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Hello, Nice to Meet You!

Cornerstone Healthcare Training is a licensed private vocational school and a contracted Community Instructor with the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.

 

Cornerstone Healthcare Training Company, LLC was established in 2010 when Robin VanHyning recognized the need for online caregiver training.

 

For over a decade, Robin and her team have supported and trained over 30,000+ healthcare professionals in Washington State. The majority of this training was done online. 

 

Today, the dynamic team at Cornerstone Healthcare Training strives to provide every student with an exceptional online learning experience. 

 

Meet the team behind your success.

The Team

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ROBIN VANHYNING,

MSN, RN, NHA

CEO, DIRECTOR OF TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT

Cornerstone was born out of Robin's passion for caring for others; a passion that is weaved into every aspect of her life. Robin has over 30 years of experience as a geriatric nurse, she is a licensed nursing home and assisted living administrator, and has owned and operated an adult family home. When not brainstorming ways to better serve Cornerstone students, she can be found walking in the woods, caring for her mother living with dementia, reading, traveling, and whale watching.

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DAVID TINKER

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Dave has invested his career serving in technical solutions delivery, operations management, sales, and corporate financial oversight for over 25 years. He has significant experience in server systems architecture, complex technical process development and deployment, technical team management, and delivery project management. Dave's college career focused on science and mathematics and he has achieved several certifications and awards including IBM's Professional Server Specialist Certification, IBM's Leading Teams in New Blue Certification, IBM's Project Leadership Certification, Microsoft Certified Professional - Windows Server Administration & Networking, and he is an IBM Means Service Award recipient.

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KIM FLACK

ACCOUNTING MANAGER

Kim is a native Washingtonian and is happy to call Friday Harbor her home. Her work experience has always included customer service in some fashion as she loves being able to help people. The loves of her life are family, friends, music, reading, road trips and her cat, Dahlia.

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LESLIE BYRON

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Leslie has called the Pacific Northwest her home all her life. When not helping with Cornerstone student support and administrative duties, she enjoys cooking, gardening, and helping her husband run Kanaka Bay Farm seasonal greenhouse nursery and flower stand at her home on San Juan Island.  And with any extra time, she volunteers and helps fundraise for local animal welfare organizations.

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CHRISTOPHER SMITH

INSIDE SALES &

MARKETING MANAGER

Christopher Smith is originally a native of Buffalo NY and currently part of our Asheville NC team. With a strong background in marketing and communications and a long history of technical sales, Chris found his home at Cornerstone Healthcare Training. Chris prioritizes getting our high-quality training to the amazing caregivers of the great state of Washington. He is also one of our many resident foodies here at CHT. When not busy getting out the good word, Chris can usually be found eating donuts in the corner.

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DIANE GIESY

OUTSIDE SALES MANAGER

Diane lives in Mount Vernon, WA, having recently moved from her home on San Juan Island after 41 years. 

She is passionate about making a difference and inspiring people to grow. Most of her career choices have been in “helping” professions - hospitality, restaurants, real estate, health & wellness, retail, and now Cornerstone.  

Diane loves to travel and experience different parts of the world. Her interests include music, boating, flying, RVing, gardening, reading & sunsets.  

She has two adult children, two granddaughters, and lives with her little dog Mabel. 

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MARIA PIPER

ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE MANAGER

Originally a Texas girl, Maria has made Washington State her home for over a decade now. She and her husband along with their two kids love all the Puget Sound has to offer! Outside of work and school, they spend their time on their boat fishing, crabbing, and shrimping. Maria is an avid Seahawks and Mariners fan when she’s not busy cheering at her daughter’s soccer games and her son’s baseball games. With a 10 year background in Aviation, transitioning to a desk job was a bit of a change…a good change!

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KATARINA MIRKOVIĆ-ARSIĆ

MARKETING DIRECTOR

Katarina is all about words and stories. Although she has background in teaching, she decided to pursue her career in content writing, copywriting and digital marketing. She is way too much into fantasy novels for an adult. If her face is not buried in a book, it means she is either traveling or swimming. Born and raised in Ruma, Serbia, where she lives with her husband.

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NOAH ATCHLEY

CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE SPECIALIST LEAD

Noah grew up in South Carolina, moving to the PNW in 2012 to be with his college sweetheart. He enjoys life in Friday Harbor tending to his chickens and spending time with his dogs, Finn and Edie. When he’s not supporting students and other team members in the office, you can find him with friends playing and writing music, hiking, or volunteering with the community theater.

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CLAIRE ALFORD

CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE SPECIALIST

Claire lives with her family in Atlanta, Georgia. Her wide education covers areas from software engineering to psychology. She is a devoted foodie and a world traveler. Her laughter and kindness light up any room. That, and her amazing skills and experience make her the perfect person to take care of the Cornerstone clients.

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MEAGAN BROWN

 CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE SPECIALIST

Meagan was born and raised in Washington State. She pursued a career in healthcare as she has a desire to help people. Meagan‘s love of the outdoors often leads her on adventurous hikes through the PNW! When not exploring the outdoors, she can be found in a book or playing with her dog, Mayla.

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RYAN HAGEL

CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE SPECIALIST / IT ADMINISTRATOR

Ryan was born in Alaska, but has spent most of his life in Washington State and loves the Northwest. Fixing problems and finding solutions are his specialties. He’s always up for a game of disc golf, playing board games, or snowboarding! His favorite things are spending time with his wife and kids, cooking delicious food, and connecting with friends.

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SONDA EARLEY

INSTRUCTOR

Sonda became a caregiver at an early age working as a Certified Nursing Assistant in 1977. Over the years she has worked in Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities, and Adult Family Homes. She has worked for Home Care Agencies, and as an Individual Provider. Sonda started working for Cornerstone in August of 2010. She loves being able to work with fellow caregivers. Her experience has given her a unique perspective on the challenges faced by caregivers in many different work settings. 

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CHRISTINE E. MARKS, BSN, RN CRRN, MMJC

INSTRUCTOR

Charlie is a Pennsylvania native who has enjoyed traveling and living across the USA. She has over 7 years of combined Registered Nursing experience in rehabilitation, emergency services, primary care, and cannabis care education. Leisure time consists of sunshine, water, cooking, music, outdoor activities, and keeping up her close relationships.

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MICHAEL ANDERSON

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNER

Mike is originally from Chicago, IL. He’s lived near the Tampa Bay area in Florida for 30+ years but is thinking about moving out to the Pacific Northwestern sometime soon. He’s worked in several IT roles spanning nearly 10 years and has been developing online training as an Instructional Designer for the past 6. Mike is active in ecological recovery efforts and animal rights and protection organizations and charities. He can regularly be found cleaning up local waters on the weekends. He enjoys the outdoors, playing with his pit rescue Bella and his re-homed Boston Terrier, Bear.