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National College Faculty

Industry-leading Professional Faculty

The key to our success is a faculty of industry-leading professionals.  Drawing on personal insights, our instructors provide students with a real-world perspective to prepare them for success in well-defined fields of employment.

Faculty

National College takes great pride in its faculty and their accomplishments, employing educators who bring years of practical industry and academic experience to the classroom and are committed to student success, promoting career development, and assisting students to balance life and education.

At National College we emphasize individual attention for our students, from enrollment to graduation with frequent and helpful faculty interaction every step of the way.  Our class sizes are smaller, with an average of 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio, allowing for one-on-one interaction with instructors.

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Our Faculty at a Glance

Shereen Almadhon - ESL Program Coordinator For the English Language Institute

Shereen Almadhon

ESL Program Coordinator For the English Language Institute

BA

Shereen Almadhon has a bachelor's degree in English language and literature from the Applied Sciences University in Amman, Jordan. She has worked as an assistant teacher at Al-Jubaiha Secondary School in Amman and worked as a receptionist at the English-language Modern Language Center, also in Amman. She is fluent in Spanish, Arabic and English. Shereen is the program coordinator for the English as a Second Language (ESL) program at American National University in the Roanoke Valley.

Jayne Atkins - Department Chair - Computer Applications Technology

Jayne Atkins

Department Chair - Computer Applications Technology

M.S.Ed, B.S.

Jayne Atkins holds a Master of Science in Education degree in Human Resource Development from James Madison University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Radford University. She has over 25 years of work experience with a background in various business, legal, medical, insurance, and education environments. Jayne currently serves as the Department Chair of the Computer Applications Technology program at the American National University Roanoke Valley Campus. She also serves on the College Academic Committee and the Institutional Academic Committee.

Kathy Botts - Instructor

Kathy Botts

Instructor

BA; MA

Kathy Botts holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Shepherd College and a Master of Arts degree in Gifted Education from West Virginia University. She has taught for 23 years in the public schools system and currently works in the Department of Gifted and Advanced Programs for Roanoke City Schools. She has been an instructor of multiple courses in the English and Math departments since 2002 at the American National University Roanoke Valley Campus.

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Tina Bradshaw

Instructor

CPC, PCS

Tina Bradshaw has worked in the medical field for more than 13 years and is presently a coding consultant with a major medical center. Tina has an associate degree in Healthcare Administration and is a licensed professional coder. She teaches Medical Office Finance and Coding courses at the American National University Roanoke Valley Campus.

Debbie Brassell - Instructor

Debbie Brassell

Instructor

PhD, JD, Executive JD-Health Care Law, MS

Dr. Debbie Brassell received her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology and has been providing speech-language services in different educational, hospital, and clinical settings for 35 years. She also holds a PhD in Healthcare Administration and a Juris Doctor (JD) degree, as well as an Executive JD Degree specializing in health care law. Debbie has led a research project in Dublin, Ireland, working with children with Autism and Down Syndrome; obtained a Graduate Certificate in Hippotherapy and developed a Hippotherapy Program in Bedford, Virginia, using horses to achieve rehabilitation goals with children and adults; and authored a book: Alzheimer's Disease: Survivor or Victim? Know the Facts, dedicated to her grandmother. She has been an instructor since 2005 at the American National University Roanoke Valley Campus.

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Mary Bryant

Instructor

MPH, BS

Mary Bryant received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences from Jefferson College of Health Sciences and her Master of Public Health degree from Walden University. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD in Public Health with a specialization in Epidemiology. Her past work experience ranges from being a corporate trainer to the H1N1 Regional Coordinator for the Virginia Department of Health. She is a Biology and Environmental Science instructor at American National University's Roanoke Valley campus.

Kristal Bushong - Career Center Director

Kristal Bushong

Career Center Director

BS, CPhT

Kristal Bushong began her college career at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia and then continued her education at the Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, Virginia, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Physician Assistant. Kristal is also a Certified Pharmacy Technician. She is an instructor at the American National University Roanoke Valley Campus, where she also serves as the Career Center Director for the campus and the Online program. She is also the campus Student Activities Council Faculty Advisor and an ACICS evaluator. Kristal is also a member of EAC, SHRM, Partners, PLG and MAA Advisory Boards, FCHRA, RVSHRM, RRMGMA,and Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce.

