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Executive Committee

ACCSC Commission

ACCSC Executive Committee

Joel English, Ph.D.

Chair of the Commission

Dr. Joel English serves as the CEO for the Ohio Centers for Broadcasting, Illinois Centers for Broadcasting, and Miami Media School, a family of schools dedicated to technical education in radio, television, and internet media broadcasting. As a Commissioner, Dr. English has chaired the Distance Education Committee, as well as serving as Vice Chair and Chair of the Commission. Prior to becoming a Commissioner, Dr. English served on ACCSC's Distance Education Advisory Committee, as well as serving as both an Educational Specialist and Distance Education Specialist on team visits. In former positions, Dr. English served on the executive team at Centura College, where he oversaw distance learning and school operations at several campuses, and he was formerly an Assistant Professor of English and Distance Learning at Old Dominion University. Dr. English recently published Plugged In: Succeeding as an Online Learner through Wadsworth/Cengage Learning, as an extension of his dedication to supporting student success within online courses and programs. Dr. English holds a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition from Ball State University, and an M.A. and B.A. in Technical and Expository Writing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

James Heideman Ph.D.
ViceChair of the Commission
Dr. James Heideman brings over 25 years of public education and private sector business experience to his role as a Public Commissioner with ACCSC. Dr. Heideman currently serves as the Director of Licensing Programs with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation where he is responsible for coordinating the organization’s test programs as well as developing and implementing programs and strategies to enhance rider safety. Dr. Heideman previously worked for the Nissan Motor Corporation where he was responsible for designing and developing instructional materials and media support for technical and service department personnel. Additionally, Dr. Heideman has served as an Area Coordinator for the Power, Energy and Technology program in the School of Engineering and Technology at California State University-Los Angeles. Since 2008, Dr. Heideman has served as a member of ACCSC’s Degree Committee. Dr. Heideman earned his Ph.D. in Instructional Technology from Wayne State University.


Sherry Bomberger
Treasurer of the Commission

Sherry Bomberger was most recently affiliated with YTI Career Institute where throughout her tenure with the organization she served in a variety of positions including being responsible for career services, professional development, academic administration, and compliance. Most recently, Sherry served as Senior Vice President for Education and Regulatory Affairs, Sherry coordinates all licensing, state, federal,  and accrediting agency activities for a 2,000+ student population school group covering 5 campuses. Since 2005, Sherry has served on the State Board of Private Licensed Schools for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania  Department of Education, and since 2007, as a member of ACCSC’s Appeal Panel. In 2010, ACCSC named Sherry its Volunteer of the Year for her dedication to, and support of, ACCSC-accreditation. Sherry earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Potomac College.


Duane Kramer
Secretary of the Commission

Duane Kramer currently serves as the Vice President of New Campus Operations and Education Programs for Universal Technical Institute. In this position, Duane is responsible for providing leadership for start-up and continuing education programs at UTI, as well as the training of campus presidents to ensure compliance with regulations and accrediting standards. Since joining UTI in 1999, Duane has served in a number of positions within the organization including Campus Director, Vice President of Education, and Regional Vice President of Operations. Duane has also been active as a volunteer with ACCSC since 2005 where hehas served as a Team Leader on 18 on-site evaluations conducted on behalf of the Commission.

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Julie Basler, Ph.D.
Dr. Julie Basler has served as the Vice President of Academic Affairs for Platt College, an ACCSC-accredited institution located in Aurora, Colorado since 2007. Julie has been volunteering with ACCSC since 2008 and has served in a variety of positions including as a member of the Degree Committee, as a Distance Education Specialist onsite evaluator, and as a featured speaker at ACCSC’s Professional Development Conferences where she focuses on best practices in self-evaluation and curriculum development. In 2011, in recognition of her dedication and service to ACCSC, the Commission selected Julie as a Volunteer of the Year. Additionally, throughout her career in postsecondary education, she has served on accreditation and compliance committees and for Columbia State Community College, where she served as Coordinator Chair of Fine Arts and Chair of the College's 40th Anniversary Celebration. Julie earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin; a Master’s degree from Murray State University, and a Doctor of Arts/Philosophy from Middle Tennessee State University.

John Carreon, JD
Since 2006, John Carreon has served as the Vice President of State Regulatory Affairs and Associate General Counsel for Kaplan Higher Education. In this capacity, Mr. Carreon is responsible for the management of Kaplan’s State Regulatory Affairs Department, which is charged with overseeing regulatory and government relations. Additionally, as the Associate General Counsel, Mr. Carreon leads Kaplan’s investigations into potential regulatory compliance issues and provides legal support to Kaplan’s accreditation department in order to ensure compliance with state laws and regulations, accreditation standards, and federal regulations. Mr. Carreon has significant accreditation experience and in 2009 served as a member of the ACCSC Nominating Committee. Mr. Carreon earned a Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctorate from Loyola University of Chicago and Bachelor of Science from the University of Chicago.


