IT Instructors

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Hayder Saeed

Information Technology Lead Instructor

Hayder teaches a variety of IT courses from the fundamentals to the advanced in ICOHS College’s IT Certification Program. Previously Hayder worked in different countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East, in a wide range of IT specialties.

We asked Hayder why he chose Information Technology:

Information technology is what made you capable of reading this line right now, it is not only the webpage that you’re looking at, or the device that you are using to access it, it’s all the sophisticated details in between that is happening behind the scene, that we do simplify it here in ICOHS in a way that someone wouldn’t think it’s possible.

Hayder loves teaching at ICOHS College because our students are committed, ambitious, and they always have extra room for extra information. What I like most about our students is that they go the extra mile!

Hayder enjoys living in San Diego because of the sun shining every morning with a bit of cold breeze and the smell of the wet trees that are combined with the chilly weather coming out from our beloved ocean.

Fun facts about Hayder?

Hayder is a car enthusiast and a tennis player.

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Ben Mead

Information Technology Instructor

Ben Mead joined ICoHS in 2020 supporting and providing structure in transitioning classroom-based IT and cybersecurity courses to primarily remote learning. Ben believes that in developing others in IT and InfoSec to realize their potential this will improve our community, the IT industry and make a safer internet. Ben came onboard during the difficult COVID shutdown, when all of the courses were thrown online. Ben consistently receives rave reviews from students who are thrilled with Ben’s “hands-on” approach while working online.

Ben teaches multiple technology courses including Certified Ethical Hacking and Windows Server to prepare students to take the CompTIA and Microsoft certification exams. Ben has over 18 years of progressive professional engineering and IT leadership experience in the healthcare, biosciences, finance and government industries.

Ben holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Information Systems Security. Ben holds certifications such as the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) with (ISC)², ITIL, Microsoft and more. He is passionate about cybersecurity and technology. He is an active member of InfraGard, a partnership between the FBI and members of the private sector. He is also a coach, mentor, and judge for FIRST robotics focusing on developing STEM skills in children through hands-on challenges.

Holistic Health Instructors


Brent Haney, HHP, CMT, CKTP

ICOHS Lead Instructor

Brent Haney is a San Diego native who enjoys surfing and living an active outdoor lifestyle with his wife and daughter. He is a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, Massage Therapist, Kinesiology Taping Practitioner, and author who specializes in Anatomy and Physiology, Kinesiology, Orthopedic work, Neuromuscular Therapy, and Athletic Massage. He has over 12 years of teaching experience including being awarded Teacher of the Year and has been featured in Massage Magazine.

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Julie Pitois

Holistic Health Instructor

Julie Pitois is the president of PRO TO COL Sport Systems, Inc. Prior to opening PRO TO COL she owned her sole practice as an Orthopedic Manual Therapist since 1998 where she provided sports and rehabilitation therapy for San Diego County. Julie’s interest in supporting professional athletes stemmed from her early career as an elite level collegiate volleyball player at UCSB.  She also played volleyball professionally in Spain.
Julie is a Certified Orthopedic Manual Integrative Therapist, Teachers Assistant for James Waslaski, Certified British Sports Therapist, Certified in Active Isolated Stretch, trained in Medical Massage, Functional Movement Systems, Level 2 SFMA Certified, Sports Massage Certified, Cupping, and Rocktape Certified.
Julie’s interest in supporting professional athletes stemmed from her early career as an elite level collegiate volleyball player at UCSB.  She also played volleyball professionally in Spain.  Previous and current clientele include the NFL, Ironman Triathletes, MLB, PGA, LPGA, Jiu-Jitsu, and MMA amateur and professional athletes, and she also worked with UC Berkeley athletic training room with the baseball, tennis and track and field teams. She most recently has worked with the San Diego Fleet professional football team.
Julie started Pro to Col Sport Systems, Inc. in the Spring of 2016. Pro To Col Sport Systems is a well-rounded expert team of Orthopedic Manual Therapists, Physical Therapists, Athletic Trainers, Sports Performance Coaches, Sports Medicine Doctors & Chiropractors and Acupuncturists all working together. Clients go through a “protocol” created for them to ease pain & eradicate injury through proper movement & treatment. Julie is creating a shift in the industry in care through teamwork and collaboration to help people be the best they can be using the different disciplines at Pro To Col Sport Systems.


