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.
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.
Dr. Pat Hafford
Vice President of Operations
As Vice President of Operations for the IACBE, Dr. Hafford assists the President in advancing the IACBE’s quality assurance and accreditation mission. He works with the President and the staff members in developing and implementing the Assembly’s strategic plan. Dr. Hafford also has operational responsibility for a variety of areas including finance, human resources, information technology, and facilities. He also works with individual schools on application processes, self-study materials, site visits, workshops, and compliance issues.
Prior to joining the IACBE, Pat was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. He has also served in the position of Dean of the College of Professional and Continuing Education. He holds the academic rank of Professor of Management.
For the past 20 years, he has been president of Veridea Consulting, Inc., a management consultancy offering services in operating process improvement, transition planning and implementation, project design and execution, zero-based planning and budgeting, technology alignment with business needs, customer relationship development, and critical project intervention.
Prior to founding Veridea, he served as Vice President of Operations with International Data Corporation in Framingham, Massachusetts. IDC is the world leader in market forecasting and analysis for the technology industry with offices in 42 countries and over 600 analysts worldwide. His responsibilities included publishing production, design and graphics services, editorial, fulfillment, distribution, software application development, real estate, and facilities management.
Formerly he held the position of Managing Publisher, Finance and Operations, for The Christian Science Publishing Society in Boston. In addition to his role as financial officer for the Society, his areas of management responsibility included fulfillment, manufacturing, broadcast operations, information technology, and translation services.
Pat graduated from Moorpark College in Moorpark, California. He earned his MBA from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. He has a Ph.D. in management with a concentration in strategic management from Sullivan University in Louisville, Kentucky.
Director of Finance
Ms. Caedo is the Director of Finance 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.
Director of Compliance and Accreditation
As Director of Compliance and Accreditation, Ms. Livengood oversees Member compliance with the IACBE accreditation principles, policies, and procedures through management of the compliance monitoring and reporting processes. She also serves as an accreditation liaison, mentoring schools with accreditation processes, site visits, and compliance questions. Additionally, she is responsible for reviewing accreditation documents; conducting technical reviews; presenting at workshops and delivering training; managing the organization of site visits; and assisting with the administration of the Board of Commissioners meetings.
Cecilia brings with her almost two decades of experience in higher education overseeing compliance and accreditation management, having served as a consultant, director, and chief compliance officer. Her experience with specialized programmatic accreditation includes involvement in the accreditation process with over 20 agencies spanning the fields of healthcare, culinary, legal and design. 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. She is well-practiced in monitoring rulemaking activity and interpreting multiple levels of regulations to ensure institutional and programmatic 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.
Accreditation Support and Director of Internal Operations
Ms. Malinowski possesses over twenty-years’ experience in administrative assistance, customer support, and office management. Serving as Accreditation Support and 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.
As the IACBE’s Accounting Specialist, Ms. Keller is responsible for assisting and supporting the Vice President of Finance in managing the financial operations of the Assembly. In this role, 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 Finance, she ensures the timely payment of IACBE operational expenses, billing for accreditation activities, and posting of member payments. Ms. Keller aslo assists our members with contact changes to ensure our records are up-to-date.
Dr. Venkat Edara is World Certified Accreditation Specialist, who identifies himself as an enthusiast for teaching and bringing unbridled passion and dedication to all his engagements. He is a catalyst for local and global partnerships who strengthens academic quality and operational excellence while engaging the campus and worldwide communities.
Dr. Venkat will expand IACBE's presence in Southeast Asia by working directly with potential new members and enagaing with government accrediting bodies and officials.