John Greer has had a passion for educating adults for many years. Licensed in real estate since 1987, John began his career in professional education by tutoring students with learning disabilities who had a hard time passing the Florida real estate license exam. John then moved to classroom education where he taught tens of thousands of students. John has been the co-owner and Director of Gold Coast Schools since 1994. During this time he has worked with dozens of instructors to help improve their instructional techniques, student retention, and student pass rates. John has also written and developed several real estate textbooks and online courses.
John’s educational background started with a Bachelor’s degree in Business which he earned at night while enlisted in the United States Air Force. John later received a Master’s degree in Adult Education and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management. John’s doctoral research involved improving the professional development of instructors through the creation of feedback loops and coaching.
In addition to local trade organizations and Associations of Realtors, John has been very involved with the local community. John served on the board of the local Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for six years including one year as treasurer, and two years as president. John currently serves as Board Chair for the College of Education Advisory Board for Florida Atlantic University and has also served on numerous Florida Real Estate Commission task forces, on the Florida Panthers Blueprint Advisory Board, and on a local UBS Financial Services Client Advisory Board.
John resides in Delray Beach Florida with his wife Jacqueline and two college-aged daughters. While not working John plays ice hockey, and enjoys many outdoor activities including offshore fishing, scuba diving, and camping.
Jim Greer is a multi-licensed professional who has dedicated his professional life to helping people launch new careers and become successful in their business pursuits. Throughout the past 27 years, Jim has personally taught thousands of students, developed numerous programs and curriculum, and worked with dozens of top-notch instructors to create outstanding programs and student experiences.
A lifelong learner, Jim began his college education by earning a degree in Financial Management while serving in the United States Air Force. After being honorably discharged, he completed a Bachelor’s degree in business, followed by a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Miami. Jim later furthered his formal education by earning a Doctor in Business Administration degree, with a specialization in strategy and innovation, from Capella University. Jim’s doctoral research focused on corporate social responsibility issues within small businesses.
Jim initially earned his real estate license shortly after his 18th birthday and is currently licensed in Florida as an attorney, real estate broker, real estate instructor, Mortgage Loan Originator, and Community Association Manager.
Jim has been involved in many community activities including the YMCA Indian Princesses/Guides program, coaching youth hockey, and serving in leadership roles for other local not-for-profit organizations. In his spare time, Jim enjoys camping, fishing, scuba diving, and playing ice hockey. Jim resides in South Florida with his wife and three teenaged children.
Mr. Joseph C. Rebuck is currently the Director of Gold Coast School of Construction responsible for construction staff and curriculum. A state Certified General Contractor since 2003, Joe first joined the Gold Coast team as a part time instructor in 2004. Over his career Mr. Rebuck has owned his own General Contracting Company, served as director of Property Management for Lennar Homes Dade Division, was an area Facility Manager for Washington Mutual Bank/CB Richard Ellis as well as an area manager for Kings Point Condominium Association in Tamarac, Florida.
In addition to holding his General Contracting & Roofing Licenses Mr. Rebuck is credentialed as a License Real Estate Broker, Licensed CAM, Licensed Home Inspector, License Mold Assessor & Remediator, LEED AP and a Certified Pool Operator (CPO)
Wayne joined Gold Coast Schools in 2006 and is a highly experienced real estate professional with years spent working in the industry. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration in addition to a real estate broker license and an instructor permit. He spent several years teaching a wide array of real estate licensing and renewal courses at Gold Coast Schools before taking over as the Real Estate Program Director. As director, his aim is to ensure that our dedicated instructors continue to deliver the top notch education that Gold Coast has provided since 1970. He holds instructors to high standards because he believes in providing a superior student experience to everyone who chooses Gold Coast Schools for their education.
