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ACCSC Executive Committee

Vickie Clements
Chair of the Commission

School Commissioner (Administrative)
Vickie Clements is the Director of Education and Institutional Compliance at Great Lakes Institute of Technology and Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy located in Erie, Pennsylvania. Throughout her career, Vickie has been an active volunteer with ACCSC serving on the Progress Review Committee which is charged with supporting the Commission's efforts in the review and assessment of successful student achievement at accredited institutions, as well as since 2013 serving as a Team Leader. Vickie earned Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education/Math from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Vickie is an ACCSC Certified Accreditation Professional.

Kathryn Dodge, Ph.D.*
Vice-Chair of the Commission

Public Commissioner (Academic)
Kathryn Dodge, Ph.D., is founder of Dodge Advisory Group, LLC, and co-founded Radio Higher Ed, a national podcast that provided information and commentary on education policy issues and their broader implications, over 60 podcasts were produced from 2011 to 2018. She also founded and facilitates affiliation groups for senior leaders in New England and engages with doctoral students in the classroom and on committees at the University of New Hampshire and New England College. In addition to serving as a public commissioner on Commission for Physical Therapy Education and ACCSC, she is on the founding board of National Council – State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement. Dodge works with institutions domestically and globally on efforts aimed at strengthening capacity for institutional effectiveness through a commitment to quality and student success. Kathryn earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Human and Organization Systems and her Master of Science in Human Development from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California. She also earned a Master of Arts in Guidance and Counseling/ Student Personnel from Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey, and her Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Literature from King's College in New York, New York.

Jennifer Bergeron
Secretary of the Commission

School Commissioner (Administrative)

For over 17 years, Jennifer Bergeron has worked tirelessly in pursuit of providing a student-centered culture that focuses on quality education and student achievement at NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville, North Carolina, which is the exclusive educational provider for NASCAR. NASCAR Technical Institute has been accredited by ACCSC since 2001, and since 2010, Jennifer has served as Campus President, where she is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction for the campus. In addition to volunteering as a Team Leader since 2014, a role that supports the Commission through the management of the on-site evaluation process, Jennifer serves on the North Carolina Association of Career Schools and Colleges as the Secretary and Treasurer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and French from the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont

Susan Johnson
Treasurer of the Commission

School Commissioner (Administrative)
Susan Johnson is the Director of Education Accreditation and Regulatory Affairs at Gemological Institute of America (GIA) located in Carlsbad, California. Throughout her 45-year career with GIA, Susan has volunteered with ACCSC: as a School Commissioner from 2007 to 2013, serving as Secretary from 2011-2012, and as a Team Leader, where she has lead more than 35 on-site accreditation evaluations to institutions in the ACCSC accreditation process. Susan is also a member of the Standards Committee for the Distance Education Accreditation Council (DEAC) and holds the designation of Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP) from the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics. Susan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies from National University, and a Graduate Gemologist diploma, as well as several other industry certifications, from GIA.

ACCSC Commission

Nathan Clark
School Commissioner (Administrative)
A graduate from a career college himself, Nathan "Nate" Clark has spent the greater part of the last 30 years working in career and technical education at Career College of Northern Nevada (CCNN) in Sparks, Nevada, which has been accredited with ACCSC since 1989. Since 2012, Nate has served as President and CEO of CCNN, where he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the college. Nate also serves as Chairman of the Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education, which is charged with ensuring private colleges in Nevada serve the needs of students in the state. Nate is a strong advocate of accreditation and believes in the importance of peer-review having volunteered for ACCSC as a Team Leader, a role that supports the Commission through the management of the on-site evaluation process, since 1998.

Deborah Hepburn
School Commissioner (Administrative)
For over 30 years, Deborah Hepburn has dedicated her career to providing quality training for students in Pennsylvania. Triangle Tech has been accredited by ACCSC since 1970, and since 2018, Deborah has served as Executive Director of Compliance and Education, a role in which she is responsible for monitoring quality assurance and compliance with all corporate policies and procedures, State and Federal Regulations, Accrediting Standards and Associate Degree regulations. Additionally, as the Chief Education Officer, Deborah oversees program revisions and curriculum development at all Triangle Tech campuses. In addition to volunteering as an ACCSC Team Leader since 2007, a role that supports the Commission through the management of the on-site evaluation process, Deborah serves on the Pennsylvania Board of Private Licensed Schools. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Western Governor's University.

Cedric Page, Ph.D.
Public Commissioner (Academic)
Dr. Cedric D. Page is a Professor Emeritus from University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, where he served as the Dean of Instruction, Professor of Geography, and Executive Director. He previously served as Dean of Faculty at DigiPen Institute of Technology and on the faculty of the University of Colorado-Denver and of the U.S. Air Force Academy. Cedric is also currently affiliated with the Regional Development Corporation (NM) Board of Directors and the Santa Fe NAACP. Previously, he served on the board of directors for the United Way of Northern New Mexico and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico, and president of the New Mexico Association of Community Colleges. Cedric has also volunteered as an ACCSC Team Leader, Education Specialist, and an Appeals Panel member. Cedric earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Urban and Social Geography and Master of Arts in Quantitative and Urban Geography from Rutgers University, and his Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Syracuse University. Additionally, Cedric serves as a Public Commissioner on the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and as a member of the New Mexico Military Institute Board of Regents.

