Associate Director Clinical Education and Simulation Lab
Ann Brenzel, DNAP, CRNA Dr. Ann Brenzel graduated from the first Wolford College Doctoral program in 2012. Her capstone project was “Peri-operative Glucose Control in Cardio- thoracic Surgical Patients.” She obtained her Masters in Nurse Anesthesia in 2008 from Wolford College; and obtained her bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management from International College. Prior to her career in anesthesia, she worked in critical care for 15 years and began her journey as a scrub tech. after graduating high school. She has been a clinical and didactic instructor for Wolford College since 2010. Dr. Brenzel continues to be honored to be able to participate in students achieving their dream of being a CRNA.
Anthony Pellone, PharmD Dr. Anthony Pellone earned his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Florida in 1998. He has been working as a pharmacist for 29 years and as a didactic faculty member for the past 14 years.
Jose Castillo, PhD, MS, CRNA, ARNP Dr. Castillo earned his PhD in Instructional Design and Technology in December 2016 from Keiser University with his dissertation entitled Effect of Knowledge of Learning Styles on Test Score Achievement of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. He completed his BSN from West Visayas State University in 1994 and his MS in Nurse Anesthesia from Wolford College in 2007. Dr. Castillo worked as an independent Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist practitioner in Collier county, and full-time Nurse Anesthesia Faculty for more than 10 years with Wolford College, with a most recent appointment as Associate Program Director. He is an active advocate to the nurse anesthesia profession through local, state, national, and international professional involvements. Lastly, on a national scale, Dr. Castillo enjoys presenting scholarly topics of interest to the CRNA and the nursing profession.
Joseph Curione, DPM Dr. Curione earned his medical degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2004. He subsequently served as Chief Resident in a three-year medical/surgical residency at Cooper University Hospital. During his time in the medical field, he has seen more than forty thousand patients and spent over one thousand hours in the Operating Room. He also holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Rowan University and an Associates in Business Administration. He currently serves as Professor at two colleges in Florida, integrating his knowledge and practical experiences into his courses. He greatly enjoys working with students and fostering a life-long learning philosophy with them.
Kathy Minott, DNAP, CRNA Originally from Illinois, Dr. Kathleen Minott obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Saint Louis University. After five years as a critical care nurse caring for patients from birth to geriatric, Dr. Minott earned her Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia from Wolford College. She enjoyed working in clinical practice, eventually serving as full-time faculty for Wolford College for several years. In 2016, she went on to earn her Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice. Currently, she is in clinical practice full-time where she enjoys precepting and serving as adjunct faculty for future nurse anesthetists.
Keri Ortega, DNAP, CRNA Dr. Ortega formerly served as the Assistant Program Director at Wolford College from 2006-2018. She earned her Doctorate in Nurse Anesthesia Practice from Texas Wesleyan University in 2011, her Master of Science in Nursing from Florida Gulf Coast University/ Norman R Wolford School of Nurse Anesthesia in 2004, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida International University in 1995. Dr. Ortega is currently an adjunct faculty member at Keiser University while practicing as a staff CRNA with Team Health in Naples, Florida, also serving as a clinical preceptor for SRNAs.
Lauren Corder, EdD, CRNA Dr. Corder earned her Doctor of Education degree in August 2009 from NOVA Southeastern University. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Florida Gulf Coast University in December 2002. She has been involved with educating nurse anesthesia students for 15 years.
Leo Campero, DNAP, CRNA Dr. Leonardo Campero originally hails from Brazil and moved to the United States in 1990. He grew up in the Naples, Florida area and attended nursing school at the University of Central Florida. He worked as a neurotrauma ICU nurse at Orlando Regional Medical center prior to attending Wolford College for his MS in Nurse Anesthesia degree in 2014. He received his doctorate in nurse anesthesia practice from Wolford College in 2017 with a capstone project exploring opioid-sparing effects of lidocaine drips during general anesthesia. He currently works as a full-time faculty member at Keiser University Naples, in addition to providing anesthesia in numerous settings. He is a proud member of the AANA and FANA and has been published in the AANA Journal.
Michele McGuire, DNAP, CRNA Dr. Michele McGuire earned her Doctorate of Nurse Anesthesia Practice from Wolford College in 2016. She has a prior Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia from Wolford College and two bachelor degrees, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Oakland University and a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Therapeutic Recreation from Central Michigan University. Dr. McGuire works full-time as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist in Alpena, Michigan and has been an adjunct faculty member for Wolford College and Alpena Community College. She is active within her community – as a school and sports parent, church member, and recent advocate for community CPR education. Dr. McGuire if a firm believer of utilizing your profession to make a difference for others – every day in clinical and within your community. She is convinced that the future of the profession lies within the student population.
