Leadership

Jeffrey Caplan

President


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Jeff Caplan has been working with nursing students, nurses and hospitals for 20 years and counting. His experience with and passion for healthcare, education and technology inspired the launch of Healthcare Learning Innovations.

Jeff is a great example of how the sum of one’s experience can shape their approach to business and leadership. His first position after college was with DuPont. During his 15-year tenure, he led businesses after positions in marketing, finance, strategy, sales, R&D and even manufacturing segments of the company. He was introduced to healthcare when working with nurses in operating rooms to observe how DuPont’s Tyvek® sterile medical packaging was used and could be improved.

In 2007, Jeff joined American Sentinel University. As SVP, he led all outward-facing functions including marketing, enrollment, student support and retention, and started their hospital partner engagement program from scratch. Jeff has been associated with American Sentinel University for more than a decade.

Jeff’s experience, his entrepreneurial drive and a series of leadership positions in companies using technology to solve client challenges has brought Jeff to his role today. It has enabled him to assemble and be inspired by a team where everyone focuses on student and faculty success while developing “client-for-life” relationships.

Jeff holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Rutgers University, an MBA in Business Administration and Management from Vanderbilt University-Owen Graduate School of Management, and has attended Harvard Business School.

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Christine Hansen

Christine Hansen

Vice President of Operations


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Christine Hansen is responsible for financial and operational management of Healthcare Learning Innovations. She has been with the organization since 2016 and enjoys helping faculty and students achieve success pushing the boundaries of nursing education with innovative learning products.

Christine is a natural at providing excellent customer service with over 25 years in customer service leadership roles, the past 15 years in Higher Education. At American InterContinental University London, she ensured American students were prepared for the culture shock of living in London. From there, Christine took what she does best and moved to American Sentinel University, managing finance and operations for the school, which led her to Healthcare Learning Innovations.

Christine holds an MS in Accounting from Regis University and Bachelor’s in Business Management from University of Phoenix.

Brian Gravel

Director of Channel Partnerships


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Brian is a 25-year veteran of the educational media and higher education industries. He has a strong track-record of bringing new nursing education technology products to market in past executive sales positions at Elsevier, Pearson Education and Cengage Learning.

Brian approaches business development as a consultative partner. He knows that success includes addressing current industry issues, such as the nursing shortage, and equipping nurse educators with tools that empower them to teach more effectively. He has helped launch online simulations, assessment products and adaptive learning solutions that leverage clinical practice experiences to inspire critical thinking and enable nursing schools to achieve their education goals.

Brian previously worked for Boston University and Williams College. He earned his MEd, Higher Education Administration from Boston University and a BA from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

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Natalie Nixon

Natalie Nixon

Vice President of Sales


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Natalie Nixon has been working in higher education for nearly 30 years, including VP of Admissions for American Sentinel University. Natalie’s introduction into higher education was in Computer Science and Information Technology programs. 

Natalie has been with Healthcare Learning Innovations since 2016. She draws on her experience at American Sentinel, and knowledge of our products, to identify the ideal mix of nursing simulations and virtual clinical scenarios that nursing programs need. Her past roles in admissions leadership serve as foundation for understanding how today’s nursing students learn, and the challenges they face when working to fit school into a busy schedule to advance their careers.

Natalie holds a BBA in Finance from Roanoke College.

Trevor Rasmusson

Director of Learning Innovation


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Trevor guides our product development initiatives and brings to market innovative instructional solutions that convert traditional learning approaches into quality digital experiences. He ensures that our Product Development Team applies pedagogically sound approaches to tackling common education obstacles through a gamified digital approach.

Trevor’s areas of interest include 3D virtual worlds, artificial intelligence, gamification and adaptive learning, all of which come together in our virtual clinical simulations and virtual clinical scenarios. Over the last seven years, he has held several positions at American Sentinel University focused around student success and instructional design. He writes and speaks on the topic of online education and simulations in healthcare.

Trevor holds a B.S. in Management and an M.S. in Project Management from Colorado Technical University, with an Online Teaching Certificate from the Online Learning Consortium.

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