Our Staff

India Y. Tips Executive Director

India Tips currently serves as the Interim Executive Director of the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). She is responsible for overseeing the daily operations and all accreditation activities, including the review and implementation of Commission-directed actions. She serves as the liaison to state and federal regulatory bodies, including the U.S. Department of Education, national and other accrediting agencies, and credentialing bodies in the health field.

Ms. Tips joined ABHES in November 1995. In her 23-year tenure, her experience spans the full spectrum of accreditation, membership services, and operations. She developed the educational content and curricula for the required trainings for initial and renewal applicants where she has been the lead presenter for nearly 15 years. She has participated in and supported efforts for more than five petitions for re-recognition by the U.S. Department of Education. Ms. Tips also serves as the staff liaison to the Commission’s Standards Review Committee (SRC) charged to review all components of the Accreditation Manual to ensure its content is relevant, adequate, and predictive of successful qualitative outcomes. She has been instrumental in the management and successful execution of 16 conferences serving more than 400 attendees and exhibitors annually, and has performed hundreds of accreditation visits to institutions seeking initial and renewal ABHES accreditation.

Education

Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from the University of Pittsburg, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Eileen M. Brennan Director of Accreditation

Ms. Brennan joined the ABHES staff in 2007. As Director of Accreditation, Ms. Brennan oversees the visit process for accreditation, training of accreditation coordinators, and manages the agendas for Commissioner considerations.  She also oversees the approval process of change in legal status, ownership, or form of control and addition of non-main or satellite campus applications.  Ms. Brennan serves as liaison to Preliminary Review Committee and a member of the ABHES Leadership Team.

Education

Master of Science in Human Resource Development, Trinity University, Washington, DC
Bachelor of Arts in American Studies, Stonehill College, North Easton, MA

Kyle Boyles Senior Accreditation Coordinator

Mr. Boyles joined ABHES in June 2015 and currently serves as a Senior Accreditation Coordinator. His responsibilities include planning on-site evaluation visits, coordinating these visits through travel with the teams, and co-presenting the Accreditation Workshop and Program Effectiveness Plan Workshop for initial and renewal applicants. He also serves as a staff liaison to the Financial Review Committee, Preliminary Review Committee, International Task Force, and the Surgical Technology Programmatic Accreditation Committee.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Studies, Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA

Kelly Costello Manager of Accreditation

Ms. Costello joined ABHES in June 2013 and currently serves as the Manager of Accreditation. Her primary responsibilities include conducting on-site evaluation visits, processing complaints, and facilitating operations of ABHES review committees. Ms. Costello serves as staff liaison to the Annual Review Committee, Preliminary Review Committee, and Standards Review Committee.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in History and Psychology, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

Holly Doering Manager of Compliance, Development and Quality Assurance

Ms. Doering has been with ABHES since May 2010 and now serves as the Manager of Compliance, Development and Quality Assurance. Her primary responsibilities include developing and maintaining the information systems including the accreditation management and annual report management systems. Additionally, she assists with all activities related to institutional and programmatic annual reporting. Ms. Doering also serves as a staff liaison to the Annual Review Committee.

Education

Master of Business Administration, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, Strayer University, Woodbridge, VA

Yasmine Elhelaly Accreditation Coordinator

Ms. Yasmine Elhelaly joined ABHES in January 2020 and currently serves as an Accreditation Coordinator.  Her primary responsibilities include coordinating and conducting on-site visits.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Global Community Health with a Minor in Arabic, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Steven Gelfound Associate Executive Director of Information Technology and Quality Assurance

Mr. Gelfound joined ABHES in November of 2019. As the Associate Executive Director of Information Technology and Quality Assurance, his primary responsibilities are the oversight of accreditation operations and technology at ABHES. He serves as a staff liaison to the Annual Review Committee and is a member of the ABHES Leadership Team.

