July 18, 2019
Staff
 

EXECUTIVE STAFF
 
 
India Y. Tips
Executive Director
itips@abhes.org
 
India Tips currently serves as the 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 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. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from the University of Pittsburg, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
 
 
STAFF
 
Kyle Boyles 
Senior Accreditation Coordinator
kboyles@abhes.org 
 
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. Prior to joining ABHES, he worked as an ESL instructor in South Korea and as a Business English instructor in Germany.
 
Education: 
Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Studies, Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA
 
 
Eileen M. Brennan
Director of Accreditation 
ebrennan@abhes.org
 
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.
 
Previously, Ms. Brennan was employed at the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) where she served as Associate Director of Quality Assurance and, in earlier years, as an Accreditation Coordinator. She also served for four years as an Education Analyst for the Maryland Higher Education Commission.
 
Education:
Master of Science in Human Resource Development, Trinity University, Washington, DC
Bachelor of Arts in American Studies, Stonehill College, North Easton, MA
 
 
Eric Brichto, Esq.
Associate Executive Director of Institutional Review & Compliance
ebrichto@abhes.org 
 
Eric Brichto joined ABHES in 2019 as the Associate Executive Director of Institutional Review & Compliance. Eric is responsible for overseeing the approval of new and revised program applications and other program and institutional changes; monitoring state and federal regulations, including keeping abreast of accreditation issues in higher education that impact ABHES membership; spearheading initiatives to educate regulatory bodies about ABHES accreditation including drafting letters and “position papers” and responses to proposals; and attending and participating in events, such as state, federal and health-care industry meetings, conferences, and public hearings.  
 
He is a member of the ABHES Leadership Team and serves as the lead staff liaison to the Programmatic Advisory Committees (Medical Assisting, Medical Laboratory Technology, and Surgical Technology), the International Accreditation Taskforce, and the Program Advisory Committees (Dental Assisting, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Massage Therapy and Bodywork, Pharmacy Technology, and Radiologic Technology/Radiography).
 
Prior to joining ABHES, Eric was the Vice President of Accreditation Operations and Council for the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education. Eric is a Maryland attorney.
 
Education:
Bachelor of Arts in English, The George Washington University, Washington DC
Juris Doctorate, University of Baltimore, Baltimore MD 
 
 
Brandy Clinkscale
Office Manager

bclinkscale@abhes.org
 
Brandy Clinkscale joined ABHES in October 2016 as the Office Manager. Ms. Clinkscale’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. Prior to joining ABHES, Brandy worked for 10 plus years in the banking industry.
 
Education:
Associate of Science in Business Management, Keystone Technical Institute, Harrisburg, PA 
 
 
Kelly Costello
Manager of Accreditation
kcostello@abhes.org
 
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. Prior to joining ABHES, she worked in museums.
 
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
 
 
Mary Margaret Coughlin
Manager of Programs
mcoughlin@abhes.org
 
Ms. Coughlin joined ABHES in June 2013 as an Accreditation Coordinator and serves as the Manager of Programs. Her primary responsibility is processing program related applications, teach-outs, and relinquishments. She also plans on-site evaluation visits and coordinates these visits through travel with the teams and is a staff liaison to the Programmatic Accreditation Committee’s for Medical Assisting, Medical Laboratory Technology, and Surgical Technology.
 
Prior to joining ABHES, she served as a manager’s assistant in the financial services firm Morgan Stanley and was Manager of Operations at Coughlin Transportation Inc.  She managed human resources, processed accounts payable, and planned and organized events, including site research and budget and expense management.
 
Education: 
Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Mount St. Mary's University, Emmitsburg, MD
 
 
Holly Doering
Manager of Compliance, Development and Quality Assurance
hdoering@abhes.org
 
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: 
Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, Strayer University, Woodbridge, VA
Master of Business Administration, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
 
 
Laurie Hart
Administrative Assistant
lhart@abhes.org 
 
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
wibrahim@abhes.org
 
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
ekasambara@abhes.org
 
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
jmiller@abhes.org
 
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.  Prior to joining ABHES, he worked in risk management and IT fields serving primarily in QA and Data Analyst roles.
 
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
kneuenschwander@abhes.org
 
Ms. Neuenschwander - Hurley joined ABHES in July 2015 as an Accreditation Coordinator and currently serves as the Manager of Training and Membership Services.  Her responsibilites 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
 
 
Amy Rowe
Associate Executive Director of Membership Services
arowe@abhes.org
 
Ms. Rowe has worked with ABHES since 2003. As Associate Executive Director of Membership Services, Ms. Rowe manages the inital and renewal accreditation activites, 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
 
 
Julia Scanlon
Accreditation Coordinator
jscanlon@abhes.org  
 
Ms. Scanlon joined the ABHES team in October 2016. Her primary responsibility includes planning on-site evaluation visits and coordinating these visits through travel with the teams.  Prior to working with ABHES Julia interned at the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, as well as worked as an editor for an online publication.
 
Education:
Bachelor of Arts in English and Theatre, Saint Michael's College, Colchester VT
 
 
Paul Stukus
Director of Accounting & Financial Reporting
pstukus@abhes.org
 
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.  
 
Prior to joining ABHES, Paul held several senior level financial positions where he led day to day operations as well as the overall strategic direction of the company.  He was also responsible for developing and implementing more sophisticated policies and procedures, both in the finance and operational areas.  He is a Certified Public Accountant and currently resides in Fairfax, VA.
 
Education:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Indiana University of Pennsylvania