Our Skilled & Experienced Faculty
At Eastern Academy, we regularly ask students what they enjoy most about attending Eastern. Every year the answer is the same.
Students truly respect and appreciate the teachers and support staff that makes this such a special place.
They know they are learning important skills in valuable professions.
They know they are cared about.
They feel at home.
The Eastern Academy faculty and administration are second-to-none. They are highly-educated, well-prepared and genuinely committed to providing the highest quality education possible.
Our Admissions Team is ready to help you make the best possible career decisions and support you throughout the enrollment process. They will offer sound career advice, help you with the paperwork and get you settled in college.
Once enrolled, our Instructors and Support Staff will work hard to help you succeed. They will provide exciting training and to do whatever it takes to ensure that you meet your career goals…while enjoying the experience.
Included amongst our Instructors are accomplished business leaders, Registered Massage Therapists, certified IT Specialists, professional Counsellors, licensed Pharmacists experienced Personal Care Providers and proven Administrative Professionals, amongst others. We think you’ll be impressed by their credentials and passion.
As you near graduation our focus will shift towards supporting your job search. We have a full department that will provide guidance on building relationships with employers, identifying jobs, preparing an awesome resume and mastering the art of the interview.
At Eastern Academy we offer our students the full package! Why not let our team help you fulfill your dreams?
A full staff list can be found below:
Campus Director – Deborah Guest
Curriculum Coordinator – Brian Galway
Admissions Consultant – Bernadette Noftall
Financial Aid Officer – Cathy Murphy
Employment Specialist – Melissa Jenkins
Employment Specialist – Angela Pitcher
Records Administrative Coordinator – Jessica Carew
Administrative Assistant – Haley Dwyer Cook
Accounting and Business – Richard Murphy
Child and Youth Care with Addictions Support Worker – Janine Genge
Child and Youth Care with Addictions Support Worker – Pam Myles
Child and Youth Care with Addictions Support Worker – Debra Ryan
Child and Youth Care with Addictions Support Worker – Sheneena Saunders
Computer Business Applications – Collette Garland
Information Systems Specialist + – Ian Gosse
Massage Therapy – Stephen Barnes
Massage Therapy – Matt Moore
Massage Therapy – Amanda Pilgrim
Massage Therapy (Clinic Supervisor) – Brittany O’Brien
Medical Office Assistant – Victoria Duffenais
Personal Care Attendant – Diane Butler
Personal Care Attendant – Annette Ellsworth
Supply Chain and Logistics – Bonnie Churchill
Diane Butler – Home Support Worker/Personal Care Attendant Instructor
Diane Butler has an extensive background in many nursing fields, including Urology, Mental Health, Pediatrics, Long Term Care, Intensive Care, and Coronary Care.
She presently works an occasional Long Term Care shift.
As a Home Support Worker/Personal Care Attendant Instructor, Diane enjoys teaching aspiring care givers as well as telling many stories related to her experiences.
Diane is presently working on my diploma in teaching adult learners from Memorial University.
With the nursing role constantly changing, Diane sees the delight to instruct Home Support Worker/Personal Care Attendant students about their important roles in the Healthcare field. They are the ‘eyes and the ears’ of Nurses!
Bonnie Churchill – Supply Chain and Logistics Instructor
Bonnie has over 20 years experience working in Financial Management, Operation Management, Project Management, and Supply Chain and Logistics sectors.
She has worked in progressive private sector roles throughout Newfoundland and Labrador and internationally.
Throughout Bonnie’s career, she has been involved in Operations Management, Financial Planning, Change Management, Project Management, Property Management, Strategic Planning, Conflict Resolution, Contract Negotiations, Collective Agreement Negotiations, Leadership Development, Risk Assessment, Acquisitions/Mergers, Human Resource and Payroll.
Bonnie has supporting paperwork in the Business, Accounting, Computers, Payroll, Post-Secondary Education, Petro ED., Supply Chain and Logistics, and Canadian International Freight Forwarding (CIFFA) areas. She provies lectures, group discussions, industry knowledge, field trips, and off campus conferences to advance her student’s knowledge.
Brian Galway – Curriculum Coordinator
Brian has worked in the educational system for almost thirty years.
In addition to his teaching experience, Brian held numerous administrative positions in the K – 12 school system from various school Principalships to Assistant Director positions at the School Board level for almost 20 years.
