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Our Instructors and Staff

Our course instructors are professionals who hold a current state license in the area of their practice. Clinical instructors are Registered Nurses. Our goal will always be to provide our students with the best training.

Brenda T., LPN


Brenda brings 30 years of experience in nursing and education. With a background in long-term care, dementia care, mental health and forensics, she is a wealth of knowledge! Her drive is educating and helping people grow to achieve their accomplishments. Passing on her knowledge to future nursing assistants makes her smile. Welcome Brenda!

Julie R., LPN


Julie is a compassionate instructor that is intuitive towards student’s needs.  She is informative, organized, fun, patient, and ensures that all of her students are confident in their knowledge and skills.  Julie has extensive experience working with medically fragile pediatric patients in a clinical, in-home, and Yakima School District settings.  Our students enjoy interacting with Julie and feel confident in her teachings and guidance.

Hilary Y.


Hilary joins our team with 11 years of experience in nursing. She earned her NAC license in high school through YV Tech! She began her career at Yakima Regional (now Astria) in the cardiac care unit. While gaining experience, she enjoyed trying new things and learning to care for a wide variety of patients. On a particular assignment to work in the ER, she found her place! She enjoyed the mixture of experience and patients daily. Her experience turned her into training and teaching new hires and thus began her love of instructing. Welcome, Hilary!

James A., RN, WCC

Program Director

James has over 20 years of professional experience ranging from patient care in a hospital setting and critical care, to nurse-administrator, nurse-delegator, and case manager in the community setting. James believes that nursing is a profession that demands life-long learning in order to stay competent and relevant. This philosophy is the driving force and provides motivation and inspiration. His experience as a hospital Stroke Coordinator, a Medical Director for a family-practice and wound care specialty clinic, and he recently obtained certification in wound management (WCC) only helps solidify James as a top pick for his position with Caremark. James enjoys time with his wife, two children and their Great Danes. He is also a musician collaborating with others on music projects and events in the community.

Heidi H., NAR

Admissions Coordinator

After years of caregiving, Heidi joins Caremark as our Admissions Coordinator. Heidi is dedicated and passionate about learning and her organizational skills make her a perfect fit for this job. Heidi has experience in the nursing education field which lends to her compassion for each student that walks through the doors. She is always happy and eager to answer questions about our programs. She believes there is no better career than to be involved in caregiving and her goal is to provide our area with the BEST trained caregivers!

Heidi was born and raised in Yakima.  The Great Pacific Northwest is her favorite playground.  Her upbringing exposed her to vast experiences in many different sociological settings and backgrounds. She has a innate desire to understand others; to learn, help, and teach.

Jonathan E., RN


Jonathan is a registered nurse, nurse delegator and community instructor for the state of Washington with over 20 years of experience in geriatric care and chronic disease management. He is the owner of a local home health agency and saw a need in our community for quality nursing assistants. Jonathan moved to Yakima at the age of ten from Texas. He married the love of his life in 1995 and is raising three wonderful children. Aside from his passion for his work, he enjoys hiking, kayaking and watercolor painting. He has also traveled to Panama and El Salvador on multiple mission trips with his church.