IACBE World Headquarters
11374 Strang Line Road
Lenexa, Kansas 66215 USA
Telephone: +1 913 631 3009
Fax: +1 913 631 9154
Telephone: +33(0) 6 45 73 17 27
Dr. Phyllis Okrepkie
In her role as President of the IACBE, Dr. Okrepkie is the Assembly’s Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for the strategic, marketing, operational, financial, and values leadership of the Assembly. She also serves as the IACBE’s Chief Accreditation Officer and, in this capacity, is responsible for carrying out and advancing the Assembly’s quality assurance and accreditation mission.
Prior to joining the IACBE, Phyllis was the Senior System Graduate Academic Dean and the Online Graduate Academic Dean at Herzing University where she was responsible for both the Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Nursing programs. Previously, Dr. Okrepkie has served as Senior Vice President of Graduate Studies and Dean of the Harold D. Buckingham Graduate School at National American University and has worked as an adjunct faculty member at NAU’s Colorado Springs campus. Dr. Okrepkie has worked in higher education since the early 1990’s, holding both faculty and administrative positions at Huron University and the University of Mary, and adjunct faculty positions at the University of Phoenix, Colorado Technical University, and Morgan Community College. In addition, Dr. Okrepkie’s experience with the IACBE has been extensive. She has served as the Secretary of the Great Lakes Regional Assembly, Vice President of the North Central Regional Assembly, has chaired IACBE site-visit teams, and has worked extensively on the IACBE accreditation process at National American University and Herzing University.
Dr. Okrepkie also possesses significant professional experience. She has been a consultant with Vanguard Consulting, Vice President of Finance for Okrepkie Enterprises and Particle Interconnect Corporation, staff accountant for Kennedy and Coe, LLC-CPA, Fiscal Analyst for the Alabama State Legislature, and Financial Management Administrator for the Government of Guam.
Dr. Okrepkie holds a Doctor of Management from Colorado Technical University, a doctoral-level Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Advanced Accounting from Northcentral University, a Master of Business Administration from National University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of San Diego. In addition, she is a Certified Management Accountant.
Director of Finance and Compliance
Ms. Caedo is the Director of Finance and Compliance for the IACBE and is responsible for (i) managing all financial operations of the IACBE and (ii) overeseeing and managing all member compliance activities. Kim’s duties include financial planning, budgeting, and the general management of the Assembly’s financial affairs. In this capacity, she ensures that the IACBE’s financial activities are carried out in a fiscally-sound and responsible manner. Kim manages the collection and disbursement of the Assembly’s funds, coordinates the development of the annual budget, and oversees other internal accounting functions of the IACBE. In addition, Kim is responsible for preparing various financial and management reports, for financial analysis and forecasting, and for coordinating all activities associated with the annual external audit of the Assembly’s financial affairs. As the IACBE’s compliance officer, Kim also manages member compliance with the Assembly’s accreditation principles, policies, and procedures, and reviews and responds to interim reports of the Assembly’s members.
Director of European Operations and International Development
As Director of European Operations and International Development, Mr. Mallette is responsible for (i) directing and managing the operations associated with the European Regional Assembly, (ii) directing and managing the membership expansion, organizational advancement, and accreditation-related activities in Europe, and (iii) working with and assisting the President in the advancement of the IACBE internationally.
Paul has served on numerous boards for both academic and humanitarian organizations, including service as a public member of the IACBE Board of Directors. He has been active in quality assurance in higher education for more than 15 years. Prior to his current appointment with the IACBE, Paul was also the General Director of the Europa Quality Agency for Higher Education (EQAHE), an accreditation and quality assurance agency for FEDE’s member institutions. In addition, Paul also served as the IACBE’s Director of Eurasian Operations from 2005 until January 2011.
Director of Internal Operations
Ms. Malinowski possesses over twenty-years’ experience in administrative assistance, customer support, and office management. As the IACBE’s Director of Internal Operations, LaNita ensures that the Assembly’s world headquarters offices function smoothly and effectively. In this role, she manages and oversees all aspects of our headquarters’ operations. She is also responsible for providing assistance with all operational aspects of the Assembly’s accreditation-related activities. In addition, LaNita provides administrative support for various facets of the IACBE’s member service and development activities, and she coordinates and/or assists with the planning and organization of the Assembly’s special events.
Coordinator of Accreditation Support
In her position as the IACBE’s Coordinator of Accreditation Support, Ms. Petway handles a variety of accreditation-related duties and has primary responsibility for assisting and supporting the President and the Vice President of Accreditation and Organizational Advancement in managing the accreditation operations of the Assembly. Her duties and responsibilities include (i) assisting members in developing outcomes assessment plans, (ii) assisting members with various application processes, (iii) overseeing the submission of required materials for all accreditation-related visits, (iv) reviewing outcomes assessment plans and self-study and candidacy materials for completeness and accuracy, (v) reviewing information from accreditation site visits and candidacy visits, (vi) serving as the Assembly’s representative on domestic candidacy visits, accreditation site visits, and mentoring visits, and (vii) assisting in conducting workshops to meet the needs of the Assembly’s members. Rochelle also oversees and manages the IACBE’s annual student case-study competition.
Coordinator of Financial and Operational Support
As the IACBE’s Coordinator of Financial and Operational Support, Ms. Keller has primary responsibility for (i) assisting and supporting the Director of Finance and Compliance in managing the financial operations of the Assembly, (ii) coordinating the logistics associated with all accreditation-related site visits, and (iii) supporting and coordinating the activities of the IACBE’s Regional Assemblies. In these roles, Joanne oversees all aspects of annual and regional conference registration processes, including accounts receivable, credit card payments, and bank deposits. Working with the Director of Finance and Compliance, she also ensures the timely payment of IACBE operational expenses. In addition, Joanne manages the logistical aspects of the IACBE’s accreditation-related site visits, provides operational support for site-visit teams, and oversees the planning and organization of the Assembly’s regional conferences.
Coordinator of Special Events
Ms. Dokken has over twenty-years’ experience in higher education, conference planning, administrative assistance, and office management. As the IACBE’s Coordinator of Special Events, Jackie is responsible for the planning, organization, and coordination of the Assembly’s special events, including our Annual Conference and Assembly Meeting. Jackie’s extensive experience includes positions as Executive Director for the International Dale Carnegie Franchisee Association, Meeting Manager for the Professional Association of Small Business Accountants, Executive Assistant and Office Manager for the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), Administrative Assistant to the Vice Chancellor of the Metropolitan Community College District (MO), Executive Secretary in the Department Pharmacology at the University of Minnesota, and Computer Technician for Continuing Legal Education at the University of Minnesota.