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Kim Kelly

Dr. Kimberley Kelly RN, BSN, MSN, DNP, LNC

President The Vocational Nursing Institute Board
Director of Education June 2021 | Former School Director 2009-2021

Ohio State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 1986
Walden University Masters in Nursing Education 2013
Walden University Doctorate of Nursing Practice graduated November 2018


Dr. Kimberley Kelly is the founder of both The Vocational Nursing Institute Inc. in 2009 and the consulting firm, Compliance Review Services, Inc., established in 1997. She graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1986. Dr. Kelly graduated from Walden University in 2015 with a Master's in Nursing Education. She completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice and graduated with a 4.0 in 2019 from Walden University. Dr. Kelly's nursing specialty is geriatrics. Dr. Kelly has 20+ years of experience in the healthcare field, ranging from Administrator, Director of Nurses, Consultant, Supervisor in Nursing, and home health agency owner. She has worked in multiple medical environments, taught at a vocational college in Florida, and has developed and taught numerous educational offerings.

Dr. Kelly is a member of the Home Health Alliance Team, DADS external stakeholder group for rule review, and sits as a member of the State of Texas Health Preventative Taskforce team. She is a Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services Consultant-Monitor and sat on the Texas Outcome-Based Quality Management coalition team. Dr. Kelly became a Legal Nurse Consultant in 1999. She has been a consulting nurse expert and testifying nurse expert witness in both plaintiff and defense cases. Inducted into the Hall of Fame for Business Who's Who in March of 2004, Dr. Kelly was recognized for her accomplishments as a small business owner. Dr. Kelly is an honorary chairperson for small businesses through NRCC and is an external workshop member for DADS for Texas.

Dr. Kelly founded the Vocational Nursing Institute with the vision to help individuals to become Licensed Vocational Nurses. Her passion for education and assisting others provided the image to open up this school. See her complete resume (https://vocationalnursinginstitute.com/pdf/2017%20Resume%20Kim%20Kelly.pdf) (Microsoft Word). The school has received the most outstanding VN program in Texas by Global Health Pharma in 2020 and another award in 2019 for Dr. Kelly entrepreneurship skills.

Dr. Kelly enjoys spending time with her two girls and husband on her small ranch outside of work. An accomplished pianist, she also likes swimming, reading, bowling, and watching movies. Kim is actively involved with her church. Dr. Kelly is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, and has resided in Florida for several years. She has lived in Texas since 1995.

Tally

Tally Breitstein RN, BSN, MSN

Faculty

Schuenbrun Academic School of Nursing, Tel Aviv, Israel 1988
Tel Aviv University with BSN 1995
Masters in Nursing Education from Colorado Technical Institute July 2019

Born and raised n Tel Aviv, Israel. Graduated from Schuenbrun Academic School of Nursing, Tel Aviv, Israel in 1988. Graduated from Tel Aviv University with BSN in 1995. Past Nursing experience includes Neurosurgery, Pediatric ICU, Neonatal ICU, and Hospice care. 15 year of experience in Nursing education.

Carol

Mir Alikhan

A and P/ Medical Terminology
CPR/Medical Administrative Assistant

University of Texas




Mir Alikhan hold a Masters degree in Public Health from the University of Texas. His areas of interest in the health field are Emergency medicine and minority health. He was competitively selected for his public health fellowship in Washington DC. There he worked with several NGOs and govt agencies on various issues of public health. His claim to fame while in DC. was that he was inside the Supreme Court for the Affordable Care Act hearing. He loves doing research and has worked on different topics such as vasodilation, VO2 max, cholesterol and health education for the minority population. He has presented at various conferences, received awards for his research and he is a published author. Teaching has always been his passion, he has 9 years of experience in teaching and has taught AP at UT. He started a health initiative in the minority population to educate people about best health practices taking a preventative approach. He has always found time to volunteer to give back what he has learned. He is an award-winner at the Literacy Council where he raised awareness in the Hispanic community about Cholesterol, Diabetes and Heart Disease. As a Medical Reserve Corps volunteer he worked directly under the Surgeon Generals office and trained people on disaster preparedness in situations like Hurricanes, outbreaks and other natural disasters. He worked as a cholesterol screening volunteer to educate people about cholesterol. He volunteered educating the working poor on diet for better health and assisted in making food bags for the program participants with healthy foods to eat on a budget. He worked with diabetics in educating them on diabetes management and to prevent the onset of diabetes in the borderline risk population. He is also the co-founder and Chief Editor of the Journal of Student Research which publishes research on multi-disciplinary topics.

Carol

Amalia Keen RN, BSN, MSN

VN Day Program Coordinator

Hillsborough Community College Associates in Nursing 2004 The University of Phoenix Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing 2011 Aspen University in Master’s Degree in Nursing Education


Amy Keen has been a licensed nurse since 1998. Originally from Houston, Texas but grew up most of her life in Tampa, Florida. She started off as a certified nursing assistant while in High school at the age of 16. This is when she found her passion for helping others and decided to pursue a career in nursing. She attained her Licensed Practical Nurse in 1998. She graduated in 2004 from Hillsborough Community College with her Associates as a Registered Nurse and from The University of Phoenix with her Bachelor’s of Science in 2011. Mrs. Keen just recently obtained her Master’s degree in Nursing Education from Aspen University. She has over 20 years of experience in Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Pediatric Health. She also has over 7 years of management and leadership experience. Mrs. Keen is very familiar with patient education, parent health guidance meetings, and the implementation of professional development trainings for staff education. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, camping, and reading. She looks forward to teaching at The Vocational Nursing Institute where she can inspire others to become great nurses.