Susan Naples, Ph.D. 

School Commissioner (Administrative) 

Since 2011, Susan Naples has served as Campus President/Regional Campus President at Lincoln Technical Institute in Shelton, Connecticut, where she is responsible for the day to day campus operations. She brings over 26 years of higher education experience that includes roles as Director of Academic Advising, National Director of Education, Corporate Academic Specialist as well as her most current role as an online Mathematics Professor at Thomas Edison State University. Susan has dedicated her educational and professional path to the field of higher education and accreditation practices and standards. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education and Leadership from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Susan also holds a Masters of Education in Adult Education from Chester, Pennsylvania, a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Rosemont College in Rosemont, Pennsylvania, as well as a Distance Education Facilitator Certification.

Carol Palacios
School Commissioner (Administrative)
Carol Palacios is the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Executive Director of Atlantis University in Miami, Florida. Carol brings over 15 years of higher education administration and distance education experience, and extensive knowledge and operational experience of federal and state guidelines, regulatory matters involving international students, and standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education. For over a decade, she has been responsible for providing leadership and support to institutional operations at Atlantis University while ensuring compliance, institutional oversight and monitoring within the organization. Carol earned a Master's degree in Business Administration from Adolfo Ibáñez School of Management, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Missouri – Columbia. Carol is an ACCSC Certified Accreditation Professional.

P. Kevin Rudeen, Ph.D.

FASAHP Public Commissioner (Academic) 

Dr. P. Kevin Rudeen is a Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus from the College of Allied Health at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where he had extensive administrative experience in medical school and allied health academic centers. Kevin was also involved in the preparation and review of numerous professional accreditors for nine programs. Before retiring in 2017, he garnered substantive federal and private research grants, published over 160 research manuscripts, abstracts and book chapters, and taught medical students, residents, allied health students and caregivers in numerous health care settings. Kevin served nearly two decades with the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP), where he received recognition and numerous awards for his dedication and contributions to the organization. He currently serves as a Commissioner for the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) in the position as Education Administrator on the Central Panel. Kevin has been an ACCSC Education Specialist since 2018 as well as a member of the Program Review Committee. Kevin holds a Doctor of Biomedical Science from the University of Texas Health Science Center, located in San Antonio, Texas and a Bachelor of Science in Physiology from Utah State University in Logan, Utah.

Jessica Sanders 

School Commissioner (Administrative) 

Jessica Sanders is the Chief Compliance Officer for Ancora Education, based out of Hurst, Texas, where she oversees regulatory compliance for a system of 26 career colleges located in 9 states. Throughout her 20-year career in higher education, Jessica has managed the accreditation and state licensure process for schools across 20 states, with 8 programmatic accrediting agencies, and 3 institutional accrediting agencies in addition to ACCSC. Since 2002, Jessica has volunteered as an ACCSC Team Leader, mentored new team leaders, provided training at the ACCSC Professional Development Conference, and developed new and revised training materials for use by team leaders. Jessica is an ACCSC Certified Accreditation Professional (CAP) and a member of the National Association of State Administrators and Supervisors of Private Schools (NASASPS) and the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE). Jessica holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Management and Leadership and a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Studies from Robert Morris University in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. She also holds a Master of Science in Legal Studies: Law and Public Policy.

Patricia Thomas 

School Commissioner (Administrative)

Patricia "Pat" Thomas currently serves as the Regional Director of Operations for the Aviation Institute of Maintenance, based out of Virginia Beach, Virginia where she oversees the operations of a six campus system. Previously, Pat served as a School Director for Centura College in Virginia Beach, Virginia, as a Regional Director of Operations for Sylvan Learning Center, and as a Director of Education for Barclay Career School. Since 2008, Pat has supported ACCSC and its mission by serving as a a Team Leader during the on-site evaluation process. Pat holds a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pennsylvania and a Master of Arts from Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania.

Joanne Wenzel
Public Commissioner (Academic)

For 19 years, Joanne Wenzel worked in various capacities for the California State oversight agency for private postsecondary schools in California, most recently serving as the Bureau Chief, California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Schools, a position from which she retired in 2017. Before moving into to the regulatory and compliance side of education, Joanne worked directly with students daily at the campus level with a focus on student affairs, career development, and financial aid advising. A former community college instructor, Joanne has also work with the University of California and Arizona State University in a diverse number of roles. Joanne holds a Masters of Education in Higher Education from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona and Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from California State University in Fresno, California