CDA Technical Institute's Commercial Diver Program



Ms. Lomax, moved to Jacksonville from Northern Indiana June 2017.  She joined the CDA family July 2017.  She brings nearly 20 years of post-secondary administration experience and can’t imagine any other career.  Marcillena earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Wittenberg University (OH) in 1995 and her MBA from Indiana University’s Northwest Campus in 2002.
During down time, Marcillena enjoys pedicures, eating chocolate and spending time with her husband, children and granddaughter (not all at the same time). 


ALLEN G. GARBER, CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER AT CDA TECHNICAL INSTITUTEMr. Garber has been a recreational diver since 1974 and has dived in such places as the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, St. Martin, and the Great Barrier Reef. He holds a BBA from the University of Massachusetts in Marketing with a minor in Civil Engineering. He also holds a USCG operator’s license and has sailed both offshore and competitively. Mr. Garber has been involved in the marine industry for over twenty years and most recently was the Brand Manager & National Sales Manager for a major manufacturer of offshore recreational boats. Mr. Garber directs business development and is responsible for all marketing, recruiting and promotion of CDA Technical Institute.


AMBER JAXON, COMPTROLLER AT CDA TECHNICAL INSTITUTEMs. Jaxon brings several years of bookkeeping experience to CDA. She is currently enrolled in accounting classes at a local college. She maintains all student accounts, ledgers and records. Her duties also comprise compliance with State and Federal accrediting agencies.


This is Kalefa Harvey’s life mantra. Born and raised in America’s Paradise; on the beautiful island of St. Thomas. She is a mother to a precious little boy (Khael) and is the second eldest of four siblings. Kalefa is a graduate of Charlotte Amalie High School, a proud Chicken Hawk!! She went on to further her education at the University of the Virgin Islands (GO BUCS!!), where she received her Bachelor of Art degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Business Management. She plans to continue her education and receive her Master’s in Public Administration. She possesses a solid work ethic and a positive attitude that is committed to professionalism and exemplifies superior customer service skills. In her spare time she enjoy spending time with her family especially her son; while enjoying everything that nature has to offer. 

As the registrar at CDA Technical Institute she believes, “It’s all about the students; and is passionate about watching people in general succeed and build a future we can all be proud to be part of.”

“I am not a teacher but an awakener!” – Robert Frost


Ms. Scott has worked in the Financial Aid field for 27 years, where she has assisted students in putting together a funding plan that makes school affordable.  She earned her MBA in Accounting from University of Phoenix in 2003.  When not helping students, Ms. Scott enjoys spending time with her Grandchildren.  



Tayla Young provides financial administrative support to the CDA team. Tayla is a Florida native and has been working in financial aid for the last six years. She received her high school diploma from Sandalwood Senior High School in 2012 and is currently working on getting her BA in Business Administrations with a concentration in finance. Tayla developed a strong sense of devotion for assisting deserving students receive financial aid. In Tayla’s free time, she loves spending time with her family and eating all the great different foods the worlds has to offer. 


Debra Narvett transitioned to Jacksonville, FL from Pittsburgh, PA in 2007. After earning an Associate degree from Duffs Business Institute in Pittsburgh she went on to serve six years in the United States Marine Corps as a Cryptologic Technician. She has worked in the post-secondary education arena for the past 11 years in an admission capacity and most recently financial aid. She is extremely passionate about watching students succeed, knowing that an education will change their lives. She believes that an education builds self-esteem, promotes positivity and will lead to success and careers they never dreamed of. She has two children and a grandson that she adores!   


ROBIN POLYDORE - FINANCIAL AID ADMINISTRATOR Robin is a results-oriented professional with a diverse background with over 15 years of combined Customer Service, Administration and Financial Aid experience. She is dedicated to providing excellent verbal and written communication skills and assisting students in changing their lives. As a military spouse, she salutes and thanks all armed forces and their families for their service. In her spare time, she enjoys taking her boat out with her husband to fish the St Johns River and spending time with her children.


