Faculty & Staff
Cathy Bickerton, MS, PA-C
Director of Didactic Education
Cathy Bickerton, MS, PA-C earned the Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Science from Alderson-Broaddus University in 1986 and the Master of Science degree in Professional Leadership from Carlow University in 2000. She has been involved in physician assistant education as full-time faculty since December 1996.
Ms. Bickerton joined the South College Physician Assistant Program as a Founding Faculty member on September 1, 2020. Mrs. Bickerton’s duties include development and oversight of the didactic curriculum.
Ms. Bickerton is a NC state licensed, NCCPA nationally certified physician assistant with an extensive clinical background of 35 years of experience in internal medicine, emergency medicine and psychiatry. In her spare time, Mrs. Bickerton spends her time as a goat farmer. She has a small herd of dairy goats on her farm in east TN. With her wife’s help, she makes cheese, ice cream, assorted dairy products and soap.
Tim Calcagni, MSPAS, PA-C
Timothy Calcagni, MS, PA-C earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI and earned his Master of Science Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. As an NCCPA certified Physician Assistant, he has worked in Emergency Medicine, Urgent Care, and Family Medicine settings, and he continues to practice Emergency Medicine in Western North Carolina.
Mr. Calcagni has prior experience precepting and mentoring Physician Assistant learners and has particular interest in developing critical thinking skills in clinical decision making. Tim provides instruction in the Health Assessment and Physical Examination, Clinical Assessment and Management, and Summative Evaluation courses across the didactic curriculum.
In his free time, he enjoys mountain biking and trail running through the Blue Ridge Mountains, cooking, and hiking with his wife and their dog, Juna.
Russ Dailey, DHEd, PA-C, CHES
Russ Dailey, DHEd, PA-C, CHES studied to be a PA at Trevecca Nazarene University after earning a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Brigham Young University. Emergency Medicine is his passion, and he has worked in several ERs and Urgent Care Centers since graduation. He has also continued his education, earning a Doctor of Health Education from A.T. Still University and becoming a Certified Health Educator. In 2016 he was appointed to the Tennessee State Board of Medical Examiners Committee on Physician Assistants.
Dr. Dailey has served for many years as a member of the South College Knoxville PA program faculty before being asked to lead the development of the program at the Asheville campus. He teaches the Emergency Medicine course and can often be found in lectures and labs in other courses as well.
Dr. Dailey likes to spend his free time enjoying the beautiful Blue Ridge countryside with his wife, seven kids, and two dogs. He is also connecting with his adopted Appalachian heritage by attempting to learn to play the banjo.
Judith James, DMS, MHS, MBA, PA-C
Director of Clinical Education
Judith J James, DMS, MHS, MBA, PA-C, Director of Clinical Education of the South College Asheville PA Program, is a proud graduate of the South College PA Program. As an active NCCPA Certified Physician Assistant Hospitalist, Judith is responsible for providing life-saving Rapid Response and Cardiac Arrest interventions.
Dr. James is an internationally recognized Medical Team Leader for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Olympic Summer Games. She is a member of Pilots for Christ, providing humanitarian flights, on an as needed basis and an active member of several Leadership and Philanthropy organizations.
Dr. James is a University of Alabama Football Season Pass holder and can be found throughout the Fall, at her Father’s side, cheering for BAMA. Roll Tide!
Lindsay Lyon, MPA, PA-C
Lindsay Lyon, MPA, PA-C completed her physician assistant education at Eastern Virginia Medical School and graduated with a Master of Physician Assistant degree in 2010. She was honored with an induction into the Pi Alpha National Honor Society for physician assistants upon graduation.
After graduation, Ms. Lyon moved to Asheville, NC and practiced in orthopedic trauma for 9.5 years. She then pursued her love of teaching by transitioning to a full-time career in PA education in 2020. Lindsay is excited to continue to positively impact the lives of future PAs through hands on and classroom instruction.
When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She also enjoys coaching and playing softball, pickleball, hiking and camping.
Meredith Lytle graduated from UNC Charlotte with a double major in Psychology and Criminal Justice. She has a background in real estate but recently transitioned to higher education.
Mrs. Lytle joined South College in November 2020 after relocating to the Asheville area. Her duties include helping students navigate the application process from first contact to acceptance.
Mrs. Lytle loves talking to students about the program and believes the personal touch of an Admissions Coordinator is just one of the many things that sets South College apart. During her free time, she loves to travel, hike, or head to the lake.
Karla Robinson, MD, FAAFP
Karla L. Robinson, MD, FAAFP is a licensed, board-certified family physician with over 15 years of experience. Now serving South College as the Medical Director for the School of Physician Assistant Studies-Asheville, Dr. Robinson loves educating students. She can be found buzzing around campus teaching the Medical Wellness and Clinical Laboratory Medicine courses, advising students, and serving on various executive committees.
Prior to joining South College, Dr. Robinson has served in healthcare through varied clinical, administrative, and educational roles. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Robinson completed her undergraduate studies at Xavier University of Louisiana. She went on to earn her medical degree from Rush Medical College and completed her residency training at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.
When she is not on campus, Dr. Robinson indulges in other activities that bring her joy. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, serving the community, and rooting for Chicago sports teams.