of patient care in the outpatient and inpatient hospital field at Western Arizona Regional Medical Center in Bullhead City, Corey moved to Las Vegas and joined NCC as our Phlebotomy Instructor, imparting her expert knowledge and experience to our students.
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Amy Byrd, R.M.A., R.P.T.

Phlebotomy Technician Lead Instructor

R.M.A. Northwest Career College

Amy grew up in the wilds of Minnesota until, at the age of thirty, she decided she was tired of the brutal winters and moved to sunny Nevada, stopping in at Salt Lake City for a few years before heading a little further west to Las Vegas. Amy attended High School and College in Minnesota and attended Northwest when she moved to Las Vegas, receiving her Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) and Registered Phlebotomy Technician (RPT) Certifications in 2012. A lover of the outdoors, Amy heads out of town every chance she gets. Heading to the dunes or the lake to go boating, finding peace while hiking in the mountains, being by the ocean or while she is traveling. During work hours, Amy is inspired by the passion of her co-workers and the loves watching the journey NCC students go on, from enrollment in their first module to the excitement of their graduation day.
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Joylene Rael, R.M.A, R.P.T.

Phlebotomy Technician Instructor II

R.M.A. Northwest Career College

Another of our graduate success stories, Joylene graduated from Northwest Career College in 2014 before using her student externship to gain employment in the medical assisting field. After being promoted, Joylene obtained her EKG and IV Therapy certifications while working in a Cardiology department. Originally a resident of a small town in New Mexico called named Los Lunas, Joylene has lived in Las Vegas for twelve years. She taught as a Medical Assisting Instructor with NCC, passing on her passion and experience to her students, and is now working with the Education department assisting students in a new and exciting way. Joylene is always excited to see what the future holds!
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Stephanie Garcia-Seibert, C.P.T.

Phlebotomy Technician Instructor

M.A. UDS School, Garden City NY

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Tommika Goodrich, CPT, A.A.

Phlebotomy Technician Instructor

A.A. San Joaquin Delta College

Originally from Stockton, California, Tommika moved to Nevada in 2006. Having moved to Las Vegas Tommika decided to become a phlebotomist and attended Pima Medical Institute. Prior to that, she had attended San Joaquin Delta College with a focus on musical theater and sports medicine.

Tamika loves to share the knowledge that she’s accumulated over the years with younger people who are eager to learn. Teaching in a way that students are able to have fun while learning is a passion of hers.

Her personal passion is striving to make the present day a better day than the previous. For Tommika, the best thing about working for NCC is the welcoming, kind atmosphere.

At the weekends, Tommika can be found indulging in her passions for music, singing, drawing, and sketching.
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Samantha Nielsen, R.P.T.

Phlebotomy Technician Instructor

Phlebotomy Learning Center of Las Vegas

Samantha was born here in Las Vegas and lived here most of her life. Her family moved to Pahrump, Nevada when she was six and after graduating from Pahrump Valley High School she returned to Las Vegas.

After attending two years at UNLV, where she did most of her general education courses, Samantha went to the Phlebotomy Learning Center of Las Vegas and received her CPT license. She is currently enrolled at Arizona College of Nursing, where she is working on her BSN degree.

Samantha’s professional passion is to help people, whether they are her coworkers, patients, family, friends, students, or someone she has just met. She loves being able to make an impact on others.

Her personal passion is self-growth and becoming a better version of herself.

For Samantha, the best thing about working at Northwest Career College is how friendly and welcoming the entire staff and faculty are. She looks forward to working each and every day because of the atmosphere here at Northwest Career College.

When she’s not working, Samantha can be found painting, hiking, or traveling. She loves adventure and expressing her creativity.
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Michael O’Neal, R.P.T.

Phlebotomy Technician Instructor

R.P.T., Northwest Career College

Born in the state of Alabama, Michael moved to Las Vegas when his father was transferred here by the U.S.A.F. Having attended Rancho High school and the College of Southern Nevada, Michael joined the U.S Army and became a Registered Phlebotomist and Anesthesia Technician.

Michael loves working in the medical field and enjoys serving those in need through teaching from his experiences and giving back to his profession through the knowledge of what he has experienced in the years he has worked in the medical field.

Michael’s professional passion is a fascination with the science of how the human body works. Personally, he seeks to care for his fellow man in a manner of respect and service.

On the weekends, Michael can be found spending time with relatives and family and going to church.

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