Education

BA in IT Management, University of Phoenix
BS in Political Science & History, University of Delaware

Laurie Hart Office Assistant

Laurie Hart joined ABHES in 2007 as an Administrative Assistant. Ms. Hart is primarily responsible for assisting with workshop and conference preparations and registration; provides technology assistance to include IT helpdesk support; and provides general administrative support to staff.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

Wazhma Ibrahim Accreditation Coordinator

Ms. Wazhma Ibrahim joined ABHES in September 2015 and currently serves as an Accreditation Coordinator. Her primary responsibilities include coordinating and conducting on-site evaluation visits. Ms. Ibrahim is responsible for the Change in Location and the Change in Name applications. Additionally she is a staff liaison to the Programmatic Accreditation Committee’s for Medical Assisting and Medical Laboratory Technology.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Communications, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Enoch Kasambara Staff Accountant

Enoch Kasambara joined ABHES in February 2016 and is currently our Staff Accountant. Mr. Kasambara is primarily responsible in supporting the Manager of Operations in the recording of cash receipts; bank deposit preparation; accounts payable and receivable; month and year-end reconciliation of accounts in accounting; and provides administrative support for Operations. Prior to joining ABHES, Mr. Kasambara has 6 years of accounting experience in corporate accounting and payroll processing.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Accounting, University of Maryland University College, College Park, MD

Joe Miller Accreditation Coordinator

Mr. Miller joined the ABHES team in April 2017. His primary responsibility includes planning on-site evaluation visits and coordinating these visits through travel with the teams.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Management and BA minor in Business Administration, University of Maryland University College, College Park, MD

Kimberly Neuenschwander-Hurley Manager of Training and Membership Services

Ms. Neuenschwander-Hurley joined ABHES in July 2015 as an Accreditation Coordinator and currently serves as the Manager of Training and Membership Services. Her responsibilities include co-presenting the Accreditation Workshop for initial and renewal applicants and conducting preliminary visits to confirm applicant eligibility and readiness to undergo the evaluation process. Additionally, she serves as the staff liaison to the Distance Education Committee.

Education

Master of Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA

Gina Rice-Holland Accreditation Coordinator

Ms. Gina Rice-Holland joined ABHES in November 2019 and currently serves as an Accreditation Coordinator. Her primary responsibilities include coordinating and conducting on-site evaluation visits.

Education:

Master of Science in Higher Education Administration, Bay Path University, Longmeadow, MA
Master of Business Adminisrtation, University of Phoenix, Arlington, VA
Bachelor of Science in Business Management, University of Phoenix, Arlington, VA
Associate in Computer and Information Science, ECPI University, Manassas, VA

Amy Rowe Associate Executive Director of Membership Services

Ms. Rowe has worked with ABHES since 2003. As Associate Executive Director of Membership Services, Ms. Rowe manages the initial and renewal accreditation activities, develops and maintains various training opportunities for staff and member institutions and programs, and co-presents workshops. She is also responsible for conducting preliminary consultation visits to confirm applicant eligibility and readiness to undergo the evaluation process. Ms. Rowe serves as the lead staff liaison to the Commissioner Nominating Committee and is a member of the ABHES Leadership Team.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

Paul Stukus Director of Accounting and Financial Reporting

Mr. Stukus joined ABHES in May 2019 and currently serves as the Director of Accounting & Financial Reporting. His primary responsibilities are overseeing accounting and finance operations as well as providing support to HR, IT and facilities.

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Denise Thelemaque Office Manager

Ms. Thelemaque joined ABHES in October 2019 as the Office Manager. Ms. Thelemaque’s primary responsibilities include general office oversight, processing of change in director notifications, annual conference and workshop preparation, and administrative assistance to the leadership team. Denise comes with 25+ years of combined experience providing high-quality training and management in the banking and financial services industry and executive-level client services in various industries.

Education:

University of Massachusetts – College of Management and Professional Studies, Boston, MA (2 yrs)