The Kenny Family

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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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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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Dr. Stephanie Kenny

Chief Financial 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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Michael Kenny

Director of Finance

B.A. University of Nevada Las Vegas, Accounting 5/18

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 so he could complete his finance degree while continuing to work for Northwest Career College as the Finance and Inventory Control Manager where he works side by side with his family every day.

Staff

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Maria Allen

Office Manager

City College

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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Jacquelin Favela

Administrative Liaison

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Shannon Volpi

Front Office Manager - LBC

Northwest Career College

An Alumnae of Northwest’s Medical Assisting Program, Shannon is an East Coast girl, having been born in Connecticut before being brought out to the West at a young age. Excited to be part of Northwest Career College, Shannon hopes to create a positive and relaxed feel as the Front Office Manager of the Legal and Billing Center helping one student at a time achieve educational success.
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Samantha Maniece, L.M.T.

Student Clinic Coordinator

L.M.T. Northwest Career College

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Jilian Lopez, B.A.

Director of Career Services

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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Brionne Graff, B.S.

Career Services Representative

B.S. Utah Valley University

Having graduated Utah Valley University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations, Brionne served as an office manager in the orthodontics field for over three and half years before coming to work for Northwest in January 2017. Currently a Career Services Advisor in our Career Services department, Brionne loves to work towards helping others smile and be confident in themselves.
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Tina Spencer, B.A.

Career Services Representative

B.A. University of Las Vegas Nevada

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Lois Westover

Career Services Advisor

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Colton Jones, B.S.

Career Services Representative

B.S., Bringham Young University

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Cheryl Dadey, B.A.

Director of Student Development

B.A. Virginia Interment College

An Alumnae of Northwest Career College's Massage Therapy program, Cheryl joined the Northwest Family in 2015, taking on various staffing position before taking up the role of Registrar-Student Development Department Director. An East Coast native born in Syracuse, New York, Cheryl is passionate about inspiring our students to pursue their dreams.
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Jenee Eitner, B.A.

Student Development Advisor

B.A. University of Nevada, Reno

Jenee decided to relocate to the Sierra Nevada’s after high school to pursue her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at the University of Nevada. Upon graduating from college, Jenee started her professional career working for Fortune 500 companies and found success as she climbed the corporate ladder in the business world, but never achieved the fulfillment she really wanted. In 2009 she took a leap of faith on an unexpected job lead and came to realize that her passion was not corporate America, but higher education. Jenee joined Northwest Career College in July 2016 as an Enrollment Specialist and brought with her over eight years of experience in higher education. Today she works as a Student Development Advisor, helping students in their day to day worlds.
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Nancy Enis

Student Development Advisor

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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Grace Perea

Director of Admissions

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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Michael Dramis

Senior Enrollment Specialist

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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Emerald Garcia

Enrollment Specialist

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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Ashley Rowe, B.S.

Admissions Liaison

B.S. DeVry University

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Jamie Ursulich

Enrollment Specialist

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Ashley Walker, M.A.

Enrollment Specialist

M.A. University of Alabama
M.A. Ed. University of Virginia
B.A. Lynchburg

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Century Leigh, B.S.

Admissions Liaison

B.S. Northwest Missouri State University

Century graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a B.S. in International Business before joined 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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Donella Stanard

Assistant Director of Financial Aid

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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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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Kerri Swallia, M.B.A.

Financial Aid Officer

M.B.A. Southern New Hampshire University
B.S. University of Nevada Las Vegas

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Nyara Hardy, M.B.A.

Financial Aid Advisor

M.B.A. Westwood College
B.A. California State University San Bernadino

A former collegiate athlete and MBA Management graduate, Nyara has a background in Human Resources, Administration and Admissions. She is excited to have joined NCC in several capacities to create positive impact, with her current role being as a Financial Aid Advisor. Nyara enjoys inspiring others to reach their highest potential as she takes the journey herself.
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Diane Barrett, B.A.

Financial Aid Advisor

B.A. University of Akron

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Gena DeMaggio

Bookkeeper

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Jurgen Drucks, A.A.

IT Specialist

A.S. Normdale, University of Minneapolis

A twenty year veteran of the IT industry, Jurgen’s career has spanned such fields as Defense contracting, Telecommunications, and Healthcare. Here at Northwest Career College, Jurgen is responsible for keeping the internet wheels turning and software systems running, a job he takes great pride in.
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Leslie Tran, B.A.