Barbara Minyard is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a minor in Real Estate. Ms. Minyard holds a Florida Residential Real Estate Appraisal Instructor’s License, Florida Residential Real Estate Appraisal Certification, is an AQB Certified USPAP Instructor, has a Florida Real Estate Broker’s license, and is a Certified Distance Education Instructor. Ms. Minyard started her career in the real estate appraisal field in 1984 working for American Savings & Loan’s Appraisal Department, which was later purchased and became AppraisalFirst Inc. In addition to working for a Senior Residential Appraiser (SRA) appraiser for a few years, she owned a residential appraisal firm specializing in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Ms. Minyard held the position of National Review Appraiser with Delta Funding, and was subsequently hired by the State of Florida Division of Real Estate as an Investigative Specialist II.
In 2014 Ms. Minyard joined Gold Coast Schools as their Appraisal Program Director. She is passionate about developing and teaching courses that not only meet state approval requirements, but also contain practical and useful information that is applicable in the real world. By pairing quality content with an engaging teaching style, students truly benefit from the Appraisal courses that Gold Coast offers as a result of Ms. Minyard’s efforts. Where quality education comes first and foremost, Gold Coast is grateful to have Ms. Minyard maintaining the standards that the school has been known for since opening in 1970.
Kevin R. Milner is Gold Coast School’s Insurance Program Director. He is an Insurance Professional with producer licenses in FL, NJ and PA. He holds the prestigious designations of CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) and ITP (Insurance Training Professional). Mr. Milner began his insurance career in 2002 where he was the Managing Partner of a New Jersey Property, Casualty, Life & Health Insurance Agency.
In his previous role, Mr. Milner was the Director of Education at the South Jersey Professional School of Business (School of Insurance). He has authored multiple pre-licensing and continuing education manuscripts and been recognized as a leader in the insurance education arena.
In addition, Mr. Milner held the position of Senior Vice President of Operations for a NJ/PA Retail Pharmacy Corporation and was a member of the business department faculty at the Richard Stockton College of NJ. In addition, Mr. Milner was the Chief Executive Officer of a New Jersey multi-location retail corporation from 1997–2001.
Mr. Milner received his MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ and his BA from the Richard Stockton College in Pomona, NJ. He is currently licensed in Property & Casualty as well as Life & Health authorities.
Mr. Milner lives in South Florida with his wife Alexandra. He is an active member of the Society of Insurance Trainers & Educators, a volunteer with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and a Retired EMS Lieutenant and Training Officer with the North Wildwood (NJ) Rescue Squad.
- MBA – Fairleigh Dickinson University
- BA – Richard Stockton College
- CIC – Certified Insurance Counselor
- ITP – Insurance Training Professional
Walt has been an Instructor at Gold Coast Schools since 1998. He teaches the real estate sales associate pre-license course and the CRAM review which prepares students to pass the state exam. Over the years, Walt has taught all of the real estate courses that Gold Coast offers.
Walt teaches at the Lantana campus and is passionate about perfecting the materials used to teach so that he can better guide students towards success in their new careers. He has a real estate instructors license, real estate broker’s license, Bachelor’s Degree (BBA U of M), J.D. New York Law School. Before Gold Coast, he was an officer in the US Navy for 5 years and toured in Vietnam and England. He has 30 years of experience in data processing, 20 years in business law and approximately 15 years in real estate. When he is not teaching real estate classes, Walt enjoys spending time with family, playing golf and reading.
Melodee has been working at Gold Coast Schools since 1992 and is a real estate instructor at the Boca campus. She teaches the sales associate pre-license and post-license courses. Melodee has a real estate instructor’s license and a real estate broker’s license. Before teaching at Gold Coast, she spent 2 years at the Philadelphia Drama Workshop and as taken many real estate training courses. She has experience working as a manager at a real estate office, real estate trainer, real estate sales associate, acting and directing teacher for children, director of a youth group at a church, motel manager, motel desk clerk, chamber maid and 2 years working with Atlantic City Modeling Guild.
Melodee is passionate about teaching and helping others obtain their goals in life. She says, “I am also passionate about living, learning and hopefully touching the lives of others.” When she is not at work she enjoys spending time with family and friends, swimming, reading, writing, walking and watching old movies.
David began working as a Property & Casualty Insurance Instructor at Gold Coast Schools in 2015. His favorite moments in class are when he knows the students “get it” by understanding the new material he is presenting. David has extensive insurance claims experience and has the CPCU designation. He enjoys time with family and friends when not working.