Michael Campbell - Instructor

Michael Campbell

Instructor

BS, MA/PhD

Dr. Michael Lee Campbell received a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Tech and a Master of Arts degree/ PhD from the University of North Carolina. He joined the faculty at American National University's Roanoke Valley Campus in 1976 and was promoted to English department chairperson in 1977.

Annette Chamberlin - Department Chair - Master's Program

Annette Chamberlin

Department Chair - Master's Program

Ph.D., MBA, M.A., B.A.

Annette Chamberlin has served in a variety of positions within the business community, including Health Care Consultant, Vice President of Field Operations, Regional Director of Operations and Management, Marketing Director, Retail Consultant, Merchandising Consultant, and Buyer Strategist and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for several local businesses. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Roanoke College, a Master of Business Administration degree from Averett University, a Master of Arts degree in History from Virginia Tech, and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech. Annette serves as chair of the Master's Program at the American National University Roanoke Valley Campus and has delivered several professional seminars and talks on management and teaching for professional organizations. She is an instructor of management, organizational behavior, leadership, and business policy courses.

Tanya Coles - Instructor

Tanya Coles

Instructor

CPC (AAPC)

Tanya Coles has worked for Carilion Clinic for over 10 years and is currently a medical record coder. She has coding experience in a variety of specialties, including radiology, emergency department, interventional radiology, and ambulatory surgery. Tanya is a Certified Professional Coder with the American Academy of Professional Coders and has been a Medical Billing and Coding instructor at the American National University Roanoke Valley Campus since 2009.

Teresa Duschean - Instructor

Teresa Duschean

Instructor

BS

Teresa Duschean graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Her work experience includes a government contracting firm in Washington, D.C. and the computer hardware/software field in California, including time at Microsoft. She is an instructor of math, computer, and keyboarding courses at the American National University Roanoke Valley Campus.

Patricia  Eby - Instructor

Patricia Eby

Instructor

BSN, MS, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Certified Disability Management Specialist, Licensed Clinical Nurse Specialist, RN

Patricia Eby holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, a Certified Disability Management Specialist, a Licensed Clinical Nurse Specialist, and a Registered Nurse. She has 7 years of experience in trauma nursing, outpatient clinical experience in cardiology and orthopedics, and over 20 years of medical and vocational case management. Patricia is coordinator of an area-wide rehabilitation networking breakfast; past president of both the Virginia Association of Rehab Nurses and the Virginia Association of Rehabilitation professionals; on the steering committee for the Roanoke Area Mayor's Committee for People with Disabilities; and has served on boards for the Council of Community Services. She is a healthcare instructor for the American National University Roanoke Valley Campus.

Neal Engers - Department Chair - Bachelor Business Management

Neal Engers

Department Chair - Bachelor Business Management

BA, MEd

Neal Engers received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Roanoke College and a Master of Education degree from the University of Virginia. He was an Admissions Representative from 1992 to 2008 and in 2008 became Chair of the one and two-year Business Administration programs. Neal currently teaches English, Business, and General Education courses at the American National University Roanoke Valley Campus. He previously served for 20 years as a teacher and counselor in the Roanoke City and County Public Schools.

Christopher Fielder - Instructor

Christopher Fielder

Instructor

BS, MCSE, MCSA, MCP, A+,Net+, Sec+

Christopher Fielder has been in the IT field for over 10 years, starting in the US Air Force, then as a civilian contractor for the Government, and now as a World Wide Server Administrator. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology, as well as numerous industry certifications, including Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert, Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator, Microsoft Certified Professional, CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+. Christopher is an instructor at the American National University Roanoke Valley Campus.

Shobhana Ganapathi - Instructor

Shobhana Ganapathi

Instructor

B.S., B.Ed

Shobhana Ganapathi holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Bachelor of Education degree from India, and she is currently pursuing a Master of Educational Technology degree from Boise State University. She has been teaching information technology courses, including web design, for more than 10 years. Her experience includes developing websites for commercial companies and non-profit organizations. Shobhana has earned several technology certificates, such as CompTia A+, Mastering Web Application Development using visual interdev 6.0, and creating and managing web solutions using Frontpage 2000. She is an instructor at the American National University Roanoke Valley Campus.

