Rick Barretto – Co-Founder/President
Cara Barretto – Co-Founder
Sarah Zike – Executive Director
Sarah is a rock star
Austin Scholl – IT Manager
I have been with Hope Training Academy since October 2019. Originally, I was a student in the CompTIA A+ program. I then became an instructor, and now manage the I.T. department. I enjoy nature, technology, and philosophy.
Eric Allen – Lead Recruiter
Brandon Morgan – Operations Manager
JJ Snyder – Student Success Coach
Caitlin McHale – Student Success Coach
My name is Caitlin McHale, Success Coach with HTA. I live in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic with my husband and five children. We are a blended Haitian-American family. We serve the Haitian immigrant population here and love doing so! I thoroughly enjoy meeting with my students in Indiana on a regular basis and traveling alongside them on their journeys to IT certification.
Valentina Leguizamon – Student Success Coach
Jozette Smalarz – Student Success Coach
Robin Barnett – Student Success Coach
I live on the far south side of Indianapolis with my husband of 27 years. We have 3 grown children and 2 grandchildren, along with a very spoiled cat. I’ve been with HTA since 2019. I not only enjoy working with adults to improve their talents, but I also enjoy the relationships I have formed along the way.
Brett Gastineau – Student Success Coach
Video Game Palooza (VGP) is a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit organization dedicated to help end the cycle of poverty for families by introducing kids to STEM programs in a fun and relevant way, and to offer our underemployed adults important certifications in the area of computer-based careers through our Hope Training Academy owned and operated by Video Game Palooza.