For the past eight years, he has worked at a post-secondary level as a Curriculum Coordinator.
Brian holds a conjoint Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education Degree, as well a Masters Degree in Educational Administration from Memorial University.
With an extensive background from primary, secondary, and post-secondary education levels, Brian feels very comfortable as he works to keep Eastern Academy programs current and relevant for today’s working environment.
Collette Garland – Instructor
Collette has a colourful background to contribute to her role as an instructor.
She has a Petroleum Engineering Technology Diploma from College of the North Atlantic, and a Bachelor of Education Degree and a Post-Secondary Instructor’s Certificate from Memorial University.
Collette has 7 years combined experience with teaching, tutoring and home schooling.
In addition to her teaching experience, she has technical and office experience in the oil and gas industry, medical, and transportation fields.
Each student is welcomed into her class with enthusiasm, support, and patience.
Richard Murphy – Accounting and Payroll Administrator Instructor
Richard Murphy began instructing at Eastern College (now known as Eastern Academy) in 2003.
Eastern College, was the first college to offer the Canadian Payroll Association certification program in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Richard began instructing online for the Canadian Payroll Association in 2014.
In 2012, Richard received the Canadian Payroll Association’s Board of Director’s Award. He also achieved the Certified Payroll Manager (CPM) designation in 2011.
The Canadian Payroll Association has invited him to be a subject matter expert for 11 years, and CPA Online Content Update Team member for 10 years. He is also part of their newly formed Education Platform Review Team.
Richard has also produced silver and gold medal winners for the highest mark in Atlantic Canada for the Payroll Compliance Practitioner certification.
Pam Myles – Child and Youth Care with Addictions Support Worker Instructor
Pam is a full time “Child and Youth Care with Addictions Support Worker” Instructor and the Field Placement Coordinator.
She is a Child and Youth Care graduate program through CompuCollege/Eastern College (now Eastern Academy) with an extensive background in Psychology, Development, and Health Services through Memorial University.
Pam has worked in various Child and Youth Care roles including Supervised Access Worker, Child and Youth Care Worker in individual and group residential care settings, and a counsellor for at-risk women experiencing homelessness. She has also spent the last spent the last 9 years as a Child and Youth Care Counsellor with the Janeway Child and Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry Program through Eastern Health, and continues this work while teaching at Eastern Academy.
She has been with Eastern Health since the Child and Youth Care Worker role in the healthcare sector was conceived and is a strong advocate for its continued growth in our province. Pam is an active Newfoundland and Labrador Child and Youth Care Association member and encourages active student participation as well.
As a Child and Youth Care with Addictions Support Worker instructor, pam believes in creating learning opportunities that allow students to critically examine issues/challenges in working with young people and families with a trauma informed, developmental and strengths based lens. She is incredibly passionate about helping students find and excel in field placement experiences that will both enhance their strengths and provide challenges to facilitate greater growth as Child and Youth Care Workers.
Bernadette Noftall – Education Consultant
Bernadette has been Eastern Academy’s Education Consultant for 16 years.
She is here to help you with your career path and educational needs, and will take the time to sit with you to ensure she has answered all questions you may have while choosing which career path is right for you.
With Bernadette’s experience, she has become a friend and confidant to more that 5,000 graduates since she began her position as an Educational Consultant in 2003.
Bernadette looks forward to meeting with you someday soon to chat and answer any questions you may have.
Angela Pitcher – Employment Specialist
With 20+ years’ experience working in the Human Resources, Management, and Education sector, Angela Pitcher has held several private and public sector roles.
She has worked locally and internationally throughout her career as an Office Administrator, Human Resources Specialist, General Manager, Instructor, Employment Specialists, Vice Principal, Business Education Coordinator.
Angela has an Office Administration Diploma, and a Bachelor of Vocational Education Degree from Memorial University.
Lisa Roestenberg – Employment Specialist
As a dedicated, career development professional, Lisa has 8 years experience working for non-profit organizations throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.
She has assisted individuals with barriers to reach their academic, employment, and career goals as an employment counsellor and youth employment program coordinator through government-funded programs.
Knowledge gained from facilitating career and life skills workshops, and supporting individuals experiencing barriers to employment motivates her in her current role.
Lisa received her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree and Certificate in Career Development from Memorial University.