Frances joined Gold Coast Schools in 1999 and teaches virtually every real estate course that Gold Coast has to offer including the Sales Associate Pre-license and Post-license, Broker Pre-license and Post-license, as well as Continuing Education courses. She is currently an active Real Estate Broker and Instructor and previously held a Mortgage Broker, Title Agent, Series 6 & 23, and a Life, Health, and Variable Annuity license. Frances attended Miami-Dade Community College and loves spending time with her 3 daughters and 8 grandchildren.
Hy Levy started teaching insurance courses at Gold Coast in 1995 and currently teaches many of the continuing education for agents and adjusters. He holds a 2-15 Life, Health & Variable Contracts license, 2-20 General Lines license, is an Independent Insurance Adjuster, and previously held Series 6 and 63 licenses. He is passionate about delivering quality courses that are informational and carry real world practicality.
Prior to teaching at Gold Coast, Hy was the owner and president of the Cameo Group. When he is not working in the field and teaching in the classroom, Hy enjoys fishing, spending time with his family, and is looking forward to being a great grandfather.
Jack began teaching at Gold Coast in 1998 and is passionate and experienced in teaching all of our real estate courses. He holds a real estate instructor license and real estate broker license, as well as has a B.S. Degree from Purdue University.
Jesus Huarotte is an active Real Estate Broker specializing in inversion and flipping. He started working for Gold Coast in 2013 teaching FREC 1 & 2 real estate courses in Spanish. He has been an instructor for more than 15 years teaching Business, Algebra, and Spanish to high school students. He has a passion for teaching adult learners and enjoys helping students go through the process of becoming agents, brokers and reaching their goals in real estate so that they can grow in their personal lives. When not teaching, Jesus enjoys playing soccer and volleyball, as well as watching sports channels.
John began teaching at Gold Coast in 2014 and brings 24 years of property management experience to the CAM pre-license, continuing education, and CRAM courses that he teaches. He also has 22 years of law enforcement experience and holds several professional licenses and certifications including a CAM, Public Adjuster, Retired Florida Law Enforcement, Corrections Officer, and is a Licensed Construction Supervisor. When not working, he enjoys restoring cars, spending time with family and friends, and is a proficient marksman.
John has been an instructor at Gold Coast since 2002 and teaches both sales associate and broker pre-license and renewal courses. He holds many professional memberships including National Association of Realtors, Florida Association of Realtors, Member of Realtor Association of the Palm Beaches, Lifetime Member of the Multi Million Dollar Club, and a Brian Buffini Mentor. When not teaching and practicing real estate, John is an avid beach enthusiast who loves to travel and experience new things and ideas.
Lynn joined Gold Coast Schools in 2014 and brings more than 30 years of insurance and stocks, bonds, and mutual fund experience to the Life and Health courses that she teaches. When not working, Lynn enjoys spending time at the beach and relaxing.
Mike started teaching at Gold Coast Schools in 2015 and brings 7 years of industry experience to the classroom. He teaches both the Life, Health and Variable Contracts course, as well as the 2-20 P&C General Lines course. When not teaching, Mike is passionate about fitness and enjoys working out and exercising.
Paul joined Gold Coast Schools in 2015 and is the Assistant to Director of CAM Education. He teaches and writes CAM continuing education and pre-license courses and brings extensive experience into the classroom. He has held many licenses including CAM, Life & Health insurance, Series 6, Series 7, and Series 3, was a Certified Financial Planner, and held a Mortgage license.
Prior to joining Gold Coast, Paul was employed as a CAM for approximately 13 years, primarily for troubled high-rises. He wrote courses and trained and supervised instructors to teach community associations directors, officers & residents, through a 501(c)(3). The courses were offered throughout the State of Florida in 2000-2001. He was President of the Northeast Dade Coalition, a community association education & advocacy group representing over 120 associations in Miami-Dade County, for about 10 years. Paul also served as President of an association board for a short period of time. Through his corporate entity (co-owned with Patricia Rogers), he had contracts with Barry University and Broward Community College, to offer education to community association residents. As a health care professional, he served in high level administrative and/or planning positions in comprehensive health planning councils in LA and Boise and county health departments in Erie County (NY), and Miami-Dade County. Paul successfully wrote grants for these entities. In Miami-Dade County, he successfully negotiated funding from the federal government to help handle the influx of Haitian refugees in the 1980s. Paul’s corporation also wrote and successfully obtained grants for local municipalities in Miami-Dade County.
