Valley Vocational Academy:
Nurse Founded, Owned and Operated

Valley Vocational Academy was founded by nurses who have a passion for education and healthcare.  Not satisfied with the current educational options in the market, VVA was created by nurses to focus on the fundamentals of nursing and to maintain the high caliber of instruction and academic integrity that every Nursing Assistant deserves. Nurses know what Nursing Assistants need and they have the knowledge and experience to share that knowledge with their students. Let us show you how beginning a career in healthcare is within your reach.

Teamed for Your Success

The Valley Vocational Team has over 40 years combined nursing and healthcare experience training Nursing Assistants! Choose a school that focuses entirely on the success of CNAs. Success is within reach at Valley Vocational!

The Valley Vocational Academy Team

Leigh Anne Mialback, RN, BSN

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Leigh Anne has been a Registered Nurse since 1994 and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Louisville in Kentucky. Leigh Anne began her health career working as a Nursing Assistant as she completed her degree in nursing. Upon graduating, she moved to Northern California and began her nursing career in home health. Leigh Anne worked as a Registered Nurse Case Manager, leading a multi-disciplinary team. Leigh Anne was fortunate to be able to work with patients ranging in age from the very young to the very old. Patient and family education was a very large part of this position. After moving to Arizona, Leigh Anne stepped out of the health care field to spend more time with her family. In 2008, she returned to the field and began teaching at Arizona Medical Training Institute in Mesa, Arizona. This program grew very quickly, and eventually Leigh Anne was promoted to the Director of Nursing Programs in charge of the CNA program, EKG program, and the Patient Care Technician program. During this time, Leigh Anne was honored to be a finalist for the Phoenix Business Journal’s “Health Care Hero”. Wanting to explore new opportunities and create quality programs to help students begin their career in health care, Leigh Anne collaborated with a former co-worker to create Valley Vocational Academy, LLC.

Daniel James Nussbaum, RN, BSN, MBA

Nursing/Clinical InstructorDan Nussbaum

Daniel has been a Registered Nurse since 2003 and Graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from The University of Northern Colorado. Initially Daniel began work in the acute care setting performing in various roles including Telemetry, Intensive Care, Medical Surgical, and Emergency Room. While Daniel was growing his clinical experience he was also working towards a Master’s Degree in Business with an emphasis in Health Care Management. In 2006 Daniel graduated from The University of Phoenix with his MBA and transitioned into the long-term care environment where he worked as Director of Nursing in Colorado and in Arizona. Throughout his career as a Registered Nurse Daniel has served as an educator for both employees and patients and knew that eventually he wanted to become a formal health care educator. In 2014, Daniel began educating Certified Nursing Assistant students at a Arizona Medical Training Institute in Mesa, Arizona. Wanting to expand his opportunities and offer a truly unique learning experience to students in Arizona, Daniel collaborated with a former co-worker to create Valley Vocational Academy, LLC.

Olivia Mialback

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