Allied Health Institute

Advisory Board

Strong partnerships are a key to our programs success. The Allied Health Institute utilizes various advisory boards comprised of industry professionals.  The advisory board meets annually to discuss and suggest improvements to the current program experience for students.

Medical Assistant

  • Nelson.Silva-Craig,  MIHS Family Health
  • Denise Pearson - Director of Clinical Training, Beatrice Keller Clinic - Dermatology
  • Lisa Verschusen Student Educator MIHS, Avondale Family Health Care
  • Marco  A Carrasco Jr., MBA  Pima Kids Pediatrics 
  • Otila Toscano, Manager-Surprise Family Medicine 

Medical Billing & Coding

  • Dwlinda S. Core, CPC, CCS-P, CPMA, CCS, Memoryimaging
  • Alyssa Gentry Director of HR, Etransmedia (formerly Associated Billing Services)
  • Debbie Uptain - HR, MD24 House Call
  • Lydia Canez, CPC Biller and Coder, West Valley Pediatrics
  • Emily Braastad, CPC Biller and Coder, Iasis

Medical Interpreter Program – Spanish

  • Adrianna Fuessler, Lead Interpreter-Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn
  • Leah Hill, Student Programs Coordinator-Scottsdale Health Care
  • Martha Martinez, Manager Language & Cultural Services-MIHS Maricopa Medical Center
  • Jaime Fernandez, Operations Manager-Transperfect
  • Jonathan Levy, Director Language Services-Cyracom International
  • Stephen Gehart, Interpreter Quality Manager, Cyracom International
  • Raul Cervantes, MD, Interpreter, Banner Health Group
  • Milagro Escalona, PHD-EMCC (retired Modern Languages)
  • Jason Hubbard, Manager Interpreting Services-St. Joseph’s Hospital
  • Harry Sasson, Interpreter-Phoenix Children’s Hospital
  • Millie Donaldson, Treasurer-ATI-Arizona Translators and Interpreters
  • Dr. Jeffrey Gabbitas, ATI President and Lead Translation and Interpretation Studies, Pima Community College 


  • Lisa D’Angelo Manager-Banner Boswell Hospital Lab
  • Cynthia Tumaini, Manager-Banner Del E Webb Hospital Lab
  • Ruth Killian, Manager-Banner Thunderbird Hospital Lab
  • MSgt Scott Bamby, Superintendent, Clinical Lab Flight, Luke Air Force Base
  • Christine Gunning, Lab Manager 2nd shift-St. Joseph’s Hospital Lab
  • Lorraine Workman, PSC Manager Sonora Quest Labs