IACBE World Headquarters
11374 Strang Line Road
Lenexa, Kansas 66215 USA
Telephone: +1 913 631 3009
Fax: +1 913 631 9154
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 Accreditation
Ted Collins serves as Director of Accreditation and is responsible for all accreditation and compliance activities for IACBE. This includes oversight of application processes, self-study and candidacy materials, site visit teams, workshops, and member compliance with all IACBE principles, policies, and procedures.
Ted brings over 15 years of higher education and non-profit experience as a faculty member, department chair, dean, provost, and vice-president. He has worked successfully on numerous accreditations at several institutions, including both regional and national candidacies and reaffirmations. He most recently served as Vice President of Unity World Headquarters, where he oversaw the education and events divisions.
Ted also has extensive experience as a corporate and nonprofit attorney. In addition to his J.D. from Drake University Law School, Ted holds a Masters in the Art of Teaching from the University of Iowa and is completing coursework for the Ed. D. in Higher Education Leadership with Baker University. He has also been involved on numerous nonprofit boards, and currently serves as president of Olathe Civic Theatre Association.
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 Internal Operations and Member Relations
Ms. Malinowski possesses over twenty-years’ experience in administrative assistance, customer support, and office management. As the IACBE’s Director of Internal Operations and Member Relations, 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.
Director of External Affairs
In her position as the IACBE’s Director of External Affairs, Ms. Petway is responsible for overseeing organizational advancement efforts, including external affairs, communications, marketing, social media, and development. In this role Ms. Petway is responsible for (i) managing all aspects of regional conferences, (ii) directing and managing the annual student case-study competition, (iii) managing aspects of Annual Conference and Assembly Meeting, and (iv) collaborating with the President on identifying and developing business partnerships. Rochelle also assists and supports the President in managing the accreditation operations of the Assembly. Currently Rochelle serves as a board of director for the Kansas City based non-profit Center for Developmentally Disabled (CDD) and is a member of Social Media Club of Kansas City.
Coordinator of Financial and Operational Support
As the IACBE’s Coordinator of Financial and Operational Support, Ms. Keller is responsible for (i) assisting and supporting the Director of Finance and Compliance in managing the financial operations of the Assembly, and (ii) assisting and supporting the President in various special projects. In these roles, Joanne oversees all aspects of annual and regional conference registration processes, including accounts receivable, credit card payments, and bank deposits. Working along with the Director of Finance and Compliance, she ensures the timely payment of IACBE operational expenses, billing for accreditation activities, and posting of member payments.
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.