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: 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.
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.
Past Chair: George GrayebElected Seat – Administrator in a Healthcare Related Area: President/CEO, Ross Education, LLC
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Mr. Grayeb has been part of postsecondary education for the past 20 years. Currently, he serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Ross Education, LLC. Ross provides health-related programs in communities throughout Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia. Mr. Grayeb holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Arts in Math, Computer Science and Political Science from Anderson University.
Chonnea HarrisElected Seat – Educator in Specialty Area: Dean of Academic Affairs, University of Antelope Valley
Chonnea Harris is the Dean of Academic Affairs 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 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. Ms. Harris has her Master of Education 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.
Lakeisa AndrewsAppointed Seat – Practitioner in Specialty Area: Surgical Technologist, CareRev Staffing and Program Coordinator of Surgical Technology, Rasmussen College
New Port Richey, Florida
Ms. Andrews 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.
Amy GrayAppointed Seat – Commissioner-At-Large: Vice President of Academic Affairs, Health, and Public Services, Joliet Junior College
Dr. Amy 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.
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.
Robin NelhuebelElected Seat – Educator in a Specialty Area: System Director of Education, Riverside College of Health Careers
Newport News, Virginia
Dr. Nelhuebel is a Registered Nurse and Radiologic Technologist with 28+ years of clinical, instructional, and administrative experience. She is the System Director of Education for Riverside Health System and Campus Administrator of Riverside College of Health Careers in Newport News, Virginia and is a site visitor for the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. Additionally, she holds appointments on the Virginia Peninsula Council for Workforce Development Executive Board, the Newport News Public School Educational Foundation Board, and the Thomas Nelson Community College Corporate Advisory Board. Robin serves on the ABHES Radiography Programs’ Advisory Board, the Substantive Review Committee, and the Distance Education Committee. Dr. Nelhuebel holds a PhD in Education – Leadership in Higher Ed., a Master of Education – Adult Education, and a Bachelor of Health Sciences Degree in addition to graduating from Riverside School of Professional Nursing and Norfolk General School of Radiologic Technology.
Donna PayneAppointed Seat – Distance Education Specialist: Senior Director, Online Academics, Ancora Education
St. Louis, Missouri
Dr. Payne began her distance education career in 1998 and over the years has helped to establish several distance education programs at colleges and universities. She has been responsible for providing corporate leadership in the development and implementation of new distance education programs and distance education compliance. Her background also includes significant experience in distance education instructional systems design, curriculum development, and professional development. Dr. Payne has a PhD from Colorado State University in Vocational Education and currently serves as the Sr. Director for Online Academics for Ancora Education.
Rafael Ramírez-RiveraAppointed Seat – Higher Education Specialist: Chancellor of Inter American University of Puerto Rico – Arecibo Campus
Arecibo, Puerto Rico
Dr. Ramírez-Rivera is the Chancellor 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.
Kevin RobertsAppointed Seat – Public Member: Consultant, Regulatory Affairs for Adtalem Global Education
Kevin Roberts has been in the financial aid industry for over 16 years, 9 of those years with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Federal Student Aid in both Washington D.C. and San Francisco, CA. While at the Department, Kevin was instrumental in assisting over 400 foreign schools convert from the former Federal Family Education Loan Program to the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. In addition, he assisted in the successful launch of the Department’s FinancialAidToolkit.ed.gov website where he created PowerPoint presentations and various downloadable and printable handouts. Kevin has also spoken at various townhall meetings on behalf of the Department across the country meeting with state legislatures, congressional members, high school counselors, college access groups, GEAR-UP, TRIO, and other educational organizations promoting the FAFSA Completion Initiative and DACA Guidance. His last few years with the Department, Kevin conducted on and off-site Program Reviews of post-secondary institutions across the West Coast assessing their administrative and financial capabilities and issuing their Final Program Review Determination Reports. In October of 2020, Kevin was elected as California Association of Financial Aid Administrator (CASFAA) 2021 Proprietary Segment Representative. He currently works for Adtalem Global Education as Consultant, Regulatory Affairs.
Donna WallisElected Seat – Academic in Healthcare Related Area: Director, Bachelor of Science Healthcare Management & Vocational Nursing, Baptist Health System School of Health Professions
San Antonio, Texas
Ms. Wallis is the Director of Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management and Vocational Nursing at Baptist Health System School of Health Professions since 2009. Donna has community college and private post-secondary leadership and is experienced in urban, rural, international, non-profit, and for-profit healthcare systems. Her experience ranges from front-line trauma/critical care and chief nursing officer to educator. She holds an Executive Master of Business Administration from Tulane University, Master of Science in Nursing from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Texas Health Science Center. Ms. Wallis is a United Way volunteer, a San Antonio Health Care Hero in Education, and a Nurse Imagemaker. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Theta Tau International, the Texas Nurses Association, and the American College of Healthcare Executives.