Linda Ealy, CMT

Holistic Health Instructor

Linda Ealy is a Certified Massage Therapist, specialized in Prenatal Massage, and Geriatric Massage. She is also our Clinic Supervisor at the college. Linda has 15 years of experience in the field of massage therapy, and has worked as a Director of a Bodywork program, at another local college.

She has been an instructor here at ICoHS for 3 years, and has been teaching Special Populations for over 10 years!

She has a 10 year relationship with the San Diego Center for the Blind, AIM (Amputees in Motion), and the Senior community, creating opportunities for the class to work , hands on, with Special Populations.


Louie Taylor

Holistic Health Instructor

Louie joined ICOHS College in 2019 and taught Anatomy, Body Systems, Kinesiology, Deep Tissue Massage, Western Massage Modalities classes. He currently has his own private massage practice (Bodywork by Louie, located in Mission Valley). He also taught for 5 years at Mueller College as a massage instructor (2011-2016)

Louie graduated with my Holistic Health Practitioner in Integrated Bodywork (HHP) certificate from Mueller College in 2008 with a 4.0 GPA. He is a California Massage Therapy Council Certified Massage Therapist (CMT#55148), Owner of Bodywork by Louie, a private massage therapy practice (2008-present)

Louie worked in the food service industry for 13 years and realized a couple of things: I wasn’t getting any younger, I could perform a massage and still accomplish my one motive in life: to help others become better. He’s always wanted to be a teacher, ever since elementary school. He just loves being there for that moment when the “Lightbulb of Understanding” turns on behind a student’s eyes!

Louie enjoys living in San Diego so much because of its fantastic Weather! (Or lack thereof LOL) He was born in Washington, DC and lived on that side of the country for almost 30 years. He said NOTHING beats San Diego for year-round weather happiness.

Louie loves reading in his free time; Science-fiction/fantasy, comedy, self-improvement, they’re all great! And every now and then, he reads at least one romance novel. (#guiltypleasure)


Nikki Nader

Holistic Health Instructor

Nikki Nader Joined ICOHS College in 2019 and she taught Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Pathology classes. Nikki holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Doctorate degree in Chiropractic from Parker University of Dallas, TX.

Nikki was a Senior Facilitator/Lecturer/Counselor at Optimum Health Institute of San Diego and before that, science faculty member at Mueller College. Nikki got in to Holistic Health field because the practicality and productivity of Holistic Health always fascinate her and the fact that people can pivot their lives and health journey in a more positive way because of it.

In her free time, Nikki enjoys tennis, yoga, swimming, reading, and painting. She also absolutely loves to spend time with her 11-year-old daughter.


Paul Wellin, M.A, CAMT, LFT

Holistic Health Instructor

Paul Wellin is an Integrative Therapist and Bodywork teacher with twenty-four years of experience. He has taught two classes of Fundamentals at ICOHS, plus Energy Modalities.

His Yoga Therapy Treatment blends somatic coaching, massage, yoga stretching, alignment, and chakra balancing treatments. This treatment has helped many people with overcome chronic pain, substance & emotional addictions, functional symptoms, major stress, clinical depression, plus career and relationship stressors. Paul demonstrates a superior ability to read his client’s body pain and emotional issues.

Paul earned his Master of Arts Degree at Alliant University (San Diego). He was a Professor of Psychology and Communications at Argosy University, San Diego (2010-2016). He has been a State-Licensed Massage Therapist since 2002, studying at two Bodywork Schools in California. He earned Ch’i Gong Certifications from two oriental systems, and he studied Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga Therapy in the 1990’s. He has provided patients and students with over 6,000 hours of blended treatments,

Paul has provided Treatments, Training, and Education to local organizations and clinics, including: The American Red Cross (Santa Barbara), UCSD’s Healthy Heart Expo, Alliant University, Argosy University, The International Conference on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma (IVAT, San Diego), The Fibromyalgia Support Group, the Yoga Education Society (San Diego), and the Holistic Practitioners Assn. (Santa Barbara).


