Education Directors & Deans
Meet Our Program Directors
Program Directors at Arizona College have years of experience in, and passion for, the programs they manage. Directors coordinate the program staff and all daily activities associated with their specific discipline. They also represent a wealth of program-specific knowledge and are an excellent reference for questions, comments, or concerns regarding your field of study. Our Program Directors assist students by:
- Answering questions about specific programs and requirements.
- Working with students to ensure all necessary classes and course work are completed before graduation.
- Offering career and professional mentoring.
Pharmacy Technician Program Director – Glendale Campus
Lacey Hoopes began her career as a pharmacy technician while in her last year of high school. She started out at Walgreens pharmacy as a pharmacy cashier in hopes of moving up to eventually become a certified pharmacy technician. Six months after becoming employed as a pharmacy cashier, Lacey passed her national Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.
Upon passing the exam, she was promoted to a certified pharmacy technician with Walgreens. Lacey worked at Walgreens for 5 years, where during that time, she was promoted once more to a Sr. Pharmacy Technician. While employed at Walgreens, Lacey worked to finish up her Bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Arizona State University. Upon finishing her degree, Lacey decided to pursue other pharmacy technician options and began working in the hospital setting. She worked in hospital pharmacy for 5 years where, during that time, she advanced from a pharmacy technician to eventually become a lead pharmacy technician. After her 5 years in the hospital setting, Lacey went into the education aspect where she became a Pharmacy Technician Program Director.
Lacey has truly enjoyed working with students and managing a program that keeps up with the current healthcare trends and industry needs. She takes pride in putting well trained and professional pharmacy technicians into the field to continue doing the work that she has loved doing for the past 10+ years.
Pharmacy Technician Program Director – Mesa Campus
Thai Huynh is a native of Mesa, Arizona and attended Dobson High School. In Fall 2007 he graduated from Arizona State University with his Bachelor’s in Biology. Shortly after graduation he was hired on by a national retail chain where he passed is Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam to obtain the title CPhT. In 2013, Thai received his Master’s in Education at the University of Arizona and became an Arizona Certified Secondary Biology instructor. During that time, he became an instructor at Arizona College where he was able to combine two of his passions, pharmacy and education. In 2014, after leaving, Thai returned to the college to become the Pharmacy Technician Program Director. The ability to grow the program and educate the students about pharmacy is something Thai enjoys every day.
Outside of the classroom he continues his educational experience by being a member of PTEC (Pharmacy Technician Educators Council) and networking with other pharmacists and pharmacy technicians around the valley. He is an avid tennis player and photographer and is always looking to learn something new. Thai feels fortunate that he is able to find a profession that he loves and can spread that passion to all his students.
Health Information Program Director – Mesa Campus
Jennifer C. Laidler is from Albuquerque, New Mexico and has lived in Arizona since 2003. She started her career in the medical field as a Billing Specialist in 2000. She has worked in a variety of facilities from hospitals to medical specialty offices in New Mexico and Arizona.
After many years of experience in the medical billing and coding department, she has decided to further her education and pursue a Social Work degree to continue helping people in the community. She is currently a certified CPR instructor and a certified nursing assistant. She has worked in a Dialysis billing department, Chiropractic office, Eye center, St. Joseph’s Hospital and a facility specializing in Cardiology.
Ms. Laidler enjoys interacting with people and encouraging others to challenge their lives to their full potential. She understands being a student and a working adult takes patience, motivation and determination in order to succeed in our daily endeavors.
Ms. Laidler really enjoys basketball and sports. She enjoys working out and being with family. My favorite NBA basketball player is Dwayne Wade and WNBA is Skylar Diggins from the Tulsa Shock.
Massage Therapy Program Director – Glendale Campus
Stacey Munoz began studying movement as a professional modern dancer. When she began teaching other children to dance at the age of 11, she discovered her passion.
After her dance career, Stacey graduated from Blue Sky School of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork in Grafton, WI and became a nationally certified, state-licensed Massage Therapist in 1997. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Biology with an emphasis in Exercise Science from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay in 2004. Stacey discovered that instructing was the natural choice for putting her talents and passion to work, and has been educating Arizona’s top Massage Therapists for the past year and a half while directing the Massage Therapy program at Arizona College. Stacey delights in building students up to recognize their potential, and feels that the best part of directing the department is inspiring future Massage Therapists to excel in their profession.