David Cohen, JD
For more than 25 years, David Cohen has been deeply involved in post-secondary education in a variety of roles, including financial aid, admissions, and bursar operations. Additionally, David has served as a faculty member, Dean of Administration, and Provost at a multi-campus system of regionally accredited schools, all of which helped shape his vision of how to design and deliver a quality postsecondary educational experience to students. Currently, David serves as president of The Institute for Audio Research, an ACCSC-accredited institutions located in New York, New York, where he provides executive and academic leadership, and leads the school’s regulatory and compliance initiatives. Throughout his career in higher education, David has also been involved with various organizations such as the American Council on Education, New York State Education Department, and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. David earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Business Economics from the SUNY College at Oneonta and a JD from the New York Law School. 

Jerrold Foust*
Jerrold Foust formerly served as the Dean of Academic Affairs at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire and as President of The Art Institute of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. Throughout his career in postsecondary, career education, Jerrold has supported institutional operations in a variety of ways, including student affairs, academics, career services, and human resources. Jerrold, a strong advocate for online education, co-wrote and produced digital film and video production courses, and helped to develop processes to increase student persistence, ensure quality, and demonstrate compliance with various regulatory criteria. Jerrold earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Phoenix, and a Master’s degree in Education from Northern Arizona University. Additionally, Jerrold completed doctoral coursework in Education Leadership with Argosy University. Jerrold has supported the accreditation process with ACCSC by serving as a volunteer Education Specialist onsite evaluator since 2009.

Elizabeth Hawthorne, Ph.D.*
Dr. Elizabeth Hawthorne currently serves as the Interim Dean at Nevada State College located in Henderson, Nevada and brings to ACCSC over 25 years of experience in higher education as a professor and administrator in public, private, and proprietary institutions. Dr. Hawthorne previously served as President of the Council of Universities and Colleges, an affiliate organization of the American Association of Community Colleges; as Dean of the College of Education at Ellis University; and as Vice President for Academic Affairs for City Colleges of Chicago. Since 2011, she has been an active volunteer with ACCSC serving as an Education Specialist, a member of ACCSC’s onsite evaluation teams. Dr. Hawthorne earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Michigan.


Norbert Kreuzer
Since 2012, Norbert Kreuzer has served as the Campus Director for the Institute of Production and Recording, an ACCSC-accredited institution located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In this capacity, Norbert is responsible for all operations of the institution, including compliance initiatives, marketing and branding campaigns, and curriculum development. Norbert, an award winning song writer, composer, and music producer, has an extensive background in audio visual production and technology, and is a national speaker on career development best practices and graduate success strategies. Since 2012, Norbert has served as a volunteer Team Leader which is charged with leading onsite evaluations to institutions seeking accreditation from ACCSC. Norbert earned an MBA from the Minnesota School of Business and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Rollins College. 


Mildred Lane, Ed.D.*
Dr. Mildred Lane is a professor emeritus from Duquesne University where she taught graduate and undergraduate courses in the College of Education’s Special Education Program. As a licensed counselor, Mildred has been affiliated with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, the American Psychotherapy Association, and Duquesne University’s School of Education Counseling Center. Additionally, from 1997 to 2000, Mildred served as the president for the Pennsylvania Association for Adult Development and Aging. In 1997, Mildred began volunteering with ACCSC as an Education Specialist, which evaluates the educational delivery of programs offered by institutions that are seeking accreditation, and since that time has participated on approximately 100 onsite evaluations. In recognition of her service to ACCSC, in 2012, the Commission selected Mildred as a Volunteer of the Year. Mildred earned her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and doctoral degree in Education from Duquesne University.

Valerie Njie
Valerie Njie is the Executive Director/Senior Vice-President at Bidwell Training Center located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and brings over 35 years of experience in postsecondary adult technical education to the Commission. Throughout her career with Bidwell Training Center, Valerie has been one of ACCSC’s most active volunteers, serving as a Team Leader on more than 70 on-site evaluations as well as serving as a member of the ACCSC Appeals Panel. Based upon her dedication to career education and her support of ACCSC’s mission, Valerie was selected by the Commission as the Volunteer of the Year in 2009. Valerie is also active with the Pennsylvania Association for Adult and Continuing Education and the Pennsylvania Association of Private School Administrators.


*denotes Public Commissioner