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Administration Faculty Bio's

Brent Braunworth

Brent Braunworth

Current Title: Director of Fire Science

Background: Brent is an accomplished EMS and Fire professional with a long history with West Palm Beach Fire Department.  He is well known in the community for his volunteer efforts with American Heart Association and Palm Beach County Emergency Management in his efforts in training citizens in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. 

Brent is a author with two books to his credit, a text book “Street Scenarios for the EMT-Paramedic” and Blood, Guts and Tears: Stories of Courage. He has also written over 100 articles and short stories related to Fire and EMS.

Last Professional Title: Battalion Chief of EMS, West Palm Beach Fire Department (5.1 years).

Former Title(s) of Note: Operations Captain (4 years), WPBFR, Co-coordinator at PBCC for ACLS (Continuing Education)- for 6 years, SWAT/Medic-Officer from (1990-2004), Hazardous Materials Technician, Florida Fire Instructor 3.

Education: BS in Public Affairs (FAU), A.S. in Emergency Management (PBJC), Minor in Communications (FAU).

His Awards Include:

  • Employee of the Month (City of West Palm Beach and Kiwana’s Club)
  • Firefighter of the Quarter (WPBFR)
  • Firefighter of the Year (WPBFR)
  • Paramedic of the Year (County EMS)
  • Multiple SWAT Team Commendations
  • Nominated for Teacher of the Year PBC


Al Howe

Albert (Al) Howe is a Registered Nurse and EMT-Paramedic with over 35 years clinical experience in the prehospital and hospital emergency/trauma environment in Palm Beach County as well, as a SWAT Paramedic for Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department.  Additionally Al has been the Paramedic Program Director at Palm Beach Community College and EMT Program Director for North Technical Education center in the past, which has given him, extensive classroom teaching experience.  As a program director Al has be responsible for obtaining in the past, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health for Palm Beach Community College and is currently working on the Commission on Accreditation of EMS Programs accreditation for HCI.  He holds a BSN, as well as a Florida Paramedic Certificate. He co-authored the text book “The book Street Scenarios for EMT-Paramedic” published by Brady Publishing.  He has received the Palm Beach County’s EMS Provider’s “Linda Schuette Lifetime Achievement award and Palm Beach Community College’s Teaching Excellence award. Al is currently the EMS Program Manager and American Heart Association Program Manager for HCI.




Irene Poulos

Current Title: EMS Clinical Coordinator

Education: Bachelor of Science, Doctorate in Chiropractic, EMT Paramedic, Unstructor for BLS, ACLS, PALS

A note from Irene:

My name is Irene Poulos. I am your EMS Clinical Coordinator at Health Career Institute. I am your liaison between myself and your lead instructor, lab instructors, clinical instructors, and preceptors.

I enjoy working with students and helping them reach for their dreams through education. I believe every student should be valued and treated with respect. An education should empower a student and help him or her make a positive contribution to our world.


Isabel Ayers



Isabel Ayers, MSN, RN – Director of Nursing at HCI since March 2016.  Leadership and management experience in academia and health care facilities for over 25 plus years.  Experienced in academia for over 15 years.  Graduated from University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida in 1975 with my BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing), and 1978 with my MSN (Masters of Science in Nursing).  Presently working in the PhD in Leadership and Education at Barry University.  Overall experience as a nurse for over 35 years.  Clinical expertise in Mental Health Nursing and Medical Surgical Nursing.


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