He holds various degrees and certifications including:
- State University of NY at Buffalo – B.A. Anthropology
- University of California, Berkeley – School of Public Health – Master of Public Health (Administration & Planning)
- College for Financial Planning – Denver, CO – Certified Financial Planner
- Gold Coast Professional Schools – Insurance, Mortgage & CAM licenses
- Miami-Dade County – Management Productivity Analyst
Paul has two cats, Dynamuffin and Blueberry Muffin. He has a great sense of humor which he uses to great effect both in business and in personal relationships. With a cousin in NJ, Paul did extensive research tracing his family tree back to the 1700s. He shared his findings with the Montreal branch at a family reunion, including slides of birth, marriage and death certificates, and photographs of some of his ancestors.
Peter has been teaching Gold Coast’s sales associate pre-license, post-license, and continuing education courses since 2005. He holds both a real estate instructor and a broker license. Peter has a passion for helping students start and maintain successful careers in real estate. He finds great satisfaction in hearing from his former students who achieve their license, start selling homes, and come back to tell him about it when they see him in their renewal courses.
Rich teaches nearly every real estate course offered by Gold Coast including Sales Associate pre and post-license, Broker pre and post-license, as well as the CRAM review course. Joining Gold Coast in 2004, Rich brings extensive experience as a licensed real estate instructor, broker, sales associate, mortgage broker, U.S. Registered Investment Advisor, as well as a Securities Series 7 license for stocks and bonds. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond and a master’s degree from the University of Texas.
Rich has a passion for sailing and previously owned a Catalina 30 which he used to sail the Bahamas and Florida Keys for many years. Rich’s primary focus is the success of his students, and many attribute their success to his teaching style.
Steve is a licensed real estate broker and instructor who has been in the real estate business since 1981. He began teaching Gold Coast’s sales associate pre-license, post-license, continuing education, and CRAM courses in 2011, and is well liked for his engaging teaching style. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Florida, Steve owned an antique mall, worked as a real estate broker who owned and operated his own office, served as a property manager, and specialized in both commercial and residential real estate. When not teaching, Steve has a passion for buying, restoring, and selling antique muscle cars.
Bill Murphy joined Gold Coast Schools in 2002 and currently teaches both the 2-15 Life, Health, and Variable Contracts course as well as the 2-20 General Lines insurance course. He draws upon more than 30 years of work experience in the insurance industry and is a well liked by all of his students. Having lived in Latin America for 18 years, he is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Bill is passionate about helping students learn the course material and seeing them use the information he provides to start successful new careers. He loves the moment when students fully grasp new concepts, and enjoys hearing from previous students after they have passed their state exams. When not working, Bill enjoys relaxing and spending time with his family.
Donald began teaching at Gold Coast in 2002 and is a well respected insurance instructor. He strives to bring real world application to the course material to prepare students for success beyond the classroom. He enjoys teaching at Gold Coast because of the level of professionalism displayed across the entire company, all while maintaining a welcoming and family style work environment. When not instructing, Don enjoys whitewater kayaking, hiking, and skiing.
Jessy teaches insurance licensing courses and is passionate about helping students obtain the license they need to start new careers. When not working, Jessy enjoys spending time with grandchildren and family.
Adam Narkier is a real estate instructor who joined Gold Coast in 2015 teaching the 63-hour Sales Associate Pre-license and 14-hour Continuing Education courses. He is a licensed real estate broker, instructor, and previously a mortgage broker. Adam has spent the better part of his adult life in the real estate industry. He has been licensed and specializing in residential real estate since 2007 and enjoys working with both buyers and sellers. In addition, he was in the mortgage and banking industry for nearly 10 years prior to that.
