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

Thomas Rametta

President

Thomas Rametta serves as President for Ultimate Medical Academy. Rametta is responsible for leading strategies to fulfill UMA’s mission to equip and empower students to excel in healthcare careers.

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Nicole Anzuoni

Nicole Anzuoni

General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Nicole Anzuoni is General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at Ultimate Medical Academy. She is responsible for all the legal work arising from the activities of UMA, as well as the framework for corporate governance required by UMA’s Board of Directors.

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David Donahue

David Donahue

Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff

David Donahue is Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff of Ultimate Medical Academy where he works closely with the Administration on executing key priorities for the UMA Board of Directors and institution with a specific focus on innovative projects.

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Sue Edwards

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

Beth Garland

Senior Vice President of Human Resources (SHRM-SCP)

Beth Garland is Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Ultimate Medical Academy where she is responsible for developing and implementing integrated Human Resources strategies that encompass recruiting, engagement, talent management, and HR operations.

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Geordie Hyland

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

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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Rebecca Sarlo, Ph.D.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

Thomas Rametta

President

Thomas Rametta serves as President for Ultimate Medical Academy. Rametta is responsible for leading strategies to fulfill UMA’s mission to equip and empower students to excel in healthcare careers.

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Matthew Wootten

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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