ACCET Commissioners

Mr. Res Helfer – Commission/Executive Committee Chair & Treasurer

Institutional Commission Member
Brandon College
San Francisco, CA

Business English Certificate – Brandon College
Cambridge Certificate and Advanced English – St. Giles College
M.A. – Education, Multi-Subject Teaching Credential, College of Teacher Training, Switzerland

Previous Work Experience:

  • Brandon College – Academic Director
  • Brandon College – Student Advisor
  • Cordast Elementary School – Head Teacher

Ms. Peggy Tiderman – Commission/Executive Committee Vice-Chair

Institutional Commission Member
Executive Director
DCI Career Institute
Monaca, PA

Previous Work Experience:

  • Kaplan Career Institute – Director of Admissions
  • ITT Technical Institute – Director of Recruitment
  • DCI Career Institute – School Director/Owner

Mr. David Vice – Commission/Executive Committee Secretary

Institutional Commission Member
President & CEO
MDDV, Inc. d/b/a Asher College
Sacramento, CA

B.A. – Business and Marketing, University of Wisconsin

Previous Work Experience:

  • Nordic Information Systems – Executive/Owner
  • IBM Corporation – Sales and Management positions


  • California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools – Board Member
  • California Foundation for Private Postsecondary School – Founding Officer
  • Play Makers – Board Member

Ms. Tibby Loveman – Commission/Executive Committee Past Chair

Public Commission Member
Former Nurse Educator & Medical Instructor (Retired)

B.S. – Nursing, University of Alabama


  • Registered Nurse/State of Alabama (Active Status)

Previous Work Experience:

  • Gadsden Business College – Medical Assistant Instructor
  • Holy Name of Jesus Hospital School of Nursing – Didactic and Clinical Nursing Instructor
  • University Hospital of University of Alabama – Registered Nurse


  • Etowah Pregnancy Testing Center, Inc. – Volunteer Counselor, Former Board Member
  • Metropolitan Area Noon Nutrition Association – Volunteer, Former Board Member
  • Rose Haven Center for Domestic Violence – Former Board Member, Treasurer & Secretary

Dr. Karen W. Kershenstein, Ph.D.

Public Commission Member
Chair, Standards and Policy Review Committee and Past-Chair of Commission
President, KWK Enterprises
Fairfax Station, VA 22039

B.A. – Physics, Trinity College
M.S. – Physics, Georgetown University
Ph.D. – Physics, Georgetown University

Previous Work Experience:

  • U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education – Director of Accreditation and State Liaison
  • U.S. Department of Education, Office of Student Financial Assistance – Director of Accreditation and Eligibility Division
  • U.S. Department of Army, U.S. Army Total Personnel Command, Educational Division – Chief of Programs Branch; Education Planning Officer and Chief, Support Services Branch; Education Specialist
  • Trinity College – Academic Dean, Registrar/Director of Institutional Research, Faculty Member


  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education – Public Commissioner
  • Accreditation Council on Optometric Education of the American Optometric Association – Public Commissioner
  • Council on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association – Former Public Commissioner
  • Council for Interior Design Accreditation – Former Public Commissioner

Mr. Paul Dunlop

Public Commission Member
Dean of Summer Session
Lake Forest Academy
Lake Forest, IL

B.A. – Philosophy & Religious Studies, Wagner College
M. Ed. – Linguistics & ESL Education, Rutgers University

Previous Work Experience:

  • Lake Forest Academy – Associate Dean of Admissions
  • American Language Academy – Program Director
  • American Language Academy – Instructor, Assistant Director, Director

Dr. Nick Hastain, Ph.D.

Institutional Commission Member
President, Mid-Atlantic Division
Premier Education Group
East Haven, CT

B.A. – Education, Southern Illinois University
M.S. – Education, Old Dominion University
Ph.D. – Computer Science, Nova Southeastern University

Previous Work Experience:

  • Premier Education Group – Senior Vice President, Regional Vice President, Regional Director, Campus Director
  • DPT Business School – School Director
  • Katharine Gibbs School – Provost, Vice President of Education
  • Advanced Technology Institute – Director of Education
  • St Leo University – Adjunct Professor
  • Fleet Combat Training Center, Atlantic Fleet – Training Director & Special Projects Manager

Dr. Carl Person, Ed.D.

Public Commission Member
Retired NASA Program Manager

B.A. – Political Science, Fayetteville State University
M.A. – Education, Howard University
Ph.D. – Higher Education Administration, Virginia Tech University

Previous Work Experience:

  • NASA – Director of Aerospace Research and Career Development
  • NASA – Manager of Minority University Research and Education Program
  • U.S. Department of Education – Chief of Accrediting Agency Evaluation Branch
  • U.S. Department of Education – Chief of Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities Branch
  • U.S. Department of Education – Education Service Director
  • U.S. Department of Education – Director, HBCU Capital Financing Program


  • Virginia State Bar – District Committee on Legal Discipline (Lay Person)

Ms. Patricia Stein

Institutional Commission Member
School Director
American Advanced Technicians Institute, Corp.
Hialeah, FL

MBA – Master of Business Administration, Lindenwood University
B.A. – Business Administration, International Business, Florida International University

Previous Work Experience:

  • American Advanced Technicians Institute, Corp. – School Director
  • Trexco, In. – Brand Manager
  • Lindenwood University – Office of Admissions

Ms. Alexandra (Sasha) Zilovic

Institutional Commission Member
Vice President, Operations & Business Affairs
ELS Language Centers
Princeton, NJ

M.A. – Master of Teaching (equivalent), University of Zagreb, Croatia

Previous Work Experience:

  • ELS Language Centers – Senior Director, Operations & Business Affair/Director of Operations & Business Affairs/Director of Analysis & Business Systems
  • Berlitz On Campus – Managing Director/Director of Operations
  • Language Institute for English –Executive Vice President/Executive Director/Director

Professional Memberships:

  • AIEA

Ms. Yadexy Sierra

Institutional Commission Member
Mech-Tech College
Chief Operating Officer
Caguas, PR


  • B.A. – Business Administration, Columbia Centro Universitario

Previous Work Experience:

  • Mech-Tech College – Executive Secretary
  • Mech-Tech College – Executive Assistant

Ms. Nadine Baladi

Institutional Commission Member
Executive School Director
ILSC Education Group
San Francisco, CA


  • B.A. – Literature, McGill University
  • M.A. – Comparative Literature, University of Toronto
  • M.A. – Education – Curriculum, McGill University

Previous Work Experience:

  • International Language School of Canada (ILSC) – Executive School Director
  • International Language School of Canada (ILSC) – Academic Program Director
  • International Language School of Canada (ILSC) – Language Instructor
  • City of Harjavalta, Finland – Language Instructor