Rick Schumacher, PharmD Dr. Richard Schumacher earned his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Kentucky in 2005. He has been working as a Pharmacist for 12-years and as a clinical and/or didactic faculty member for the previous 11-years.
Sandra Dagenais, DNAP, CRNA Dr. Dagenais earned her Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) from Wolford College of Nurse Anesthesia in February 2016. Dr. Dagenais has enjoyed being faculty with Wolford College for five years and also works as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) at several ambulatory surgery centers in the Detroit Michigan area. She enjoys working with students and promoting the safety and efficacy of nurse anesthetists.
Thomas M. Lansden, DNP, CRNA Dr. Lansden has been a clinical preceptor since 2001, Adjunct faculty, Assistant Program Director, and Interim Program Director, earning his Doctorate of Nursing Practice in 2015 from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. He has served as an Anesthesia Faculty member at Wolford College since October 2015, teaching multiple subjects and is responsible for the expansion/coordination of the simulation Laboratory. Most recently, he accepted the position of Associate Program Director of Clinical Education. His goal is to see every student graduate from The Program as a full-service provider, successfully completing the NCE, and transitioning to a fulfilling career, which includes the mentoring of our future Nurse Anesthesia Providers.
Mrs. Percy and Mr. Williams believed in me. They were more than instructors, they tried to get to know you as a person and tried to understand your goals so they could push you towards them. And Mrs. Crawford from student services helped me find a job before I even graduated. She was dedicated to my overall success.
Going to Keiser University was one of the greatest experiences in my life. All of my deans, professors, and staff made me feel that I was a part of something very special, and I am. I would recommend for anyone to get their education at Keiser University.
The two instructors that have impacted my life are Mr. Williams and Mrs. Percy. Both of them believed in my ability to become a great graphic designer, regardless of how I felt about my skills. I appreciate their motivation to get me to where I am today.
Beyond the curriculum of the courses, the lessons the instructors have taught me have paid dividends in my real work experiences. How to respond to criticisms, project and time management, interview skills, the list goes on and on. At the end of the day, they not only showed me how to design, but they taught me how to be a professional.
If not for my education at Keiser I probably would not be where I am today, in both life and career. It is because of going to Keiser and the instructors I had that I joined a club started by Mr. Williams, The Lakeland Shooters Photography Group, which allowed me to venture into an amazing and very creative field that I use to enhance all aspects of my life.
The Design program at Keiser University was filled with real world learning and hands on instruction… Based on the portfolio I created while a student at Keiser University, I landed a job in Graphic Design for a major online retailer immediately after graduation.
The year and a half I spent in the program better prepared me for attaining a job in the field…As a hands-on learner, the project-centered teaching was perfect for me.
Keiser University has given me the opportunity to embrace a career change… It has opened the door for a timely graduation and quick return to the work force…
Without the education I received at Keiser University, I would not be where I am today!
Meisha Ebanks, R.N.
I not only received an excellent education but also encouragement and training that built my self-confidence every day.
I realize the amount of knowledge I gained and feel that the educational experiences have developed me in to a person who can move higher up the career ladder.
Carlos Ramirez Flores
Keiser University’s MBA program has renewed my mind, changed the way I think, and given me a new sense of purpose. The professors transformed my attitude and behavior, gave me the self-confidence I was lacking, and restored my energy.
Connie Sue Centrella
It has been great attending and graduating from Keiser University. Because of the small class sizes, I was able to build good relationships with classmates and professors. The PA professors care very much about the progress and success of the students and have been great advisors every step of the way through the program.
Annelise Merriner, PA-C
Attending Keiser University and getting my degree was the best decision I have ever made. The small class sizes and personalized attention helped me get my degree quickly. The hands-on experience and the education landed me a job at a neighboring law firm.
I chose Keiser because it had everything—small classes, caring professors, hands-on learning, and counselors that are really there for you. I feel like I’m part of a family here, not just a number.
After being denied for several promotions at my current employer, I decided that I needed to further my education. Since graduating from Keiser with my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, I have been promoted and I am able to obtain positions that weren’t available to me before.
Keiser helped change my life by getting my education at the right school! I had been going to another school before, I dropped out because I felt that I was not getting enough information. When I found out about Keiser, I was pleased because the instructors were great.
My decision to attend Keiser University has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. I chose to enroll in the Information Technology program… The one-class-a-month pace helped incredibly with my self-discipline.
The BA for Business Administration at Keiser has to be one of the best in the nation. Keiser takes the basics that are taught at the Associates level and uses them to strengthen your skills and knowledge.
Vivian R. Howard, BA in Business Administration Graduate
I found that Keiser University’s Nuclear Medicine program of advanced studies and small class size was a perfect fit. I never came across a faculty member who wasn’t truly interested.
Gustavo Gonzalez, Nuclear Medicine Technology Graduate