The faculty members are the heart of IAA and are supported by equally committed administrative staff. Members of the faculty have industry or professional experience, together with appropriate academic credentials. The faculty brings a high level of professionalism to the classroom. Through the guidance of the faculty, theoretical, practical and creative applications are addressed in the curricula and reinforced by interaction with professionals in the industry for which training is offered. Members of the administrative staff are experienced professionals with a broad range of expertise in business, government, and education.

Faculty members are dedicated to academic achievement, professional education, individual attention, and to the preparation of students for their chosen careers. In essence, the faculty members practice what they teach. It is through personal attention that students can reach their potential, and it is the dedicated faculty who provide the individual guidance necessary to assure every student that his/her time in class is well spent. In addition to our core faculty, IAA utilizes teaching assistants and adjunct faculty directly recruited from our employer-partners, ensuring the highest level of real-world applicability and applied learning in all of our programs.

Staff members are as accessible as the faculty members, creating a fully supportive infrastructure for all students.
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Dr. Gerald P. Ghazi, J.D.
President, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Academic Officer, Faculty
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Dr. Ghazi is co-founder of IAA and has been President, CEO and Chief Academic Officer since its creation in 2000. Dr. Ghazi is also a faculty member of the Information Technology, Advanced Manufacturing, and Liberal Arts & Sciences departments. Before dedicating himself to IAA, he was the Director of the IDX Institute of Technology for IDX Systems Corporation (now GE Healthcare). He developed and implemented an international award winning academically approved education program that received recognition in the Financial Times. Dr. Ghazi was born in New Jersey and has made Vermont his home over the past 25 years.

Dr. Ghazi has extensive knowledge and experience in corporate and employment law, information technology, workplace education, instructional design, curriculum development, entrepreneurial leadership, management, business strategies, and sales.

Dr. Ghazi obtained his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey (1987, cum laude). He received his B.A. in Computer Science from Rutgers State University, (1981, cum laude) and an A.A.S. in Computer Science (1979, magna cum laude) from County College of Morris, New Jersey.
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Julie A. Davis, M.P.A.
Vice President, Dean of Institutional Advancement, Faculty
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Ms. Davis is co-founder of IAA and has been Vice President and Executive Director since 2000. Ms. Davis is also a faculty member of the Liberal Arts & Sciences department. Before dedicating herself to IAA, she spent five years serving as the public policy advisor and lobbying coordinator for the nonprofit Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. She is a native Vermonter, born and raised in the City of Barre.

Ms. Davis has extensive knowledge and over 25 years of experience in state and municipal law, public policy, lobbying and advocacy activities, federal, state and local government agencies, media relations, electoral politics, grant writing, and nonprofit development.

Ms. Davis obtained her M.P.A. in Public Administration (1986) and her B.A. in Political Science (1981) from the University of Vermont. She also completed four years of a Vermont Law Clerkship with the firm of Collins, McMahon & Harris in 2008. She is eligible to practice law in the state of Vermont upon passage of the Vermont Bar Exam.
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Dr. Juliane K. Hegle, J.D.
Dean of Academic Affairs, Chair of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Faculty
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Dr. Hegle has been the Dean of Academic Affairs at IAA since 2010 and is Chair of the Liberal Arts & Sciences department. Dr. Hegle has also worked as a distance education and curriculum development consultant to IAA since 2004. Previous to dedicating herself to the mission of IAA, Dr. Hegle was a practicing attorney in private practice, author and adjunct faculty member at Champlain College and Woodbury College.

Dr. Hegle has broad knowledge and experience in online and distance education, law, finance administration, curriculum development and business administration. She has been the author of several books and publications and regularly attends courses and seminars related to instructional design and distance learning. She was born in North Dakota and has lived in Vermont for over 20 years.

Dr. Hegle obtained a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law (1986), and a B.S. in Business Administration (1981, magna cum laude) from the University of Missouri. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica.
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James R. Eddy, M.S.
Chair of Information Technology, CTO, Faculty
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Mr. Eddy joined IAA in 2005 and has been Chair of the Information Technology department since 2011. Jim holds the position of Chief Technology Officer.

