Vivian Sanchez brings extensive higher education and business experience to her role as Chief Executive Officer and President for the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Having worked in public research universities in the United States and private institutions in nine countries, CEO Sanchez brings comprehensive global insights to higher education for both campus-based and digital learning.
Jose Torres joined USAHS as Chief Financial Officer on April 2019 and is based in our Miami, Florida office. Jose has over 23 years of experience in public company accounting, financial planning & reporting, treasury, and audit.
Dr. Goldstein is an accomplished teacher, scholar and academic leader with more than 25 years of experience in higher education at public and private universities with multiple locations.
Terry Rakosky, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Enrollment, and Product Strategy, joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) with more than 30 years of experience in consumer products and higher education.
Dr. Karen Gersten has worked in higher education for more than 25 years, beginning her career as a part-time faculty member and eventually earning a tenured faculty position at Roosevelt University in Chicago. She formerly was the associate provost for academic programs and distance learning at Roosevelt University in Chicago, where she pioneered online programs and other innovative teaching and learning approaches and led assessment efforts.
Deborah Zimic, General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Compliance, provides cross-divisional legal and compliance support to the University. Deborah has practiced law for more than 30 years, with over 20 years of specialized higher education legal experience. Prior to joining the University, she spent a number of years working in law firm and in-house legal positions with both public companies and private institutions of higher education.
With more than 22 years of experience in higher education, Ms. Werling has served in numerous operational leadership positions, including Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Operations during which she oversaw all student and administrative functions, developed and launched new programs, and planned and opened numerous new campuses. Prior to her career in higher education, she served as an Ordnance Officer in the US Army where she worked in operations, training, and logistics before retiring.
Dr. Maria Puzziferro serves as the Dean of Digital Learning and Innovation. Her experience as a transformational academic leader, researcher, and teacher spans more than 25 years at public and private institutions in roles related to the advancement of innovative teaching and learning approaches. She and her team provide leadership and support for initiatives that advance active, immersive, and technology-enhanced learning. She oversees the Institute for Teaching Excellence, University Libraries, Instructional Design and Digital Media Production, Faculty Blackboard Support, the Centers for Innovative Clinical Practice, and the Innovation Steering Committee.
Julie Gonick, Executive Director of Enrollment and Field Recruitment joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) with more than 15 years of experience in admissions and higher education.
Susan Waugh serves as Executive Director of Human Resources for University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.
Dr. Debra L. Gray, with more than 35 years of experience, manages the Flex DPT Program at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
Dr. Elaine Lonnemann is the interim Associate Dean of the College of Health Sciences and Program Director of the transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. She has served as a contributing faculty member in online courses for the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program since 2002.
Dr. Manuel (Tony) A. Domenech is the Program Director of and an Associate Professor for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program.
Dr. Jackie Crossen-Sills is the Program Director of the DPT Program at the St. Augustine Campus and Interim Chair of the Institute of Physical Therapy
Dr. Werner is an Associate Professor in and the Program Director for the DPT Program at the Dallas, Texas Campus. In addition, he serves as the Campus Director.
Dr. Peters-Brinkerhoff is the Program Director for the DPT program at the San Marcos, CA campus.
Dr. Erin Schwier is an Associate Professor and the Academic Program Director for the Occupational Therapy Programs on the San Marcos campus. She brings more than 15 years of experience working with children with disabilities and their families to her position.
Dr. Mary Shotwell is the Interim Program Director, MOT/OTD Programs and a Professor at the St. Augustine Campus.
Dr. Stephanie Capshaw is the Academic program Director for the entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate program on the Dallas campus, where she also serves as an assistant professor.
Mary Zadnik, ScD, MEd, OTR/L, is an Associate Professor and Program Director for the entry-level Occupational Therapy programs on the Austin campus.
Jose R. Rafols, OTD, MHSA, OTR/L, is the Program Director for Occupational Therapy programs at the Miami, FL Campus.
Dr. Karen Snyder, PhD, OTR/L, is the Program Director for the Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy program at USAHS.
Kathy J. Wheat, PhD., CCC-SLP FASHA, is founding Program Director and Associate Professor for the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences MS-SLP program, Austin Texas.
Dr. Sunddip Aguilar is the Academic Program Director for the Doctorate of Education program in the College of Health Sciences.
Dr. Robin Dennison serves as the Director of Nursing programs for USAHS and has extensive experience in critical care nursing, working as a staff nurse, nurse educator, clinical nurse specialist, consultant, and professor.
Dr. Jordan Utley is the program director and associate professor of the Master of Health Science program and the Interim Director of the Master of Health Administration program in the College of Health Sciences.
Dr. Mariesol Wallace joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in December 2017 as an academic coordinator of clinical education. Prior to joining the university, she was the program director for a physical therapy assistant program and a practicing clinician in the home care setting.
Matt Moline has more than 20 years of experience directing business transformation through innovation and technology in dynamic, emerging organizations. He is a proven leader with a passion for people development and a track record of recruiting and retaining top talent.
Joe Cockrell, Executive Director of Communications & Media Relations, is a former journalist with more than 20 years of professional experience in news, media relations and corporate communications. He serves as the institutional spokesperson and primary liaison to news media.
Jeffrey Lagasse is the Executive Director of University Finance with the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. In this role, he leads a team providing all aspects of finance, including financial analysis, accounting, and bursar.