Carol

Shady Mansy, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCGP

Adjunct Instructor Medication Aide Program

Linda University School of Pharmacy for Doctorate of Pharmacy


Shady Mansy, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCGP, received his Doctorate of Pharmacy from Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy in 2013. Dr. Mansy completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at VA Southern Nevada Healthcare Systems in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2014. He is also certified as a pharmacotherapy specialist and a geriatric pharmacist. Dr. Mansy has started his own pharmacy consulting business (Perennial Pharmacy Consulting) and works as a consultant for nursing homes, assisted living facilities and group homes. In his free time, he enjoys cooking with his wife, hiking, reading, and playing with his dog.

Carol

Anthony Leonard LVN

Adjunct Faculty


Mr. Leonard has previously worked in many of the surrounding Houston long-term care facilities as a Staff Development Coordinator and Assistant Director of Nurses. He has taught numerous courses at Brightwood College and is excited to be joining the Vocational Nursing Institute team. In his spare time he enjoys reading and spending time with his family and friends.

Brittany

Brittany Ebikeme RN, MSN

Adjunct Clinical Instructor

Brittany Ebikeme MSN, RN is an Oklahoma native with more than 8 years of practical experience within teaching, private, and trauma hospitals. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Oklahoma in 2011. Prior to returning to her alma mater in 2014, she started travel nursing. She has worked in ICU, CCU, PCU, Telemetry, home health, stand-alone ER’s, insurance, care coordination, and lithotripsy clinics in Oklahoma, Texas, Connecticut, and all five Boroughs of New York. Brittany obtained her Masters of Science in Nursing Education in 2016 and currently facilitates learning for students in Adult Health, Complex Adult Health, and Pharmacology for Nursing Practice at Chamberlain College of Nursing. She is also working for the Vocational Nursing Institute as a part-time clinical instructor and an ICU/PCU unit as needed. Brittany is the Chapter Leader for Sigma, the Honor Society of Nursing, Faculty Liaison for the Student Government Association, and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. The most important aspects of her teaching are grounded in educational theory and incorporate various learning strategies and techniques tailored to individual learning needs. Her goal is to provide an environment that will foster competent, confident, safe, and extraordinary graduate nurses.

Lynette

R. Lynette Winters RN-BC, MSN

Clinical Instructor

R. Lynette Winters is a Military Veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves, honorably discharged in 2011. She was born and raised in Wisconsin, where she received her BSN from Mount Mary College . She moved to Texas in 2009 and has over 13 years of experience working in Telemetry, Med Surg, CVICU, ER, Case Management, Managed Care and Education department. Lynette obtained her Master's in Nursing Administration in 2019 from the University of Texas Arlington and has five years of experience working in an administration/educator role. Lynette is very excited about her new role as a clinical instructor and looks forward to utilizing her experience and education to mentor future nurses.


Administrative Staff

Robin Christie

Robin Ferruggia

Financial Aid Director

Robins background is in customer service, she brings her cheerful self and welcoming personality to our team. Originally from New Jersey she moved here in 2007 for warmer weather and the medical center for her daughter. She enjoys reading, movies, day trips and spending time with her family.

Jonathan Hajjar

Jonathan Hajjar

Full Time Evening Administrative Assistant t

Jonathan Hajjar has experience working in the retail world and has a degree in Nutrition. He has joined our evening team while he continues to work on his Master’s degree in Business Administration. He is excited to expand his skill set to include office administration activities and to work with the students and faculty.

Kaitlyn Kelly

Kaitlyn Kelly

Administrative Assistant

Kaitlyn Kelly is currently an enrolled student at Sam Houston State University, where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree Criminal Justice and a minor in Forensics Science. Her future plans involve joining the United States Marine Corps Reserves as an Officer, and ultimately work towards becoming a forensics investigator or homicide detective. Kaitlyn brings organization and a hardworking mindset wherever she goes! Her interests include art, reading, music, and spending time with her family.

Emma Klevesahl

Emma Klevesahl

IT Administrator

Emma Klevesahl has a background in collegiate IT. Originally from Georgia, she pursued a degree at the University of Georgia for 3 years, and then promptly left to forge her own path; but not without her marketable skills in her pocket. She has been working hands on with computers for over 10 years and enjoys assisting people on their path to becoming technologically autonomous. An avid equestrian, Emma holds multiple champion and reserve champion titles with the United States Dressage Federation and Georgia Dressage and Combined Training Association. In her spare time, she enjoys training her dogs, rockhounding, and reading. Fun fact: Emma has a collection of over 200 unique crystal specimens and her collection is steadily growing.

Tony Latorre

Tony Latorre

Financial Aid Administrator

Born and raised in New York City, Tony Latorre brings a nice change of pace to the Vocational Nursing institute. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology of Communications from SUNY Buffalo State in 2019 and is looking to pursue a Master’s degree I higher education and student administration soon. He has prior experience in higher education including financial aid and alumni relations. A former football player he enjoys watching games, traveling and dogs.

 

 

We will miss you Joyce, may you rest in peace.