Mr. Eddy obtained his B.A. in Physics and a B.A. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Vermont (2004), and holds a M.S. in Information Systems from Northwestern University (2014). Mr. Eddy grew up in Vermont.
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Steven J. Lutton
Dean of Admissions, Student Affairs and Career Services, Faculty
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Mr. Lutton joined IAA in 2010 as Executive Director and Dean of Admissions, Student Affairs and Career Services, and is a faculty member for the Liberal Arts & Sciences department. Previous to joining IAA, he worked at Lane Press for over twenty years as a project manager, team leader and mentor.

Mr. Lutton has experience in project management, account management, customer service and mentoring. He has implemented and assisted in the design and redevelopment of processes and procedures related to student recruitment, student affairs, counseling and mentoring.

Mr. Lutton obtained his B.S. from the Rochester Institute of Technology (1988, summa cum laude). He is a native Vermonter, born and raised in the city of Bristol.
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Lynn G. Romagnoli, M.S., CPC-A, PBT(ASCP), CMRS
Chair of Allied Health Sciences, Faculty
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Ms. Romagnoli joined IAA in 2006 and has been the Chair of the Allied Health Sciences department since 2010. Previous to her commitment to IAA, Ms. Romagnoli was a research scientist and substitute teacher. She also owned her own medical transcription service business for nine years.

Ms. Romagnoli has broad knowledge of the medical field, food science and biotechnology. Ms. Romagnoli has developed, designed and delivered distance education course offerings related to health care. She has also served for many years as a teaching assistant, coach and mentor. As part of her teaching duties, Ms. Romagnoli obtained her national certifications in phlebotomy and professional medical coding.

Ms. Romagnoli obtained her M.S. in Food Science and Biotechnology (1987) and her B.S. in Food Science and Nutrition (1983) from the University of Delaware. Ms. Romagnoli is nationally certified as a Professional Medical Coder (CPC, 2008), as a Phlebotomy Technician (PBT-ASCP, 2009), and as a Medical Reimbursement Specialist (CMRS, 2013).
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Lisa A. Dame, M.S.
Dean of Distance Education, Director of Learning Resource System, Faculty
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Ms. Dame joined IAA in 2007 and is Dean of Distance Education. She is also a faculty member for the Allied Health Sciences department and Director of IAA's Learning Resource System. Previous to her commitment to IAA, Ms. Dame was a Product Development Coordinator at a nutritional supplement company.

Ms. Dame has broad knowledge and expertise in Biology and Psychology. She is also experienced in information technology systems and has served for a number of years as a teaching assistant, coach and mentor for both Allied Health and Information Technology programs. She has also served as a guidance counselor in the offices of student services and as a research assistant for the IAA’s Learning Resource System.

Ms. Dame obtained her M.S. from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota (2008) and her B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2000). She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Philosophy, Psychology and Health Psychology Specialization from Walden University. Ms. Dame grew up in upstate New York and has lived and worked in Vermont over the past 12 years.
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Andrew J. Lutton, CPC-A
Chair of Advanced Manufacturing, Faculty
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Mr. Lutton joined IAA in 2011 and is Chair of the Advanced Manufacturing department and a faculty member for the Advanced Machine Tool Technology Certificate program.

Mr. Lutton obtained his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Vermont (2012), an A.S. in General Studies from River Valley Community College (2013, summa cum laude) and has completed the Career Technologies program from IAA (2012). He also completed his Certificate in National Institute for Metalworking Skills. He is a native Vermonter, born and raised in the city of Cambridge.
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Rebecca H. Carter
Faculty, Allied Health Sciences
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Ms. Carter joined IAA in 2014 and is currently a faculty member in the Allied Health Sciences department. Previous to IAA, Rebecca worked as a quality control manager at FoodScience Corporation in Essex Junction.

Ms. Carter has a B.S. in Animal Science with a concentration in Psychology from the University of Vermont (2003). Ms. Carter grew up in Arlington, Massachusetts and has lived and worked in Vermont since 2000.
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Jeffrey D. Grey
Faculty, Liberal Arts & Sciences
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Mr. Grey joined IAA in 2013 and is currently a faculty member in the Liberal Arts & Sciences department. Previous to IAA, Mr. Grey served as Executive Officer/Assistant Professor of Military Science for the University of Vermont’s ROTC program. Mr. Grey’s experience portrays an extensive military career in the United States Army Special Forces, including over fifteen years of specialized curriculum development and delivery to armed forces personnel.