Adam holds a Bachelors Degree in Public Management & Administration from Florida Atlantic University, an Associates of Arts Degree from Palm Beach Community College, is a member of the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches (RAPB), as well as a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity International. He is one of the few true native South Floridians born and raised in Palm Beach County, and has two rescue dogs that he loves dearly.
Pat Billera joined Gold Coast Schools in 1999 and is a well known and liked insurance instructor. He teaches the Life and Health Pre-license course and is known for combining real world experience with the course information so that students finish the course fully prepared to start a successful career in the insurance industry. His use of humor, examples, and words of wisdom leave students with knowledge that will last a lifetime.
Prior to joining Gold Coast, Pat was an insurance agent, middle manager and general manager for more than 25 years, and worked as an insurance specialist in the banking industry for a few years before retiring. When not teaching, Pat truly enjoys traveling and spending time with his grandchildren.
Keith teaches the 1-week Sales Associate Pre-license course and is well known as an excellent instructor for helping students pass both the course and state exam. He joined Gold Coast in 2004 and is dedicated to making the classroom experience enjoyable and memorable for students. Keith is a licensed Real Estate Broker and Instructor and comes from a background in the banking industry. When not teaching, Keith enjoys traveling and regularly drives from Miami to Toronto, Canada.
Robert joined Gold Coast Schools in 2016 and teaches the real estate sales associate pre-license and post-license courses. He worked for several years as a sales associate and currently runs his own brokerage firm. Being active and experienced in the industry enables Robert to bring real world knowledge into the classroom for students to benefit from. He holds a real estate broker, real estate instructor, and a 2-15 insurance license. He also holds a Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. When not teaching and working, Robert loves to cook and entertain.
Margaret joined Gold Coast Schools in 2016 and teaches the 2-20 Property & Casualty insurance course. She is a NYS Broker and a CPCU who has worked as a Marketing Manager and evening teacher at St. John’s University. Margaret attended Hunter College and achieved a Master of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree.
Lenora joined Gold Coast in November of 2011 and is currently the Campus Director in Lantana. She is responsible for helping students select and register for classes, answering any questions that students have, and keeping Gold Coast’s Lantana campus operational and comfortable for students. Lenora personally has a Real Estate Broker License and a CAM License.
Before working at Gold Coast, Lenora had many years of experience assisting students as an admissions representative at private colleges. At Gold Coast, Lenora loves assisting students with their education needs for Real Estate, Insurance, CAM, Mortgage, Construction and Appraisal licensee. She is truly passionate about the work that she does every day because it allows her to meet new people and help them achieve their goals, start new careers and make their lives better. Her hobbies are spending time with her family, and she loves doing projects that challenge her.
April is an assistant career counselor who assists students by helping them with the application and approval process to achieve their licenses. She is in charge of managing the testing and paperwork for the Lantana campus. April has an Associates Degree in Arts and Science from Palm Beach State College and before Gold Coast she worked for an Information Technology company and for a dog daycare center.
She has experience in the process of applying for and obtaining various professional licenses in addition to day-to-day customer service experience. She is passionate about the students here at Gold Coast and helping them achieve their present and future endeavors. Outside of work you can find April going to music concerts and spending time with her dog named Shady.
Tiffany is the Campus Director of Gold Coast School’s Boca location and has been with Gold Coast since 2011. She is responsible for helping students select and register for classes and answering any questions that students have about their course. Before joining Gold Coast, Tiffany was an administrative assistant for both residential and commercial real estate companies. She was also an admissions advisor for both Kaplan University and Florida Career College. Tiffany has experience with customer service and genuinely enjoys helping students select a class that will enable them to start a new career path in life. When she is not working, Tiffany enjoys spending time with her kids and shopping.
Maria started with Gold Coast in 2013 at the Boca location. Her responsibilities include helping students select and register for classes as well as answering any questions that they may have. Maria has a BA from Pace University and previous experience as an Account Executive. She is dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and is passionate about seeing students succeed in their courses. Maria also enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Regan has been working at Gold Coast Schools since 2005 and is the Campus Director of the Tamarac location. She helps both coworkers and students succeed. She loves seeing people get excited about their new careers and seeing returning students come back for additional courses as they progress. Regan is a excellent problem solver and always looks for the best solution to issues as they arise.
