Board of Commissioners
The ABHES Board of Commissioners consists of fifteen members, seven appointed by the commissioners themselves (either ABHES members or non-ABHES members) and eight elected by the accredited members from among its accredited institutions and programs. At least three of the Commissioners represent the public, as defined by the U.S. Department of Education, and have no affiliation with an ABHES-accredited institution or program. Care is taken to include in its mix academic and administrative personnel, and educators and practitioners. Each Commissioner serves a defined term and is held responsible to a strict Code of Ethics.
Chair: Thomas KennyElected Seat – Ownership Representative: Chief Academic Officer, Northwest Career College
Las Vegas, Nevada
Dr. Kenny, a licensed dentist, has worked at Northwest Career College in various capacities since 2004. He is passionate about education and has a proven track record of success in his current role as Chief Academic Officer. He believes that a strong partnership between the education and compliance departments is critical to an excellent educational experience for administrators, educators, students, and businesses seeking successful outcomes. Dr. Kenny holds a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Southern California.
Vice Chair: Timothy LeeElected Seat – Commissioner-At-Large: Chief Operating Officer, American Career College
Mr. Lee is currently the Chief Operating Officer for American Career College. He has been in higher education for over 20 years with the majority of his experience working in the area of admissions. Prior to entering higher education, he taught special education and coached baseball. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from California State University San Bernardino and a Master of Business Administration from the University of LaVerne.
Secretary: Buddy HoskinsonAppointed Seat – Public Member: Executive Director, Office of Unemployment Services, Kentucky Labor Cabinet
Mr. Hoskinson is the Executive Director for the Kentucky Labor Cabinet for the Office of Unemployment Services. He was previously the Quality Assurance and Accountability Director for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services in the Department for Aging and Independent Living. He was appointed to the Education and Workforce Cabinet under Former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear. During that administration he led efforts in employment and training and vocational rehabilitation. He has also served as Chairman of Kentucky’s Unemployment Insurance Commission during the last administration and through the first part of current Governor Bevin’s administration. Mr. Hoskinson was selected and his currently serving with other state and national leaders on a Work Matters Task Force in Kentucky. Prior to his roles in Kentucky state government he spent 23 year in education with the majority of those years being in post-secondary education. Mr. Hoskinson holds a Bachelor of General Studies (emphasis in education) and Master of Arts in Education from Western Kentucky University.
Treasurer: Matthew CalhounElected Seat – Administrator in a Healthcare Related Area: Senior Vice President of Campus Development, Arizona College
Mr. Calhoun has worked in higher education for 16 years since graduating from Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. 15 of those years have been dedicated to the students of Arizona College. After completion of a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University, he was promoted to Campus Director and later to Vice President, Regulatory Affairs & Student Finance which is the position he currently holds. Matt has served ABHES as a team leader for many accreditation visits and he has sat on the ABHES conference committee since 2010 and also the Preliminary Review Committee from 2011 – 2017.
Member At Large: Chonnea HarrisElected Seat – Educator in Specialty Area: Dean of Academic Affairs, University of Antelope Valley
Dr. Harris is the Chief Academic Officer at the University of Antelope Valley (UAV) in Palmdale, California. She has been with UAV since 2008 when she started as an instructor teaching general education courses. During her tenure with UAV, she has served as Dean of Academic Affairs, Department Chair, Associate Dean, and on numerous academic committees. Prior to transitioning into higher education, she taught at the K-8 level for Lancaster School District. Dr. Harris obtained her Doctorate in Education in Leadership and Master of Education Degrees from Aspen University, and Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts: Physical Education from California State University at Dominquez Hills.
She is an active member of her community and serves with youth sports and community organizations.
Mark AndrewsAppointed Seat – Public Member: Assistant General Counsel, Healthcare Law Group at Genentech, Inc.
San Francisco, California
Mr. Andrews, Esq. currently serves as Assistant General Counsel for the Healthcare Law Group at Genentech, Inc. in the San Francisco Bay area. He provides legal advice in the areas of appropriate interactions with healthcare providers and patients, litigation avoidance, and FDA regulation. Mark has been working in the biotech industry since 2014. Prior to working in biotech, Mark was a litigation partner at a Chicago law firm where he worked for over a decade, followed by joining the legal team at Career Education Corporation, n/k/a Perdoceo, and serving as the Board Chair of the Howard Brown Health Center. Mark obtained an education-related Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Law in Champaign, Illinois.
Jeffrey BiltzElected Seat – Administrator in Healthcare Related Area
Clinton Township, Michigan
Jeff Biltz has worked in higher education for over 14 years at multiple accredited institutions and at this time is the Vice President of Accreditation and Regulatory Affairs at Ross Education, LLC. Ross provides health-related programs in communities throughout Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia. In his current role, he oversees all accreditation, regulatory and licensing activities at the institution’s campuses. Jeff has sat on the Annual Review Committee, Classification of Facilities Task Force, and Teach-Out Task Force for ABHES.
Keith CastilloAppointed Seat - Distance Education Specialist: Senior Instructional Designer, Charter College
Keith Castillo currently works for Charter College as the Senior Instructional Designer Specialist. He has worked in higher education for over 21 years and held several positions in distance education. Keith completed his BA in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Work, Multiple Subject Credential Program, and holds an MA in Education Instructional Technology from California State University San Bernardino. He is actively working on completing his dissertation towards an Ed.D. in E-Learning from North Central University.
