Faculty & Staff

Over 100 Combined Years of Experience in the Cardiac Rhythm Management Industry

With more than 30 years of experience educating professionals, the ATI faculty are nationally recognized for the quality of education they provide.

Collectively, the professors have published seven books and more than 100 abstracts and articles in peer review journals.

They have lectured internationally in Europe, Australia, Asia, Canada and South America.

James Holland, MS

James Holland, MS

President & CEO

Jim Holland earned his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and his Master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University. Jim came to ATI in 1999 with more than 20 years of experience in cardiac rhythm disease management. He has held positions of field trainer, sales representative and field clinical engineer with Guidant Corporation (now Boston Scientific).

Kimber Walters, RN, BSN, MBA

Kimber Walters, RN, BSN, MBA

Vice President & COO

Kimber Walters earned her Nursing Degree from East Tennessee State University.  Kimber worked in open heart  recovery for six years before attending the ATI program in 2000. After graduating, she went to work for Boston Scientific for four years followed by Medtronic for 6 years, holding several different positions such as field clinical engineer, sales representative, TFE and District Service Manager (DSM).

Sarah Fritzsche, CCDS

Sarah Fritzsche, CCDS

CRM Specialist

Sarah Fritzsche earned her BS in Kinesiology (Specialization: Exercise Science) with a Biology minor from Texas Lutheran University. Sarah spent time interning in non-invasive diagnostic cardiac care and interventional cardiology before attending ATI as a student. Her passion for EP grew working as a cardiac device technician for Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia located in Central Texas. She now joins the faculty, eager to help fulfill ATI’s mission to provide quality EP education for students and allied health professionals.

Erik Hammes, MS, PhD

Erik Hammes, MS, PhD

Director of EP Training

Erik Hammes earned his BS in Biomedical Engineering from Clemson University and his Master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He then received his Doctorate degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of California at Davis. There he studied the effects of norepinephrine on learning and memory in the brain using field electrophysiology. He is enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge of EP with the students to provide them with the tools for being successful in this field.

Paul Holland

Paul Holland

CRM Specialist

Paul is a 2004 graduate of ECPI University, with a degree in Computer Programming. After serving an internship with Honeywell in Greenville, SC, Paul joined ATI as an IT consultant.  In addition to his consulting role, Paul completed ATI's Cardiac Specialists program graduating in 2005.  After graduation, Paul joined Prisma Health where he was the senior member of the Cardiac Device Team for 16 years.

Tracy Pickering

Tracy Pickering

Office Manager

Tracy's 13 years of working as a legal secretary provided her with administrative skills needed to assist the faculty, staff and students of ATI. Teaching 3rd through 6th graders in a small private school, caring for disabled and elderly as a home health aid, and forty years of being a mother of 4 and now grandmother of 5 have all prepared Tracy to help nurture, encourage and support ATI students. It is her great honor to be a part of the ATI family.    

Nicci Pangle

Nicci Pangle

Administrative Assistant

Nicci Pangle has over 17 years of administrative experience. Her work in both the legal and medical fields, as well as the banking industry, have given her a unique perspective and combination of skills. Nicci has a passion for helping others and is dedicated to supporting and encouraging the ATI faculty, staff, and students.