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.
Hey I’m Marisa Bella. I’m a recent addition to the SVSTI family and am excited to be a part of helping others succeed. Although new to this role, I have over 10 years of teaching experience (in piano that is). I have my associates degree in business administration and am currently pursuing my bachelors, in finance/accounting.
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 Surgical Technology team.
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, 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 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.
Amos Tarfa is a Medical Physicist and Math Educator. He lives in the Midwest with his wife and 6 children. He has a passion for inspiring young people to pursue excellence in all areas of life. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Superior in Chemistry with a minor in Philosophy. After teaching Mathematics, Science, World History, Biology, ACT Preparation and Bible at Lakeview Christian Academy in Duluth MN, he started writing and compiling math tools to inspire students to love math. He received a master's in Medical Physics and a master's in medical health physics from John Patrick University in South Bend IN.
His favorite Mathematicians are Leonhard Euler and Katherine Johnson (from Hidden figures), and his 2 favorite Physicists are James Clerk Maxwell and Michael Faraday. He currently works as a consultant for several radiology departments in the Midwest.
Certified Surgical Technologist, Suzanne Duran joined SVSTI with 5 years experience in the field of Surgical Technology and is a CST. Having experience in many areas, Suzanne’s specialties include GYN as well as Plastic and reconstructive Surgery. Suzanne entered healthcare with a passion to provide patients with the best possible care. Suzanne has a high regard for Surgical integrity and strongly believes that being part of the peri-operative team is a privilege that’s not to be taken lightly. Suzanne is passionate about sharing her experience with our students so that they may enter the field of surgical technology equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to not only be successful but to provide patients with the best care. This means, demonstrating excellent aseptic technique. After all, patients safety beings with the Surgical Technologist.
In Suzanne’s spare time she enjoys spending time with her Two Children, and takes time for herself to practice self-care by writing and painting. This can be a physically and mentally exhausting field to work in, self care is key to maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
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, I am Sergio. I am a husband, father, and friend. I am passionate about Football and my career of choice, SPD. I began my journey in the medical field in 2015. I did my clinical hours at UCSF Parnassus campus. My first job as an SPD tech was on the graveyard shift at UCSF Parnassus campus. I worked there for a year and gained a lot of experience and knowledge. Since then, I've worked to find my permanent facility, along the way I've worked at multiple Hospitals. In 2017 I was hired at Zuckerberg San Francisco General and Trauma Center. In this time, I have worked to hone and develop my skills to be the best Tech I can and work to be an integral part of our team that supports our 14 operating rooms. In my time at ZSFGH I have been promoted to the PM shift supervisor role. I continue to work towards being a better tech, leader, and unit for our Operating rooms. I look forward to learning, working, and growing with all my future Techs. I am part of the Sterile Processing Staff.
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.
Skyler is going to college to pursue Criminal Justice. She missed her senior year of on campus high school due to Covid. She is an A Student and loves to shop. Skyler is Nanette Broderick's assistant. Skyler assist the staff as needed.