Our Staff

Bruce Kepley

CEO / President

Bruce loves education and lifelong learning is part of his DNA. Another passion of Bruce’s is the intersection of creativity and business. Bruce is an entrepreneur at heart and some of his most significant achievements have been launching and growing educational institutions.

He founded the organization that later became ATA college in 1994, in which he divested his ownership in 2010. The following year, he became involved with another school, Florida Academy in Fort Myers, FL. One year later, in conjunction with his partners from Florida Academy, they purchased interest in the Academy for Dental Assisting, in which he then became CEO. The Academy of Dental Assisting’s name changed to MedQuest College in 2012 to incorporate the other medical programs that are offered.

He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Finance and Economics from Indiana University Southeast. When he is not working, Bruce enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife Michelle and their two children. The whole family loves taking care of the baby of the family, Sugar, their 5 pound white Maltese.

Bachelor’s of Science in Finance and Economics Florida Academy – Partner MedQuest College – CEO/Partner Caris College – CEO/President

Email
bkepley@cariscollege.edu
Phone
(812) 952-9791

Regina Thoman

Registrar/Office Manager

Regina was born and still lives in Louisville, KY. She has been working in education for the past 20 years. In her 20 years she has held many different positions in education, she has been a receptionist, testing center manager, front desk manager, operations manager and registrar – just to name a few. She’s the type of person you can go to with a question and she can either answer it or connect you to the correct person you need. She is also a graduate of Spencerian College..

Aaron Taylor – RN, CPC-I (ACA)

Academic Coordinator/Director

Aaron was born in Louisville, KY and moved to Southern Indiana in 1987. He has seven years of active, clinical experience and six years in post-secondary education. In his previous position he was a program chair at a local Allied Health college for Phlebotomy and Patient Care Technician, while performing duties as an instructor and the school’s Laboratory Manager. He is a Registered Nurse (RN), a Certified Patient Care Technician Instructor (CPCI) and Training Center Faculty for the American Heart Association (Louisville Metro EMS training). Aaron received his nursing license in 2006 after attending IVY Tech Community College of Indiana. He is currently attending Indiana University Southeast to obtain his Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Registered Nurse (RN), a Certified Patient Care Technician Instructor (CPCI) and Training Center Faculty for the American Heart Association (Louisville Metro EMS training).

Email
ataylor@cariscollege.edu
Phone
(812) 952-9791

Mandy Hicks – RT (R), RDMS (AB)(OB)

Director of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

Mandy was born in Kentucky and attended Morehead State University from 2000-2006. While at Morehead, she obtained her Associate of Applied Science. She became registered as a Radiologic Technologist in 2005. Mandy continued at Morehead in their Diagnostic Medical Sonography program and became registered by the ARDMS in 2007. She has worked in the acute care setting since 2007 performing the majority of her practice in high-risk O.B.

RT(R), RDMS (AB)(OB)

Email
mhicks@cariscollege.edu
Phone
(812) 952-9791

Leeanne Minton

Instructor – Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Leeanne was born in Indiana, but later moved to Ohio where she earned her Associate of Science Degree in Radiology. She was registered as a Radiologic Technologist in 1997. Leeanne moved back to Indiana working as a radiographer while completing her Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies with a minor in Supervision from Indiana University Southeast. In 2001, Leeanne worked as Coordinator of Clinical Education and instructor of Radiology at a local college. She obtained her Master of Science Degree in Adult Education from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis while also completing a Certificate in Distance Learning focusing on instruction and curriculum design. Leeanne returned to the clinical setting as a Radiographer in cardiac catheterization and interventional radiology. During this period, she returned to school for Diagnostic Medical Sonography and became registered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography in 2010.

Nekie Basham

Admissions Coordinator

Nekie was born and raised in Southern Indiana. She has 10 years in the financial aid field and 15 in both the collections and accounting fields. Nekie has worked in education for 10 years. Doing a variety of things; to include financial aid, accounts payable and receivable, all aspects of collections, and purchasing. Nekie is driven by helping the students in any way she can. She will be there for our students even after they walk across the stage at graduation to encourage and help them grow.

Dr. Donna Rush – DMD, RDH

Director – Dental Assisting Program

Born in Williamsburg, Kentucky, Dr. Rush completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Kentucky. She graduated from the University of Kentucky, College of Dentistry in 1986. Dr. Rush is a member of the Kentucky Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists, and the American Dental Association. She was also a Dental Hygienist and has trained as a Dental Assistant which brings additional skills to her patients in her private dentistry practice.

Dr. Donna Rush began her dental practice in Mount Washington, Kentucky, in 1986 and continues her private practice part time to this day. Realizing the need for well-trained Dental Assistants, in 2005 she developed the dental assisting curriculum for the Caris College. Through her continuous training in dentistry specialties and continuous review of the curriculum, Dr. Rush ensures our curriculum remains, up-to-date, relevant and incorporates up-coming changes in the dental profession before they occur. This ensures our graduates the highest level of technical training in the ever changing world of dentistry.