Management, Faculty & Staff

Executive Leadership

Shannon S. Yerkic
Chief Executive Officer

Shannon S. Yerkic brings energy, experience, excitement, and enthusiasm to Trumantra Education. Mr. Yerkic's background and experience consist of Executive and Corporate Management, as well as, Consulting and Director positions in both supplemental and proprietary education. Shannon is a graduate of Valdosta State University and has consulted internationally and domestically for companies and corporations including: Kaplan Inc, (Online Divisions), Career Education Corporation (Online Divisions: American InterContinental University and Colorado Technical University), Georgia Career Institute, Southeastern College, Tennessee Career Institute, Dawn Career Institute, Paris II Educational Center, Eton College, Jones College, and Concorde Career Institute. Ultimately, Shannon approaches every situation with the same dedication and determination that has enabled his teams and himself success and looks forward to fostering those results to the students and staff of Trumantra Education.  

Damien A. Archambeau
Chief Financial Officer

Damien A. Archambeau is a BCTMB and LMT of 21+ years who specializes in therapeutic massage and clinical rehabilitative massage therapy. Academically, he completed a degree in Applied Sciences with focus in Massage Therapy. Damien originally was introduced to the industry through his internationally-accomplished grandfather, Masso-therapist, James Dispoto. Damien’s love of massage guided him to advance his knowledge in massage therapy to the next generation of massage therapists. Therefore, over the last 10 years, Damien ventured into the education sector of massage therapy as an educator, and developed an advanced massage CE course called Myokinesio Therapy. Damien’s tenure and growth with the TruMantra Education Group saw him evolve into the role of the National Director of Career Services, and later into the position of the TruMantra Education Group's Corporate Controller between 2020 and 2023. In June of 2023 Damien was promoted as the companies Chief Financial Officer. Additionally, Damien’s expertise as a business owner over the last 20 years enhances his role and performance as a Controller for the TruMantra Education Group.

Patrick Comstock
Chief Compliance Officer

Dr. Patrick Comstock, PhD has a demonstrated 30 year history of working in the higher education industry.  A lifelong learner, he has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Irvine; a Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration from Governors State University; and a PhD in Education from Northcentral University.  Dr. Comstock brings a strong professional background in higher education leadership, compliance, admissions, student recruitment, and educational consulting.  He began his career with the TruMantra Education Group as the Director of the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Mount Kisco, NY and was later promoted to National Director of Compliance. Dr Comstock currently holds the position of the TruMantra Education Groups Chief Compliance Officer.

Arizona School of Integrative Studies

Laura Todd
Chief Operating Officer at Arizona School of Integrative Studies

Laura has almost 20 years experience working with students in all aspects of the education system. Her passion is working with students, and following them from that first spark of interest through graduation and career placement. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she has completed programs in Cosmetology, Medical Central Service, Surgical Services, as well as trainings in Business and Marketing. Laura is both the Admissions Director and the Campus Manager at ASIS Mesa.

Michelle Cordero
National Education Director

Michelle received her Bachelor's degree from Cornell University in 1999. After teaching English in Japan for 2 years, she moved to Arizona and received her Associates of Applied Science in Massage Therapy in 2003. She has run her own successful massage therapy practice and currently works in a chiropractic setting. She enjoys introducing new students to the art of massage therapy with humor and fun. Michelle completed her Certified Infant Massage Teacher training from the ‘Liddle Kidz Foundation’ in 2015 and holds classes for caregivers to give them the tools to bond with and help their babies through massage. In her spare time, she enjoys time with her family, tap dancing, crochet and volunteering for an animal shelter. She is an active volunteer for the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education and has served as a board member and past president of the Arizona chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association.

Jessica Santana
Tucson Campus Director

Jessica Santana is the campus director for ASIS in Tucson, AZ. Jessica's professional background includes managing large teams across retail sales, and most recently, at a large bank for over 10 years. Her passion for helping people and inspiring them to achieve their goals pushed her to the education industry. Jessica started with ASIS as an admissions representative and was later promoted to campus director. Jessica's favorite part of her role as Campus Director is connecting with the students and being a part of their growth into amazing therapists from start to finish.

Shoshana Farland
Flagstaff Campus Director

Shoshana’s professional background includes customer service and manual labor for the last five years. Shoshana is driven to learn new skills and build relationships that will help fulfill her dream of returning to her hometown, Kayenta, as an adequate administrator. Shoshana joined the ASIS team as an admissions/administrative assistant and in July of 2022 was promoted to the Flagstaff Campus Director. She found joy in seeing others start an amazing journey in pursuing massage therapy as a career. Most of her extended family members have an education background and she definitely feels that contributed to her finding a home at ASIS. Shoshana wants to be an example to younger generations that all things are possible and there is no end to learning.

Nicole Willenbrock
Regional Director of Financial Aid

Nicole has 13 years of experience working in financial aid, and 17 years working with students. Nicole started working in the education field, in Connecticut, at South Kent High School in 2004. Nicole started in financial aid in 2008 and is very passionate about working with students to achieve successful goals in their education. She loves to help the students feel confident in their financial obligations to achieve their educational goals. Nicole's expertise in financial aid provides the knowledge students need to pay for their education. In 2013, Nicole spent time working in behavioral health, and the foster care system. Nicole returned to financial aid in 2020 to join the ASIS team.  

Academy of Lymphatic Studies

AnnaMarie VanEpps
Director of Admissions

For over 15 years AnnaMarie’s professional background was in construction where she traveled all across the country providing training to new managers and their staff. AnnaMarie joined the Academy of Lymphatic Studies in 2017 as a customer service representative, and later was promoted to the Director of Admissions. AnnaMarie's passion is in assisting people to reach their education goals by speaking with each of the students, explaining the types of courses offered and quality education they will be receiving from the Academy.

Kristin R. Fields-Hickman
Store Manager / Lymphedema Store a division of the Academy of Lymphatic Studies

Kristin Fields graduated from Medix School as a Certified Medical Assistant and Phlebotomist in 1994. Her passion for the medical field led her to join the Academy of Lymphatic Studies in 2010.  In addition to managing all aspects of the store's daily functions, she also contributes to finding new and improved products and website management.  Kristin has a true passion for her job and cares deeply about every patient that calls as every condition is different. She knows that the work ACOLS does touches so many lives, from healthcare professionals continuing their education to the patients that the therapy and products serve.

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