BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Deputy Director for Academic Affairs, Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE)
Prior to joining IBHE, Stephanie Bernoteit worked at Illinois State University as executive director for alumni relations and co-director of the School of Education’s National Board Resource Center. A National Board Certified Teacher in Early Childhood from 1996-2016, Stephanie spent several years at the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards as staff liaison to higher education. She also worked as an early childhood and elementary classroom teacher in the West Des Moines Community School District. Stephanie holds a doctorate in education from Illinois State University, a graduate certificate in non-profit leadership from Georgetown University, a master’s degree in education from Drake University, and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with an emphasis in early childhood from Northwest Missouri State University. Dr. Bernoteit can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LAURIE DODGE – PAST CHAIR
Vice Provost; Vice Chancellor, Brandman University
Dr. Dodge is the WASC Senior University and College Commission (WSCUC) Accreditation Liaison Officer for Brandman University and serves on the WSCUC Substantive Change Committee. At the national level, Dr. Dodge has participated in CBE related projects, Comprehensive Learner Record, QA Commons Essential Employability Qualities Certification, and Credential Engine (Higher Education Advisory Group).
Dr. Dodge has presented nationally and internationally on CBE and her expertise are in assessment, curriculum development, accreditation, and academic policy. Laurie co-authored a book titled “A Leader’s Guide to Competency-Based Education: From Inception to Implementation” (Bushway, Dodge, & Long, 2018). Dr. Dodge is the inaugural President of the Board of Directors for the Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN). In 2016, Dr. Laurie Dodge was named one of the “The Sixteen Most Innovative People in Higher Education” by Washington Monthly.
Assistant Vice President of Academic Innovation, Rasmussen College
Assistant Vice Chancellor for New Learning Models, University System of Georgia
Coordinator for Personalized Learning, Northern Arizona University
Cori specializes in digital storytelling and innovative educational technologies. She is also a young adult novelist. Her novel, Beauty Isn’t Pretty, is available on Kindle. Dr. Gordon has a breadth of experience with public speaking including academic presentations, in-service professional development presentations, and a variety of performances. She is also a music and pet lover.
Director, Primary and Joint Accreditation, American Nurses Credentialing Center
In August 2015, Jennifer joined the American Nurses Enterprise in their subsidiary the American Nurses Credentialing Center as the Senior Operations Manager of Primary and Joint Accreditation. In October of 2017, Jennifer was promoted to the role of Director of Primary and Joint Accreditation. In this role, Jennifer is responsible for the strategic and daily operations of over 450 accredited organizations that provide and approve continuing nursing education and interprofessional continuing education.
Jennifer is a published column author and has presented at several conferences nationally. Jennifer is adjunct faculty at Capella University in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences and is a PhD candidate in education and public health. Before her role at the ANCC, Jennifer has held positions in leadership at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital as the Clinical Educator and Clinical Manager in the Emergency Department. While at MGUH, Jennifer was recognized as Nurse Leader of the Year (2014) and Nurse of the Year in Nursing Education (2010). Jennifer also holds instructor certificates in basic and advanced cardiac life support.
Jennifer has experience as a board-certified forensic nursing. Jennifer provided interprofessional continuing education in leadership and human trafficking. Until recently, Jennifer continued to work with patients clinically in the Emergency Department and teach courses on High-Reliability Organizations and Medication Safety.
Dean, School of Applied Technology and Technical Specialties, Salt Lake Community College
Prior to moving into Higher Education, he spent time as a General Manager in the hospitality industry. He is the Principal/Owner of Heiser Education Consulting, LLC, an education consulting firm specializing in change management. He has advised numerous colleges in the areas of change management, competency-based education, and leading change through innovation. Eric serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN). He is also a founding member of the National Advisory Board for Postsecondary Competency-Based Education and Learning Research. In addition to his work in CBE, Eric also serves as the Vice-Chair for the National Council of Instructional Administrators, an affiliate council of the AACC. Eric has overseen and is currently leading SLCC’s School of Applied Technology to a transition from a clock-hour format into Competency-Based Education (CBE).
