> IACBE Staff Members
Mr. Dennis N. Gash
In his role as President of the IACBE, Mr. Gash is the Assembly’s Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for the strategic, marketing, operational, financial, and values leadership of the Assembly. He 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, Dennis was the Dean of the Meidinger Center for Excellence in Business and Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Jamestown. Previously, he has been on the faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Loyola University of Chicago, Lake Forest College, and Aurora University. Mr. Gash taught courses in economic theory, managerial economics, game theory, international economics, global competition and strategy, global financial markets, and the Chinese economy. During his career as a professor of economics, Mr. Gash received numerous teaching awards, was elected to several honorary societies, was named to Who’s Who Among America's Teachers, and was awarded scholarships for study abroad and faculty development in international business by the U.S. Department of Education. He has published and made presentations on the global economy, has been an adjunct faculty member with the International Business Institute, and has traveled extensively throughout Europe, China, and India.
Dennis previously served as Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer of the IACBE, the IACBE’s Director of Mentoring Programs, and a member of the IACBE’s Board of Commissioners.
Mr. Gash holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics and a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Kentucky. In addition, he earned a Master of Science in Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences and completed all of the coursework and candidacy requirements for a Ph.D. in Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Dr. Phyllis Okrepkie
Vice President of Accreditation and Organizational Advancement
As Vice President of Accreditation and Organizational Advancement, Dr. Okrepkie is responsible for (i) assisting the President in advancing the Assembly’s quality assurance and accreditation mission, (ii) the general oversight, supervision, and direction of all accreditation-related activities of the IACBE, and (iii) working with and assisting the President in the promotion and advancement of the Assembly in the United States.
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.
Phyllis 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.
In her spare time, Phyllis practices the martial arts and holds black belts in Jujitsu and Karate.
Ms. Kim Caedo
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.
Before joining the IACBE, Kim was Assistant Business Manager for DeWeese Radiology where she handled all accounting and human resource functions. Prior to that, she was a Staff Accountant for Sprint Publishing and Advertising.
Kim earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Kansas.
Mr. Paul Mallette
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 is a 25-year veteran of higher education, and over that time he has held both teaching and administrative positions in the U.S. and Europe. In addition to his position with the IACBE, Mr. Mallette also serves as the Director of Accreditations and Quality Assurance Operations for the Fédération Européenne Des Écoles (FEDE or the European Federation of Schools), and is an adjunct faculty member in marketing at the Cultural Exchanges Abroad (CEA)-Global Campus in Paris and the École Supérieur de Commerce in Rouen, France.
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.
Paul’s background also includes positions as manager of training and development programs at International Masters Publisher’s Paris office, Director of Admissions at Clark University’s Graduate School of Management in Worcester, MA, and Assistant Director of Communications at Fernald State School in Waltham, MA.
A native of Boston, Paul received his bachelor’s degree from the Boston University School of Public Communications, his Master of Business Administration degree from Clark University’s Graduate School of Management, and a graduate-level Certificate of Management Studies from Harvard University’s Division of Continuing Education.
Paul travels widely for work and pleasure, and has lived in Paris, France since 1993.
Ms. LaNita Malinowski
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.
LaNita’s background includes a variety of administrative support and office management positions in various health care service organizations. In addition, she has served as an administrative assistant for a CPA firm.
LaNita received her associate’s degree in health information technology from Penn Valley Community College in Kansas City, Missouri.
Ms. Rochelle Petway
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.
Prior to joining the IACBE, Rochelle served as an Eligibility Services Representative for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). In this capacity, she was responsible for a variety of eligibility and compliance matters related to current and prospective NAIA student-athletes, and for coordinating communications between the NAIA's Eligibility Center and member institutions and the public. In addition, she served for three years as a paraprofessional in the Independence, Missouri School District where she provided various types of assistance to teachers in the district.
Rochelle is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri.
Ms. Joanne Keller
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.
Prior to joining the IACBE family, Joanne accumulated many years of accounting experience working in the fields of insurance, commercial construction, Internet services, and medical services. As Program Manager in state government, she had overall responsibility for the governor’s program for highway safety as well as managing the staff statewide for motor vehicle registration and titling.
Joanne’s favorite activities include travel, golf, and playing bridge with friends.
Joanne earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Columbia College.
Ms. Jackie Dokken
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.