Julie is the founder and CEO of SVSTI. She has successfully developed SVSTI from the ground up including but not limited to the logo, website, clinical relationships and curriculum. She is very passionate about the field and student success. She started the Sterile Processing & Surgical Technology Programs in hopes to bring the two departments together as a team. She is extremely passionate about educating students to be successful members of the medical community. She has over 2 decades in the field and almost a decade on the education side of the field. Her motto is "Stay hungry, stay humble". She enforces the standards and best practices to her students and has high expectations from them. She also ensures that her instructors are teaching the students to meet her expectations and the Standards. Even with all the hats she wears she tries to find time to teach in the lab whenever she can. "Where there is a will there is a way".
In Julie's free time she enjoys traveling to other Countries as well as going on medical mission trips. She is not only the owner but the Chief Academic Director, Program Director, Clinical Coordinator, Distance Education Coordinator as well as the website developer and marketing. SVSTI was founded in 2018.
Enrollment Coordinator & Student Services Director who is responsible for overseeing the delivery of all campus programming, as well as operational and administrative functions and services for the campus.
With over 20 years in Hospitality management and 10+ years in medical administration, Nanette brings her passion for training and education to the enrolling students at SVSTI. Together with her background in business administration and experience managing a surgery center, private medical practice, and her own med spa for over 8 years, she maintains student records, serves as a Board member on the SVSTI Advisory Committee. She ensures an easy enrollment process for incoming students. She is also the Student Success Counselor ensuring ALL students receive assistance in resume building as well as a professionalism class for the Surgical Technology Students.
In her free time, she can be found swinging in a hammock in the sun with a great book … or drinking really good wine.
Davina is the Distance Education Coordinator for Gen Ed and the Psychology Instructor for General Education at SVSTI as well as the Librarian. She has over 13 years in Education with experience as a General Education instructor, Program Director, Student Success Center Manager, and Campus Lead at Carrington College.
Prior to this, Davina served as a Senior Contracts Compliance Analyst for Intel Corporation. Davina has a master’s degree in educational leadership from DeVry University, and in Sociology from San Jose State University. She's been a wonderful addition to SVSTI.
I earned my BA in English from the University of California, Irvine, and my MA in English from Middle Tennessee State University. I have been an English instructor for over 25 years, teaching middle school through college. What started out as my own love for writing and literature quickly became a passion for helping each student I have come across to be successful in this one area of their education so that they might achieve their overall life and career goals. The last 10 years of my teaching career involved working with adult learners who wanted to earn degrees to better their lives and their families’ lives. However, during COVID, the university for which I worked modified their classes, so I had to find a different job. Thankfully, I was able to continue working with people, which is the heart of who I am, at an independent living retirement community.
Recently, my husband and I moved from Tennessee to southwest Florida to be near family and the beach! I am so happy that I will be part of students’ academic endeavors once again at SVSTI; the overall program sounds amazing, and I hope in some small way to help students strengthen their skills and confidence in written communication as they move forward toward their new careers.
The beautiful thing about learning is, no one can take it away from you. These words from the great BB King have meant for me that education is an investment in myself I will always possess.
My educational background includes a masters in Human Resources Management from DeVry University, a BS in business from University of Phoenix, and an AS in Surgical Technology from Rochester Community and Technical College, affiliated with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.
As a Certified Surgical Technologist for over 40 years, I’ve worked as an Account Manager of a Pharmaceutical company, an O.R. Materials Manager of a large Bay Area hospital, and an Office Manager for various private surgeons. I've spent many years in the operating room, scrubbing different specialties. Neurosurgery remains my favorite.
Teaching is one of my passions. I’ve taught Anatomy & Physiology, Communications and various other subjects. My goal is to guide you in your studies and help you excel.
In my extra time I love spending time with my grandsons, Pilates, yoga, and working on our family horse ranch.
Paul Golan is a senior executive responsible for the operations and oversight of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). He has been with the United States Department of Energy Office of Science since 2007. He previously served as Acting Director of the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (2005 – 2007), Acting Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management (2004-2005), Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management (2001 -2004) as well as Manager of the Rocky Flats Field Office. Prior to joining the Department of Energy in 1995, he worked for EG&G (1990 – 1995) and served as Training and Qualification Manager for nuclear operations at Rocky Flats and six years as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy (1985 – 1990).
Mr. Golan received his BS in Physics from Loyola University of Chicago in 1985, an Executive Management certification Northeastern University in 1994, was commissioned as a Naval Officer in 1985 and qualified as a nuclear engineer by Naval Reactors in 1989.
Paul is the Math & Computer Coordinator/Instructor for General Education.
Hello I’m Marisa Bella. I joined the SVSTI family, and I am excited to be a part of helping others succeed. I joined SVSTI with over 10 years of teaching experience (in piano that is). I have my associate degree in business administration, and I am currently pursuing graduate school.
When I’m not busy working, teaching piano lessons, or keeping up on schoolwork, you can find me spending every last minute of each day with my 3 sweet children. I currently live in Amarillo, Texas and am part of the Distance Education faculty team.