Before coming to Gold Coast Schools Regan attended Broward College and was also a store manager at Blockbuster Video for seven years. She managed Fox Movie Theater for 2 years, and was a teacher at KinderCare Learning center for 4 years. At Gold Coast Schools, Regan has vast knowledge regarding licensing and course requirements. She also has excellent customer service skills. Outside of work Regan enjoys playing her violin in the Broward Symphony Orchestra and the New River Orchestra and coaching youth sports.
Anny started working at Gold Coast in March of 2012 and is a Career Counselor at the Tamarac location. She has a passion for helping students select and register for classes and is available to answer any questions that students have about their course. Anny studied Business and Management at the Universidad Autonoma Barranquilla Colombia and also has a real estate license.
Prior to working at Gold Coast she served as an administrative assistant for a chemistry distributor company and was also a Macy’s counter manager. She has a lot of experience in customer service and is extremely knowledgeable in real estate. She helps students change their careers and succeed in reaching their goal of passing the final exam and receiving their license. When Anny is not at work she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys going to the movies, beach, kayaking, paddle boarding, going to parties, eating Latin food and dancing.
Damani joined Gold Coast in 2013 and has a passion for helping students start new careers. She is extremely knowledgeable in all of the courses that Gold Coast offers. When not working, Damani loves watching sports and is a huge Florida Gators fan. Go Gators!
Jackie has been working at Gold Coast Schools since 2003 and is a Customer Service Manager. Before starting at Gold Coast Schools, she worked in retail, the food industry and other office administration jobs. Jackie currently works out of both the Tamarac and Lantana locations and helps students with any concerns that they have before, during and after they complete their course. She has a lot of experience assisting customers in all of our programs, as well as supporting the Career Counselors. She also works in our online support area and manages electronic fingerprinting systems.
She has been with the company for over 10 years and truly enjoys working with our staff and students. She says, “my passion is to do my very best for our students.” When Jackie is not at work she always enjoys time with her family. She says, “my pride and joy is my son who is currently an active duty Airman.”
Maggy started working at Gold Coast Schools in 2001 and is a Career Counselor who is dedicated to helping students select and register for classes. Before moving to Florida, Maggy worked at a car dealership and has extensive experience with customer service. She extremely knowledgeable in our pre-licensing programs and is able to answer any questions that students have about their course. She enjoys helping customers and watching them succeed in their careers. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering for the National Latino Officers Association.
Ysi started working at Gold Coast Schools in 2013 as a Career Counselor. She helps students select and register for classes and answers any questions that students have about their course. She has a Bachelors in Business and a minor in Pre Law from FIU. Ysi is also a licensed Property and Casualty agent and received her license from Gold Coast.
Before Gold Coast she worked at a university as a military advisor helping soldiers and their families use their earned benefits to advance in their chosen career. She has obtained a few licenses at Gold Coast saying that she, “knows that the Gold Coast method of teaching works.” She loves sharing her great experience here at Gold Coast with other students. When she is not at work she is watching Discovery ID and spending quality time with her family, or reading a motivational book.
Louis started at Gold Coast Schools in 2011 and is the Campus Director in North Miami. He helps students select and register for classes and answers any questions that students may have about their course. He is also responsible for any issues that may come up at his campus throughout the day. Louis has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication with a minor in Marketing from Palm Beach Atlantic University. He has experience in customer service and management with extensive knowledge in real estate. He is passionate about our students’ success, and loves seeing each student grow personally and professionally. When he is not working, Louis enjoys sports, family time, and listening to music.
Diana started at Gold Coast in 2012 and works at the North Miami Beach location. She is dedicated to helping students select and register for classes, as well as answering any questions that students have about their course. Diana has a Bachelor Degree in Sports and Recreation Management from Nova Southeastern University.
