our team

Raul Valdes Pages


Accomplished and innovative executive with management accomplishments in education services and packaged goods. Two start ups, one sold to a Public Company.


CEO of three successful companies rooted in integrity, innovation and vision. Multiple National Education awards and expert in Competency Based Education. Was asked to testify in Congress on behalf of Skill Standards Bill.


Expert in Accreditation (HLC, ACCSC, ABHES, APTA, ACOTE, BON). Compliance, 90-10, Default Management, Retention, Placement and Education Policy among areas of competency. Trained in Synectics, creative problem solving.

Dr. Joe Pace

Senior Educational Consultant

Dr. Joe Pace, along with The Pacific Institute Founder Lou Tice, are the authors of the best-selling textbook, Thought Patterns for a Successful Career, used by more than one and a half million students in over one thousand Colleges and Universities world-wide. Additionally, he has authored four textbooks on personal and professional development, designed for college students about to enter the workplace. Joe was appointed by the Governor of Florida to the Florida State Department of Education’s nine-member licensing commission for private schools (CIE), serving on the commission for ten years, and elected chairman twice. He was also inducted to the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges (FAPSC) Hall of Fame along with being inducted into the Fischler School Professional Society for Doctoral Graduates at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) for his vision, dedication and commitment to excellence.

Jeff Tunney

Chief Information Officer

Jeff has been an educational professional for over 14 years and has worked in computer training, continuing education, and higher educational settings. His experience in higher education consists of having served as a director of distance learning, an online course and curriculum designer, and a residential and online faculty member at the undergraduate level. Mr. Tunney has also been employed in several other professional fields, such as computer network administration, property management and development, and financial services.

Jeff earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Bentley University as well as an undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Massachusetts. He has also had many positive experiences abroad as a student in the commerce program at the University of Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia, and as a derivatives specialist for a London-based investment company.

Barbara Calabro

Academic Project Manager

Dr. Barbara Calabro is a lifelong educator. She held positions of Chief Academic Officer, Vice President for Academics and Vice President of Educational Support Services at the college level. Her responsibilities included institutional effectiveness, academic compliance, curriculum review and development, assessment, competency based curriculum and assessment, and professional development. In the K-12 setting, Dr. Calabro has served as a teacher, Reading consultant, principal and Curriculum Director in the K-12 sector.

Terry Bargas

Financial Aid Director

With over 25 years of experience in Financial Aid, working with students and parents to assist them in a clearer understanding of financial opportunities and savings while students are preparing for college.  Terry has spent years in training and developing policies and procedures following federal and state guidelines.  She has worked at various colleges, Denver Technical College, DeVry University, Colorado Technical University. 

Members of: Cherry Creek School Leadership, North Metro Denver Leadership, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) and Colorado Association of Financial Aid Administrators (CAFAA).

Terry has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, from Colorado Technical University, Bachelors of Science in Business Administration/ Human Resources Management from DeVry University.  


Terry is a single parent who has raised two beautiful children.  When not working she usually sticks close to home and spending time with family, she enjoys cooking, reading, listening to music and watching sports

James Jones

Project Manager

James has worked in higher education for more than 10 years in diverse roles within academics and administration. He began working in career colleges in 2006 as an adjunct instructor and soon moved into teaching full-time at Southwest Florida College in Fort Myers, FL. In 2009, he became the Director of the Freshman Studies program and of Student Services on the Fort Myers campus. In this role, James’ responsibilities included overseeing retention for all freshmen, the hiring and training of four full-time and 12 adjunct faculty, and providing services to all students on campus. James continued to teach during this time and was named Southwest Florida College’s instructor of the year on 2010.


In 2012, he became the Campus Director and Director of Education at the Bonita Springs campus where he was responsible for academics, career services, admissions, and financial aid departments on that campus. Under his leadership, they led the company in retention for three of his four years. His campus also consistently led in many other metrics such as placement and attendance percentage as well as in several financial areas. In 2016, he returned to the flagship Fort Myers campus as the Director of Education for one year.


During 2017, James’ wife, Kara, who is also in higher education, was recruited by a college in Phoenix, AZ. After a move to Arizona, James worked as graduate enrollment advisor for Arizona State University before joining Arizona Automotive Institute in his current role as the Director of Education.


James has a bachelor’s degree in Religion from the University of Mobile in Mobile, AL and a master of divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also enrolled in a doctor of education program at Northcentral University.


James is married to Kara and has four children. In addition to spending time with his family, he enjoys reading and watching the Dallas Cowboys play football. 

Mary Ann Pellegrino, Ed.D., LMHC

Project Manager

For the past 30 years Dr. Mary Ann Pellegrino has worked in higher collegiate education and has been responsible for university systems strategic improvement, including compliance, student satisfaction, admissions, institutional effectiveness and faculty development.


Along with her education experience, Dr. Pellegrino is also a psychotherapist, Supreme Court certified mediator, author, and motivational speaker. 


Dr. Pellegrino’s formal education is wide-ranging with degrees in Computer Electronic Engineering, Psychology, Rehabilitative Counseling and Mental Health, and a doctorate degree in Education.


Currently, she is a consultant to collegiate education systems and businesses for improving and transforming their work culture and overall outcomes. She is the co-founder of Wisdom De-Coded, specializing in helping to create programs that assist with employee motivation and productivity.


For more information about Dr. Pellegrino, you may visit:


Website: http://www.wisdomdecoded.com


LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pellegrinoconsulting

Ana Carrera

Project Manager

Ana is an accomplished Educator and Entrepreneur with full proficiency in English and Spanish. Due to her father’s career, her family lived in different Latin American countries in her childhood and youth, and she received her degree in Education (Licenciatura en Ciencias de la Educacion) from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has extensive experience in translation work and teaching English as a second language at elementary and high school levels, as well as adults. Ana lives in Colorado since 1990, where she has co-founded, managed, and sold two successful start-up businesses. In addition, she serves as a volunteer for several nonprofit organizations where she has done translations for projects in Latin America, marketing consulting, and other work. She considers her diverse cultural background and experience an asset, and her passion for education and for helping people her drive.

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