Outside the classroom, Stacey continues her own professional practice and educational experience. She attends professional meetings and networks within organizations like the Precision Neuromuscular Therapy (PNMT), and the Associated Massage and Bodywork Professionals (ABMP). Stacey believes that “the secret to success is to put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts.”
Irma De Le Rosa
Medical Assisting Program Director – Glendale Campus
Irma De La Rosa graduated from Sanford-Brown College in Phoenix, AZ in 2012 with a diploma in medical assisting. Immediately after graduation, she began working as a medical assistant at Paradise Valley Allergy & Asthma. She was responsible for all the duties of the practice encompassing both front and back office. Allergy testing for food and environmental allergies, performing pulmonary function tests, and screening for rare immunologic disorders were part of the daily routine. Inclusively, handling insurance benefits verification, medication and procedures prior authorizations, and arranging specialty medication approval and shipment for those patients with severe asthma were part of the daily administrative tasks.
After working at the practice for four months, she went on to get her Associate of Science degree from Sanford-Brown College and is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences in Professional Development and Advanced Patient Care.
While outside the classroom, Irma enjoys volunteering for The American Heart Association and the Anthony Bates Foundation in an effort to help combat heart disease and raise awareness for heart health! She decided to change career paths and pursue a teaching career at Arizona College because of her passion for working with future health care professionals!
Dental Assisting Program Director – Mesa Campus
Antonette L. Deguzman graduated from De Ocampo Memorial College of Dentistry in Manila, Philippines with a Doctorate of Dental Medicine. In 1997, she came to the United States to gain more experience in the dental field. Antonette moved to Sacramento, California where she became a Registered Dental Assistant and obtained her Radiology Certification in 2001.
A few years later she moved to Arizona and seized the opportunity to work in a corporate setting. She worked as a dental assistant for specialists in multiple fields such as Oral Surgery, Endodontics, Prosthodontics and Periodontics.
More recently, since becoming an Instructor, Antonette attained her Dental Assisting Certification and has a strong desire to share her knowledge and skills with her students. Ms. Deguzman was granted a DDS degree in the United States, and plans to sit for her state boards in the near future. Once she obtains her Doctorate of Dentistry she plans to open her own dental office.
Health Information Program Director – Glendale Campus
Sharon Richard is from Altoona, Pennsylvania and has lived in Arizona since 2004. She started her career in the medical field as a Registered Nurse in 1981. She worked in acute care nursing for 21 years mostly in Labor & Delivery and Newborn nursing. In 2002, Sharon left the hospital setting to pursue a career in Medical Coding and Compliance. Over the past 13 years, she has worked with local healthcare organizations such as Banner Medical Group, Maricopa Integrated Health Systems, and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
Ms. Richard holds Associate Degrees in Medical Assistant, Nursing, and Business Administration from Mount Aloysius College in Pennsylvania; a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania; and is close to completing her Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania.
Ms. Richard enjoys education and has frequently been sought out as a mentor for students and new employees in the healthcare field. Now, at Arizona College, she feels she has found her passion, sharing her knowledge and years of experience with those seeking to enter the healthcare industry.
Dental Assisting Program Director-Glendale Campus
Charline Ivanovic began her career as a dental assistant while in her hast year of high school. She enrolled in a vocational dental assisting program offered through a Community College. Upon completion of the program, Charline continued working with the office that trained her. Two years after becoming employed as a dental assistant, Charline passed her Expanded Duty Dental Assistant and Dental Assistant Certification Exam through the Dental Assistant National Board.
After marrying her husband, both decided to relocate to Illinois. Charline continued her dental assistant career for 15 years. While employed, she worked to finish an Associate’s degree in Dental Laboratory Technology from Triton College. Upon finishing her degree, she began working for the Department of Veterans Affair as a dental laboratory technician. While employed at the VA Hospital, Charline worked to finish her Bachelor’s degree in health care management from Southern Illinois University.
Relocating to sunny Arizona, Charline decided to pursue a management role with 30+ years experience in the dental field and became a Dental Assisting Program Director. She has enjoyed seeing the difference made as students gain new insights about their career choices. Charline takes great pride and passion in her new role in the training development for the next generation of dental assistants.