Before Diana came to Gold Coast, she worked for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society managing cycling, Marathon and triathlon teams. She has a lot of experience in customer service and is passionate about helping our students start new careers. She says, “it is a great feeling to help guide students through the pre licensing process and then see them again when they return for continuing education.” She enjoys hearing their success stories. Outside of work she enjoys traveling with her family, volunteering for events in her city as well as those sponsored by NSU, and attending sports events.
Alba is the Campus Director of Gold Coast School’s Doral location and is dedicated to maintaining all aspects of the facility. She joined Gold Coast Schools in 2002 and is extremely knowledgeable in all of the programs that Gold Coast offers. When not working, Alba enjoys going on missionary trips to help people in need, and especially enjoys working with kids.
Chris started working for Gold Coast Schools in 2015 as an Online Course Developer. As an Online Course Developer his responsibilities primarily revolve around transforming the Gold Coast textbooks to an online environment in an interactive and creative fashion. He says, “Designing content that works with a variety of technology such as laptops, tablets, and other mobile devices is important, and a passion that all the developers at Gold Coast have.”
Chris has a B. A. in Digital Arts from Stetson University and has a M.Ed. in Education from AIU with a specialization in Instructional Technology & Curriculum Design. Before coming to Gold Coast, Chris worked for 14 years in the K-12 private school arena. While starting as a teacher, he was an Administrator for 9 of the 14 years holding positions such as Technology Director, Academic Dean, and Assistant Principal.
For the last several years he focused exclusively on Professional Development, Technology Integration, and Adult Education. Chris says, “My move to Gold Coast was great and I have loved every moment here. It is phenomenal to be working alongside such professionals. Ultimately, if a student succeeds in the courses we develop, we are confident that they will have a long and prosperous career.” When Chris is not at Gold Coast, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids, camping, playing tennis and serving at his church.
Crystal began working at Gold Coast in 2014 and is an Administrative Assistant for the real estate and insurance programs. She has an AA in Business Administration and a real estate sales license. Prior to working at Gold Coast, Crystal was an Executive Assistant for a large grocery chain and a realtor at Prime Realty.
She has experience facilitating modifications and updates for various course work, literature and online programs. She is passionate about helping her team members, offering great support to her program directors and being a positive contributor to the mission and vision of Gold Coast. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She is also an accomplished singer/songwriter, performer and vocal coach.
Debby Hancock started with Gold Coast in 2011 and serves as the Online Course Program Director. Her primary role is to develop and support our online courses for distance learners. She is passionate about providing online courses that provide high quality, engaging education that prepare learners for their licensing exams and provide continuous learning to support their ongoing career needs. To do this, she is constantly working to develop new courses using the latest technology that delivers a consistent desktop and mobile experience for enrolled students.
Debby has a B.S. in Statistics & Computer Science from the University of Delaware, a M.S. in Computer Engineering from FAU, and a Florida Teaching Certification in Computer Science (grades K-9) and in Middle Grades Integrated Curriculum (grades 5-9).
Before Gold Coast, Debby worked in Robotics programming (General Electric Corp), Software development and management (Burroughs Corp. and IBM Corp.), was a math and computer teacher, and a robotics coach. Outside of work you can find Debby skiing, mountain biking, kick boxing, and enjoying time with her husband and family.
Melissa has been with Gold Coast since 2010 and is an Administrative Assistant and Process Improvement Specialist. She also assists with career fairs to help students achieve job placement after completing their schooling. She is passionate about helping individuals bridge the gap between schooling and employment. In addition, she assists with accounting as needed.
Melissa has experience as a Career Counselor where she assisted students with finding their new career path, as well as streamlined processes to improve the student experience at Gold Coast. When she is not working, Melissa enjoys spending time with family, designing clothes, kayaking and going to the movies.
Michelle joined Gold Coast Schools in 1987 and serves as the Operations Director. Known for handling many tasks from the scheduling of courses, processing payroll, and maintaining our student database, Michelle is a valuable asset to the school and is extremely busy. When she is not working, Michelle volunteers at Big Dog Rescue Ranch because she absolutely loves dogs. With three of her own, and hundreds at the ranch, Michelle spends a large portion of her time caring for our four-legged friends. In addition to caring for animals, Michelle has developed a passion for woodworking and has been building several custom furniture pieces that are showcased in her home.
