July 20, 2018
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:  Craig F. Pfannenstiehl
Appointed Seat – Commissioner-At-Large: President and CEO, Educor, Inc. Boston, Massachusetts
Executive Committee
 
Mr. Pfannenstiehl is the President and CEO of Educor, Inc. in Boston.  He served as President of Bay State College a regionally accredited college in Boston with over 1,200 students from 2006 until 2015.  During that time, Mr. Pfannenstiehl spearheaded the reorganization of the college management team; initiated and managed the development of the College’s first three fully integrated strategic plans; developed the school’s strategy for online programs; expanded to a new campus in Taunton, MA; and, oversaw its transition into the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges in 2008 and then later oversaw the ten year re-accreditation process in 2013. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Harrison College headquartered in Indiana.
 
Mr. Pfannenstiehl holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts and Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Hobart College, Geneva, New York.
 
 
Vice Chair:  George Grayeb
Elected Seat – Administrator in a Healthcare Related Area: President/CEO, Ross Education, LLC, Grand Rapids, Michigan 
Executive Committee
 
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 30 communities throughout Indiana, 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.
 
 
Secretary: Effie Dubis
Elected Seat – Administrator in a Healthcare Related Area: Director of Financial Affairs/Operations, St. Louis College of Health Careers, St. Louis, Missouri
Executive Committee
 
Ms. Dubis comes to ABHES with an extensive background in accreditation, having served as a team leader and subject specialist for many years on ABHES accreditation teams.  She is the current Chair of the Financial Review Committee and a former member of the Preliminary Review Committee and the Commissioner Nominating Committee.  She has been employed by St. Louis College of Health Careers since 1989. 
 
Ms. Dubis holds a Masters of Health Administration from St. Louis University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and an Associate Degree in Nursing from Mayville College, St. Louis, Missouri.
 
 
Treasurer: Dennis Stover
Elected Seat – Ownership Representative:  President, Meridian Institute of Surgical Assisting, Inc., Nashville, Tennessee
Executive Committee
 
Mr. Stover began his career in 1986 at Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, where he trained as an emergency medical technician and surgical technologist. He has worked as a surgical technologist and first assistant since 1990; and, in 1999 launched a surgical assisting educational program. He currently serves as president of the Association of Surgical Assistants and holds both the Certified Surgical Technologist and Surgical First Assistant credential. Mr. Stover has served ABHES in such areas as appeal panelist, site visitor, and as a member of the Preliminary Review and Annual Report committees.
 
Mr. Stover is a graduate of the Emergency Medical Technician and Surgical Technology programs from Academy of Health Sciences, Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas.
 
 
At-Large: Dolores Gioffre
Appointed Seat – Distance Education Specialist:  Former Dean of Business, Liberal Arts, and Computer Services and Associate Professor, Computer Information Systems Management Department, Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, Pennsylvania 
Executive Committee
 
Dr. Gioffre possesses many years of experience in the higher education sector.  Since 2006, Dr. Gioffre has served as an Educational Consultant for post-secondary education in curriculum planning and review, assessment, distance education, and other related educational activities.  Her work includes accrediting agencies, state agencies, and private clients.  Prior to that time, Dr. Gioffre served for 11 years at Delaware Valley College, most recently as Dean of Business, Liberal Arts, and Computer Services and Associate Professor, Computer Information Systems Management Department.

Dr. Gioffre holds an Ed.D in Vocational/Technical Education from Rutgers University, and a Master of Arts in Business/Distributive Education and a Bachelor of Science in Business Education from Trenton State College.
 
 
Matthew Calhoun
Elected Seat – Administrator in a Healthcare Related Area: Vice President, Regulatory Affairs &Student Finance, Arizona College, Glendale, Arizona
 
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.
 
 
Jill Carlson
Appointed Seat - Practitioner in Specialty Area:  Office Manager/Medical Assistant, Friend Health Care, Colorado Springs, Colorado
 
Ms. Carlson has an extensive background as a medical assisting practitioner and as an educator and administrator, formerly working in postsecondary institutions. She has been a Registered Medical Assistant with the American Medical Technologists (AMT) since 1989 and is this year’s recipient of the AMT’s prestigious Medallion of Merit Award. Ms. Carlson has served ABHES as a Medical Assisting program specialist on site visits.
 
Ms. Carlson holds an Associate of Occupational Studies from IntelliTec Medical Institute, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and a diploma in Medical Assisting from PPI Health Careers School, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  
 
Douglas Clarke
Appointed Seat – Public Member
 
 
Guy Euliano
Elected Seat – Commissioner at Large: Director and Board Member, Institute of Medical and Business Careers, Erie, Pennsylvania
 
Mr. Euliano is currently the Director and a Board Member at the Institute of Medical and Business Careers in Erie, Pennsylvania and former president of Tri-State Business College 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 postsecondary 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.
 
 
Buddy Hoskinson
Appointed Seat – Public Member: Quality Assurance and Accountability Director, Department for Aging and Independent Living, Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Frankfort, Kentucky
 
Mr. Hoskinson is 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.
 
 
Thomas Kenny
Elected Seat – Ownership Representative: Director of Regulatory Affairs, 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 Director of Regulatory Affairs. 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.
 
 
Robin Nelhuebel
Elected 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.
 
Rafael Ramírez-Rivera
Appointed Seat – Public Member: Chancellor of Inter American University of Puerto Rico – Arecibo Campus, Arecibo, PR
 
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, and Australia, to address themes in leadership, economics, business planning and strategies, merges 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
 
 
Ravi Rathnam
Appointed Seat – Higher Education Specialist: Associate Dean and Director of the School of Health Sciences, Stratford University, Falls Church, Virginia
 
Dr. Rathnam has been committed to advancing excellence for students, supporting educators, and improving academic outcomes. He currently serves as the University Director for Health Sciences at Stratford University, Falls Church, Virginia and shares an instructional philosophy of helping students gain skills and confidence, through a competency based, student-centered environment. Dr. Rathnam has served ABHES since 2012 as a program specialist, administrative team lead, distance education evaluator, appeals panelist, and a member of the Standards Review Committee. He has presented his research on “Enhancing Affective Learning Outcomes through the Use of Objective Structured Clinical Examinations” and “The Effects of Role Play on Team Training in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.” He has worked with the Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU) and the Higher Education Act (HEA) taskforce to develop legislative recommendations on teach outs, the development of articulation agreements, and cohort default rates.
 
Dr. Rathnam holds a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA).
 
 
Christallia Starks
Elected Seat – Academic in a Healthcare Related Area:  Regional Staff Development Educator-Perioperative Services at Baptist Health System, San Antonio, Texas
 
A retired 20-year military officer and healthcare professional, Ms. Starks serves as the Regional Perioperative Educator at Baptist Health System, School of Health Professions, in San Antonio, Texas.  Along with Ms. Starks’ numerous health-related affiliations, publications, and awards, she has an extensive background as a professional presenter in the field of surgical technology and perioperative nursing.  In addition, she has served as textbook reviewer for various national publishing companies. Her work with ABHES includes service as an evaluator and as a member and, most recently, Chair of the Programmatic Accreditation Committee for Surgical Technology.
 
Ms. Starks holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland, and a MSN in Administration (major) and Education (minor) from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.