He has spent the past five years working in the area of CBE and Curriculum Development and has been involved in helping to change over 19 academic programs during that time. Eric is a reviewer for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities in the area of CBE. He has delivered numerous conference presentations and published several articles on the topic of CBE over the past four years. He holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Colorado State University.
Dean for Competency-Based Education, Walden University
FRED HURST – TREASURER
Vice President of Academic Advancement, Western Governors University
Director, Fast Track to Success Project, Austin Community College
Dr. Kahlon and her team have worked with several colleges and universities in Texas by holding competency-based education workshops and providing mentoring for emergent competency-based education programs. She serves as the conference chair for annual Fast Track to Success conference, which provides a valuable forum to discuss innovation in higher education across Texas. In October 2017, the Chronicle of Higher Education profiled her as one of the top ten innovators for her work in competency-based education.
In addition to Fast Track to Success, Dr. Kahlon is the director of a Texas Affordable Baccalaureate project as well as the Women in Technology program at Austin Community College. Prior to assuming her current roles, Dr. Kahlon spent a sabbatical year (2013-14) in India as the founding dean of academics at an emerging new university. Till 2010, she was an assistant program chair in the computer science/information technology area at Austin Community College. She has presented at local, state, and international conferences and has been invited to speak in different forums.
In addition to competency-based education, Dr. Kahlon is keenly interested in issues facing Asian-Americans in the US. She has served as an invited speaker at Asian-American events and is the co-editor of the 2018 book Asian/American Scholars of Education: 21st Century Pedagogies, Perspectives, and Experiences. She is also very interested in issues related to women and diversity in computing.
Dr. Kahlon’s academic background is in Computer Science and Higher Education. She taught computer science at Broome Community College in New York and Austin Community College in Texas. She has designed and developed traditional, online, and competency-based coursework. With a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Texas at Austin and her background in computer science, she brings together the best of both worlds – technical education and higher education.
Managing Partner, Volta Learning Group
JILLIAN KLEIN – SECRETARY
Vice President, Government Affairs & Public Policy, Strategic Education, Inc.
Jillian received a B.A. in business administration from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, a M.A. in systematic theology from Luther Seminary, and is an alumna of the Policy Fellows program at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and two young girls.
President, Nicolet College
After making higher education his career of choice, Richard served as Chair of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Division and as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. He became Provost at Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondack region of northern New York State in 2006 and served in that capacity for nine years. In the summer of 2015, he was named to his current position as President of Nicolet College in northern Wisconsin.
Richard is a strong believer in higher education as the single most important contributor to sustainable prosperity and social well-being in our rural communities. He sees competency-based design, delivery and assessment models as our best answer to the challenges of delivering the quality, flexibility, affordability, and employability so many of today’s learners cannot do without.
VP and Chief of Digital Learning, Marquette University
In 2012, he was one of the founding members of C-BEN: The Competency-Based Education Network: A National Consortium for the Development of Higher Education Models. He currently serves on the governing board of that group. David’s academic interests focus on issues of higher education, sustainability, and the environment. His academic background is in philosophy, and he received his doctorate from the University of Connecticut. He was president of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) from 2015-2016. Presently, he is a member of the Board of Visitors of the Army War College and an Executive Committee member of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD).
JOELLEN SHENDY – VICE CHAIR
Associate Vice Provost and Registrar, University of Maryland University College
UMUC developed a new competency based extended transcript while working on a new comprehensive student record model as part of the Lumina Grant through AACRAO and NASPA in 2016. Ms. Shendy is a member of both the Advisory Board of Credential Engine, a new national registry for credentials and the Competency Based Education Network (C-BEN) and a frequent speaker at higher education conferences including AACRAO, UPCEA, WCET, and Learning Impact Leadership Institute.