Mathew George - Department Chair - Business Management

Mathew George

Department Chair - Business Management

BS, MBA

Mathew S. George has served in a variety of management and accounting positions in the business and not-for-profit sectors, has owned a travel agency and a real estate business, and was a realtor licensed in the state of Virginia. Mathew received his Bachelor of Science degree in management from Brigham Young University and his Master of Business Administration degree from Virginia Tech. He teaches business, marketing, and management courses and is chair of the business management programs for the American National University Roanoke Valley Campus and the Online program. Mathew is also an ACICS evaluator and performs accreditation visits at other colleges across the country.

Jack Guilliams - Instructor

Jack Guilliams

Instructor

EMT; BS; M. Ed; M.A. Ed.

Jack Guilliams has been an instructor in the EMT Paramedic Department at the American National University Roanoke Valley Campus since 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Administration, as well as Master of Education and Master of Arts in Education degrees. Jack has thirty four years of experience as an EMS, First Aid, and CPR instructor and 37 years of experience as an EMS provider and evaluator.

Michael Hamlar - Instructor

Michael Hamlar

Instructor

AS, BS, MBA

As an owner of Hamlar-Curtis Funeral Home, Michael Hamlar has been highly influenced by a family who has a well-known legacy of business professionals, community leaders, and entrepreneurs. Michael serves on numerous boards such as CHIP (Child Health Improvement Partnership), Family Services of Roanoke, the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, and the Legislative Advocacy Committee with the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce. Recognized by The Blue Ridge Journal as one of the "Top 20 leaders under 40," Mike has a true love for business and enjoys being on the cutting edge of change. In 2009, he partnered with his wife to found Hamlar Enterprises, a business brokerage and consulting firm that serves clients within Roanoke and beyond. Michael received his bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University where he was a Seattle Bowl champion for the Demon Deacons. To enrich his knowledge of the funeral business, he also obtained an associate degree from mortuary school at John Tyler Community College. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Liberty University and is pursuing his Doctorate in Business Administration from Walden University. Michael is an instructor of business management courses at the American National University Roanoke Valley Campus.

Connie Herman - Instructor

Connie Herman

Instructor

MA, CAGS

Connie Herman has extensive experience in education as a Reading Specialist and English and writing teacher. She now teaches English and writing courses at the American National University Roanoke Valley Campus. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Reading and Education, as well as a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Curriculum and Instruction and School Leadership. She is also certified in Gifted Education. Connie is a Fulbright Scholar and a National Writing Project consultant and remains active in public education as a member of the Board of Directors of the Virginia State Reading Organization, as well as maintaining membership in many professional education organizations.

E Anne Horton - Instructor

E Anne Horton

Instructor

BS

E. Anne Horton is a pharmacist with experience in both retail and hospital pharmacy settings. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is an instructor in the pharmacy technician program at the American National University Roanoke Valley Campus.

Elizabeth Johnson - Instructor

Elizabeth Johnson

Instructor

BA, TEFL

Elizabeth Johnson graduated from Columbia International University in Columbia, South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts degree in intercultural studies and a Teaching English as a Second Language certificate. She has been an instructor for various levels in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program at the American National University Roanoke Valley Campus since 2011.

Connie King - Instructor

Connie King

Instructor

AS, CPhT, RMA

Connie King holds an associate degree in Medical Assisting and is a Certified Pharmacy Technician and Registered Medical Assistant. She is an instructor of Health Care Management at the American National University Roanoke Valley Campus and also works as an Inventory Specialist/Clinic Inspector with Carilion Clinic.

Rosy Makoui - Instructor

Rosy Makoui

Instructor

B.S., A.S., Computer Operations Certification

Rosy Makoui has been teaching computer courses for over 20 years in the Roanoke area and is currently an instructor at the American National University Roanoke Valley Campus. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in management information systems, an Associate of Science degree in data processing technology, and holds Computer Operations Certification.

Jennifer Neel - Instructor

Jennifer Neel

Instructor

BS; MS; Certified Substance Abuse Counselor

Jennifer Neel received her bachelor's degree in Sociology, as well as her master's degree in Community Counseling both from Radford University. She is trained in DBT and is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. Jennifer works at Bethany Hall, a residential treatment center for women, and LewisGale Medical Center in the psychiatric center. She is an instructor at the American National University Roanoke Valley Campus.

Carolyn  Paige - Instructor

Carolyn Paige

Instructor

B.S., CPC, CPC-H

Carolyn F. Paige received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Bluefield College and obtained certification as a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) and Certified Professional Coder, Hospital-Based (CPC-H) through the American Academy of Professional Coders. She is an employee at a local hospital and a health care instructor at the American National University Roanoke Valley Campus, teaching CPT Coding and Medical Office Administrative procedures.

