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.
Vice President of Accreditation and Compliance
Ted Collins serves as Vice President of Accreditation and Compliance 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.
Vice President of Operations
Ms. Caedo is the Vice President of Operations for the IACBE and is responsible for managing all financial operations of the IACBE. 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 Accreditation Specialist, Ms. Livengood helps member schools with accreditation processes, site visits, and compliance questions. She is responsible for reviewing accreditation documents, presenting workshops, working directly with site-visit teams, and assisting members with their questions related to the accreditation process.
Cecilia brings with her 16 years of experience in higher education, including 13 years in compliance and accreditation management, having served as a consultant, director, and chief compliance officer. She holds a Master of Jurisprudence with a concentration in Business Law and a Certificate in Corporate Compliance from the Loyola University School of Law and is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional.
Cecilia is a dynamic leader focused on development, mentorship, and fostering partnerships for ongoing quality improvement. Before coming to IACBE, she spent years of successfully leading diverse institutions through multiple accreditation cycles at both the institutional and program level and is well-practiced in monitoring rulemaking activity and interpreting multiple levels of regulations to effectively lead development of action plans that ensure compliance in an ever-changing regulatory environment.
Cecilia is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and currently lives in the Kansas City area, having spent several years in the interim in Chicago, IL and the Bay Area of California.
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.
As the IACBE’s Accounting and Compliance Specialist, Ms. Keller is responsible for (i) assisting and supporting the Vice President of Operations in managing the financial operations of the Assembly, and (ii) assisting and supporting the Vice President of Accreditation and Compliance in managing the compliance activities of the IACBE. 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 Vice President of Operations, she ensures the timely payment of IACBE operational expenses, billing for accreditation activities, and posting of member payments. Working along with the Vice President of Accreditation and Compliance, she oversees and monitors all compliance submissions and reviews and responds to public disclosure reports.