Mr. Grey obtained his B.S. in Foreign Language and Political Science from the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, with an emphasis on Engineering. Following his B.S. degree, Mr. Grey continued his education with distinguished honors through the Defense Language Institute in Presidio of Monterey, California, and Harvard Extension School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Katy Bacon
Faculty, Allied Health Sciences
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Ms. Bacon joined IAA in 2014 and is currently a faculty member in the Allied Health Sciences department. Previous to IAA, Ms. Bacon was a Sales and Marketing Manager for a nutritional supplement company.

Ms. Bacon has experience in account management, sales and marketing, customer service, team building, and community outreach.

Ms. Bacon has a B.A. in Professional Studies from Johnson State College (2012). She is a native Vermonter, born and raised in the Northeast Kingdom.
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Taylor Collins
Associate Project Leader
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Mr. Collins joined IAA in 2011 and he is a member of the Liberal Arts & Sciences department and teaching assistant for the applied general education courses offered through that department.

Mr. Collins obtained his A.S. in General Studies from River Valley Community College (2013, summa cum laude) and is currently enrolled in the Career Technologies program at IAA. He obtained his B.S. in Business Technology and Management from Vermont Technical College. He is a native Vermonter, born and raised in Williston, Vermont.
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Susan Zani
Faculty, Allied Health
Susan Zani joined IAA in July of 2015 and is currently an associate project leader in the allied health sciences department. She is a transplanted Vermonter who arrived in 1985 by way of Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas and Arkansas. Susan brings a diverse background in business and education.

While working in the insurance industry she earned her Texas adjuster’s license. Her journey in the travel industry took her from being a front desk clerk to managing a resort hotel. Susan’s retail experience is vast. She and her husband bought, renovated, and successfully operated a classic Vermont general store utilizing marketing, bookkeeping, financial management, purchasing, maintenance, inventory control and customer service skills. These skills were further honed when she and her husband owned and operated an independent apple sales and service business. Customers included Grammy and Pulitzer prize winners to whom they provided cutting edge technology equipment and advice. Her years as a speech and language pathologist assistant offered her the opportunity to share her skills in teaching, getting along with others and student advocacy.

Currently, Susan shares her knowledge of business and customer relationships in her mentoring role with students in a high school first robotic competition team. Like her role at IAA, she teaches her students the importance of having pride in their work, completing tasks in a timely manner, using problem-solving techniques, and developing the ability to collaborate with others.
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Maria Smith
Faculty, Allied Health
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Jean Piccone
Faculty, Allied Health
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Kathleen Longe
Financial Officer
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Ms. Longe joined IAA in 2010 as the Financial Officer. Previous to her commitment to IAA, she was a Finance Director for the City of Burlington for over 25 years and was responsible for the department budget, annual financial audit, manager of the loan portfolio and supervised financial assistants.

Ms. Longe received a Certification in Concentrated Studies in Accounting from Champlain College. She is a native Vermonter, born and raised in Burlington, Vermont.
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Emilyanne M. Willard
Assistant to Financial Officer, Financial Aid
Emily joined IAA in 2014 as Assistant to Financial Officer, Financial Aid. Prior to that, she retired from US Postal Service in Maintenance Operations where she managed nearly a $1M stockroom/inventory. She has experience with administering service contracts, and had extensive training in stockroom management, government purchasing and procurement, materials management and government finance requirements.

Emily had worked in a stock brokerage in the NYC Financial District before coming to Vermont to attend St. Michael’s College. She was an emergency services dispatcher and confidential secretary for a local police department before working at US Postal Service. Vermont has been her home since 1974.
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Denise Girard
Registrar
Ms. Girard joined IAA in 2015 as a faculty member in the Business Services department and is currently serving as Registrar. Previous to IAA, Denise provided executive support to the City of Burlington, Vermont for thirty years.

Ms. Girard has experience in project management, grants management and customer service. Ms. Girard attended Champlain College (1983). She is a native Vermonter, born and raised in Burlington, Vermont.
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