Rosemary JaQuay, HHP

Holistic Health Instructor

Rosemary began her holistic career in 1998. After attending schools for Massage Therapy and working in the field for several years, she found her passion for the mind-body connection and energy healing by becoming a Reiki Master Teacher and Certified Hypnotherapist. Shortly after moving to San Diego in 2002, Rosemary enrolled in the School of Healing Arts, where she completed her Holistic Health Practitioner Certification leading her to start her own business, San Diego Healing Touch, with the mission of teaching others to awaken the healer within. She focused her efforts on facilitating groups and teaching classes to individuals to provide a service of self-empowerment. In 2013, Rosemary became an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Gentle Somatic Yoga Practitioner. To this day, Rosemary continues to remain dedicated to inspiring the path of holistic health practices as an educator and practitioner.


Slava Kolpakov, LMT

Holistic Health Instructor

Slava Kolpakov, LMT, is originally from Krasnoyarsk, a city in Siberia, Russia. He is a yoga philosophy teacher, author, Thai Massage teacher and Neuro-Musculoskeletal bodyworker.

Slava grew up in the Soviet Union with yoga-practicing parents, and has been teaching yoga and meditation since 2002, completing several Integral Yoga certifications, and 750-hour Structural Yoga Therapy training in 2005.

His method of bodywork is drawn from the traditions of Thai Massage, Tui Na, Russian manual therapy, and Neuromuscular Therapy.

Slava has studied and practiced Thai Massage in the United States and Thailand since 2006. He received his LMT training in 2006 in San Diego at the International Professional School of Bodywork with the specialties in Traditional Thai Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, and Traditional Chinese Massage (Tui Na). 

In Thailand, Slava had studied at multiple massage schools, and privately with several renowned Thai Massage teachers in 2006. He had combined multiple styles to create his own method, developing “Surya Thai Massage” and “Thai Neuromuscular Therapy” to address specific needs and health concerns of clients and to ensure safe and comfortable body mechanics for therapists.

From 2007 to 2018, Slava owned and operated East West Massage Center in Boston, MA, a massage clinic with 20 massage therapists and two locations. He and his sports massage teams have worked with elite and Olympic athletes around New England, as well as Harvard, Yale, and Columbia Universities’ sports teams. Slava’s experience lies in combining clinical work, such as NMT, within traditional Thai Massage and Tui Na, and in helping people prevent and treat injuries. 

Slava is fascinated by the power of stories that contain wisdom and new perspectives. He loves sharing his knowledge in massage and yoga trainings, and has been teaching Thai Massage since 2010. He provides detailed anatomical explanation, kinesiology and pathology, and personal hands-on experience in all of his massage trainings.

In 2017, Slava wrote Threads of Light (available on Amazon), a book of yoga stories and practices, born out of the stories he had shared in his yoga classes and trainings. 


Tara Zinn, C.M.T.

Holistic Health Instructor

Tara Zinn has been teaching massage therapy and continuing education to students and licensed professionals since 2006 and is the Owner and Founder of Downtown Omaha Massage in Omaha, Nebraska.  She completed a 1,000-hour program at the Omaha School of Massage in 2006 and continued her education at Herzing University to obtain her Associate of Science in Therapeutic Massage with honors in 2011.  She has been NCBTMB certified since 2006 and is a member of AMTA.   Tara has also completed the Spirit of Learning 100-hour program, a teacher training program for massage, somatic and healthcare educators through The Body Therapy Institute in 2013.
Tara’s passion for massage and wellness extends beyond her massage practice as she is also a Reiki Master and Coach.  She focuses on creating a clearer understanding of self by working on communication, goal setting with accountability, digging deep to take action, and creating a mindful and present lifestyle.  She has traveled the world with Sparitual as an Ambassador and was the Assistant Spa Director and Lead educator at Glen Ivy Hot Springs in Corona, CA.
Tara continues to work closely with her team in Omaha to help them share their gifts of healing and wealth of knowledge with the community.  It is her commitment to helping other massage therapists discover and cultivate their gifts in service to providing their best healing to the world.
Tara loves to travel, whenever possible, with her young daughter and husband.  She is very dedicated to making a change with compassion, heart, clear boundaries and communication.