Executive Assistant to
Chief Operating Officer

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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Sara Styles

IT Coordinator

Before joining Northwest Career College in July, 2017, Sara was employed as the scheduling manager for the CDC Ebola Screening project contracted out of Atlanta, where she ran the schedule for almost two-hundred medical staff members across five international airports. After falling in love with the desert air during a family vacation, Sara moved out West to start a new chapter in her life and now brings her a wide variety of career experiences ranging from administration, sales, and management and technology skills to bear in her position as IT Coordinator.
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Rob Heath

Inventory/Distribution Center Coordinator

A.A.S Coastline Community College

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Sidney Herbert

Employee Services Coordinator

New York City College of Technology (Human Services)

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Vanessa Duarte

Interdepartmental Relations Coordinator

A.S. Mt. San Antonio College
A.S. Mt. San Antonio College

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Seri Marx, B.A.

Executive Assistant to
Dean of Students

B.A. University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Having graduated from UNLV in 2010 with a B.A. in Communications, Seri pursued a career in office management and worked as an assistant project management. Having moved to Las Vegas in 2003, Seri joined Northwest Career College in January, 2017. Today, Seri serves as the executive Assistant to the Dean of Students where she is able to apply both her interpersonal and business skills working with students, faculty and staff.
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Amelia Le Fevre, M.P.Adm.

Executive Assistant to
Chief Financial Officer

M.P.Adm. Southern Utah University
B.S. Southern Utah University

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Fernando Herbert, B.A.

Spanish Language Consultant

B.S. Ed. City College of New Youk

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Pablo Chacon, B.A.

Allied Health Department Manager

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 Allied Health Department Manager.
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Bailee Whitmore, R.D.A.

Dental Assisting Administrative Liaison

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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Shelly Puckett, C.B.C.S.

Medical Billing & Coding Administrative Liaison

Northwest Career College

Shelly is a proud graduate of Northwest’s Medical Billing & Coding program. Having studied under the tutelage of Nancy, our program chair, she is honored to now work alongside her in the classroom, where her goal is to challenge and inspire our NCC students to find their passion in the medical field. In addition to instructing as part of our Medical Billing & Coding program, Shelly also works full-time as a billing specialist during the day.
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Faith Allums, M.B.A.

Administrative Liaison

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Floyd Bracy, B.S.

Administrative Liaison

B.S. Elizabeth City State University

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Jeff Stults, L.M.T.

Administrative Liaison

L.M.T. Northwest Carer College

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Maria Del Busto, B.B.A

Administrative Liaison

B.B.A. Bernard Baruch College

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Estefania Martinez

Administrative Liaison

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Rebecca Hill, B.S.

Administrative Liaison

B.S. University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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Jeffrey Simkins

Administrative Assistant

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Eva Gonzales Blas

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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Arthur Estrada

Facilities Operator

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Tony Gonzalez

Facilities Operator

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Yvonne Perron

Facilities Operator

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Daniel Holcomb

Facilities Maintenance Technician

ITT Techincal Institute
Riverside Community College

Faculty

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Cynthia Lofquist, R.D.A.

Dental Assisting Program Chair

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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Dr. Thomas Kenny

Instructor

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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TR Williams, B.S., R.D.A.

Dental Assisting 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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Peter Favela, R.D.A.

Dental Assisting Instructor

Bryman College

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Adriana Preciado, R.D.A.

Dental Assisting Instructor

Charter College Canyon Country

Raised in the beautiful desert of Las Vegas, Adriana, commonly known as Audi, spent thirteen years working as a dental assistant, keeping up with the constant advancements in modern dentistry while perfecting her caring and delicate chair side manner. As one of our Dental Assisting Instructors, she now passes on the secrets of developing such a chair side manner to our students.
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Dana Young, R.D.A.

Dental Assisting Instructor

With twenty years of experience in the dental assisting field, ten of which were in the role of office manager in a dental office, Dana moved to Las Vegas in 2005 and joined Northwest as one of our Dental Assisting Instructors. She now enjoys passing on the knowledge and experience that she has collected to the next generation of dental assisting students.
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Emeris Beltran

Dental Assisting Instructor

College of Southern Nevada

A passionate advocate of the importance of dental assistants, Emeris discovered her love for the dental profession after finishing her schooling in Las Vegas, going on to receive her certification in Dental Assisting from the College of Southern Nevada in 2011. She credits her passion to her teachers and mentors and, since joining NWCC as one of our Dental Assisting Instructors in the summer of 2017, she has instilled the same passion in her students.
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Sandra Cassilas, R.D.A.

Dental Assisting Instructor

Bryman College

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Barbara Alcaraz, M.A., B.A., L.M.T.

Massage Therapy Program Chair

M. A. Organizational Management, University of Phoenix
B.A. University of Minnesota, American Studies
L.M.T. Northwest Health Careers

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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Lance Lisitza, L.M.T.

