Management, Faculty & Staff

Executive Leadership

 
Shannon S. Yerkic
Chief Executive Officer

Shannon S. Yerkic brings energy, experience, excitement, and enthusiasm to Trumantra Education. Mr. Yerkic's background and experience consist of Executive and Corporate Management, as well as, Consulting and Director positions in both supplemental and proprietary education. Shannon is a graduate of Valdosta State University and has consulted internationally and domestically for companies and corporations including: Kaplan Inc, (Online Divisions), Career Education Corporation (Online Divisions: American InterContinental University and Colorado Technical University), Georgia Career Institute, Southeastern College, Tennessee Career Institute, Dawn Career Institute, Paris II Educational Center, Eton College, Jones College, and Concorde Career Institute. Ultimately, Shannon approaches every situation with the same dedication and determination that has enabled his teams and himself success and looks forward to fostering those results to the students and staff of Trumantra Education.

Damien A. Archambeau
Corporate Controller

Damien A. Archambeau is a BCTMB and LMT of 20 years who specializes in therapeutic massage and rehabilitative massage therapy. Academically, he completed a degree in Applied Sciences with focus in Massage Therapy. Damien originally was introduced to the industry through his internationally-accomplished grandfather, Masso-therapist, James Dispoto. Damien’s love of massage guided him to advance his knowledge in massage therapy to the next generation of massage therapists. Therefore, over the last 10 years, Damien ventured into the education sector of massage therapy as an educator, and developed an advanced massage CE course called Myokinesio Therapy. Damien’s tenure and growth with the TruMantra Education Group saw him evolve into the role of the National Director of Career Services, and later into the position of the TruMantra Education’s Groups Corporate Controller. Additionally, Damien’s expertise as a business owner over the last 20 years enhances his role and performance as a Controller for the TruMantra Education Group.

Patrick Comstock
National Compliance Director

Dr. Patrick Comstock, PhD has a demonstrated 30 year history of working in the higher education industry.  A lifelong learner, he has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Irvine; a Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration from Governors State University; and a PhD in Education from Northcentral University.  Dr. Comstock brings a strong professional background in higher education leadership, compliance, admissions, student recruitment, and educational consulting.  He began his career with the TruMantra Education Group as the Director of the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Mount Kisco, NY and was promoted to his current position as National Director of Compliance.

Arizona School of Integrative Studies



Laura Todd
Regional Operations Director / Mesa Campus Director

Laura has almost 20 years experience working with students in all aspects of the education system. Her passion is working with students, and following them from that first spark of interest through graduation and career placement. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she has completed programs in Cosmetology, Medical Central Service, Surgical Services, as well as trainings in Business and Marketing. Laura is both the Admissions Director and the Campus Manager at ASIS Mesa.

Michelle Cordero
National Education Director

Michelle received her Bachelor's degree from Cornell University in 1999. After teaching English in Japan for 2 years, she moved to Arizona and received her Associates of Applied Science in Massage Therapy in 2003. She has run her own successful massage therapy practice and currently works in a chiropractic setting. She enjoys introducing new students to the art of massage therapy with humor and fun. Michelle completed her Certified Infant Massage Teacher training from the ‘Liddle Kidz Foundation’ in 2015 and holds classes for caregivers to give them the tools to bond with and help their babies through massage. In her spare time, she enjoys time with her family, tap dancing, crochet and volunteering for an animal shelter. She is an active volunteer for the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education and has served as a board member and past president of the Arizona chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association.

Jessica Santana
Tucson Campus Director

Jessica Santana is the campus director for ASIS in Tucson, AZ. Jessica's professional background includes managing large teams across retail sales, and most recently, at a large bank for over 10 years. Her passion for helping people and inspiring them to achieve their goals pushed her to the education industry. Jessica started with ASIS as an admissions representative and was later promoted to campus director. Jessica's favorite part of her role as Campus Director is connecting with the students and being a part of their growth into amazing therapists from start to finish.

Carl Johns
Flagstaff Campus Director

Carl has been in the field of massage therapy as a working therapist since 1996, and specializes in Swedish / Esalen massage, Shiatsu, Acupressure, and Craniosacral Therapy.  He entered into massage education in 2001 as an instructor at the McKinnon Institute in Oakland CA, where he developed curriculum in all the major Eastern and Western modalities, including specialized curriculum for working with chronic illness and disabilities.  He also worked on the wellness team at the Cerebral Palsy Center for the East Bay for 17 years.  He was co-owner and director at McKinnon for many years and has developed a strong understanding of the relationship between massage education and the field of massage therapy.  He came to Arizona in 2017 and landed at the Arizona School of Integrative Studies, where he has been happy to be part of the ASIS team, applying his skills as an instructor, curriculum developer, and now as director of the Flagstaff campus.  Carl's mission is to educate students, clients, and the general public every day about the art and the power of skilled touch.

Nicole Willenbrock
Financial Aid

Nicole has 13 years of experience working in financial aid, and 17 years working with students. Nicole started working in the education field, in Connecticut, at South Kent High School in 2004. Nicole started in financial aid in 2008 and is very passionate about working with students to achieve successful goals in their education. She loves to help the students feel confident in their financial obligations to achieve their educational goals. Nicole's expertise in financial aid provides the knowledge students need to pay for their education. In 2013, Nicole spent time working in behavioral health, and the foster care system. Nicole returned to financial aid in 2020 to join the ASIS team.

Academy of Lymphatic Studies



Toni M. Lee
Executive Director Academy of Lymphatic Studies

Toni Lee has been working in the continuing education industry since 1992 and joined the Academy of Lymphatic Studies in 2011.  In addition to managing all aspects of the Academy's daily functions, she also contributed to the development of new products and courses in Manual Lymph Drainage and Lymphedema Management, the production of education videos, the administration of the online education and the website management.  Toni has a true passion for her job and knows that the work ACOLS does touches so many lives, from healthcare professionals continuing their education to the patients that the therapy and products serve.

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