Program Directors and Program Chairs

Our faculty members do more than teach their specialties, they work in their specialties. We select instructors whose day-to-day duties ensure they are knowledgeable and up-to-date on the most current theories, practices and technologies of their field – and who also possess a gift to teach that information to students.

Don Jones, President and CEO

Don Jones is a proven leader with a happy outlook on business and life who consistently raises the bar for ATA Career Education, the faculty, staff and students, all while wearing his signature smile. Since taking the reins in 2010, Jones has led ATA Career Education into new territory by updating their identity and adding new programs. Quality medical education, retention, career services and compliance are at the top of his priority list.

Professional Certifications

  • BS in Industrial Technology, Western Kentucky University
  • 20+ years of experience in manufacturing management with Fortune 500 companies


Sandra Phalen MSN, RN

Program Director for Nursing and Patient Care Technician programs

Professional Certifications

  • Master of Science in Nursing Education from Grand Canyon University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Jacksonville University
  • 23 years of Nursing Experience
  • 9 years Teaching Experience


Danielle Price, CPC, CPC-I, RHIT

Program Director for Medical Coding and Medical Office Specialist

Professional Certifications

American Academy of Professional Coder’s (AAPC)

  • Certified Professional Coder (CPC)
  • Certified Professional Coder – Instructor (CPC-I)
  • American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
  • Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)
  • Associate of Science Degree in Health Information Management, Herzing University
  • Health Science Associate Degree in Medical Administrative Assisting, Ultimate Medical Academy

Linda Woodall, RT (R), CT

Program Director for Limited Medical Radiography, Limited Medical Radiography with Medical Assisting, Medical Assisting, Clinical Assisting, and Phlebotomy

Professional Certifications

  • Registered Technologist with background in Diagnostic and Interventional Radiography
  • Computerized Tomography
  • ECG, and First AID
  • Associates of Science received from the University of Virginia
  • 43 years Medical experience, leadership and instructor

Dr. Paula Navarrete

General Education Program Coordinator

Professional Certifications

  • Ed.D. in Educational Leadership
  • MS in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL)
  • BA in English
  • BA in Early Childhood Education


Lori Scribner, CDA

Program Director for Dental Assisting

Professional Certifications:

  • Master of Arts Career and Technical Education (M.Ed.) – University of South Florida
  • Bachelor of Applied Science Health Service Administration (B.A.S.) – St Petersburg College
  • Associates in Science Dental Assisting (A.S.) – Manor Jr. College
  • Certified Dental Assistant
  • Advisor National Technical Honor Society
  • Program Specialist Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools

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