General Contact Information

IACBE World Headquarters
11960 Quivira Road
Suite 300
Overland Park, KS 66213 USA

Telephone: +1 913 631 3009
Fax: +1 913 631 9154
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Meet The Staff

Dr. Pat Hafford
In his role as President of the IACBE, Dr. Hafford is the Assembly’s Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for the strategic, marketing, operational, financial, and values leadership of the Assembly. Pat previously served as IACBE Vice President of Operations.

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.

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Cecilia LivengoodCecilia Livengood, CCEP
Chief Compliance and Accreditation Officer

As Chief Compliance and Accreditation Officer, Ms. Livengood oversees all compliance and accreditation-related activities of the Assembly. She also serves as an accreditation liaison, mentoring schools with accreditation processes, maintaining compliance with IACBE policies, and providing guidance on outcomes assessment.

Cecilia brings with her almost two decades of experience in higher education compliance and accreditation. For many years she served as the senior executive responsible for accreditation, compliance and ethics, risk management and policy, and government/regulatory affairs for enterprises that span multiple jurisdictions and serve diverse populations. She has worked with multiple institutions on accreditation and licensing activities involving more than fifty regulators at the federal, state, programmatic and professional oversight level. 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 Western Pennsylvania, having spent several years in the interim in Chicago, IL and the Bay Area of California.

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Ted Collins
Director of Member Services, Marketing, and Recruitment

Ted Collins has previously served as Vice President of Member Services and Marketing and Vice President of Accreditation and Compliance, and is now responsible for social and print media, public relations, new member recruitment, and member services for IACBE. He also works with individual schools on application processes, workshops, accreditation questions and compliance issues.

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.  Prior to joining IACBE, Ted was 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 work for his Ed. D. in Higher Education Leadership with Baker University. He has also been involved on numerous nonprofit boards, and currently serves as past president of the Olathe Civic Theatre Association. 

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Kim CaedoKim Caedo
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.

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Vanessa St. Laurent headshotVanessa St. Laurent
Chief of Staff

In her role as Chief of Staff of the IACBE, St. Laurent manages day-to-day operations for the organization and helps the President advance strategic priorities. By driving operational efficiencies, she enables the accreditation team members to focus on the IACBE’s quality assurance and accreditation mission and deliver their best work.

Previously she worked Deloitte where she managed operations for Energy, Resources, and Industrials accounts and led special projects for the Client & Market Growth HR team. Before that, she served as Executive Assistant to the CEO at a public relations firm and Assistant to the Dean at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston.

St. Laurent earned her MBA from Simmons University in Boston, Massachusetts. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Illustration from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

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Laurie Yates headshotLaurie Yates
Accreditation Specialist

As an Accreditation Specialist, Dr. Yates serves as the IACBE Staff liaison to assigned schools: mentoring Members, facilitating site visits, and conducting comprehensive reviews of accreditation and compliance-related submissions. She is responsible for supporting Members for the ongoing quality improvement of their business program and monitoring member compliance.

Laurie has also held a number of volunteer positions with IACBE over the past decade. She served as the President and Vice President of the Pacific Northwest region, a site visit team member and chair, and a member of the Board of Commissioners, including terms as Chair and Vice Chair. In 2020, Laurie was the recipient of the Dr. John L. Green Service Award for commitment and dedication to IACBE and the academic profession. Laurie also has an extensive background in industry, having served in a variety of leadership and management positions in organizations from small entrepreneurial businesses to large corporations.

Dr. Yates currently serves as a Visiting Professor at Oregon Tech (Oregon Institute of Technology) in Wilsonville, Oregon. Since 2000, she has held numerous teaching and administrative positions in higher education. She holds a Doctor of Management from George Fox University and an MBA from the University of Oregon.

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