Director of Student Clinic

L.M.T. Northwest Career College

A sixteen year veteran of the US Army, Lance traveled the world while in the military, including Europe, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Having served as an Airborne Parachute Rigger, Combat Medic, and a Physical Therapy Assistant many of Lance’s duties fell into the realm of patient care and administration, Soldier management, and Airborne operations. After attending NCC and graduating as a Licensed Massage Therapist in 2015, Lance joined us as a member of the Massage Therapy Department, instructing the Day Advance Massage Therapy Program. He is also currently the Director of Student Clinic.
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Dr. John Kenny

Anatomy, Physiology & Kinesiology Instructor

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. Jarrod Chipp

Anatomy, Physiology & Kinesiology Instructor

New York Chiropractic College

A practicing chiropractor and owner of his own private practice, Lifespine: Back & Body Wellness, Dr. Chipp is the evening Anatomy & Physiology & Kinesiology instructor for our Massage Therapy Program. Originally from northeastern Pennsylvania, Dr. Chipp earned his B.S. degree in Biology from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He went on to obtainhis doctorate from the New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, receiving advanced certifications in the fields of Sports Science & Human Performance, as well as Whole Food Nutrition.

Jarrod’s favorite thing about teaching at Northwest is watching a student progress from simply memorizing and recalling information, to applying that knowledge to real-world clinical scenarios and case studies.
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Ivy Adams, L.M.T.

Massage Therapy Instructor

A.A. Community of Southern Nevada, Psychology
L.M.T. Northwest Health Careers

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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Thea Attridge, L.M.T.

Massage Therapy Instructor

L.M.T. Northwest Career College

A graduate of Northwest Career College’s massage therapy program, Thea began her career at the Drift Spa at the Palms Hotel, specializing in advanced spa therapies and deep tissue. After her time at Drift Spa, she had the pleasure of joining the staff of Spa Aquae at the JW Marriott and now holds the position of Lead Therapist at the resort.

An instructor in the Massage Therapy program here at Northwest since March of 2016, Thea is also trained in both cosmetology and massage therapy, bringing a unique combination of experiences to the hands-on training that she provides our students as they begin to learn the basics of the massage therapy profession.
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TJ Perpar, L.M.T.

Massage Therapy Instructor

University of Nevada Las Vegas, History
L.M.T. Northwest Massage School

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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Teresa Lopez, L.M.T.

Massage Therapy instructor

L.M.T. Northwest Health Careers

After graduating from Northwest Career College’s Massage Therapy Program as a Licensed Massage Therapist, Teresa began her massage career with Massage Envy where she was named “Rookie of the Year.” Moving on to Relax Spa at the Aliante Hotel and Casino, and then to Oleksandra Spa, inside the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino, Teresa currently works as the Lead Therapist at Aveda Spa Lago, at the Westin Lake Las Vegas. In June of 2016, Teresa was appointed by the Governor of the State of Nevada to sit on the Nevada State Board of Massage Therapy and, as of last September, she began her tenure as the evening Advanced Massage Therapy Program Instructor here at Northwest Career College.
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Jenette Ashcraft, N.C.M.A.

Allied Health Department Director

R.M.A. National Education Center

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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Amanda Beardsley, C.M.A.

Medical Assisting Program Chair

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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ReNet Mells, M.A.

Medical Assisting Instructor

M.A. Virginia College Online

ReNet brings nearly forty years of experience in the medical assisting field to her position as Medical Assisting Instructor, having worked as Medical Assistant for twenty-seven years and as an instructor for ten. A Certified Medical Assistant, Certified Post-Secondary Instructor, Office Laboratory Assistant, and CPR Instructor, ReNet has a huge range of skills and experience that she passes on to her students.
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Joylene Rael, R.M.A, R.P.T.

Medical Assisting Instructor

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 thrives as a Medical Assisting Instructor with NCC, passing on her passion and experience to her students, and is excited to see what the future holds.
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Denisse Adams

Medical Assisting Instructor

A.A. Community of Southern Nevada, Psychology
Northwest Health Careers

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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Vivan Madrazo, C.M.A.

Medical Assisting Instructor

Bryman College

Born in Guatemala but raised in Southern California, Vivian completed her medical assistant training in December 2001 at Bryman College in Southern California. Her first MA position was in the OB/GYN field and after eight years of OB/GYN experience, and one of family planning, she was offered the opportunity to work as a Medical Technician at the Nellis Air Force Base. During that time she served military personnel and their dependents in the Labor and Delivery unit at the Mike O’Callaghan Federal Hospital.

A resident of Las Vegas since 2004, Vivan is passionate about medicine and committed to teaching. The best experiences of her medical assisting career were learning new skills, such as child birthing, IV use, and neonatal resuscitation and she enjoys passing on that same passion for learning to her students.
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Jennifer Jackson, B.S. A.H.S. CPC, R.M.A.