Lakeisa CumberbatchAppointed Seat – Practitioner in Specialty Area: Surgical Technologist, CareRev Staffing and Program Coordinator of Surgical Technology, Rasmussen College
New Port Richey, Florida
Ms. Cumberbatch is a Surgical Technologist Program Coordinator at Rasmussen College and a current Surgical Technologist at CareRev Staffing. She is CST and CRCST with over 20 years in the surgical technology field as a practitioner and over 10 years of experience in education serving in several academic roles. She holds a Master of Business in Ethics and Compliance from New England College of Business, Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management from Kaplan University, and Associate in Arts in Surgical Technology from Pearl River Community College.
Guy EulianoElected Seat – Commissioner at Large: Director and Board Member, Institute of Medical and Business Careers
Mr. Euliano is currently the Owner / Director and a Board Member at the Institute of Medical and Business Careers in Erie, Pennsylvania, and former president of Tri-State Business Institute in Erie, Pennsylvania. Mr. Euliano has served as an ABHES Commissioner in the past, including service as Chair and Past Chair. Mr. Euliano has nearly 30 years of post-secondary education experience, including administrative oversight, management, and ownership of nationally-accredited institutions, as well as multiple years of service on various accrediting and state association boards. Mr. Euliano holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Tampa in Tampa, Florida.
Amy GrayAppointed Seat – Commissioner-At-Large: Vice President of Academic Affairs, Health, and Public Services, Joliet Junior College
Dr. Gray is a progressive leader with more than 20 years of experience in higher education and student advocacy at the heart of everything she does. While the majority of her career has been spent in various roles in Higher Education, she began her path in medicine. Science had been a passion since childhood and she started her educational career by earning a Bachelor’s of Science (BS) in Biological Sciences on a pre-medicine track and then a Doctor of Medicine (MD). But Dr. Gray realized her true calling was educating others when she was offered a full-time faculty position teaching Anatomy and Physiology, Pathology, and Pharmacology. Ultimately, she decided to further her education and earned her Masters of Education degree with a specialization in Leadership of Educational Organizations. Since then, she has held progressive leadership roles as full-time faculty, Program Director, Department Chair, Associate Dean, Academic Dean, Director of Education, and Dean of Health Sciences at both proprietary and public, non-profit institutions.
Jeanette JonesElected Seat – Educator in Specialty Area: Academic Operations Manager, Pima Medical Institute
Jeanette Jones is a nurse educator. Jeanette received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Arizona State University and has been a Registered Nurse since 2010. She received her Master of Science degree in Nursing Education from Grand Canyon University. Jeanette joined Pima Medical Institute in 2013, where she worked as an instructor and then as Program Director for the Associate Degree Nursing program. She has also served as Corporate Nurse Manager, where she provided education and regulatory oversight to the nursing programs. Jeanette currently serves as the Academic Operations Manager, where she provides oversight to curriculum and partnership development.
Karen KershensteinAppointed Seat – Public Member
Fairfax Station, Virginia
Dr. Kershenstein has worked in some aspect of accreditation for more than 30 years. She first worked for the U.S. Department of Education, where she directed the accrediting agency recognition process. After leaving the Department, she started a consulting service for accrediting agencies, and to keep current on higher education accreditation practices began serving as a public member of various accrediting agencies, including a regional, a national, and several specialized agencies. Dr. Kershenstein has also conducted numerous observation visits for the Council on Higher Education Accreditation, and served on several ABHES Appeal Panels. She holds a Ph.D. in physics from Georgetown University.
Robin NelhuebelElected Seat - Academic in a Healthcare Related Area: Executive Director, Riverside College of Health Careers
Newport News, Virginia
Dr. Nelhuebel is a Registered Nurse and Radiologic Technologist with over 30 years of clinical, instructional, and academic administrative experience. As the Executive Director of Riverside College of Health Careers in Virginia, she provides academic, organizational, and compliance oversight of Cardiovascular Technology, Nursing, Physical Therapist Assisting, Radiologic Technology, and Surgical Technology programs. Robin is passionate about health careers education and development of a strong, competent healthcare workforce. She has served ABHES as a commissioner and within multiple committees since 2017. Dr. Nelhuebel holds a PhD in Education Leadership in Higher Ed. and master’s degrees in both Education and Nursing.
Rafael Ramírez-RiveraAppointed Seat – Higher Education Specialist: Acting President of Inter American University of Puerto Rico – Arecibo Campus
Arecibo, Puerto Rico
Dr. Ramírez-Rivera is the Acting President of Inter American University of Puerto Rico – Arecibo Campus and founder of the Academia Interamericana de Arecibo, a PP-K to 12-grade school. In 1984 he began his professional career as an Academic Dean at Caguas City College and then at Inter American University of P.R – Guayama Campus. Ramírez-Rivera was the president and CEO of three institutions of higher education: Humacao Community College, Columbia College, and Huertas Junior College. He was Director of License and Accreditation of the Puerto Rico Council on Higher Education and President of CSI, a consulting and management firm. Served three terms as a Commissioner for the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools in Washington, DC, and has participated in more than 100 institutional reviews for several accrediting commissions in the USA, South America, and Europe. Constantly, serves on several Ad-Hoc committees, task force, and community-based organizations in P.R., Caribbean Islands, United States, Canada, Central and South America, Europe, Japan, Asia, and Australia, to address themes in leadership, economics, business planning and strategies, mergers and acquisitions of business and organizational culture and climate. Presently, Ramírez-Rivera is a member of the Board of Trustees of the College Board, New York. He holds his doctoral degree in Educational Administration from Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Master in Arts and Bachelor in Arts in Economics from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. Has participated and studied in several management schools in P.R. and the United States.