Naely started working for Gold Coast Schools as an Administrative Assistant for the construction department in 2014. She is responsible for editing and updating construction classes and online courses to meet state requirements and continually provide students with relevant information. She has a lot of experience proofreading documents, editing, and making courses compatible with our online platform. Naely says she is, “passionate about making our courses the best they can possibly be because students deserve it.”
She has a B.A. in Business Administration and Marketing from Keiser University. Naely has a background working as a legal assistant at three of the largest South Florida law firms. When she is not at work, Naely enjoys spending time with her family and going to the beach.
Natacha has worked with Gold Coast Schools since 2004 and is highly valued Logistics Manager. She has a variety of responsibilities including book ordering, maintaining accurate inventory, editing our brochure, managing the warehouse, coordinating the weekly deliveries of the textbooks that students need for their courses, creating school forms and documents, and much more. She is skilled with Photoshop, InDesign, and various Adobe products used to create Gold Coast logos, graphics, and other digital and print materials. She makes everything run smoothly behind the scenes so that our staff can continue to provide excellent service to our students.
Tim joined Gold Coast in 2010 and is involved in overall web strategy including email, website, and social media. He is passionate about improving Gold Coast’s student experience and implementing new programs that streamline the enrollment process and make it easier for students to register for and complete courses. Tim graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. Prior to joining Gold Coast, Tim worked as a General Manager in the auto parts industry where he gained experience in process implementation and customer service. When not working, Tim enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter as well as fishing, scuba diving, and playing hockey.
Carolina is an Administrative Assistant at the Doral Campus. She started working at Gold Coast in January of 2015. Carolina is responsible for fingerprinting, graduations, opening and closing classes, reporting grades to the state, inventory, and various administrative tasks. Carolina went to law school, is an accounts receivable specialist with 10 years of accounting experience, has a real estate sales associate license that was obtained through Gold Coast Schools, and is a Florida Notary. She also went to USACA-Miami Dade College.
Carolina is passionate about seeing students succeed in their courses, answering questions about the licensing process, and watching individuals carry that success into their careers. She also enjoys spending time with her son and husband, as well as Zumba, yoga, traveling and shopping.
Rachel started working at Gold Coast Schools in 2013 and is a Career Counselor at the Doral location. She helps students select and register for classes and answers any questions that they have about their classes. She enjoys providing excellent customer service and a great experience for our students from beginning to end.
Before Gold Coast, Rachel worked as an Admissions Counselor at St. Thomas University School of Law for 6 years, and worked at Florida Career College for 1 year. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, outdoor activities such as camping, bike riding trails, roller skating and kayaking.
Jenny began working at Gold Coast in 2015 and brings 14 years of customer service and 10 years of account experience. She is a Career Counselor who is passionate about helping students, but when not working, she is a self proclaimed music geek who played the viola first chair and also loves cooking.
Tatiana joined Gold Coast Schools in 2005 and works as an administrative assistant at the Doral campus. She has a passion for helping staff and students succeed, and is extremely knowledgeable in all the courses Gold Coast has to offer. Tatiana also worked as a flight attendant for 7 years, but left that industry to raise her son. When not working, she is a trivia buff and vows to one day make it on to Jeopardy.
Pam is an Administrative Assistant who joined Gold Coast in 2015 and is dedicated to helping students succeed. She spends most of her free time at the beach enjoying the South Florida sunshine.
Joyce joined Gold Coast in 2015 and is an Administrative Assistant at the North Miami location. She is dedicated to helping students succeed and enjoys interacting with them when taking fingerprints and maintaining their records. Joyce is a valuable asset to the Gold Coast team and plays an important role in keeping the North Miami location running smoothly.
Anabel joined Gold Coast in 2016 as an assistant Career Counselor at the Lantana location. She is dedicated to helping maintain student records and completing the many administrative tasks involved in operating the school. Prior to working at Gold Coast, Anabel was a stay at home mom focused on raising her children. When not working, she enjoys baking, road trips, seeing new things and jogging.