Welcome New Faculty Members to Brighton College

In our never ending quest to have the best faculty team on the planet, please join us in welcoming four (4) key new additions to the Brighton faculty team:

Gilda Rada, a current Brighton instructor will take on the role of Curriculum Project Manager. She will work with the academic and management teams in prioritizing and completing a rigorous curriculum revision plan that includes data analysis, Subject Matter Expert involvement, and collaborative work flows.

Gilda holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing, and a Masters of Business Administration from University of Phoenix. She has more than 20 years of experience in marketing, advertising, sales, research and business development. Most of these years have been spent in Tucson, a place she calls home. She has managed and consulted with companies like Univision, Azteca America (Mexico/USA) CRG Global, Casino Del Sol, The Pasqua Yaqui Tribe, Jim Click Automotive, SCORE, The SBA and hundreds of local and international companies.

She has been teaching in higher education since 2011, where she had the privilege of utilizing her professional experience as a Business and GenEds Program Director and the liaison between campus and home office, during the adoption and transition of hybrid/blended and online learning. Further, she was heavily involved in curriculum development of Business, GenEds and Medical Programs. Gilda also collaborated and designed the first entrepreneurial Bachelors program and many shorts courses, thus helping increase campus profitability.

She has been the recipient of many awards in both the private sector and various industries in Marketing and Advertising. In addition, Gilda believes that by the power of education, entrepreneurial development, and economic empowerment, one can break down the barriers of socio-economic challenges. Gilda is currently a member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, YAO (Young Ambassador Opportunities, an organization driven to empower women around the world to use microloans for their countries development), the Executive Women’s Golf Association and holds a close relationship with the Mexican Consulate, often speaking at their local events about education and economic empowerment. She is ASPA Certified in Campus Administration, Admissions, Compliance, Design and Developing Online Courses, along with Designing Technology-Rich Learning Environments. She is currently pursuing her Certification in Higher Education Professional (CHEP) in Online Teaching.

Lissa Whyte, joins us as the Program Chair for General Education and Business. Lissa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from Laurentian University, a Certificate in Human Resource Management and Mediation, and a Masters of Business Administration from University of Phoenix. She has been teaching in one capacity or another since 1995 (ESL in South Korea for 18 months), junior high and high school courses for several years before she saw the light and moved to higher education where she feels a strong connection to students. Lissa teaches a wide variety of online business and general education courses at two other colleges and truly enjoys working with students as they pursue their goals.

Lissa has worked in for-profit education since 1998 in various capacities – with a focus on curriculum development, instructional design, and technology integration for the past 10 years. She has been with Brighton College for nearly a year and helps with special projects, including the upcoming DEAC re-accreditation project plan.

Carol Duff, comes on board as our Allied Health Program Chair. Carol has been a dedicated faculty member for several years, teaching a variety of courses: Medical Billing I and II, American History 1 and 2, Skills for Success, Medical Records and also the Medical Records course, Human Diseases, Anatomy and Physiology, and Career Exploration.  She has taught Medical Terminology at another institution in both online and face to face learning environments.

Carol holds a Masters of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Toledo College of Nursing and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowling Green State University, with a major in History and a minor in Literature. Carol has been a tremendous asset to the Brighton and Paralegal academic departments, assisting with curriculum development, course revision, and special projects. She brings her experience, education, and passion for helping our students one at a time, each and every day.

Ben Lee, as our Information Technology Program Chair. Ben is the IT Systems Lead at LearnKey, a sister company to Brighton College. He was asked by the leadership at Brighton and LearnKey to design and teach all the tech courses at Brighton College. These tech courses integrate as the main part of curriculum for LearnKey’s video training and testing system.

For the past several years, Ben has been working with LearnKey in developing, testing, and implementing educational online course ware. He is a versatile learner and instructor who is driven by in-depth research.  Ben loves organizing and presenting data that can influence end-users or the bottom line. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Southern Utah University and has advanced training and certifications in information technology, English, music, and has the equivalent of a minor in Mandarin Chinese. Ben enjoys interacting with students and collaborating with teachers, and finds inspiration in his students’ progress.

We are thrilled to have these four individuals who will take on such significant roles on our staff to ensure we are providing the best learning experience and outcome for our students and learners.