Administration

Meet a few of our leaders and you'll discover they have something in common — vision. Together, we're working to help transform lives.

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Thomas Rametta

President

Thomas Rametta is President of Ultimate Medical Academy. Rametta is responsible for leading strategies to fulfill the institution’s mission to equip and empower students to excel in healthcare careers. This includes developing a diverse and talented team to support students throughout their journey, ensuring the institution operates with excellence and responsibility, and championing student outcomes.

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Nicole Anzuoni

Executive Vice President, Chief Legal & People Officer, and Corporate Secretary

Nicole Anzuoni is Executive Vice President, Chief Legal & People Officer, and Corporate Secretary at Ultimate Medical Academy, where she has worked for over a decade. Anzuoni leads UMA’s legal and people teams, utilizing the goals of the institution's vision and strategic plan to affect organization-wide impact and promote an environment to which people aspire to be a part.

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David Donahue

Senior Vice President and Chief of Organizational Wellness and Safety

David Donahue is the Senior Vice President and Chief of Organizational Wellness and Safety at Ultimate Medical Academy, overseeing two departments that are integral to the organization’s growth and innovation, Facilities and the Talent Acquisition teams. Donahue will lead functions related to talent acquisition, onboarding efforts and developing safe and purposeful work facilities.

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Sue Edwards

Chief Compliance Officer

Sue Edwards is Chief Compliance Officer at Ultimate Medical Academy where she is responsible for ensuring the school adheres to all regulatory accreditation, state and U.S. Department of Education standards and internal policies.

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Beth Garland

Senior Vice President and Chief of Human Resources and Team Member Experience

Beth Garland is Senior Vice President and Chief of Human Resources and Team Member Experience at Ultimate Medical Academy where she is responsible for team member engagement, development, and career progression. Garland is a passionate advocate of the team member experience and has been a driver of engagement from the moment she joined UMA in 2015.

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Geordie Hyland

Executive Vice President

Geordie Hyland is Executive Vice President at Ultimate Medical Academy where he is ​responsible for the delivery of online academic and campus services. He also oversees UMA’s Continuing Medical Education (CME) division.

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Linda Mignone

Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

Linda Mignone joined Ultimate Medical Academy in August 2018 and is responsible for overseeing UMA’s marketing, communications and admissions efforts. In this role, she helps to elevate the institution’s brand, engage new learners, spur adoption of new programs and technologies, and champion student outcomes.

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Greg Mueller

Senior Vice President of Operations

Greg Mueller oversees and motivates the Student Finance, Registrar, Learner Services, and Operations Support Services teams to embrace best practices and innovation to achieve successful student outcomes. Mueller joined UMA in 2010 as Senior Director of Student Finance, overseeing the New Student Finance team. Prior to UMA, he worked in the student finance sector of higher education.

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April Neumann

Senior Vice President of Career Services

April Neumann leads the placement efforts of the Career Services team. Neumann has played a major role in numerous strategic initiatives, including overseeing the development of an online externship program, with more than 22,000 locations. In 2018, she launched the UMA’s Corporate Alliance initiative, which placed over 1,000 graduates with Corporate Alliance partners across the country.

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Rebecca Sarlo, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President, Clearwater Campus Director

Dr. Rebecca Sarlo was named Associate Vice President and Director of Ultimate Medical Academy’s Clearwater Campus in July 2020 where she oversees both the academic and operational functions at the campus in Clearwater, Florida.

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Alexandra Schaffrath

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial and Strategy Officer

Alexandra Schaffrath is Executive Vice President, Chief Financial and Strategy Officer at Ultimate Medical Academy where she oversees the strategic planning and business intelligence teams, which support enterprise planning and development, provide operational reporting, drive analytical initiatives and develop predictive models.

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Board of Trustees

Darlyne Bailey, Ph.D.

Board Chair

A recognized leader in higher education, Dr. Bailey has served as an educator for more than 30 years with more than 24 of those years also serving as an academic administrator at several prominent institutions, while continuing to make numerous additional professional contributions.

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Theodore Polin

Board Vice Chair

Mr. Polin has more than 25 years of background as an attorney, accountant and advisor with broad experience in major transactions, financial matters and corporate governance, especially for healthcare entities and educational providers. Mr. Polin served as a partner for 15 years at the healthcare law firm of Epstein Becker Green. A former Certified Public Accountant, he also previously worked at KPMG LLP.

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Stephen Burghardt, Ph.D.

Board Member

For more than 40 years, Dr. Burghardt has been a professor at the Hunter College (CUNY) School of Social Work, where he has focused on areas such as transformative leadership models and community-based action. A prolific author, researcher and an award-winning professor, Dr. Burghardt has also provided service to numerous editorial boards and professional societies.

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Richard J. Friedman

Board Member

Mr. Friedman has served the public interest as an attorney throughout his 46 year-career. In addition to his professional experience as an attorney, he has extensive experience in nonprofit management. Beginning in 1996 until his recent retirement, he has served as managing attorney of Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA), a federally funded nonprofit corporation that provides free civil legal services to low-income individuals and families in Philadelphia.

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Christopher Hawk, M.D.

Board Member

Dr. Hawk is a board-certified family medicine physician practicing in Washington state at St. Joseph's community hospital and the Lummi Nation Tribal Health Clinic. He is also an assistant professor at the University of Washington involved in research and clinical education.

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Sheila McDevitt

Board Member

Ms. McDevitt has a wealth of experience in educational policy, business ethics and regulatory and corporate compliance. A former chair of the Board of Governors of Florida’s State University System, Ms. McDevitt recently concluded her long-term service on the boards of St. Leo University, Florida West Coast Public Broadcasting, Inc. (WEDU), and Hillsborough County Bar Foundation. She currently serves as an Emeritus Trustee on each of those boards.

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Thomas Rametta

President

Thomas Rametta is President of Ultimate Medical Academy. Rametta is responsible for leading strategies to fulfill the institution’s mission to equip and empower students to excel in healthcare careers. This includes developing a diverse and talented team to support students throughout their journey, ensuring the institution operates with excellence and responsibility, and championing student outcomes.

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Matthew Wootten

Board Member

Mr. Wootten brings more than 20 years of financial expertise and community engagement to UMA. Currently a principal of Marble Trail Financial in Vermont, Mr. Wootten helps his clients with investment management and financial planning.

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