December 15, 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 Pittsburgh, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
 
 
 
Steven Gelfound ITIL, PMP
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 liaision 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
 
 
 
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 
 
 
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.
 
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.
 
Education:
Master of Science in Human Resource Development, Trinity University, Washington, DC
Bachelor of Arts in American Studies, Stonehill College, North Easton, MA
 
 
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.  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
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: 
Master of Business Administration, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, Strayer University, Woodbridge, VA
 
 
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.  
 
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
 
 
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
  
 
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.  
 
Education:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
 
 
Denise Thelemaque
Office Manager
dthelemaque@abhes.org 

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)