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
CEO/President, Caris College
CEO/Partner, MedQuest College
Partner, Florida Academy

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Mandy Hicks – RT (R), RDMS (AB)(OB/GYN)

Director of Education, Director of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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.  Mandy was promoted to Caris College’s Director of Education in March of 2017.


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Regina Thoman


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.

Nekie Basham

Admissions Advisor

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.

Kathy Brewer, RDMS(AB)(BR)(OB/GYN)

Lead Sonography Instructor

Kathy Brewer is the Lead Sonography Instructor at Caris College.  She began her career as an XRay Tech in Salem Indiana in 1981.  She is registered in OBGYN, Abdomen and Breast and has over 35 years of direct hands on experience.  She has worked as a sonographer, trained sonographers on new machines and is now educating our future sonographers at Caris.  Kathy said “People think that babies are typically the draw into ultrasound but for me it was a gallbladder!” When asked why, she has said “as an xray tech the gallbladder was not visible so I called in a sonographer who was able to locate the non-visual gallbladder and from there I was hooked!”  Kathy has worked in several hospitals in different states as a PRN, was the Director of Fetal Diagnostics for 9+ years at Audubon Hospital in Louisville, KY and in Charleston West Virginia.  She is a previous owner of a sonography training program in Paoli Indiana and has worked at several OBGYN’s performing ultrasounds for expecting mothers.

Kathy has been a Sonography Instructor for over 10 years and is a major contributor to the very well-educated and trained sonography students that graduate our program.  With her knowledge, experience and professionalism our students will stand out against any competing sonography program.

Kristin Garrett

Administrative Assistant

Kristin joined Caris College in 2017 as an Administrative Assistant.

Aaron Taylor – RN, CPCT-I (ACA)

Compliance Officer

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).

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Amber Kavich

Marketing Manager

Amber joined Caris College with 10 plus years of marketing and advertising experience in May 2016. While attending college to become a Medical Assistant in 2001, she was hired as a marketing assistant for a local company. After completing her externship and graduating she realized her passion was in Marketing/Advertising. Having experience as a medical assistant and in marketing will help Caris College better position themselves in the Indiana market.  Amber spends her free time watching her son play baseball all over the region and enjoying quality time with her daughter and husband.

Elizabeth Taylor, LPN,CPCT-I,(ACA)

PCT Program Director

Elizabeth was born in Southern Indiana and has lived here her whole life.  She started working in healthcare in 1995 as a unit secretary and gained experience working in other roles at hospitals over the years.  In 2008 she graduated from Ivy Tech Community College with a Diploma in Practical Nursing.  She has taught medical assisting, phlebotomy, patient care and EKG in postsecondary education for the last several years.  In March of 2018 she will graduate from Bellevue University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Adult Education.  When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and gardening.