Medical Administrative Assisting Instructor

B.S. A.H.S. Eastern State College

Jennifer has been a healthcare advocate for more than twenty years and one of her greatest joys is sharing that passion with adult learners interested in the field. With a background in geriatric, occupational and urgent care, Jennifer’s career in healthcare education has spanned over eight years and, as one of our Medical Administrative Assisting Instructors, she continues to inspire our students with her passion and knowledge.
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Ashley Childers, B.S., C.M.A., C.P.T.

Medical Assisting Instructor

Arizona College of Nursing

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Nancy Ferrante, C.M.B.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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Vilma Afante, A.S., C.M.B.S.

Medical Billing & Coding Instructor

A.S. Institute of Computer Technology

Originally from the Philippines, Vilma came to the United States in 1988 before moving to Las Vegas to expand her medical billing business in 2015. The holder of an Associate’s Degree in Business Management, Vilma also graduated in Medical Billing from Kaplan College in 2010. A woman of many talents, she divides her time between instructing as part of our Medical Billing and Coding program, freelancing as an independent contractor providing medical billing services to several physicians, and running an adult daycare center with her partner.
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Tami Miller, C.B.C.S., C.E.H.R.S., C.M.A.A., N.C.I.C.S.

Medical Billing & Coding Instructor

College of Southern Nevada, Health Sciences Canterbury Career School, Medical Billing and Coding

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Lisa Myers, J.D., L.L.M.

Legal Studies Department Director

J.D. L.L.M. Campbell University
B.A. Corllins 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. As the 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, Lise uses her passion and love for the law, teaching, and politics to inspire our students.
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Robert Kurth, Jr., J.D.

Legal Studies Instructor, Adjunct

J.D. University of Denver College of Law
B.S. University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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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Bernie Zadrowski, J.D., L.L.M.

Legal Studies Instructor

J.D., L.L.M. University of Denver College of Law
B.S. University of Colorado

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.
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Carl Morrison, PP-SC, R.P., A.A.C.P.

Legal Studies Instructor

PP-SC, RP, AACP Northeastern State University

A staunch advocate of the role of paralegals, Carl is devoted to helping others enhance their passion and dedication for the paralegal profession. Having graduated with his Bachelor of Science from Northeastern State University in 2009, Carl has spent twenty-three years as an active member of the legal community in Tusla and is the recipient of multiple awards for his work. In addition to giving the benefit of his experience to our students as one of our Legal Studies Instructors, Carl also hosts for the podcast, “The Paralegal Voice” on The Legal Talk Network, covering current trends and topics relevant to not only paralegals, but all legal professionals as well.
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Cassidy Wagner, J.D.

Legal Studies Instructor

M.S. Organic Chemistry University of Texas at El Paso

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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Jon Felperin, M.A., B.A.

Legal Studies Instructor

M.A., B.A. San Francisco State University

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Dennis Jantz, M.A. 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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Dr. Stephanie Kenny

General Education Instructor

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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Booker Chatman, CPhT

Pharmacy Technician Program Chair

A.A. College of Southern Nevada

Booker has been active in the field of pharmacy for over eighteen years, licensed in eleven states and nationally certified since 2008. During that time he has fulfilled institutional, retail, and administrative positions in an effort to craft himself into a truly well rounded professional.

After moving to Nevada in 2006, Booker transitioned into education in 2012 and joined the Northwest family in 2015. Initially a member of the Admissions Team, Booker joined the Pharmacy Technician Program after its inception in June of 2016 and is now our Pharmacy Program Chair. Booker is passionate about his field and cherishes the opportunity to contribute to the betterment of people’s lives through education here at Northwest.
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Candice Clark, CPhT

Pharmacy Technician Instructor

B.S. NC Agricultural & Technical State University

Candice grew up in the in the Eastern and Piedmont regions of North Carolina and achieved her Bachelor's of Science Degree in Biology from North Carolina A&T State University. She is also the recipient of a Clinical Trials Research Associate Certificate from Durham Technical Community College. With eight years of Pharmacy Technician experience, Candice has a history of guiding and teaching others in her previous roles and, since joining Northwest as one of our Pharmacy Technician Instructors, now enjoys passing on her skills and experience to our students.
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Corey Del Pino, B.S., R.P.T.

Phlebotomy Instructor

B.S. Northern Arizona 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 his 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 his expert knowledge and experience to our students.
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Stuart Bernardo,
M.S.N., R.N., F.N.P., N.P.-C.

CPR Instructor

University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey
College of Staten Island, N.Y.

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