Hi, my name is Mikayla Bassett and I’m excited to be working with SVSTI. I started my training back home in Texas in a Sterile Processing department where I became certified and started working as an SPD traveler. I traveled to several hospitals all over the country but fell in love with the Bay Area when I got here and decided to stay. I worked for a total of 5 years in SPD up until the day I graduated the Surgical Technology program at Mt. Diablo Adult Education. I graduated with a certification from NBSTSA and worked as a CST at Stanford’s Outpatient Surgery Center in Redwood City, specializing in orthopedics, sports medicine, hands and podiatry. I have a Sterile Processing certification with HSPA, I am a member of The Association of Surgical Technologists. I’ve loved teaching new coworkers and students at all my past hospitals, and I’m so excited to continue to share what I’ve learned with the students of SVSTI. I am the Associate Director of Academics, Sterile Processing Assistant Director as well as a member of the Program Advisory Committee at SVSTI.
I truly believe SPD is the heart of the hospital and having great teamwork between SPD and the operating room gives our patients the best possible outcomes. When I’m not working, I like to travel, eat good food with friends, and spend time with my puppy, Maui.
Hi, my name is Autumn, and I am a CST out of the bay area. Born and raised in Santa Cruz County but moved out to San Jose in 2002. I have been a CST for over 5 years. I do a little of every specialty, but my love lies with ortho. I love teaching. I love seeing the excitement in the eyes of new students, watching them grow, and turn into amazing prospects for the future of surgical technology. When I'm not in the OR, or teaching, I love spending time with my kids, in the kitchen baking up delicious treats, or relaxing with my dogs and cats.
Sarah graduated from New England Institute of Technology in 2008 and began scrubbing at Rhode Island’s only Level I trauma center, working predominantly in various pediatric specialties.
From there, she moved to Maryland and joined the ortho/neuro team at a medical halfway between Baltimore and Washington, DC. She became lead tech and remained there until leaving to attend George Washington University, earning her Masters Degree in Health Sciences.
After relocating to California, Sarah worked mostly in ortho spine surgery, and spent a year as a full time Surgical Technology instructor.
Sarah is passionate about all things OR and is so excited to be on the team here at SVSTI!
Margarita (Margo) Branstetter, attended a prestigious school in Long Beach, (California Paramedical and Medical College). In 1985 she became a surgical technologist and right after her graduation she scrubbed for several hospitals in southern California, among these Hospitals two are Magnum Hospitals, one is Cedar Sinai in Santa Monica and second Hoag Hospital in Newport beach.
During her scrubbing time she had the fortune to be part of various surgical teams, such cardiac team for 5 years, operation smile for 3 years, ENT, Harvesting, Ophthalmology, GYN, Urologist Robotic Team (first generation DaVinci), during this time she not only participated in surgeries that helped many people but enjoyed the fellowship of various imminent surgeons, and OR team members.
After scrubbing for about 30 years, she started teaching. She has been Instructing since 2008.
She’s currently residing in Los Angeles and works for SVSTSI as online Lecture Instructor and CST prep Instructor; she’s also working at LAX training emergency preparedness awareness as well as a BLS instructor.
Margo believes that we all are born for a purpose and that there is no coincidence, and she honestly believes that her purpose is to teach and guide younger generations to fully become the best of themselves. Margo was born in Mexico City, is happily divorced, and has three daughters, and five grandchildren.
Skyler is going to college to pursue Criminal Justice. She missed her senior year of on campus high school due to Covid. She graduated West Valley with 3 associate degrees. AA, associate in liberal arts, and AS in criminal justice. She is attending East Bay for her bachelor's degree in criminal justice and minoring in business.
She loves to shop in her free time.
Hello, my name is Christian. I’m a Sterile Processing Lab Assistant at SVSTI. I am fairly new to the field but love helping students learn the essential hands-on skills needed to be successful in the field. I feel every Surgery starts with the Sterile Processing Department and it is crucial to teach the parameters and the workflow as well as being a team player in this field. I first found interest in becoming a Sterile Processing Technician after multiple surgeries myself due to biking accidents. I used to ride professionally as well as building custom bikes. In my spare time I enjoy hiking and photography. I am glad to be a part of the staff for this amazing School.
Hi, my name is Tammy Ryan and I have been a surgical technologist for 30 years. I received my training in the USAFR and I have worked at Kaiser Permanente, David Grant Medical Center, various surgery centers, as a registry tech, but the majority of my work in the OR has been at UCSF Medical Center.
I’ve been a surgical technology educator since 2007, working at Mount Diablo Adult Education, Carrington College and now SVSTI.
I currently work at UCSF School of Nursing as the Clinical Placement Supervisor in the Office of Clinical Placement. I also have a BA in Religious Studies, I am a Doctor of Jurisprudence and a Master of Laws focusing on health care compliance.
I love teaching CST prep. It is so rewarding to help bring together all of the information given over the course of the program. I get to witness the final chapter in a student’s surgical technology education and help guide them to other academic endeavors that they will discover in their careers.
Hi, I am Joey Tabuno, a Sterile Processing Technician with experience at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. I joined SVSTI only with a couple years of experience in the field but found a passion in teaching students at my facility. I am very passionate about sterile processing because the profession is ever-changing to improve things, whether it's new compliance with policies, procedures, industry standards, or regulations. I am both HSPA and CBSPD certified and looking into acquiring other certificates for the profession, such as CIS, CER, and CHL to have the knowledge and to help others succeed in the field.
Marijane Valdez is Support Staff as well as performing administrative functions and services for the campus. Marijane is also SVSTI's NBSTSA Certification Proctor. She has over 10 years of experience in managing business relations and providing executive level administrative support. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and long walks with her dogs.