Janis Paulson — Chief Executive OfficerBefore making higher education her career, Janis Paulson had an extensive background in accounting and finance, including positions with Ernst & Young and Fidelity National Financial. She has served as COO for Quickstart Intelligence and CFO for American Career College. In 2008, she was named CFO Transformation Agent of the Year by the Orange County Business Journal. Janis has held the positions of Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer. She has experience with ACCSC, ABHES, ACICS, ACCET and WASC. Janis believes that with a focus on quality programs, faculty and staff a college can deliver for all stakeholders including students, communities, employers, investors and taxpayers. Janis earned her BS in Accounting from the University of Iowa.
Abdel Yosef, Phd, RN, CNE — Provost & Chief Academic OfficerDr. Abdel Yosef has over a decade of proven performance as Vice President and Academic Dean for Unitek College. His extensive experience and expertise includes regional and national accreditation, Higher Education, Board of Registered Nursing Regulations, Vocational Nursing Regulations and CCNE accreditation. In other roles, he has served as President of California Career Institute, CFO for California School of Health Sciences, and faculty member at California State University. Abdel earned his BSN from Jordan University of Science and Technology, his Master of Science in Nursing from Georgetown University, and his PhD in Nursing Education from University of San Diego.
Navneet Bhasin, MD — Chief Operations OfficerDr. Navneet Bhasin is a visionary and results-driven leader with more than 13 years of experience in for-profit higher education. Since joining Unitek College, Navneet has successfully served as Program Director, Campus Director, Regional Campus Director, Senior Vice President Operations, and now COO. He exhibits outstanding skills in research, budgeting, analysis, business planning, and team building. He has a proven track record of improving campus performance and growing student populations while maintaining excellent student outcomes. Prior to coming to the US, Dr. Bhasin practiced medicine in India as a general internist. He earned his Doctor of Medicine from the Moscow Medical Academy in Russia.
David R. Higley — Chief Marketing OfficerDavid Higley is a seasoned senior executive with extensive experience in strategic marketing, advertising, partnership building, and business development. Prior to Unitek Learning, David served as chief marketing executive for several higher education companies, including Post University and Corinthian Colleges. In all of his previous roles, he demonstrated a consistent ability to increase sales, market share and profitability. He began his career as Marketing Director for Icon Health and Fitness, the world’s largest manufacturer of home fitness equipment, where he dramatically increased sales for 8 consecutive years. David earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry from Utah State University.
Ali Bhola — Chief Financial OfficerGarnering accounting and consulting experience at both Ernst & Young and Deloitte & Touche, Ali Bhola went on to sharpen his finance, consulting, and strategy skills and make his mark in the technology, banking, and mortgage industries. Ali served as CFO of Exemplis and Division CFO for an $800M segment of CoreLogic, overseeing the financial management & strategy of six business units. Today, Ali creates value for Unitek by establishing long-term plans with operational and financial targets. Ali earned a Bachelor of Science in Business-Accounting from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo and an MBA from USC. He was nominated by the Orange County Business Journal as 2019 CFO of the year.
Kamran Mokhtari — Chief Information OfficerKamran Mokhtari has over 30 years of diverse experience in information technology, leading numerous corporate technology teams, establishing technology strategy, and executing technology planning. Kamran started his career as a Programmer & VAX/VMS Systems Administrator at Solar Turbines. Subsequently, he joined Digital Equipment Corporation as a Software & Network Specialist before serving FAMCO as IT Director and Chief Information Officer. In 2001 Kamran founded Gamma Systems Inc., providing virtual CIO consulting services to the legal, medical and education industries. As CIO, Kamran oversees all aspects of information technology, information security, and telecommunication. He also empowers the growth of Unitek Learning by collaborating with the company’s various business units. Kamran earned his BS in Computer Science from San Diego State University. He is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).
Don Corvin — Senior Vice President of ComplianceDon Corvin graduated from California State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. His previous experience includes Consultant with the Enterprise Risk Services division of Deloitte and Touche, Internal Audit Manager for Corinthian Colleges and Compliance Executive for American Career College/West Coast University. To the Unitek team, Don brings extensive professional background including internal audit, compliance with state, federal and accreditation standards, development of policies and procedures, and implementation of compliant and efficient processes.
Caitlin Masterson – Vice President of Workforce DevelopmentCaitlin Masterson is a creative builder and results-driven leader with more than 11 years experience in healthcare education. Caitlin is passionate about creating healthier and more self-sustaining communities through improving access to education and healthcare through a business-to-business sharing economy. She believes that we can do more with less and solve workforce shortages through strategic partnerships. Prior to joining Unitek Learning, Caitlin served as VP of Academic Operations and VP of Partnerships at Orbis Education. Throughout her career she has held clinic development roles at Western Michigan University and various hospital systems. Caitlin holds a B.S in Interdisciplinary Health Services and M.S in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University.
Sara Cramlet — Senior Vice President of Human ResourcesSara Cramlet is a Human Resources professional with over 20 years of experience in identifying top talent and in implementing creative programs to improve performance and engage key employees in the Financial, Software, Architecture, and Retail industries. She is passionate about aligning employee skills with the needs of the organization and in partnering with middle-to-executive-level managers to reach tactical and strategic outcomes regarding people. Her previous work experience includes employment with Startup companies, medium-sized businesses, and global organizations. In addition, Sara holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management and the Senior Professional in Human Resources (S.P.H.R) certification.
Phillip Quintana — General CounselPhillip Quintana has over 17 years of experience in higher education law. His previous experience includes serving as Senior Corporate Counsel /Associate Director of Regulatory Affairs at the University of Phoenix with responsibility for the multi-state regulatory authorization of campuses and programs. As Assistant General Counsel at West Coast University he provided guidance on a broad range of institutional, academic, and business matters as a working partner with University leadership to reduce risk and promote a general atmosphere of compliance. He is a graduate of Mitchell Hamline School of Law.
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