Mr. Duffy is a Veteran of the USN, serving for nine years as a helicopter crew chief, flight instructor, and trainer. Over the last 14 years, he has worked for post-secondary educational institutions & regional workforce development organizations. He has held assorted positions such as Business Office Manager, Corporate Trainer, Employment Specialist, Employer Liaison and Director of Graduate Services. He is a member of the American Welding Society and an active player in the Northeast Florida Section. Mr. Duffy was recruited to CDA because of his welding industry and educational experience and is currently the Admissions Specialist for the Maritime Welding Program. His duties include recruiting and placement assistance.


Mr. Levine is originally from Massachusetts.  He moved to Jacksonville, FL to attend Jacksonville University, majoring in Marketing and minoring in Management.  He has over 6 years of experience in the educational field.  He is currently an Admissions Representative with CDA Technical Institute.  He enjoys working with students, servicing them through the admissions process, watching them graduate and pursue their career objectives.


Mr. Staley is a native of Jacksonville, Florida. He has well over 5 years of customer service, as well as co-owning his own Coffee house with his Family. He has also worked in collections where he excelled in working in extreme and diverse conditions. He also played semi pro football for two years, and has Coached middle school football for two Duval County Private schools. He currently guides future students through the enrollment process and helps them with any questions on the industry, as well as certifications.



In 2008, Mr. Williams launched a second career after retiring from FedEx after 14 years of service. He now has worked in acedmic recruitment for over 20 years. Prior to joining the CDA team, he worked as an Admissions Director and VP of Admissions as well as a Admission Represenitive.  Mr. Williams earned a Bachelor’s degree in Higher Education Management from Florida Metropolitan University.   Mr. Williams has a passion for helping adults to realize the possibilities of achieving success through education and training.  Larry enjoys cycling and spending time with his family, when he is not working.



Ms. “Z” Watkins relocated to Jacksonville Beach in 1999.  She has been working in the post-secondary educational field for over 7 years.  She has attending Florida State University and Webster University earning various certification in Insurance, IT, and as a Paralegal.  She has been a Business Owner, Paralegal, Master Admissions Representative and Proxy to the Director of Admissions. She joined the CDA team with a wealth of knowledge in Welding, Admissions and Recruiting.  As the daughter of United States Navy Master Chief, she strongly believes in learning a skill set, textile education and consistent development.  When off the clock she enjoys watching Soccer, Football, Trivia working in her Garden and taking daily walks on the beach.


Dr. Charles Scanlon has 33 years of experience in public and private school education. Dr. Scanlon served as an Administrator at all three levels in public school education and has 27 years of experience as a school level administrator.  He has a Doctorate degree from Nova Southeastern University in Organizational Leadership, a Specialists degree from Valdosta State University in Educational Administration, a Master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University in Educational Leadership, and a B.A. from the University of Michigan in history and political science. He has worked as a high school varsity coach in football, wrestling, softball, baseball and  basketball throughout his career.  He is married to his high school sweetheart, Mrs. Wendy Scanlon, and lives on Amelia Island. 


Mr. Fegeley was originally from Jacksonville, Florida, but grew up in New Jersey where his love for the water began. Throughout his grade school years he was a state swimmer and would work the weekends at a local marina. He moved back to Jacksonville to attend college where he majored in Business with a minor in Marketing. He brings 17 years of experience in Customer Service and Retail Management. For the last 10 years, he has been involved in recreational scuba. Currently he holds the title Director of Operations for The National Academy of Scuba Educators (NASE Worldwide). Richard strives to be a positive contributor to lives of the students at CDA. He believes in enhancing their experience during free time and after school through Scuba.


Sharlayne Brown Scott moved to Jacksonville from Charlotte, North Carolina; September of 2017. She joined the CDA family as Executive Assistant the same month. Her background is in Early Childhood Education Directorship and Home Healthcare Management. Being that she is a people-person, her favorite past-time is hanging out with her husband/family, traveling, event planning and helping others