Bejai Powell - Department Chair - Bachelor of Information Technology

Bejai Powell

Department Chair - Bachelor of Information Technology

B.S.

Bejai Powell graduated from Christopher Newport University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology with a concentration in Networking and Computing and a minor in Computer Science. He has over 13 years of quality information technology work experience and has worked for companies such as Johnson & Johnson and Roanoke County Public Schools. Bejai is an instructor at the American National University Roanoke Valley Campus, where he also serves as Department Chair of the Bachelor of Information Technology program.

Jaime Rebkovich - Instructor

Jaime Rebkovich

Instructor

BS, JD

Jaime L. Rebkovich is an attorney in Blacksburg, Virginia. Her practice focuses on family law and estate planning. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing management from Virginia Tech and a Juris Doctor degree from The Penn State Dickinson School of Law. Jaime has been an instructor at the American National University Roanoke Valley Campus since 2007. Her courses include Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Paralegal Studies, Legal Research and Writing Part 1 and Part 2, Administrative Law, Wills Trusts and Estate Planning, and Family Law.

Don Richardson - Instructor

Don Richardson

Instructor

BS, AA, MBA, CPA, CBA

Don Richardson has served in a variety of positions within the financial services industry, including staff auditor, audit manager, assistance vice president of auditing, controller, and he is currently the staff accountant for a local utility company. Don received his bachelor's degree in marketing from Virginia Tech and his Master of Business Administration degree from National College. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Bank Auditor (CBA). He teaches accounting courses in the master's and undergraduate programs at the American National University Roanoke Valley Campus.

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Linda Slough

Instructor

JD

Linda D. Slough is a solo practitioner who practices claimant's workers' compensation law. She graduated from James Madison University and the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. She is admitted to practice in Virginia and Pennsylvania. Linda is an instructor of paralegal courses at the American National University Roanoke Valley Campus and has been a speaker at continuing legal education seminars. In addition, she is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and has been included in the Best Lawyers in America since 2009. Her office was also listed by US News and World Report as a Best Law Firm for 2010 and 2011. Linda was listed in The Roanoker magazine as a top attorney in Roanoke in 2009 and 2011. In 2012, she was listed in Virginia Living magazine as a Legal Eagle in workers' compensation law in Southwest Virginia.

Nancy Stuart - Instructor

Nancy Stuart

Instructor

CPC, CPC-H, ICD-10-CM/PCS Instructor/Trainer certification

Nancy Stuart holds certifications from the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) as a Certified Professional Coder and a Certified Professional Coder- Outpatient Hospital. She is also certified as an ICD-10-CM/PCS Instructor/Trainer through AHIMA. Nancy has been the Medical Office Coordinator for Surgical Associates of Southwest Virginia for 9 years. She also has 7 years of prior experience as Office Manager for Women's Health Care. Nancy has been an instructor of Medical Billing and Coding courses for more than 5 years at American National University's Roanoke Valley Campus.

Gail van Duursen - Academic Dean

Gail van Duursen

Academic Dean

MS, BS

Gail van Duursen has served as Academic Dean of American National University since the fall of 2009. She brought a diverse background of experience to her position: serving as an Adjunct Instructor with the college for four years, over three years as a Career Development Counselor, and over twenty-five years of customer service in the hospitality industry. Gail's credentials have also prepared her to deliver critical professional services to her students in her role as Academic Dean. She holds a Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior degree with a specialization in Training and Development from Silver Lake College (WI), a Bachelor of Science degree in a business-related field from Florida State University (FL), is certified to administer and interpret the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and is trained as a Career Development Facilitator.

MJ Williams - Department Chair - Health Care Education

MJ Williams

Department Chair - Health Care Education

AAS, R.N., RMA

MJ Williams has worked in the healthcare field for over 35 years and is presently the Director of Healthcare Education at the American National University Roanoke Valley Campus. She oversees all extern placements and assists students in preparing for certification. She manages a stable faculty of 12 and teaches a variety of healthcare courses. MJ is a Registered Nurse and a Registered Medical Assistant and has an Associate of Applied Science degree from Wytheville Community College. She is an active member of AMAA and AMT.

Yew Woodson - Instructor

Yew Woodson

Instructor

MAT, BA

Yew Woodson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree. She is an instructor in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program at the American National University Roanoke Valley Campus.

 

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